Every year I go into Eurovision season convinced this year will be the year I hate every song and I can snark without guilt. I start listening to the songs- mid-tempo nothings, euro trash EDM, big sweeping ballads, weird national folk inspired willow wisps- and eventually a coupe get under my skin and I begin … More Eurovision 2017: The Songs
It’s time for my annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum WTF? omissions list: The Zombies (I cannot even); War; Megadeath; X; Warren Zevon; XTC; Dead Kennedys; My Bloody Valentine; Dire Straits; Nick Drake; Motorhead; Black Flag; Prefab Sprout; The Doobie Brothers(!); New York Dolls; Nine Inch Nails; Duran Duran; Slayer; Television; The … More The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame + Museum 2017- Journey?
I have done this exercise on both Twitter and Face book in the past. I listen to the years entries and write quick blurb, usually about how terrible the song is, and leave. It irritates the normal people of this planet- you know, the ones who think Eurovision is some sort of trashy pop music … More Eurovision 2016- The Music
… the enigmatic post-rock instrumental of Montreal’s Godspeed You! Black Emperor for their 2012 masterpiece ( and my twentieth favourite album of 2012) Alleluia! Don’t Bend! Ascend! I have championed it since it was shortlisted. They’re not an easy band- twenty-minute noisy instrumentals that mix freestyle jazz and Can (the band) wonk is a tough sell … More The 2013 Polaris Music Prize Goes To…
I am way late posting this because life sucks ass. And I forgot. But the Polaris 2013 Short List is as follows:
5. Germany Another stripped down, simple song from Germany, this time sung by a really cute, baby-faced lad. A gentle ballad as opposed to Lena’s creepy cool or her bubbly quirk, it continues a strong series of songs from the nation. 4. Switzerland The lead singer many be scarily manscaped, but Switzerland’s entry is a … More Eurovision 2012: My Top Five
It’s the time of year that has me excited. It’s the Polaris Prize, the Canadian equivalent of The Mercury Prize. It is a cash prize that goes to the band that produces the best CANADIAN album of the year. I have been eagerly awaiting this list announcement, because I firmly believe that one album alone can … More The 2011 Polaris Prize Long List