Saturday, September 09, 2006

Polaris Prize to be awarded September 18

The Polaris prize award will be hosted by none other than Jian Ghomeshi, but I have not heard if the event will be televised.

This will be the first annual awarding of this music prize, based solely upon artistic merit, not album sales, and is fashioned after the Mercury Prize in the UK.

Criteria are that albums must be Canadian, released between June 1/05 and May 31/06 and be original material - not covers or re-releases.

The nominees are:
Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene
Cadence Weapon - Breaking Kayfabe
The Deadly Snakes - Porcella
Final Fantasy - He Poos Clouds
Sarah Harmer - I'm A Mountain
K'Naan - The Dusty Foot Philosopher
Malajube - Trompe l'oeil
Metric - Live it Out
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary

Shamefacedly I admit that I have only 6 of these 10 cds. I am a bad Canadian. And I call myself a music fan...

Who would you vote for? Who do you think was left off the list?


Maureen said...

hey, shouldn't there be a nickleback cd on that list??? (ducking)

Ruhee said...

I like Live It Out way more than I did when I first heard it. Now I am hooked, even though Emily is such a dickwad on stage I don't know if I want to pay to see them again. I get to see them free at YorkFest though!

I loved Twin Cinema, but I don't know if it the most artistically virtuous record of this year.

I also loved Apologies to the Queen Mary, what a great record! And I haven't heard enough of the Final Fantasy one to say either way but I bet it is amazing.

Really, I have no idea who I would vote for. At all. I will say that all the nominees definitely deserve it. I don't really listen to BSS, but they do have their artistic merit. I don't love Cadence Weapon for my entertainment purposes, but wow, very intelligent music.

I'm glad I'm not on the jury for this.

On a totally unrelated note:, go now, awesome music!

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

umm.. i only have four (BSS, Harmer, Metric, and Wolf Parade).

i refuse to buy or listen to the New pornographers. but that's a personal issue.

not sure who i want to win, only who i don't...:)

Teddy said...

And I have only five. We're snobs, you and I.

I have to say that I'm quite fond of Metric, even if BSS and Wolf Parade are stellar products.

Teddy said...

So, neighbour, why no porn for you?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Gee, sadly, I don't think they released one during that timeframe, Maureen.
Hey I just said that with a straight face!

I'm liking Live It Out more and more as well, Ruhee. I've never seen Metric live, so I can't comment, but I remember when she pissed you off.
Twin Cinema is my favourite from the list. Just because it's a great pop record doesn't mean it has no artistic virtue. Don't be hating Carl because he writes a hooky song!
I get a little tired of Apologies part way through the cd, and He Poos Clouds is just plain weird.
I LOVED BSS live, but don't really listen to them on disk all that much either.
I'm a Mountain is growing on me as well.
I shall check out the new music as soon as I get to use the other computer (with the speakers). Thanks for the heads up!

Well maybe they won't revoke my Canadian citizenship after all, 668.
I have Metric, BSS, New Pornos, Sarah Harmer, and Wolf Parade, but I'd like to get K'Naan as well.
What's the story on New Pornos? I love them!

Nothing wrong with being a snob, Teddy. Some of my best friends...
But yeah, I'm curious on the pornos issue as well.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh and I have Final Fantasy but rarely listen to it.

Deb said...

Live It Out. But that's only because I'm so ridiculously lame that I hardly even know of the others. And my daughter has me loving Metric. I've been so out of touch the last couple of years with the family health thing that music is all but a distant memory to me. I feel like I've been living under a rock and the world's been passing me by.

That Metric chickeepoo sure is strange...I saw them on Conan and she offers little in the way of stage presence. A blob of paint would probably offer more entertainment.

hilary m. said...

I have only four...
It's pretty shameful.
Final Fantasy's playing at Mount Royal College next weekend. It sounded okaay, I was thinking of going cause I like the album title and Owen Pallet's kinda cute. I'd also like to go to Billy Bragg at Knox. But I feel like I don't know him enough to attend a concert. Plus I got invited to the Chili Peppers concert, although I don't have their latest CD (or any for that matter). I'm a concert poser.

