Wednesday Graveyear: 2012 - the Year in Music

I like music. 2012 has been a very good year, in my opinion, and my top five albums were difficult to discern. However, as people like lists (and I like lists), here is my top five albums of the year. Also presented neatly as a take-away playlist on Spotify, Wednesday Graveyear: 2012 TopAlbums. Click the link or play in-browser here.
  1. Errors – Have Some Faith in Magic
  2. Deftones – Koi No Yokan
  3. Loscil – Sketch from New Brighton
  4. Arrange – New Memory
  5. The Walkmen – Heaven

Also some notable entries from this year:

Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin – Instrumental Tourist
RM Hubbert – Thirteen Lost and Found
The Twilight Sad – No One Can Ever Know
Grizzly Bear – Shields
Shearwater – Animal Joy
Beach House – Bloom
Liars – WIXIW
Tall Ships – Everything Touching
Gravenhurst – The Ghost in Daylight

All of the above (and many more) appear on the Wednesday Graveyear: 2012 Top Tracks playlist, to take-away too and play in-browser here.

Hope you’ve had a good year too. And yes, the Wednesday Graveyard: “Live” will return, I promise. Probably over the Christmas period, for a January 2013 release.

Wednesday Graveyard: The Specials

I make weekly playlists on Spotify (as you know), I also have made “Live” versions of these playlists (as you know), and I make regular special edition playlists based on a theme (as you know). So, I’ve added some links to these playlists over there on the right of the blog, and this post serves as a catalogue of all the Special Playlists I’ve made; the themed ones.

Some were made as a challenge, but others were made just for fun. Have a listen to them, see what you think.

A playlist of over 30 Jazz and cool blues music selected originally for a 1950s themed Come Dine With Me Night, but now is my go to playlist for calming down. It does need an update, so I’m already working on Volume 2. I promise.

A playlist made for an American friend solely consisting of Scottish artists.

Inspired by High Fidelity and a challenge by Kenny Howie, I made this playlist. It’s fairly good, but I really should revisit it.

Remember this? You can read about it all here, and listen to them all here.

All of the UK number ones on my birthday.

All of the UK number ones on my fiancée’s birthday.

My favourite single tracks from 2011. No exhaustive.

Techno and electro based playlist. I am currently working on the sequel.

A playlist inspired by the IDM of Boards of Canda, but not exclusively electronic music. This is one of my favourite playlists I’ve ever made.

Made for Rob (you should read his blog). It’s pretty damn great. Mostly American pop-rock and indie stuff. It’s really good.

A post-rock based playlist. I good one to listen to if you don’t need to pay attention to what you’re listening to. It’s a great playlist.

My favourite bong theme tunes.

My first collaborative playlist (well kinda). Built in tandem with Jonathan it is the first stage of my classical musical education. I enjoyed it a lot.

A sequel to the Scottish playlist, this one was made for Canadian Thanksgiving. It’s all Canadian artists.

Every remix ever put into my playlists. Seriously. Took ages to make this one, but it was certainly worth it.


My fiancée is Canadian, a fact that I sometimes forget. It’s not because it’s not an amazing fact, but it’s just something that is so obvious I forget about it, like constantly remembering you're breathing air all day long. It’s an amazing thing too, a wonderous route to new family and experiences, and also extensive travelling, but culturally it’s an amazing thing too. Being with someone “foreign” is actually something I’ve seen people aspire to – looking for an American or French partner, as it seems like a luxurious or strange, or even different. I happened upon my fiancée by sheer luck on my part, her endeavours, and a dash of incredible chance, and the story is worth telling… but maybe another time. This post is not about her, per se, though she’d like it to be… it’s about my relationship with her home-country. My adopted second nation.

I can clearly remember being taught about Canada as a youngster when I was in primary school as part of Scottish History. We were taught about the highland clearances and the impact that they had on the children and families of the Scottish crofters. I remembered reading a book about it, but for about a decade I couldn’t remember what it was called, and after some furious Googling I am certain it was Kathleen Filder’s The Desperate Journey. In it the family are forced to move to Hudson Bay, in Canada. The detail doesn’t come back to me beyond that synopsis, but it also tied in directly to the cotton mills, and then a day trip to New Lanark. As it was, it was the first instance in which I’d been educated in Canada, and I imagined it to be this rolling, large place, a wilderness. Wild beyond control.

I rarely came across Canada in my youth after that. In my early teenage years, a memory that has stuck was when a hot Canadian English supply teacher came to the school and taught my class a few times. I don’t remember his name, but his accent and his face do stick out.

Later on, my father would surprise me by way of a tale that still makes me wonder.  There was at one point a very slim chance I could’ve been brought up French-Canadian. Back when my mother and he were both young there was an offer of work across the water in Quebec. The times were hard for someone working in the shipyards on Govan, so the subject was partially considered as a serious option – my father went to the job interview and was offered the position. There were a few strange… Quebec based clauses in the contract of course – if you were to move out of Quebec to an English speaking province or job you’d have to pay back all the relocation expenses, and there was a requirement to learn French, of course. Maybe I’d have grown up Canadien and as I am now. It would have been a vastly different lifestyle – it rather boggles the mind to think how thing would have ended up if I’d lived there.

I’ve actually yet to go to Quebec, but it is on my list of plans to go and see the city and the province.

These ruminations have been aligned for Canadian Thanksgiving, which is a similar concept to that of the more famous “American Thanksgiving”. I am incredibly thankful for my Canadian family, the heritage that they have, the culture I am now excited to explore and consume. To celebrate Canada, I’ve made a special edition of my Wednesday Graveyard playlists, “Keep it Canadian”, a sequel of sorts to my Scottish one, “Keep it Scottish”. You can listen below.

Happy thanksgiving everyone.

Wednesday Graveyard No. 54

Embedded is the 54th Wednesday Graveyard playlist. If you missed any of the last few they've all been added to the Almanac, which you can see if you click here. It's now standing at 877 tracks.

I will be starting a new series of "Live" shows in the coming months, though to find the time... it's sometimes difficult. But I will, and there will be a new format too. So that's good.

Anyway, have a listen. If you want the weekly playlist, subscribe in Spotify and it'll automatically change number and playlist each week.

Wednesday Graveyard (Not Live) Returns

I'd like to thank you all for listening to my mixcasts - they are all still available here, so have a listen if you have not yet. I am going to rest them for a while and bring back what preceded them - the "award winning" Wednesday Graveyard series of weekly Spotify playlists.

They will update automatically on this link each Wednesday, so click on that, Subscribe, add it to your synced playlists, and you'll be given a full bunch of new music curated by me every week.

If you want to know how good I am at keeping this up, the current play list is Number 40 and on Wednesday the 9th it'll be number 41. So that's cool.

I have a large almanac playlist available here where almost all playlists and songs that have ever been made by me in the last 2 years... which is cool. Right now there is 666 songs on it, which is amusing, but also over 2 days of music. 2 DAYS. That's right.

Sync them, subscribe, enjoy. :)