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Best of 2016: CFUV MD Troy Lemberg

Troy Lemberg, Music Director at Victoria, BC's CFUV 101.9FM, give us his picks for Best of 2016

Edited by Magnus Thyvold

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Troy Lemberg

Troy Lemberg, Music Director, CFV-FM, Victoria, BC

Hi! I am Troy Lemberg, the Music Director at CFUV in Victoria BC as well as host of The Action Index on Thursdays 6:30-8PM. My personal program is a hardcore punk show and I book concerts of various genres in town as well

My Top Records of 2016

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)

WoolwormDeserve To Die – (Mint)
Biased pick maybe but also the best album this year. I have told so many people about this album and have been listening to this record since Feb when Woolworm played my 10 year radio show anniversary and they gave me an advance copy of this record. I never stopped listening and knew all the words at the album release show in August. I have been booking this band in Victoria since their very beginnings and am excited to see a full length out on a label and the new fans they have now got!

Dreamdecay Yu – (Iron Lung)
This album was just such a great mix of punk and cool post punk sounds that I fell in love with the release. Then seeing them live twice in 2017 also pushed this album up in my rankings. Check out their KEXP session.

Kelly Lee OwensKelly Lee Owens (Smalltown Supersound)
I felt like I was the only one into this album at our station for the first 2 months it was here at the station. Then near the end of its charting time more and more came to discover it. I came into it because of the Jenny Hval featured track but stayed for her production throughout the album.

Best local release

Elan NoonHave A Spirit Filled – (Self-Released)
Keenan of Jons’ solo project and it is outstanding. Keenan has played in various Victoria projects from noisey groups like Schoolgirl and Sister Blanche Live Band. This solo project sees him play in similar sounds of Jons and other Jons side project Sanity Band. Seeing Keenan do an Elliott Smith cover set at Halloween also connected with the sounds that are on this album.

Best live show you saw this year

I saw a bunch of great live shows this year. I will list 3…
Shabazz Palaces @ Upstairs Cabaret Dec 2nd: I had missed the last time Shabazz had made it over to Victoria and luckily Pretty Good Not Bad put on a winter showcase to bring the band to Victoria. It was more than I could’ve hoped for and is likely in my top 10 shows I have ever seen. They are just so tight and well put together seamlessly playing a long set.
Woolworm @ Logan’s Pub Feb 17th: This was a part of a 2 day 10 year anniversary show for my own radio program. I brought over my friends Woolworm and they played a song I had never seen them performed. It was a perfect set and nice to be up front with all my friends seeing a band I love.
Honorable mentions: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Dreamdecay, Limp Wrist, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile.

Most under-rated record of the year

Twist – Spectral (Buzz)
Twist put out a great full length and toured the States/Canada with it. The response out West seemed as if no one gave this record a chance. They played a cool show here in Victoria.

Most over-rated record of the year

White LungParadise (Domino)
This record just didn’t live up to my expectations of a White Lung record. Sorry remains my favourite release of theirs.

Record you are most anticipating for 2017

The Courtneys The Courtneys II  (Flying Nun)
New music from the Courtneys! Always wanting more music from them since every release seems to only be a few songs!

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