Top Albums of 2015


* indicates Canadian Content
** indicates a local artist

1 Seoul* I Became a Shade (Last Gang)
2 Purity Ring* Another Eternity (Last Gang)
3 Whitehorse* Leave No Bridge Unburned (Six Shooter)
4 Viet Cong* Viet Cong (Flemish Eye)
5 The High Dials* In the AM Wilds (Independent)
6 Yukon Blonde* On Blonde (Dine Alone)
7 Humans* Noontide (Hybridity)
8 Hey Rosetta!* Second Sight (Sonic)
9 Ariel Pink Pom Pom (4AD)
10 Braids* Deep in the Iris (Flemish Eye)
11 Ryan Hemsworth* Alone for the First Time (Last Gang)
12 The Sheepdogs* Future Nostalgia (Dine Alone)
13 Rah Rah* Vessels (Hidden Pony)
14 Samantha Savage Smith* Fine Lines (Pipe and Hat)
15 Twin River* Should the Lights Go Out (Light Organ)
16 Great Lake Swimmers* A Forest of Arms (Nettwerk)
17 Leon Bridges Coming Home (Columbia)
18 Parallels* Civilization EP (Marigold)
19 Patrick Watson* Love Songs for Robots (Secret City)
20 The Boom Booms* Love is Overdue (Independent)
21 METZ* II (Sub Pop)
22 The Good Lovelies* Burn the Plan (Independent)
23 Cold War Kids Hold My Home (Downtown)
24 Jamie xx In Colour (Young Turks)
25 Roly Platt* Inside Out (Independent)
26 Alabama Shakes Sound and Color (ATO)
27 Faux Fantasy* Bouquet (Independent)
28 Joel Plaskett* The Park Avenue Sobriety Test (Pheromone)
29 Tough Age* I Get the Feeling Central (Mint)
30 AM Static* A Life Well Lived (Independent)
31 Kathryn Calder* Kathryn Calder (File Under: Music)
32 US Girls* Half Free (4AD)
33 MS MR How Does it Feel (Columbia)
34 Faith Healer* Cosmic Troubles (Mint)
35 The Cookers Quintet* Volume Two (Do Right!)
36 Metric* Pagans in Vegas (Universal)
37 Big Little Lions* A Little Frayed, a Little Torn (Blaster)
38 Cheryl Lescom* 1953 (Busted Flat)
39 The Real McKenzies* Rats in the Burlap (Stomp)
40 Tia Brazda* Bandshell (Independent)
41 Moon King* Secret Life (Last Gang)
42 Fountain* Fountain 2 (Independent)
43 Young Rival* Interior Light (Paper Bag)
44 No Aloha* No Problemo (Poncho)
45 Rain Over St. Ambrose* Still Waking Up (Acadian Embassy)
46 Shred Kelly* Sing to the Night (Independent)
47 Heat* Rooms (Kitsune)
48 Tough Age* Plays cub's Hot Dog Day (Mint)
49 Joyfultalk* Muuixx (Drip Audio)
50 Family of the Year Family of the Year (Nettwerk)
51 Teen Daze* Morning World (Paper Bag)
52 Slow Down Molasses* Burnt Black Cars (Culvert)
53 Saxsyndrum* SXD EP (Art Not Love)
54 Fine Times* Bad:Better (Light Organ)
55 The Beatdown* Meets Hugo Mudie (Stomp)
56 Freak Heat Waves* Bonnie's State of Mind (Hockey Dad)
57 Twin Shadow Eclipse (Warner)
58 Sun K* Northern Lies (MapleMusic)
59 Mid Pines* Year of the Horse (Circuit Song)
60 Andrea Superstein* What Goes On (Cellar Live)
61 OK Vancouver OK* Influences (Kingfisher Bluez)
62 David Gogo* Vicksburg Call (Cordova Bay)
63 Milk and Bone* Little Mourning (Bonsound)
64 Passion Pit Kindred (Columbia)
65 Miami Horror All Possible Futures (Haven)
66 The Buzzcocks The Way (1234 Go!)
67 C&C Surffactory* Garage City (Six Shooter)
68 Tasman Jude* Green (Independent)
69 Micheal Jerome Browne* Sliding Delta (Borealis)
70 Siskiyou* Nervous (Constellation)
71 Amelia Curran* They Promised You Mercy (Six Shooter)
72 The Thrashers* Robot Invaders from the Death Galaxy (Transistor 66)
73 Whitney Pea* All a Feeling (Independent)
74 Emily Triggs* When Guinevere Went Under (Independent)
75 Wolf Alice My Love is Cool (RCA)
76 Couer de Pirate* Rose (Dare to Care)
77 Doldrums* The Air Conditioned Nightmare (Sub Pop)
78 The Souljazz Orchestra* Resistance (Do Right!)
79 Isotopes* Nuclear Strikezone (Stomp)
80 Soulstack* Soulstack (Independent)
81 Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart* Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart (Secret City)
82 Century Palm* Century Palm (Mammoth Cave)
83 Dan Frechette and Lauren Thomsen* New Disguise (Independent)
84 Eagles of Death Metal Zipper Down (T-Boy)
85 Modest Mouse Strangers to Ourselves (Epic)
86 Curtis Nowasad* Dialectics (Cellar Live)
87 Destroyer* Poison Season (Merge)
88 Fake Tears* Nightshifting (Mint)
89 Jenny Ritter* Raised by Wolves (Fiddle Head)
90 Johnny Summers* The Piano Sessions Vol. 2 (Independent)
91 Raised on DJs* Steady Diet (Independent)
92 Delhi 2 Dublin* We're All Desi (Westwood)
93 Cod Gone Wild** Battered and Fried (Independent)
94 24th Street Wailers* Where Evil Grows (LMB)
95 Rancid Honor is All We Know (Hellcat)
96 Brave Shoes* Brave Shores (Independent)
97 Monsoon* Mandala (Independent)
98 Old Man Flanagan's Ghost* Sociable! (Independent)
99 Donald Ray Johnson* These Blues (MarVista)
100 Grid Pickers* Shack Wacky (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Jazz Albums for 2015

