Zoilus by Carl Wilson


June 5th, 2009

I’ve been quietly agonizing all week over what five records to place on my ballot for round 1 of Polaris Music Prize voting, which is due Monday. So far, my picks for Canadian albums released between June 1, ‘08, and June 1, ‘09, are almost certain to include Martha Wainwright’s I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too, Fucked Up’s The Chemistry of Common Life and Land of Talk’s Some Are Lakes, but there’s a ridiculous volume of heavy competition for the last two spots: Blackout Beach (aka Carey Mercer from Frog Eyes), The Bicycles, K’Naan, Great Lake Swimmers, Charles Spearin’s Happiness Project, The Blankket, Hank, Slim Twig, Kardinal Offishal, Leonard Cohen (Live in London), Timber Timbre, Elliott Brood, Anthony Braxton & the AIMToronto Orchestra, Venetian Snares/Last Step, John Doe & the Sadies, Blah Blah 666, Joel Plaskett … Not to mention some I haven’t even heard yet.

SO - what do you think? Sway me! Bribes accepted in the comment box.

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  2. Johnny says:

    The Bicycles!

  3. Chris says:

    Hank, Hank, vote for them they’re swank!

    No Contest was too early in 2008 for Feuermusik to be eligible, right? Also, I forgot to mention Daniel Nebiat when you were asking about unheard albums - I never actually got around to playing his last one but I think David Dacks liked it quite a bit.

    Have the Polaris illuminati ever considered adding a best single/track/whatever prize? I like the simplicity of the current template but that would be one way to better represent certain genres without taking a chainsaw to the jury list. Then you could vote for K’Naan’s “T.I.A.” and, say, Hank…

  4. chris says:

    blackout beach, no question.
    john darnielle just wrote a great piece in praise of the record at LPTJ: http://www.lastplanetojakarta.com/2009/06/woe_indeed.html

  5. Sean says:

    Not a great year for Canadian music, but I think my ballot would look something like this:

    1) Mt Eerie and Julie Doiron - Lost Wisdom
    2) Clues - Clues
    3) Tune-Yards - Bird-Brains
    4) Blackout Beach - Skin of Evil
    5) Sister Suvi - Champion

    Runners-up: Elfin Saddle, Snailhouse, Julie Doiron.

    The Mt Eerie/JD seems to qualify (it’s really 66.6% Canadian artists), but maybe it’d get shot down. It’s the best ostensibly Canuck record of the past 18 months. The Clues album is WONDERFUL and you should listen to it, Carl. Glad we’re all together on Blackout Beach. And not sure how you’d feel about Tune-Yards or Sister Suvi - but Merrill, Patrick & co will win something big sooner or later, yes indeed.

  6. Sean says:

    oh and Swan Lake!

  7. Aaron says:

    How about “Holding On to Whatever It Is” by The Waking Eyes?

  8. Sean says:

    I can’t believe I am spending so much time in yr comments section Carl, but I was reminded this evening that the ADAM & THE AMETHYSTS album qualifies and it would def be on my ballot. Marvelous psychedelic Canadiana that sneaks up on me with every single listen.

  9. Saelan says:

    The Pink Mountaintops’ “Outside Love” is probably my favourite Canadian record of the last year.

  10. Saelan says:

    oh, and:

    Chad Vangaalen - soft airplane
    Women - s/t

    Forgot these were eligible.

  11. Somewhere There says:

    Thank you for including Anthony Braxton & the AIMToronto Orchestra, _CREATIVE ORCHESTRA (GUELPH) 2007_ (Spool), as part of your shortlist. It means a lot to the musicians who worked so hard on that music.

  12. Lia Hirsh says:

    Great Lake Swimmers
    Timber Timbre

    are the best of the year for me!

    But I was most surprised by Elliott Brood.
    I also agree with Fucked up and Land of talk.

  13. Mike P says:

    Another vote of awesomeness for The Waking Eyes! Seriously, what a brilliant record - prog pop, bombast, lyrical beauty, soundscapes, and catchy as all hell.

  14. Laura says:

    woodland telegraph-fantastic songwriting!

  15. Simone says:

    Apostle of Hustle - Eats Darkness

  16. Glenn Dixon says:

    Here’s a real underdog. Global Chilling. They released a great album last year called Climbing the Tower of Babel. Check out their video podcast on itunes:


  17. Doc Pickles says:

    Sélectionnez celui qui est en Français!

  18. valkyrie says:

    Sister Suvi, Bruce Peninsula, Mt Eerie and Julie Doiron, Chad Vangaalen

  19. amby says:

    rae spoon for sure! ’superioryouareinferior’. there is no other.

  20. terese says:

    Woddland Telegraph Sings Revival Hymns

  21. Yannick says:

    Dog Day - Concentration
    Julie Doiron - I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day

  22. Sean says:

    Giant Hand - Coming Home http://gianthand.ca/

    Absolutely amazing, raw, independent canadian talent at its best!

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