Indie-licious Tues June 18th 2013

1. Born Again – D I A N A
2. Gun – CHVRCHES
3. Older Together – Black Light Dinner Party
4. Railroad – Will Currie and the Country French
5. Without A Map (Sam Roberts Band cover) – Zeus
6. What A Fool – Dr. Dog
7. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover) – Doe Paoro
8. Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac cover) – Lissie
9. Without This – Chico No Face
10. Shout It Out – Mikal Cronin
11. Done With You – Shannon and the Clams
12. BOTH DIE – SPHINXS
13. goes without saying (acoustic) – wickedwitches
14. Pennie Lane – The BB Guns
15. Heavy Shit – Colleen Green
16. The Waiting – Angel Olsen

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Dirty Projectors @ Opera House + Caribou/Born Ruffians @ LOLA (Free!)

Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing the talented and entertaining Dirty Projectors perform at Opera House from three feet away from Angel Deradoorian’s feet. THEN, Owen Pallett, my all-time favourite musician, appeared from off-stage to accompany the band for the song Two Doves (which just so happens to be my favourite Dirty Projectors song). Oh, and I happened to be standing right beside Gentleman Reg the entire time.

Tomorrow, I’m going to see Born Ruffians at LOLA (London Ontario Live Arts), a free four-day downtown concert planted in London, Ontario. There are going to be a ton of experimental art installations (including some stuff by the one-and-only Yoko Ono!).

On Saturday, Caribou is playing for free at LOLA too (I will obviously be going to this as well). Land of Talk and Zeus are also going to be playing, among many other awesome bands. Between concerts, I’ll be lounging on the private beach owned by the aunt of my dear friend Maria.

Yep, I feel lucky.

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

OWEN PALLETT,
Heartland
(Toronto, ON)

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE,
Forgiveness Rock Record
(Toronto, ON)

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

CARIBOU,
Swim
(Dundas, ON)

THE SADIES,
Darker Circles
(Toronto, ON)

KARKWA,
Les Chemins De Verre
(Montréal, QC)

SHAD,
TSOL
(London, ON)

DAN MANGAN,
Nice, Nice, Very Nice
(Vancouver, BC)

TEGAN AND SARA,
Sainthood
(Vancouver, BC & Montréal, QC) Read More

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.

Zeus, from Toronto!

I heard this song while listening to another CFMU show called my boy the riot girl, which has been playing really good music for ages, and I immediately liked it.

Cool things:

  • They’re Canadian
  • The band’s influences are summertime and autumn
  • They’re playing around Southern Ontario this summer in Orillia and Guelph
  • MP3: Kindergarten – Zeus
    MP3: Marching Through Your Head – Zeus