1 Carol McCartney* Be Cool (Independent)
2 Montreal Hardbop 5* Montreal Hardbop 5 (Independent)
3 Cory Weeds* Condition Blue (Cellar Live)
4 The Cookers Quintet* Volume Two (Do Right!)
5 Gerry Shatford Trio*/td> When I Sat Down to Play the Piano (Independent)
6 Curtis Nowasad* Dialectics (Cellar Live)
7 Tia Brazda* Bandshell (Independent)
8 Jeff Healey* Best of the Stony Plain Years (Stony Plain)
9 Gypsophilia* Night Swimming (Forward)
10 B's Bees* B's Bees (Independent)
11 Ernesto Cervini* Turboprop (Anzic)
12 Cecile McLorin Salvant For One to Love (Justin Time)
13 Monica Chapman* PS I Love You! (LME)
14 Soul Motivators* Free to Believe (Do Right!)
15 Andrea Superstein* What Goes On (Cellar Live)
16 Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band Live at Cory Weeds' Cellar Jazz Club (Cellar Live)
17 Paul Keeling* Ancient Lights (Independent)
18 Steve Kaldestad* New York Afternoon (Cellar Live)
19 Johnny Summers* The Piano Sessions Vol. 2 (Independent)
20 Alex Pangman* Now (Justin Time)
21 Nina Simone Little Girl Blue Remixed (Naxos)
22 Grace Hrabi* Afraid of Heights (Independent)
23 Tevet Sela* Lying Sun (Effendi)
24 Sax Gordon In the Wee Small Hours (Delmark)
25 Tony Wilson 6tet* A Day's Life (Drip Audio)

