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Arcade Fire, Blue Rodeo, Patrick Watson On Polaris Podcast EP4

Arcade Fire photo courtesy Polaris Music Prize.

Arcade Fire photo courtesy Polaris Music Prize.

Arcade Fire, Blue Rodeo and Patrick Watson were among the acts we spoke to for episode four of the Polaris Podcast.

This episode was focused on four of the albums that received Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation last year.

Those were:

* Blue Rodeo’s Five Days In July, which won in the 1986-95 public vote category
* Mary Margaret O’Hara’s Miss America, which won in the 1986-95 jury vote category
* Arcade Fire’s Funeral, which won in the 1996-2005 public vote category
* Lhasa’s La Llorona, which won in the 1996-2005 jury vote category

Listen to the podcast via iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher or Acast. Or right here…

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Ditch TV Playlists: Arcade Fire, Iron Maiden, Katy Perry And More

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

I’ve curated yet another batch of playlists over at Ditch TV.

Here they are:

16 Garfunkel and Oates Truthbombs

The Battle of Brit-Pop: Oasis vs. Blur

It’s Raining: 15 Soggy Music Videos

It’s a Janet Jackson Dance Party

Brilliant Rap Songs From 1995

Michael Jackson’s Epic Videos

Katy Perry’s Technicolor World

Arcade Fire And Your Existential Angst

AC/DC Songs That May Be About Sex

Iron Maiden Totally Rip

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Broken Social Scene Considers Merits Of Juno Brawl Versus Arcade Fire

Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene are going to be all over the 2011 Juno Awards. The indie rock Voltron was nominated for four awards — group of the year, alternative album of the year, video of the year, and music dvd of the year. Band member Justin Peroff was also part of the design team nominated for recording packaging of the year for the Forgiveness Rock Record box set.

The BSS crew will be up against a wildly diverse list of opponents throughout the various categories. Arcade Fire, Hedley, Celine Dion, Billy Talent, Metric, Rush, Buck 65, Owen Pallett, Tokyo Police Club… apparently everyone will be gunning to take BSS down.

CHARTattack spoke to BSSer Brendan Canning at the Juno Awards press conference.

I’m going to start off with the cliché question How does it feel to be nominated?
Brendan Canning: AMAZING!

It’s the only time you’ll ever be probably ever be competing against Buck 65 and Celine Dion in the same category.
For what?

Music dvd.
We were backstage and I can’t read backwards and I have a bit of hearing trouble right now so I couldn’t really tell what was going on. Celine and Buck.

And Rush, too, And there’s someone else I can’t remember [The Virtual Haydn].
Y’know what, it’s gotta go to Rush. What are you gonna do? Are you gonna mess with “Fly By Night?” “Xanadu?”

“By-Tor And The Snow Dog.”
You can’t fuck with that. And I’m buds with Alex Lifeson.

C’mon, you gotta be a little competitive about this.
Y’know what, the performance that was captured on that movie [This Movie Is Broken], I’m very, very proud of because it was a killer show for us and it was shot great and it sounds great and it happened to be, “Whoa, we actually sound like a good band. That’s amazing.” I don’t hate hearing it. I actually like hearing it because I like hearing everyone perform.

What was the one gratifying moment in the film where you were like, “Yeah, this was awesome.”
Hearing Andrew Whiteman rip a solo during “Almost Crimes.” It’s just like, the guy’s a fucking maestro. He’s a virtuoso. He’s the best guitar player in Canada and he doesn’t get heralded.

It’s true, he doesn’t get that credit.
He doesn’t get that credit because we’re a big band and we’re not, like bass player-guitar player-frontman… but to anyone with a set of ears, nobody can beat him.

In group of the year you guys are up against Arcade Fire. Who do you think will win in an actual fight?
In an actual fight? Well, they’re younger…

And Win’s a big dude. Wasn’t he a basketball player or something?
We’d have to get [Jason] Collett back because he’s got the height, but he doesn’t have… I think Win’s got some big shoulders. How many girls are in their band?

It depends on whether they’ve got their string section and that sort of stuff.
Right, right. We could bring in some ringers in the horn department. We’d be, like, “Yeah, this is Brent. He plays, uh, tuba… and he’s gonna beat your ass.” All kidding aside, they made a killer record. They made their best record. I don’t listen to a ton of new bands, but they made a wicked record.

Neil Young may be there. If there was a dream scenario where you got to maybe be on stage with him and got to pick a song or have input, how would that scenario play out?
What song are we going to play together? “Good Vibrations.” I think he played keyboards on “Good Vibrations.”

Yeah. I think he got on stage with the Beach Boys one time and played keyboards on “Good Vibrations.” I’m pretty sure.

That’s crazy.
It would be amazing, Neil Young on keys doing “Good Vibrations.” It’s a wicked tune. So there you go, that’s one idea.

Getting rid of all modesty, why do you guys think you had a good year?
Just because we’re still a band. We’re still doing it. We put out a record that wasn’t shit and that’s what it comes down to. It was not a shit record and we can still stand behind what we’re doing and the family’s still intact. Y’know, we haven’t lost anyone, which is, again, amazing.

This story was originally published Feb. 1, 2011 via Chart Communications.

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Dudebox Gets Arcade Fire’s Win Butler To DJ Party

The scene at a previous Dudebox event

The scene at a previous Dudebox event

With the NBA All-Star Game/cultural circus dominating Toronto right now there are parties everywhere.

