Filed under: Music | Tags: AC Newman, Arkells, Attack in Black, Elliot Brood, Hey Rosetta!, Joel Plaskett, Land of Talk, Mother Mother, polaris, polaris music prize
With eligibility ending this Sunday, I’ve been thinking about Polaris nominations lately. I haven’t been quite on the up and up on music this year, so I’m throwing this out there, any releases between June 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009 that I’m overlooking? Here are the front runners on my list
Elliott Brood – Mountain Meadows
A cohesive folk-death-country album that shares a story.
Hey Rosetta! – Into Your Lungs
Like you really need me to once again pump this album
Joel Plaskett – Three
Another cohesive album. Plaskett shows off a lot of songwriting chops on this (or is it these) album(s).
Mother Mother – O My Heart
One of the finest pop albums to come out last year. Amazing harmonies supporting catchy melodies.
And before you mention Fantasies, been there, heard that, wasn’t impressed.
Filed under: Track of the Week | Tags: basia bulat, black mountain, holy fuck, polaris music prize, polaris prize, the Weakerthans, two hours traffic
A Polaris Prize inspired list
1. Two Hours Traffic – Backseat Sweetheart
Even my 8 and 10 year old sisters appreciate this record, it’s that good.
2. Basia Bulat – In The Night
She’s from my hometown, so I think I’ll give her record a listen
3. Black Mountain – Queens Will Play
I can’t quite decide if this record is strong enough to be on the list, but this is a solid track.
5. Holy Fuck – Milkshake
Holy Fuck this is a good album. I saw the album on vinyl the other day and I almost bought it, even though I don’t have a record player.
I’ll discuss my qualms with the list later this week
Filed under: Music | Tags: Albums, Attack in Black, black mountain, constantines, holy fuck, polaris, polaris music prize, the faint, tokyo police club, two hours traffic, weakerthans, wintersleep
Today on Grant Lawrence Live, Grant has sparked conversation about this year’s Polaris Prize Nominees, since the cut off date for nominations is quickly approaching.
After reading the list of suggested nominations, I realized how much Canadian music I’ve bought in the past 6 months, and how much of my music collection qualifies for the prize.
Reunion Tour (the Weakerthans)
Kensington Heights (Constantines)
LP (Holy Fuck)
Welcome to the Night Sky (Wintersleep)
Little Jabs (Two Hours Traffic)
In the Future (Black Mountain)
Elephant Shell (Tokyo Police Club)
Marriage (Attack in Black)
Compared to the amount of my collection that qualified for 2007’s and 2006’s prizes
Ashtray Rock (Joel Plaskett Emergency)
The Reminder (Feist) which is really part of my mom’s collection
Twin Cinema (The New Pornographers)
Tournament of Hearts (Constantines)
(The first three made it on to the shortlist for their respective years)
Of that first list, I’m thinking LP and Reunion Tour will make it on to the shortlist, I’m really hoping to see Little Jabs and Welcome to the Night Sky make it and while it would be nice to see Kensington Heights up there, I don’t think it fairs well against the other stuff out there. Same goes for Elephant Shell and In the Future. But others see it differently, a lot of people think that Kensington Heights and In the Future will make it to the shortlist. We’ll see in a few months I suppose.
On a completely unrelated note, the Faint are back?