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http://textpattern.com/?v=4.6.2 C.T.OVERDRIVE https://www.ctoverdrive.ca/ Web Designer | Business Guy | Nerd | I Really Hate Helevetica Tue, 12 Jan 2021 19:19:40 GMT A New Birthday Tradition See when I was a kid, whenever my dad would return home from a long job overseas or an extended stint up north, his first request, after catching up on sleep, would be for a ‘proper curry’. And like clockwork, we would put on our best dinner outfits and head down to the Radjoot on 4th street. Didn’t matter if it was December 30th or July 15th, this was my dad’s one request when he came back from the rigs. And let me tell you, Gerry was a grumpy sod until he had his ‘post-job curry’.

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So yesterday would have been my dad’s 80th birthday. To celebrate his life, we decided to start a bit of a new tradition by ordering in Indian (in non-COVID years we plan on actually going to a restaurant and obviously not just ordering in).

See when I was a kid, whenever my dad would return home from a long job overseas or an extended stint up north, his first request, after catching up on sleep, would be for a ‘proper curry’. And like clockwork, we would put on our best dinner outfits and head down to the Radjoot on 4th street. Didn’t matter if it was December 30th or July 15th, this was my dad’s one request when he came back from the rigs. And let me tell you, Gerry was a grumpy sod until he had his ‘post-job curry’.

But at the time, the late eighties, Indian food was fairly rare in Calgary (and especially the southwest quadrant) and westernized Chinese food was all the rage with my friends. As you can guess, for an 8-12-year-old my dad’s obsession with Indian and refusal to order “Chinese food” like every other family in the city was infuriating. At the time when every other kid in Calgary was going out to eat Ginger Beef and Beef and Broccolli or Greek-style Pizza, dad was dragging us down the street and teaching me about the difference between madras and vindaloo, how to temper the heat of a curry with milk or bread (never water), how to snap apart a papadum, and of course how to properly spoon out the fennel candy after dinner. Don’t get me wrong, I now absolutely adore a solid curry and those dinners were fond memories, but as a petty pre-teen, jealousy was a strong emotion at that age and doing what everyone else’s family did was far more important than making dad happy.

Fast forward a few decades and hindsight being 20/20, I now fully realize why he craved a ‘proper curry’ upon his return. I understood how much it reminded him of his childhood and how much that meal was his comfort food. And while I won’t be able to share another curry with Dad again, I am looking forward to passing on some of his traditions and stories.

Happy Birthday, Dad. Miss you.

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https://www.ctoverdrive.ca/article/1066/a-new-birthday-tradition Mon, 11 Jan 2021 18:59:28 GMT Connor Turner tag:www.ctoverdrive.ca,2021-01-12:51ccf3ee7f6228f9503072ffe50780d4/b8ef38b1097b4497bf19f19833cee16d
Gerald Turner's Passing It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that my father Gerald Turner, passed away this morning at the Chinook Care Centre Hospice in Calgary. Due to COVID and the recent birth of my daughter, I was unable to attend, but he passed peacefully and painlessly after an extended battle with cancer with Bennie by his side.

Gerry lived a full life very few people will ever experience – from growing up in mountains of Mussoorie, India to his years in Ealing and growing up in the art world of London to travelling the world working on rigs across the Middle East, Canada, and South America. His stories were always engrossing and somewhat unimaginable, yet he experienced life with a kind heart, a dry wit, very few words, and an infectious chuckle.

Over thousands of cups of coffee and tea, I was lucky enough to get to know him better than most ever will. He was someone I idolized and admired, I one day hope I can match the love and admiration he had for family and friends. But given the emotions of the past week, it would be a disservice and fool-hearted to his memory to fully try and convey what the big guy meant to me at this time, so I will save those for another day.

Love you and miss you always dad,

Your ‘chubbo’

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https://www.ctoverdrive.ca/article/1063/gerald-turner-s-passing Sun, 31 May 2020 14:55:31 GMT Connor Turner tag:www.ctoverdrive.ca,2020-06-02:51ccf3ee7f6228f9503072ffe50780d4/3d38128ac0c4a112152a2b5d0a0f714a
Theodora Turner Caitlin and I are happy to share the news that on Wednesday morning, the one and only Theodora Margaret Dian Turner of New Westminster arrived into this glorious and crazy world. We’re all happy, healthy and fucking tired. #babyturner

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Caitlin and I are happy to share the news that on Wednesday morning, the one and only Theodora Margaret Dian Turner of New Westminster arrived into this glorious and crazy world. We’re all happy, healthy and fucking tired. #babyturner

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https://www.ctoverdrive.ca/article/1062/theodora-turner Thu, 28 May 2020 04:25:10 GMT Connor Turner tag:www.ctoverdrive.ca,2020-05-31:51ccf3ee7f6228f9503072ffe50780d4/c859dc37235b52be6dc157dcacdba00d
Happy Christmas To You And Yours - 2020 From my family to yours, have a Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2020. Love and joy to everyone across the world.

