by carl wilson

Polaris Express

Today was the deadline for first-round nominations for the 2007 Polaris Prize, the second annual $20,000 award for best Canadian album of the year (released between June 1, 2006 and May 31, 2007). Here were my nominations, which may or may not remain the same as my final vote in the second round:

1. Junior Boys, So This Is Goodbye
2. Frog Eyes, Tears of the Valedictorian
3. Eric Chenaux, Dull Lights
4. Feuermusik, Goodbye, Lucille
5. Drumheller, Wives

Regrettably I couldn't also vote for: Fucked Up, Hidden World; Black Ox Orkestar, Nisht Azoy; Hidden Cameras, Awoo; Jon-Rae & the River, Knows What You Need ; Do Make Say Think, You, You're a History in Rust; Tim Hecker, Harmony in Ultraviolet; The Silt, Cat's Peak; Arcade Fire, Neon Bible ; Joel Plaskett Emergency, Ashtray Rock; Tradition, Tradition; Secret Mommy, Plays; Julie Doiron, Woke Myself Up; Swan Lake, Beast Moans; Omnikrom, Trop Banane; Abdominal, Escape from the Pigeon Hole; and a few others I'm forgetting.

Still, not quite as strong a field as last year, methinks.

General | Posted by zoilus on Monday, June 11 at 5:51 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (13)



Hey, good list! I want to hear this band Drumheller. Have you heard this band Johnny and the Moon? Fukcin awesome side project from a dude named Dante from Wolf Parade. They put out a cd recently (probably too recently to make the water prize), but it's really good. I saw them play live at a house party down the block from me -- labeled Hawks House on their tour dates according to PFork. Really nice music I think you'd like.

Posted by Lee on June 20, 2007 1:10 PM



My vote is for Frog Eyes too.

Posted by Steven on June 20, 2007 10:50 AM



Barring my bias towards Patrick Watson or Miracle Fortress, I think the Frog Eyes record might be favourite of the year, in Canada or otherwise. Hope to see that one on the shortlist.

Posted by Andrew Rose on June 15, 2007 9:28 AM



Blood Meridian. Not as good as the novel, but still pretty darn good. But since I no longer have a vote, I'll be happy to see Feuermusik win. Course hell would have to freeze over first. And what with global warming...

Posted by vfw on June 13, 2007 7:47 PM



Oh, and Phil - I'm torn about Neon Bible winning. I think the band deserves it, and I do think the Polaris shouldn't shy away from rewarding the "over-dogs," but I still bet it won't be quite the best record on the shortlist. (Which might be Junior Boys or Joel Plaskett's disc, for instance.) Still, if it comes down to an AF vs. Feist showdown, I hope AF takes it.

Posted by zoilus on June 13, 2007 2:49 PM



BW, the reason nos. 3-5 aren't on Soulseek is basically that they aren't pop records (I'm including indie, hip-hop and other genres within that term). No. 3 is on the border of improv and folk rock, but just hasn't happened to get much attention. Nos. 4 and 5 are free-ish jazz, a genre Soulseek is spotty with. Four and five are also basically self-released.

If you're trying to imply they can't be better records than the ones that are on Soulseek, I don't see the logic. But if you think I'm just trying to be contrarian, you should look at back pages of this site to see how much more I've talked about these artists than others. It's just personal taste.

Posted by zoilus on June 13, 2007 2:44 PM



Is there a pool going? All my money on Neon Bible.

Posted by Phil on June 13, 2007 2:14 PM



What it says, bw, is that you should BUY the Feuermusik record. Especially because they put it out themselves.

it's available online at the blue house or zunior, or if yr in toronto, at Soundscapes.

Posted by spitz on June 13, 2007 9:22 AM



bw: it should indeed tell you something about yourself if you don't LOVE #1: you're wrong. :)

Posted by andrew on June 13, 2007 9:12 AM



I really like the Abdominal album. But after listening to it a bunch of times, it inspired me to dig up Abdominal's previous stuff. And I have to say that his work with DJ Format sort of outshines Escape from the Pigeon Hole.


Posted by dylan on June 13, 2007 8:53 AM



should it tell me something sad about myself that i only know #s 1 and 2, and i keep trying to remind myself to remove #1 from my ipod because it's just plain boring?

should it tell us all something that when i try to download #s 3, 4, and 5 from a decent site populated by smart and generally well-organized and curious users (well, okay, soulseek) they don't turn up at all?

Posted by bw on June 12, 2007 11:50 PM



happy to see feuermusik there; you should bump 'em up on the next ballot. go underdogs! with self-released albums!

Posted by ztips on June 11, 2007 10:49 PM



Ashtray Rock is the best thing JP has put out since his first solo record, I think. It's mildly distressing that the best song on there ("Snowed In") is something he's had kicking around for the better part of a decade, but whatevs.

Posted by KS on June 11, 2007 8:38 PM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson