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December 2016

CJSW jazz host Scott Morin Jazz from the Soul of Cattle Country - The Scott Morin Interview
It's been said that jazz is good for your soul and an insider and radio host in Calgary gets up before the sun to prove that point. By Jim Dupuis

Speaker Face Meet Speaker Face, the folk-electronic band you never knew you wanted - until now
These "deep folk" makers talk about new genres, adult nightmares and embracing the universal driftwood sent your way. By Scott Wood

Coco Love Alcorn Heaven on Earth and Other Deep Stuff with Coco Love Alcorn
Coco Love Alcorn is back with a "heavenly" new album and she's going to make you sing your soul out. By Jim Dupuis

Terence Jack Around the world and back with Terence Jack
Well-travelled singer-songwriter talks about teenage ska bands and cheesy dental office music. By Scott Wood

November 2016

Speaker Face Meet Speaker Face, the folk-electronic band you never knew you wanted - until now
These "deep folk" makers talk about new genres, adult nightmares and embracing the universal driftwood sent your way. By Scott Wood

Coco Love Alcorn Heaven on Earth and Other Deep Stuff with Coco Love Alcorn
Coco Love Alcorn is back with a "heavenly" new album and she's going to make you sing your soul out. By Jim Dupuis

Terence Jack Around the world and back with Terence Jack
Well-travelled singer-songwriter talks about teenage ska bands and cheesy dental office music. By Scott Wood

Supermoon We Are The Halluci Nation - A Tribe Called Red
Ottawa-based electronic artist Ian "DJ NDN" Campeau discusses their new album and how we can all help to build the Halluci Nation. By Braden Alexander

Michael KaeshammerMichael Kaeshammer - Unfiltered
With his eleventh album Unfiltered Michael Kaeshammer is more present and personal than ever. By Shelley Gummeson

October 2016

Supermoon We Are The Halluci Nation - A Tribe Called Red
Ottawa-based electronic artist Ian "DJ NDN" Campeau discusses their new album and how we can all help to build the Halluci Nation.. By Braden Alexander

Michael KaeshammerMichael Kaeshammer - Unfiltered
With his eleventh album Unfiltered Michael Kaeshammer is more present and personal than ever. By Shelley Gummeson

Supermoon Supermoon
Playland, the sophomore album of Supermoon, is both a fun and terrifying ride. By Shelley Gummeson

The Top 200 Records of 2015 is out! With Viet Cong, Purity Ring and Braids. And on the specialty charts: The Soulljazz Orchestra (International), BadBadNotGood (Hip Hop), A/B Trio (Jazz), Braids (Electronic), KEN Mode (Loud) and The Weather Station (Folk/Roots/Blues)

September 2016

Supermoon Supermoon
Playland, the sophomore album of Supermoon, is both a fun and terrifying ride. By Shelley Gummeson

Renee Rosnes Written in the Rocks: The Renee Rosnes Interview
Renes Rosnes finds a new appreciation for the rock we live on. By Jim Dupuis

The Top 200 Records of 2015 is out! With Viet Cong, Purity Ring and Braids. And on the specialty charts: The Soulljazz Orchestra (International), BadBadNotGood (Hip Hop), A/B Trio (Jazz), Braids (Electronic), KEN Mode (Loud) and The Weather Station (Folk/Roots/Blues)

August 2016

Supermoon Supermoon
Playland, the sophomore album of Supermoon, is both a fun and terrifying ride. By Shelley Gummeson

Renee Rosnes Written in the Rocks: The Renee Rosnes Interview
Renes Rosnes finds a new appreciation for the rock we live on. By Jim Dupuis

The Top 200 Records of 2015 is out! With Viet Cong, Purity Ring and Braids. And on the specialty charts: The Soulljazz Orchestra (International), BadBadNotGood (Hip Hop), A/B Trio (Jazz), Braids (Electronic), KEN Mode (Loud) and The Weather Station (Folk/Roots/Blues)

July 2016

Jake Touzel Jake Touzel Holds Nothing Back
Puking on a Benz, Getting Deleted From Facebook and Punching Paul Giamatti in the Face. By Scott Wood

Renee Rosnes Written in the Rocks: The Renee Rosnes Interview
Renes Rosnes Finds a New Appreciation for the Rock We Live On. By Jim Dupuis

The Top 200 Records of 2015 is out! With Viet Cong, Purity Ring and Braids. And on the specialty charts: The Soulljazz Orchestra (International), BadBadNotGood (Hip Hop), A/B Trio (Jazz), Braids (Electronic), KEN Mode (Loud) and The Weather Station (Folk/Roots/Blues)

June 2016

Susie Arioli Mu: Lost in the Mists of Myth
Vancouver magical and mysterious duo will definitely cast a spell on you. By Scott Wood

Prince Prince and the Revolutionary Heart
What does it mean when an icon, your hero, dies? Can you mourn someone you don't really know? By Gurpreet Kambo

Plants & Animals Catching up with Plants & Animals
After four years away, Plant & Animals return with different lives and different perspectives. By Erin Flynn

Susie Arioli Spring Has Sprung! The Susie Arioli Interview
Spring is a time for new things and Susie Arioli brings a larger ensemble to her new CD. By Jim Dupuis

The Top 200 Records of 2015 is out! With Viet Cong, Purity Ring and Braids. And on the specialty charts: The Soulljazz Orchestra (International), BadBadNotGood (Hip Hop), A/B Trio (Jazz), Braids (Electronic), KEN Mode (Loud) and The Weather Station (Folk/Roots/Blues)

May 2016

Prince Prince and the Revolutionary Heart
What does it mean when an icon, your hero, dies? Can you mourn someone you don't really know? By Gurpreet Kambo

Plants & Animals Catching up with Plants & Animals
After four years away, Plant & Animals return with different lives and different perspectives. By Erin Flynn

Susie Arioli Spring Has Sprung! The Susie Arioli Interview
Spring is a time for new things and Susie Arioli brings a larger ensemble to her new CD. By Jim Dupuis

Smash Boom Pow Smash Boom Pow Get SUPER Real
On Everything from Bowie on the beach to Bitch Resting Face. By Scott Wood

The Top 200 Records of 2015 is out! With Viet Cong, Purity Ring and Braids. And on the specialty charts: The Soulljazz Orchestra (International), BadBadNotGood (Hip Hop), A/B Trio (Jazz), Braids (Electronic), KEN Mode (Loud) and The Weather Station (Folk/Roots/Blues)

April 2016

Tara Kannangara Hitting the High Notes with Tara Kannangara
Tara Kannangara is turning heads with her debut cd Some Version of the Truth and she's got the chops to back it up. By Shelley Gummeson

Redrick Sultan Discovering the darkest secrets of the universe with Redrick Sultan
Redrick Sultan don't really give a f**k about much else other than playing music (and more smokables) By Scott Wood

March 2016

Redrick Sultan Discovering the darkest secrets of the universe with Redrick Sultan
Redrick Sultan don't really give a f**k about much else other than playing music (and more smokables) By Scott Wood

Faither Healer - Best of 2015 Best of 2015: Faith Healer, Anamai, Fountain and !earshot20
Brian Cleveland, co-host of the !earshot20, highlights his best musical moments of 2015. By Brian Cleveland

Meredith Bates of Pugs & Crows The Pugs & Crows Interview w/ Meredith Bates
Pugs & Crows don`t fight or fly, but they create a unique brand of music that is finding more followers as time goes by. By Jim Dupuis

February 2016

Faither Healer - Best of 2015 Best of 2015: Faith Healer, Anamai, Fountain and !earshot20
Brian Cleveland, co-host of the !earshot20, highlights his best musical moments of 2015. By Brian Cleveland

Meredith Bates of Pugs & Crows The Pugs & Crows Interview w/ Meredith Bates
Pugs & Crows don`t fight or fly, but they create a unique brand of music that is finding more followers as time goes by. By Jim Dupuis

Cecile McLorin Salvant Best Jazz Albums of 2015
Jazz Notes host and regular !earshot contributor Jim Dupuis takes look at some of the best jazz had to offer in a very good year. By Jim Dupuis

Savvie Savvie: Unleashing Her Inner Rock Goddess
Honey-voiced singer never misses an excuse to wear short shorts and fringe

January 2016

Cecile McLorin Salvant Best Jazz Albums of 2015
Jazz Notes host and regular !earshot contributor Jim Dupuis takes look at some of the best jazz had to offer in a very good year. By Jim Dupuis

Savvie Savvie: Unleashing Her Inner Rock Goddess
Honey-voiced singer never misses an excuse to wear short shorts and fringe

Liam Corcoran Liam Corcoran is back in the Game!
After the demise of Two Hours Traffic, Liam Corcoran is setting out again with a new solo release. By Erin Flynn

Joshua Hyslop In Deepest Blue with Joshua Hyslop
Near-death experiences left Vancouver's Joshua Hyslop a changed man. By Shelley Gummeson

November 2015

Liam Corcoran Liam Corcoran is back in the Game!
After the demise of Two Hours Traffic, Liam Corcoran is setting out again with a new solo release. By Erin Flynn

Joshua Hyslop In Deepest Blue with Jashua Hyslop
Near-death experiences left Vancouver's Joshua Hyslop changed man. By Shelley Gummeson

Gang Signs Gang Signs Don't Write Love Songs
But They Love You (as much as their cold black hearts will allow). By Scott Wood

October 2015

Fake Tears Fake Tears Create Femme Fatale Synth Pop
Veteran singer songwriters unite to form deadly supergroup of two.

Woolworm Woolworm pokes its head out like a groundhog and re-lives the 90's
The lead singer talks about being legit hardcore, dominating at Bushido Blade and singing about his dick.

