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!earshot charts - february 2004 - top 200

Asterisk (*) denotes Canadian artists. All !earshot charts in this issue reflect actual airplay on campus/community stations during the month of January 2004. Charts are weighted according to broadcast range and market size. To view older charts from as far back as 1999, go to our charts archive.

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Canadians love Canadian pop. We like other countries' pop too, but we really dig our own brand. This month's Top 10 is a perfect example of the affinity we feel towards the maple leaf sugar that we tap out of our grand land.

At number 1, The Unicorns. Are you surprised? Of course you're not. The Unicorns are an obvious choice for campus/community radio listeners to fall in love with. They possess all the elements of what we crave as an educated listener: twisted melodies that form sensible pop structures, organic sounds paired with keyboard nonsense, and absurd lyrics that are oddly comprehensible. It's all very avant-garde. It's all very normal. It's all very Alien8 Records.

Second best, we have the Joel Plaskett Emergency with Truthfully Truthfully. It's a little under the weather compared to previous releases. It was a short stop at the top last month for Plaskett, but a pioneer of Canadian indie pop-rock deserves our attention to a new album at least once.

Mint Records, purveyors of pop attitude, feeds our fetish with two new albums. At number 9, The Gay. In a word, gayalicious. You'll need an insulin shot after listening to this. At number 10, drool, the Young And Sexy. Can you stand how terribly adorable this is? Of course not, that's why you had to rush out and buy this album after playing the shit out of it on your radio show! Luuuuussssssshhhhh vooocaaaal harmoniesssss.gaaaaaaaaa (insert slobber here).

Peruse the rest of the chart this month and pay attention to all those great Canadian sugarpops. If you have yet to hear any of these few I've mentioned, bite the bullet and buy one. Rot your teeth on some Young And Sexy today. Better yet, get some cavities with The Unicorns. But be careful, coming down is a bitch.

By Charts Editor Bryndis Ogmundson

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Rank Artist Title Label
1 The Unicorns * Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? Alien8
2 Joel Plaskett Emergency* Truthfully Truthfully Maple Music
3 The Shins Chutes Too Narrow Sub Pop
4 Two-Minute Miracles * Volume III: The Silence Of Animals Teenage USA
5 Jim Guthrie * Now More Than Ever Three Gut
6 Kid Koala * Some Of My Best Friends Are DJs NinjaTune
7 Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros Streetcore Hellcat/Epitaph
8 The Strokes Room On Fire RCA
9 Young And Sexy * Life Through One Speaker Mint
10 The Gay * You Know The Rules Mint
11 Barmitzvah Brothers * Mr. Bones Walk-In Closet Weewerk
12 Sun Kil Moon Ghosts Of The Great Highway JetSet
13 The Flaming Lips Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell EP Warner
14 Buck 65 * Talkin' Honky Blues Warner
15 Explosions In The Sky The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place Temporary Residence
16 No Luck Club * Happiness Ill Boogie
17 The Burdocks * Airplane Tracks Out Of Touch
18 Belle And Sebastian Dear Catastrophe Waitress Rough Trade
19 Gorky's Zygotic Mynci Sleep: Holiday Sanctuary
20 Various Zed: Live Off The Floor CBC
21 New Deal * Gone Gone Gone Sound+Light
22 Ghislain Poirier * Beats As Politics Chocolate Industries
23 Basement Jaxx Kish Kash XL
24 I Am Robot And Proud Grace Days Catmobile
25 Vitaminsforyou * I'm Sorry Forever & For Always Intr_Version
26 Rachel's Systems/Layers Quarterstick
27 Ermine * Maps Of The Rise And Fall Independent
28 Various * CJSR: Ralph Nader Was Here Independent
29 Ween Quebec Sanctuary
30 Her Space Holiday The Young Machines Mush
31 Pete Rock Lost And Found BBE
32 The Books Lemon Of Pink Tomlab
33 The Buttless Chaps * Love This Time Mint
34 The Handsome Family Singing Bones Carrot Top
35 The Trews * House of Ill Fame Bumstead
36 The Weakerthans * Reconstruction Site Burning Heart
37 Chris Colepaugh & The Cosmic Crew* In Time Monarch
38 Death Cab For Cutie Transatlanticism Barsuk
39 R.E.M. In Time: The Best Of R.E.M. 1988 - 2003 Warner
40 Plastikman Closer Mute
41 Peaches * Fatherfucker XL/Kitty Yo
42 The Darkness Permission To Land Atlantic
43 The Stills * Logic Will Break Your Heart Vice
44 Radio Berlin * Sister Sounds: Remixes Global Symphonic
45 Various Rough Trade 25: Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before Rough Trade
46 Ashtray Boy * The Euro Independent
47 Tamara Williamson * And All Those Racing Horses Aporia
48 Clear Horizon Clear Horizon Kranky
49 Paul Westerberg Come Feel Me Tremble Vagrant
50 Adventure Time Dreams Of Water Themes Plug Research

