Thursday, June 16, 2011

Polaris Prize 2011 long list

The Polaris Music Prize announced their "long list" today! This list of 40 albums nominated be media-types will be culled down to a short list of ten albums on July 6th, then a winner announced at a gala on Sept 19th, where they will get a $30,000 prize, up from the previous years 20 grand. And also new this year is $2,000 for each of the nine non-winning Short Listers.
The award is annually given to the "best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales, or record label" and any album (more than 30 minutes/8 tracks long) out from June 1st 2010 to May 31 2011 is eligible.


And so here is the 2011 Polaris Prize long list.
And as for my opinions: albums that I liked are italicized. Ones that I especially want to make the short list, are boldified. Ones I especially want to win, are boldified and italicized.

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs.
Austra - Feel It Break.
Braids - Native Speaker.
Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart.
Buck 65 - 20 Odd Years.
Louise Burns - Mellow Drama.
D-Sisive - Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye.
The Dears - Degeneration Street.
Destroyer - Kaputt.
Diamond Rings - Special Affections.
Dirty Beaches – Badlands.
Luke Doucet and The White Falcon - Steel City Trawler.
Eternia & MoSS - At Last.
Galaxie - Tigre Et Diesel.
Jenn Grant - Honeymoon Punch.
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972.
Hey Rosetta - Seeds.
Hooded Fang - Album.
Imaginary Cities - Temporary Resident.
Land Of Talk - Cloak and Cipher.
Little Scream - The Golden Record.
The Luyas - Too Beautiful to Work.
Malajube - La Caverne.
Miracle Fortress – Was I The Wave?.
One Hundred Dollars - Songs Of Man.
Doug Paisley - Constant Companion.
PS I Love You - Meet Me At The Muster Station.
Daniel Romano - Sleep Beneath the Willow.
The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing.
Ron Sexsmith - Long Player Late Bloomer.
Shotgun Jimmie - Transistor Sister.
Sloan - The Double Cross.
Frederick Squire - March 12.
Stars - The Five Ghosts.
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges.
Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin' On.
The Weeknd - House Of Balloons.
Women - Public Strain.
Neil Young - Le Noise.
Young Galaxy – Shapeshifting.

And now some albums that I feel should be on the list, but were overlooked:
Kathryn Calder - Are You My Mother?
Matthew Good - Lights of Endangered Species.
The Liptonians - Let's All Mach Back Into The Sea.
Rah Rah - Breaking Hearts.
Chad VanGaalen - Diaper Island.
David Vertesi - Cardiography.

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