September 2015

Fake Tears Fake Tears Create Femme Fatale Synth Pop
Veteran singer songwriters unite to form deadly supergroup of twor. By Scott Wood

Woolworm Woolworm pokes its head out like a groundhog and re-lives the 90's
The lead singer talks about being legit hardcore, dominating at Bushido Blade and singing about his dick. By Scott Wood

Coming Up:
Liam Corcoran (Tokyo Police Club)
Gang Sings

August 2015

Brass Vancouver's BRASS is so punk, they head-butted this interview
A typical BRASS show is the band getting beaten to a pulp by their friends - and now I completely understand why. By Scott Wood

Josh Dilgin of Socalled Socalled Breaks the Mold
Josh Dolgin doesn't look like your regular rapper. And he doesn't sound like one either. By Erin Flynn

NEEDS: Never Ever Ending Appetite for Desctruction NEEDS: Appetite for Destruction
These hardcore troublemakers walk the tightrope between post-ironic lyrics and songs about death and shit. By Scott Wood

July 2015

Josh Dilgin of Socalled Socalled Breaks the Mold
Josh Dolgin doesn't look like your regular rapper. And he doesn't sound like one either. By Erin Flynn

NEEDS: Never Ever Ending Appetite for Desctruction NEEDS: Appetite for Destruction
These hardcore troublemakers walk the tightrope between post-ironic lyrics and songs about death and shit. By Scott Wood

Young Fathers Young Fathers: White Men are Black Men Too
Mercury Prize winning Young Fathers are an innovative, genre-crossing experience. By Erin Flynn

June 2015

Young Fathers Young Fathers: White Men are Black Men Too
Mercury Prize winning Young Fathers are an innovative, genre-crossing experience. By Erin Flynn

Dead Soft Vancouver indie band Weed don't have time for 420
But they celebrate friends, comic books and nude beaches. By Scott Wood

Eli Bennett The Tony Wilson Interview
Tony Wilson will never be the poster child for the jazz world but, British Columbia's Tony Wilson is redefining accessible music one show at a time. By Jim Dupuis

May 2015

Dead Soft Dead Soft Won't Stop
If Vancouver's grunge-inspired rockers don't keep going, they'll be crushed like a bug. By Scott Wood

Eli Bennett Break On Through To The Other Side with Eli Bennett
Sometimes a debut album is more than a debut - it's a breakthrough. By Shelley Gummeson

HUMANS Something More Than HUMANS
Vancouver's HUMANS must perform a Vulcan mindmeld to answer my questions. By Scott Wood

Joel Plaskett Joel Plaskett: Past and Present
Joel Plaskett dishes on hair styles, Zeppelin and the making of Park Avenue Sobriety Test. By Jacob Gradowski

April 2015

HUMANS Something More Than HUMANS
Vancouver's HUMANS must perform a Vulcan mindmeld to answer my questions. By Scott Wood

Joel Plaskett Joel Plaskett: Past and Present
Joel Plaskett dishes on hair styles, Zeppelin and the making of Park Avenue Sobriety Test. By Jacob Gradowski

The Winsome Kind The Winsome Kind: Falling In Love With the Music - and each other
Just like Buddy Holly said, 'It's so easy to fall in love'. This husband and wife team like to keep things warm and fuzzy. By Scott Wood

Viet Cong blow up Viet Cong: Band on the Run
It may seem like they came out of nowhere, but Viet Cong have paid their dues. By Erin Flynn

The Gay Nineties The Gay Nineties: Open-minded, cross-dressin', fun-lovin' hard-rockin'
Like any good rock band, their favorite pastimes are writing songs, drinking red wine and coming up with drag queen names. By Scott Wood

Monica Chapman, P.S. I love You It's Monica's Turn: The Monica Chapman Interview
Vocalist Monica Chapman conspires with legendary producer Bill King to jazz up the musical theatre world By Jim Dupuis

March 2015

Viet Cong blow up Viet Cong: Band on the Run
It may seem like they came out of nowhere, but Viet Cong have paid their dues. By Erin Flynn

The Gay Nineties The Gay Nineties: Open-minded, cross-dressin', fun-lovin' hard-rockin'
Like any good rock band, their favorite pastimes are writing songs, drinking red wine and coming up with drag queen names. By Scott Wood

Monica Chapman, P.S. I love You It's Monica's Turn: The Monica Chapman Interview
Vocalist Monica Chapman conspires with legendary producer Bill King to jazz up the musical theatre world By Jim Dupuis

"I'd ask the pioneering suffragette what her ideal vision of 2015 would look like. I'd also get her to take a listen to Bowie's "Suffragette City" and ask her thoughts strictly as a music critic on the track. I'd ask Oscar to write a haiku regarding his Gay Nineties experience." - Parker Bossley of The Gay Nineties

February 2015

Times Neue Roman What's Next for Times Neue Roman?
Hopefully NOT another visit from the ghost of Rob Ford. By Scott Wood

Speechless Radio The Speechless Radio Really Just Wants to Talk
...Having Learned The Universal Lession that Bad Breakups Make Great Songs. By Scott Wood

January 2015

Follow our look back at 2014

The Top 200 of 2014
The definitive list of the best records of 2014 - including electronic, hip hop, international, jazz, loud and folk roots & blues.

The Best Albums of 2014
Sometimes is you've got to dig a little deeper to find some of the special treats offered by the year in music.

The Most Under-rated Records
A lot of really great stuff doesn't make to the top of the charts. Here are some unexpected gems.

The Most Over-rated Records
Just 'cuz everyone is talking about it, doesn't mean we have to like it.

Best Live Shows
Our totally unscientific survey of the best live shows of 2014 with The Pack A.D., BadBadNotGood, Shooting Guns and more...

Best Local Releases
If home is where the heart is, local is where the music starts.

Most Anticipated Releases of 2015
One of the joys of being a music fan is the antcipation of new music from artists you love.

Best Radio Moments of 2014
Hosting a show creates some terrific opportunites to be part of events and support artists who deserve it

Jazz Picks of 2014
A look at some of the best jazz had to offer in a very good year

December 2014

Cold Specks Cold Specks brings Change, Innovation and Creativity
On Neuroplasticity, Montreal's Cold Specks shows an evolving artist who refuses to stand still. By Dan McPeake

Vancouver's The Comet The Comet spashes down in Chinatown
This Is That creator Chris Kelly finds Vancouver is the perfect setting for this future-noir concept album. By Scott Wood

Frazey Ford Frazey Ford Bares Her Soul on Indian Ocean
Frazey Ford's ongoing exploration of folk and soul music has her delving into the Memphis soul sound with the backing of the originators - The High Rhythm Section. By Shelley Gummeson

Michael Brock Michael Brock Taps into his Scorpio Power
This small town boy went to the artistic wild west of Berlin to find his Patti Smith “Just Kids” story. By Scott Wood

November 2014

Oh Susanna Oh Susanna Takes Big Musical Risk With Even Greater Reward
Oh Susanna braves the unknowns with a new collaborative record and successful battle with breast cancer. By Megan Clark

Mi‘ens Meet Mi‘ens, Vancouver‘s own experimental sparkle noise pop band
Vancouver's Mi'ens defies boundaries and boxes with it's own brand of sparkly math-rock. By Scott Wood

Dralms Dralms: Perfecting the Art of the Tease
With the Record in the Bag, It is All About Building the Buzz Now. By Scott Wood

Sloan Sloan: Four Ways into One
Patrick Pentland opens up about the new album, how the band works and records, the music business and more. By Erin Flynn

October 2014

Praire Cat Praire Cat sings the soundtrack to his quirky, indie, romcom life
...a Prairie Cat would be a somewhat reclusive animal; rarely seen by man. It would survive solely on fermented and pickled foods and would not breed well in captivity. By Scott Wood

Sloan Sloan: Four Ways into One
Patrick Pentland opens up about the new album, how the band works and records, the music business and more. By Erin Flynn

Kinnie Star's not From Far Away By Shelley Gummeson

Halloween Songs 13 Great Halloween Songs
Horror, Witches, Devils, Death and Doom. How Much More Fun Can Halloween Be. By Magnus Thyvold

September 2014

Rykka Rykka Gets in Touch with Her Animal Instincts...
...And Reveals a Surprising New Use for Canadian Maple Syrup. By Scott Wood

MC Greg Beamish It Takes Big Balls to Last in Hip Hop: Vancouver MC Greg Beamish Tells All
Everything You Needed To Know About Weed, Drake, Chad Kroeger and your Career in Hip Hop. Greg Beamish has the answers...and the weed. By Scott Wood

August 2014

Kinnie Starr Kinnie Starr Pipes Up On the Environment With 'Save Our Waters'
Kinnie Starr is ready to raise awareness and waves with her political protest song from her seventh album From Far Away. By Shelley Gummeson

Mark Mills Mark Mills will Free You from Your Sexual Frustrations
You'll get your ass kicked or burst into tears. Either way, Mark Mills will help you work through some deep-seeded issues. By Scott Wood

July 2014

BESTiE Sharing Secret Hand Shakes with BESTiE
One magical jam session started a Vancouver indie juggernaut. By Scott Wood

Audrey Ochoa Quartet What No Strawberries? The Audrey Ochoa Interview
Audrey Ochoa and her Quartet topped the earshot Jazz charts earlier this spring. Jim Dupuis finds out what makes this rising star tick. By Jim Dupuis

Vancouver's Vincent Parker Vincent Parker is Uninterested in Anything but Future Music
This live PA electronica artist finds love everywhere - even on the bus. By Scott Wood

Chad VanGaalen Chad VanGaalen Takes Country to the Borderlands
Shrink Dust reveals a mellower side with all the weirdness still intact. By Megan Clark

June 2014

Vancouver's Vincent Parker Vincent Parker is Uninterested in Anything but Future Music
This live PA electronica artist finds love everywhere - even on the bus. By Scott Wood

The Souljazz Orchestra Stoking the Fire with The Souljazz Orchestra
What do a harp and a goat hoof rattle have in common? They are all part of the accelerant The Souljazz Orchestra use to stoke their Inner Fire. By Shelley Gummeson

David Ward David Ward sings to bring about a Golden Future Time
Music Critics in Canada and England have heard the call. By Scott Wood

Caitlin Goulet The Many Talents of Caitlin Goulet: a Jazz Notes Interview
The talented Kamloops triple-threat is branching out with a new EP. By Jim Dupuis

Chad VanGaalen Chad VanGaalen Takes Country to the Borderlands
Shrink Dust reveals a mellower side with all the weirdness still intact. By Megan Clark

May 2014

Chad VanGaalen Chad VanGaalen Takes Country to the Borderlands
Shrink Dust reveals a mellower side with all the weirdness still intact. By Megan Clark

Fawn Fritzen The Heavyweights Brass Band Come Out Swinging with Brasstronomical
Brass band music is gaining street cred with six raucous musicians who want to make you groove. By Shelley Gummeson

Spr�ng Sprïng: When the Band Implodes, Umlauts are Born
Vancouver's Neo-Psychedelic Quartet Sprïng are Determined to Hide from the Internet. By Scott Wood

Vancouver's Tough Age Flexing Muscles with Tough Age
Refereeing the fight between the Tough Age lead singer's inner comic book nerd and his inner music nerd. By Scott Wood

April 2014

Vancouver's Tough Age Flexing Muscles with Tough Age
Refereeing the fight between the Tough Age lead singer's inner comic book nerd and his inner music nerd. By Scott Wood

Scene from The Arcade Fire's Afterlife The Prism Prize Seeks the Best
The Arcade Fire's Afterlife wins the second annual Prism Prize. Prism Founder Louis Calabro gives us the inside scoop. Check out Afterlife and the other shortlisted videos here. By Magnus Thyvold

Fawn Fritzen Jazz North of Sixty with Fawn Fritzen
Yukon Jazz Singer Fawn Fritzen wins The Julian Award of Excellence with her debut album Bedroom Voice, By Shelley Gummeson
The Julian Award of Excellance for Emerging Canadian Jazz Artists

The Pack A.D. Running With The Pack A.D.
Becky Black and Maya Miller are hitting the road with a new album, a new label and the same old van. By Shelley Gummeson

March 2014

Fawn Fritzen Jazz North of Sixty with Fawn Fritzen
Yukon Jazz Singer Fawn Fritzen wins The Julian Award of Excellence with her debut album Bedroom Voice, By Shelley Gummeson
The Julian Award of Excellance for Emerging Canadian Jazz Artists

Shad in Fam Jam The Prism Prize Seeks the Best
The Prism Prize has narrowed down a strong crop of Canadian music videos to make a short-list of the 10 best. Next comes the winner. View all the short-listed videos here. By Magnus Thyvold

No Sinner's Colleen Rennison No Sinner's Public Confession
From old obsessions to running naked through the streets of Brooklyn; No Sinner comes clean. By Scott Wood

The Pack A.D. Running With The Pack A.D.
Becky Black and Maya Miller are hitting the road with a new album, a new label and the same old van. By Shelley Gummeson

Cory Weeds Goodbye to The Cellar
Cory Weeds and the Past, Present and Future of an Iconic Vancouver Jazz Venue. By Jim Dupuis

February 2014

The Pack A.D. Running With The Pack A.D.
Becky Black and Maya Miller are hitting the road with a new album, a new label and the same old van. By Shelley Gummeson

City of Glass A City of Glass Fuelled by Alcohol
Scott Wood gets the details on Romancing Music Bloggers, Dying in Star Wars and Bad Dye Jobs. By Scott Wood

Cory Weeds Goodbye to The Cellar
Cory Weeds and the Past, Present and Future of an Iconic Vancouver Jazz Venue. By Jim Dupuis

Austra tops the Top 200 The National Top 200 of 2013
The most played (and generally the best) records of 2013. Plus the Top 20's for Electronic, Hip Hop, International, Jazz, Loud and Folk/Roots/Blues.

