Exclaim!'s 20 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2012

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> Jan 03 2012

Exclaim!'s 20 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2012 -  Page 4
By Alex Hudson5. Kathleen Edwards
Voyageur (January 17)
(MapleMusic Recordings)

Ms. Edwards has been a staple on the Canadian scene for years now, so what makes this album arguably more exciting than any of the ones that preceded it? Simple: her big-name boyfriend, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, lent his production talents to this collection. He also contributed a number of instrumental parts, meaning that anyone who loves Bon Iver will want to pick this one up.

4. Leonard Cohen
Old Ideas (January 31)
(Columbia Records)

This upcoming album from a true Canadian legend will be his first studio LP since 2004's Dear Heather. A press release tells us, "The album's ten songs poetically address some of the most profound quandaries of human existence -- the relationship to a transcendent being, love, sexuality, loss and death." If there's anyone capable of addressing these big issues, it's this guy.

3. Grimes
Visions (February 21)
(4AD/Arbutus Records)

This Montreal experimenter has rolled out a number of releases in the last couple of years, but this latest full-length just must be her mostly hostly anticipated yet. The record apparently "conjures a phantasmic state for the deep listener, sourcing the long forgotten spells that have coexisted with humans for centuries and forcing them through a hyper-futuristic filter." Sounds pretty gnarly.

2. Japandroids
TBA (release date TBA)
(Polyvinyl Records)

We know practically nothing about this one, but any prospect of new material from this fuzz rock duo is more than enough to get us excited about the follow-up to 2009's breakthrough Post-Nothing. Having released a handful of stop-gap singles in the interim, the band have been debuting new music during live shows, and the album is expected to arrive sometime in 2012. Yep, we're excited and you should be too.

1. John K. Samson
Provincial (January 24)
(Epitaph Records)

It's about damn time that the lauded frontman of the Weakerthans released a full-length of his very own. Following a number of solo songs inspired by the roads of Manitoba, Samson announced that the project had blossomed into this full-length, which includes "songs about dying villages, Icelandic longing, snowplows, broken glass, satellites, hockey skates, and staff room romances." For many fans, they've been eagerly waiting years for a new Samson-helmed album, and we're more than a little pumped to finally be getting one.



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What about Eamon Mcgrath???
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The Grimes album won't disappoint. It's her best yet.
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and what about Evening Hymns - Spectral Dust. I'm sure it will be one of the best of the year. I heard a rumor Julie Doiron will also have a new album.
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Over a "decease" in the making? COME ON, SON!!!
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I'm excited about the new Joel Plaskett album. It's going to be massive.
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Woods of Ypres.
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#21: Rush--Clockwork Angels. Hard to believe that these guys have been touring for about a year and a half essentially on the back of a two-song single with the promise of a forthcoming album.
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jeeeze - canada is like so lame this year
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Tragically Hip?
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Matt Mays
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Wintersleep
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Monster Truck?
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Donlands & Mortimer - New Mythology - Spring 2011
Brasstronaut - TBA - Spring 2011
Flotilla - TBA - Spring 2011
Run With the Kittens - Better When It's Planned - TBA 2011
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And by 2011, I mean 2012
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Sheepdogs record from the Rolling Stone Cover Win. What a year for that band
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Billy Talent is the most publicly anticipated album.
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Lol, Grimes in front of Leonard Cohen.

That's like putting LMFAO in front of Bob Dylan.
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yesss - CHAINS of LOVE
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LMFAO what a load of Crap this list is better Canadian music than this
crap LOL
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yeah that's a pretty weak list. a couple good picks but a couple that people could care less about. it'd be smarter to call this "Alex Hudson's most anticipated records of 2012"
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Hmm inclined also to be a wee bit perplexed by this list.
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Propagandhi!
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what about Metric? Seems like that is a pretty major one to leave off the list.
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also, rufus wainwright.
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What about the new Rush album?
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Someone mentioned the Sheepdogs. Watch a bumch of self-absorbed hacks. It's disappointing to hear that The Black Keys' Pat Carney is producing their next effort. They don't deserve his talent.
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What about Montreal's No Family? Does no one know about them?They're going to be releasing their debut album this year. Those folks are onto something.
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ZEUS, people.
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And Patrick Watson, where is he? Thought he had an album soon to be ready.
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jesus christ ... fucking GORGUTS much?
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VILLIPEND!
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What kind of list is that?!
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Eamon McGrath -- Young Canadians coming in the spring. Has to be on your list !!
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Rush, Wintersleep and McGrath get my votes.
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ladyhawk record.
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Propagandhi yes...
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Lookin forward to that new Metric album and FINALLY Saukrates.

Also Sebastien Grainger and Isis Salam(Thunderheist) are workin on solo albums too been fiendin for new ish, alot of projects comin in the next 10-12 months I expect about half of it to actually drop LOL.
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Uber boring list.
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Brian Borcherdt - Dusted!
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Gunna be a weak year for Canada if this is any indication. Last couple of years have been great (Tim Hecker, Owen Pallett, Destroyer, Arcade Fire, Women, Caribou, Colin Stetson, Weeknd, etc) so I figured this year would be slow. Japandroids is probably the only Canadian band I'm looking forward to this. My money's on a poor year for music in general.
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I lied. I'm also super excited about the new Ghostkeeper album. Testicles will explode.
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Bout time you separated the World and Soul music categories, dotcha think?
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I guess the music experts at Exclaim! are not anticipating anything in French this year...
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New recording from Toronto's Eamon McGrath coming up soon. Should be good and must be on your list.
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