It’s my 25th birthday. Here are my favourite 25 songs of 2013!


i’ll never be this kewt again

In no particular order, here are my favourite 25 tracks from 2013. You may have heard some of them on my radio show or seen them featured on the blog. These songs make me so happy to belong to the musical community of the Y generation – such wonderfully multi-faceted, dynamic, creative, hardworking individuals who deserve so much credit for what they’ve accomplished with limited resources and heavy competition. It’s so easy to sit back and press play and make a judgement call about a track without thinking about the hours of songwriting, recording, mixing, merchandising, marketing, social media maintenance, negotiations, legalities, and frugalities associated with the entire process. I’m guilty of doing that all the time. Judging art is a by-product of cultural over-saturation – there’s so much creative content available on the internet that music consumers are required to flip through files quickly as per our taste preferences to see what we want to sink our teeth into. Sometimes great tracks can pass you by.

It’s incredible to think that the music we listen to at vulnerable moments translates into an immeasurable, significant impact on the person you grow up to become. Thank god for cool roommates, good friends, and weird boyfriends who turned me onto new bands when I was in the midst of post-teenage angst and university study sessions. All of these tracks are all a part of me – they’re my birthday gift to you, dear reader. If you find a new favourite track, that will make me the happiest birthday girl in the world.

1. Ode To Subterrania by Hooded Fang (May 2013 / Full Time Hobby / Toronto) Twitter


2. Holy Fool by O Emperor (June 2013 / Self-Released / Waterford) Twitter


3. I Want What’s Best by Outfit (May 2013 / Double Denim Records / Liverpool) Twitter


4. Put a Light On by Generationals (April 2013 / Polyvinyl Records / Louisiana) Twitter


5. Stars by Javelin (March 2013 / Luaka Bop / Brooklyn) Twitter


6. Marijuana by Chrome Sparks (March 2013 / Self-Released / Brooklyn) Twitter


7. Two Prongs by Lion Bark (June 2013 / Self-Released / Brighton) Twitter


8. Pennie Lane by The BB Guns (May 2013 / Marineville Records / Toronto) Twitter


9. Waiting by Alice Boman (May 2013 / Adrian Recordings / Malmö) Facebook


10. Flashed Junk Mind by Milky Chance (April 2013 / Lichtdicht Records / Germany) Facebook


11. Painful Like by Austra (May 2013 / Paper Bag Records / Toronto) Twitter


12. Shout It Out by Mikal Cronin (May 2013 / Merge Records / San Francisco) Twitter


13. Pretty Boy by Young Galaxy (April 2013 / Paper Bag Records / Vancouver) Twitter


14. Thousand Year Old Child by Pure X (May 2013 / Acéphale / Austin) Twitter


15. Emma by Ponctuation (March 2013 / Bonsound / Québec) Bandcamp


16. Demon Dance by Surfer Blood (March 2013 / Warner Bros Records / West Palm Beach) Twitter


17. A Dancing Shell by Wild Nothing (May 2013 / Captured Tracks / Blacksburg) Twitter


18. Bros by Wolf Alice (May 2013 / Chess Club Records / North London) Twitter


19. Dropla by Youth Lagoon (January 2013 / Fat Possum / Boise) Twitter


20. Cut To Black by Lemâitre (April 2013 / Substellar / Olso) Twitter


21. Berlin Lovers by Still Corners (February 2013 / Subpop / London) Twitter


22. Kemosabe by Everything Everything (January 2013 / RCA Victor / Manchester) Twitter


23. Lucky Ones by Wynter Gordon (January 2013 / The Flying Unicorn / Los Angeles) Twitter


24. Varsity by Smith Westerns (March 2013 / Mom+Pop / Chicago) Twitter


25. In A Dream by High Highs (January 2013 / Fine Time / Sydney) Twitter

“Cut To Black” by Lemâitre (track + piano sheet music)


Norwegian duo Lemâitre (Ketil Jansen and Ulrik Denizou Lund) make a seriously badass team. If this song doesn’t make you feel something special in your belly, please seek help immediately. Plus, as a pianist, I can confirm that this piano line is a lot of fun to play.

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For an added treat, here’s the sheet music for that wicked piano line:

Lemâitre Cut To Black Sheet Music

Songs to get you through the work day

Sometimes it’s just nice to listen to happy music, y’know?

It’s the end of the sales quarter, so things have been totally crazy at my work. As long as I can pull in two hundred thousand dollars tomorrow (uhhhhh what?) everything’ll be golden! So if anyone has 200K lying around, I’d greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

I’ve been listening to this mini-playlist whenever I feel the 3pm blues kicking in. It’s better than caffeine (and don’t we all drink too much of that stuff anyway?). So put on this music the next time you feel a slump and you’ll be good to go.

TrellicBaxter Dury

Baxter Dury is an English guy (how could he not be, with a name like that) who started making records back in 2002. His latest album Happy Soup (2011) is enjoying a comfortable stay on the UK charts and his music is hopelessly catchy.

    Excuse MeLemâitre

    Dance around until 1:25, when the pure deliciousness sets in. Reminds me of the nineties without leaving the aftertaste of midriff tops and rave pacifiers in my mouth.

    Don’t Stop (TheFatRat Remix)Foster The People

    I like this song so much that I played it on last week’s Indie-licious. And in case you didn’t know, Foster The People are playing in Downsview Park on June 19th. It’s an all-ages show and tickets are $39.50. Prepare to be surrounded by tweens singing along to Pumped Up Kicks without realizing it’s about a school shooter. No big deal!