Alana Elliott said...

Hmmm...I vote Broken Social Scene. I think.

And I definitely do not vote Final Fantasy. Bad group, bad name, just bad all over the place. And not "yo, this shit is BAAAAAAD"-bad, more like "makes me recoil in angsty horror" bad.

Sorry. :P

Barbara said...

I have a few songs from some of these cd's if I went by that I would vote Malajube because I have three of their songs and I still enjoy those songs the most.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

If you like Metric, I'll bet you'd like a few of the other nominees as well, Deb. Possibly New Pornos, maybe BSS.
I admit I rely quite heavily on my daughter checking out a lot of bands for me. It's the least she could do after 50 hours of labour.

I'm not planning to see Final Fantasy either, Hilary, for although Owen is a QT, I'm not fond of the music. I am going to Billy Bragg, although I don't know his music very well, but I like shows at Knox. And I am being a concert poseur by going to RHCP as well (maybe I'll see you there?), because although we have their latest cd, I've not listened to it all the way through. I'm not sure why, I just sort of lost interest in them.

I agree, the Final Fantasy cd is not one you want to listen to a lot, Alana. I love Twin Cinema myself, but BSS were AWESOME live.

I've only heard a couple of Malajube songs Barbara W, and quite liked them, so I must listen to them some more.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

RUHEE! I just checked out the Henri Faberge and the Adorables link you sent. This is the band you've been playing with? Love their sound - they have so much energy and sound so happy.
It didn't take you long to settle into TO did it?
I'm thinking of doing a post on some new band links this week and will include the Adorables.

Evelyne said...

I would vote for Malajube even if Twin Cinema is a really good album... but Trompe l'oeil has a refreshing sound and even if I listened to it a million times, I'm not bored of it so, I would vote for Trompe l'oeil by Malajube, but what might help them to get my vote is the fact that they sing in French (even if the lyrics don't make sense sometimes)!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The New Pornographers lyrics don't make sense a lot of the time either, Evelyne. I've been hearing such good things about Malajube and have liked what little I have actually heard. I really have to check them out some more.

karen said...

Well I've only got Twin Cinema but then I'm British so I think I get let off. I love it and think it should win (even though I've not heard any of the others and don't know if maybe they'd actually be better and more deserving of what sounds like a very worthy prize).

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'd vote for Twin Cinema as well, Kees. I keep finding new favourite songs on it, after many months of listening (always a good sign).

What did you think of the outcome of the Mercury Prize this year?
(poor Thom, and Editors!)

Allison said...

I can't choose just one!!
I think I'd throw my weight behind Malajube and Wolf Parade. I can listen to Malajube for hours, even though I have only a slight idea of what they are saying, but their music is just so fun. And I think everyone should just listen to more Wolf Parade ;)
I'm such a Canadian...'oh, it doesn't matter, they're all soooo good' ;P

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are the epitome of a Canadian, Allison, and bless you for that! Let's everybody just get along, good try everyone!
I love Apologies when I first start listening to it, but then I get tired of the sound partway through. I'm not sure why, maybe too much yelping.

Will said...

I would vote for the New Pornographers ... or maybe Wolf Parade. Where's Neko Case an Destroyer?

Will said...

Ok ... correction ... since Neko Case is not Canadian. But I believe Dan Bejar is...

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

haha.. no porn for me!

i will attempt to be diplomatic and leave it at.. i know them. now, if you buy me a beer, perhaps i'd say more....haha. but it's a sunny sunday morning and i'm going to go with the spirtual vibe.

i'm kinda tempted to throw my vote behind K'Naan but that's only based on one song i've heard.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I think Dan Bejar is Canadian, Will but maybe Destroyer's cd wasn't released during the qualifying time period or something. Or maybe they just didn't make the short list.
It's New Pornos for me!