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Rank Artist Title Label
51 Florent Vollant * Katak Dep
52 Laika Wherever I Am I Am What Is Missing Pure
53 Iron Giant * No Longer Sleeping 12th Planet
54 Various * Peanuts & Corn: Fall 2003 Peanuts and Corn
55 Troublestarters * Wasted Years Independent
56 Chris Page * Decide To Stay And Swim Kelp
57 Hush Hush * Fake Popguru
58 Hot Little Rocket * Our Work And Why We Do It Catch & Release
59 Various * Peg City Skank 2 Bacteria Buffet
60 Kate Maki * Confusion Unlimited Independent
61 Do Make Say Think * Winter Hymn Country Hymn Summer Hymn Constellation
62 The Distillers Coral Fang Hellcat/Epitaph
63 Ladytron Softcore Jukebox Emperor Norton
64 The Organizers * Painting Bricklin Blue Rockfort
65 The Poets * Nothing To Stay For Conifera
66 Luke Vibert YosepH Warp
67 Mojave 3 Spoon & Rafter 4AD
68 Sloan * Action Pact BMG
69 Parsley Sound Parsley Sounds Mo Wax
70 Al Green I Can't Stop Blue Note
71 Hide Your Daughters * Twisted & Distorted Gender Independent
72 Shadez * Thee Impossible Slo Coach
73 A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step Virgin
74 The Parkas * Now This Is Fighting Endearing
75 Mr. Roam The 12 Rack Choice Cut
76 Missy Elliott Fight The Test Elektra
77 The Thrills So Much For The City EMI
78 Oh Susanna * Oh Susanna Nettwerk
79 Billy Bragg Must I Paint You A Picture? The Essential Billy Bragg Outside
80 Tommy McCook Blazing Horns/Tenor In Roots Blood & Fire
81 Non-Prophets ...Hope Lex
82 The Rapture Echoes Strummer
83 Responsibles Chronic Seducer Independent
84 Floor * Autonomy Off/On Independent
85 Philip Jeck Seven Touch
86 Shalabi Effect * Pink Abyss Alien8
87 LFO Sheath Warp
88 Stars * Heart Paper Bag
89 Paperboys * Dilapitated Beauty True North
90 Hurtin' Unit * Country Soul Independent
91 Iron And Wine The Sea And The Rhythm EP Sub Pop
92 The Creatures Hai! Instinct
93 Tetrezene * What Once Was New Glue
94 Unireverse/Lesbians On Ecstasy * Unireverse/Lesbians On Ecstasy Split Total Zero
95 Lily Frost * Situation Independent
96 Stew Something Deeper Than Changes Smile
97 The Clumsy Lovers * After The Flood Independent
98 Sattalites Reggaefication Solid Gold
99 Danko Jones * We Sweat Blood Universal
100 Films * Films Worthy

