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Radio 3's hosts and reporters were on hand to witness all the amazing performances at the Polaris Music Prize gala last night. Check out our gallery of images from the night, courtesy of photographer Connie Tsang above.

Here are some highlights from reporter Jesse Kinos-Goodin.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor's, um, acceptance speech?

The Kathleen Edwards swear jar. New this year, in direct relation to the frequently foul-mouthed co-host Kathleen Edwards, guests at tables were encouraged to donate change every time she swore. Or as she put it, "Every time I say f--k, c--t or shit, you have to put money in the jar." Proceeds go to MusiCounts, and needless to say, there were probably a lot of them.

And while we're on the wonderful Kathleen Edwards, we'd just like to thank her for coming out in a unitard promoting Shad's upcoming album, Flying Colours, and then commenting on how "the Shad unitard gives me good camel toe." There are just some things that can't be unsaid.

Purity Ring started off things right with their interactive stage show of lights that reacted to every note they played, almost as if it was an extension of their instruments. When they broke into the second song of their set, a firefly swarm of lights lit up the stage and in turn the entire audience, pulsing with every slam Megan James took on the standup bass drum.

When Colin Stetson breaks out that massive baritone sax, it's hard not to be impressed as the room and everything in it rattles to the core. Or as Edwards so elegantly put it, "boner."

It's good to know that DFA1979's Sebastien Grainger, who introduced Metric, has some new music in the works. "Next year, I'll have two eligible records," he said, adding that last week Metric's James Shaw asked him to present when Lou Reed couldn't make it. "So I'm the second biggest dick in rock and roll. Shocking."

Grainger's intro led to a gorgeous, stripped-down performance of "Breathing Underwater" with just Emily Haines on piano and Shaw on guitar. They should probably make a record of just the two of them. What would you call that? A duel solo album? We'll take it.

When Emily Haines channeled her inner Gord Downie for an impassioned onstage rant about musicians devoting their lives to music, it elicited a few rounds of spontaneous applause. Especially when she said, "I owe my life to everybody in this room."

Without a doubt, Polaris has aged well, and this was the swankiest, best-dressed year yet. The Carlu, with its art deco decor and music history including the likes of Glenn Gould and Frank Sinatra, it was the perfect venue for the Polaris to grow into.

Strombo introduced Tegan and Sara, who weren't at the gala, with a note on bravery and the courage to just go for it. Fitting, considering he used that as an opportunity to get the audience to join in with Choir! Choir! Choir! to sing the twins' smash hit, "Closer." Although clearly the audience didn't take the note on bravery too much to heart, as the onstage choir definitely drowned out any audience participation. 

Kathleen Edwards and Shad as Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus, respectively. Enough said.

Whitehorse makes a lot of noise for a roots two-piece, certainly playing "Devil's Got a Gun" loud enough for the jury, sequestered away in their back room, to hear.

Props to Young Galaxy for their all-black-everything ensembles, right down to Catherine McCandless's suspenders.

Bry Webb gave one of the most articulate and heartfelt introductions of the evening for METZ, speaking low enough that even the rowdy drinkers in the back were hushing people. The perfect contrast for METZ, who came out and eviscerated that silence with screaming guitar licks, raw punk-rock energy and blinding white lights.

Zaki Ibrahim's backup singers win for best costumes of the evening, with black leather and shoulder pads decorated with black feathers. Running into one of the singers in the lobby, Nicole, I asked her to describe the costumes, which she said were all from Ibrahim's mind. "I feel like we're fierce warriors."

We've never seen Shad or Kathleen Edwards looking so sharp. With Edwards in a black-and-white gown and Shad in black tux, it's a big change from their usual, let's just say more hoodie-dependent wardrobes.

Last year it was Grimes and Gary the pole dancer, this year it was A Tribe Called Red and the incredible ring dancer they brought, who transformed a series of rings into spiraling globes and flapping birds to the beat of the band's electric powwow. "We'll all leave here floating, just a little," Giller Prize-winning author Joseph Boyden said by way if introduction, and he was right.

Did you watch or attend the Polaris Music Prize gala last night? What were your highlights? Let us know in the comments below.

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Graham Wright
#1 posted by
Graham Wright
on Sep 24, 2013

MORE LIKE FUN-LARIS

garfielduk
#2 posted by
garfielduk
on Sep 24, 2013

Morning

tea&cartography
#3 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

I missed it all.

I took a 'nap' at 5 and then didn't wake up till this morning.

Ugh.

Are there videos of performances and stuff?

CDNz1
#4 posted by
CDNz1
on Sep 24, 2013

Good Morning!

That was fun!

hedgeway
#5 posted by
hedgeway
on Sep 24, 2013

@T and C - You can rewatch the whole thing here

Benoit from Ottawa
#6 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

t&c: you needed the sleep, obviously!

Your question on videos: surely! The stream, though on aux, was also going out through YouTube. So, extrapolating some...

Benoit from Ottawa
#7 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

Graham, others too, I don't know which 'channel' I was on, aux or YouTube, but the tweets that were also being shown on the right of my screen revealed the winner many, many minutes before the stream showed the envelope being opened. Seemed like at least 4 minutes.

Anyone notice that? How could the stream be so delayed? Some seconds, sure, but entire minutes?

There must have been 12, 15 tweets, of which many referenced the win (or T&S's non-win), by the time Feist announced Godspeed's name.

Graham Wright
#8 posted by
Graham Wright
on Sep 24, 2013

Well Benoit, that's a little outside my purview, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were broadcasting on a tape delay. Kathleen Edwards was the host after all, and these awards shows can be tricky affairs from a broadcast point of view. Giving yourself a few minutes of wiggle room allows you to create a much smoother broadcast. 

The downside of that is, in a world of instant information, that means you'll probably get scooped here and there. Perils of technology.

Michael Wynn
#10 posted by
Michael Wynn
on Sep 24, 2013

Benoit that can happen easily.  

Streams, especially Video ones, have a large buffer (i.e. the amount of data they must pre-load to play continuously, which translates into mins of video, etc.), and may also depend on the speed of your connection, 4 mins is a lot but I don't think uncommon.

Graham Wright
#11 posted by
Graham Wright
on Sep 24, 2013

Wynnsie you're so smart & dreamy

tea&cartography
#12 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

@hedgeway

thanks!

I shall do that now.

stevierayk
#13 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

My reply to God whatever their name - Ha!

Michael Wynn
#14 posted by
Michael Wynn
on Sep 24, 2013

As are you Grey Ham....!

Benoit from Ottawa
#15 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

Well, G., they certainly didn't use it to bleep out Kathleen, anyway!

Also, your point (tape delay useful) may be valid, but the organisation of the whole 'cast still had the  same, somewhat rough feel it's had in the past. Not as though they'd really smoothed out things. (Of course, Vish was there, so even facing the camera was a problem...        Baboom.)

People were gussied up though, a lot more than in the past. I think Raphaelle S-P (Braids) put it well, in her comment to the effect that she hadn't realised the importance of Polaris two years ago, and now better realises its significance.

SamaraS
#16 posted by
SamaraS
on Sep 24, 2013

Good morning all. I couldn't keep my eyes open for the whole gala, but what I did see was interesting.  I have mixed feelings.... 

@garf - I've been thinking of you a lot. I hope you are managing well. Hugs to you.  

Michael Wynn
#17 posted by
Michael Wynn
on Sep 24, 2013

After reading that statement from Godspeed you! Black Emperor, I'm kinda glad they won...

tea&cartography
#18 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

ah it is more of an actually view it thing than listen to it while at work.

i'll deal with it tonight.

Benoit from Ottawa
#19 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

Michael Wynn: for instance, due to delays accumulated during the streaming?

I've long been wondering "where the time goes", when there's a stream interruption, but then it picks up exactly where it was. Live must have been going on forward.

I would have thought that someone, or even some computer function, would periodically readjust the stream relative to real time by cutting out some dross, for instance when the action went down.

 

Thanks for your comment.

garfielduk
#20 posted by
garfielduk
on Sep 24, 2013

@Samara #16, Thanks, I'm getting there.

tea&cartography
#21 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

Sheesh.

I may have to change my username to 'coffeeandcartography'.

Bolivian beans acquired in Picton ON are fucking fantastic.

Michael Wynn
#22 posted by
Michael Wynn
on Sep 24, 2013

Benoit no, initially when you watch a video, most players, will buffer the stream, until they 'think' you have enough to get you thru uninterrupted, that's an algorithm most have.  They aren't perfect.  

There was a button in the youtube feed that said 'live' and when you clicked it, it brought you to what was close to the live stream.  If you didn't click that I found that the stream would sometimes hesitate for seconds, even minutes and then continue.  And if that happens over a 4 hour stream, I think the end result is you're watching an overly delayed feed.

Benoit from Ottawa
#23 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

Having just read Godspeed's comment post-Polaris (link in 17), I suspect that this year's winners may well remain as obscure as ever, and that their win may be only vaguely remembered.

They don't like the Polaris and will use the money not for themselves but for instruments in Québec jails. Admirable.

But their (albeit principled) rejection of many aspects of the prize is not likely to be a popular one. Oh, it'll be respected all right...

 

(My thoughts on this are still meandering.)

 

 

That said, I look forward to TheRadioHead's comments.

Benoit from Ottawa
#24 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

22: thanks. Probably it.

stevierayk
#25 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

@T&C - I go with this stuff- delicious

 

Side note: I hate you Adobe Illustrator. 

tea&cartography
#26 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

adobe is acting like a stunned cunt this morning.

i've rebooted several times.

stevierayk
#27 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

See you next Tuesday? My stars. It's not even 9 am. 

 

Ok it's 9:01

 

tea&cartography
#28 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

@stevie

i've been at it for 2 hrs.

that has to count for something.

TheIceman
#29 posted by
TheIceman
on Sep 24, 2013

Hi Folks, and T&C doing her best Kathleen Edwards impression.

I was completely not in touch with the Polaris, although I did read and comment on GSYBE's statement to theRadiohead on the book of faces.

hytumb69
#30 posted by
hytumb69
on Sep 24, 2013

So... who won?

TheIceman
#31 posted by
TheIceman
on Sep 24, 2013

@Graham - Are there any plans for a full album stream of the winner (GSYBE)?

tea&cartography
#32 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

@ian

I'm listening now.

 

Benoit from Ottawa
#33 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

30: Godspeed You! Black Emperor

See link in 17.

stevierayk
#34 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

To me it seems Polaris would choose “Revolution #9” over “A Hard Day’s Night”. And that’s just wrong.

