Monday, June 15, 2009

herohill Polaris Long List - UPDATE (how'd we do)

Well, the Polaris web site proudly displays the Long-list nominees. So, how'd our Top 5 do you ask? Well, take a look and see.

Timber Timbre - Self-titled (review) || myspace

Prediction: Short List
I think the Arts & Crafts signing will help push this absolutely fantastic record into the Long List. For those that haven't heard it, you are missing out. Kirk revamped his sound, and as his show here in Halifax proved, he's charismatic enough to keep a room full of drunks pin-drop quiet.

UPDATE - MADE THE LONG LIST.

Joel Plaskett - Three (review)|| web site

Prediction: Short List, possible Polaris winner
People have a love hate relationship with Halifax's favourite son, but even the people (well most of the people) that don't like Joel seem to be falling in line - and in love with - Three. Like Kirk, Joel reworked his sound but more importantly, if you listen to the third disc of the set, he's written some songs that people will listen to for years, not months. Album of the year? Maybe. The one record that will stand the test of time... 100% yes.

UPDATE - MADE THE LONG LIST.

Japandroids - Post-Nothing (review) || myspace

Prediction:
Long List... maybe.
I really hope this pull through. The Vancouver band slugged it out for years and delivered an album that even their biggest fan would have been shocked by. The way the look back to adolescence without glamorizing the nights of drinking and trying to hook up is terrific. The blasts of guitar fuzz and drums... even better.


UPDATE - MADE THE LONG LIST.

Elliott Brood - Meadow Mountain (review) || web site
Prediction: Long List.
For most of the year, I could have happily voted this number 1. I listened to the record nonstop and am surprised it slipped to 4.
Ramshackle percussion, surging energy and mountain fury. It's also the first record they've made that replicates their amazing live shows and still demands multiple repeats when you listen at home.

UPDATE - MADE THE LONG LIST.

$100 - Forest of Tears (review)
|| web

Prediction:
Outside chance at Long List.
In the last month or so, a lot of people have been getting on board with this record and really... thank god. It's dark, pure country but they never sound dated thanks to current subject matter and experimentation. Simone's voice cuts you to the bone and her narratives could make a cheerleader frown.

UPDATE - MADE THE LONG LIST.

Five others we wished we could have voted for


Honestly, I hope all of these at least make the long list. In fact, the only reason that CVG is down here and not up there is that I'm so sure he will make the final cut. These 5 records occupied a lot of my listening time, even fone like Think About Life that just came out. So, without further ado.

D-sisive - Let the Children Die (review) || myspace
Prediction:
Just miss the Long List
"Look.. I like other types of music. I have a rap friend!" I know that may seem like a slap in the face of D-Sisive, especially with how good this record is, but I sense a lot of people that don't like rap are ok with this record. In my humble, with all the hip hop Shane has offered up for readers, D-Sisive topped the list, followed closely by Dragon Fli Empire.

UPDATE - MADE THE LONG LIST.

Portico - First Neighbours
(review) || MP3 || myspace
Prediction:
Will not make the Long List.
I really, really, really, really love this record, but if you scan the ole information superhighway, I might be alone in my quest to bring the band some attention. I'm not sure why - the trio packs a punch and the songs are a virtual tour through our nation's history... well that and songs about fucking. What else do you want people????

UPDATE - DIDN'T MAKE THE LONG LIST.

Think About Life - Family
(review) || myspace

Prediction: Just miss the Long List.
Think About Life made me want to dance, something I never do - I'm kind of like Brandon Walsh in that regard. Cesar and GVP play off each other perfectly and move in and around Matt's beats. It's dance music for young and old, and to quote Paul Watson, the band makes him want to, "buy a car so I can be that douche-bag blaring his tunes at stop lights and gas stations."

UPDATE - MADE THE LONG LIST.

Chad VanGaalen - Soft Airplane
(review) || myspace

Prediction: Short List - possible winner.
This was my favorite record of 2008, and honestly it should be in the Top 5 but I know it will pull through and wanted to give a few other bands a chance to get some attention. I have no problem marking this down on my Short-List if (or when) my Top 5 don't all pull through.

UPDATE - MADE THE LONG LIST.

Sunparlour Players - Wave North (review) || myspace

Prediction: Will not make the Long List.
Too little too late for this one I think. It shows huge improvements and is much more mature than their last record. They are writing songs now, not just riffs and emotions. It seems to be hovering under the radar, which is surprising, but I for one really enjoy the release. By a nice surprise to see others agree with me.


UPDATE - DIDN'T MAKE THE LONG LIST.








MP3:: Timber Timbre - Lay Down in the Tall Grass







MP3:: Joel Plaskett - Through & Through & Through







MP3:: Japandroids - Young Hearts Spark Fire







MP3:: Elliott Brood - Write It All Down For You







MP3:: $100 - No Great Leap
Learn more about the Polaris:: http://polarismusicprize.ca/

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Posted at 12:00 PM by ack :: 4 comments

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At 11:13 PM, Anonymous Smansmith did sayeth:

Nice. I really hope Timber Timbre is short listed and I not so secretly hope he gets it.

Being from Calgary the CVG has a special place - and it is a great album. This album came with expectations for me though, so in comparison, it is great but the Timber Timbre blew me away.

Overall it is going to be win win - the pool of talent is deep this year, as you note above!

S.

p.s. I am going to give that Plaskett album a real listen again...

 

At 12:58 AM, Anonymous Paul did sayeth:

Ha. Thanks for the quote fellas. Think About Life's Family is the sort of album that makes a lazy jerk like me get off my butt and post every two week.

 

At 12:37 PM, Blogger Rob did sayeth:

Hey guys - Polaris link is missing "music" in it
Cheers

 

At 4:26 PM, Anonymous AKA did sayeth:

surprised you didn't have 'Hey Rosetta's' album in there...IMHO their latest release is the clear winner!!!

 

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