January 2014

Kurt Vile Best Albums of 2013
Why go for the obvious choices when there is so much more out there? Our correspondents have some Best Of choices you might have missed. By Michael Elves, Myles Gregory and Brandon Greaves

The Belle Game The Belle Game Want to Score a Breaking Bad Murder Scene
All the details on Mishaps, Taco Bell and Delayed Gratification from Vancouver's The Belle Game. By Scott Wood

Joshua Redman Jazz: The Best of 2013
Regular !earshot jazz contributor and radio host Jim Dupuis rounds up the best Canadian Jazz of 2013. By Jim Dupuis

Austra tops the Top 200 The National Top 200 of 2013
The most played (and generally the best) records of 2013. Plus the Top 20's for Electronic, Hip Hop, International, Jazz, Loud and Folk/Roots/Blues.

The Darcy speak for themselves The Best of 2013: Tweets and Talk
We asked and you answered. Who's the best? Most over-rated? Most Under-rated Best Local? Join the conversation.

Traditional Jazz - Bria Skonberg A Music Conceived in Joy : The Traditional Jazz Story in the 21st Century
With a ton of talented musicians breathing new life into Traditional Jazz, suddenly, it's hip to be trad. By Jim Dupuis

December 2013

The Darcy speak for themselves The National Top 200 of 2013
The most played (and generally the best) records of 2013. Plus the Top 20's for Electronic, Hip Hop, International, Jazz, Loud and Folk/Roots/Blues.

The Darcy speak for themselves The Best of 2013
We asked and you answered. Who's the best? Most over-rated? Most Under-rated Best Local? Join the conversation.

To Less Gay Love Tekno Party Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party
Scott Wood Asks the Questions and Doesn't Get Any Straight Answers. By Scott Wood

Steve Strongman Steve Strongman Remains True Blue
Blues is truth - and the truth will set you free. By Shelley Gummeson

Traditional Jazz - Bria Skonberg A Music Conceived in Joy : The Traditional Jazz Story in the 21st Century
With a ton of talented musicians breathing new life into Traditional Jazz. Suddenly, it's hip to be trad. By Jim Dupuis

November 2013

Delbert and the Commotions Motown North with Delbert and the Commotions
Delbert & The Commotions have refreshed the Motown sound with their debut album Let Me See Ya Dance. By Shelley Gummeson

Jay Arner Introducing Jay Arner, Solo
Vancouver "Man About Town" Finally Takes His Turn at Centre Stage. By Scott Wood

Braids Braids' Changing Ways
On Flourish//Perish, Braids remains a chameleonic work in progress. By Scott White

Halloween Songs 13 Great Halloween Songs
Horror, Witches, Devels, Death and Doom. How Much More Fun Can Halloween Be. By Magnus Thyvold

October 2013

Halloween Songs 13 Great Halloween Songs
Horror, Witches, Devels, Death and Doom. How Much More Fun Can Halloween Be. By Magnus Thyvold

Braids Braids' Changing Ways
On Flourish//Perish, Braids remains a chameleonic work in progress. By Scott White

Vicious 5150 Vicious 5150 Hits the Marks, Hard
Poco Rapper Centres Himself with an "Orinoco Flow". By Scott Wood

Islands Islands of Darkness, Islands of Light
Nick Thorburn and Islands range across time and place and light and dark with Ski Mask. By Kat Dornian

The Balconies The Balconies: Leaving the Cheap Seats Behind
It`s hair straight back for Toronto rockers The Balconies who are on a rising trajectory leading up to the release of their new album Fast Motions. By Shelley Gummeson

September 2013

Islands Islands of Darkness, Islands of Light
Nick Thorburn and Islands range across time and place and light and dark with Ski Mask. By Kat Dornian

The Balconies The Balconies: Leaving the Cheap Seats Behind
It`s hair straight back for Toronto rockers The Balconies who are on a rising trajectory leading up to the release of their new album Fast Motions. By Shelley Gummeson

Bear Mountain Bear Mountain: The Journey Begins (and Ends) with Sweat
Vancouver Dance Band talks Smoking Weed, Social Media and Geometrical Extraterrestrial Beings. By Scott Wood

Gold & Youth Gold & Youth: Secret Acronyms, Men's Wear and Mad Max
Music to Float Away With While You Soak in the Tub. By Scott Wood

August 2013

Gold & Youth Gold & Youth: Secret Acronyms, Men's Wear and Mad Max
Music to Float Away With While You Soak in the Tub. By Scott Wood

Fun in the crowd at the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Fest Salmon Arm Roots & Blues
Getting to the Root of the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival with Artistic Director Hugo Rampen. By Shelley Gummeson

July 2013

James Danderfer James Danderfer Finds His Groove
James Danderfer plays a cool clarinet on his last two recordings, Swingin' at the Patricia, and The Hummingbird Brigade. By Shelley Gummeson

The Ballantynes The Ballantynes: Seven Member Army
Organ wailing, hip shaking, tambourine shimmering, trouble. By Scott Wood

Leah Abramson The Rebekah Bell Interview
With a little help from her friends, Rebekah Bell has made a bold foray into the Great American Songbook. By Jim Dupuis

June 2013

Four Tet Four Tet
10 years ago, Four Tet's Rounds altered the meaning of Electronic music. By Gabriel Gutierrez

Kenton Loewen of The Crackling The Crackling Make Ears Burn
Not satisfied with mere pyromania, The Crackling lead singer keeps drunk with a children's choir. By Scott Wood

Leah Abramson The Abramson Singers
From the road, lead singer Leah talks Tendonitis, Incarceration and Louis Riel. By Scott Wood

Joshua Hyslop There is no Limit to The Besnard Lakes
Their 4th studio record, Until in Excess . Imperceptible UFO, is a bit of a change for the Montrealers. By Amil Delic

May 2013

Leah Abramson The Abramson Singers
From the road, lead singer Leah talks Tendonitis, Incarceration and Louis Riel. By Scott Wood

Two Hours Traffic Two Hours Traffic: Two blood transfusions make for Foolish Blood
Important and difficult changes set the stage for Two Hours Traffic's latest. By Scott White

Tyrow James and Natalie Tyrow James is the Dark Prince
Vancouver Rapper Tyrow James has tempered neither the darkeness of his music nor his language. By Scott Wood

Joshua Hyslop There is no Limit to The Besnard Lakes
Their 4th studio record, Until in Excess . Imperceptible UFO, is a bit of a change for the Montrealers. By Amil Delic

April 2013

Tyrow James and Natalie Tyrow James is the Dark Prince
Vancouver Rapper Tyrow James has tempered neither the darkeness of his music nor his language. By Scott Wood

Joshua Hyslop There is no Limit to The Besnard Lakes
Their 4th studio record, Until in Excess . Imperceptible UFO, is a bit of a change for the Montrealers. By Amil Delic

Joshua Hyslop Joshua Hyslop
Joshua Hyslop is getting up close and personal as he takes his latest record on the road. By Shelley Gummeson

Sabrina Weeks Sabrina Weeks: Keeping Her Eye on the Prize
Sabrina Weeks and her band are coming off an award winning 2012. Now they are reaching for the next level with Got My Eye on You. By Jim Dupuis

Cityreal with Wes Mackey Cityreal: Real World, True Grit
With a startling new hip hop/blues collaboration with Wes Mackay, Vancouver's Cityreal graples with the tough issues facing his city. By Scott Wood

March 2013

Cityreal with Wes Mackey Cityreal: Real World, True Grit
With a startling new hip hop/blues collaboration with Wes Mackay, Vancouver's Cityreal graples with the tough issues facing his city. By Scott Wood

John Pippus John Pippus Comes of Age
If everything has it's own time, then this is John Pippus' time. By Shelley Gummeson

The Zolas The Zolas Rocket Into New Space
From Ancient Mars to A Million Little Pieces, The Zolas Tell You How They Make It Work. By Scott Wood

February 2013

The Zolas The Zolas Rocket Into New Space
From Ancient Mars to A Million Little Pieces, The Zolas Tell You How They Make It Work. By Scott Wood

More Best of 2012

More great tips on what you might have missed in a busy musical year.
Amil Delic !earshot writer and host of The Show TO and Director's Cut
Jim Dupuis !earshot writer and host of Jazz Notes
Clash Contrast !earshot reviewer and host of Key Contast feat. Clash

January 2013

Boombox Saints Boombox Saints Blast the Internet
Taking Over the World, One MP3 Player At A Time! By Scott Wood

Big Wreck Big Wreck: Bigger Rebirth
Coming back after a 10 year hiatus, you'd think Ian Thornley & the boys would be a bit rusty�.not a chance. By Amil Delic

2012 in Review

!earshot's Top 200 of 2012
Grimes tops out the Top 200 of 2012 as the most played album on campus / community radio across Canada with her stellar break out, Visions. Japandroids are another band that broke big this year landing Celebration Rock in the number 2 spot on the Top 200 of 2012. And Metric had another strong year finishingat number 3.

Best of 2012

We have asked some of our regular writers to share some of their favourite releases of the year.

