Podcast: The AM, Mar. 7, 2022

This week’s episode of The AM (also streaming at CJSW.com):

Atmospheric sounds from Loscil and Earthen Sea, psych-tinged folk from Spencer Cullum and Alabaster DePlume, fuzzed-out guitars from Lorelle Meets the Obscure and Did You Die, and other soul-sating sounds for a Monday morning in March. Plus, Wordfest’s Shelley Youngblut joins in the third hour to talk about ImagineOnAir’s upcoming programming. Enjoy.

(Image by Chel Faust)

Podcast: The AM, Feb. 28, 2022

This week’s episode of The AM (also streaming at CJSW.com): Take a deep breath and submerge yourself in the oblique sounds of The AM, a three-hour respite from a chaotic world. This week is bookended by new music from Bitchin’ Bajas and Orange Crate Art, finding room for vintage soul, modern pop experiments, jangling guitars, desert psych, and other offbeat albums old and new.

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Podcast: The AM, Feb. 21, 2022

This week’s episode of The AM (also streaming at CJSW.com): The holiday Monday made for a groggier-than-usual episode, but fortunately the music holds up even if the hosting is slightly off. After all, it’s hard to go wrong with new tunes from Cate Le Bon, Animal Collective, Exek, Ombiigizi, Congotronics International, Reptalians, and the list goes on…

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Podcast: The AM, Jan. 24, 2022

This week’s episode of The AM (also streaming at CJSW.com): I didn’t notice that the 400th episode of the AM had come and gone, but celebrating number 402 works just as well. I shared the first song ever played on The AM, and there’ll be a Spotify playlist of the first episode’s tracklist available sometime shortly—visit theam.ca for that one. But, we’re always looking forward, and this week’s mix of cosmic synthesizers, melodic art-rock, and psychedelic surf is your recommended way to ease into the last week of January.

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Podcast: The AM, Jan. 17, 2022

This week’s episode of The AM (also streaming at CJSW.com): Picking up from last week’s show, an episode anchored by Krautrock and kosmische, with new music from Roedelius and a controversial classic from Neu!. Plus psychedelic jams from Mt. Mountain and Kikagaku Moyo, atmospheric electronics from Bonobo and Sun Rain, and other sounds to warm you up, wake you up, and get you ready for a new week.

Hour One:

  • Crisscrossing
    Roedelius, Tim Story • Four Hands
  • Ever New – Reworked by Joseph Shabason & Thom Gill
    Beverly Glenn-Copeland • Keyboard Fantasies Reimagined
  • Dust and Light
    Tape • Revelationes
  • Capacitor
    Kindly Spoken Thieves • Resistor
  • Man from Gdynia
    Proxima Psychoacoustics • Ataroth
  • Willow Tree Testing (Animal Party Remix)
    Sun Rain • Single
  • Counterpart
    Bonobo • Fragments
  • AndWillContinueToGrow
    lokey • an eternal bloom
  • Reports In
    Die Scum Inc. • The Epoch Code (a Notion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Tintoretto, It’s For You
    Destroyer • Labyrinthitis

Hour Two:

  • Keep Yourself Together
    Contagious Yawns • Dream of Consciousness
  • C.F.D.
    Makaya McCraven • Deciphering the Message
  • Flare Intropin
    Tawni Bias • SEL Fellow
  • Faith in Strangers
    Andy Stott • Faith in Strangers
  • No Refuge in the Past
    Botany • Portal Orphanage
  • Drive (Grundfunken)
    Neu! • Neu! ’86
  • Euphoria
    Neu! • Neu! ’86
  • Cold Dice
    Garcia Peoples • Dodging Dues
  • Hotline
    Lael Neale • Single
  • Always Lovers
    Cindy Lee • Malenkost
  • Watersnake
    Scott Hardware • Ballad of a Tryhard

Hour Three:

