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!earshot picks for 2007


Kristiana Clemens

Kristiana Clemens, New Shit, Mondays 3-5pm, CKUT 90.3 FM Montreal, www.ckut.ca.
I inherited this program, which features new releases and music by artists with upcoming shows in Montreal. It is also a space for hands-on, on-air technical training for new radio volunteers, so there is never a dull moment!

Other Picks: The Alberta Report
Jazz Notes
Tell the Band to Go Home
Wednesday Evening Jazz
Meow Records
New Shit
ANoiZE
I Am Collecting Beautiful Things
Home Game
Charts & Graphs
Scene-ik Drive
Right On Time
The End of Silence
Rocketship Radio
Pirates of the Caribbean

TOP 3 RECORDS OF 2007

ColleenLes Ondes Silencieuses – (Leaf)
I saw colleen perform live twice this year and must have listened to this Les Ondes Silencieuses
Colleen - Les Ondes Silencieuses
album at least 100 times: it is deceptively simple, captivatingly hypnotic, and mesmerizingly beautiful.

Matthew HerbertScore – (Accidental/K7!)
A new look at Herbert, with compositions for film and dance:  good for tea-drinking, toe-tapping and deep listening.

Kieran Hebden And Steve RiedTongues – (Domino)
Four Tet paired up with a legendary drummer who’s played with Fela, James Brown and Miles Davis? This record will fly you to heaven and back in a psychedelic spacepod.

MOST UNDER-RATED RECORDS OF 2007

Dj Co-opCo-operation Vol.3: Yahoo Serious – (Independent)
From the bowels of the prairie comes a mysterious DJ with too much time on his hands and a knack for mashing up all your favourite shit. It’s like a party in a jewel case. I hear Volume 4 is out now?

MOST OVER-RATED RECORD OF 2007

Menomena – Friend And Foe – (Barsuk)
The only thing not over-rated about this cd was the packaging.

BEST LOCAL RELEASE OF 2007

Harris NewmanDecorated – (Strange Attractors)
Montreal’s finest mastering engineer comes out with this solo effort of minimal guitar compositions From the bowels of the prairie comes a mysterious DJ with too much time on his hands and a knack for mashing up all your favourite shit. and meditative sonic meanderings:  a panacea for the ears.

BEST PERSONAL C/C RADIO MOMENT OF 2007.

At the end of an interview with stereo total at a noisy curbside café on the corner of Mont-Royal and Papineau, Brezel Goring announces, “they told me the doors were at 8pm, and I said ‘wow, the Doors are playing with us tonight?’”

MOST ANTICIPATED RECORD FOR 2008

Cloudland Canyon – As  Yet Unnamed Lp – Kranky
…and you can mail me a limited edition vinyl copy of their “Silver Tongued Sisyphus” EP for Christmas!!

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