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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Race For the Polaris Music Prize

Nominees for the fourth annual $20,000 Polaris Music Prize were revealed yesterday. The Long List consisting of the cream of the proverbial crop of forty, full-length Canadian records released between June 2008 to May 2009.

The albums selected are judged solely on artistic merit, without regard to genre or record sales, and were selected by the 181 members of the Polaris Music Prize jury. The jury consisting of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada.

I'll reserve judgement and comprehensive assessment at this time considering the teeth gnashing this certainly caused the distinguished jury. Mind you I won't forgive them for neglecting Deep Dark Woods amazing Winter Hours release. Put me on the jury next time and I'll be sure the lobbying is strong.

Next up, the Short List on July 7th with the winner announced at a Gala Event on September 21st.

My brain is swimming... Any predictions from you? Leave them in the comments section.

Arkells Jackson Square
Jill Barber Chances
Beast Beast
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
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
$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
Women Women
Woodpigeon Treasury Library Canada C/W Houndstooth Europa


Anonymous said...

I have heard of exactly one person on that list. You crazy Canadians and your crazy bands.

I like that video though.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

The absence of Winter Hours is puzzling to me as well. Also mysteriously missing are Jon-Rae Fletcher's Oh Maria and NQ Arbuckle's XOK, although that last one might have been released before the qualification period, I'm not sure.

It's going to be a dogfight inside my brain to make a prediction on the short list and I don't even want to think about how to pick the ultimate winner at this point. Perhaps names drawn from a hat.

T said...

Shit - just going to come over here after thinking about life and post that Jon-Rae Flechter's Oh Maria should be on that list.

But I seem to have been beaten to the punch. Cheers to Barbara.