  • Freezee Pops
    Sam Evian • Time To Melt
  • Headspace
    Cedric Noel • Hang Time
  • Crazy
    Spiritualized • Everything Was Beautiful
  • Swim in Eyes (Rerecorded)
    Pia Fraus • Now You Know, It Still Feels the Same
  • Ghost
    Parker Sprout • Milk In the Sun
  • We’re Gonna Run Away
    Beach Towels • Single
  • Tassels
    Mt. Mountain • Centre
  • Green Sugar
    Kikagaku Moyo • House in the Tall Grass
  • King of John St.
    Century Palm • Meet You
  • Neutron Star
    Circuit des yeux • -io

Podcast: The AM, Jan. 10, 2022

This week’s episode of The AM (also streaming at CJSW.com): New music from Neu’s Michael Rother and Cocteau Twins co-founder Robin Guthrie, a double-dip into the sounds of UK label Woodford Halse, a throwback to the sweet sincerity of Martin Rev’s See Me Ridin’, and other dreamy songs for a Monday morning.

Full track list for those who are curious:

Hour One:

  • Exp 1
    Michael Rother, Vittoria Maccabruni • As Long As The Light
  • Dissolution
    Melodien • Monad
  • Periodic Waves
    Bristol Manor • Going Nowhere
  • Galaxies like Grains of Sand
    Hampshire & Foat • Galaxies like Grains of Sand
  • Astral Projection
    Jung People • Empyrean
  • Come With Me
    Eve Parker Finley • Chrysalia
  • Safe
    Copcarbonfire • Deep Forest
  • Band of Rain
    Red Setter • Water Feature
  • Robot Timide
    Ouska • Single
  • Sun Shower
    Various Artists, featuring Yutaka Hirasaka • Futures Vol. 7

Hour Two:

  • Strata
    Marconi Union • Signals
  • Starfish Prime
    Robin Guthrie • Riviera
  • Serious
    Mansur Brown • Heiwa
  • Portrait
    Euchan Chon • Worst Contender
  • I Heard Your Name
    Martin Rev • See Me Ridin’
  • Secret Teardrops
    Martin Rev • See Me Ridin’
  • Pyramid
    Trees Speak • Vertigo of Flaws: Emancipation of the Dissonance and Temperaments in Irrational Waveforms
  • Curse Your Fail
    Broken Social Scene • Old Dead Young (B-Sides & Rarities)
  • Performance
    Modern Nature • Island of Noise
  • Who Has Seen the Wind?
    David Byrne, Yo La Tengo • Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono
  • Bijoux
    Caribou • Up in Flames

Hour Three:

  • Sacred Ritual To Unlock The Mountain Portal
    The Hologram People • Sacred Ritual To Unlock The Mountain Portal
  • A Force at Play
    Cloakroom • Dissolution Wave
  • Slow Shines
    Living Hour • Softer Faces
  • The Straight Line is Dead
    Von Lehbauer • Single
  • Everything is Simple
    Widowspeak • The Jacket
  • Cults
    Florida BC • Salt Breaker Sand
  • Due to Advances in Modern Tourism
    Peel Dream Magazine • Modern Meta Physic
  • Love is In the Air
    Nobaby • Single
  • Sabre
    Monochromatic Visions • Reform
  • Magic Pig
    Tonstartssbandht • Petunia
  • Sunrise
    The Radiation Flowers • Summer Loop

AM Gold 2020 – 100 Songs from 100 Artists in 2020

Back when I was a music journalist, I used to put painstaking care into narrowing down year-end lists, agonizing over the order, wondering whether the albums I chose were destined to be long-lived or were just reflective of their moment, and how that should affect their placement in a list that was both about the music and about the year.

Now that my approach to music has shifted from critic to advocate, I feel like a lot of that effort was misplaced. Sure, it’s a little bit interesting to talk about what music will last and what won’t, but also, music isn’t something that lends itself to ranking. It isn’t objective. How you receive it is based on so many things outside of the music itself, and assigning metrics or rankings to that reflects as much about the critic as the writer.

I’ve been much happier, then, putting together these more sprawling lists, where the selection criteria is only whether the music resonated with me this year, and the sorting is strictly alphabetical, no hierarchy implied. For me, it’s nice to listen back to these songs and remember the moments and moods they conjure up.

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