 

Benoit from Ottawa
#35 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

SRK

"Artistic merit" -- please discuss.

Benoit from Ottawa
#36 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

31, Iceman: available now! Well, available a few days back.

Go back to the main R3 page, click on Index of all posts, go to page 3, and see "Polaris album stream: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!"

Benoit from Ottawa
#37 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

36 on...   Colin Stetson also available right around there.

Benoit from Ottawa
#38 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

I like GYBE as an acronym for Godspeed, you can pronounce it "jibe".

TheIceman
#39 posted by
TheIceman
on Sep 24, 2013

@T&C & Benoit - 4 Tracks, is that it? Are they really long tracks?

tea&cartography
#40 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

@ian

18 mins is the longest i think?

stevierayk
#41 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

@Iceman - of course they're long songs. That makes them Artistic

MSteve
#42 posted by
MSteve
on Sep 24, 2013

There are only 4 tracks.

Benoit from Ottawa
#43 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

39: yes, long, like 17 minutes.

Benoit from Ottawa
#44 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

39 again, Godspeed: play it!

It's varied, instrumental, somewhat ambient or wallish of sound, nice stuff. Plays easily, for me.

Benoit from Ottawa
#45 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

Get it all out, SRK!

EricR
#46 posted by
EricR
on Sep 24, 2013

Good morning all.  I had the chance to catch about the last 45 minutes of the broadcast last night... spent most of that time watching Vish on the "backstage" channel.  This was probably the year I've been most indifferent/out-of-touch with Polaris since it started; I probably haven't listened to most of the albums even (incl. GSY!BE).

I can see where the band is coming from with their response (see #017), but at the same time, the scene that they are so concerned in supporting wouldn't get the exposure it deserves if the gala was hosted in a field somewhere without any coverage... like Benoit said, I'll need some time to really understand it better.

Shonica
#47 posted by
Shonica
on Sep 24, 2013
Good morning everyone!
hedgeway
#48 posted by
hedgeway
on Sep 24, 2013

@EricR - I'm not sure how concerned they really are about getting that whole scene "the exposure it deserves", and rather just having that "scene" be able to sustain itself.

Just spitballing here, but exposure doesn't seem like the ultimate goal for them.

Benoit from Ottawa
#49 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

Incidentally, it took me quite a while to recognise, at the presentation of the prize, Feist minus bangs, and sporting a hair colour quite unlike her usual dark brunette.*

"After 17 years, I've discovered I have a forehead" -- not an exact quotation.

 

 

*Whitehorse's Melissa is also ageing into a quite light blonde...

Benoit from Ottawa
#50 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

48, not wanting to quibble, but: one = the other, to a large extent.

TheIceman
#51 posted by
TheIceman
on Sep 24, 2013

I wonder how GSYBEs ungracious attitude (IMHO) is taken by other artists. At a time, which they admit, is very difficult for many Canadian Indie artists, how wonderful to be so cavalier about receiving the money.

hedgeway
#52 posted by
hedgeway
on Sep 24, 2013

50 - This is true. I guess they just don't want that exposure at the expense of their convictions about large corporations and what not, which is admirable.

tea&cartography
#53 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

I think my 30yr crisis if I haven't managed to find another job will either be going blonde or a nose ring.

Is it still a crisis if you plan it?

stevierayk
#54 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

You get a crisis/freak out at 30? Fuck I missed mine.

Shonica
#55 posted by
Shonica
on Sep 24, 2013
I was wondering if GY!BE has been played on R3 prior to this?
hedgeway
#56 posted by
hedgeway
on Sep 24, 2013

55 - I'd guess no, they're hardly a radio friendly band. (logistically)

stevierayk
#57 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

Was GYBE at the awards thing last night? Did they play? If they did, they should shut up.

hedgeway
#58 posted by
hedgeway
on Sep 24, 2013

56 - I should say, not much.

garfielduk
#59 posted by
garfielduk
on Sep 24, 2013

I was worried I would have a mid life crisis when I turned 35, but then I realised I didn't have a life so I couldn't have a crisis

 

tea&cartography
#60 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

*if i have a new better job at that point I will purchase a Ford Transit Connect and convert it to a camping van.

 

Old Abe
#61 posted by
Old Abe
on Sep 24, 2013

@SRK - #57 - they were no-shows.

Shonica
#62 posted by
Shonica
on Sep 24, 2013
I'm still waiting to have mine, someone who lives with me has recently bought a motorcycle. Could this be his mid- life crisis?
flannel tom
#63 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

i watched up until Young Galaxy's performance and then I had to shut it off. Not because I wasn't enjoying it, I was. I just had to do other things.

Godspeed is my friend Amy's favourite band to listen to in her headphones while snowboarding. This goes back to the late 90's. She's been to Boardercross Nationals and everything, so it's not like she sucks. I've always thought Amy was weird.

I have a conspiracy regarding the past couple of winners of the Polaris and their radio-playablitlity and the correlation of CBC radio as a partner in those ones... and this year when CBC radio didn't have any sponsorphip/partnership the winner is not a radio friendly band.

But alas, I tend to think critically of everything that has an agenda and Polaris Prize is certainly one of those things.

In my opinion, Godspeeds album from about...2000? Maybe 1999?... that one was my favourite of theirs. So now I'm listening to the new one that just won to see how that stacks up against the one that is best for me, personally.

Benoit from Ottawa
#64 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

Graham, quite right, but is it courage, or more like stubbornness in holding on to one's (probably youthful) "rejection positions"?

Let's see here. Their comment in italics.

-holding a gala during a time of austerity and normalized decline is a weird thing to do.

No it's not. It's a normal thing to do. (O.k. maybe it's normal aAND weird at the same time.) You protect a sense of normality at all times, with the exception of national disasters, of early wartime, etc.

-organizing a gala just so musicians can compete against each other for a novelty-sized cheque doesn’t serve the cause of righteous music at all.

They've got that ass-backwards. They organise the "contest" to drum up interest. The "gala" -- and very small it is, by US standards, is simply the result. I saw no musicians competing for a novelty cheque, much as 30 grand's not nothing. They were all there for other personal and professional reasons, IMO.

-asking the toyota motor company to help cover the tab for that gala, during a summer where the melting northern ice caps are live-streaming on the internet, IS FUCKING INSANE, and comes across as tone-deaf to the current horrifying malaise.

Quibble: Polaris accepted Toyota Scion as a sponsor. Okay, maybe they asked. Who knows. And sure Toyota sells cars. Amongst them the best-selling 'green" car, the Prius. But shit, we "all" use cars*!

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, how the hell do YOU get to gigs? Hot air balloons drifting on spring breezes?

That said, I do understand their feelings. But there's some dissonance there, IMO.

 

Opinions?

 

*Some people don't own a cars. But taking busses, taxis, planes, that all counts.

 

Benoit from Ottawa
#65 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

Holy crap 64 is long. Didn't look that long in the box...

markgage
#66 posted by
markgage
on Sep 24, 2013

POLARIS - This years Polaris was the most amazing one I have ever seen.  By that i mean in a sort of "theater of the absurd/fascination of the abomination" type of amazing.  The breaks with Vish were hilarious and appalling at the same time.  My reactions were anything from yelling at the screen to covering my eyes in embarrassment.  

The performances, for the most part were really good other than a few sound problems.  All in all i would say that it was extremely entertaining but maybe not for the right reasons.  What a circus, i'm glad i didn't miss it. 

Benoit from Ottawa
#67 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

markgage: I agree entirely. I'm not sure how much I liked it, but I watched it all.

stevierayk
#68 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

Re: 65 - Hi-o.

tea&cartography
#69 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

@mark

exactly

I missed it last night, but scanned through this morning.

I did a fair bit of cringeing and maybe even some blushing at Vish's expense.

Shonica
#70 posted by
Shonica
on Sep 24, 2013
I think I was able to watch last night up until just after Colin Stetson, I would have watch it all too, if not for going out to see Mo Kenney!
SamaraS
#71 posted by
SamaraS
on Sep 24, 2013

#66 +1

flannel tom
#72 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

You seem awfuly persnickity, Benoit.

The only thing I can suggest is that  Godspeed has been a band since, what, the mid 90's? They've never ever strided towards being any sort of popular because that's not really what they are about. I would suggest (without knowing) that they probably don't listen to the CBC, they probably don't listen to the music played on R3, they probably don't even live in Canada. I would guess Germany. But that's an unwarranted wild guess.

I think you just have to accept that the Polaris isn't their scene and it never was nor will ever be and after all the whining and outrage about the last couple winners, the judges gave it to a artsy band who could give two fucks.

EricR
#73 posted by
EricR
on Sep 24, 2013

Benoit, I agree (and, as usual, you said it better than I could have).  It's the old, "spend money to make money" -kinda thing.  If you want the scene to survive and grow and be recognized, you have to put something into it.  And yes, you make an excellent point that this gala is hardly the Emmys... in scale, in cost, in scope.

As Flannel Tom just said, maybe this isn't their thing.  Maybe they don't care about Polaris (and maybe they didn't even think they'd win)... but if they were really that against it all -- the spending, the spectacle, the sponsors -- then maybe they should have opted out of the long/short list voting?

tea&cartography
#74 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

Basia Bulat's new album.

it is soothing.

Esp. if you are worked up this morning.

flannel tom
#75 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

I'd also just like to give a shoutout to that kid who rode the #17 bus in Halifax during university that had an Explosions In The Sky man purse and alsways had a Do Make Say Think or Godspeed!You Black Emperoror or Thee Silver Mount Zion T-Shirt or patches or what have you.

Somewhere, he is smiling profusely right now. Even if he pretends to not care.

hedgeway
#76 posted by
hedgeway
on Sep 24, 2013

75 - #PostRock4Lyfe

tea&cartography
#77 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

*is streaming

tea&cartography
#78 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

@tom

A Silver Mount Zion.

I loved post-rock for a time. I still do.

flannel tom
#79 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@tea and carto - where is the link? sorry if it's as easy as going back a page...

I like Basia, she's a nice lady.

TheIceman
#81 posted by
TheIceman
on Sep 24, 2013

I applaud GSYBEs social consciousness, and at the same time I say, you are in the music business. There are 2 parts to that, Music + Business. It's great to make music purely for art sake, but some business is necessary to get the music to the people and pay for the production, with of course some going to the principal sponsors as a return for their investment. That is just how things work. You can spit in the face of the people who pay the bills, but it's probably not a good idea.

flannel tom
#82 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

awesome, i'll have a listen... in  a few...

also, really...??? It''s "A" not "Thee"?

