Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Halifax Is Burning :: S02E21

This is an awesome show happening in Halifax this week. There are many others. I talk about them all on this week's burning hot episode.

Check it out.

July 27, 2010
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Kestrels - The Light
Rich Aucoin - Push
Holy Fuck - Stilettos
Jim Guthrie - Nighttime/Anytime (It's Alright) [Constantines Cover]
Coco et Co. - A Pause
Metz - Soft Whiteout
Horses - Danforth and Main
Orphan Choir - New Rituals
BA Johnston - Jagermeister Train
PS I Love You - Butterflies and Boners
Apollo Ghosts - Samurai Chatter
Long, Long, Long - Judy Chicago
Braids - Lemonade
Orphan Choir - Gravel Tongues

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Halifax Is Burning :: S02E20

Pop Explosion is coming! Pop Explosion is coming! The initial lineup for the 2010 Halifax Pop Explosion was announced today, and as a result I celebrated out loud on the show today by calling Jonny Stevens, Pop Ex Executive Director, and we talked about this amazing lineup:

The Hold Steady, The New Pornographers, Handsome Furs, Kylesa, Great Lake Swimmers, Sloan, Basia Bulat, Old Man Ludecke, High On Fire, Torche, North of America, Jason Collett, Rockets Red Glare, Bad Vibrations, Great Bloomers, Jon McKiel, The Famines, Silly Kissers, Mt. Royal & Wordburglar

Halifax band No Flyers Please also stopped by the show to talk about their upcoming CD release happening at Gus' Pub this Friday.

Helluva show! Download and share.

July 13, 2010
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The Hold Steady - You Can Make Him Like You
North of America - Keep It On The Download
Sloan - The Lines You Amend
Great Lake Swimmers - Put There By The Land
The New Pornographers - Your Hands (Together)
Rich Aucoin - Push
No Flyers Please - Dan Clahane
The Kansas Nebraska Act - Fire Me Up
No Flyers Please - Seidenberg & Goc
No Flyers Please - Masculine
The Bad Arts - Long To Repeat
Bloodhouse - You Was Wrong It Was Rad
The Superfantastics - Great Plains
Rockets Red Glare - Empire State

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Halifax Is Burning :: S02E19

So glad to be back home, be back home. Celebrated my return to the show after a two week hiatus (thanks again to Ryan and Kat for filling in!) just in time to discuss the Polaris Prize, play some sweet dance music, and give away some Jazz Fest tickets. What a night.

July 6, 2010
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Hannah Georgas - Lovesick
Wintersleep - Trace Decay
ANGO - More and More
AA Wallace - Don't You Want Money To Blow
Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up (Single Edit)
Glory Glory Man United - Pop Song Automaton
Glory Glory Man United - Zombies
Jon McKiel - Yellow Raincoat
Nomo - Invisible Cities
It Kills - Sailors
Bloodhouse - Grave Mind
Bad Vibrations - Think About Life (7" version)
Cop Shades - Women's Rights
The Besnard Lakes - Albatross

P-P-P-Polaris Prediction

After following the Polaris Long List announcement tweet by tweet on my way to the airport a few weeks back, I'll be happy to sit back and enjoy the CBC Radio 3 coverage today at 1:30ET (2:30pm for those of you here on the East Coast).

The list is stacked - as always - and I thought it would be fun to throw a few predictions "out in the universe." I've come up with 5 records I think will make the list hands down, 5 records I think are definite maybes and 3 records I think are wildcards. At the end of this post, I'll also tell you who I think should win the $20,000 prestigious prize.

Here goes:


The Besnard Lakes - Are The Roaring Night
Sonically amazing and musically compelling, previous Polaris-nominees The Besnard Lakes have yet again received tremendous critical acclaim for their latest album. Having had the good graces of seeing them two weeks ago in Hamilton, ON it's safe to say The Besnard Lakes are on of the best bands in Canada. LISTEN

Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
Back with a vengeance, this is not only a great summertime album but is also the band's best release (solo efforts included) since 2002's "You Forgot It In People." Catchy hooks, multiple layers and dirty drums make this pick a no-brainer. Need more convincing? Read the Bloody Drum Knuckles review. LISTEN

Caribou - Swim
Dan Snaith's latest record has moved the band back into the dance realm and back into the hearts of Canadians (not that they ever really left). The lead track "Odessa" is enough to make this album a contender, not to mention they were the first ever Polaris Prize winners. LISTEN

Hannah Georgas - This Is Good
Canada's new indie darling has received so much acclaim for this album, I would be surprised if this was overlooked on the shortlist. One of my favorite albums of the whole year, the songwriting is heartfelt and incredible, the production rivals the best Tegan & Sara records, and Hannah's voice is unmistakable. It doesn't hurt that several people have called her "the new Feist" either. LISTEN

Dan Mangan - Nice, Nice, Very Nice
After winning the $25,000 XM Verge Music Award for Artist of The Year last fall, I would be very surprised if Mangan didn't make the cut. The past two winners of the same award - Hey Rosetta and The Weakerthans - have popped up on the last two Polaris short lists but didn't take home the grand prize. Will he win? I don't think so, but he'll make the cut for sure. LISTEN


Bahamas - Pink Strat
Admittedly, I don't know much about this record but the name and the greasy character of Bahamas has been popping often to ignore. LISTEN

Crystle Castles - Crystle Castles (II)
Again, not super familiar with this record nor a big fan of the band, but it was hotly anticipated and fits in with the Canadian indie dance landscape. LISTEN

Holy Fuck - Latin America
After the whole targeting Holy Fuck's name as one of the reason for federal art cuts a few years ago debacle, I would be surprise if the band didn't reap vengeance by making the short list. The band is also a previous nominee (2008) and they have been ripping it up not only in Canada but also across the globe. All this, plus the song "Stilettos" is one of the best things the band has ever released (second only to "Lovely Allen"). LISTEN

Owen Pallet - Heartland
The first ever Polaris winner, Pallet is almost sure to make the cut again with his latest record. I've never been super into his stuff, but his talent is undeniable and he is a great showman. LISTEN

Plants & Animals - La La Land
It seems other than Holy Fuck, the maybes I've chosen haven't really registered with me personally, but that doesn't mean other people aren't picking up the albums and finding something they like. This Montreal trio were nominated in 2008, and will probably earn the same this year. LISTEN


Apollo Ghosts - Mount Benson
Apollo Ghosts came out of nowhere and blew people away with their debut full-length record. Their appearance on the long-list says something about the quality of their songwriting, and the critics agree. Herohill has already called the album one of the best albums this year to date. LISTEN

New Pornographers - Together
A Canadian indie-rock institution, New Pornographers could slide into the short list with no complaints based on reputation alone. LISTEN

Zeus - Say Us
Storming out of the gate with their first full-length, Zeus is a 70s-piano-man inspired kind of band who's songs have been used in commercials and have been blazing up the charts on Radio 3. They could very well make the cut. LISTEN


I think The Besnard Lakes' Are The Roaring Night will take home the $20,000 prize this year. Traditionally the Polaris Prize hasn't really been taken home by someone with a whole lot of "commerical" success, thus excluding bands like Broken Social Scene and artists like Dan Mangan who already has $25,000 under his belt. Polaris jurors tend to pick timeless albums that will be remembered in the Canadian music legacy for making an impact on music fans across the board. The Besnard Lakes aren't a niche market, they're not surviving on indie cred, and they're not a new band who is trying to break through. They simply are one of the best bands in Canada, and this record is the best Canadian album that has been released this year. Not only do I think they deserve to win, I think that after being slighted in 2008, they will win.