!earshot picks for 2007
Chris Hibbard, host of The Kitchen Sink; 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. every Sunday night (MST) on CKXU 88.3 FM in Lethbridge, Alberta. An exercise in eclectic listening, The Kitchen Sink's motto is "If you don't like what you're hearing, wait five minutes."
2008 in Review
As the new year comes in, it time to look back at the musical year that was...
The '2008 Best of...' Playlists
The year-end playlist for friends and family is an annual tradition for many music lovers. !earshot takes a look at what a few of our friends and family from the music obsessed world of c/c radio are cooking up this year.
Weirdoes & Movie Stars: Bazooka Goes Bonkers In the O-EIGHT
Fader in the Key of Simultaneity
Meat's Sweet Treats
Picks and Pans 2008
Looking back at some of the best, the over-rated, local surprises and more...
My Top 5 records of the year
Portishead - Third - (Mercury) - www.portishead.co.uk
The Hold Steady - Stay Positive - (Vagrant) - www.theholdsteady.com
The Gutter Twins - Saturnalia - (SubPop) - www.theguttertwins.com
Kings of Leon - Only By the Night - (RCA) - www.kingsofleon.com
Clinic - Do It! - (Domino) - www.clinicvoot.org/
3 most under-rated records of the year
It would seem that few people are even aware of these releases, which is truly a shame. Unusual, unique and in a class of their own, these three discs have been in heavy rotation for me for months now.
ASG - Win Us Over - (Volcom) - www.asgnation.com
Daedelus - Love to Make Music To - (Ninja Tune) - www.myspace.com/daedelusdarling
The Aliens - Luna - (Pet Rock Sounds/Independent) - www.thealiens.co.uk
Most over-rated records of the year:
The way that these albums were reviewed and acclaimed by friends, I had very high hopes for each. Upon repeat listens though, I feel disappointed. While all are fine examples of their genre, they failed to meet my expectations and live up to all the hype.
Chad VanGaalen - Soft Airplane - (Sub Pop)
Best local releases
Lethbridge's Endangered Ape have released a raw, gritty lo-fi six-song analog EP called Variations on a Theme, that conjures up memories of early 80's garage punk & new wave - Joy Division meets The Stooges. The drawback is that this recording can't hold a candle to their high-energy, borderline-crazy live shows. - www.myspace.com/endangeredapewww.myspace.com/endangeredape
Best personal campus/community radio moments or experiences of the year.
Receiving eight phone requests in one show, becoming a part of the CKXU Board of Directors, and volunteering at awesome CKXU-sponsored indie rock shows.
Records you are most anticipating for 2009
I'm waiting patiently and hopefully for new material from Queens of the Stone Age, Massive Attack, The Avalanches, Therapy? and The Weakerthans. A new album by Tool may be asking too much, but a guy can dream can't he?