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Best of 2018: Myles Gregory

Follow our look back at 2018

The Top 200 of 2018

The definitive list of the best records of 2018 - including electronic, hip hop, international, jazz, loud and folk roots & blues.

Best of 2018

Full Best of 2018 lists from Programmers and Contributors

!earshot National Top 200 of 2017

For January to December 2017
TW  Artist - Title - (Label)
1 Alvvays Can Con
Antisocialites - (Polyvinyl)
2 Mac DeMarco Can Con
This Old Dog - (Royal Mountain)
3 Austra Can Con
Future Politics - (Pink Fizz)
4 Timber Timbre Can Con
Sincerely, Future Pollution - (Arts & Crafts)
5 Faith Healer Can Con
Try ;-) - (Mint)
6 Broken Social Scene Can Con
Hug of Thunder - (Arts & Crafts)
7 Homeshake Can Con
Fresh Air - (Royal Mountain)
8 Daniel Romano Can Con
Modern Pressure - (You've Changed)
9 Whitehorse Can Con
Panther In The Dollhouse - (Six Shooter)
10 Do Make Say Think Can Con
Stubborn Persistent Illusions - (Constellation)
View the full !earshot Top 200 of 2017

Specialty Charts #1s
Electronic Austra - Future Politics - (Pink Fizz)
Hip Hop Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 3 - (Run the Jewels, Inc.)
InternationalThe Souljazz Orchestra - Under Burning Skies - (Do Right! Music)
Jazz Ugly Beauties - Strange Attractors - (Self-Released)
Loud Mastodon - Emperor Of Sand - (Reprise)
Folk/Roots/BluesRose Cousins - Natural Conclusion - (Outside Music)

Edited by Magnus Thyvold

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Myles Gregory

My name is Myles Gregory, I host Broken Glass every Sunday night at 9pm. It’s live on CFBX, 92.5FM in Kamloops, B.C. or thex.ca
It is an hour of punk, hardcore & associated genres
Twitter may be the best online way to reach out; @theycallmemylo

 

My Top 10 records of the year

SvalbardIt’s Hard to Have Hope – (Holy Roar)
This has been a staple for the year. Everything about this is exactly what I love about music. Powerful & melodic, great vocals, lyrics. It set the pace for 2018.
https://svalbard.bandcamp.com/

 

Petrol GirlsThe Future is Dark – (Hassle)
The first of two Eps on my list. It takes a lot for an EP to make it a step above full albums. Petrol Girls have three fierce songs forming a solid 14 minutes. The depth of the lyrics is top for the year.
https://www.facebook.com/Petrolgirls/

 

TowandaFreak of Nurture – (Girlsville)
The fourth release from Montreal’s Towanda does not disappoint. After seeing them live in 2017, I was looking forward to the new EP. They were even kind enough for another large tour in 2018.
https://www.facebook.com/towandaband/

TerritoriesTerritories – (Pirates Press)
This release had me seriously debating a trip to Calgary. It would have been a very long drive, but a ridiculous album release show. I’m not saying who they are, you should just check this out. Straight up amazing Canadian Punk.
https://territoriescalgary.bandcamp.com/

War on WomenCapture the Flag – (Bridge Nine)
Along with a great album, they also released an acoustic EP later in the year. The acoustic renditions of some new tracks highlighted the beauty of the music.
https://www.facebook.com/WarOnWomen

No ProblemLet God Sort ‘Em Out – (Deranged)
Another outstanding release from Canada. No Problem is out of Edmonton, and this LP is their 7th release. Great energy for the album and live performance.
https://noproblempunk.bandcamp.com/

No StatikMysterious To Ourselves – (Iron Lung)
It didn’t strike me as one of my heavier favourites until I was reviewing this month. Highly recommended. They also released an EP earlier in the year.
https://www.facebook.com/nostatik/

LiéHounds – (Mint)
To my surprise, my only Top 10 release out of Vancouver, B.C. Another excellent LP from start to finish from a band that works hard on releases on touring.
https://lievancouver.bandcamp.com/

Gouge AwayBurnt Sugar – (Deathwish Inc.)
Simple & enjoyable. Another album that is supported from start to finish.
https://gougeawayfl.bandcamp.com/

Murder By DeathThe Other Shore – (Bloodshot)
This doesn’t flow with the others on the list. But Murder By Death have released another music masterpiece that needs to get some attention.
https://murderbydeath.com/

Best local release

Bootlicker - Who Do You Serve EPBootlickerWho Do You Serve? – (Slow Death)
There are some amazing musicians in Kamloops. And this year, my favourite release goes to Bootlicker. Their second EP, Who Do You Serve?, came out in July. Along with great songs, they are also a hard working band with numerous local shows and quite a bit of touring this year.

Best live shows you saw this year

No Problem, Bootlicker, Policy of Truth, Zack’s Coffee (Kamloops, B.C.), August 17th
All three bands released solid albums in 2018, and it was great to have No Problem tour through Kamloops again. Just a night of great bands, music & people.

Dead Soft, Pooched, Outpatient, Zack’s Coffee (Kamloops, B.C.), April 26th
Pooched released an amazing EP in 2018, and Outpatient is easily my favourite band out of Kamloops right now.

Record(s) you are most anticipating for 2019
The Black Halos, Petrol Girls, Torso, In Flames, and whatever Slow Death Records has lined up…hopefully more from Outpatient. And I’m serious about The Black Halos, Billy has been teasing online for a while.

Any other thoughts, opinions, rants,
It honestly was a great year for new albums, and I don’t say that every year. It is going to bother me if I don’t mention the new EP from The FalloutRaise Your Flag – (Rebel Time Records). This is another crucial new Canadian punk release.

 

 

 
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