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https://www.ctoverdrive.ca/article/1064/happy-christmas-to-you-and-yours-2020 Wed, 25 Dec 2019 16:15:09 GMT Connor Turner tag:www.ctoverdrive.ca,2020-06-02:51ccf3ee7f6228f9503072ffe50780d4/d5c342d8d027e6a483ee59df087fb593
ctoverdrive's Top Five Records of 2019 That time of year again kids. Yup, it is time to dust off those pretentious hats and come up with my top five records of the year. I won’t bother you with my usual spiel from the past five years of being old and out of touch and instead this time, I’ll just cut to the chase and get to the beef of my list

5. Baroness – Gold & Grey

The first record in ye’ old #top5of2019 list is Baroness’ Gold & Grey. Probably one of the best ‘rock’ albums I’ve heard in a long, long time. While the rock/alternative/metal genre feels dead and buried nowadays, it was nice to hear someone carrying the torch for the few of us still craving some early Queens Of The Stone Age-inspired ‘stoner’ rock.

4. Bon Iver – i,i

If feels like you’re either a pre-Kanye Bon Iver fan or a post-Kanye fan. I fall smack dab into the Post-Kanye Bon Iver fandom. 22 A MILLION is still one of my favourite records of the past decade and this year’s follow up doesn’t disappoint at all.

3. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse Soundtrack

Technically this is a 2018 record, but it was released last year after everyone put together their ‘best of’ lists. If you haven’t seen the movie or listened to the soundtrack by now, I’m not sure there is much I can do to help you on the pop culture front. It’s pretty much perfect from beginning to end and for an old fossil like me, it gave me a better understanding of the appeal that the next generation of hip-hop artists are bringing to the masses.

2. Beck – Hyperspace

While not as energetic or as exciting as ‘Colors’ from a few years ago, ‘Hyperspace’ is probably my second favourite record of the year and one of my favourite Beck records. A weird mix of 80s-synth-pop and ‘B’ sides from earlier Beck albums, but still something that still feels like a great Beck album.

1. IGOR – Tyler, The Creator

… and the final record of #ctoverdrivetop5 goes to Tyler, The Creator’s IGOR. Not going to lie, I had zero expectations this would be any good, but instantly fell in love with its quirky early-N.E.R.D. soulful crooning vibe. Easily my favourite and most listened to record of the year.

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https://www.ctoverdrive.ca/article/1065/ctoverdrive-s-top-five-records-of-2019 Sat, 14 Dec 2019 07:15:51 GMT Connor Turner tag:www.ctoverdrive.ca,2020-06-13:51ccf3ee7f6228f9503072ffe50780d4/9032817b221880679dc1826829361114
ctoverdrive's Top Five Records of 2018 It might just be my age, but I thought 2018 was a pretty lacklustre year for music. Yes, I acknowledge I’m not the music aficionado that I was for most of my 20s, but putting this list together was an epic chore. I have a list of far more disappointing records, then I do of records that blew my mind away. Most of the bands who should have put together some interesting music, [cough] Arctic Monkeys [cough], laid bonafide eggs and others didn’t release any thing of interest. And given the political climate and social turmoil engulfing the world, you’d think that 2018 would have been a perfect year for music to provide a societal elixir.

But alas, it wasn’t.

But even with that debbie downer of a preamble, enjoy my list. If you have a recommendation, that isn’t Kendrik Lamar, I’d love to hear it. Hope you enjoy’em and find some new music to listen to over round out the holidays.

1. Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar

I stumbled upon this gem, while doing my yearly poaching of records from various best of lists and I am so happy I found it. Now I will warn you it’s a totally unique listen and it’ll take a listen or two to really dig into the fascinating vocal and sonic layers and lyrical play/structure. So it takes a bit of a patience, but the reward is fantastic. Tracks like In My View, Fee Fi, Lord, and Wow are easily career making standouts. It’s really not a record that can be easily compared to anything else out there, so it’s best to just fire up the headphones and strap yourself in for a weird wonderful journey.

