Caribou wins Polaris Music Prize

Caribou wins Polaris Music Prize for Best Album 2008
Caribou wins Polaris Music Prize for Best Album 2008

Last night in Toronto Daniel Snaith aka Caribou won the coveted $20,000 Polaris Music Prize for his 2007 album Andorra.  Caribou now lives in London but win best Canadian album as he was born in Dundas, Ontario.

Andorra is a departure from heavily influenced electronica of previous albums such as Start Breaking My Heart and The Milk of Human Kindness. With Andorra, Caribou has produced a great album with traditional instruments and influences of sixties pop harmonies and psychedelic traces.  I can hear Brian Wilson and early Pink Floyd in amongst the deep and profound trip-pop grooves.

It is only on the very last track of the album, Niobe, that Snaith blends the Wilson-esque vocals with a more experimental electronica music that I have previously associated him with.

Once again Daniel Snaith is treading his own path.  After making a splash in the world of electronic music with such great tracks (and titles) as Dundas, Ontario, Tits & Ass, and the brilliant If Assholes Could Fly, This Place Would Be An Airport, Caribou has received the Polaris Music Prize award for a much more commerical sounding but no less brilliant album.

Andorra shows yet another side to this very talented individual; an album that really deserves commercial success to bring this wonderful music to a much wider audience.

For more information visit the Caribou MySpace page.

Noel Gallagher talks about being attacked on stage

Noel Gallagher has written on his personal blog following his assault last weekend while playing at the Toronto V Music Festival in Canada.

Though Gallagher made fun of the incident he also wrote that the attacker, Canadian Daniel Sullivan, will be prosecuted.  He wrote:

“Can’t say much more than that as the ‘perpetrator’s’ gonna get the book thrown at him. Repeatedly. It was all going so well up until that point’n’all.”

Apparently Sullivan hid under the stage to avoid security before leaping on stage and pushing Noel Gallagher over from behind.

The following show in Ontario was cancelled due to Gallagher’s injuries.  He added:

“[I] feel like I’ve had a sparring session with Ricky Hatton.”

Here’s the video footage of the incident captured by a member of the audience.  Watch carefully and you will see following the incident that Liam Gallagher runs away, then once the security men have a hold of the attacker, he wants to ‘have a go’.



Burial Top Tip For Mercury Prize

Burial are the bookies favourites to win the Mercury Prize tonight (Tuesday 9th Sept) in London. Dubstep producer Will Bevan a secretive South London musician recently revealed himself as the man behind Burial.

The odds for a Burial win are quoted at 4/6 with bookmaker Ladbrokes, with long shots Adele and Estelle bringing up the rear at 40/1.

Organisers of the Mercury Awards reiterate that the nominations are selected on musical calibre rather than chart performance, with some 240 albums being considered before arriving at the final twelve nominations.

The current favourites are as follows:

Burial 4/6,  Elbow 5/2,  Radiohead 5/1,  Laura Marling 10/1,  Last Shadow Puppets, Rachael Unthank 16/1.

Super Furry Animals side project Neon Neon are at currently ranked as an outsider at 33/1.

The awards can be seen on UK tv BBC2 starting at 22.00 BST.

Mercury Prize Nominations 2008

Twelve albums have been nominated for this years Mercury Prize, the nominees were announced at an event in London’s Covent Garden last night.

The nominations for the best album of the year are:

Elbow The Seldom Seen Kid

Radiohead – In Rainbows

British Sea PowerDo You Like Rock Music?

Robert Plant and Alison KraussRaising Sand

Burial Untrue



Laura MarlingAlas, I Cannot Swim

Rachel Unthank and The Winterset The Bairns

Neon NeonStainless Style

Portico QuartetKnee Deep In The North Sea

Last Shadow Puppets The Age Of Understatement

The nominations are an unusually eclectic mix of musical styles and some interesting choices, although I am not absolutely sure about the inclusion of Adele or Estelle as albums of the year.

What’s your choice and why?


Radiohead – House Of Cards – Laser Version

Once again those innovators of popular music Radiohead have appeared ahead of their rivals by producing a new video to the track House Of Cards, without using conventional cameras.

The recording has been created by director James Frost, who uses 3D and radar technologies.

A form of motion capture, Geometric Informatics uses light to capture image detail at close quarters and map the data onto 3-D models.

Velodyne Lidar is described as a new form of radar. It operates by shooting laser pulses 900 times per minute in a 360-degree radius to map large environments.

Thom Yorke says “I liked the idea of making a video of human beings and real life and time without using any cameras, just lasers, so there are just mathematical points – and how strangely emotional it ended up being.”

Radiohead – House Of Cards – Laser Version