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year-end picks 2010 : Alicia Williams

Alicia Williams

Alicia Williams
Music Direct
CIVL Abbotsford, BC

I am Alicia Williams, host of Mood Swings on CIVL Radio which broadcasts from the Abbotsford campus of the University of the Fraser Valley, I am also the Music Director here.  My show focuses mainly on punk, garage and lo-fi – but it ventures to other places as well!  I am currently a student at UFV taking Media Studies and Visual Arts and it’s a swell time!  I have a blog, but it has too much swearing for you to look at it, sorry!

2010 in Review

Another great year in music has come and gone, Time to take a look back, take stock, remember the good, try to get past the over-rated and over-hyped and highlight some over-looked gems. But first we have some playlists that capture the year in music (from a personal viewpoint)...

Best of 2010 Playlists

Kat Chad
Too hotttt '010... Oh yeah
By Kat Dornian
Top Trackssss TwennyTen
By Chad Brunet

Picks and Pans 2010

Alicia Aaron Jason Tristin Kat Chris Hibbard Scott Thomson Jim Dupuis
Looking back at some of the best, the over-rated, local surprises and more. Radio hosts from across the country weigh in...

Best Jazz CDs of 2010 by Jim Dupuis
Top 10 for 2010 by Scott Thomson
The Kitchen Sink by Chris Hibbard
Good Stuff. Enjoyable Things. by Kat Dornian
Key Contrast ft. Clash by Clash Contrast
Punk, Garage & lo-fi by Alicia
Anarcha-Feminist Kool Aid Acid Test (west) by Aaron Levy
Blowing Up the Lakewood by Jason Wellwood

!earshot Top 200 of 2010

For January to December 2010
TW  Artist - Title - (Label)
1 The Arcade Fire CanCon
The Suburbs - (Merge)
2 Broken Social Scene CanCon
Forgiveness Rock Record - (Arts & Crafts)
3 The New Pornographers CanCon
Together - (Last Gang)
4 The Black Keys
Brothers - (Nonesuch)
5 Caribou CanCon
Swim - (Merge)
6 Tokyo Police Club CanCon
Champ - (Dine Alone)
7 Owen Pallett CanCon
Heartland - (For Great Justice)
8 Plants And Animals CanCon
La La Land - (Secret City)
9 The Sadies CanCon
Darker Circles - (Outside)
10 Women CanCon
Public Strain - (Flemish Eye)
View the full !earshot Top 200

Specialty Charts #1s
Electronic Caribou - Swim - (Merge)
Hip Hop Shad - TSOL - (Black Box)
International Various - The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria - (Soundway)
JazzCory Weeds - The Many Deeds of Cory Weeds - (Cellar Live)
Loud Cancer Bats - Bears, Mayors, Scraps And Bones - (Distort)
Folk/ Roots/ Blues Old Man Luedecke - My Hands Are On Fire & Other Love Songs - (Black Hen)

My Top 3 records of the year
Grown-Ups- Not Friends - (Self-Released)
Easily the best band in Calgary right now, and yeah, I know who else is from there!  Josiah Hughes has trail blazed cool since he went to my high school however many years ago – and he’s definitely come a long way since The Hand.  

The Black Angels – Phosphene Dream - (Blue Horizon Records)
One of the first albums I’ve listened to from start to finish in a long time!  They remind me a lot of the Brian Jonestown Massacre – not in a rip-off sense – but in the way they sound like they could be from any time period late 1960’s onward.

The Bitters – East General - (Mexican Summer)
Everything Ben Cook does (now) is amazing!  The Bitters are one of the most unique, dark, pop, garage bands I’ve ever heard – they say on myspace.com they are ‘cave pop,’ which is a totally perfect description. 

Most under-rated record of the year
Petroleum By-Product – Superficial Artificial - (Mona Mona Records)
They’re a Vancouver based darker sounding new wave band, they’re super good, and I would love to see them chart more at our station and everywhere in the world!  Their sound ranges anywhere from the B-52’s to Siouxsie and the Banshees, definitely check them out!

 

Most over-rated record of the year
Arcade Fire – Suburbs - (Merge)
This album has been charting around the top 5 since it came out in August.  Personally, I don’t like Arcade Fire and think all of their music sounds boring, bland and cliché.  I just don’t get it I guess.

Best local release
Ex-Friends – XFREN - (Self-Released)
I went to high school with 2/3 of the young adults in this band.  They’re from Vancouver, and they have a very snotty, sassy, punk, everywhere kind of sound.  My favourite tracks are Never Been Arrested and I Want to Move Out.  They’ve since broken up because one of their members has moved to Toronto, Ontario, but you can still get both of their releases on this bloghttp://ghostplus.blogspot.com/ as well as a plethora of other Abbotsford area releases!

Best personal campus/community radio moment or experience of the year.
My favourite radio moment this year would have to be my interview with Joe Jack Talcum formerly of the Dead Milkmen.  I’ve been a fan of the Dead Milkmen since I was a teen, so that will probably be my favourite radio moment forever!

Record you are most anticipating for 2011
I’m not really sure, I know Wire is releasing a new album called Red Barked Tree, but I don’t know how good it’s going to be – keeping in mind I haven’t really listened to anything they’ve put out in the recent decade.  I’m just crossing my fingers hoping it will be as good as their 1978 release, Chairs Missing.

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