Mind blown after so many years.

flannel tom
#83 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

Iceman - they did spit in the face and they still got $30g's, so..........

flannel tom
#84 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

maritimers: do you remember a band called the GCO, which evolved from Hillbilly Grindcore Orchestra? I want to find their music on the net somewhere but I doubt it is.

hedgeway
#85 posted by
hedgeway
on Sep 24, 2013

84 - No. but Hillbilly Grindcore Orchestra may be the best name ever. I can't even imagine what that may sound like.

tea&cartography
#86 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

@tom

serves me right to correct a person without checking with the google.

they changed to thee in more recent years.

you had it.

flannel tom
#87 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@hedgeway - pretty great from what I remember.

@tea and c - Whoa! I was right about something??? ;)

@BfO - I wasn't trying to be all "hey, you're wrong" I think I just wanted to point things out that were in my brain but my words aren't very good.

I beleive Godspeed to be more of the G20 ilk than the R3 ilk if you know what I'm saying.

Burn cars not build them.

etc.

smalliebigs
#88 posted by
smalliebigs
on Sep 24, 2013

Godspeed You Black Emperor is a much more interesting name than their original moniker "Godspeed, Dennis". 

smalliebigs
#89 posted by
smalliebigs
on Sep 24, 2013

Also, good morning. Forgive the increasingly ridiculous nature of my comments as I spiral deeper and deeper in to ridiculous interactions with work related things. 

Benoit from Ottawa
#90 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

87    fair enough! I personally think I deflated a couple of their arguments, and I don't think I'm being particularly persnickety. (Say that three times fast!) However...

And frankly, I think my balloon quip about their Toyota dislike is worthy. Bands are notorious for travelling widely, by car and by plane.

True, very few can do a "Jeremy Fisher" with their instruments...

stevierayk
#91 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

I loved Godspeed, Dennis' first record - Everything is great let's all be nice. It went downhill from there/

himymothra
#92 posted by
himymothra
on Sep 24, 2013

i listened to the GYBE album while playing nhl 14 baked out of my mind sunday, and it was really good. not my favourite of the selections, but certainly deserving of praise. their statement about winning was quite relevant and i think speaks quite strongly to some of the undercurrents of our society that are insanely problematic. beats the shit out of a canned "thanks everyone" statement.

stevierayk
#93 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

@himymothra - That is an excellent way to spend a Sunday. After church of course.

hotpatch
#94 posted by
hotpatch
on Sep 24, 2013

markgage, 66, thanks for the review, like your take, i'll still try to watch most of live recorded stream on youtube today.

Several points:

Polaris, don't get too polished (/plastic), the rawness is part of what makes this event different and entertaining.

If the musicians want to rant about societies ill's that's fine and GYBE won the day so go ahead (the rant almost never makes sense anyway)

Any time you award money (winners and losers) for art it's not going to work properly. some studies show that commissioned (paid for) art is less regarded than naturally inspired art; therefore, if you make art to make money or be popular it's not going to be as good as it could be, so i'm not sure what's ultimately going to be accomplished by awarding a cash prize for the best art.

Maybe Polaris should consider awarding the money to the best studio or community venue that provides support and opportunity for a wide range of musicians to realize their potential.

 

Benoit from Ottawa
#95 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

Future GYBE bumper sticker (very bad taste):

 

      BURN CARS

NOT BUDDHIST MONKS

flannel tom
#96 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

going way back... #53 - nose rings are pretty hot.

flannel tom
#97 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@hotpatch - you type too tiny for these old eyes.

@mothra - Oh man! That sounds like a great Sunday. I really want to buy NHL 14 but first I am supposed to pay off speeding tickets and real hockey fees before I'm allowed to buy video games. Sakes.

Benoit from Ottawa
#98 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013
hytumb69
#99 posted by
hytumb69
on Sep 24, 2013

@ T&C - I've always wanted a nose ring too... I've almost done it every year since I turned 30!  We should just fucking do it... why not!

stevierayk
#100 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

Why is buying instruments for criminals a good jester? Wouldn't schools or local community dealios be a better place to put 30 g's?

flannel tom
#101 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@hytum69 - were you asking about a job the other week or something? My company's mapping manager is no longer with us.. well, he's on his way out as he took a job with a start up. I don't have any details to pass along yet but I could suggest who to talk to if you're interested.

flannel tom
#102 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

You know what sucked about the Polaris last night?

There was nowhere on R3 to gather and talk about it as it was happening!

Benoit from Ottawa
#103 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

SRK, I may have it: Financing instruments for inmates is purely a good thing (until a flute gets made into a shiv, I suppose. But I digress.) To help them rehab, especially as far as being humans is concerned. Bootstrap back up, against release from jail.

Schools, local community, etc., well, that would simply help feed the kids into the maws of commercial music, and Toyota melting the icecaps!

 

(Said with some humour, on purpose.)

tea&cartography
#104 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

@hytumb

I know eh?

For some reason it feels like I need a good excuse.

It's weird because a piercing is far less permanent than a tattoo, and I have a couple of those.

TheIceman
#105 posted by
TheIceman
on Sep 24, 2013

I don't have any problem with GSYBE's right to say whatever they want, my point is that other musicians wish they had the luxury to be flippant about receiving a $30K prize. Recall quite recently Obijou's recent dissolution as a result of not being able to make any money. There's probably a lot of other musicians out there touring their asses off  in shitty little venues just trying to pay the bills. And failing, thinking "give me the fucking money if you don't need it so I can pay the bills and fix up the van."

Benoit from Ottawa
#106 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

So, what did people think of Zaki Ibrahim's sorta Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation in South Africa costume, stageshow and "security detail", last night?

 

(tee hee)

Benoit from Ottawa
#107 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

105, yessir, f'sure. That thought is probably common. Bands ansd band members can spend soooooo long just trying not to be poor.

Benoit from Ottawa
#108 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

101: It's our fault; someone suggested hanging around a given post, but nobody followed. Next year.

kirkofdoom
#109 posted by
kirkofdoom
on Sep 24, 2013

now for the best part of every polaris prize; the scrutiny and nitpicking and arguing and endless dissection about the winner!

yay! 

Benoit from Ottawa
#110 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

It's National Punctuation Day.

 

In the US. Phew!

stevierayk
#111 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

I had a puppy at my house on the weekend. Now I want one (more).

hotpatch
#112 posted by
hotpatch
on Sep 24, 2013

ft, 97, i don't know how that happens

Benoit from Ottawa
#113 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

KoD, 109, I'd be very surprised if you read much of that here today. Who's gonna say GYBE isn't artistic?

TheIceman
#114 posted by
TheIceman
on Sep 24, 2013

@SRK 111 - Puppies for Everyone!!!!

hotpatch
#115 posted by
hotpatch
on Sep 24, 2013

i refuse to punctuate properly!

 

Laura Beth
#116 posted by
Laura Beth
on Sep 24, 2013

Hey all.   I enjoyed the Polaris stream last night, my fave part (I think) was Metric's performance.. woooeee it was good! Would have loved to have been there.  Jian is talking about GSYBE's statement right now on Q.

flannel tom
#117 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

Thats a shame about Ohbijou packing it in for day jobs but it's not like Godspeed hasn't paid their dues too. They've been around for 20 years. And maybe it says something about where priorities lay for ohbijou and for godspeed.

and i'm pretty sure everyone, not just musicians are trying to not be poor. But you know that the reality of the canadian music scene is that it's a country with vast distances and full of shitty little venues. If you are a band that makes money touring in this country then you are 1 of 100.

flannel tom
#118 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

I would imagine Jian has a 10 minute run on sentence ti summarize his points

hotpatch
#119 posted by
hotpatch
on Sep 24, 2013

everybody puppy up NOW!

Benoit from Ottawa
#120 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

115: You just did. You forgot to do an initial capital, though. No, not capitOl!

stevierayk
#121 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

Puppies for Everyone – The name of my last album, snub by Polaris I feel.

 

Laura Beth
#122 posted by
Laura Beth
on Sep 24, 2013

@FT He read the statement and then said he was sure people would be polarized over it, and then explained that usually winners go on Q the next day but the band couldn't be there so he's playing a tune! That was it.

deiru
#123 posted by
deiru
on Sep 24, 2013

I am pleasantly surprised by the winner, I think Nation II Nation should have won but I haven't given Godspeed You! Black Emperor's album a good spin yet. I only managed to catch the pre-show before the gala started sounds like I missed out on a good show.

Laura Beth
#124 posted by
Laura Beth
on Sep 24, 2013

@FT - polarized over it! HA! I didn't even do that intentionally!

Benoit from Ottawa
#125 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

This story's much more fun than the Polaris:

Zimbabwe: Witch Crash-Landing 'Prophet' Arrested

TheIceman
#126 posted by
TheIceman
on Sep 24, 2013

@FT 117 - Most everything you said confirms what I stated. The only point I take umbrage with is the statement about priorities. I don't know so I wouldn't try to speak with regard to others situations. The situation of each may differ greatly. You will hear the same sort of story repeated many times though about when they could finally quit their day job and just work on their music. Most never achieve that luxury.

Benoit from Ottawa
#127 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

124: the best puns are unintentional...

Once I did a double pun (3 meanings) without thinking. It was awesome.

Laura Beth
#128 posted by
Laura Beth
on Sep 24, 2013

@Benoit they truly are! Do you remember your double pun? 

Benoit from Ottawa
#129 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

128: nope; it would only work in context anyway, but no, it's long gone.

Laura Beth
#130 posted by
Laura Beth
on Sep 24, 2013

@Benoit I hate when I can't remember amazing puns that I make!

flannel tom
#131 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

Well, as you may recall, cbc music/R3 had a partnership with the Polaris for the past few years. The bands that won, well, they were radio friendly acts like Feist and Arcade Fire and Karkwa and even Fucked Up. Is it a coincidence then, that the year in which CBC music's/R3's partnership with the Polaris is no longer that the prize goes to a band who is highly critical of the corporate world and radio friendly format of government culture money? A band whose not radio-friendly, who you'd never heard on the radio - here or otherwise - maaaaaaybe on college radio once or twice - is the band who wins this years prize. I feel like it's more than coincidence.

