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Monday, September 18, 2006

Pay Your Cable Bill, Feed An Indie Rocker's Sense Of Self Worth
This evening, in addition to listening to Robbie Williams' Greatest Hits, I will be attending tonight's inaugural Polaris Prize ceremony. In addition to stuffing myself full of hors d'oeuvres and indie rock elitism, I was going to live blog the festivities, but some dodgy wi-fi means you'll have to suffice with a diary. I know, you're heartbroken.

I have no idea who's going to win. Aside from the French-language entry, I'm not sure there's anybody you can easily discount. My personal favourite, Broken Social Scene, probably won't win because I suspect there are enough people on the jury who don't generally like them and, after that, enough people who liked the previous record more (I feel like I'm in the minority in liking the newest record most). Metric might also be undermined by a better-loved previous record. The New Pornographers probably have a good chance because no one realizes they actually fail at their stated purpose (1).

If I had to bet, I'd say Final Fantasy wins. If only because I know at least one jury member who will be supporting him and won't let any of the other jurors leave until they agree. Failing that, I'd guess K'Naan comes closest to getting consensus.

Anyway. Like any good music blogger, I've already moved on and will be actively campaigning tonight for the Hidden Cameras to win the 2007 Polaris.

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(1) I almost posted something about this before: they're basically the Ebola virus of rock bands. Remember Ebola? It was supposed to be the next great plague. They even made a movie about it. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman and Rene Russo. Anyway, it was the greatest plague that never really killed all that many people. It essentially failed to justify its own existence. And the New Pornographers are basically the greatest pop band that isn't actually all that popular. Essentially: how great and catchy can a pop band's songs really be if they fail to be popular? Somebody write a college paper about that.

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