Posts Tagged ‘Polaris Music Prize’

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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Polaris Prize

I received a pretty exciting email today. It turns out that the glorious folks in charge of the Polaris Music Prize (awarded to the top Canadian album of the year, based solely on artistic merit and not record sales) have released the long list of this year’s candidates. The list is pretty amazing, I would hate to have to be the one to choose the winner. This list of 40 will soon be narrowed down to a shorter list of 10, which will be announced on July 7th (My birthday by the way ;)). And then the winner will be announced on September 21st. So check back with me on those dates to see the results! Or you can go to the official Polaris Music Prize website by clicking here.

2009 Polaris Music Prize Long List:

• Arkells – Jackson Square
• Jill Barber – Chances
• Beast – Beast
• Bell Orchestre – As Seen Through Windows
• Bison B.C. – Quiet Earth
• Bruce Peninsula – A Mountain Is A Mouth
• Cœur De Pirate – Cœur De Pirate
• Leonard Cohen – Live In London
• D-Sisive – Let The Children Die
• Elephant Stone – The Seven Seas
• Elliott Brood – Mountain Meadows
• Fucked Up – The Chemistry Of Common Life
• Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels
• Handsome Furs – Face Control
• Tim Hecker – An Imaginary Country
• Hey Rosetta! – Into Your Lungs
• Japandroids – Post-Nothing
• Junior Boys – Begone Dull Care
• K’NAAN – Troubadour
• K-OS – YES!
• La patère rose – La patère rose
• Land Of Talk – Some Are Lakes
• Lhasa – Lhasa
• Malajube – Labyrinthes
• Metric – Fantasies
• One Hundred Dollars – Forest Of Tears
• Pink Mountaintops – Outside Love
• Joel Plaskett – Three
• Snailhouse – Lies On The Prize
• Charles Spearin – The Happiness Project
• Rae Spoon – superioryouareinferior
• The Stills – Oceans Will Rise
• Think About Life – Family
• Timber Timbre – Timber Timbre
• Chad VanGaalen – Soft Airplane
• Martha Wainwright – I Know You’re Married
But I’ve Got Feelings Too
• Patrick Watson – Wooden Arms
• Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer
• Women – Women
• Woodpigeon – Treasury Library Canada
C/W Houndstooth Europa

What a list eh? (<—-yes I am Canadian and say eh a lot). I have heard many of these albums and know that there are a lot of goodies on this list (Metric, Timber Timbre, La Patere Rose, Great Lake Swimmers etc). There are a bunch that I haven’t even heard yet so I guess I have some work to do. And you probably do to, so get to it!

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This weekend just keeps getting better. I saw Noah and the Whale Thursday night, and last night I saw one of my favourite Canadian singer/songwriters, Basia Bulat. The venue itself was kind of crappy. Table seating, 10 dollar minimum per person for food or beverages. If you didn’t want to eat or drink you had to stand at the bar at the back of the venue. Not to mention the waitress asking you mid-song if you would like anything else. But I guess they don’t care about the show, they just want to make money. Besides the venue’s unpleasantness, the show itself was excellent. The sound was great and Basia was incredible! There was no opener planned for the show, so Basia’s sound guy came out and played 4 or 5 songs to get the night started, and was actually really good. Then after waiting for about 20 minutes to a half an hour (probably the venue’s idea to get people to buy more food and drinks) Basia took the stage with her band, comprised of a keyboardist, a violinist, a flutist and a drummer, who was in fact Basia’s brother. They played pretty much every song off of her excellent debut album, Oh, My Darling, Basia switching effortlessly between her acoustic guitar, autoharp and even ukelele when playing the song “Before I Knew”. She even played a couple of her songs that I have never heard before along with an excellent cover of Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”. What I loved most about Basia’s performance was how appreciative she was of the fans in attendance. She didn’t stop thanking the crowd who cheered rapturously after every song. She just seemed genuinely happy to be there and happy to be playing in front of all of those in attendance. I chatted with Basia for a few minutes after the show, and she told me that she was headed to Montreal to do some recording. Hopefully this means a new album is in the works! I’m sure I’m not the only one who can’t wait to hear it, whatever it is.

And finally I would like to wish Basia luck in winning the 2008 Polaris Music Prize. She has made it to the top 10 finalists, and I really hope she gets it…I’m rooting for ya Basia!

Here are some pics from the show:

And some videos:

“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” (Bob Dylan Cover):

“Little Waltz” (sorry about the guy who keeps coughing):

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Well hello there kind fellows. I have finally found a few seconds to take a few of the songs that I have been listening to a lot this past month and putting together a monthly mixtape for your listening pleasure. So here it is. I hope you like it. I think it’s got some very nice songs if I do say so myself.

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1. Dr. Dog – The Old Days
This is the perfect song to kick off my July mix. It is off of Dr. Dog’s brand new album, Fate. It sort of has a reggae vibe to it. Really nice song that I’ve been listening to on repeat.

2. Elliott Brood – Write it all Down For You
I came across this band while I was perusing the July edition of Exclaim Magazine. I decided to check them out, and again my instincts were correct. I have been listening to their excellent new album, Mountain Meadows, a lot lately.

3. Middle Distance Runner – The Sun and Earth
Well guys, you made it! Haha, just kidding. I just feel stupid for not knowing about you sooner. I’ve been listening to this band’s Self Titled EP and first full length album, entitled Plane in Flames, a lot lately. This song is my immediate favourite, but check out the song “Naturally”, which you can hear on the bands Myspace Page.

4. Bowerbirds – In Our Talons
I just saw these guys open for Bon Iver last week and was really impressed! They have a nice sound to them.

5. Crystal Castles – Untrust Us
Sometimes it takes me a while to listen to bands that have a lot of hype. I’ve been hearing about Crystal Castles everywhere lately so I just had to check them out. And I am very glad I did because they are pretty friggin awesome. If you like electronicky stuff, this song is for you.

6. Caribou – After Hours
I could have picked any song off of Caribou’s new album. But I was listening to this song last night so I chose it for my mix. There is a good chance that his new album, Andorra, will win this year’s Polaris Music Prize.

7. Ratatat – Montanita
Probably one of my favourite songs ever. Don’t know why.

8. Au – rr vs. d
They kind of have that off the wall, Animal Collective kind of feel. Except they don’t really sound anything like Animal Collective. I dunno, I’m just always looking for stuff that’s new and exciting and that’s exactly what Au give us.

9. Kathleen Edwards – Buffalo
Pretty song. Her new album, Asking For Flowers, is also among the final 10 nominees for this year’s Polaris Music Prize

10. Fleet Foxes – Mykonos
No secret here. Saw Fleet Foxes Live this month. Obsessed with Mykonos. Nothing I can do about it. Perfect song to close out my second monthly mixtape.

Hope you enjoyed it. Let me know what you think.

Also, I am leaving for London tomorrow. I will be there for a week. Hopefully I will have internet access there and I will be able to update my blog. But if you don’t hear from me, don’t send out a search party okay?

Take care of yourselves!

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I wasn’t crazy about Caribou’s new album Andorra upon first listen. So i simply forgot about it for a long time. After finding out that it is nominated for this year’s Polaris Music Prize I decided to give it another chance. And boy was I wrong. It is such a sweet album, I can’t believe I put it aside for so long. I have been listening almost exclusively to this album this past week. So my song of the week this week is “Sandy” off of that album. If you have a chance to see Caribou live, i suggest you do saw. I saw him open for Super Furry Animals a couple of years ago and he was just amazing.

Caribou – Sandy

In other news…stay tuned for my July Mix which I will be posting in a few days. It will change your life!

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