Friday, July 4, 2008

The short list...

The 10 album short list for the polaris prize is supposed to be announced on July 7th... here are my predictions for who will be on that list...

The Acorn - Glory Hope Mountain
Attack In Black - Marriage
Black Mountain - In The Future
Born Ruffians - Red, Yellow and Blue
Buck 65 - Situation
Basia Bulat - Oh, My Darling
Cadence Weapon - Afterparty Babies
Cancer Bats - Hail Destroyer
Caribou - Andorra
City And Colour - Bring Me Your Love
Constantines - Kensington Heights
Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
Destroyer - Trouble In Dreams
Fred Eaglesmith - Tinderbox
Kathleen Edwards - Asking For Flowers
Christine Fellows - Nevertheless
Gatineau - Gatineau
Hayden - In Field And Town
Veda Hille - This Riot Life
HILOTRONS - Happymatic
Holy Fuck - LP
Islands - Arm's Way
Karkwa - Le volume du vent
Corb Lund - Horse Solider! Horse Soldier!
The New Pornographers - Challengers
Pas Chic Chic - Au Contraire
Sandro Perri - Tiny Mirrors
Plants And Animals - Parc Avenue
Ghislain Poirier - No Ground Under
Protest The Hero - Fortress
Justin Rutledge - Man Descending
Sadies - New Seasons
Shad - The Old Prince
Socalled - Ghetto Blaster
Stars - In Our Bedroom After The War
Tegan And Sara - The Con
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band – 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons
Two Hours Traffic - Little Jabs
The Weakerthans - Reunion Tour
Wintersleep - Welcome To The Night Sky

... granted I haven't heard a good number of these albums, but I have a feeling that the jury tends to skew more towards albums that people like me (who like poppier stuff) aren't really into...

My favourites (meaning the albums I most enjoyed, not who I think will be selected by the jury) from the list are two posts down...


Kyle Wasko said...

I'm assuming you've included The Con for my benefit, for which I thank you.

Kyle Wasko said...

Also, I'd be surprised if Challengers wasn't shortlisted, but I'm pretty down on the Polaris process, so who knows...

Sean Wraight said...

Some great choices Rob. I am glad to see you included the Acorn and Sandro Perri. Both of those would be worthy recipients. I still think Basia will be the one to beat though. I might just have to try a pre-short list myself.

Well done.

Allan said...

I have no idea what the jury will choose. From looking at it I think I can make a few guesses.

Here's are my picks:

The Acorn - Glory Hope Mountain
Black Mountain: Into The Future
Cadence Weapon - Afterparty Babies
Crystal Castles - S/T
Destroyer - Trouble in Dreams
Holy Fuck - LP
Plants and Animals - Parc Avenue (even if I dislike it)
The Weakerthans - Reunion Tour

+2 albums I probably didn't listen to.

Kyle Wasko said...

I'm sure you'll post about this, but you got 3 out of 10 right...which is at least two better than I would've done (Holy Fuck! was the only lock that I knew of).

I'm simultaneously disappointed and not at all surprised. No love for the new Pornos and T&S, which is extra-irritating given that the utterly ordinary Stars album made it through. So it goes.

You must be happy for Bulat, an album, IIRC, you were quite fond of when it came out.