2. Dear Rouge – PHASES

Even though a couple of their hits, are probably overplayed a bit due to can-con regulations, this is easily my favourite “alternative/rock” record of 2018. If you need something to quench that CHVRCHES or early Metric vibe, then Phases is the record for you. Dear Rouge is probably one of the few Canadian acts that I would strongly recommend keeping an eye out for in the near future. They have star potential written all over them.

(Plus the added head nod to my favourite mid ranged city along the QEII also helps their cool factor).

3. Pusha T – Daytona

Even with the taint of a MAGA-era Kanye West (who produced the album as apart of his infamous Wyoming sessions), Daytona is Pusha T at his finest. Not that it should be a surprise to anyone who has been following his career since his days with The Clipse and The Neptunes movement of the early 2000s.

4. Elton John – Reimagining the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin

I have always had a soft spot for a good set of covers, so when Queens of The Stone Age announced they had contributed their take on Yellow Brick Road I was already sold. Oddly enough, it’s probably not the strongest of the covers on this collection. Tracks such as Alessia Cara’s cover of I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues and Sam Smith’s cover of Daniel are the true gems of this compilation.

5. Black Panther – Original Soundtrack

As I’ve stated about 2,000 times, I am in no way a massive Kendrick Lamar fan. For whatever reason, he falls into my category of acts like Arcade Fire ‘that everyone adores, but I just don’t get’. But this record, this record is just exceptionally crafted. Not a single track on it doesn’t embody the spirit and feel of the movie – and in this day and age of one-hit wonders that on to itself is achievement. Plus it produced two of the mot unique pop tracks of the year in All The Stars and Pray For Me.

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https://www.ctoverdrive.ca/article/1061/ctoverdrive-s-top-five-records-of-2018 Sat, 29 Dec 2018 23:44:00 GMT Connor Turner tag:www.ctoverdrive.ca,2018-12-29:51ccf3ee7f6228f9503072ffe50780d4/a2b7b0bcaf55c75b8ed2a4bfac7067e9
Happy Christmas To You And Yours - 2018 For however you celebrate, with large gatherings or quiet private moments, I want to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and all the best in 2019.

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https://www.ctoverdrive.ca/article/1060/happy-christmas-to-you-and-yours-2018 Tue, 25 Dec 2018 14:32:34 GMT Connor Turner tag:www.ctoverdrive.ca,2018-12-25:51ccf3ee7f6228f9503072ffe50780d4/ea101cd3d79b47696c4edbd4fab2b82b
Happy Christmas To You And Yours - 2017 Sometimes traditions don’t really need an explanation. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York is one of those.

So from my family to yours, have a Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2018. Love and joy to everyone.

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Sometimes traditions don’t really need an explanation. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York is one of those.

So from my family to yours, have a Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2018. Love and joy to everyone.

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https://www.ctoverdrive.ca/article/1059/happy-christmas-to-you-and-yours-2017 Sun, 24 Dec 2017 08:12:52 GMT Connor Turner tag:www.ctoverdrive.ca,2017-12-24:51ccf3ee7f6228f9503072ffe50780d4/8785e6458a7be882159b12666f397f0b
ctoverdrive's Top Five Records of 2017 So what does that have to do with my top five records of 2017? Pretty much nothing. I’m just old and love stories. Actually, that’s a bit of a lie. I shared that story to give people a heads up that this list isn’t going to mimic Pitchfork’s list of bands that nobody has actually heard and to justify not waxing philosophically about each chord arrangement on each track of my top five albums.

So without further delay, here are my favourite records of 2017. Hope you enjoy’em and find some new music to listen to over the holidays.

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I’m not going to lie, after an almost three-year hiatus on this thing, I’m kinda blown away that it still works.

So let’s start off with a rambling story. See when I was a young man in my early 20s, I was always astonished that “middle aged” people (those old fossils in their mid 30s) didn’t know what was going on in the pop-culture world. I found it offensive that people a mere ten years older than I, didn’t listen to the newest bands and records or were unable to list off, by memory, the current listings for places like the Uptown or Plaza theatre. What was wrong with these people? How could they become so uncool? Like honestly, how does everyone not know that Andrew W.K. is playing the Back Alley on a Tuesday evening in the middle of February!

Anyways, fast-forward fifteen odd years, and I as I sit here as one of those mid-30s fossils, I fully realize how much of a pretentious twerp I was back in the day.

