ARGUE JOB’S BEST OF 2012

With great difficulty I limited this list to only 20 Canadian entries, all of which have corresponding arguejob.com posts from sometime this year. It was another brilliant year for Canadian music. Thanks for reading, friends of our radio show, The Ongoing Argument, and friends of Argue Job the Blog.

The other contributors may put together their own lists too, which we will of course host here, so keep your eye out for that!

*Ordering by numbered rank is as obscene as it is arbitrary, in this writer’s opinion. These top 20 picks for 2012 are simply alphabetized. Click to be taken to the review and the full streaming album.

Balacade – Malaise Era

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Christian Hansen – C’mon Arizona

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Ghibli – Rare Pleasures

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Jordan Klassen – Kindness EP

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Khyber Compilation Volume II

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Knots – White River of White Lies

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Little Chords – Afterlife

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Matthew A. Wilkinson – Post-Namers

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Mike Tod & The Buffalo Lake Kid – Live

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Needles//Pins – 12:34

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OUTTACONTROLLER – Don’t Play Dumb

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Paul Stewart – Permanence

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Renny Wilson – “Sugarglider

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Teapot Hill – Night Night Rock

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The Strumbellas – My Father, The Hunter

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The Utilities – Flint

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Tops – Tender Opposites

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Travis Bretzer – Making Love

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Tyler Butler – Violence

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You’ll Never Get To Heaven – S/T

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From Elsewhere:
Devon Sproule – I Love You, Go Easy
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
Little Wings – Black Grass
Mount Eerie – Clear Moon
Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It

Record-I-missed-when-it-came-out-but-couldn’t-stop-listening-to-all-year:
Dog Day – Night Group

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