 

stevierayk
#132 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

Music doesn't tend to make you money. Even if you're mildly popular. 

If everyone in my band need 50 grand a year to survive, we’d need to make 250 grand a year……..that’s a lot shows and t-shirts.

 

smalliebigs
#133 posted by
smalliebigs
on Sep 24, 2013

Was the jury composition not more or less the same for Polaris this year, though? 

I'm playing the devil's advocate. Instead of acting (rather than playing) as the advocate for a lady who accuses me of having been paid off by the other side--as per my most recent Facebook gripe. 

flannel tom
#134 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

132 - well exactly. So why did Ohbijou think anything would be different for them? If they wanted to make money, switch it up to popular format radio music. Perhaps it never crossed their minds that the style of music they played just wasn't very popular.

Benoit from Ottawa
#135 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

ft, perhaps, perhaps not; you lean to conspiracies, so you tend to go there.

I think that the consideration may not be absent from some peoples' minds, but let's remember that the process goes through several distinct stages (the long list, choosing the short list, and then a completely different thing with what? 25 judges -- or is it fewer? -- on the night of. And the night of, it's a dynamic process).

It should be assumed the jury members are different, or largely different, from year to year*. So I'm not sure any conclusion, even tentative, can be drawn as you do. It'll remain speculative.

 

* Is this true?

smalliebigs
#136 posted by
smalliebigs
on Sep 24, 2013

@SRK: well said. 

Benoit from Ottawa
#137 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

134: I can just hear Ohbijou doing Closer.

hedgeway
#138 posted by
hedgeway
on Sep 24, 2013

@Benoit - I think the 11(?) jusry members that actually decide on the prize varies greatly from year to year, but the larger jury that votes for the long/short list (200 people or so)  stays relatively the same.

TheIceman
#139 posted by
TheIceman
on Sep 24, 2013

@SRK - Or you could get Mr Rockerfeller A.K.A. Craig Norris to bankroll your band.

Benoit from Ottawa
#140 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

138, thx.

kirkofdoom
#141 posted by
kirkofdoom
on Sep 24, 2013

Tom,

R3 had absolutely NO influence on the polaris winner, I can practically guarantee that.

Last night they screened the polaris at a club here (shad mentioned us!) and after there was a salon discussion with a couple judges. Lisa Christiansen and a couple others who have been on the grand jury dispelled any notions of outside biases; who "deserves" the money, who does not, who showed up, etc, etc. It comes down to ten people in a room arguing about which album is bestest. 

kirkofdoom
#143 posted by
kirkofdoom
on Sep 24, 2013

besides, didn't this year have more corporate sponsorship than ever? I would think if there WAS a conspiracy, it would have been T&S winning. 

flannel tom
#144 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@BfO - I'm not drawing conclusions, I'm just putting it out there. I thought of it this morning on my drive to work as I heard the cbc news and the anchorman announced it. The way he said Godspeed You Black Emperor cracked me up. He made sure to point out that past winners were Feist and Arcade Fire, so as not to make the Canadian public think it was a total joke of a prize. They played a 10 second clip of GYBE. It was all pretty white collar hilarious.

stevierayk
#145 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

Also, this why we should not condemn Tegan and Sara - they knew what they needed to do and they friggin' did it. Cheers to them.

Better than serving coffees or running production equipment or etc, etc.

Benoit from Ottawa
#146 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

144 fair enough

JonDixon
#147 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

Good morning everyone.

Why did I think the Polaris prize was given out in February or some shit?  Anyway, good for GYBE even though they were douchebags about winning the money.

Also - fuck punctuation!

Also also - this is the coffee I drink.  I need another cup. We get the breakfast blend at work.

flannel tom
#148 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

with the comments I've made you guys probably all think I'm the director of those Zeitgeist movies.

I've never even seen them. And I don't think 9/11 was an inside job either.

PhilipST
#149 posted by
PhilipST
on Sep 24, 2013

I watched the Polaris livestream and found it, as others have said, quite entertaining, if at times, in a car crash sort of way. Vish's antics with Nicole Villeneuve of AUX TV were also very entertaining even if they and their guests often had their backs to the camera. I enjoy Vish's idiosyncrasies. Did anyone notice how excited he got when he learned that one off the guys in Metz manages Aunties & Uncles, one of the breakfast places he used to go to for the much-missed Breakfast Club? I still have my old podcasts of that show. 

Crissi Cochrane
#150 posted by
Crissi Cochrane
on Sep 24, 2013

Good morning all!!  I have come here for your Polaris talks, because fuck Facebook.

I balked at the GYBE statement and was surprised to see most people on Twitter backing their statement.

I agree wholeheartedly with you Benoit on your counterpoints to the "3 things almost anybody should agree on".

I also echo the sentiment from SRK that it's a little weird to give money to criminals, because that's what prisoners and people in jails are, criminals. That being said, I believe in the importance of rehabilitation and the healing power of music. It's still fucking weird to think of murderers and rapists getting free guitars tho.

flannel tom
#151 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@PST - I did notice that. I've eaten at Aunties & Uncles, it's great. I'd be excited too!

JonDixon
#152 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

Oh - and T&C get a nose ring but rock the stud.  Unless you've got the right face for the simple gold/silver ring.  I can't describe what the right face is, but it looks way better on some than others.  The stud almost always looks good.

I was steps away from getting my eyebrow pierced years ago.  The only thing that stopped me was the outside chance that my dad would rip it out on me*.

* - about 1:1,000,000 chance of that actually happening.  But he would have made fun of me for sure.

Laura Beth
#153 posted by
Laura Beth
on Sep 24, 2013

@Steve - did you watch the livestream? Vish did a bit of a rant on the T&S going for it thing, it was great! He basically said who cares if they've gone pop, they're doing what they have to do and the music community should be nothing but encouraging.

flannel tom
#154 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@jon, 147 - I really don't think they were douchebags about winning the prize.

here is their statement in full, without having to click a link.

A FEW WORDS REGARDING THIS POLARIS PRIZE THING

hello kanada.hello kanadian music-writers.

thanks for the nomination thanks for the prize- it feels nice to be acknowledged by the Troubled Motherland when we so often feel orphaned here. and much respect for all y’all who write about local bands, who blow that horn loudly- because that trumpeting is crucial and necessary and important.

and much respect to the freelancers especially, because freelancing is a hard fucking gig, and almost all of us are freelancers now, right? falling and scrambling and hustling through these difficult times?

so yes, we are grateful, and yes we are humble and we are shy to complain when we’ve been acknowledged thusly- BUT HOLY SHIT AND HOLY COW- we’ve been plowing our field on the margins of weird culture for almost 20 years now, and “this scene is pretty cool but what it really fucking needs is an awards show” is not a thought that’s ever crossed our minds.

3 quick bullet-points that almost anybody could agree on maybe=

-holding a gala during a time of austerity and normalized decline is a weird thing to do.

-organizing a gala just so musicians can compete against each other for a novelty-sized cheque doesn’t serve the cause of righteous music at all.

-asking the toyota motor company to help cover the tab for that gala, during a summer where the melting northern ice caps are live-streaming on the internet, IS FUCKING INSANE, and comes across as tone-deaf to the current horrifying malaise.

these are hard times for everybody. and musicians’ blues are pretty low on the list of things in need of urgent correction BUT AND BUT if the point of this prize and party is acknowledging music-labor performed in the name of something other than quick money, well then maybe the next celebration should happen in a cruddier hall, without the corporate banners and culture overlords. and maybe a party thusly is long overdue- it would be truly nice to enjoy that hang, somewhere sometime where the point wasn’t just lazy money patting itself on the back.

give the money to the kids let ‘em put on their own goddamn parties, give the money to the olds and let them try to write opuses in spite of, but let the muchmusic videostars fight it out in the inconsequential middle, without gov’t. culture-money in their pockets.

us we’re gonna use the money to try to set up a program so that prisoners in quebec have musical instruments if they need them…

amen and amen.

apologies for being such bores,we love you so much / our country is fucked,xoxoxoxgodspeed you! black emperor



hotpatch
#155 posted by
hotpatch
on Sep 24, 2013

ya have to love Vish's honest delivery..

flannel tom
#156 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

I liked the part when Nobu told Vish he was famous and it was cool to be meeting him finally!

Benoit from Ottawa
#157 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

147: CONTRATS on your spectacularly exact punctuation!

Laura Beth
#158 posted by
Laura Beth
on Sep 24, 2013

@FT Yeah Nobu was awesome. I'm going to join Choir Choir Choir next week I think! I have been meaning to foreverrrr.. I know I'd love it. I'm just lazy after work!

tea&cartography
#159 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

@jon

yeah. it would have to be a stud I think. I have a very small nose.

ha. vigorous parents.

flannel tom
#160 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

I thnk nstruments for criminals is an intersting idea, not good or bad. It's been proven that inmates who have responsibilites in jail are better equipped to integrate into society when they are released. There is a jail somewhere out east that has a working farm program that has been wildly successful... until the gov't cut it.

MSteve
#161 posted by
MSteve
on Sep 24, 2013

After heated criticism of getting too mainstream after selecting Arcade Fire and Feist as winners the Polaris jurors attempt to stock back up on indie cred by selecting the most obscure band to make it to the short list (excluding Colin Stetson who although they admitted was talented, nobody was able to get to the end of his album).

flannel tom
#162 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@LB - awesome! Do it. Nobu and Mio are like, two of my favourite Can-Con personalities. Great guys.

kirkofdoom
#163 posted by
kirkofdoom
on Sep 24, 2013

Did anyone really expect anything else from GY!BE, though? 

JonDixon
#164 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

@FT the whole just reads to me like take your money and shove it.  But, that's just me interpretation.

I also have a hard time believing that they get anywhere without cars, honestly.  Or without burning some sort of carbon.  Why not take their "dirty auto industry" money and use it recognize art?

 

JonDixon
#165 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

@T&C I'd say try it out and see how it looks.  Either way, I'm with tom, nose rings are sexy (mostly).

It takes a certain kinda person to have more metal in their face than their pocket, but one simple, not in your face face piercing can be very nice.

loweeda
#166 posted by
loweeda
on Sep 24, 2013

Laura Beth, I'm so jealous that you can join Choir Choir Choir! I was thinking last night about how much I would love to be in it if I lived in Toronto.

Hi everybody. I'm already ranted out about Polaris I think. I love Godspeed, I'm happy they won, I'm not surprised they released a statement like that. that's about it.