What does that have to do with my top five records of 2017? Pretty much nothing. I’m just old and love stories. Actually, that’s a bit of a lie. I shared that story to give people a heads up that this list isn’t going to mimic Pitchfork’s list of bands that nobody has actually heard and to justify not waxing philosophically about every chord arrangement on each track of my top five albums.

So without further delay, here are my favourite records of 2017. Hope you enjoy’em and find some new music to listen to over the holidays.

1. Run The Jewels – III

Technically this doesn’t count as a 2017 release, as it came out on Boxing Day of ’16, but it’s impossible to overlook RTJ’s third album. In my opinion, there isn’t a more interesting or important act out there than El-P and rapper Killer Mike (sorry Kendrick Lamar fans). RTJ3 is brash, aggressive, unapologetic, and frankly the record that 2017’s endless string of chaos needed.

Throw a double finger with a fist
Here at the abyss
I will be your tour guide
It is war time, check your wrists (Ready, kids?)
Over to your right, shine a light
Got a bevy ready for the fight
I just wanna live, I don’t wanna ever have to load a clip
Only hunt bliss
I am still a kid in my heart.
(From 2100)

2. The xx – I see you

Over the past decade, London’s The xx (and to an extent Jamie xx) have quietly become one of my favourite bands. While the overall themes from record to record can sometimes blur together, their emotional and mesmerizing sound easily makes up for the lack of extreme diversity on each new record. There are elements of I see you which seem to be recycled from previous albums, but at the end of the day I see you sees this amazing trio with a far more upbeat and, dare I say, happy sound. Tracks such as Say Something, On Hold and I Dare You are some of their best work.

3. Beck – Colors

I’ve always been an unapologetic fan of Beck’s more up-tempo tracks and releases. I know everyone loves the mopey and critically acclaimed drivel of Sea Change and Morning Phase, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the less critically heralded additions to his catalogue. Records like Odelay and Midnight Vultures are regularly rescued from the depths of my CD collection for an occasional spin. So I was pleasantly surprised to see Colors as an upbeat change in musical direction. Sure it has the vintage signature tracks such as Wow and Seventh Heaven, but tracks like Colors, Up All Night, and my favourite No Distraction are some of the best pop music to come out in 2017.

4. Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

Villains may never be as perfect as the quintessential Songs for the Deaf, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a really good album. The swinging The Way You Used To Do is probably one of the songs of the year (and also the most accessible track on the album), but that doesn’t take away from other songs such as Un-Reborn Again and The Evil has Landed. The true gem of the Villains is Head Like a Haunted House. Lasting all of three and a quarter minutes, Head Like a Haunted House takes you on a psychobilly rollercoaster through five different songs structures. Honestly, try listening to it on a good set of headphones and track the musical deviations and then contemplate how in hell someone could play this live. It’s an incredible achievement.

5. The Beaches – Late Show

The Beaches flew completely under the radar in 2017, but these four kick-ass women from Toronto are destined for rock n’ roll stardom. If you enjoy some of the best brit rock of the early 2000s, Luscious Jackson, or even the rockier elements of Tegan and Sara then Late Show is a record you should pick-up. Every track on their debut is a shout-a-long joyride; but Keeper is by far the best two and a half minutes of rock you’ve heard in a few years.

The also rans…

Portugal The Man – Woodstock

Woodstock probably deserves to be on my top five, but it got squeezed out due to stringent Canadian content regulations (which for my American records dictates I find away to promote Canadian culture in every blog post). You’ve all heard their infectious single Feel It Still. I know this because it because the defacto soundtrack to a mid-summer road trip to Denver (The Windy City) that I took this summer. But even with all the hallmarks of a one-hit wonder, Woodstock is a pretty complete record from beginning to end. Live in The Moment and Easy Tiger are just as joyous as the more popular Feel It Still.

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https://www.ctoverdrive.ca/article/1058/ctoverdrive-s-top-five-records-of-2017 Fri, 22 Dec 2017 15:13:39 GMT Connor Turner tag:www.ctoverdrive.ca,2017-12-22:51ccf3ee7f6228f9503072ffe50780d4/905107cd374e4add5c348dc4a2179ddd
Happy Christmas To You And Yours - 2015 Well kids, another year is in the books and another Christmas season is around the corner. I should probably write something profound, but I’ll save that for another time. This year Christmas came a couple of days early to my little family. After two years of living apart, my wife and I have completed our massive move to Calgary (well sort of) and with that we’re having an extra special and rewarding Christmas together. And while I could continue on with a mushy and rambling post about the past year, I’d rather spend that time hanging out with the family and enjoying some Christmas merriment.