Amil Delic !earshot writer and host of The Show TO and Director's Cut
Jim Dupuis !earshot writer and host of Jazz Notes
Clash Contrast !earshot reviewer and host of Key Contast feat. Clash
Scott Wood !earshot writer and host of the interview show
Shelley Gummeson!earshot writer and host of Jazz on the Rocks

December 2012

Hot Panda Hot Panda Let It All Hang Out
Singer Chris Connelly talks about his testicles, partying with Nardwuar, and sounding like Dan Bejar from Destroyer! By Scott Wood

Carolyn Mark Carolyn Mark Should be Queen of Something
Victoria's country crooning darling is riding the crest of her 8th album. By Shelley Gummeson

SonReal Gracious and Talented Beyond Her Years: Brandi Disterheft
Jazz bassist Brandi Disterheft caught our writer's ear even before she put out her first record. She hasn't disappointed since. By Jim Dupuis

Brother Ali Brother Ali Standing Out in a Crowded Field
Brother Ali's socially conscious hip hip is making a mark. By Dan McPeake

November 2012

White Ash Fall Peering into the Reflecting Pool with White Ash Falls
Beard-master Andy Bishop talks about wilderness, ideal first dates and focusing his music on himself. By Scott Wood

Stuck On Planet Earth Growing Together while Stuck on Planet Earth
With the release of their 4th EP "Play Along" charting on iTunes, this Toronto trio get ready for a promising 2013. By Amil Delic

SonReal Doubling Down with SonReal
Vancouver`s SonReal has been on a roll with a new 10-track collaborative album coming out this month. By Scott Wood

October 2012

SonReal Doubling Down with SonReal
Vancouver`s SonReal has been on a roll with a new 10-track collaborative album coming out this month. By Scott Wood

Raylene Rankin Remembering Raylene
Raylene Rankin of Canada's best loved singing families passed away on September 30. By Dan McPeake

The Boom Booms Do You Want To Boom Boom?
Vancouver's The Boom Booms are bringing the heat; you need to bring a towel. By Shelley Gummeson

September 2012

B-Lines The B-Lines Keep It Short and Sweet
Checking in with Raincity's favourite punk insurrectionists. By Scott Wood

Humans Humans Go Forth
With their new record, Traps, Humans made a big splash this spring. Now they are taking it on the road this fall. By Scott White

August 2012

Apollo Ghosts The True Spirit of Apollo Ghosts
With Landmark, their third release, Apollo Ghosts contemplate beginnings, endings, and the meaning of place. By Scott Wood

Peter Appleyard The Peter Appleyard Interview
Lost tapes, espionage, adultery and drumicide?? Vibraphonist Peter Appleyard talks about a long life in music and the release of a CD that had been shelved for nearly 40 years. By Jim Dupuis

Brian Borchardt Totally Dusted with Brian Borcherdt
Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt sets out on his own with DUSTED and Totally Dusted. By Amil Delic

Patrick Masse Patrick Masse Tells How to Mend the Man
As an openly gay country-music artist, Patrick Masse is a bona fide trailblazer. By Scott Wood

July 2012

Brian Borchardt Totally Dusted with Brian Borcherdt
Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt sets out on his own with DUSTED and Totally Dusted. By Amil Delic

Patrick Masse Patrick Masse Tells How to Mend the Man
As an openly gay country-music artist, Patrick Masse is a bona fide trailblazer. By Scott Wood

June 2012

Cadence Weapon Pemberton Rolls to new Heights on Hope in Dirt City
Cadence Weapon reflects on where he is now and what helped him get there. By Aaron Levy

Joel Plaskett Emergency Joel Plaskett - 10 Songs, 10 Weeks, 1 Emergency
Joel Plaskett reunited with the Emergency to write, record and release 10 songs in 10 weeks. By Nathan Marsh

Suzka Feeling All Tingly with Needles//Pins
Vancouver's Needles//Pins hit the ground running with their garage-punk debut 12:34. By Scott Wood

Pouzza Fest MontrealPouzza Festival 2012
Despite some ticketing and logistical headaches, Montreal's Pouzza Festival of punk rock kicked ass!. By Scott Thomson

May 2012

Suzka Young Liars Tell the Truth!
Nothing Stops These Vancouver Dance-Rockers! By Scott Wood

Oh My Darling Oh My Darling!
The Women of Oh My Darling embrace their diversity in Sweet Nostalgia. With audio feature. By Shelley Gummeson

Yukon Blonde Yukon Blonde's Endless Summer
These are sunny days for Vancouver's Yukon Blonde as the buzz around them grows and their new record hits the streets. By Amil Delic

Grimes and Yukon BlondeChart Mysteries Explained
If Yukon Blonde was #1 for most of April on the weekly charts, how come Grimes got the top spot on the Top 200. Our Charts Editor shows how it all makes sense. By Chris White, Charts Editor

April 2012

Yukon Blonde Yukon Blonde's Endless Summer
These are sunny days for Vancouver's Yukon Blonde as the buzz around them grows and their new record hits the streets By Amil Delic

Suzka Meet Suzka: The Hip Hop Violinist!
A hip hop violinist? Vancouver's Suzka has taken her violin into the studio with some of the best in the business. By Scott Wood

The Barra MacNeils The Barra MacNeils Celebrate 25 Years
The Barra MacNeils have been Canada's Celtic Ambassadors for 25 years and celebrate with the Symphony Orchestra. By Dan McPeake

Plants and Animals The Jon Treichel Interview
BC Jazz Guitarist Jon Treichel wears his influences proudly on his new release. By Jim Dupuis

Record Store Day 2012 Record Store Day 2012
Community Radio is celebrating Record Store Day in a big way. Compiled By Magnus Thyvold

Plants and Animals Far From The End of That for Plants and Animals
A Conversation with Guitarist Nicolas Basque. By Amanda McCulley

Ember Swift The East - West Convergence of Ember Swift
From Canada to Beijing to baby - What lies between those words are Ember Swift's latest release 11:11, and a life journey which, like her new album, encompasses many layers and a few surprises. With audio feature. By Shelley Gummeson

March 2012

Yukon Blonde Yukon Blonde's Endless Summer
These are sunny days for Vancouver's Yukon Blonde as the buzz around them grows and their new record hits the streets By Amil Delic

Plants and Animals Far From The End of That for Plants and Animals
A Conversation with Guitarist Nicolas Basque. By Amanda McCulley

Leaten Milne Let's Vancouver's Gloom Fuel his Fire The East - West Convergence of Ember Swift
From Canada to Beijing to baby - What lies between those words are Ember Swift's latest release 11:11, and a life journey which, like her new album, encompasses many layers and a few surprises. With audio feature. By Shelley Gummeson

Leaten Milne Let's Vancouver's Gloom Fuel his FireBlame It On the Rain: Leathan Milne
Leathan Milne Lets Vancouver's Gloom Fuel His Fire. By Scott Wood

The Best of 2011 Part 3
By My Son the Hurricane
My Son the Huricane By Bruno Mazzotta
A Best of 2011 Playlist you can listen to and Toronto's My Son the Hurricane shares their best of 2011 picks.

The Best of 2011 Part 2
By Joshua Hyslop
By Boombox Saints

The Best of 2011 Part 1
The Pack A.D. By The Pack A.D.
By Romi Mayes
By Jason Raso
!earshot chart toppers The Pack A.D., roots artist Romi Mayes and jazz bassist Jason Raso offer up thier picks for the best of 2011.

By Marc 'Oxide' LaCasse
By Chris Hibbard
We also get !earshot writers and radio programmers to to weigh in on the best of 2011 as well.

February 2012

Josh Hyslop Josh Hyslop: A Cold Wind
Don’t let the title fool you. With one of the warmest voices around, Joshua Hyslop will invite you to slow down and listen. By Shelley Gummeson

MythsMyths of Vancouver
Vancouver's MYTHS create scary soundscapse of fantasy, light and sound. Techno-witch-rave, you might say. By Scott Wood

The Best of 2011 Part 2
By Joshua Hyslop
By Boombox Saints

The Best of 2011 Part 1
The Pack A.D. By The Pack A.D.
By Romi Mayes
By Jason Raso
!earshot chart toppers The Pack A.D., roots artist Romi Mayes and jazz bassist Jason Raso offer up thier picks for the best of 2011.

By Marc 'Oxide' LaCasse
By Chris Hibbard
We also get !earshot writers and radio programmers to to weigh in on the best of 2011 as well.

January 2012

The Best of 2011
The Pack A.D. By The Pack A.D.
By Romi Mayes
By Jason Raso
!earshot chart toppers The Pack A.D., roots artist Romi Mayes and jazz bassist Jason Raso offer up thier picks for the best of 2011.

By Marc 'Oxide' LaCasse
By Chris Hibbard
We also get !earshot writers and radio programmers to to weigh in on the best of 2011 as well.

Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar. Photos by Kandiss Bradley Book Review: Retromania
Pop Will Eat Itself: Is Pop Culture just going around in circles? Writer Simon Reynolds looks at a pop culture that increasingly feeds off its past. By Dan McPeake

PhiloceraptorPhiloceraptor Attacks
Philoceraptor are invading the Vancouver music scene with the dedication of a missionary. By Scott Wood

December 2011

The Best of 2011
The Pack A.D. By The Pack A.D.
By Romi Mayes
By Jason Raso
!earshot chart toppers The Pack A.D., roots artist Romi Mayes and jazz bassist Jason Raso offer up thier picks for the best of 2011.

Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar. Photos by Kandiss Bradley Big Sugar: How Sweet It Is
Big Sugar hits the road with a new batch of songs and a will to rock. By Shelley Gummeson

MGMTMGMT: The bigtime is calling
Success was already in the cards for MGMT when they sat down with Scott Wood

Barb Wire Dolls 13 Lucky Songs
We begin our look back at the Best of 2011 with a playlist of 13 tracks that start with Celtic and end up at death metal. By Andy Gronberg

November 2011

The TwelvesThe Twelves: Having It Both Ways
Brazil's The Twelves switched from guitars to turntables but that doesn't mean they can't rock out. By Scott Wood

Romi Mayes Romi Mayes: Unscripted
With her new album Lucky Tonight Romi Mayes digs deep and reveals her rock roots. By Shelley Gummeson

October 2011

Hyacca -  Next Music From Tokyo Next Music From Tokyo
One man's passion is a boon for adventurous music fans as the Next Music From Tokyo tour brings Japan's underground to Canada. By Magnus Thyvold

Ohbijou Ohbijou and the City
Ohbijou's Casey Mecija is worried about her city but, hopefull about the future. Metal Meets paves the way. ByScott Thomson

Scotland's Paolo Nutini Paolo Nutini: When Words Don't Work, The Music Steps In
This Reporter Finds That Braving The Thick Scottish Accent of Paolo Nutini Is Well Worth It! By Scott Wood

Outer Bridge Ensemble at the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival What a Strange Trip: Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
A great line-up, a casual atmosphere and strong performances make for a great time. By Jim Dupuis

September 2011

Austra Austra: Feel Her Break
10 Questions with Katie Stelmanis, the woman behind 2011 Polaris Prize nominee Austra. By Scott Wood

Leslie Alexander The Word's the Thing : The Leslie Alexander Interview
Leslie Alexander is on the road with her buddy Jenny Allen and riding high in the strength of her latest album, Nobody's Baby. By Jim Dupuis

