Indie-licious Tues August 6th 2013

1. Tomorrow is Yesterday – Field Mouse
2. I Belong In Your Arms – Chairlift
3. Hits Me Like A Rock – CSS
4. Same Mum – BRAIDS
5. The Reflection Of You – Bear In Heaven
6. Hell Yes – Marnie Stern
7. Cover Your Tracks – Young Galaxy
8. Don’tneedya – Oberhofer
9. Tosta Mista – Hooded Fang
10. She Smokes In Bed – TV Girl
11. Penal Colony – Women
12. Confidence – The Dodos
13. Pendulum – Pure Bathing Culture
14. Still New – Smith Westerns
15. Adventures in Solitude – The New Pornographers


Delicious summer music: Challengers by The New Pornographers

The Ever-Lovely Neko Case

Everyone has those albums: the albums that, when you listen to them, you’re instantly transported back to the place in time where you first heard them. The albums that carried you through a significant period in your life.

When I was working at Sobey’s (glamourous, I know) in the bakery during summer 2007, I came across Challengers by the New Pornographers. I listened to that album on repeat, sitting on a milk crate in the enormous cake freezer, eating chocolate-covered strawberries and slices of rich cake.

The very instant I hear that first chord in My Rights Versus Yours, I instantly feel happy again, no matter where I am.

That’s the kind of album worth listening to.

MP3: My Rights Versus Yours – The New Pornographers

MP3: Challengers – The New Pornographers

Polaris Prize 2010 Short List Announced June 6!

Yesterday, the 2010 Polaris Music Prize Short List was announced. The Polaris Music Prize is a non-profit organization that annually honours and recognizes creative, diverse Canadian musicians regardless of genre, professional affiliation, or sales history and is judged by a panel of over 200 music journalists, radio broadcasters, music bloggers, and show programmers from radio stations and publications across Canada.

I first heard about the Polaris prize after Owen Pallett won it in 2006 for his album He Poos Clouds, which features the songs The Arctic Circle, Song Song Song, and This Lamb Sells Condos. Another one of my personal favourite bands, Caribou, won it in 2008 for his album Andorra. My favourite tracks on that album include Melody Day, Desiree, and After Hours.

This year, both Caribou and Owen are nominated again – Caribou for Swim, and Owen Pallett for Heartland. I think that both are fantastic albums, but I feel much more strongly about Heartland – I’ve seen him perform in concert twice this year already, and intend on going several more times. Owen Pallett is a fantastic, gifted musician and Heartland makes me think and feel things things that are as close to being drugged as I’ll probably ever get.

The winner of the Polaris prize gets $20,000 for releasing the best album of the year. If I had to make my own Short List, it would include Broken Social Scene, Caribou, The New Pornographers, Owen Pallett, Yukon Blonde, and Zeus.

So here’s the official short list – you’ll notice that it features some pretty big names and some small ones too but everything’s newly released. The Gala and Winner Announcement take place September 20, 2010.

The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night
(Montréal, QC)

(Toronto, ON)

Forgiveness Rock Record
(Toronto, ON)

Belmundo Regal
(Grosse Coque, NS, Moncton, NB, Pointe-à-l’église, NS)

(Dundas, ON)

Darker Circles
(Toronto, ON)

Les Chemins De Verre
(Montréal, QC)

(London, ON)

Nice, Nice, Very Nice
(Vancouver, BC)

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I’m really excited to think of some of my favourite artists getting recognized with this huge honour! The fact that the Polaris Prize doesn’t discriminate between genres is fantastic.

Lost at Sea Playlist (mp3s)

Hey guys!
It’s been a while since I’ve done a playlist for the blog, so here’s a brand new one called Lost at Sea featuring brand new tracks from Basia Bulat, The New Pornographers, and Stars. Download it!

– Katie