Top Albums of 2014


* indicates Canadian Content
** indicates a local artist

1 Bry Webb* Free Will (Idee Fixe)
2 The Pack A.D.* Do Not Engage (Nettwerk)
3 Caribou* Our Love (Merge)
4 Milosh* Jet Lad (Deadly)
5 Tokyo Police Club* Forcefield (Dine Alone)
6 The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer* A Real Fine Mess (Tonic)
7 Bend Sinister* Animals (File Under: Music)
8 Pink Mountaintops* Get Back (Outside)
9 Owen Pallett* In Conflict (Secret City)
10 Hana Lulu* Keepsake (Independent)
11 Electric Youth* Innerworld (Last Gang)
12 Islands* Ski Mask (Manque)
13 Gord Downie and the Sadies* The Conquering Sun (Arts and Crafts)
14 Tanya Tagaq* Animism (Six Shooter)
15 Mozart's Sister* Being (Paper Bag)
16 Chad VanGaalen* Shrink Dust (Flemish Eye)
17 Death from Above 1979* The Physical World (Last Gang)
18 Raoul and the Big Time* Hollywood Blvd. (Big Time)
19 Fucked Up* Glass Boys (Arts and Crafts)
20 The New Pornographers* Brill Bruisers (Last Gang)
21 Blood Orange Cupid Deluxe (Domino)
22 Tune-Yards Nikki Nack (4AD)
23 Ought* More Than Any Other Day (Constellation)
24 Souljazz Orchestra* Inner Fire (Strut)
25 Tough Age* Tough Age (Mint)
26 Arctic Monkeys AM (Domino)
27 Sabrina Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce** Live (Independent)
28 The Wet Secrets* Free Candy (Independent)
29 Alt-J This is All Yours (Warner)
30 PS I Love You* For Those Who Stay (Paper Bag)
31 Mackenzie Blues Band* Slam! Bam! (Independent)
32 Bombay Bicycle Club So Long, See You Tomorrow (Island)
33 Jaffa Road* Where the Light Gets In (Independent)
34 Sexy Mathematics* Electronics (Independent)
35 The Blue Warblers* Birds (Independent)
36 Chromeo* White Women (Last Gang)
37 TOPS* Picture You Staring (Arbutus)
38 Mixed Messages (Stomp)
39 Spectre Hearts* Attraction (Independent)
40 Ogguere* Solar (Independent)
41 Secret Sun* Cold Coast (Bonsound)
42 Hi-Strung Downers* Here She Lies (Southern Dandy)
43 Young Liars* Tidal Wave/Night Window EP (Nettwerk)
44 FKA twigs LP1 (Young Turks)
45 Dog Day* Fade Out (Fundog)
46 Harlan Pepper* Take Out a Twenty and Live Life to the Fullest (Six Shooter)
47 Cod Gone Wild** The Traveler (Independent)
48 Various Artists* Toronto Blues Now (Independent)
49 24th Street Wailers* Wicked (Independent)
50 Craig Scott Quintet* Introducing (Cellar Live)
51 Landfork* Nights at the Kashmir Burlesk (Independent)
52 Carnival* Love=Solution (Independent)
53 Coconut* Coconut (Go North)
54 Kevin Drew* Darlings (Arts and Crafts)
55 BadBadNotGood* III (Pirates Blend)
56 Honeyrunners* Honeyrunners (Independent)
57 Ladom Ensemble* Ladom Ensemble (Independent)
58 Rosie June* Listening Post (Independent)
59 Trust* Joyland (Arts and Crafts)
60 Atomzero* Symbiosis (Independent)
61 David Vest* Roadhouse Revelation (Independent)
62 Soulstack* Five Finger Discount (Independent)
63 Fevers* No Room for Light (Independent)
64 Various Artists* Everybody Dance Now Vol. 9 (Independent)
65 The Wilderness of Manitoba* Between Colours (Pheromone)
66 Isobel Trigger* Nocturnal (Cordova Bay)
67 Benjamin Bermiller** Winterfox (Independent)
68 Ryan Hemsworth* Guilt Trips (Last Gang)
69 Warpaint Warpaint (Rough Trade)
70 Dirty Heads Sound of Change (Five Seven)
71 Average Times* Average Times (Hosehead)
72 Pif Paf Hangover* Curry Love (The Good People)
73 Downchild* Can You Hear the Music? (Linus)
74 MIA Matangi (Interscope)
75 Five Alarm Funk* Abandon Earth (Independent)
76 Neil Young* A Letter Home (Third Man)
77 Monomyth* Saturnalia Regalia (Mint)
78 Ivory Hours* Mary (Independent)
79 Jeremy Fisher* The Lemon Squeeze (Independent)
80 Bluesland* Down in New Orleans (Independent)
81 Imogen Heap Sparks (RCA)
82 Sound of Lions* Take Me With You (Up and Up)
83 Elliott Brood* Work and Love (Paper Bag)
84 The Almighty Rhombus* Lucid Living (Cosmic Dave's)
85 Wildlife* On the Heart (Wax)
86 Young Doctors in Love* world's Greatest Rock and Roll Band (Independent)
87 Moses Mayes* Featuring Maiko Watson (Dublum)
88 Various Artists Inside Llewyn Davis OST (Nonesuch)
89 Bright Light Social Hour Bright Light Social Hour (MapleMusic)
90 PJ Perry and Tommy Banks* Old Friends (Royalty)
91 gob* Apt. 13 (New Damage)
92 Leisure Cruise* Leisure Cruise (Last Gang)
93 Timber Timbre* Hot Dreams (Arts and Crafts)
94 Oh Village* To Rely (Independent)
95 Dee Daniels* Intimate Conversations (Origin)
96 Hunting* Hunting (Nevado)
97 Delhi 2 Dublin* Live (Independent)
98 Cut Copy Free Your Mind (Modular)
99 Rebekah Higgs* Sha La La (Independent)
100 Corb Lund* Counterfeit Blues (New West)