CFBX Top 25 World Beat/Reggae Albums for 2015

1 Ibeyi Ibeyi (XL)
2 Quique Escamilla* 500 Years of Night (Lulaworld)
3 The Boom Booms* Love is Overdue (Independent)
4 Autorickshaw* The Humours of Autorickshaw (Independent)
5 Delhi 2 Dublin* We're All Desi (Westwood)
6 Alex Cuba* Healer (Caracol)
7 Boogat* Neo-Reconquista (Maisonnette)
8 Sultans of String* Subcontinental Drift (Independent)
9 Ventanas* Arrelumbre (Fedora Upside Down)
10 Souljazz Orchestra* Resistance (Do Right!)
11 Jerusalem in My Heart* If He Dies, If If If If If If (Constellation)
12 Slim Ali and the Hodi Boys 70s Pop (ARC Music)
13 Tasman Jude* Green (Independent)
14 Toto La Momposina Tambolero (Real World)
15 Cassie and Maggie* Sterling Road (Independent)
16 Rob Teehan* Come Home (Independent)
17 Jesse Cook* One World (E1)
18 Monsoon* Mandala (Independent)
19 Qristina and Quinn Bachand* Little Hinges (Independent)
20 Exco Levi* Country Man (Pacific)
21 Daby Toure Amonafi (Cumbancha)
22 Anne Lindsay* Solo Works (Independent)
23 Various Artists Afro-Caribbean Party (Putumayo)
24 Various Artists Feedback Madagascar (ARC Music)
25 Wesli* ImmiGrand (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Metal/Loud Albums for 2015

1 Tough Age* I Get the Feeling Central (Mint)
2 The Real McKenzies* Rats in the Burlap (Stomp)
3 METZ* II (Sub Pop)
4 Isotopes* Nuclear Strikezone (Stomp)
5 Hellbound Hepcats* Turn Me Inside Out (Stomp)
6 Switches* I Just Wanna (Independent)
7 Woolworm* Everything Seems Obvious (Hockey Dad)
8 Anatomy Cats* For Unity (Independent)
9 The Thrashers* Robot Invaders from the Death Galaxy (Transistor 66)
10 Twin Crystals* Child Life (Shake!)
11 Crosss* Lo (Telephone Explosion)
12 Cancer Bats* Searching for Zero (New Damage)
13 The Buzzcocks The Way (1234 Go!)
14 The Stanfields* Modem Operandi (Ground Swell)
15 The Mandates* Say You Love Satan (Independent)
16 The Dying Arts* The Dying Arts (Independent)
17 D.O.A.* Hard Rain Falling (Sudden Death)
18 Rebuild/Repair* Damage Stories (Independent)
19 Kappa Chow* Collected Output (Kiss the Void)
20 Elderoth* Mystic (Independent)
21 Hag Face* R.I.P. (Psychic Handshake)
22 Rancid Honor is All We Know (Hellcat)
23 Softess* Dark Power (Thankless)
24 Benthic City** Nocturnis (Independent)
25 Danko Jones* Fire Music (New Damage)

CFBX Top 25 Electronic Albums for 2015

1 Seoul* I Became a Shade (Last Gang)
2 Saxsyndrum* SXD EP (Art Not Love)
3 Purity Ring* Another Eternity (Last Gang)
4 Braids* Deep in the Iris (Flemish Eye)
5 Humans* Noontide (Hybridity)
6 Ryan Hemsworth* Alone for the First Time (Last Gang)
7 Faux Fantasy* Bouquet (Independent)
8 Joyfultalk* Muuixx (Drip Audio)
9 Parallels* Civilization EP (Marigold)
10 Miami Horror All Possible Futures (Haven)
11 Twin Shadow Eclipse (Warner)
12 Jamie xx In Colour (Young Turks)
13 Khraken* Work (Independent)
14 Vogue Dots* Mauka (Indica)
15 Gang Signs* Geist (File Under: Music)
16 Vikings* Vikings (Independent)
17 Ratatat Magnifique (XL)
18 Rabs and Mooves* Huevoes EP (Independent)
19 AM Static* A Life Well Lived (Independent)
20 Nina Simone Little Girl Blue Remixed (Naxos)
21 MS MR How Does it Feel (Columbia)
22 Mid Pines* Year of the Horse (Circuit Song)
23 Laggards* SoFeels (Cloudsounds)
24 Brendan Phillip* Brendan Phillip EP (Dine Alone)
25 Purveyors of Free Will* The Folded World (Baffled Octopi)