Jason Raso The Jazz Head and Funk Heart of Jason Raso
Jason Raso embraces his jazz leanings and begins a new musical chapter with The Red Arrow. By Shelley Gummeson

Who should win? 2011 Polaris Prize: Who should win?
!earshot's got some ideas about who should win the Polaris Prize this year and who shouldn't. What about you? By Anne-Marie Brugger

August 2011

Leslie Alexander The Word's the Thing : The Leslie Alexander Interview
Leslie Alexander is on the road with her buddy Jenny Allen and riding high in the strength of her latest album, Nobody's Baby. By Jim Dupuis

Jason Raso The Jazz Head and Funk Heart of Jason Raso
Jason Raso embraces his jazz leanings and begins a new musical chapter with The Red Arrow. By Shelley Gummeson

Switchfoot Switchfoot: Hearts on Their Sleeves
Tim Foreman Discusses Charting New Territory and The Questions We All Have. By Scott Wood

Milo Aukerman of The Descendents at Yonge & Dundas square North By Northeast: A Field Guide
650 bands and 40 films is a big deal. Scott does his best to check it out even if he could have stopped at the Descendents and been happy. By Scott Thomson

Polaris Music Prize Who Deserves to Make the Polaris Shortlist?
Now updated with the new short list. The Polaris Long List of 40 will soon get cut to 10. Who should make the cut? By Aaron Levy and Anne-Marie Brugger

Chad VanGaalen (photo: Jeff Thornburn) Chad VanGaalen Can't Get Enough
With a new record, film and musical side projects and a new found love of the Rolling Stones, Chad VanGaalen is on the move... By Matthew Ritchie

July 2011

Milo Aukerman of The Descendents at Yonge & Dundas square North By Northeast: A Field Guide
650 bands and 40 films is a big deal. Scott does his best to check it out even if he could have stopped at the Descendents and been happy. By Scott Thomson

Matt Costa Matt Costa: Making the Dark Side Sound Just A Little Bit More Cheerful
Matt Costa Counts the Rats in The Alley Behind The Commodore Ballroom. By Scott Wood

The Wailin' Jennys The Wailin' Jennys or (Folk Vixens?)
The Wailin' Jennys have raised their voices and creativity to capture some celestial enchantment with their new album Bright Morning Stars, By Shelley Gummeson

Polaris Music Prize Who Deserves to Make the Polaris Shortlist?
Now updated with the new short list. The Polaris Long List of 40 will soon get cut to 10. Who should make the cut? By Aaron Levy and Anne-Marie Brugger

Chad VanGaalen (photo: Jeff Thornburn) Chad VanGaalen Can't Get Enough
With a new record, film and musical side projects and a new found love of the Rolling Stones, Chad VanGaalen is on the move... By Matthew Ritchie

June 2011

Bruce Cockburn Bruce Cockburn's Restless Spirit
Bruce Cockburn continues to make tradition as he releases his 31st album Small Source of Comfort. By Shelley Gummeson

Okkervil River The Words and Music of Okkervil River
Will Sheff on writing, composing, dreaming and stealing. By Scott Thomson

The Faint No Dessert for the The Faint
The guys from The Faint are Best Buds with Conor Oberst aka Bright Eyes, have gossiped with a star of TV's C.S.I., but really admire UK electropop act Ladytron. By Scott Wood

The Best of 2010
!earshot's writers and radio hosts from across Canada of offer up some of the best of the the year.

May 2011

Chad VanGaalen (photo: Jeff Thornburn) Chad VanGaalen Can't Get Enough
With a new record, film and musical side projects and a new found love of the Rolling Stones, Chad VanGaalen is on the move... By Matthew Ritchie

Block Party Bloc Party: So Here We Are
Who Would Believe That These World Famous Indie Rockers Are All Shy Guys? By Scott Wood

Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother The Brother in Mother Mother
Eureka reveals more layers and more depth and serves as Ryan Guldemond's Coming Out Party. By Aaron Levy and Brad Van Haastregt

My Son the Hurricane Level 3 Storm Warning
My Son the Hurricane releases their biggest storm yet with You Can't Do This. By Shelley Gummeson

The Best of 2010
!earshot's writers and radio hosts from across Canada of offer up some of the best of the the year.

April 2011

Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother The Brother in Mother Mother
Eureka reveals more layers and more depth and serves as Ryan Guldemond's coming out party By Aaron Levy and Brad Van Haastregt

ShundaK ShundaK is Still Yo Majesty
Expressing herself with renewed focus, fierceness, and faith, ShundaK is ready to rock the mic like never before. By Shelley Gummeson

Tambura Rasa Tambura Rasa: On The Wild 'Silk Road,'
Ivan Tucakov Has Traveled the World Looking For Different Styles of Music, But Vancouver Was the Right Place for This Band to Fit It All Together. By Scott Wood

Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females Shreddin' at South by Southwest
SXSW is the place to be to see just about everything important happening in music this year. By Kat Dornian

April 16 is Record Store Day
Tune in to CJSW 90.9FM Calgary on April 15 and 16 for special coverage. Listen online at http://www.cjsw.com

The Best of 2010
!earshot's writers and radio hosts from across Canada of offer up some of the best of the the year.

March 2011

The Boombox Saints Bustin' Outa the Box with the Boombox Saints
The Boombox Saints have infused the slow burn of soul into their hip hop roots on their new EP - Bringin' The Boom Back: Based on a True Story. By Shelley Gummeson

Lykke Li Waking Up Lykke Li
Scott Wood Catches This Swedish Indie Superstar Napping Backstage (before She Was Famous)

The Best of 2010
!earshot's writers and radio hosts from across Canada of offer up some of the best of the the year.

February 2011

Tokyo Police Club Enter The Secret Brotherhood of Tokyo Police Club
Intimacy, Battle Scars, Chatting Up Females and the Inevitable Backlash. By Scott Wood

Mastodon Krystle Dos Santos - Femme Fatale
Krystle Dos Santos leaps back to the future with an ambitious new project called Fame Fatale. By Shelley Gummeson

Allison Brown Dr. Pinkham's Medicine Show
Allison Brown and friends take their Medicine Show on the road for a heaking dose of old-time folk, gospel and country. By Steve Marlow

Kill City Kill City - One More Time
The Stooges Iggy Pop and James Williamson reunited at the height of punk in 1977 to make Kill City. Now Williamson is making it better. By Scott Thomson

The Best of 2010
!earshot's writers and radio hosts from across Canada of offer up some of the best of the the year

January 2011

Kill City Kill City - One More Time
The Stooges Iggy Pop and James Williamson reunited at the height of punk in 1977 to make Kill City. Now Williamson is making it better. By Scott Thomson

Mastodon Mastodon: Shaking Hands With the Great Shambling Beast
Drinking, Star Wars, Superfans and Metal Gods Metallica. Mastodon's Bill Kelliher talks to Scott Wood

Picks and Pans The Best of 2010
!earshot's writers and radio hosts from across Canada of offer up some of the best of the the year

December 2010

The Black Lips 10 Minutes with the Black Lips
Scott Wood Takes a Second Bite at the Proverbial Apple. By Scott Wood

Frank Turner In the fast lane with Frank Turner
Two records and opening slots with Green Day and Social Distortion. It hasn't been a bad year for the English singer. By Scott Thomson

The Flatliners The Flatliners Grow Up
Richmond Hill's The Flatliner's keep on moving up and onward. By Scott Thomson

Social Distortion Just like 17 Again: Social Distortion Live
Social Distortion w/ Frank Turner and Lucero at the Kool Haus in Toronto, Oct 23 By Scott Thompson

November 2010

Little Dragon Little Dragon: Meeting the Gentle Beast
Little Dragon Talk About Swedish Metal Bands, Pitchfork and Evolutionary Psychology. By Scott Wood

Sandro Dominelli Setting the Groove with Sandro Dominelli
Sandro Dominelli parlays the rhythm and flavor of the streets into an award winning album called The Alvo Sessions. By Shelley Gummeson

Ernesto Cervini How Many Drummers Does it Take...? The Ernesto Cervini Interview
Leading from the back. Drummer Ernesto Cervini comes out from behind the kit... a lot.. By Dustin Ellis

Against Me! Against Me! Against the World!
Watching every move with Tom Gabel of punk rockers Against Me! By Scott Thomson

October 2010

King Khan Midnight In The Church of King Khan
Scott Wood invades the chaos that is King Khan and His Sensational Shrines!

Karkwa Karkwa Takes the Prize
Sept 20, 2010: Karkwa's Les Chemins De Vere wins the 2010 Polaris Music Prize. Featuring new photos. By Scott Thomson

Holy Fuck Holy Fuck! a chat with Graham Walsh
Holy Fuck hits the road with a new expanded lineup. By Dustin Ellis

Efterklang The Sturm Und Drang of EFTERKLANG
These Danish wizards of the Cut-and-Paste Iivite you to get lost in the landscapes of their music. By Scott Wood

September 2010

Karkwa Karkwa Takes the Prize
Sept 20, 2010: Karkwa's Les Chemins De Vere wins the 2010 Polaris Music Prize. By Scott Thomson

Women Taking Music Back
Calgary's Women Exercise their Independence. By Aaron Levy

Frazey Ford The Soulful Side of Frazey Ford
The Be Good Tanya's Frazey Ford reconnects with two of her great musical loves - old time folk and soul music with her debut solo album Obadiah.. By Shelley Gummeson

The Gaslight Anthem Up from the Basement with The Gaslight Anthem
Success hasn't spoiled the punk cred of The Gaslight Anthem yet. By Scott Thomson

August 2010

Calvin Harris 10 Minutes in the Shitter with Calvin Harris
UK DJ Calvin Harris gets cornered in the men's room by !earshot's Scott Wood and gives up the goods on Kylie Minogue, Dizee Rascal, Cathy Dennis and the Spice Girls. By Scott Wood

July 2010

Polaris Prize Shortlist Announced
Some previous winners, some Quebecois artsits and some new faces grace this years Shortlist

Brian King of Japandroids A Field Guide to North by North-east
Three nights, a hell of a lot bands and too many hipster mustaches push our writer to the edge. By Scott Thomson

The Horrors The Secret Horror of The Horrors
Scott Wood invades The Horrors' dressing room for an interview, gets an invitation to go thru their Dirty Laundry - And this is what he found! By Scott Wood

Mary Kastle The Mary Kastle Interview
After two EPs, jazz pianist Mary Kastle is ready for the big time with a jazz and pop flavoured full-length debut. By Jim Dupuis

June 2010

Caribou Great Northern Caribou Learns To Swim
Dan Snaith finds musical epiphany while mastering front crawl. By Ane-Marie Brugger

Gallows Gallows: The UK's Unstoppable Punk Upstarts
Scott Wood talks with "Daddy Gallows" himself, Laurent Barnard, and he reveals when not to listen to the great Kate Bush. By Scott Wood

Adam Thomas w/ the Mike Turner Quartet The Adam Robert Thomas Interview
Adam Thomas, one of Vancouvers busiest musicians, has a new CD out just in time for the Jazz Festival season. By Jim Dupuis

Son of the Hurricane The Eye of the Hurricane
They say size doesn’t matter, but it does with My Son The Hurricane. By Shelley Gummeson

May 2010

Kinnie Starr The New Pornographers: An interview with Carl Newman
Everyone, even Dan Behar , is joining Carl Newman on the road with the New Pornographers this summer By Scott Thomson

Bat for Lashes Bat For Lashes: Somewhere Between Myth and Legend
Natasha Khan went to New York to find the myth and found an unexpected alter ego. By Scott Wood.

