Indie Pool Staff Top 10 of 2012

It’s that time of year again.

The much anticipated, highly acclaimed, world renowned, music extravaganza that is…

(Cue drum roll)


As always, to start things off, here are the ten albums that received the most staff plays in 2012.

1. Die Antwoord - Ten$ion
2. Band of skulls - Sweet Sour
3. Alex Winston – King Con
4. Grimes – Visions
5. Mumford and Sons – Babel
6. P!NK – The Truth About Love
7. Skrillex – Bangarang
8. Shovels and Rope – O’ Be Joyful
9. Levi Lowrey – I Confess I was A Fool
10. Childish Gambino – Camp

Read more to see the individual lists…


1. Die Antwoord – Ten$ion
2. Skrillex – Bangarang
3. Freelance Whales – Weathervanes
4. Childish Gambino – Camp
5. Shovels & Rope - O’ Be Joyful
6. Levi Lowrey – I Confess I Was A Fool
7. Mumford & Son – Babel
8. Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour
9. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
10. Alex Winston – King Con


1. Poor Young Things – Let It Sleep EP
2. Blind Pilot – We are The Tide
3. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
4. Alex Winston – King Con
5. Peter Katz – Still Mind Still
6. Tim Chaisson – The Other Side
7. Taylor Swift – Red
8. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
9. The Shins – Port Of Morrow
10. Jay Z – Blueprint 3


1. Die Antwoord – Ten$ion
2. Hocus Pocus – 16 Pieces
3. Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour
4. Lowlands – Huron
5. Melody Gardot – My One and Only Thrill
6. RZA – Shaolin Soul Volumes 1 & 2
7. Bahamas – Barchords
9. Graveyard – Hisingen Blues
10. Childish Gambino – Camp


1. JJ Grey and Mofro – Brighter Days
2. Levi Lowrey – I Confess I Was A Fool
3. Steven MacDougall – Cruel & Unusual
4. P!nk – The Truth About Love
5. John Mayer – complete discography
6. Billy Manzik – All Together Now
7. Lucero – 1372 Overton Park
8. Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops and Hooligans
9. Shovels and Rope – O Be Joyful
10. Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour


1. Purity Ring – Shrines
2. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
3. Grimes – Visions
4. Nite Jewel – One Second of Love
5. Azari & III – Azari & III
6. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
7. Dum Dum Girls - End of Daze EP
8. Ty Segall - Twins
9. Tame Impala - Lonerism
10. Jessie Ware - Devotion 


1. Teddybears – Devils Music
2. Alex Winston – King Con
3. The Pretty Reckless – Light Me Up
4. Childish Gambino – Camp
5. Narcoleptic Dancers – Never Sleep
6. The Wombats - The Wombats Proudly Present…
7. The Cool Kids – The Bake Sale
8. Carly Rae Jepson - Curiosity
9. Seth MacFarlane – Music Is Better Than Words
10. Shovels and Rope – O’ Be Joyful


1. Die Antwoord – Ten$ion
2. Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour
3. Alex Winston – King Con
4. Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
5. Shovels and Rope – O’ Be Joyful
6. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
7. The xx – Coexist
8. Django Django – Django Django
9. Fun – Some Nights
10. Lana Del Rey – Born to Die


1. July – MMXII
2. Taylor Swift – Red
3. Yelawolf & Ed Sheeran – Slumdon Bridge EP
4. Further Seems Forever – Penny Black
5. Deftones – Koi No Yokan
6. Monster Truck – The Brown EP
7. The Darkness – Hot Cakes
8. John Mayer – Born and Raised
9. The Used – Vulnerable
10. The Envy – Conception


1. Skrillex – Bangarang
2. Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour
3. The Prodigy – The Added Fat EP
4. Die Antwoord – Fatty Boom Boom
5. Knife Party – Rage Valley EP
6. Hyper – The Panic
7. Grimes – Visions
8. Stars – The North
9. How to Destroy Angels – An Omen EP
10. New York Philharmonic – 4 hour version of the theme to Sanford and Son (Episode of 30 Rock)


1. Minus The Bear – Highly Refined Pirates
2. Every Time I Die – Ex Lives
3. Gallows – Orchestra of Wolves
4. The Bronx – The Bronx
5. Odd Future – Radical
6. Graveyard – Hisingen Blues
7. Grizzly Bear – Horn of Plenty
8. Seu Jorge – The Life Aquatic – Studio Sessions featuring Seu Jorge
9. Cancer Bats – Dead Set On Living
10. Clutch – The Elephant Riders
Honourable mention: Gypsy Chief Goliath – New Machines of The Night (2013)


1. Peter Katz - Still Mind Still (2012)
2. The Good Lovelies - Live at Revolution (2012)
3.  Scott Cooper - Quiet Company (2012)
4. JP Hoe - Mannequin (2012)
5. Mumford & Sons - Babel (2012)
6. Glen Hansard - Rhythm & Repose (2012)
7. Jonathan Byrd - Cackalack (2010)
8. Rob Szabo - Life & Limb (2008)
9. James Vincent McMorrow - Early in the Morning (2011)
10. Dan Mangan - Oh Fortune (2011)

Think we’re missing out on some killer 2012 titles? Let us know! We love to hear about new music. Who knows, maybe your suggestion will make it to the top of our 2013 list!