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Rank Artist Title Label
101 Robin Hunter & The Six Foot Bullies* Your Heart, My Sleeve Independent
102 Jimmy Bowskill Old Soul Independent
103 The Straggler * Torches, Etc. Independent
104 Hot Toddy * Hot Toddy Herman's
105 Various * CKDU: Radio Free For All Independent
106 Ranee Lee * Maple Groove Justin Time
107 Melotron Sternenstaub Metropolis
108 Leisure Suite * Idle Places Independent
109 Various DFA: Compilation #1 DFA
110 Frank Black and the Catholics Show Me Your Tears Sonic Unyon
111 The Bottle Rockets Blue Sky Sanctuary
112 Dirty Projectors The Glad Fact Western Vinyl
113 Plaid Spokes Warp
114 Guided By Voices Earthquake Glue Matador
115 Various Christmas Around The World Putumayo
116 Little Miss Moffat * Miss Canada Independent
117 The Band Of Blacky Ranchette Still Lookin' Good To Me Thrill Jockey
118 Jimmy Swift Band* Onward Through The Fog Independent
119 Screwtape Lewis * Better Stronger Faster Independent
120 The Unintended * The Unintended Blue Fog
121 Movietone The Sand And The Stars Drag City
122 The Dixie Hummingbirds Diamond Jubilation: 75th Anniversary Rounder
123 The Weekend Teaser: Bonus Level Teenage USA
124 Various Verve Remixed: Vol. 2 Verve
125 Terry Morrison * High Millage Soul Independent
126 Guided By Voices Hardcore UFOs/Best Of Sampler Matador
127 K.C. Accidental * Captured Anthems For An Empty Bathtub Noise Factory
128 The Twilight Singers Blackberry Belle One Little Indian
129 Anti-Flag Terror State Fat Wreck Chords
130 Elbow Cast Of Thousands Mag
131 StinkMitt * Scratch And Sniff Teenage USA
132 Mario Poupette Et Les Chevettes* Mario Poupette Et Les Chevettes Independent
133 Various East Coast Christmas Sampler: Vol. 1 Vvvu
134 Puffy AmiYumi Nice Bar None
135 Besnard Lakes * Voulme 1 Independent
136 Gesundheit Epigrams Unmanagable
137 The Kingsbury Manx Aztec Discipline Overcoat
138 Corb Lund Band* Modern Pain Independent
139 Shine Like Stars Lost Rock Robosapian
140 Underworld 1992-2002 V2
141 Kings Of Leon Youth And Young Manhood RCA
142 Kitty Smack * Kitty Smack EP Independent
143 Dan Sartain Dan Sartain vs. The Serpientes Swami
144 Various Gospel Brunch Classics Rounder
145 Ryan Adams Rock N Roll Lost Highway
146 Richmond Fontaine Post To Wire El Cortez
147 Various The Sound Of San Francisco Alive
148 Low Frequency Pilot Low Frequency Pilot Independent
149 Eloe Omoe Eloe Omoe Infrasound
150 Iggy Pop Skull Ring EP Virgin

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Rank Artist Title Label
151 Various Gimme Skelter: I Feel Like Making Love BuddyHead
152 Josh Martinez Back Up Princess Independent
153 Tanyss Nixi & The Angry Mob* Tanyss Nixi & The Angry Mob Independent
154 Lederhosen Lucil * Tales From The Pantry Independent
155 My Dad Vs. Yours * Winning Hearts And Minds Independent
156 The Diskettes * The Diskettes Humblebee
157 Below The Sea Endings (EP) Where Are My Records
158 The Dead C The Damned Starlight Furniture
159 Mamaguroove * Fruit Of The Groove Independent
160 Adam Puddington * Can't Sleep This One Off Independent
161 Matt Mays * Matt Mays Warner
162 Les Georges Leningrad Deux Hot Dogs Moutarde Chou Blow The Fuse
163 Shy Child * The Humanity EP Grenadine
164 Six Parts Seven * Lost Notes From Forgotten Songs Suicide Squeeze
165 Ursula Rucker Silver Or Lead !K7
166 All Purpose Voltage Heroes * Decorate Your Monster Shirt Independent
167 Riptides/Vapids * The Vapids/The Riptides Split Goblin
168 Quasimojo Savant Garde Mille Plateaux
169 John Henry * Charmin Billy Independent
170 Rubber Dinosaurs 26 Groovy Greats Independent
171 Various Eclectica: Vol. 2 Middle Pillar
172 D.O.A. * War And Peace Sudden Death
173 Natalie McMaster * Blueprint Vik
174 Sea Of Is * Sea Of Is Independent
175 1 Year Anniversary * 1 Year Anniversary Worthy
176 Lhasa Living Road Independent
177 Erase Errata At Crystal Palace Troubleman Unlimited
178 Cam Penner & The Gravel Road* Get Up Independent
179 Iron Fist * Iron Fist Independent
180 Old Reliable * Pulse Of Light Bell Wether
181 Azure Ray Hold On Love Saddle Creek
182 Stephin Merritt Pieces Of April Nonesuch
183 Hot Club Of Cowtown Continental Stomp Hightone
184 Cracker Countrysides BMG
185 The Gladiators Live In San Fransisco 2B1
186 Nervous Cop Nervous Cop 5RC
187 The Fembots * Small Town Murder Scene Paper Bag
188 Novelty Salesmen * Novelty Salesmen Independent
189 Noonday Underground Surface Noise Setanta
190 B. Fleischmann Welcome Tourist Morr Music
191 Yo La Tengo Today Is The Day Matador
192 Great Lake Swimmers * Great Lake Swimmers Weewerk
193 Lyrics Born Later That Day... Quannum
194 Agoria Blossom Pias
195 The Album Leaf Seal Beach EP Acuarela
196 Operators 780 * Power Version EP Longshot
197 Various The Songs Of Pete Seeger: Vol. 3 Appleseed
198 The User * Abandon Asphodel
199 Samuel Thulin * To Go Or Stay Independent
200 Vanity Press * Vanity Press Independent




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