April 2010

Daniel, Fred and Julie Old and New with Daniel, Fred and Julie
Daniel, Fred and Julie took an old songbook, added some new, yet traditional music and created a little bit of un expected magic. By Scott Thomson

Kinnie Starr From Jet Back to Albino White: Gentleman Reg
Gentleman Reg and Scott are both crossing thier fingers for Courtney Love's musical redemption. By Scott Wood

Frank Turner The Elizabeth Shepherd Interview
Elizabeth Shepherd did it all - producer, composer, arranger, pianist and singer - when recording her new album Heavy Falls the Night. By Jim Dupuis

Elizabeth Shepherd Living In Harmony with Company B
Old school is new again as sextet breathes new energy into the 40's ear stylings of the Andrews Sisters. By Shelley Gummeson

Everything is coming up Frank Turner.
English punk-turned-folkie Frank Turner didn't trade in his punk attitude when he took up the acoutic guitar. By Scott Thomson

March 2010

Kinnie Starr Starr Power
Kinnie Starr continues to challenge herself as an artist with the release her 5th album A Different Day - and she has a special challenge for all of us. By Shelley Gummeson

Frank Turner Everything is coming up Frank Turner.
English punk-turned-folkie Frank Turner didn't trade in his punk attitude when he took up the acoutic guitar. By Scott Thomson

DJ Tiga Dj Tiga: Canada's Most Sophisticated Superstar
The DJ just wants to rock. By Scott Wood

Playlist for 2009 - Lo-fi Countdowns/ Pseudo-Scary Animal Names by Bruno Mazzotta

2009 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, highlight some over-looked gems. But first we have some playlists the capture the year in music (from a personal viewpoint)...

Best of 2009 Playlists


Lo-fi Countdowns/Pseudo-Scary Animal Names
By Bruno Mazzotta
The Shit that Hit in 2009
By Andrea-Jane Cornell
Grandfathers In The Ground/ Locket Full of Losing/ Inter-provincial Pen Pals
By Tara-Michelle Ziniuk
Vibe Line
By Prymtym

Picks and Pans 2009


Looking back at some of the best, the over-rated, local surprises and more.Here some hosts from across the country weigh in.

Jazz on the Rocks
The Kitchen Sink
Jazz Notes
Pirates of the Carribean
sHIFT Radio
Scott Thomson


Top 200 of 2009

February 2010

John K. Samson John K. Samson Strikes Out on his Own
The Weakerthans frontman is stepping out with a new solo release - the first in 10 years. By Scott Thomson

Brandi Disterheft Another Side of Brandi Disterheft
Young Canadian bassist walks in the shadows of giants with a new New York anthology. By Jim Dupuis

Ali Milner Ali Milner — Courting the Flame of Success
With a hot new album, BC's Ali Milner is ready to win over fans with her golden voice and warm spirit. By Shelley Gummeson

Secret Mommy Who Is Secret Mommy?
Andy Dixon Is Out There, Somewhere, Hunting For Sounds For The Next Secret Mommy Record. By Scott Wood

Picks for 2009 - Jazz on the Rocks by Shelley Gummeson

Playlist for 2009 - Lo-fi Countdowns/Pseudo-Scary Animal Names by Bruno Mazzotta

2009 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, highlight some over-looked gems. But first we have some playlists the capture the year in music (from a personal viewpoint)...

Best of 2009 Playlists


Lo-fi Countdowns/Pseudo-Scary Animal Names
By Bruno Mazzotta
The Shit that Hit in 2009
By Andrea-Jane Cornell
Grandfathers In The Ground/ Locket Full of Losing/ Inter-provincial Pen Pals
By Tara-Michelle Ziniuk
Vibe Line
By Prymtym

Picks and Pans 2009


Looking back at some of the best, the over-rated, local surprises and more.Here some hosts from across the country weigh in.

Jazz on the Rocks
The Kitchen Sink
Jazz Notes
Pirates of the Carribean
sHIFT Radio
Scott Thomson


Top 200 of 2009

January 2010

The Artist LifeThe Artist Life are moving up
The Artist Life are on a roll. Can anything stop them. By Scott Wood

2009 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, highlight some over-looked gems. But first we have some playlists the capture the year in music (from a personal viewpoint)...

Best of 2009 Playlists


Lo-fi Countdowns/Pseudo-Scary Animal Names
By Bruno Mazzotta
The Shit that Hit in 2009
By Andrea-Jane Cornell
Grandfathers In The Ground/ Locket Full of Losing/ Inter-provincial Pen Pals
By Tara-Michelle Ziniuk
Vibe Line
By Prymtym

Picks and Pans 2009


Looking back at some of the best, the over-rated, local surprises and more.Here some hosts from across the country weigh in.

Jazz on the Rocks
The Kitchen Sink
Jazz Notes
Pirates of the Carribean
sHIFT Radio
Scott Thomson

Top 200 of 2009

December 2009

You Say Party! We Say Die!You Say Party! We Say Die!'s World Domination
You Say Party! We Say Die! have exploded out of Vancouver to take on the world (except for the USA). By Scott Thomson

Lawrence BlattThe Musical Science of Lawrence Blatt
Lawrence Blatt combines a love of music and science to create the soundscape of light. By Shelley Gummeson

Youth Brigade Esser Will Dazzle You With Pop Perfection
Scott Wood goes on a smoke break with UK indie pop prince Ben Esser.

2009 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, highlight some over-looked gems. But first we have some playlists the capture the year in music (from a personal viewpoint)...

Best of 2009 Playlists


Lo-fi Countdowns/Pseudo-Scary Animal Names
By Bruno Mazzotta
The Shit that Hit in 2009
By Andrea-Jane Cornell
Grandfathers In The Ground/ Locket Full of Losing/ Inter-provincial Pen Pals
By Tara-Michelle Ziniuk
Vibe Line
By Prymtym

Picks and Pans 2009


Looking back at some of the best, the over-rated, local surprises and more.Here some hosts from across the country weigh in.

Jazz on the Rocks
The Kitchen Sink
Jazz Notes
Pirates of the Carribean
sHIFT Radio
Scott Thomson

November 2009

MetricBeating Like A Hammer: On The Phone with METRIC
Scott Wood gets on the phone with Jimmy Shaw from New Wave Indie Superstars Metric in Toronto.

Ari NeufeldTaking Flight with Ari Neufeld
A stomp box and a guitar powers this Okanagan musician to new heights . By Shelley Gummeson

October 2009

Fucked UpFucked Up takes the Polaris Prize
Ever since its inception, the Polaris Prize has had the stigma attached to it of playing it safe and familiar. So what happened this year? By Scott Thomson

Sista J of Souljah FyahSouljah Fyah are Tasting Their Dreams
The accolades keep piling up for this Edmonton reggae band including winning the 2009 Canadian Reggae Music Award for best band. By Shelley Gummeson

Gaslight AnthemThe Gaslight Anthem on the Road to Success
The hard work of constant touring is starting to pay off for Gaslight Anthem. And that means a bigger bus, bigger venues and even more time on the road. By Scott Thomson

September 2009

Tim Baker of Hey Rosetta!Hey Rosetta! has it's eyes on the prize
Making the Polaris Prize shortlist has vaulted Hey Rosetta! into the big time. By Scott Thomson

Young & SexyYoung & Sexy
It Started As A Botched Romance, But Became Something Beautiful. By Scott Wood

Bria SkonbergKeeping It Fresh - The Bria Skonberg Interview
As just 25, Canadian jazz trumpeter Bria Skonberg has been performing on stage for over 20 years. By Jim Dupuis

Jazz on the Radio
It's a non-stop all-year jazz festival on c/c radio. Listings for jazz programs on the radio, streaming live and by podcast. Compiled by Magnus Thyvold

August 2009

Hillside FestivalHillside Festival 2009 - Field Notes
The Hillside Festival is one of Ontario's premier summer music festivals and pretty much a guarenteed good time. By Scott Thomson

Dana Wiley BandAlley Chat with the Dana Wiley Band
The Dana Wylie Band takes most things in stride, including midnight ice cream in a Prince George back alley. By Shelley Gummeson

Brigitte ZarieYou Must Remember This - The Brigitte Zarie Interview
Former Torontonian and now New Yorker Brigitte Zarie has the David Letterman band at her back and a bright future ahead of her. By Jim Dupuis

July 2009

NXNENorth By Northeast 2009 - Field Notes
Social Studies or Music Appreciation? You can learn about more than just music at North By Northeast By Scott Thompson

Jean-Christophe BeneyThe Jean-Christophe Beney Interview
Montrealer and saxophonist Jean-Christophe Béney was raised in a musical family but took his time before settling on music as a career. His fifth album, released on his own label, is coming out this fall. By Jim Dupuis

Youth Brigade Youth Brigade
A new documentary chronicles three decades of the Youth Brigade and BYO Record. By Scott Thomson

Tank DoucetteChasing the Blues with Sherman “Tank” Doucette
The blues are alive and well in the hands of Sherman Doucette, who is ready to rain down the power of the blues on you and yours. By Shelley Gummeson

If it is Loud, you'll find it here
If you like metal, industrial, punk or any other kind of loud, heavy music, we can help. Here is a listing of loud or heavy shows and campus/community radio across the land. Compiled by Magnus Thyvold

June 2009

Dinosaur JrDinosaur Jr takes it back to the beginning
Twenty years after a bitter split, Dinosaur Jr's orignal line-up has put the bad blood behind them. By Chad Arnish

Olga OsipovaUs3 - Still Kickin' It
Sixteen years after releasing the album Hand On The Torch, producer Geoff Wilkinson of Us3 is still around and running toward the future. By Shelley Gummeson

 

May 2009

Cadence WeaponCadence Weapon Deals with Separation Anxiety
On the release of his new pay-what-you-want mixtape Cadence Weapon considers the new business of music. By Scott Thomson

Coco Love Alcorn Joyful: Coco Love Alcorn
It's a Joyful world of family and friends for Coco Love Alcorn. By Jim Dupuis

Olga OsipovaOlga Osipova: Freedom to Sing
This Russian artist followed her musical passion to a new life, a debut album and a BC Interior Music Award. By Shelley Gummeson

 

April 2009

Shane Phillip : Music in the Eye of the Beholder
Musician Shane Phillip and painter Dave Oram take both music an painting out of the studio and bring them to the live stage.
The Raw Bleeding Heart of Dave Oram
By Shelley Gummeson

Programmer Profile : Eclectricity : Eclectic and Personal
Montreal's DJ Solespin ranges all over the musical map with a show that is both a form of creative expression and a rockin' good time. By Magnus Thyvold

Expanded Listings of Experimental and Avant-Garde Music Programs
An expanded list of experimental and avant-garde music programs available over the air, online and by podcast across Canada.

