June 17, 2010

2010 Polaris Music Prize Nominees

The Polaris Music Prize announced its long list (below) for best Canadian album yesterday and the 40 nominees are an eclectic mix of very impressive talents. Nicely, 4 out of 5 of my picks made the list of nominations, which included eight Vancouver-based artists. Unfortunately, only Two Hours Traffic's latest and stellar effort, Territory, was left off.

There are so many fabulous albums nominated. I decided to highlight a few more I have listened to. A bunch of the (I'm sure very talented) artists on the long list, I am completely unfamiliar with and will have to play catch up on. The diverse mix of rock, electronic, hip-hop, and all other kinds of music were well represented by Polaris.

The following are some more of my album picks (taken from the list of nominees) that would probably round out my top ten Canadian albums over the last year, presented in no particular order:

TSOL by Shad

Swim by Caribou / La La Land by Plants and Animals

Yukon Blonde / Crystal Castles (II)

2010 Polaris Music Prize Long List:
Apollo Ghosts, Mount Benson Bahamas, Pink Strat The Besnard Lakes, The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night Blue Rodeo, The Things We Left Behind Brasstronaut, Mt. Chimaera Broken Social Scene, Forgiveness Rock Record Basia Bulat, Heart of My Own By Divine Right, Mutant Message Caribou, Swim Jason Collett, Rat a Tat Tat Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles Amelia Curran, Hunter, Hunter Fred Fortin, Plastrer la lune Frog Eyes, Paul's Tomb: A Triumph Hannah Georgas, This Is Good Ghostkeeper, Ghostkeeper Holy Fuck, Latin Karkwa, Les Chemins de verre Lee Harvey Osmond, A Quiet Evil Greg MacPherson, Mr. Invitation Dan Mangan, Nice, Nice, Very Nice Misteur Valaire, Golden Bombay The New Pornographers, Together Owen Pallett, Heartland Plants and Animals, La La Land Radio Radio, Belmundo Regal Justin Rutledge, The Early Widows The Sadies, Darker Circles Shad, TSOL Elizabeth Shepherd, Heavy Falls the Night The Slew, 100% Meaghan Smith, The Cricket's Orchestra South Rakkas Crew, The Stimulus Package Tegan and Sara, Sainthood The Wooden Sky, If I Don't Come Home You'll Know I'm Gone Hawksley Workman, Meat You Say Party! We Say Die!, XXXX Young Galaxy, Invisible Republic Yukon Blonde, Yukon Blonde Zeus, Say Us

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