So to continue on with the tradition from past years, we have the greatest Irish festive carol by the legendary Pogues to kick off the Christmas season.

I also want to wish you and your family a very, very Happy Christmas and all the best in 2016. May your Quality street chocolates be as tasty as ever.

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Well kids, another year is in the books and another Christmas season is around the corner. I should probably write something profound, but I’ll save that for another time. This year Christmas came a couple of days early to my little family. After two years of living apart, my wife and I have completed our massive move to Calgary (well sort of) and with that we’re having an extra special and rewarding Christmas together. And while I could continue on with a mushy and rambling post about the past year, I’d rather spend that time hanging out with the family and enjoying some Christmas merriment.

So to continue on with the tradition from past years, we have the greatest Irish festive carol by the legendary Pogues to kick off the Christmas season.

I also want to wish you and your family a very, very Happy Christmas and all the best in 2016. May your Quality street chocolates be as tasty as ever.

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https://www.ctoverdrive.ca/article/1056/happy-christmas-to-you-and-yours-2015 Thu, 24 Dec 2015 16:49:47 GMT Connor Turner tag:www.ctoverdrive.ca,2015-12-24:51ccf3ee7f6228f9503072ffe50780d4/4d16235e7b305bf08ac566f05960a43e
ctoverdrive's Top Five Records of 2015 Guess what kids? It’s time for my yearly Top Five Records of the Year post.

Now, a couple of things before we get into the nitty gritty of this list. First off, the death of rdio has had a big impact on how I cobbled together the list this year. Not only does the end of my beloved rdio mean that you won’t be able to stream the these records in a single playlist, like last year’s list, but it also had a changed how I selected this year’s list of records.

See, rather than sitting down and brainstorming my favourite records from memory, this year I let “my rdio history“http://www.rdio.com/people/ctoverdrive/ dictate the selection of records that qualified for the list. In comparison to my previous best of lists, there turns out to be a couple of surprises on the list. Two of the records on here were absolute givens, but the other three were a bit of a shock and interesting enough to supplant a few records that probably should have made the list.

So without further adieu, here’s my favourite records of 2015.

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Guess what kids? It’s time for my yearly Top Five Records of the Year post.

Now, a couple of things before we get into the nitty gritty of this list. First off, the death of rdio has had a big impact on how I cobbled together the list this year. Not only does the end of my beloved rdio mean that you won’t be able to stream the these records in a single playlist, like last year’s list, but it also a changed how I manufactured this year’s list of records.

See, rather than sitting down and brainstorming my favourite records from memory, this year I let “my rdio history“http://www.rdio.com/people/ctoverdrive/ dictate the selection of records that qualified for the list. In comparison to my previous best of lists, there turns out to be a couple of surprises on this year’s list. Two of the records on here were absolute givens, but the other three were a bit of a shock and interesting enough to supplant a few records that probably should have made the list.

So without further adieu, here’s my favourite records of 2015.

1. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

It terms of placement and ranking, this is probably the easiest of my selections. And if I’m being honest there hasn’t been a more obvious choice since Rob placed Smells Like Teen Spirit on his Top Five Track One/Side One list. Soulful, powerful and mesmerizing, Sound & Color truly is just all around brilliant. From the initial wandering moments during it’s namesake title track to the last few guitar strings on Over My Head, Sound & Color is an album of pure perfection. Tracks like Dune and Don’t Want To Fight No More are those heartfelt sing out loud songs that are perfect for the open highway or just stumbling around your apartment late at night. If you don’t already own the album, either as a download or as one of those fancy CD thingies, do yourself a favour and just go out and buy it.

2. Jamie xx – In Colour

Whether it’s the Caribbean infused beats of Obvs or the uplifting soulful swings of Loud Places, In Colour screams to be spun multiple times through a set of high quality headphones or speakers. As a record that strikes a perfect balance between moody and introspective ballads and feet on floor “dance” tracks. My only minor beef with In Colour is that if you’re already familiar Jamie xx’s (a.k.a Jamie Smith) main gig as lead of The xx and previous remix work, In Colour may actually feel like a more elaborate and experimental The xx record than anything truly unique and life altering. But when it comes to black marks to describe a record, anything with the same pedigree of previous The xx records is nothing to really complain about.

