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Best of 2016: Jesse Matthewson

KenMODE, Jesse Matthewson

Follow our look back at 2016

The Top 200 of 2016

The definitive list of the best records of 2016 - including electronic, hip hop, international, jazz, loud and folk roots & blues.

Best of 2016

KenMODE's Jesse Mathewson
CFUV Music Director Troy Lemberg
When you get paid to listen to music all the time, you have an advantage finding the best and the over-looked.

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

Best of Jazz

Michael Kaeshammer Jazz Picks of 2016: Jim Dupuis
Jazz Picks of 2016: Shelley Gummeson
Jazz Picks of 2016: Ray Alexander
A look at some of the best jazz had to offer in a very good year

!earshot Top 200 of 2016

For the year 2016
TW  Artist - Title - (Label)
1 Basia Bulat Can Con
Good Advice - (Secret City)
IV - (Arts & Crafts)
3 Nap Eyes Can Con
Thought Rock Fish Scale - (You've Changed)
4 Black Mountain Can Con
IV - (Dine Alone)
5 The Pack A.D. Can Con
Positive Thinking - (Cadence Music Group)
6 Andy Shauf Can Con
The Party - (Arts & Crafts)
7 A Tribe Called Red Can Con
We Are The Halluci Nation - (Pirates Blend)
8 Grimes Can Con
Art Angels - (4AD)
9 Tanya Tagaq Can Con
Retribution - (Six Shooter)
10 Wintersleep Can Con
The Great Detachment - (Dine Alone)
View the full !earshot Top 200

Specialty Charts #1s
>Jessy Lanza - Oh No - (Geej Recordings)
Hip Hop
> A Tribe Called Red - We Are The Halluci Nation - (Pirates Blend)
> Bombino - Azel - (Self-Released)
> BADBADNOTGOOD - IV - (Arts & Crafts)
> Striker - Stand In The Fire - (Self-Released)
>Daniel Romano - Mosey - (New West)

Edited by Magnus Thyvold

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Jesse Matthewson

Jesse Matthewson, Thick & Friendly Radio, KenMODE

UMFM (CJUM) 101.5 FM, Winnipeg, 11 pm CT (12 am ET) Monday night.

Largely a music show with alienating comedy bits peppered throughout. Focusing on the artistic side of aggressive music, generally speaking.

I also play in KEN mode and co-run MKM Management Services Ltd.,

My Top 10 records of the year

White LungParadise - (Domino)
At first the production bugged me a bit as it was more glossy than their previous records, then the hooks caught me like so much Manitoban pickerel.

Bunuel - A Resting Place For Strangers - (Tannen Records)
A savage noise rock outing fronted by the mad genius frontman of Oxbow.

Pill - "Convenience" - (Mexican Summer)
Sax laden art noise rock. Was exactly what I wanted out of late summer.

Carly Rae Jepsen - Emotion Side B - (604/School Boy/Interscope)
This was worth it for ‘Higher’ alone. My favourite kind of audio ice cream.

Descendents - Hypercaffium Spazzinate - (Epitaph)
The kings of pop punk return to show everyone just how pointless every other band playing within this genre is.

AegesWeightless - (Another Century/Century Media)
This is what hard rock is supposed to be.

StickersJoy - (Independent)
I got this record at the same time as I got the Pill one, and it scratched the same itch. Some of the riffs on this one make me feel drunk.

Greys - Outer Heaven - (Buzz/Carpark)
It didn’t catch me immediately, but upon repetition the hooks came alive and I found myself humming all of the songs throughout the summer.

Mint Julep - Broken Devotion - (Unessn Music)
I had this put in a folder in my iTunes titled “listen to this” and ignored it for months. It later became my slow jam for the office.

 Shearwater - Jet Plane And Oxbow - (Sub Pop)
I know they’re not from here, but this record feels like the prairies to me.

Best local release

Tunic -Disappointment EP – (Public Tone)

Tunic seems to be the next hope for a city with a rich history in noise rock, whether they grew up with that scene or not. A bunch of indie rock guys who faced a quarter life crisis by getting ugly and noisy. I’ll take it!

Best live show you saw this year

Gorguts/Intronaut/Brain Tentacles in Winnipeg on Thanksgiving. The first time the masters have ever come through the prairies, and they did not disappoint. I’d seen them a few times before, but this performance may have been my favourite to date. Gorguts were the new school of death metal 20 years before it even became the new school, and they remain the masters to this day.

Most under-rated record of the year

Bunuel - A Resting Place For Strangers - (Tannen Records)
Hands down. I can’t believe how few people care about this record.

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

Returning to the airwaves after a 5-year absence.


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