CFBX Top 25 Jazz Albums for 2014

1 Anita Eccleston** So it Goes (Independent)
2 BadBadNotGood* III (Pirates Blend)
3 Moses Mayes* Featuring Maiko Watson (Dublum)
4 Jazz Descendants* Red (Superfran)
5 Audrey Ochoa Quartet*/td> Trombone and Other Delights (Independent)
6 Craig Scott Quintet* Introducing (Cellar Live)
7 PJ Perry and Tommy Banks* Old Friends (Royalty)
8 Ellen Doty* Gold (Independent)
9 Fern Lindzon* Like a Circle in a Spiral (Iatros)
10 Heavyweights Brass Band* Brasstronomical (Lulaworld)
11 Ana Velinova* The Thief (Independent)
12 Angela Galuppo* Angela Galuppo (Justin Time)
13 Bill McBirnie Trio* Find Your Place (Independent)
14 Cory Weeds* As of Now (Cellar Live)
15 Ranee Lee* What's Going On (Justin Time)
16 Steve Kaldestad* Straight Up (Cellar Live)
17 Cory Weeds Quartet* Let's Go! (Cellar Live)
18 Jane Ira Bloom Sixteen Sunsets (Outline)
19 Ault Sisters* Timeless (Independent)
20 Griffith Hiltz Trio* This is What You Get (Independent)
21 The Spandettes* Spandex Effect (Do Right!)
22 Dee Daniels* Intimate Conversations (Origin)
23 Oliver Gannon Quartet* Easy Sailing (Cellar Live)
24 Jim Clayton* Songs My Daughter Knows (Clay-Tone)
25 Bria Skonberg* Into Your Own (Random Act)

