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!earshot picks for 2007


Zach Low

My name is Zach Low. I work as the Music Director at CFCR 90.5fm Community Radio in Saskatoon. I co-host “Rocketship Radio” Thursday nights from 9-11pm central time with my girlfriend and CFCR Volunteer Coordinator Kristen Rutherford. Our show is an open music style playing music from all genres.  I tend to lean towards newer/unreleased music and Kristen leans towards older music.

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 10 RECORDS OF 2007

1. Panda BearPerson Pitch –(Paw Tracks)
2. M.I.A. – Kala – (XL)
3. The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse – (Outside/Jagjaguwar)
4. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? – (Polyvinyl)
5. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam – (Paw Tracks/Domino)
6. CaribouAndorra – (Merge)
7. Menomena - Friend and Foe – (Barsuk)
8. BattlesMirrored – (Warp)
9. Robert WyattComicopera – (Domino)
10. Band of Horses - Cease To Begin – (Sub-Pop)

MOST UNDER-RATED RECORDS OF 2007

Kevin Drew
Kevin Drew
Kevin Drew -  Spirit if…­ - (Arts & Crafts)
I was hesitant to give this album a chance at first, but it turned out to be a very solid effort that deserves some recognition.

Lee Bob WatsonAficionado! – (Grass Roots Record Co.)
Fantastic record that covers so many styles and tastes.  A record that went essentially unnoticed.

MOST OVER-RATED RECORD OF 2007

Patrick WatsonClose To Paradise – (Secret City)  (no offence to Secret City)
Can anyone sing one of his songs to me?

Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga – (Merge)
*See Patrick Watson

BEST LOCAL RELEASE OF 2007

Maybe Smith – Animals and Architects (Sir Handsome Records)
Colin Skrapek’s Can anyone sing one of his songs to me? fifth release is a wonderful display of his catchy/thought provoking electro/pop prowess. Humble yet confident, upbeat yet emotional, Colin has earned his place as one of the best pop songwriters in Canada and deserves the world’s ears.

BEST PERSONAL C/C RADIO MOMENT OF 2007.

My personal best community radio experience of the year has got to be CFCR's relocation to their new headquarters at the top floor of a beautiful heritage building in downtown Saskatoon.

MOST ANTICIPATED RECORD FOR 2008

One word: DOOM

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