It was the ever-vigilant Ruhee (she's like a little meerkat) who first sounded the alarm that the long list for this year's Polaris Prize has been announced. And it's quite the list.
It's almost alarming, having a long list for the first time, the names of those 40 albums staring you down, each one daring you to find another one more worthy than itself to make the short list of ten. How the hell you chose the ultimate winner is beyond me.
What do you think of the list?
Arkells, Jackson Square
Jill Barber, Chances
Bell Orchestre, As Seen Through Windows
Bison BC, Quiet Earth
Bruce Peninsula, A Mountain Is A Mouth
Coeur de Pirate, Coeur 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
Junior Boys, Begone Dull Care
La patère rose, La patère rose
Land of Talk, Some Are Lakes
$100, 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
Woodpigeon, Treasury Library Canada C/W Houndstooth Europa
It might have been easier had they just listed the albums that didn't make the cut. Actually there were a couple of noteworthy ones that didn't, in my opinion, and I am sure I am not the only Canadian music aficionado who has a quibble or two, but for some reason, I did not receive my invitation to be a Polaris judge. I'm sure they feel horribly about the oversight, so I am not going be make a big fuss about it.
It's worth noting that four Calgary artists are on the list: Chad VanGaalen (no surprise there), WOMEN (also expected), Woodpigeon (I actually didn't think this album quite lived up to the last, but I still love this band), and Rae Spoon (finally!). I'm hoping that Rae Spoon's inclusion will prompt Megatunes to get off their asses and get some more copies of his album in. I've been trying to buy it for months.
You can check out Rae Spoon here and get Come On Forest Fire Burn the Disco Down stuck in your head for two weeks, like I did. Or take the arguably safer route and watch some concert footage on this video: