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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.”

Really?
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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Stars/Broken Social Scene’s Amy Millan On Saving Seeds

Amy Millan of Stars/Broken Social Scene

Amy Millan of Stars/Broken Social Scene

Later this week Stars/Broken Social Scene singer Amy Millan will be receiving the Planet In Focus Eco-Hero award for her work in the past year on the USC “I Am A Seed Saver” campaign.

I asked Millan what that’s all about and how she got fellow musicians like Leslie Feist and Sam Roberts to participate.

To read the full story head over to Samaritan Mag by clicking here.

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Polaris People For The Week Of Sept. 6 (Broken Social Scene! Arcade Fire! Colin Stetson!)

Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene

The latest edition of my Polaris People column is online over at the Polaris Music Prize website.

This week  we investigate some of the many evolving new Broken Social Scene connections, track the excitement for Arcade Fire and find a use for Colin Stetson‘s music.

To read the column go here.

 

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Polaris People For The Week Of July 26 (Feist! Drake! Broken Social Scene!)

Feist

Feist

The latest edition of my Polaris People column is online over at the Polaris Music Prize website.

This week we found out about the solid Feist is doing in Alberta, watched Drake start at the bottom and checked out a new Broken Social Scene song.

To read the column go here.

P.S. In other Polaris news we’re trying to start a Kathleen Edwards drinking game and Q Magazine is now on it.

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Polaris People For The Week Of May 31 (Broken Social Scene! Braids! Patrick Watson!)

Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene

The latest edition of my Polaris People column is online over at the Polaris Music Prize website.

There are a lot of folks starting to work on new music and we got the lowdown on a number of them — Drake, Braids, Patrick Watson, etc. We also learned some about Broken Social Scene‘s pseudo-book fair.

To read the column, go here.

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Polaris People For The Week Of April 12 (Joel Plaskett! Broken Social Scene! Coachella!)

Joel Plaskett

Joel Plaskett

The latest edition of my Polaris People column is online over at the Polaris Music Prize website.

This week we tip the hat to tributes for Jay Smith and Stompin’ Tom Connors, contemplate the discomfort in encountering Broken Social Scene‘s “Deathcock” and consider all the Polaris acts who are playing Coachella.

To read the column, go here.

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Polaris People For The Week Of June 15 (With Bonus Long List Fast Facts and Japandroids)

Kathleen Edwards

Kathleen Edwards

The 40 records that make up the 2012 Polaris Music Prize Long List got announced last week. It’s a fun time because this now gives music nerds something to argue about. It also gives me new material to write about in my Polaris People column.

Speaking of which, the latest edition of the Polaris Music Prize weekly news roundup is now online.

In it there’s stuff about Japandroids, socionics as they relate to Broken Social Scene, and the travesty that is Carly Rae Jepsen not making the Long List.

Go read the story over at Polaris Music Prize by clicking here.

Oh, and if you want to really dork out, check out the Polaris Prize fast facts I compiled about this year’s Long List.

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