CFBX Top 25 Urban/Hip-Hop Albums for 2015

1 Myka 9 and Factor* Famous Future Time Travel (Urbnet)
2 Socalled* Peoplewatching (Dare to Care)
3 Ill Tone* Up in My Head (Urbnet)
4 The Dirty Sample* Raw Produce (Phonographique)
5 Keaton* Finally the Finale (Independent)
6 Buck n' Nice* Us Versus Them (Busy)
7 MC Fubb* The Poet (Independent)
8 Pause No Small Order (Independent)
9 Rift and Savillon* Carry the Fire (Hand Solo)
10 More or Les and Recordface* Post Millenium Tension (Hand Solo)
11 God Made Me Funky* Funky, Fly and Free (Independent)
12 Tyler Skyy* Intergalactic (Independent)
13 MC Fubb and Noyz* Be Longing (Independent)
14 Bobby Capri Instant Gratification (Independent)
15 Wordburglar* Rapplicable Skills (Backburner)
16 Relic* The 13th Floor (Independent)
17 Capeech Cappucino* Galacticstar Hip-Hop (Independent)
18 V. Nova HIPS 3: The New Commission (Independent)
19 Tyler the Creator Cherry Bomb (Odd Future)
20 Madchild* Silver Tongue Devil (Battle Axe)
21 Kehmak* Revenge of the Nerds (Independent)
22 Bobby Capri Remote Viewing (Independent)
23 Raz Simone Cognitive Dissonance II (Independent)
24 Trenton P So Ill (Independent)
25 Femapco* North American Idol (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Roots/Country Albums for 2014

1 Whitehorse* Leave No Bridge Unburned (Six Shooter)
2 The Good Lovelies* Burn the Plan (Independent)
3 Glenn McFarlane* Music and Friends (Independent)
4 Cassie and Maggie* Sterling Road (Independent)
5 Jenny Ritter* Raised by Wolves (Fiddle Head)
6 The Grid Pickers* Shack Wacky (Independent)
7 Lisa Leblanc* Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted (Bonsound)
8 Cod Gone Wild** Battered and Fried (Independent)
9 Petunia* Free as the Wind (Independent)
10 The Weather Station* Loyalty (Outside)
11 Emily Triggs* When Guinevere Went Under (Independent)
12 Old Man Luedecke* Domestic Eccentric (True North)
13 Dan Frechette and Lauren Thomsen* New Disguise (Independent)
14 Pharis and Jason Romero* A Wanderer I'll Stay (Lula)
15 The Bombadils* Grassy Roots, Wandering Feet (Independent)
16 The River and the Road* Headlights (MapleMusic)
17 Peter Brunette* Meadowlark (Independent)
18 Lindi Ortega* Faded Gloryville (Last Gang)
19 Scott Cook and the Long Weekends* Go Long (Independent)
20 Anne Linday* Solo Works (Independent)
21 Old Man Flanagan's Ghost* Sociable! (Independent)
22 Adam Hill* Old Paint (Independent)
23 Brent Mason* All the Pretty Horses (Independent)
24 The Dinner Belles* The River and the Willow (Independent)
25 Heather Ballentine* The Cat's Meow (Cool Cat)

CFBX Top 25 Blues Albums for 2014

1 Roly Platt* Inside Out (Independent)
2 Cheryl Lescom* 1953 (Busted Flat)
3 Wicked Grin* Shame on Me (Phoenix)
4 Leon Bridges Coming Home (Columbia)
5 The Scattered Atoms** Blue Atoms (Independent)
6 Kingmixers* Flyboy (Independent)
7 24th Street Wailers* Where Evil Grows (LMB)
8 TG and the Swampbusters* Swamp Tooth Comb (Booze)
9 Donald Ray Johnson* These Blues (MarVista)
10 Crissinger* Blues Expression (Independent)
11 Working Class Band* Home Again (Independent)
12 Ria Reece Band* Out All Night (Independent)
13 Various Artists Ruf 20 Years Anniversary (Ruf)
14 Bey Paule Band Not Goin' Away (Blue Dot)
15 Hans Theesink and Terry Evans True and Blue (Blue Groove)
16 Ghost Town Blues Band Hard Road to Hoe (Independent)
17 Michael Jerome Browne* Sliding Delta (Borealis)
18 Lee Palmer* Like Elway (On the Fly)
19 The Split* Can't Get Enough (Label)
20 Soulstack* Soulstack (Independent)
21 Les Copeland** To Be in Your Company (Earwig)
22 Lucky Losers A Winning Hand (WestTone)
23 Toots Lorraine Make it Easy (Independent)
24 Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar* Send the Nightingale (Independent)
25 Layla Zoe* Live at Spirt of 66 (Cable Car)