One of the few noble, affordable and super-cool ones happening tonight is the Dudebox party featuring DJ Windows 98, better known as Win Butler from Arcade Fire.

As cool as that sounds, the best part is probably the fact that 100 per cent of the profits from this party will go to the Kanpe charity.

I spoke to Dudebox organizer Daniel Tal about this for Samaritan mag.

To read the full story go here.

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Aaron’s Top Albums Of 2010

The Black Angels' Phosphene Dream

The Black Angels’ Phosphene Dream

This is my official Top 10 album list for 2010:

10. Arcade Fire The Suburbs

This made the list at #10 because of a begrudging acknowledgement that, yes, technically it’s a very good album. I can’t, however, shake the notion that the subject matter (restless youth, suburban angst) is something that pop-punkers have been singing about for 25 years. Which makes it not nearly as brave and world-shattering a concept as many would suggest.

9. Band Of Horses Infinite Arms

I haven’t listened to this album since 2010 and I see no reason to do so now.

8. Gord Downie And The Country Miracles The Grand Bounce

I’ve always had a tremendous appreciation for Gord Downie’s solo records. After all, to eschew his easy cash register gig in The Tragically Hip to do something like record freak-out hash rock poetry with Dale Morningstar (Coke Machine Glow, 2001) is incredibly bold. The thing is, as Hip albums become increasingly infrequent, Downie’s complimentary solo records are regressing to the mean in terms of musical adventure. And while The Grand Bounce has its moments — “The Drowning Machine,” in particular, reveals Downie’s often hidden dark side — I can’t help but feel it’s the beginning of Downie’s solo output oscillating towards the bar blues he’s better known for.

7. Black Mountain Wilderness Heart

It’s vitally important that Black Mountain exist. After all, without them there’d be a generation of Broken Social Scene-weaned hipsters who’d never think to listen to their dad’s old Zeppelin, Sabbath and Deep Purple albums.

6. The Schomberg Fair Gospel

In truth, it’s the idea of The Schomberg Fair — a punk-powered, banjo-plucking, hallelujah-hollerin’ rock revival — that I appreciated more than the actual music they released. This #6 spot is probably more about hope than actual love for Gospel.

5. Sunfields Palace In The Sun

The subtle charms of this soft-ish rock album from sometimes-Dears member Jason Kent certainly won me over at the time. In the end though I mostly cared about a song called “Desert Son.” If I redid this list today the album would probably be lower.

4. The Black Keys Brothers

Over it.

3. Gorillaz Plastic Beach

It took me almost a decade to realize that Gorillaz — a joke band made up of cartoon characters — was just as good as (and perhaps even better than) Damon Albarn’s other band, Blur. Granted, it took an album with outsized cameos from Snoop Dogg, Bobby Womack and Little Dragon to figure this out, but the fact I even got there is what really matters. “Stylo” is one of the best play-it-really-loud songs I’ve heard in ages and “Empire Ants,” my favourite from Plastic Beach, inflames the imagination.

2. The Besnard Lakes The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night

The initial reason why I loved Are The Roaring Night was because my hockey team went on a huge winning streak when I’d listen to “Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent Pt. 2: The Innocent” as a psyche up song before each game. Gifts like these from the Hockey Gods need to be supported, after all. More recently, though, I’ve been reading a lot of John le Carré books. And while this has given me a suspicious fear of the United States and the nagging sensation that everyone you look up to will invariably let you down, it’s also done a lot to romance the whole idea of Cold War spies and their “tradecraft.” So now when I listen to Are The Roaring Night I not only enjoy the music on it’s surface sonic level, but I can also dig deeper into the loose spy concept/narrative that’s going on in the record as I peruse German daily newspapers waiting for coded messages from Czech operatives.


1. The Black Angels Phosphene Dream

When I looked back at this list and saw the #1 my first instinct was, “Why?” So I listened to it again and reconfirmed that, yeah, this is one badass record. Now, my loyalty to the album isn’t so strong that I wouldn’t consider flipping it with the Besnard album if I redid this today, but “Entrance Song,” “Bad Vibrations” and “Phosphene Dream” all explore that darker, more dangerous side of psyche rock I find so exciting.

Other album lists…

2015 Top Ten — SUUNS + Jerusalem In My Heart SUUNS + Jerusalem In My Heart is #1
2014 Top Ten — Sharon Van Etten’s Are We There is #1
2013 Top Ten — M.I.A.’s Matangi is #1
2012 Top Ten — Dirty Ghosts’ Metal Moon is #1
2011 Top Ten — Timber Timbre’s Creep On Creepin’ On is #1
2010 Top Ten — The Black Angels’ Phosphene Dream is #1
2009 Top Ten — Gallows’ Grey Britain is #1
2008 Top Ten — Portishead’s Third is #1
2007 Top Ten — Joel Plaskett Emergency’s Ashtray Rock is #1
2006 Top Ten — My Brightest Diamond’s Bring Me The Workhorse is #1
2005 Top Ten — Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Howl is #1
2004 Top Ten — Morrissey’s You Are The Quarry is #1
2003 Top Ten — The Dears’ No Cities Left is #1
2002 Top Ten — Archive’s You All Look The Same To Me is #1
2001 Top Ten — Gord Downie’s Coke Machine Glow is #1
2000 Top Ten — Songs: Ohia’s The Lioness is #1
1999 Top Ten — The Boo Radleys’ Kingsize is #1
1998 Top Ten — Baxter’s Baxter is #1
1996 Top Ten — Tricky’s Maxinquaye is #1


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