CFBX Top 25 World Beat/Reggae Albums for 2014

1 Jaffa Road* Where the Light Gets In (Independent)
2 Tanya Tagaq* Animism (Six Shooter)
3 Souljazz Orchestra* Inner Fire (Strut)
4 Ogguere* Solar (Independent)
5 CanadAfrica* Where's the One (Borealis)
6 Ladom Ensemble* Ladom Ensemble (Independent)
7 Lady Valy* Versatility Talks (Independent)
8 Delhi 2 Dublin* Live (Independent)
9 Quicksound and Alpha Yaya Diallo* Mosulu (Independent)
10 Coconut* Coconut (Go North)
11 Noise Level* Dub Knowledge (Woodman)
12 Rafael and Energia Dominicana* Enamoranse en la Playa (Independent)
13 Ventanas* Ventanas (Independent)
14 Eccodek* Singing in Tongues (Big Mind)
15 Sakina Roye Mi (ARC Music)
16 Tunto Huvi (Aani)
17 Jane Bunnett and Maqueque* Jane Bunnett and Maqueque (Justin Time)
18 Glykeria/td> Best of Greece (ARC Music)
19 Tinariwen Emmaar (Anti)
20 Flaco and Max Legends and Legacies (Smithsonian Folkways)
21 Meklit We Are Alive (Six Degrees)
22 Amanda Martinez* Manana (Independent)
23 Kiran Ahluwalia* Sanata: Stillness (Independent)
24 Kondriah* Yoroshiku (Independent)
25 Pacifika* Amor Planeta (Six Degrees)

CFBX Top 25 Metal/Loud Albums for 2014

1 Fucked Up* Glass Boys (Arts and Crafts)
2 The Mahones* A Great Night on the Lash (Whiskey Devil)
3 B-Lines* Opening Band (Shake!)
4 Pine Tarts* Wolves Named the Moon (Box)
5 Mongol* chosen by Tengri (Independent)
6 Like a Motorcycle* Stay Single (Independent)
7 Jagged** Clown Grinder (Ulusulu)
8 Tough Age* Tough Age (Mint)
9 gob* Apt. 13 (New Damage)
10 Comeback Kid* Die Knowing (Victory)
11 Life in Vacuum* 5 (New Damage)
12 Spectre Hearts* Attraction (Independent)
13 Fake Shark Real Zombie* Don't Forget (Independent)
14 Anchoress* Crime and Compass (File Under: Music)
15 D.O.A.* Welcome to Chinatown (Sudden Death)
16 Needles//Pins* 12:34 (La Ti Da)
17 Like a Motorcycle* #Motorpool (Independent)
18 Viathyn* Cynosure (Independent)
19 Protokult* No Beer in Heaven (Independent)
20 GOMS** Terrible Weather (Independent)
21 Police Bastard Confined (Iron Man)
22 Doomeastvan* Tis We (Independent)
23 New Jacobin Club* Soldiers of the Mark (Manitcore)
24 Single Mothers* Negative Qualities (Dine Alone)
25 Plague Vendor Free to Eat (Epitaph)

CFBX Top 25 Electronic Albums for 2014

1 Young Liars* Tidal Wave/Night Window EP (Nettwerk)
2 Milosh* Jet Lag (Deadly)
3 Hana Lulu* Keepsake (Independent)
4 Caribou* Our Love (Merge)
5 Mozart's Sister* Being (Paper Bag)
6 FKA twigs LP1 (Young Turks)
7 Ghost Beach Blonde/Miracle EP (Nettwerk)
8 Cut Copy Free Your Mind (Modular)
9 Trust* Joyland (Arts and Crafts)
10 MIA Matangi (Interscope)
11 Sexy Mathematics* Electronics (Independent)
12 Electric Youth* Innerworld (Last Gang)
13 Atomzero* Symbiosis (Independent)
14 Carnival* Love=Solution (Independent)
15 Mark Mills* Triple Fire Sign (Independent)
16 Chromeo* White Women (Last Gang)
17 Lydia Ainsworth* Right from Real (Arbutus)
18 Jungle Jungle (XL)
19 La Roux Trouble in Paradise (Polydor)
20 HLDN* In the Stars (Independent)
21 Operators* EP1 (Last Gang)
22 Leisure Cruise* Leisure Cruise (Last Gang)
23 Rufus du Sol Atlas (Columbia)
24 Kytami* Remixes (East Van Digital)
25 Dixie's Death Pool* Twin Galaxies (Leisure Thief)

