Now that the World Cup is over, and Lebron James has chosen his new team, the internet can get back to all those other things. One of those things just happens to be the short list for the greatest prize for the Canadian music industry today – The Polaris Music Prize. Since it’s inception in 2006, the prize has been seen as the Canadian equivalent of the Mercury Prize and has given it’s winners a significant boost in both popularity and respect. Studies have shown that 1 in 8 Polaris Prize winners go on to eventually headline Glastonbury and have David Bowie do guest vocals on their songs.
The short list comes after an extensive voting process by the members of the Polaris jury, which currently include a diverse group of currently employed, soon to be unemployed and perpetually unemployed writers, bloggers and broadcasters. With such a grand announcement today, I thought it would only be fair that I write the first thing that comes to my mind when I look at each of the short list members. Any more thinking and it would become unpure.
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
This album seems like it came out five years ago. Yet here it is.
Basia Bulat – Tall Tall Shadow
Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Another year, another pleasant album. Probably not enough to win.
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
I’m not nearly young enough or high enough to get him. His nomination is great for all those people looking to mimic 90′s American alt rock though.
Drake – Nothing Was the Same
Why didn’t Raptors go after Paul Pierce? Savvy vet, can defend bigger guards, good at crunch time.
Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back
Why didn’t her show at the Garrison start half an hour later, that way I could of saw both Morcheeba and her.
Owen Pallett – In Conflict
Is this album about the middle east? Why can’t those guys just get along. I am supposed to go to Israel in September.
Shad – Flying Colours
Token rap entry that won’t win
It’ll cost her $20,000 to get here from Nunavut
Timer Timbre – Hot Dreams
A good album that I associate with winter, might not be good for summer time voting
2/2 is pretty good way to start off your career. Probably won’t win. The Mike Trout of Canadian music. Minus 300 million dollars.
What were your thoughts?