Lana Gay
#167 posted by
Lana Gay
on Sep 24, 2013

GOOD AFTERNOON! I AM SO TIRED!How are you? How was your Polaris? 

Benoit from Ottawa
#168 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

150 Crissi 1) nice to read you, been a while, 2) thanks for mentioning agreement with my previous posting, and 3) if they meant provincial prisons, those are not such hard knocks -- the real hard prisons, prisoners, are the federal ones. Now maybe they meant any jails in Québec, even the federal pens, oif which there are a few, but still no matter: prisoners who are locked up long are often occasional felons, not habitual criminals (although...), but again, music can have a really good effect, much as (though not like) when you get tough prisoners to start caring for a dog. They all of a sudden get all human, often.

smalliebigs
#169 posted by
smalliebigs
on Sep 24, 2013

Instruments for inmates is an interesting approach. 

I think it all boils down to a scarcity of resources, though, as per usual. If we only have one guitar to give away and it can be given to either an under-privileged youth or to someone who has been convicted of a crime serious enough to be incarcerated, the choice seems clear. 

Echoing previous comments. Just my 5 cents (rounded up from 2 due to lack of pennies). 

JonDixon
#170 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

@Lana - While I'm not a huge fan of GYBE good on you for playing what I'm assuming will be one whole set's worth of music with one song.

Unless this is GYBE's 4 minute pop song.

TheIceman
#171 posted by
TheIceman
on Sep 24, 2013

Something interesting. Last year, or maybe it was this year I don't recall, someone said that a purely instrumental band or musician would never win the Polaris. Can't say that anymore.

Benoit from Ottawa
#172 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

164, don't you think it's more "we'll take the money and shove it elsewhere than expected, i.e. in our musical life"?

Crissi Cochrane
#173 posted by
Crissi Cochrane
on Sep 24, 2013

I think someone is killing a whale with bagpipes.

Lana Gay
#174 posted by
Lana Gay
on Sep 24, 2013

@jon It's their 6.5 minute pop song!

kirkofdoom
#175 posted by
kirkofdoom
on Sep 24, 2013

Fun fact: at 6:30 minutes, Their Helicopters' Sing is the shortest GY!BE track!

Crissi Cochrane
#176 posted by
Crissi Cochrane
on Sep 24, 2013

artistic merit!!

JonDixon
#177 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

@Lana bahaha - nice.  But my original statement stands - good on you for playing this "radio unfriendly" music

kirkofdoom
#178 posted by
kirkofdoom
on Sep 24, 2013

Crissi,

I still prefer it to someone killing a whale with a saxophone (coughstetsoncough)

 

:p

flannel tom
#179 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

i just saw a guy in a backhoe accidently back into a fence and smash part of it. I thought that was kind of funny.

deiru
#180 posted by
deiru
on Sep 24, 2013

@JD Re coffee. I miss Midnight Sun it is some fantastic coffee, but I can some it down here via Yukon Brewing's Espresso Stout.

JonDixon
#181 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

Also - I'll say this - I'll listen to whale's being bagpipemurdered than fucking bleepbloopcasiodrummachine bullshit.

smalliebigs
#182 posted by
smalliebigs
on Sep 24, 2013

When will all this whale violence stop? Won't someone please think of the whales!?!?!

krib
#183 posted by
krib
on Sep 24, 2013

yeah, but with Stetson, it's him, not some computer, making the noise

whether you like his music or not, that's some serious talent

JonDixon
#184 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

@krib you know what else takes serious talent?  Figure skating.  Its insanely hard to do what those people do.

I still don't enjoy it.

kirkofdoom
#185 posted by
kirkofdoom
on Sep 24, 2013

smallie,

nuke the whales.

Laura Beth
#186 posted by
Laura Beth
on Sep 24, 2013

Hey Krib! Was it you who recommended Louis' coffee place to me? I told my colleague about it (just moved to Saskatoon) and he loves it! It's his new place, he goes there every morning! Thanks so much! 

Crissi Cochrane
#187 posted by
Crissi Cochrane
on Sep 24, 2013

I'd rather listen to music, y'all.

Benoit from Ottawa
#188 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

Yeah, but smalliebigs, that's back-seat-driving! One has to allow people to make their own decisions without saying "yeah but this other thing would have been better"! Their choice, as far as good works go, is plenty justifiable. And opposing it to furnishing instruments to underprivileged kids is a mental construct, a theoretical exercise, don't you think? (Not that you're wrong, but it's eminently a theoretical consideration.)

evensteven
#189 posted by
evensteven
on Sep 24, 2013

Really enjoyed the Polaris format. Watched it streaming. Was good to see some acts I hadn't seen before. Also enjoyed the Vish interview segments. It was pretty awesome for a CBC3 fan.

Also... Happy Day after your Birthday, @LANA!

<--------- check out my TIX for tonite

JonDixon
#190 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

@deiru we have an espresso machine at work and sometimes I have just straight espresso.  But we are getting into the season for the odd espresso stout.  I much prefer Lead Dog myself though.

stevierayk
#191 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

Lots of technically brilliant musicians make shitty music. Skill is not taste. 

krib
#192 posted by
krib
on Sep 24, 2013

LB,

yes it was. If he's out and about, the source of their coffee has a location in the Mendel art gallery, and on Broadway. It's called Museo coffee

flannel tom
#193 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

LEAVE THE WHALES OUT OF IT!!!!!!!

kirkofdoom
#194 posted by
kirkofdoom
on Sep 24, 2013

krib,

godspeed doesn't use computers either.

Laura Beth
#195 posted by
Laura Beth
on Sep 24, 2013

@Krib - oh great, I'll tell him! He will probably want somewhere to go on the weekends!  I think he went to discover Broadway this weekend and really enjoyed it!

smalliebigs
#196 posted by
smalliebigs
on Sep 24, 2013

@BFO: naturally! It's clearly not my choice to make, but I can't help but comment on it, in same way someone around here might comment on the winner. 

I suppose it is a theoretical exercise in which I'm engaging. A worthwhile one, though. 

stevierayk
#197 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

@Kirk - no protools? Hard to avoid these days.

flannel tom
#198 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@Jose Decouvier: would you capture an arctic fox pup for  me and put it in the mail. I've decided that one of those cute little fuckers would make an excellent pet.

deiru
#199 posted by
deiru
on Sep 24, 2013

@Jd Ice Fog is my favorite, then Lead Dog, followed by Yukon Red, then Midnight Sun.

JonDixon
#200 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

I suppose its a fine line - technically a distortion pedal is an electronic effect...but to me its still quite different than some of the electronically generated music these days.

I hope that isn't how skynet takes control...

JonDixon
#201 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

@FT sure thing mang - I'll get my trapline set behind town tootsweet.

TheIceman
#202 posted by
TheIceman
on Sep 24, 2013

The Wiki read about GSY! BE is worth a read delving into the political nature of the band.

stevierayk
#203 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

I read an article in Nat Geo about selective breeding of foxes. They eventually get more and more like dogs, floppier ears piebald markings etc. Cute.

krib
#204 posted by
krib
on Sep 24, 2013

well, it's good that the Polaris jurors did something to stir things up, because this year's polaris conversation on the blog was definitely the dullest ever, until today. Only a bit of angst about T&S winning, which was never going to happen

flannel tom
#205 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

The part where Kathleen Edwards wore a unitard showing off her cameltoe while promoting Shad's new rekkiid was pretty great.

deiru
#206 posted by
deiru
on Sep 24, 2013

Re noise piercing: I can get behind studs and small ring, they look HOT! but I can't get behind septum piercing they just make you look like a bull and think about when you get cold... gross! It sucks that septum piercing are what is currently popular in the hip crowd in Vancouver. 

JonDixon
#207 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

@deiru Fog has been growing on me - for me I think it goes Lead Dog, Red, Fog/Gold (they're tied in my mind) Discovery (Honey ESB)/Midnight Sun.  I dislike Deadman Creek (Cranberry Wheat).  And Chilkoot is easy to drink - a perfect after hockey beer.

JonDixon
#208 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

That septum piercing is only acceptable if it is used in some sort of kinky sex way.  Otherwise, I think its silly.

JonDixon
#209 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

@Lana - so far this set is effing great!

loweeda
#210 posted by
loweeda
on Sep 24, 2013

down with piercings, up with tattoos.

My two cents.

deiru
#211 posted by
deiru
on Sep 24, 2013

@JD I forgot about Discovery and Deadman. We don't see them down here that often. Discovery was the first honey favored beer I really liked.

flannel tom
#212 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

re: the hip vancouver crowd: a great way to make yourself feel a million times better about your life choices is to walk down granville st and check out the neck and face tats and cheek piercings, etc.

JonDixon
#213 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

@deiru - Right now its time for pumpkin spice beer, which I don't mind having one pint of.

Also - fun fact: This year I'm playing for a hockey team sponsored by Yukon Brewing

TheIceman
#214 posted by
TheIceman
on Sep 24, 2013

How do you blow your nose if it has a ring in it?

How do you eat with a piercing on your tongue?

Not for me thanks.

TheRadioHead
#215 posted by
TheRadioHead
on Sep 24, 2013
I had such a great Polaris night! I killed a bottle of wine while watching, chattinf on twitter, on a thread on my FB page, and messaging with someone else. It was so great hearing what everyone else was thinking, and anticipating with them. Lastly, every day should have such a great surprise ending. It was as much fun as you can have sitting on your couch.
stevierayk
#216 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

I got my ear pierced in grade 4, had it out by grade 5 and I'm too skinny for tattoos. Hell I won't even paint a picture on a guitar, never mind my body.

deiru
#217 posted by
deiru
on Sep 24, 2013

@Ian, a long long time ago in a galaxy far far away I had a tongue piercing and I can say liking cheese cake off a fork when you have a tongue piercing is a very very bad idea.

flannel tom
#218 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@srk - my guitar had stickers all over it. I was one of those guys.

JonDixon
#219 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

I have several tattoos, no piercings.

JonDixon
#220 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

I didn't put any stickers onto my guitar until I cracked the top falling out of a chair.  Its good thing I had already put my smoking lamp down.

flannel tom
#221 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

my body is a carte blanche...

also

my body is a wonderland.

at least that's what John Mayer has made me believe.

stevierayk
#222 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

Been there done that (guitar stickers) Won't be going back.

flannel tom
#223 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

yes but SRK, you can actually play the guitar...

loweeda
#224 posted by
loweeda
on Sep 24, 2013

Flannel Tom, I think you should put some guitar stickers on your body.

TheIceman
#225 posted by
TheIceman
on Sep 24, 2013

I put stickers on my guitar case, I would never put them on the guitar.

Benoit from Ottawa
#226 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

deiru, 206, also often looks, from afar, as though you've got a drippy nose.

krib
#227 posted by
krib
on Sep 24, 2013

also, re the 90s Polaris winners.

1994 would've totally been Sweet Exhaust by Sara Craig

didn't even make the short list

kirkofdoom
#228 posted by
kirkofdoom
on Sep 24, 2013

I've always wanted to go up to a person with a load of facial piercings, and toss a high strength magnet near them.

 

That being said, I couldn't care less about people's piercings/tattoos. Some people can pull them off and look great with whatever. Other people can't and look silly. I doubt I can, so I got nothing.

That, and I can't think of anything I would want on my person for all of eternity.

evensteven
#229 posted by
evensteven
on Sep 24, 2013

A tiny little diamond stud nose piercing on a girl with the right kind of nose is cute as hell!

TheIceman
#230 posted by
TheIceman
on Sep 24, 2013

@SRK - B.T.W. I have a Kramdens sticker on my guitar case.

JonDixon
#231 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

MY case is also full of stickers.  Some horrendous ones I got out of a UK edition of maxim way back in the day.

krib
#232 posted by
krib
on Sep 24, 2013

but you, Kirk, can grow one awesome beard!

loweeda
#233 posted by
loweeda
on Sep 24, 2013

evensteven has a point re nose piercings. you have to have the right kind of nose to pull it off. And be a girl, I think. I can't recall if I've seen a guy with a stud in his nose, but I doubt if I would like it.

garfielduk
#234 posted by
garfielduk
on Sep 24, 2013

@KoD #228, I have been known to ask someone with lots of ear piercings if they can pick up FM radio.

flannel tom
#235 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

well my guitar didn't even have a case. so..... yeah, i was that guy.

deiru
#236 posted by
deiru
on Sep 24, 2013

@FT stickers are better then dust! which is what my guitar is currently covered with.

Worst piercing ever, the marilyn monroe. First time I saw a girl with one I thought she had a giant zit. To this day I haven't seen anyone who looks good with a monroe piercing.

JonDixon
#237 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

@deiru I actually pulled my gitbox off the stand last night and noodled around with it.  Felt good.  Gotta get ready for the season of jam sessions that are upcoming!

Also - is that the cheek piercing?  Who thinks that looks good?

flannel tom
#238 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

I wonder what kind of stickers Godspeed would put on their gear?

Perhaps something of this variety?

Crissi Cochrane
#239 posted by
Crissi Cochrane
on Sep 24, 2013

godspeed you maylee todd!

flannel tom
#240 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

The Red Sox were offering $1 beers/tickets/someting along those lines to men with sweet beards at a recent game. That is some great promotion. For a guy like me, if I lived in Boston.

Laura Beth
#241 posted by
Laura Beth
on Sep 24, 2013

I listened to a CBC Doc earlier this year about people who are....grinders? They insert magnets into their fingers? The subject had put a magnet in his finger so that could add another sense to his body and experience invisible elements.  A whole new level of body modification! I think this is the same guy. 

flannel tom
#242 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

At the very least - The Very, Very Least - people who hadn't heard of Godspeed You Black Emperor are hearing about them now. And that's  a good thing.

My favourite line from their "acceptance speeech" was this: and much respect for all y’all who write about local bands, who blow that horn loudly- because that trumpeting is crucial and necessary and important.

krib
#243 posted by
krib
on Sep 24, 2013

well now, THERE'S the understatement of the day

"Kathleen Edwards is a little foul-mouthed"

carlyg
#244 posted by
carlyg
on Sep 24, 2013

I am actually impressed by the person who had the balls to book Kathleen Edwards to host.

TheRadioHead
#245 posted by
TheRadioHead
on Sep 24, 2013
About 5 years ago Radio One had a summer show about body mods. It is where I learned about penis splitting. You'll have to google it yourself as its too hard by phone. (Hee hee, I said hard and penis in the same Sentence)
flannel tom
#246 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@lana gay - where were you and graham and alanna sitting? I was watching for y'all. didn't see you guys :(

garfielduk
#247 posted by
garfielduk
on Sep 24, 2013

@Carly #244, Was it bravery to hire her or to scared to say no when she offered?

deiru
#248 posted by
deiru
on Sep 24, 2013

@JD yep that's the one.

@LB the guy who did my scarification does that as well, when he told me about it gave me the hebejebes. Could you imagine what would happen if they were in or near an MRI machine.

garfielduk
#249 posted by
garfielduk
on Sep 24, 2013

@TRH #245, I feel a strong urge to cross my legs.

carlyg
#250 posted by
carlyg
on Sep 24, 2013

@Garf - She offered to host?? I didn't know that. I assumed the Polaris folks had asked her.

flannel tom
#251 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

I like this RAA song, it's nice to hear it, something other than the usual one that gets played.

Laura Beth
#252 posted by
Laura Beth
on Sep 24, 2013

@TRH - I am terrified to google that! 

garfielduk
#253 posted by
garfielduk
on Sep 24, 2013

@carly #250, I don't know, it was just a hypothesis.

flannel tom
#254 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

I still think the RAA singer has a total Dave Ewenson in The Sweet Tenders voice. but that's a really obscure reference.

evensteven
#255 posted by
evensteven
on Sep 24, 2013

<--------------------------SAID THE WHALE in NYC TONITE!

flannel tom
#256 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

There should be a reggae Said The Whale cover band called Said The Wailers...

I'm running out of material, guys.

Laura Beth
#257 posted by
Laura Beth
on Sep 24, 2013

@Deiru oh god.. disaster! The process of putting it in is really terrifying/disgusting/unsafe as is! 

smalliebigs
#258 posted by
smalliebigs
on Sep 24, 2013

I'd love to see a new album by the RAA. They've been my go-to band for a while. 

fresh ginger
#259 posted by
fresh ginger
on Sep 24, 2013

I have plebeian tastes. I admit it. My only experience listening to GY!BE was on the R3Polaris Podcast... I was on a bike ride, headphones in... couldn't believe how long the drone went on. I kept expecting it to end... it didn't. Haven't listened to that podcast since.

Laura Beth
#260 posted by
Laura Beth
on Sep 24, 2013

@Evensteven JEALOUS!!!! I've been missing them after seeing them at Hillside Fest this year!

Lana Gay
#261 posted by
Lana Gay
on Sep 24, 2013

Re: 245 I can't even read that comment again! It's making me uncomfortable. OUCH!

flannel tom
#262 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

I would venture to say there are more people n the blog who go for a Said The Whale vibe than a Godpeed vibe, music listening-wise.

Just a venture.

smalliebigs
#263 posted by
smalliebigs
on Sep 24, 2013

The term split-pea soup sounds too close to something else on the blog today and I will now always associate them with each other. No more split pea soup for this guy. 

fresh ginger
#264 posted by
fresh ginger
on Sep 24, 2013

Although I am not a fan of the GY!BE sound, I love their conviction to speak their truth. That is a strong, committed Polaris winning statement.

(statement linked earlier, if anyone hasn't read it it's here.)

smalliebigs
#265 posted by
smalliebigs
on Sep 24, 2013

Oh, Rah Rah 

:)

flannel tom
#266 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@smallie -thanks for ruining soup for me.

my grandfather who was from Quebec was in the military, He told me that the english used to call all the french guys "pea soup"... not in a way that suggested they liked pea soup either.

darbarspecial
#267 posted by
darbarspecial
on Sep 24, 2013

Hello all! I didn't get to watch Polaris last night except for a few minutes at the start and then the end. Missed all the performances, but will hopefully catch up on those tonight. GY!BE were getting my vote. I haven't heard a lot of them, but liked what I did hear. I would have been fine with anyone winning, even Tegan and Sara.

krib
#268 posted by
krib
on Sep 24, 2013

so, maybe I'm being persnickety, but 5 years seems like it wouldn't really need 1.2 gigawatts to get there...

I was still living in the same city 5 years ago, which is rare for me. Of course, I'm probably going to die a cold, solitary and lonely death in this town here on the frozen prairie

but that's another story

darbarspecial
#269 posted by
darbarspecial
on Sep 24, 2013

Just call me Emmylou.

mcfflyer
#270 posted by
mcfflyer
on Sep 24, 2013

Umm . . . good morning.  I'm gonna lay low today after last night's gala.  Still about 2/3 through the posts on Polaris. 

nvp
#271 posted by
nvp
on Sep 24, 2013

 

i started playing the GY!BE stuff on their cbc music page last night and my spouse asked me what that noise what and could i make it stop.  i'd like to hear more, but i don't think any of their latest album was up there?  or maybe i was misreading the album titles/songs.

nvp
#272 posted by
nvp
on Sep 24, 2013

 

what->was

smalliebigs
#273 posted by
smalliebigs
on Sep 24, 2013

@Ftom: in fairness, I only ruined ONE soup for you.

I am also familiar with this term for Frenchmen. My dad (who is half, or so, French Canadian) throws it around from time to time. 

fresh ginger
#274 posted by
fresh ginger
on Sep 24, 2013

@nvp: your wife's opinion pretty much mirrors my own.

flannel tom
#275 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@krib - If it were a true Flux Capacitor Jam (not that I didn't enjoy that Rah Rah tune) they might have played Despitado...

but yeah, nevermind.

flannel tom
#276 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@nvp the winning album is streaming on cbc music somewhere. Youtube has full albums of theirs as well.

nvp
#277 posted by
nvp
on Sep 24, 2013

 

ah, right.  thanks FT.  i keep forgetting about the polaris stream ..

flannel tom
#278 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@smallie - split pea soup might as well be ALL soups.

Mmm, no, I also like a creamy tomoato soup but only if it's accompanied by grilled cheese sammiches.

flannel tom
#279 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@Laura Beth - Hey! It's new SPY episode day today... I will be tuning in after lunch.

krib
#280 posted by
krib
on Sep 24, 2013

hey, I think Edwyn Collins might be les Jupes singer

flannel tom
#281 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

Les Jupes need to brish up on their geography and realize Siam is not a place anymore. Well, it is, but it's a different name.