 

March 2009

Devining Miss Brown
Divine Brown digs into the memory vaults, adds a little shoobe do wop, and comes up an unforgettable soul contender. By Shelley Gummeson

Programmer Profile : The Rib : Experimental Music
As a musician, composer, student and DJ, Robyn Jacob of The Rib on CiTR makes experimental music the centre of her life. Plus experimental show listings across the country. By Magnus Thyvold

 

February 2009

In The Swingfood Mood with Tape Five
Tape Five, a multi-national nu-jazz act, will become the movie to the sound track in your head. By Shelley Gummeson

The Marc L'Esperence Interview
The Man Who Sees Music: Marc L'Esperiance is a producer, photographer, sound engineer and more, By Jim Dupuis

Weirdoes & Movie Stars: Bazooka Goes Bonkers In the O-EIGHT
Bruno Mazotta bring us one more playlist of great tracks to sum of the musical year of 2008

2008 in Review

Top 200 of 2008

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
By Bruno Mazzotta

Fader in the Key of Simultaneity
By Andrea-Jane Cornell

Meat's Sweet Treats
By Luke Meat

Picks and Pans 2008

Looking back at some of the best, the over-rated, local surprises and more...
New Shit
Jazz Notes with Jim
The Church of Noise
Jazz on the Rocks
I Am Collecting Beautiful Things
Nasty Jag Sound Crew
Canada Post-Rock
The Kitchen Sink


January 2009

Way After Party with the Pack A.D.
With their newest album, Funeral Mixtape, The Pack A.D. have recorded the soundtrack for the end of the lives. By Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

The Unstoppable Jane Bunnett
Facing emotional bankruptcy and financial hardship, Jane Bunnett digs deep and turns out her most ambitious and electrifying project to date. By Shelley Gummeson

2008 in Review

Top 200 of 2008

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
By Bruno Mazzotta

Fader in the Key of Simultaneity
By Andrea-Jane Cornell

Meat's Sweet Treats
By Luke Meat

Picks and Pans 2008

Looking back at some of the best, the over-rated, local surprises and more...
New Shit
Jazz Notes with Jim
The Church of Noise
Jazz on the Rocks
I Am Collecting Beautiful Things
Nasty Jag Sound Crew
Canada Post-Rock
The Kitchen Sink

!earshot Top 200 of 2008
For January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008
TW  Artist - Title - (Label)
1 Black Mountain
In The Future - (JagJaguwar/Scratch)
2 Chad VanGaalen
Soft Airplane - (Flemish Eye/Sub Pop)
3 Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles - (Last Gang)
4 The Constantines
Kensington Heights - (Arts & Crafts)
5 Wolf Parade
At Mount Zoomer - (Sub Pop)
6 Plants And Animals
Parc Avenue - (Secret City)
7 Women
Women - (Flemish Eye)
8 Elliott Brood
Mountain Meadows - (Six Shooter)
9 Jason Collett
Here's To Being Here - (Arts & Crafts)
10 Islands
Arm's Way - (Anti)
View the full !earshot Top 200

Specialty Charts #1s
Electronic Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles - (Last Gang)
Hip Hop Cadence Weapon - Afterparty Babies - (Upper Class)
International Dubmatix - Renegade Rocker - (7 Arts)
Jazz Rabnett 5 - Leopardism - (Ropeadope Digital)
Loud Fuck The Facts - Disgorge Mexico - (Relapse)
Folk/Roots/Blues Old Man Luedecke - Proof Of Love - (Black Hen Music)
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December 2008

Double-Teaming with the Mobius Band
Scott Wood can't figure out why everyone doesn't know about indie electronic rockers Mobius Band, so he interviews them!

Electrifying Melodies from the Cellar: Melody Diachun
Melody Diachun pulled together some talented players and eclectic influences to together put a stellar album. By Jim Dupuis

HiSciFi Rules! : Programmer Profile
Irma Arkus' HiSciFi stakes out the entertainment high ground for science fiction. By Magnus Thyvold

Endangered Ape! I think even the band was surprised with how much local buzz this punk rawk group generated.

2008 in Review

Top 200 of 2008

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
By Bruno Mazzotta

Fader in the Key of Simultaneity
By Andrea-Jane Cornell

Meat's Sweet Treats
By Luke Meat

Picks and Pans 2008

Looking back at some of the best, the over-rated, local surprises and more...
New Shit
Jazz Notes with Jim
The Church of Noise
Jazz on the Rocks
I Am Collecting Beautiful Things
Nasty Jag Sound Crew
Canada Post-Rock
The Kitchen Sink

November 2008

Sir James Galway Just Wants To Be A Good Flute Player
I was going to use a band. Why not get the hottest Latin band around. - James Galway World renowned classical flutist joins forces with Tiempo Libre to get his mojo working with some Cuban rhythm

Calexico charts is own course
Calexico's Joey Burns talks about the bands new album, Carried to Dust

The Revenge of Oppressive Copyright Legislation
Copyright reform that has a lot of people worried is expected to make a post-election comeback

Programmer Profile: There's live and then there's LIVE: Live from Thunderbird Radio Hell
Vancouver's best up and coming bands have been playing live on Live Thunderbird Radio Hell for more than 20 years.


October 2008

Chromeo: Two Boys From Montreal Conquer the World
Chromeo's Dave-1 and P-Thugg teach the advanced class on the '80s.

Strings Attached: The Eliana Cuevas Interview
Eliana Cuevas is standing the Latin jazz world on its head

Brother Blood: The Neville Brothers
From Be-Bop to Hip-Hop the Neville Brothers of New Orleans have done it all and are still going strong

Programmer Profile: Urban is a State of Mind : Droppin' Science and the Mix
When you are not at the centre of the universe, sometimes you need to try harder. That's hip hop in Lethbridge..and that's not a bad thing.


September 2008

Plants and Animals Want to Control Your Mind
Canada's Darwinian indie darlings thrive on evolution.

Vampire Weekend: Not Quite What You Expect
It is not goth; it's sunny indie pop you can listen to with your mom

No Women in Women?
Four guys from Calgary who get serious and make a serious impression

Programmer Profile: The Winnipeg Natural Funk Company
With a Funk show, you can get the party started anytime


August 2008

The Constantines: Constantly Productive
Bryan Webb and co. have been together for nearly a decade and, thankfully, they show no signs of stopping.

Birds of a Feather: Shearwater
Austin band is on the road supporting their fourth album Rook.

The Resurrection of Rebel Emergency
After getting caught in the crossfire of tragic and unbelievable circumstances, Rebel Emergency are back with a new look, a great sound, and an eye to the future.

Programmer Profile: Jazz on the Rocks
Jazz has become a life passion for Shelley G.



July 2008

Rebecca Jenkins-Renaissance Woman
Rebecca Jenkins re-imagines the standards and crafts a new chapter for herself.

Programmer Profile: SLEIZURE and Bass Behavior Radio
There's lots of electronic music on campus radio.




June 2008

Boys Noize: Believe The Hype!
Alexander Ridha only wants to make timeless, underground, club music. Success is incidental.

God Made Me Funky - In Full Effect
From the wedding circuit to the Juno circuit, God Made Me Funky takes their cue from the people

Programmer Profile: Noise Anoize!
Luke Meat likes to get under your skin with a little noise.



May 2008

The Alexis Baro Interview
Cuban-born award winning trumpet player Alex Baro plays the way he feels.

The Rhythm of Shane Philip
Coastal pied piper gets everyone doing the subterranean groove.

Programmer Profile: I am Collecting Beautiful Things
Chris White at Windsor's CJAM is determined not to repeat himself all year long.



April 2008

Tommie Sunshine: Born in the U.S.A.
Scott Wood finds out that Tommie Sunshine makes dance music for the hard-working people.

Ronnie LeBlanc and His Magic Hat
After an acrimonious break up of An Acoustic Sin, Ronnie Leblanc has returned to form with new confidence and energy.

They Don't Have It In This Town ... or Do They?
Can jazz thrive in a small town? !earshot regular Jim Dupuis looks around his hometown of Kamloops to find out.

Programmer Profile: Blowing Up the Lakehead
It takes two long nights of the soul a week to the people of Thunder Bay their metal and punk.



March 2008

Altering Musical Laws with Tom Terrific
Jazz flutist and saxophonist Tom Keenlyside has seen international success, done sessions for pop stars and now runs his own label.

Girl Talk: Making Top 40 Safe For Everyone Else
This month Scott Wood brings us an interview with Girl Talk and his mash-ups on crack.

Times New Viking Make Some Noise
Up-and-coming Ohio trio care more about out-rocking the headlining band than buying expensive guitars or whining about politics.

Programmer Profile: Home Game
Home Game on Victoria's CFUV is just one of many c/c radio programs specializing in Canadian music.

The Legend of Bob Wiseman
A look at the recent history of a multi-media artist who started out in a country-rock band.



February 2008

The Brad Turner Interview
Brad Turner has no trouble defending the importance of the jazz trumpet.

Christine Fellows: Be blunt; be brief; be gone
Keeping the album relevant for the digital age.

Introducing Flosstradamus:
The Future Beckons The Heartland's 100% All-Natural DJ Team.

If you missed it last month, take a look at our Picks and Pans for 2007 where we seek out some of the hidden gems of the year:



January 2008

The Secret Origin of a Champion
Scott Wood talks with the Montreal DJ who named himself Champion to make a joke about being the best.

The Laila Biali Interview
Is the jazz world's loss going to be the pop world's gain or can she straddle both worlds ... ?

The Black Lips Interview
An interview gone wrong... Tune in to what Scott Wood has to share.

!earshot Picks for 2007
We asked a few programmers and music experts what they thought of the music of the year just past. Here are their tips from these programs on some of the best releases and best local releases, the most over- and under-rated records of the year and more.



December 2007

Catching Up With Campbell Ryga
Campbell Ryga talks about his new album with PJ Perry and lays some bird droppings and hockey cliches on jazz columnist Jim Dupuis.

Himalayan Bear Sings of Laughter
Chet guitarist shows a different face to the world with stunning side-project.

The Weakerthans - Topics are specific, but themes are universal
Guitarist Stephan Carroll isn't worried that a little local colour with confuse the band's international audience.

Ghislain Poirier: The World is His Playground
Former Campus Radio Wizard Takes It to the Big Leagues.

Program Profile: Melodies in Mind
It's a folk show with a difference. Two hours packed with live performances, interviews and more.

!earshot Picks for 2007
We asked a few programmers and music experts what they thought of the music of the year just past. Here are their tips from these programs on some of the best releases and best local releases, the most over- and under-rated records of the year and more.