CFBX Top 25 Urban/Hip-Hop Albums for 2014

1 Illvibe* Proof of Life (Independent)
2 Radio Radio* Ej Feel Zoo (Bonsound)
3 Childish Gambino Because the Internet (Glassnote)
4 Abstract Artform and Fresh Kils* As the Crow Flies (Ol Roy)
5 Josh Martinez* Blotto (Camobear)
6 Moka Only* Sex Money Moka (Urbnet)
7 Souls Rest* Better Weapon (Independent)
8 The Extremities* Instruments (Droppin' Science)
9 Mr. Brady* Timing is Everything (Urbnet)
10 Buck 65* Neverlove (Warner)
11 Mike Boyd* Note the Sarcasm (Halflife)
12 Spacesuits* Spacesuits (Urbnet)
13 King Jus and Fresh Kils* Work Hard (Kilzone)
14 Timbuktu* How Huge (Droppin' Science)
15 Northwest Division* RBPH (Independent)
16 Hilltop Hoods Walking Under Stars (Universal)
17 Kelis Food (Ninja Tune)
18 Rebecca Dawn* Making Connections (Independent)
19 Chokeules* Stay Up (Hand Solo)
20 Merkules* Hunger Pains (Stealthbomb)
21 Def3* Wildife (Side Road)
22 Azrael and Inkspill* Mur-Diddly-Urdlers (Independent)
23 Skulastic* Skulastic (Independent)
24 Buddakao Hand Over Hand (Independent)
25 Dilemmanade* The Stand (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Roots/Country Albums for 2014

1 Bry Webb* Free Will (Idee Fixe)
2 The Blue Warblers* Birds (Independent)
3 Joal Kamps* Heads is East, Tails is West (Independent)
4 Poor Old Shine Poor Old Shine (Signature Sounds)
5 The Barr Brothers* Sleeping Operator (Secret City)
6 The Seahags* Tarnished Gold (Independent)
7 Various Artists Inside Llewyn Davis OST (Nonesuch)
8 Linda McRae* Fifty Shades of Red (Borealis)
9 Elliott Brood* Work and Love (Paper Bag)
10 Brad Strang* Blue Mountain Rush Vol. 1 and 2 (Independent)
11 The Breaks* Rhythm and Roots (Independent)
12 Shari Ulrich* Everywhere I Go (Borealis)
13 Devin Cuddy Band* Kitchen Knife (Cameron House)
14 Lou DeAdder* Acoustic Pathways (Independent)
15 Kaley Bird* Don't Say You're Sorry (Box)
16 Shuug and the Temporary Men* County (Independent)
17 Lindsay May* Girl with Grit (Independent)
18 Andrea Smith** Transition (Independent)
19 Neil Young* A Letter Home (Third Man)
20 Infamous Stringdusters Let it Go (Thirty Tigers)
21 Cod Gone Wild** The Traveler (Independent)
22 Corb Lund* Counterfeit Blues (New West)
23 The Avett Brothers The Magpie and the Dandelion (American)
24 Whitehorse* Ephemere Sans Repere (Six Shooter)
25 Billie Joe and Norah Foreverley (Reprise)

CFBX Top 25 Blues Albums for 2014

1 The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer* A Real Fine Mess (Tonic)
2 Raoul and the Big Time* Hollywood Blvd. (Big Time)
3 Sabrina Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce** Live (Independent)
4 Downchild* Can You Hear the Music? (Linus)
5 David Vest* Roadhouse Revelation (Cordova Bay)
6 Colin Linden* Still Live (File Under: Music)
7 24th Street Wailers* Wicked (Independent)
8 Mackenzie Blues Band* Slam! Bam! (Independent)
9 Soulstack* Five Finger Discount (Independent)
10 Jim Byrnes* St. Louis Times (Black Hen)
11 Smoke Wagon Blues Band* Live in Hamilton (Independent)
12 Sunday Wilde* He Digs Me (Independent)
13 Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne* Rollin' with the Blues Boss (Stony Plain)
14 Bluesland* Down in New Orleans (Independent)
15 Various Artists Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 (Reprise)
16 Curl* All My Fault (Independent)
17 Jimi Beavis Gentleman Giant (Independent)
18 Johnny Cox* Thin Blue Line (Independent)
19 Jerome Godboo* Sanctuary City (Independent)
20 Chris Bergson Band Live at Jazz Standard (2 Shirts)
21 The Goatbox Rebel* The Goatbox Rebel (Northern Assembly)
22 Harpdog Brown* What it Is (Dogbreath)
23 JJ Thames Tell You What I Know (DeChamp)
24 Sugar Brown* Sugar Brown's Bad Day (Independent)
25 Carolyn Fe Blues Collective* Bad Taboo (Independent)