Steve Venegas
#282 posted by
Steve Venegas
on Sep 24, 2013

I probably have more tattoos than anyone at CBC music 

evensteven
#283 posted by
evensteven
on Sep 24, 2013

LB#260  I'll say "hello" for you :)

flannel tom
#284 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@stevesie - you would

flannel tom
#285 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

I'm slightly surprised the 2 or 3 "N" bombs that Kardi drops in this song aren't edited out.

JonDixon
#286 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

@steveV really?  For some reason Lisa Christiansen strikes me as a person that could win a tattoo contest.  I have no idea if she has any at all, but that's just the sense I get.

Laura Beth
#287 posted by
Laura Beth
on Sep 24, 2013

@FT! AHHHHHHHHH! Thanks for the reminder! My day is suddenly looking better! 

kirkofdoom
#288 posted by
kirkofdoom
on Sep 24, 2013

I dunno. That Shumka guy seems like the type that would have a giant, Francis Dolarhyde-esque tattoo under those cardigans. 

JonDixon
#290 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

@Tom - whoa, that's intense.  What is the reference to?

fresh ginger
#291 posted by
fresh ginger
on Sep 24, 2013

that is an epic tattoo. Whoa.

nvp
#292 posted by
nvp
on Sep 24, 2013

 

wow.

apparently:

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.



Lana Gay
#293 posted by
Lana Gay
on Sep 24, 2013

@flannelT Whoah! Impressive!

stevierayk
#294 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

Everyone knows Craig is the most tattooed person at the CBC.

flannel tom
#295 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

Yeah, I had to look up the meaning too. He's been through A LOT in life and is totally a born again christian. He is a DJ/emcee who plays christian music things and churches and stuff under the moniker of DJ Sugarfree (he's diabetic). Pretty great.

Laura Beth
#296 posted by
Laura Beth
on Sep 24, 2013

Whoaaa that is an intense tattoo!

nvp
#297 posted by
nvp
on Sep 24, 2013

 

for fashion fight club one time when we were discussing tattoos, i put up a photo of a pacman screen tattooed across a buttocks.  i'm fairly certain none of you will ever know whether it was actually mine or not, but you can probably guess.

Steve Venegas
#298 posted by
Steve Venegas
on Sep 24, 2013

@ft nice line work and shading. Where'd he get it done/who's the artist? 

stevierayk
#299 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

I know a fella who has a lot of tattoos. When people ask how many he has his answer is always 'Almost one'

smalliebigs
#300 posted by
smalliebigs
on Sep 24, 2013

@Ftom: re DJ SUGARFREE. That's fantastic--not the diabetes but the clever name. 

I will henceforth be known as Sugar Free, LLB. 

flannel tom
#301 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@stevie - Kirt Silver is the artist. He's got a shop in Elmsdale NS (halfway btwn Truro and Halifax). He's also done some pieces on a couple other friends... I think it's fair to say he is hands down the best guy in NS. Or one of.

Silver City Tattoos

evensteven
#302 posted by
evensteven
on Sep 24, 2013

I don't know if anyone here would be interested in THIS but I thought I would share it just in case. It's on Public TV's World Channel tonite.

kirkofdoom
#303 posted by
kirkofdoom
on Sep 24, 2013

I was REALLY hoping that those Choir! Choir! Choir! guys were going to do a Godspeed song as well.

flannel tom
#304 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

the other best part of the polaris show was the shad and Kathleen edwards "video messaage" from the twins.

evensteven
#305 posted by
evensteven
on Sep 24, 2013

LANA.... Thanks for playing my favorite Tegan & Sarah song :D

flannel tom
#306 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

also, the fella who introduced Colin Stetson dropped a little bomb by saying that they are working on a Bored To Death movie which made me pretty fuckin' excited.

krib
#307 posted by
krib
on Sep 24, 2013

can someone identify a T&S song that's not about relationships or heartbreak or such?

I'm having trouble thinking of one

kirkofdoom
#308 posted by
kirkofdoom
on Sep 24, 2013

Tom,

they've been talking about that for a little while now, but I'm glad they're full steam ahead on it. 

evensteven
#309 posted by
evensteven
on Sep 24, 2013

Krib... I thought that song was about a ghost!

JonDixon
#310 posted by
JonDixon
on Sep 24, 2013

My fave T&S song is North Shore (one word?  Two words?)

krib
#311 posted by
krib
on Sep 24, 2013

yeah, I'm not sure about that one. it could be about an actual dead person, or just one of those I'm-carrying-the-ghost-of-you-after-a-bad-relationship things

nvp
#312 posted by
nvp
on Sep 24, 2013

 

[307] see [310]

nvp
#313 posted by
nvp
on Sep 24, 2013

 

[312] nevermind, i just looked at the lyrics.  it' my favourite too though.

flannel tom
#314 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

@KoD - whooooooooo!!!!!!

TheIceman
#315 posted by
TheIceman
on Sep 24, 2013

Another story to warm the cockles of your heart from the Other side of Canadian music.

http://ca.omg.yahoo.com/blogs/north-stars/drake-avril-lavigne-hold-very-special-place-heart-155105903.html

flannel tom
#316 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013

There's a lot of Neil Young references in songs these days,,, there's this sadies one which sasys "4 and 20 tin soldiers die"

then there is the Shad song where he says I'm Young Like Neil something something something

flannel tom
#317 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 24, 2013
deiru
#318 posted by
deiru
on Sep 24, 2013

I think it was JD who mention pumpkin beer season is upon us. I love most pumpkin beers, especially ones by Phillips

<------ as you can see. I bought out several liquor stores.

evensteven
#319 posted by
evensteven
on Sep 24, 2013

I had to pass on Austra at Webster Hall in NYC Sunday night. They fecebooked a photo of the marquee reading "Tonight: Austria." SHEEESH!

nvp
#320 posted by
nvp
on Sep 24, 2013

 

[319]  "fecebook" 

i like it.

TheIceman
#321 posted by
TheIceman
on Sep 24, 2013

@Even 319 - I wonder if anyone will show up expecting to hear Maria and the Von Trappe singers?

Laura Beth
#322 posted by
Laura Beth
on Sep 24, 2013

My faveeeee T&S song is Living Room.  So catchy, so fun to sing.

MSteve
#323 posted by
MSteve
on Sep 24, 2013

@FT

Neil Young reference in this Grand Analog song as well.

pjrocksmb
#324 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

Guess who's back?!?

Got some fresh razz!

Anyone else find Lana's quick little laughs mixed in her hosts break talks a little annoying! I do! LOL - I mean is everything funny that you say?!? A weird little querk that gets to me!

Anyone listen to R2 last night David Miles and Classified, pretty cool stuff.

Love not hate folks just sayin'

TheRadioHead
#325 posted by
TheRadioHead
on Sep 24, 2013
I'm loving the Caribbean/Afro beat vibe of this new Grand Analog song. I hope it's a taste of good things to come.
pjrocksmb
#326 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

@323 I missed that, what does he say?

pjrocksmb
#327 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

@325 I freakin' love this track too

evensteven
#328 posted by
evensteven
on Sep 24, 2013

#321 ICEMAN... Thanks for the laugh. That line had great cadence.

#320 KRIB.. I first saw "fecebook" right here on this blog. Can't remember who coined it.

pjrocksmb
#329 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

bunkers ready for the hate mail LOL

evensteven
#330 posted by
evensteven
on Sep 24, 2013

Lana... re:324.. I LOVE ur laughs. And I think they are authentic!

pjrocksmb
#331 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

@330 good to know, I mean Lana is great host, just not my favorite, but you all knew that

TheRadioHead
#332 posted by
TheRadioHead
on Sep 24, 2013
PJ, you do realize that Lana is a real human being sitting behind a computer reading that, right? At least have the respect to address her directly.
pjrocksmb
#333 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

ahh the Vish, Grant, Craig days, R3 will never reach those highs again

pjrocksmb
#334 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

she can't comment on herself

Dis me all you like, I find it very interesting to find out what people think.

I had the balls to ask.

Kill me for that.  Yeah it's rude.  So what, I don't like it, does that matter? Not really.  Others like it and I find that interesting.  Ying and yang.

pjrocksmb
#335 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

Vish was a computer generated host right? His ran out of memory and his processor was replaced correct?

hedgeway
#336 posted by
hedgeway
on Sep 24, 2013

lol

pjrocksmb
#337 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

god I gotta get out of here before the women kill me ah well, nice to see ya'll too LOL

Stab and go the new PJ way.

Fresh kill.

Benoit from Ottawa
#338 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

266, ft, pea soupers, pea soups, etc.: that's alright, because...

Anglos were long known in Québec as "têtes carrées", literally squareheads. As in blockheads. Being called a pea souper was then, in a way, being slagged by an inferior, even though they had won on the Plains of Abraham...

True fact; not said to rile anyone.

kirkofdoom
#339 posted by
kirkofdoom
on Sep 24, 2013

don't feed the trolls

don't feed the gremlins after midnight

darbarspecial
#340 posted by
darbarspecial
on Sep 24, 2013

Woot! I won the Mo Kenney tickets for tonight!

smalliebigs
#341 posted by
smalliebigs
on Sep 24, 2013

@BFO: I was told recently that "square head" referred specifically to people of German ancestry? A coworker referred to himself as one in a meeting not so long ago. 

As I did not know that this was a general derogatory term, I thought he was calling himself this because his head is square shaped. It is. The guy is bald which only serves to accentuate his very square noggin. Nice guy, at any rate. 

smalliebigs
#342 posted by
smalliebigs
on Sep 24, 2013

And my situation in 341 was very much like one in which Joey Gladstone found himself in a classic Full House episode in which he thought people called him a "toe head" because his head was shaped like a toe. Life imitating "art". 

krib
#343 posted by
krib
on Sep 24, 2013

PJ, too bad you didn't tune in this morning. you could've complained about Graham, too

Laura Beth
#344 posted by
Laura Beth
on Sep 24, 2013

@Darbar NIIIIIICE!!!! Congrats! 

Benoit from Ottawa
#345 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

341 smalliebigs, hmmmm, you're not wrong about the Germans. Let me look up a few things. Wonder when the expression came in?

pjrocksmb
#346 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

@343, damn LOL

I truely wonder how many people out there are like me that's why I say and ask.  This blog is full of R3 lovers and that's great.  I'm here for the tunes and find the hosts are not as good as they used to be.  Most don't have the balls to say that or speak their mind.  I do.  Trolling, yeah whatever but the truth sometimes very informative.

pjrocksmb
#347 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

FYI in my f'ed up world

Lana >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Graham LOL

Like Graham tunes mind you.

