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Best of 2017: Glen Ingram

Follow our look back at 2017

The Top 200 of 2017

The definitive list of the best records of 2017 - including electronic, hip hop, international, jazz, loud and folk roots & blues.

Best of 2017

Best Releases of 2017
As chosen by Music Directors and some of our contributers.
When you get paid to listen to music all the time, you have an advantage finding the best and the over-looked.

Best Local Releases
If home is where the heart is, local is where the music starts. Picks from !earshot contributors and programmers from across the country

Full Best of 2017 lists from Programmers and Contributors

Catherine Fisher, CJLY-Nelson, BC
Glen Ingram, CICK-Smithers, BC
Kyle MyTruk, UNFM-Manitoba, BC
Jason Shields, UMFM-Winnipeg, MB
Myles Gregory, CFBX-Kamloops, BC
dj peanut butter, CHCR-Killaloe, ON
Troy Lemberg, CFUC-Victoria, BC
Tyler Wilson, CIVL-Abbotsford, BC

!earshot National Top 200 of 2017

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

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

Edited by Magnus Thyvold

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Jesse Matthewson

Glen Ingram, CICK FM Radio, Smithers, BC

My show is a mixed bag of genres (but I lean heavily on indie pop and rock) that features the best and most recent music in the studio within the last 2 weeks.  The show has been on the air since 2009 (since the beginning of CICK).
Show website -
station facebook -,

My Top 10 records of the year

My Top 3 records of the year

The Souljazz Orchestra - Under Burning Skies – (Indie)
A mix of funk, disco and afrobeat.  What's not to like.  Oh, and did I mention that every musician is at the top of their craft.

AlvvaysAntisocialites – (Royal Mountain Records)
CBC may love them, but we love them more.  There is a creativity that bursts forth from every track.  The space between notes combined with sorrowful reverb begs you to pull a late night mainer, while staring at abandoned storefronts.

EsmerineMechanics of Dominion – (Constellation)
Stark, haunting and profound.  Three words that describe Esmerine's latest album.  The builds and plummets perfectly articulate a planet rushing towards the impacts of climate change.  Instrumental/chambre music with a meaning.

Best local release

Alex Cuba - Lo Único Constante – (Fontana North)
Local Smither's treasure, (popular – and only - stop on the Star Tour in town) Alex Cuba's latest album swings back to his Cuban roots with more traditional island sounds.  With a blend of Cuban and American Jazz, we are treated to an all Spanish tour through the lush green fields of his past.

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

Watching Rae Spoon and Plastik perform at CICK's Lounge Car Session.


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