Regular readers (all two of you) know that I dig the Canadian music. July 6 is the day when the short list for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize is announced. Last month, a 40-title long list was announced after tabulating votes from over 200 jurors. I already wrote about my unofficial ballot, which is limited to five full length Canadian albums released between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011. Of my five selections, only three made the long list. Wednesday at 2:00pm eastern time, they'll announce the ten finalists.
I've made some considerable effort, with great thanks to CBC Radio3, to familiarize myself with every record on the list. As is the case every year, there were some I'd never heard of before the long list. Some are not my style at all. There were some surprise omissions from the long list and some nice new favorites.
Anyway, I'll share the ten that I hope will make the short list, and the ten that I think will make the list. Each of the ten finalists will get a check for $2k and the grand prize winner will get $30k.
My picks, in alphabetical order:
If you've been living in a cave, you can listen to full versions of their songs on their CBC3 page. I recommend buying the album from the Merge records website here
Check out their CBC3 page. Use this link to buy the album from the Paper Bag Records website. It's probably better if you don't hunt down any videos by this band. Trust me: you'll regret it.
Here's the CBC3 page, and you can order the record from Flemish Eye Records (Canada only) or Kanine Records (rest of the world).
giving it a score of 2.4 out of 10, but they hate a lot of things that I love and vice versa. This video of a live performance of the first song from the new album is worth a view:
Here's the CBC3 page, and you should order the album from Dangerbird Records site.
"Wrong". This isn't about Patrick Daughters, though. This is about Jenn Grant. I'll admit that I'm a bit influenced by her looks. I'm quite partial to gingers, and she's very much ginger. That aside, I think she's made a damn fine record. Anyway, here's that video I was talking about:
Here's the CBC3 page and you should buy her record from Six Shooter Records.
here. Listen to their music at the CBC3 page and buy the record from their Saddle Creek Records site.
here, and I'll recommend the song "Tiny Head". You should buy the record from Dead Oceans Records.
their CBC3 page and buy the record from the Paper Bag Records site
CBC3 page. Buy the record directly from the band's website
here, and you can buy the album from Constellation Records.
Those are my sentimental picks. I think I might be off the mark with some of them. What I think the list actually will be is (in alphabetical order):
Arcade Fire -- The Suburbs
Braids -- Native Speaker
Destroyer -- Kaputt
Diamond Rings -- Special Affections
Dirty Beaches -- Badlands
Eternia & MoSS -- At Last
Malajube -- La Caverne
P.S. I Love You -- Meet Me at the Muster Station
The Rural Alberta Advantage -- Departing
The Weeknd -- House of Balloons
The list will be announced throughout the day on Wednesday, starting at 2:00 pm.