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.
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.
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…
This week’s episode of The AM (also streaming at CJSW.com): A Very A.M. Valentines: We’ve got weird love, true love, lighthearted love, love and happiness, and other facets of that many-splendored thing. A bit sentimental, a bit cheesy, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need on a Monday morning.
This week’s episode of The AM (also streaming at CJSW.com): From the foggy beginnings of Easy Idiot’s dungeon-synth and Concretism’s VHS-inspired synths, to the jangling guitars of The Reds, Pinks & Purples and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, the first AM of February is here to wake you into a bright, sunshiny week.
This week’s episode of The AM (also streaming at CJSW.com): Saying goodbye to January with a mellow assortment of analog synths, Italian soundtrack groovers, folk beauties, psych-pop ponderings, and other eclectic sounds for a Monday morning.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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.