With great difficulty I limited this list to only 20 Canadian entries, all of which have corresponding 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


Christian Hansen – C’mon Arizona


Ghibli – Rare Pleasures


Jordan Klassen – Kindness EP


Khyber Compilation Volume II


Knots – White River of White Lies


Little Chords – Afterlife


Matthew A. Wilkinson – Post-Namers


Mike Tod & The Buffalo Lake Kid – Live


Needles//Pins – 12:34




Paul Stewart – Permanence


Renny Wilson – “Sugarglider


Teapot Hill – Night Night Rock


The Strumbellas – My Father, The Hunter


The Utilities – Flint


Tops – Tender Opposites


Travis Bretzer – Making Love


Tyler Butler – Violence


You’ll Never Get To Heaven – S/T


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

Dog Day – Night Group


Argue Job presents Loonie Bin no.1

Here on Argue Job we try to cover albums, specifically. That makes it very difficult to highlight individual singles that we can’t stop playing. For that reason we here introduce the Loonie Bin, a compilation of Canadian singles that we’re jamming right now. You can stream them below or download them as one zip file here.

Elsa – In Two
Monomyth – Anytime
Gold – Losing Your Hair
Horse Girls – Old Pressure
Topanga – Mabu
A.M. Overcast – Zebra
Man Legs – Take My Hand
Old and Weird – Doing the Things
Renny Wilson – By and By
Bleating Hearts – The Partisan
The Utilities – Eyelashes (My Mind, The Highway, & a Show)
Mike Tod – Ain’t Mad At Nobody
Joel Learoyd – Sluts
Christine Leakey – Here I Stand
Ghibli – Little Clique
Brock Tyler – Don’t Break Your Heart
Balacade – LA 3600
The Parish of Little Clifton – Light Handed
King Vulture – Maelstrom (Martyrs’ Oneiroi Remix)
Kuhrye-oo – Human Rights (Nadus Remix)
Matthew A. Wilkinson – Speak, Rainbow! (ft. Julie Le Gall)
Weird Party – Heart

Ghibli – Rare Pleasures

Ghibli returns with his strongest album yet. Rare Pleasures is the culmination of a desperate trial in reinventing house music. On this outting Thomas Michael has mastered the injunction to dance by finding ideal tempos, daisy chaining all the right soul samples, and leaving just enough of the heart rending vocal utterances intact to carry you from the realm of fun dance music to the anything-is-possible dream theatre vibration. Electronic enthusiasts must not sleep on this record. Catch Thomas Michael aka Ghibli live tonight at Wunderbar for the release of his all new record. It is out on OLD UGLY today as a free download from here. Godspeed!

Ghibli – 2011

Thomas Michael aka Ghibli’s 2011 compilation of the massive amount of artillery he banged out last year is a testament to his dedication to his constantly evolving form. About eight months ago Ghibli took a sharp turn for the dance floor. The relentless pace of 2011 illustrates the kind of dancing Ghibli imagines: the limbless outer-body experience you receive after hours of dancing when nothing matters anymore. Akin to the runner’s high, this dancer’s high is a complete trip that is not so aesthetically different from his past material as both Ghibli and Jaded Hipster Choir. Come slake your desperate need for bodily motion tonight at Wunderbar as the man Thomas Michael has recruited a whole tribe of outer-body practitioners such as Martyrs, Taiwan, Mikey Maybe, and DJ Generic for a big fundraiser to send him to SXSW. There will be sweat and tears of joy. Admission by Donation. 8 sharp. Wunderbar. Info.