Stay tuned and be in touch anytime.

Key Time!

Newb operations assistant Brodie gets his keys to the Pool…


Life As An Indie Pool Intern

NOTE: This post was written by the lovely and talented former intern Tiana. If you are interested in interning with us, we post available internships on the Work In Culture job board.

Intern. We’ve all heard the term and the majority of us have been one before, but what it’s like to be an intern at Indie Pool is an experience like no other. Either you’re reading this because you’re as curious as I was about applying for an internship at Indie Pool, or you’ve been an intern here before and you’re looking for something to nod your head at and relate to. If you’re as determined as I was to get this internship, you’re already half way there.  However, I’m not here to give you a step by step guide on how to become the best intern possible. That’s left for you to discover. Everyone’s experience as an Intern here is different, but there are a couple things that are definite.

Benefit Gigs: Giving back to the community while doing what you love.

When you’re just starting out as a band, it can be hard to nail down gigs. You know how it goes – people don’t want to pay unless you’re famous but you won’t get there unless people come to see you. It’s a vicious circle. One solution is playing a charity gig. Not only does it help to get your music out there, it gives back to the community and gives you a chance to show people what you’re all about.

Any time you play a fundraiser, you automatically expose more people to your music. But let’s step back and clarify what fundraising is. It means more than donating ticket sales.  Many important causes are in need of attention or financial support, but there are also many less fortunate groups in need of material assistance.  So many people are in need of essential items like clothes, books, canned goods and so on. Why not hold a clothing drive for a women’s shelter or a canned foods fundraiser for your local food bank?

QRyoo: Get a Free QR Code & Mobile Website

What is QRyoo and why should you use it?

Have you been noticing  those crazy looking square barcodes popping up in advertising and on products recently?

They’re called QR codes and they are showing up everywhere. They’re in your reading material, on billboards, even in your supermarket. QR codes, otherwise known as Quick Response codes, are a great way to engage your audience.

So how do they work? Here’s an example; You put a QR code on your product or gig poster, someone walks by, checks it out and wants to find out more.  They scan the code with their smartphone and it will point their browser to your mobile website or wherever else you want it to. You can use this for contests, promotional offers, or simply to drive traffic to your website.

Wanna License Your Tunes? The Do’s and Don’ts of Pitching.

Everyone’s trying to make ends meet in this economy and independent artists are no different. In fact, the term ‘starving artist’ seems to be more and more of a reality some days. When even big name artists are having a tough time bringing revenue in, times can be rough on smaller indie acts and you may have to look at other ways to bring in some cash. One way to increase your cash flow (and gain exposure) is by licensing your music to film and television.

When it comes to licensing, there are plenty of opportunities. Movies, commercials and video games are just some of the outlets looking for quality music, and while there are of course plenty of low budget projects, there are opportunities for healthy payments both up front and residual.

There’s just one catch – not every song is licensable. Here are a few do’s and don’ts  to abide by when pitching yourself to music supervisors and licensing catalogues.

Bio Contest: The Finished Result

We ran a little contest a while back to win a revamped artist bio, courtesy of pro wordsmith Trisha Evelyn. The results were so fab we wanted to post them here for everyone to see!

Our two winners were Waterloo based singer songwriter Amy Carson Hunter and pop punk rockers RocketRocketShip from St. John’s.

Check out their bios pre and post makeover below.

Alan Cross Interviews C0ndu1t At Indie Pool

We had the pleasure of being the backdrop for pro music nerd Alan Cross and industrial artist Brian Hogue of C0ndu1t’s interview a few days ago. Here’s the final result in three parts.

The Great Indie Pool $5,000 Giveaway

The contest is now over. Thanks to all who participated and congrats to the winners! 

We’ve been doing so much merch and having so much fun with our new printer that we’ve decided to ramp it up a bit this week and get everyone in on the good times! We’re giving away $5,000 in Indie Pool cash and free merch so head on down to the form below and enter to win!

That’s right, $5,000! Here’s what’s up for grabs:

  • 150 Indie Pool $20 gift certificates
  • 15 x $100 merch giveaways
  • 1 x grand prize winner will receive $500 in merch!

Meet the New Guy

Jordan Howard joined the Indie Pool crew as an artist rep a little while back. Looks like he’ll be sticking around for a bit, so we thought it was time you all got to know him better.