TheRadioHead
#348 posted by
TheRadioHead
on Sep 24, 2013
PJ. yes, that's best. You are man totally without courage or integrity.
stevierayk
#349 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

@PJ - you're a douchebag. There ya go buddy, spoke my mind.

darbarspecial
#350 posted by
darbarspecial
on Sep 24, 2013

Oh and an autographed CD goes along with the tickets. Nice!

mcfflyer
#351 posted by
mcfflyer
on Sep 24, 2013

Wow.  And there has been a disturbance in the force.

pjrocksmb
#352 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

ah well, I don't hide behind lies and you know exactly how I feel, I won't likely ever meet you folks but this way you get a slice of my thoughts and feelings, no filter!

pjrocksmb
#353 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

great, one blogger told me that they liked the little laughs, everyone else is scared to speak their mind b/c it's all BFF's on here

krib
#354 posted by
krib
on Sep 24, 2013

Lana's my pal; she tells me that all the time :-)

or she used to, when it was Lanarama. Truthfully, I'm not sure if she still says that

Lana, are you still my pal?

evensteven
#355 posted by
evensteven
on Sep 24, 2013

#349 When I was a little kid I referred to another kid as a douchebag (having no idea what it meant) and my mom flipped out on me. Funny memory.

smalliebigs
#356 posted by
smalliebigs
on Sep 24, 2013

@PJ: I don't think anyone disputes your right to state your opinion. It's the way that you deliver it that doesn't sit right with people of certain sensibilities. 

See what I just did there? Diplomatic wording. It's not necessary but it's also not difficult and can pay off in a major way. 

kirkofdoom
#357 posted by
kirkofdoom
on Sep 24, 2013

People speak their minds here all the time, they just manage to not be assholes about it. 

krib
#358 posted by
krib
on Sep 24, 2013

PJ, I think most of us aren't really concerned about it.

Benoit from Ottawa
#359 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

341, smalliebigs, more: this link is useful

mzkerrydee
#360 posted by
mzkerrydee
on Sep 24, 2013

Howdy, blog! I was rooting for Whitehorse to win last night, but just read the God Speed You! Black Emperor's acceptance speech and kind of loved it, and their plans for the prize money.

krib
#361 posted by
krib
on Sep 24, 2013

Melissa McLelland. Boots & skirts.

say no more!

like piercings, I guess

 

 

 

(some can pull it off, some can't)

tea&cartography
#362 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

So there was a band from somewhere in southwestern ON, and they had 'Coma' in their name. Maybe brother or baby or little as well.

They had a song called 'little bird'. I want to find it and listen to it, as I can only remember the chorus and I remember it as being good.

Anyone?

pjrocksmb
#363 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

@356 yeah I've been told that my delivery is off, I was thinking how I would have sugar coated that one, if you do that then you don't get the truth.  I speak without filter, without worries of how people will reach.  I to get an opinion on this, I guess if we had a poll function on here that would have been a lot less painfull.  I spend a great deal of time listening to R3 and this little quirk got to me ok! I had to speak my mind to people that listen enough to understand where I was coming from.  Yeah I'm a ass.  Ah well, not looking for friends.  Unless you want to go fishing :)

mcfflyer
#364 posted by
mcfflyer
on Sep 24, 2013

@kirk [357] - You got that right.

smalliebigs
#365 posted by
smalliebigs
on Sep 24, 2013

@BFO: thanks. I find the origins of some of these terms pretty interesting. I had an English teacher in high school who would explain the roots of common expressions almost every class. 

E.g.: "mind your Ps and Qs" refers pints and quarts--watch what you drink so that you remain polite, which later was simplified to just minding what you say, generally. 

pjrocksmb
#366 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

@358 my OCD nature going OT I guess, pretty sure the group on here is a little more laid back then I LOL

pjrocksmb
#367 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

@365 so I'm just like a drunk bully troll? :)

mzkerrydee
#368 posted by
mzkerrydee
on Sep 24, 2013

I'm late to the party, but Lana, I like your laughs. I like Grant's whoops/hoots too. I like boots and skirts, and pierciings. I don't mind shoes on or off when it comes to guests in my house.

stevierayk
#369 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

@T@C- Kid Coma - Little Bird

I actually mixed that record. And I'm currently working with Doug again (he's the singer songwriter)

smalliebigs
#370 posted by
smalliebigs
on Sep 24, 2013

@PJ:

That's not accurate. The truth is the truth. If you state it in an inflammatory way it is no more the truth than if you say it in a way that maintains a certain degree of respect. 

I don't know if many people came here looking for friends, but sometimes mutual respect or interests have pushed things in that direction. And that's AOK with me. 

smalliebigs
#371 posted by
smalliebigs
on Sep 24, 2013

@mzkerrydee: and you've easily summarized the biggest blog controversies in one quick quip! 

krib
#372 posted by
krib
on Sep 24, 2013

smallie,

there are a few possible origins for it; in one, mind your P's & Q's came from the old way of tallying tabs ("tally" is another one).

P's and Q's were written on a slate for patrons drinks

so it was less about not drinking too much and more about making sure you paid for what you drank

money makes the world go 'round

mzkerrydee
#373 posted by
mzkerrydee
on Sep 24, 2013

@smalliebigs - I was also going to mention the "basement" of the radio3 page, too...

tea&cartography
#374 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

@stevie

whoa! small world.

I have it on a CD mix somewhere at home.

What is he up to these days?

krib
#375 posted by
krib
on Sep 24, 2013

yeah, but it's not even "the truth" - it's an opinion. A whole different thing

it's just like when people start yielding the "artistic merit" sledgehammer with respect to Polaris. 

pjrocksmb
#376 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

@370 yeah one of those cases where you shouldn't say something unless you got something nice to say but I just couldn't resist.  You make a good point.  It's been a long time since I've been on here and I likely won't return for a bit.  The hosts used to draw me in, now they push me away.  The tunes on here are like a drug but the hosts breaks are muted most of the time for me now :(

mzkerrydee
#377 posted by
mzkerrydee
on Sep 24, 2013

@Kirk #303 - that would have been awesome!

Benoit from Ottawa
#378 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013
stevierayk
#379 posted by
stevierayk
on Sep 24, 2013

He retired from the U of G last year, wrote another book and recently tried to tear his thumb off with a belt sander (not pretty). We've been workin on an album for sometime now. Very different from Kid Coma (I play all the instruments except a few guitars that Doug played)

mzkerrydee
#380 posted by
mzkerrydee
on Sep 24, 2013

@darbar - congratulations! I saw her at the Vancouver Folk Fest this summer and she was terrific! She's got a great stage presence and sounds great live.

Shonica
#381 posted by
Shonica
on Sep 24, 2013
DARBAR !! Congratulations! YOU WON!
fresh ginger
#382 posted by
fresh ginger
on Sep 24, 2013

Darbar: free tickets AND a cd? Today is obviously #thebest.

Lana Gay
#383 posted by
Lana Gay
on Sep 24, 2013

@benoit Interesting!

pjrocksmb
#384 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

@375 yeah less truth and more speaking without a filter.  If people really spoke their mind you would have a lost less beating around the bush.  I find most people in life pretty fake.  I like to be up front with people.  I don't know.  I know I'm an ass on here and that's just the way it's always been.  I 've had many a great debate in the past.

I remember one poster who works for the nuclear industry and he would spin the fact that nuclear energy is safe.  I know shortly after that the accident happened in Japan.  That guy would sugar coat is posts b/c he had interest and money involved with the Nuclear industry. He spoke his opinion on the subject but it was tilted by his fact that that industry paid the bills in his household.  I like facts and logic.  I'm not good at feelings and writing.

Take me or leave I am what I am most mother fuckers don't give a damn.

Shonica
#385 posted by
Shonica
on Sep 24, 2013
Darbar, Mo Kenney was great last night, who will you take to the show? I took chrisyprotools!
tea&cartography
#386 posted by
tea&cartography
on Sep 24, 2013

@stevie

interesting. keep me posted.

That CD hasn't been culled several times now because of that song.

deiru
#387 posted by
deiru
on Sep 24, 2013

So for the past hour or so I have been listening to 'Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!' without any breaks or pausing any tracks. It is a fantastic album, but it doesn't do much to push the boundaries of instrumental "post-rock" it is very similar to recent albums by Explosions in The Sky, I Spell Nature, and the such. Although it is very very good and I do like it it should not have won the Polaris Prize. Nation II Nation should have good the nod. It could be argued that A Tribe Called Red did more the same as their first album for Nation II Nation, but the timing of album with respect to the Idle No More movement shouldn't be over looked. Nation II Nation pushes the boundaries for both electronic and traditional aboriginal music, and helped shed some much need light on traditional music. Anyways that's my $1.32 on the topic. 

darbarspecial
#388 posted by
darbarspecial
on Sep 24, 2013

Yup! It made me happy. The Mo Kenney tics and CD that is. Although pjrocks amuses me as well.

I was thinking about how I would annoy the hell out of you pj with my annoying nervous giggle and not very outspokeness. But I am also aware you don't give a shit. Ha!

fresh ginger
#389 posted by
fresh ginger
on Sep 24, 2013

@PJ: have you read the Godspeed You! Black Emperor acceptance letter yet? I bet you'll love it.

darbarspecial
#390 posted by
darbarspecial
on Sep 24, 2013

@Shonica - I am not sure yet who is coming with me. I am quite certain, my son Devin will have absolutely no interest in going. I have a couple friends in mind I have to check with.

Benoit from Ottawa
#391 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Sep 24, 2013

Re Romans 1:16, I came across this interesting site: you plonk in what you want (1:16 in this case), and it gives it to you in all sorts of languages, but more interesting for us, in all the English versions. So, for instance, Auth. K. James version, it's:

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. "

1599 Geneva Bible "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: [a]for it is the [b]power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the [c]Grecian."

Contemporary English version: "I am proud of the good news! It is God’s powerful way of saving all people who have faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles."

And so on.

pjrocksmb
#392 posted by
pjrocksmb
on Sep 24, 2013

@ 389 boy I should write for them LOL, that was pretty good

TheIceman
#393 posted by
TheIceman
on Sep 24, 2013

@Smallie 370 - Well stated. I will dub thee Sir Smallie Statesmen of R3.

Lana - i dig your laugh also, all the more for having met you in person and experienced your world famous hug. You can be my pal always.