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Faith Healer
Faith Healer was the number 5 record on C/C radio in 2015

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Best of 2015: Brian Cleveland and !earshot20

Brian Cleveland, co-host of the !earshot20, highlights his best musical moments of 2015

By Brian Cleveland

Brian Clevevelamd
Brian Cleveland is a new dad who still
has time for music..

Brian Cleveland (Station Manager at Local 107.3FM in Saint John, NB, co-hosts the !earshot 20 with Anthony Enman. The syndicated show has aired 178 episodes since May 2012 and airs on over 25 community radio stations across Canada. The show features the 20 most played records on Canadian community radio every week (based on the !earshot charts), feature interviews, music news from Exclaim!, and much more. We are always looking for new emerging artists to feature. Please drop us a line. Our twitter handle is @earshot20 and we can also be reached at

There were tons of albums I listened to regularly and loved this year

Brian is also the host of The Mixed Tape, a weekly 100% new Canadian music program that has been airing since March 2005. The show aired on over 10 community radio partners in 2015.

Brian is also on the National Campus & Community Radio Association�s Board of Directors and is currently the HR Officer. Learn more about the NCRA (who publish !earshot) at

My Top 3 records of the year

There were tons of albums I listened to regularly and loved this year but my favourite Canadian records of 2015 were:

Faith HealerCosmic Troubles - (Mint Records)
AnamaiSwallows - (Buzz Records)
Fountain– Fountain II – (Self-released)
Crosss – Lo (Telephone Explosion)
Doldrums - The Air Conditionaed Nightmare
Doldrums - The Air Conditionaed Nightmare
Doldrums The Air Conditioned Nightmare – (Sub Pop)

Additional shoutouts to Crosss, Dilly Dally, Fake Tears, Tough Age, Hag Face, Moss Lime, JOYFULTALK, and Ponctuation.

Best local release

StegosaurusPUMMELLED - (Sharktooth Records): Easily my most anticipated and one of my most played records of 2015 was the debut album from Saint John post-punk trio, Stegosaurus.

I also loved local releases from Little You Little Me, Learning, Bad People, hand-drawn, and many more.

Best live show I saw this year

Anamai at SappyFest X which I wrote about for Exclaim!.

Best personal campus/community radio moment or experience of the year.

Reversing Fall - Reversing Fall 2
Reversing Falls

We were so lucky to host the annual National Campus & Community Radio Conference in Saint John back in June for the first time since 2002. It was an amazing experience full of learning, collaboration, sharing, and general community radio fun. Hope to have every back again within the next ten years.

Record I am most anticipating for 2016

Reversing Falls – Reversing Falls 2

Any other thoughts, opinions, rants,

Thanks to everyone who contributes in any way to community radio and !earshot. Listeners, staff, volunteers, etc. You help keep the crazy independent Canadian music world alive and vibrant. Here’s to another amazing year!

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