ESSENTIAL ALBUMS


The Best of Essential Albums 2014

The Best of ESSENTIAL ALBUMS in 2014: 10 great artists talk influential records

Dec 18, 2014

Pixies talk Beatles, Greys talk Sloan, Sloan talk punk, Kevin Drew talks masturbation, and more talking from the year in record talk.

Timber Timbre Essential Viewing

ESSENTIAL VIEWING: Timber Timbre’s Taylor Kirk discusses five influential films

Dec 3, 2014

Justifying that "cinematic" tag once and for all, the song-sculptor goes through five movies that broke his mind open.

Essential Albums - John Southworth

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: John Southworth picks four albums from the border of Canada and the United States

Oct 23, 2014

Mimicking the structure of his gorgeous new double LP, the veteran Toronto singer/songwriter picks two albums of Canadiana and two albums of Americana.

Essential Albums - Bonnie

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Bonnie “Prince” Billy surveys his disarrayed record collection

Oct 9, 2014

Will Oldham's wall has come down, scattering his records onto the floor. Here, he plucks five of his favourites from the chaos.

Essential Albums - Laetitia Sadier

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Laetitia Sadier recommends five life-changing albums from around the world

Sep 24, 2014

The Stereolab co-leader and solo artist refreshes our playlist with music that blurs the line between love and politics.

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ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Andy Kindler gives us five non-hacky classics

Sep 18, 2014

Before his four-night Alternative Show at Toronto's JFL42 festival, comedy's freest thinker and self-appointed truing stand ran through his ~400 CD collection.

Essential Albums - Sloan

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Sloan: a pick from each member

Sep 11, 2014

Taking a cue from their new solo-sided double record, we let all four guys choose a record that influenced their songwriting.

Essential Albums - Xiu Xiu

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart on 5 albums unlike anything he’s ever heard

Jul 10, 2014

One part dark cabaret, two dashes avant-garde chanteuse, some robo kraut, a little goth rock, and a pinch of ultra-minimalism.

Essential Albums - BADBADNOTGOOD

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: BADBADNOTGOOD on jazz standards and getting sampled by Drake

Jul 2, 2014

BADBADNOTGOOD introduced a new generation to jazz by embracing the recklessness in the classics. Here, the Toronto trio talk on some of their favorite records.