November 2007

Caribou: The Great Migration
Dan Snaith's music and career are always on the move. He seems to be on tour forever too.

The Jillian Lebeck Interview
Jim Dupuis discusses jazz, Beatles tunes, and even Michael Jackson with yet another westcoast rising star.

Introducing DESPOT
The rapper with a Napoleon Complex is making his mark.

Program Profile: Rebel Vibez
Toronto based radio program focuses on Canadian reggae scene.

Holy Fuck's Unbroken Social Scene
A cohesive new record shows shows the band evolving its sound and finding a new focus.



October 2007

Another West Coast Lion: Amanda Tosoff
With Still Life, young west coast jazz pianist and her quartet are making their mark.

Genghis Tron: Revenge of the Nerds
It's hardcore. It's electronic. And more than the sum of its parts.

Program Profile: The Judy Adams Show
The freedom to range widely and explore genres is one of the great things about campus/community radio.



September 2007

Revelling in the Gloom: Lightning Dust
Lightning Dust finds Black Mountain-eers trading psychedelic rock for Goth.

The Choir Practice Sings Out!
Is the world ready for an indie-pop choir? It seems so.

The Carol McCartney Interview
Canadian jazz vocalist Carol McCartney skats and solos with a stellar cast on her new record, A Night in Tunisia..

Tricks of the Trade: Capade
An interview with Nikola Tucakov from Capade.

Program Profile: Bluegrass
Nelson, BC's Pickin' n' Grinnin' celebrates bluegrass.

Purrs & Hisses from Meow Records
Bryndis is back from the flood to share the highlights of the annual FolkFest 2007, new releases, and more...


August 2007

120 Days of Sodom
Norwegian band 120 Days has come a long way from their days living on the streets of Oslo.

The Christine Jensen Interview
Canadian Jazz saxophonist Christine Jensen is another product of Nanaimo, BC's flourishing school jazz programs.

Mango. Avacado. Salsa.
Victoria's country vixen Carolyn Mark has a recipe for success.

Program Profile: The Mich Vish Interracial Morning Show
CFRU's Mich Vish Interracial Morning Show mixes it up in more ways than one.


July 2007

The Cape May
Haunted Landscapes and High Stakes Poker Games.

P.J. Perry, LL.D
Although he’d rather be fishing, P.J. Perry, Canada’s newest jazz doctor, reflects on his fifty years (and counting) in jazz.

Program Profile: Vancouver Metal
CiTR's PowerChord has been pummelling the airwaves for two decades.

Purrs & Hisses from Meow Records
Listen in to what Bryndis has to purr and hiss about this month.


June 2007

You Say Party! We Say Die!
From Abbotsford to the world, YSP! WSD! are on a roll.

These Melancholy Robots: Shout Out Out Out Out
"Our lyrics are the way they are, but in between songs the message is clear. It's party time."

No Luck Club: From History to Hip Hop
No Luck Club chart their own history heritage with hip hop

Program Profile: Canada Post-rock
Post-rock, skateboards and new records are part of a day in the life of Lethbridge's John Pantherbone.

Purrs & Hisses from Meow Records
Bj�rk and Arcade Fire perform in Vancouver. Is there anything to hiss about? Listen in to what Bryndis has to say.


May 2007

Presenting Cadence Weapon
"Not everybody's gonna like you, but you've gotta keep making music. No matter what."

Book Review: A Certain Respect for Tradition: Mark Miller on Jazz: Selected Writings 1980-2005
Jim Dupuis reviews the latest offering from Canadian Jazz writer Mark Miller

The Greg Lowe Interview
Winnipeg Jazz Guitarist Greg Lowe's eighth album, Guitar and Bass Sessions, features two bass players and a batch of familiar classics rearranged and made new again.

Program Profile: Hop the Fence - Independent Music and Interviews
Many radio shows like CHUO Ottawa's Hop the Fence incorporate interviews and music to get the inside scoop on what makes musicians tick. Plus listings for more shows that give you more than just the music.

Purrs & Hisses from Meow Records
The Book Of Lists, Panda Bear, Frog Eyes.and Jarvis Cocker: Bryndis casts judgement.


April 2007

The David Lee Interview: Ornette Coleman and the Battle of the Five Spot
David Lee's new book takes a close look at one of the turning points in the history of jazz

The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field
Jim Dupuis reviews "The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field"- a book by David Lee that looks at Ornette Coleman's New York debut at the Five Spot Café jazz club and the effects it had on the jazz community.

Julie Doiron
Julie Doiron has crafted a chart-topper with her latest release Woke Myself Up. Bridget Arsenault reports.

The Salads: We're Good For You!
A bit of maturity hasn't slowed down the party rawk of the The Salads.

Program Profile: Deconstructing Dinner
In the tradition of Fast Food Nation and Supersize Me, Jon Stienman takes a close look at the food we eat and where it comes from.

Purrs & Hisses from Meow Records
"Purrs" will, of course, reflect my opinions on what is absolutely necessary to own in your music collection, or just something I think is pretty worthwhile to check out. The "hisses" will be for those acts I feel are overrated or disappointing. I will also include the occasional customer feature, interview, or whatever else musical I can find to fill the page. And as always, the hyperbole will flow and the f-bombs will drop.


March 2007

Jazz Music, Jazz Club, Jazz Label: The Cory Weeds Interview � Part 2
Cory Weeds is helping to keep the west coast jazz scene sizzling with his jazz club and label.

Uffie: Attack of The Damn Crazy Brat
Innocent looks don't stop Uffie from being a lightning rod for controversy.

Program Profile - Dig Your Roots: Creative Jazz
Five national live concert broadcasts celebrate new and adventurous Canadian jazz talents.

Purrs & Hisses from Meow Records
"Purrs" will, of course, reflect my opinions on what is absolutely necessary to own in your music collection, or just something I think is pretty worthwhile to check out. The "hisses" will be for those acts I feel are overrated or disappointing. I will also include the occasional customer feature, interview, or whatever else musical I can find to fill the page. And as always, the hyperbole will flow and the f-bombs will drop.


February 2007

Jazz Music, Jazz Club, Jazz Label: Cory Weeds Interview
Earshot's Jim Dupuis thought he was too busy, until he talked with Cory Weeds of the The Cellar who is helping to keep the west coast jazz scene sizzling. Part 1 of 2.

Final Fantasy: Falling in Love with a Video Game Character
Polaris Prize winner Owen Pallet, a.k.a. Final Fantasy, didn't set out to court acclaim but by following his own strange vision he's found it anyway.

Purrs & Hisses from Meow Records
CFUR Music Director Bryndis Ogmundson now has her own store, Meow Records. She shares her thoughts about music, the people who buy it, and how it does on the charts.

2006 Picks and Pans
We asked a few programmers and music expert what they thought of the music of the year just past. Here are their tips from these programs on some of the best releases and best local releases, the most over- and under-rated records of the year and more.


January 2007

!earshot top 200 of 2006
The entire top 200 of 2006 and closer look at the top 10 albums of the year from Pink Mountaintops to Cat Power to Tokyo Police Club to Destroyer and more. And annual top 20s for Electronica, Folk/Roots/Blues, Hip hop, International, Jazz and Loud.

2006 Picks and Pans
We asked a few programmers and music expert what they thought of the music of the year just past. Here are their tips from these programs on some of the best releases and best local releases, the most over- and under-rated records of the year and more.

The Jodi Proznick Interview
This month Jim Dupuis finds out that fat cats are inspirational and there’s a whole lot of ways to define foundation when he chats with Vancouver bassist Jodi Proznick.

Robert Pollard Gone Solo
Iconic Indie-Rocker Launches on a new Journey... Kind Of.


December 2006

The Two-Wheeled Obsession of Nich Worby
Ex-Majestics Nich Worby decided to strike on his own, but missed playing in a big band. So he got all his friends together and hit the studio.

Matthias Lupri: Catching the Vibe
Jim Dupuis talks to Matthias Lupri and gets the scoop on the vibes, scary movie music and flower eating cats.

The Best of 2006
We take an early look aback at the musical year 2006. It not too early to see who shined (did someone say Beck) and who disappointed.

Programmer Profile- Tell the Band to Go Home
Folk, Roots, Blues - Tell the Band to Go Home is a land where the songwriter and the performer are king.

Inbox(1) - Nate Query
A Decemberist for December.

Inside the Chart
CJSW Music Director Derek McEwan steps in to make some pointed observations on Beck, Mastodon, The Be Good Tanyas, DJ Shadow and the rest of this month's chart denizens.


November 2006

Turntablism: Recognizing the Art
Most people recognize that turntablism is a vibrant creative art form. Too bad the CRTC doesn't see it that way.

Coco Goes Real Good With Sugar
Coco Love Alcorn has a cross-country tour to promote her new CD Sugar. Before heading out she talked with Earshot's Jim Dupuis about dinner parties, good parenting and Anne Murray.

Programmer Profile- World Music - Pandemic Pulse on Nanaimo's CHLY
Host Thalie keeps the focus squarely on the music, plus listings for more World Music shows all available online.

Inbox(1) - Les Georges Leningrad
Besides being totally awesome, find out more about this titillating trio.

Inside the Chart
Check out this month's column for a chance to win a fantastic Decemberists contest.


October 2006

Coco Goes Real Good With Sugar
Coco Love Alcorn has a cross-country tour to promote her new CD Sugar. Before heading out she talked with Earshot's Jim Dupuis about dinner parties, good parenting and Anne Murray.

Programmer Profile- Ian Cochran's Searchin'
From Monk and Mingus to Shipp and Frisell, Searchin' explores the non-bop sides of jazz.

Inbox(1) - DSD
Meet the most charming swedish-keyed fiddler and hurdy gurdy man ever, Derrick Denholm.

Inside the Chart
Find out why the world needs a new music store.


September 2006

The D.D. Jackon Interview
Jazz pianist/composer D.D Jackson talks to Jim Dupuis about his new CD, living in New York, and the soundtrack to Grease.

Programmer Profile- Punks and Mods
Mods and rockers, punks and more rul the airwaves every week on Punks in Parkas on Winnipegs UMFM 101.5

Inbox(1) - Big Old Eyes
Senile in the fog telling grand old lies. No one left to blame but them big old eyes!


August 2006

Tokyo Police Club
Toronto's Tokyo Police Club are getting some attention with the debut A Lesson in Crime.

A Week at the Vancouver international Jazz Festival
Earshot's jazz interviewer Jim Dupuis had no time for interviews this month as he was in Vancouver at an auditory and visual smorgasbord that the locals call "the jazz festival".

Programmer Profile- Folk, Bluegrass and Country
Nancy McCormack's Small Towns and Big Dreams

Inside the Chart
Bryndis tackles the problem of aging in the music 'biz'...

Inbox(1) - Helen Spitzer
Coming soon...


!earshot audio features

A collection of short interviews featuring musicans and samples of their muisic. Only on !earshot online.

 

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