Operation Manatee Music Prize: Top 5 Albums of 2020

I won’t go on about what we already know about this year. I’m just grateful for the absolutely mindblowing amount of incredible music that was released. For this year’s long list, I just put an arbitrary cap of 50 on it, because I just couldn’t dedicate the time necessary to include every great recording I’ve heard this year.

Which leads me to the top 5 – those revered few that stood way out and were on heavy rotation, despite my ever-evolving mix of new tunes.

Ladies and gentlemen, without more needless rambling, please allow me to present: The Top 5 Albums of 2020!
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Operation Manatee #317 – Kings of the World

Not much can be said about such an iconic duo deciding to hang up the helmets and venture out into retirement. So we shan’t. But we did play a song to send them off.

Tune in tonight at 11:00 on 91.3 FM or online at http://www.cjtr.ca.

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Operation Manatee #316 – New Habits

As I get older, I tend to keep track of the tasks and things I need to do with repetition. So to remind myself to upload our playlist and create a blog post, I always do it while recording the next show. On the days that recording gets delayed, so does the blog post. But at least I remember to do it. And as the old saying goes, better late than never.

Broadcast originally on February 9, another Covid-show that will live in the archives and crevices of my heart. Enjoy!

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Operation Manatee #315 – Thuesday

No, I’m not late… you’re late… yes, not again.

Yes, this was broadcast originally on February 2, 2020.
But you can listen to it again on the http://www.cjtr.ca website under the Past Episodes. You can make your own personal Groundhog’s Day by listening to it again… and again… and again…

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Operation Manatee #314 – Frosty Covid Wonderland

Isn’t this a wonderful scene? This isn’t anything meaningful – it’s just a frozen bubble in the winter – but it’s just so pretty. It’s more of what we need, living in the hustle and bustle of the technology lifestyle; just stop and notice the simple, pretty things.

Tonight’s show is high energy – we start heavy and keep up the energy throughout. If you need to warm up during the cold evenings, then make sure you get up and move those muscles.

11:00 pm. Tuesdays. 91.3FM – CJTR, your community voice.

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Operation Manatee #313 – We.Are.Doom

At the end of last week’s episode, Cory casually dropped a bomb about the news about the passing of MF DOOM. Chris… was not aware. It was potentially the worst bombing on Operation Manatee since the infamous “Kanye incident”.

Tonight, we explore a little more about the announcement of this legend’s passing and we continue to explore all facets of some wonderful new and wonderfully weird music.

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Operation Manatee #311 – New Year, New You

Well, we all made it… look at us. It’s now officially 2021! I don’t know about you, but as soon as that ball dropped I felt my cough go away, my back stopped hurting and there was a general peace in the world. Must have been the arbitrary numerical year change and no way was it the empty bottle of whiskey at my feet…

Thank you all for supporting community radio in Regina for another year and listening to our modest little show, every Tuesday night. You keep tuning in and we’ll help you turn it up.

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Operation Manatee #310 – Happy heavy holidays!

We don’t have many traditions at Operation Manatee, but one tradition we DO have is that our last show of the year (or at least one show during December) is intended to cut through the sweet and saccharine holiday music that you hear everywhere else throughout the month.

This year’s show is another straight banger, designed to be turnt up LOUD, passed 11 and so your neighbours will complain*.

*Operation Manatee and CJTR are not responsible for any actual complaints that are lodged and filed by your neighbours or family members for that matter.

Have a wonderful holiday season whatever your holidays may be! Be safe, continue to wear your mask, and be kind and helpful to everyone. It’s been a rough year and the holidays can be rough for a lot of people – take time for your own mental health and reach out to someone that might need some comfort.

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