by carl wilson

Everyone's a Winner, Step Right Up
(Plus: Said the Carlophone, Pt. 2)


Veda Hille: Not the Polaris prom queen this year, but the regent of all our gramophones.

The shortlist for the $20,000 Polaris prize for Canadian albums of 2005-06 was announced this morning. (Drumroll.) And the nominees are, in alphabetical order:

Broken Social Scene, Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts/EMI)
Cadence Weapon, Breaking Kayfabe (Upper Class/EMI)
The Deadly Snakes, Porcella (Paper Bag/Universal)
Final Fantasy, He Poos Clouds (Blocks Recording Club/Sonic Unyon)
Sarah Harmer, Im A Mountain (Cold Snap/Universal)
Knaan, The Dusty Foot Philosopher (Track & Field/Sony BMG)
Malajube, Trompe Loeil (Dare to Care/Outside)
Metric, Live It Out (Last Gang/Universal)
The New Pornographers, Twin Cinema (Mint/Outside)
Wolf Parade, Apologies to the Queen Mary (Sub Pop/Outside)

Congrats to all. The nominees will be on a compilation album coming out in August and the winner will be chosen Sept. 18. (It was also revealed today that the prize is being sponsored by Rogers Wireless/Rogers Yahoo! Hi-Speed Internet.) A few reactions: Final Fantasy and Cadence Weapon were among my nominees; I'm startled to find the Deadly Snakes on there; pleasantly surprised that Malajube were able to break the blue anglo wall; sad to see the Pornographers where Destroyer's Rubies (which fought it out with Final Fantasy for my top spot) should be; as well as, though less so, Wolf Parade instead of Sunset Rubdown. In conversations this weekend, I got the feeling that there is an "anyone but Metric" campaign afoot out there. My other votes, between the two ballots, went to Jon Rae & the River's Old Songs for the New Town, Brian Joseph Davis's Greatest Hit and Veda Hille's Return of the Kildeer.

In honour of Veda, who is perpetually overlooked in these reindeer games, my guest post today on Said the Gramophone is all about her, with nods to Brecht, Eisler and the bootlessness of vanity.

In Depth | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, July 04 at 2:42 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (14)



Jon-Rae and the River NEVER would have made that list but you're right, they totally should have been nominated.

I'd love to see Final Fantasy or Cadence win.
NO BSS, NO METRIC. pleeeeze

Posted by Jackson on July 9, 2006 5:01 PM



had i known of the nomination bit, i might have added her name. sinaa's been a big influence on my thoughts surrounding sound poetry lately; tagaq's pushing boundaries. i'd recommend another listen or, say, seventeen. i'm infatuated.

Posted by a.raw on July 6, 2006 4:58 PM



i bought "porcella" by the deadly snakes on a whim last year and it is great. more notice should be taken of this band. they belong up their with the elite they are nominated with.

Posted by justin on July 5, 2006 10:01 PM



Angela - Good question about Tagaq. I'm looking back at the long list now and she wasn't among anyone's nominations. I confess I hadn't thought about it - I like the album but haven't listened to it that much - but I'd certainly place it ahead of some of those that made the final list.

Posted by zoilus on July 5, 2006 6:10 PM



I still don't totally understand all of this burning hatred for Metric.

Posted by PG on July 5, 2006 3:37 PM



I've heard from a reliable source that Sr. Bejar can frequently be found in a sour mood in public (perhaps a public persona defense mech.) I wouldn't read too much into that. Nice list. Mega props for Cadence Weapon and in good company fer sure. That Harmer album is awfully sweet, but New Pornos get my vote...sorry to disagree Carl, but you must be getting used to it by now...I had to step up.

Posted by Phil on July 5, 2006 2:01 PM



any idea why tagaq's sinaa isn't on the list?

Posted by a.raw on July 5, 2006 11:48 AM



On Saturday, I almost ran over Dan Bejar while he was jaywalking across Vancouver's Main Street. He looked to be in a slightly sour mood. Perhaps it's because he had a premonition that he wouldn't be short-listed. Wait a sec - surely he, of all people, couldn't care less! Maybe it's just that he always looks that way. Or that he was thinking jaywalking isn't a good idea.

Posted by David on July 5, 2006 11:44 AM



Rollie aka Cadence Weapon should win but BSS probably will...'

also, i should say i was way ahead of the curve ( with the rollie love. just saying is all.

Posted by Graham on July 5, 2006 9:41 AM



Carl, you're crazy! Thanks! And what great company I'm in on the reject list.

Posted by Brian on July 5, 2006 9:14 AM



Veda Hille has a place in the pantheon of Anglophonic singers & record-makers. "Return of the Kildeer" . . . I shake my head in wonder at the splendour. From gorgeously and delicately covering a lovely song from the show "Hair," to blowing anybody-else's take on Carl Sandburg's "American Songbag" away, to her own beautiful originals, some of them jaw-droppers.

Posted by john on July 4, 2006 7:22 PM



As a voter, I had Destoyer ranked at the top of my list. Not that my opinion trumps anyone else's, but I kind of wonder if distribution was factor. Wolf Parade is the only nominee signed to a U.S. label, but Sub Pop gets distribution here through Outside. Merge, so far as I know, sends the CDs out directly to individual reviewers. Maybe some of those 120 voters didn't even get the album. Or maybe they just didn't GET the album.

Posted by vfw on July 4, 2006 5:56 PM



tiga, so robbed!

btw it makes perfect sense that rogers hi-speed sponsored this event -- that's what i used to download all these records.

Posted by markp on July 4, 2006 4:56 PM



wow, I'm kinda delighted Deadly Snakes got on there!

Posted by pinder on July 4, 2006 3:52 PM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson