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The Bees Knees

Wuddup Sputnik, soo.. Being that I joined this site not too long ago with the hope of expanding my musical tastes, I thought I'd make a list of my favourite albums from the past and see how it changes over the next couple months...Hopefully with time and recs from you guys I'll find some new stuff!
Watch Out!

Classic. Even though this album brings me back to my little scene tween days I'm still in love with it as much as I was the first time I heard it. Between George, Wade and Dallas, the vocals of this band are on point, not to mention their distinct sound and beautiful transitions. It's amazing to think this album was recorded in a basement. Although the album lacks the fast guitar riffs that were more commonly found on the self-titled album, they're at the top of their game with Watch Out! IMO, it's their best album.
7City And Colour
Bring Me Your Love

Of Course, following AOF would be C+C amirite? Typical. Unfortunately, the contradiction of style this man carries between Alexisonfire and his solo career is what appeals to me the most. Although this album kinda takes away the aspect of "Me and my Guitar", being that Green integrates other instruments as well as artists into his work, it's still irresistible. Everyone seems to like "Sometimes" over this album (don't get me wrong, I love sometimes as well ) but IMO this tends to be my favourite of the two. The simplicity and sound make the album the way it is. The progression has changed immensely but for what I think is for the better and I'm excited to see what Dallas has to bring to the table for his next release.
6Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me

What hasn't already been said about BN? Besides the fact that Jesse Lacey comes off as a complete twat.. he kinda has the right to be after this masterpiece. Pretty sure if he wanted to drop kick 12 Newly born golden retrievers across the Atlantic Ocean after decapitating seventeen baby seals and butt fucking Bambi, I'd still love over this album.
5 Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Just jizz. I don't think I've ever been so moved by an album with no actual lyrics. Mmmm..Maybe the connection I have with this album has to do with fact that I'm completely obsessed with the Apocalypse (Lame.. I know..) Their sound is haunting and the constant hypnotic rhythm to this album is captivating. It's uncomfortable yet exhilarating at the same time. It takes me away from reality yet can be easily used when relating day to day situations.
My mission: To take a day trip to East Hastings and find the Preacher.
4Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago

Probably one of the easiest albums I know that can put me to sleep. Not for the reason that it's lame (because it is nowhere close to that) but because it gets me into a complete trance every time I hear it. If at any time I need to calm down or just need to be alone, this is my go-to album. It's brilliant on so many levels. I have yet to find a fault in it. Don't really know what to say about's that good.
3The National
High Violet

A baritone voice? Sick. Haven't heard that in quite a while. It's different, Samantha is impressed. Although Matt's voice feels like it is the centerpiece for this band, they've got the whole dining room table set. The instrumentation is at its finest in this album. High Violet IMO has given the average man something to relate to in the sense that there is a common ground. The album doesn't go into specific detail about specific situations (as other artists tend to do) so it gives you the tools to interpret it as you would. Pure genius.
2The Tallest Man on Earth
The Wild Hunt

Aside from astonishing, continuous guitar riffs and an entrancing yet acquired vocal style, I am left completely floored every time I listen to this album. The Swedish folk artists' upbeat sound is raw and passionate. Kristian Mattson isn't caught up in the worldwide music scene. He has his own natural sound; him and his guitar. (Aside from "Kids on the Run" which incorporates piano.) His sound is clean and he hits each note effortlessly. The fact that he accomplishes this and does vocals the same time is beyond me.
1La Dispute
Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...

Saw these guys live not too long ago. They were the opening band alongside Norma Jean and 3 Inches of Blood for AOF in Vancity. I fell in love instantly. After coming home from the show and listening to their music practically every day, I can honestly say that this has got to be one of my favourite albums. I feel like "Somewhere at the bottom of the River" has so much depth in its lyrics and just enough ambiguity not just to be about your "typical relationship." For a band I've found stunning lyrically more than musically, they are good at what they do and bring both aspects to the table. This isn't to discount their music, which I love through and through, but their lyrics are genius. Don't even get me started on their EP's...
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