Nominated albums for the $20,000 prize are:
* Black Mountain - In the Future
* Basia Bulat - Oh My Darling
* Caribou - Andorra
* Kathleen Edwards - Asking for Flowers
* Holy Fuck - LP
* Plants and Animals - Parc Avenue
* Stars - In Our Bedroom After the War
* Shad - the Old Prince
* Two Hours Traffic - Little Jabs
* the Weakerthans - Reunion Tour
Past winners were Patrick Watson (Close to Paradise) in 2007 and Final Fantasy (He Poos Clouds) in 2006, the Polaris' inaugural year.
I can't decide among Basia Bulat, Holy Fuck, and the Weakerthans.
Who are you rooting for?
In other news, a big box set of Jesus and Mary Chain rarities is set to be released September 30. Appropriately entitled The Power of Negative Thinking, this massive boxset features, in addition to covers, b-sides and rarities, some rare photos and a history chart outlining just what the hell the Reids have been up to for the past decade.
Apparently after last year's reunion at Coachella, the brothers Reid kicked around a few other performances in Europe and then, in a move that very few JAMC fans ever dared to entertain as possible after their vicious breakup in 1999, began writing new material together. Soon we will live in a world that has new Jesus and Mary Chain songs.
I'll let that sink in for a moment.
As much as I am skeptical about the wisdom or even the appeal of band reunions, this idea has me salivating. I mean, it's the JAMC! But please sweet jeebus, don't let them allow Scarlett Johansson to sing.
Radiohead are off to Japan, where they will play six October dates, two in Osaka and four in Tokyo. Those lucky Japanese!
If you happen to be at the October 7th show in Tokyo, don't forget to sing Happy Birthday to Thom. And sing loudly, he'll be 40.