I want to get that K'Naan cd actually, 668. Sorry to hear you have personal clashes with the New Pornos. I guess it's best left there, as you say. I still want to adore them.

karen said...

Weeeell, I like an Arctic Monkey myself so I wasn't displeased when they won (unlike last year, I loathed Anthony and the whatstheirfaces). And it's nice when fairly new people win. But personally I'd rather have seen The Editors or Isobel and Mark take home the prize. Or poor Thom of course!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Yes, Isobel and Mark's cd was really good too, Kees. hahaha I don't know why we both say "poor Thom", as I think he can look after himself quite well, but I do still feel rather protective toward him. Must be the whole wonky-eye, wounded bird thing.

karen said...

Wounded baby bird with not many feathers. Bless him. But you're right, I'm sure him and his big pile of money don't need our protection. Lucky him though eh? Ladies such as ourselves watching his back :D

Ruhee said...

Oh yeah, I never said I didn't LIKE Twin Cinema! I love it, and it's so catchy and fun to listen to. I can't deny it's awesome. I just don't know if I would vote for it for the Polaris Prize. That said, I don't know what I WOULD vote for, because I love a lot of the music, so who knows.

The reason I recommended the Adorables to you is that they just asked me to join them (!!!) at their Palais Royale show on the 16th and further on at Embassy nights and stuff. It is really exciting. I am telling the world.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

"Wounded baby bird with not many feathers" - oh yes, that's our Thom, Kees. He IS lucky that ladies such as us care about him so. I wonder how Rachel feels about that.

Well it is perhaps a good thing that you don't have to vote on the Polaris, Ruhee. But that is so cool about joining the Adorables. And the name is so fitting for you, awww.

phlegmfatale said...

Well, this probably says more about me since I don't know this music, but based on title alone, "He Poos Clouds" gets my vote.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

haha Phlegmfatale. That is very telling indeed. The cd itself as actually as weird as its title.

Serah said...

oops! meant to post earlier. I did and forgot to login and publish. Blogging at work, curses.

I have 4 out of the 10, like and listen to 7. Way to hard to pick a favorite but BSS covers a lot of ground since Emily and Leslie both contribute. Also of sheer musical genuis. I love K'naan and Wolf Parade.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's going to be hella hard to choose, Sarah.
Wouldn't it be nice to work in one of those places that encourage on the job blogging?

greenteaicedtea said...

I have the Sarah Harmer, BSS and Malajube CDs, but Malajube's is my fave by far.

Though the Final Fantasy one has piqued my interest, haven't heard a lot of it though.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hi green tea -iced tea, welcome!

There are some awfully good choices amongst the nominees, although I have to admit I find the Final Fantasy cd just plain weird.

Christopher said...

That CD by Final Fantasy is really weird, but I'm glad he won. I saw him play last night in Calgary and it was amazing, he had everybody wrapped around his finger. The bizarre intracacies of his music come out even more when you see how he makes them, building up layers on layers while his friend Steph narrates in pictures and shadows on an overhead projector. He does a pretty sweet version of Fantasy, too (yes, the Mariah Carey one).

I loved almost all of the albums that got nominated, though. I got Cadence Weapon's album just 'cause he was from Edmonton, but K'Naan, man, that guy speaks to me like no one else. I'd never listened, connected to hiphop before, but that guy's really got something. Someone who raps about ending violence... how often does that happen? I'm a Mountain was great too, very sweet and simple, but I've got to say, my favourite on the list was Malajube's. Those guys know how to make sexy Quebec rock, I tell you.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hi Christopher, welcome! I am a huge fan of live music and I think that Final Fantasy's music would be so enhanced by seeing it performed live. As you say, seeing the music constructed, especially when it is so much more than the standard drum, bass, guitar, is fascinating. Christine Fellows is another performer who adds such layers to her performance, and she has a cello player, so perhaps it partly lies in the addition of orchestral instruments.

I'm actually listening to He Poos Clouds right now in honour of the win, and am gaining new appreciation for it, odd as it is.