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We made it!  2013 is here.  Congratulations, you've lived through another apocalypse. So it's a good time to sum up 2012 in a Signal kind of way. If you listened to our show on New Year's Eve, you would have heard all our favourites. You can hear that show here:





And here's the play log for New Year's Eve.

There were a couple of last minute adds to our list: impressive albums by Regina's Andy Shauf and Luke Lalonde and Kishi Bashi. They were big surprises. Maybe not so surprising to see Patrick Watson on the list, along with Denmark's Efterklang but the David Byrne St. Vincent collaboration is something I didn't expect to be so huge. Not only is the album terrific, the live show was my favourite of the year.  

So sit back enjoy the best of The Signal.  Oh, and please tell us what you think we've missed. What made it to your best of 2012 playlist?



CBCMusic: The Hidden Music Gems of 2012 

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#1 posted by
on Jan 08, 2013

"Caught a Long Wind" by Feist definitely made it onto our playlist, as well as "Smashed Birds" by Sóley. Also, we loved what you played from Brasstronaut, múm, Monogrenade and Chilly Gonzales.

Sigur Ros' new album Valtari was Melrick's companion to and from and to and from Iceland this summer. Falcon listened to an alternation of Feist and Florence and the Machine while drinking gin and making stained glass jewelry.

We also read a bunch of books while listening to the Signal this year with you, Laurie: Stanley Park by Timothy Taylor, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan, The Sagas of the Icelanders (Penguin Books), Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche, Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden, The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy, Dancing, With Mirrors by George Amabile, The Body Artist by Don DeLillo and for old time's sake, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy one more time. Not to mention the great magazines such as Geist, CV2, Flavours, Geez and Poetry is Dead that cluttered up our coffee table.

Thanks for a great year.


#2 posted by
on Jan 10, 2013

Great playlist! Great year of music. Loved Brasstronaut and Cold Specks, Adeleine(?) and many others. All I can say is thank you Laurie and Andy for putting together The Signal This 'best of' was a real treat I'll be re-visiting for as long as you keep it posted, I suspect.

I've not posted here before, I'm not sure if it's proper to list books, but I had a good book year too, including Stanley Park by Taylor, Three Day Road by Boyden; Jung on Synchronicity and the Paranormal,  by Roderick Main, Noam Chomsky: a Pphilosophic Overview by Justin Leiber, Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein, Deterring Democracy by Noam Chomsky, The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Rediscovered Diary of Opal Whiteley by Benjamin Hoff, Debt: The First 5000 Years by David Graeber, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (very bad!), Year 501: The Conquest Continues by Noam Chomsky, The Spirit in Man, Art, and Literature by C.G. Jung, Jung by Anthony Stevens, Mandragola by Niccolo Machiavelli, a new to me translation of the Tao te Ching, What Uncle Sam Really Wants by Noam Chomsky and Chomsky for Beginners by John Maher. I also got a great start on Moby Dick and On Literature by Umberto Eco.

Again, thank you for a great year of music and chit chat. All the best to everyone at The Signal for 2013.

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