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Polaris PrizeSo the Polaris Music Prize has rounded down that huge list of great Canadian albums released in the last year from 40 down to only 10. I love this award because it’s like the Canadian indie rock grammy’s. I always watch the grammy’s and they always suck (Best album by a male or whatever and the nominees are all rappers and r and b stars…riiiiight). But anyways, here is the list:

Elliott Brood – Mountain Meadows (Toronto, ON)

Fucked Up – The Chemistry of Common Life (Toronto, ON)

Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels (Toronto, ON)

Hey Rosetta! – Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood) (St. Johns, NF)

K’NAAN – Troubadour (Toronto, ON)

Malajube – Labyrinthes (Montreal, QC)

Metric – Fantasies (Toronto, ON)

Joel Plaskett – Three (Halifax, NS)

Chad VanGaalen – Soft Airplane (Calgary, AB)

Patrick Watson – Wooden Arms (Montreal, QC)

So there you have it. Is it just me or are there too many bands from Toronto and not enough from Montreal (or other parts of Canada). Or perhaps I’m just prejudiced against anything that has to do with Toronto. Anyways I’m hoping either Patrick Watson or Malajube wins. But if it has to be someone from Toronto I guess I would choose Great Lake Swimmers because Lost Channels is an incredible album and I got to interview Tony Dekker. Who do you think will win? Who do you want to win?

I wish I was at the Michael Jackson memorial….

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Hey there. I recently had a chat with Tony Dekker from Great Lake Swimmers. Take a look at the video:

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Andrew Bird

Now that 2008 is gone for good it is time to get excited about the new year. I know many people who have said that 2008 wasn’t a good year for music. To these people I say you are crazy. 2008 for me was an incredible year for music. But that is all behind us. We can now look ahead to what is to come.

Thanks to Pitchfork who has compiled a list of albums being released this winter, we now have a better idea of what is to come. And while I haven’t heard of many of the artists or bands on the list there were many that I did know. Here are just a few of the upcoming albums that I am dying to hear:

Andrew BirdNoble Beast (Jan 20)

Or, the WhaleLight Poles and Pines (Jan 20)

AC NewmanGet Guilty (Jan 20)

Of MontrealAn Eluardian Instance EP & Jon Brion Remix EP (Jan 27)

Strand of OaksLeave Ruin (Jan 27)

The Guggenheim GrottoHappy The Man (Jan 27)

Lonely DearDear John (Jan 27)

Antony & the JohnsonsCrying Light (Jan 29)

ZOMBISpirit Animal (Feb 3)

Lily AllenIt’s Not Me, It’s You (Feb 9)

Hot PandaVolcano…Bloody Volcano! (Feb 9)

MalajubeLabyrinthes (Feb 10)

BeirutMarch of the Zapotec (Feb 16)

M. WardHold Time (Feb 16)

Weird OwlEver The Silver Cord Be Loosed (Feb 16)

Maia HirasawaThough, I’m Just Me (Feb 16)

Charles SpearinThe Happiness Project (Feb 16)

MorrisseyYear of Refusal (Feb 16)

Canadian InvasionThree Cheers For The Invisible Hand (Feb 17)

The Boy Least Likely ToThe Law of the Playground (March 3)

Mirah(a)spera (March 10)

ArbouretumSong of the Pearl (March 10)

Bishop AllenGrr… (March 10)

The DecemberistsHazards of Love (March 24)

Great Lake SwimmersLost Channels (March 31)

Grizzly Bear’s new album (March)

MSTRKRFTFist of God (March)

MidlakeThe Courage of Others

Basia BulatTouch The Hem Of His Garment

AnnieDon’t Stop

Golden TriangleGolden Triangle

Sea WolfA Wolf At The Table

Mew’s new album

Imogen Heap’s new album

Mumford & Sons’ album

Camera Obscura’s new album

Akron/Family’s new album

Bell Orchestre’s new album

Doves’ new album

Metric’s new album

Just thinking about all of these upcoming albums is getting me really excited.

To celebrate the birth of new music here are some samples from upcoming albums from some of my favourite bands and artists.

Metric – Help I’m Alive (from upcoming LP)

Andrew Bird – Useless Creatures (Bonus Disc from upcoming album, Noble Beast)

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Lily Allen – The Fear (From upcoming album)

AC Newman – There May Be Ten or Twelve (from upcoming Get Guilty)

Canadian Invasion – Three Cheers for the Invisible Hand (from upcoming album)

What albums are you most excited to hear in the upcoming year? (oh boy I’m still rhyming)

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