3. MUTEMATH – Vitals

I know I make this comment almost every year, but the state of rock/alternative music is sad and pathetic. It’s the musical equivalent of the Edmonton Oiler’s second round draft picks over the past decade. If I’m being perfectly honest, I can probably count the number of acts out there that I feel are really crafting unique and accessible music with one and a half hands. Now luckily for everyone New Orleans quartet MUTEMATH happens to be one of those bands. Although it only rolled out a couple of weeks ago, Vitals manages to carry the torch of the band’s previous underrated masterpieces with it’s mind-bending techno-fusion of alt-rock and Southern Louisiana soul. Tracks like Joy Rides, Monument, Vitals and Used To pop out of the speakers like sonic firecrackers and the entire record is a mind-melting tour from start to finish.

4. Atomic Tom – ERA

Trust me, when it comes to compiling lists of the best music of 2015, this will be the only place you’ll find this record. If I’m being honest I was kinda floored to find it as one of my most listened to albums… that was until I gave it another listen.

So who the hell is Atomic Tom? If you’re a long time fan of the old c.t.overdrive blog, you may recognize Atomic Tom as the quartet of New Yorkers who went viral by recording their first single, Take Me Out, using their iPhones and a couple of speakers on a NYC Subway car. Atomic Tom’s sound also happens to be a massive throw back to some of my favourite glory music of the 80s – bands like Human League, Duran Duran, A-Ha, and of course Culture Club. ERA is their second “major” release and while it’s not as technically awe inspiring as other records on this list, ERA does happen to be thirteen simple and wonderfully nostalgic tracks that are a breath of fresh air when juxtaposed against most of the other garbage coming out of the modern rock/alternative music genre.

5. CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye

So how does Scottish synth-pop trio CHVRCHES follow-up their stunning debut album? Of course they knock it right out of the pitch with a full catalog of tracks just as strong and catchy as anything that appeared on their refreshing The Bones Of What You Believe. Again, I must be some kinda of closet 80s music junkie, because similar to Atomic Tom before them CHVRCHES grabs some of the best elements of the 80s and slams them headfirst in to the digital age. Stealing elements of Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys to build a full record of engaging and artistic pop tracks.

The also rans…

Big Data – 2.0

Straight up, I have no bloody idea how I stumbled across this record. Seriously, who the hell is Big Data?

That being said, 2.0 is a mess of a mash-up album that is made up of smouldering pop songs that don’t even exist. While that sounds messed-up, and trust me it is, 2.0 actually turns out to be an album you can’t stop listening to. There’s no real rhyme or reason with the record and the tracks disjointedly flow into one another with no linear connection. But if you take a minute to give songs like Dangerous, Clean, Snowed In (Featuring Rivers Cuomo), and The Business of Emotion a spin for a couple of hours you’ll find it almost impossible to remove them from your playlist. I dare you. It makes no sense, but it’s impossible.

The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

It was hard not to sneak Beauty Behind The Madness into the top five this year. Tracks like Can’t Feel My Face and The Hills were not only infectious, but inescapable within the pop culture realm. But at the end of the day, while sonically this record is on a different plane than most anything that came out this year and the aforementioned tracks will probably define most of 2015, there is only so many tracks about “hooking up” that an old fossil like myself can really give a damn about.

Grimes – Art Angels

The first single from Art Angels, Flesh Without Blood, is one of the best pop songs you’ll hear all year. I probably can’t pinpoint my own personal attraction to this song, but it’s undeniably infectious. But the problem with Art Angels as a record is that it never really matches the same layered music heights as Flesh Without Blood does, so the record as a whole doesn’t make the top five. But as probably one of the best pop songs of 2015, Flesh Without Blood sure does give the record enough streetcred to warrant a mention on this list.

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https://www.ctoverdrive.ca/article/1055/ctoverdrive-s-top-five-records-of-2015 Mon, 14 Dec 2015 04:15:59 GMT Connor Turner tag:www.ctoverdrive.ca,2015-12-07:51ccf3ee7f6228f9503072ffe50780d4/70e1b73b195babc3da1d4759041de2bd
Sad Vader is Sad Sometimes life imitates art.

Mulroney doing his best Sad Vader. #puppylife

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Sometimes life imitates art.

Mulroney doing his best Sad Vader. #puppylife

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https://www.ctoverdrive.ca/article/1054/sad-vader-is-sad Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:39:29 GMT Connor Turner tag:www.ctoverdrive.ca,2015-02-14:51ccf3ee7f6228f9503072ffe50780d4/b555911a677b4b956a337db26456b311