The Polaris Prize folks are once again releasing split 7″ of paired up shortlist nominees. If you purchase any of the shortlist nominee’s CD’s or LP’s at any of the following locations, then you will be given a surprise 7″. We are unsure however if you can pick the 7″ you want. The press release states the 7″ will be unmarked.
The pairing we’re the most excited about is Handsome Furs/Grimes. Apparently golden tickets are the new cool thing because 5 golden tickets for two to this year’s Polaris Music Prize Gala happening in Toronto on September 24 will be randomly distributed inside the split 7” packages. Transportation and accommodation to Toronto are not included with the winning tickets. For more info check out PolarisMusicPrize.ca
The participating retailers are:
Fred’s (St John’s)
Obsolete Records (Halifax)
Taz Records (Halifax)
Backstreet (St John)
Aux 33 Tours (Montreal)
CDWarehouse (Ottawa East)
Compact Music (Ottawa – Glebe)
Compact Music (Ottawa – Centretown)
Dr Disc (Hamilton)
Ground Floor Music (Guelph)
Kops Records (Toronto)
Sonic Boom (Toronto – Bloor)
Sonic Boom (Toronto – Kensington)
Music Trader (Winnipeg)
Vinyl Diner (Saskatoon)
Blackbyrd Myoozik (Edmonton)
Listen Records (Edmonton)
Permanent Records (Edmonton)
Sloth Records (Calgary)
Blueprint Records (Lethbridge)
Ditch Records (Victoria)
Red Cat Records (Vancouver)
Congratulations to Handsome Furs on being shortlisted for this year’s Polaris Prize for their 3rd LP ‘Sound Kapital’. The winner will be announced on September 24th in Toronto. Much love to both Dan and Alexei on making one of our favorite records of all time!
With a heavy heart the time has come to let all of you know that Handsome Furs are no more.
The most important thing that needs to be said right now is how extremely grateful we are to all the fans all over the world that showered us with love and support over the years. Thank you for everything! It’s been an incredible 6 years and we owe it all to you.
I’m extremely sad to post this news. I wish both Dan and Alexei success and happiness in whatever the future brings.
Just read this amazing news at Indiewire.com about Dan scoring the upcoming film ‘Adult World’, directed by Scott Coffey. Scott was also the director of two Handsome Furs videos.
Indie rock has its fair share of distinct voices, but few are as instantly recognizable as that of Dan Boeckner, the musician and voice behind the acclaimed Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs. But he’s stepping off the stage for a brief moment, to try his hand at something a little bit different.
Director Scott Coffey tweeted at us (thanks!) the news that he is “thrilled that Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade & Handsome Furs is scoring my movie #adultworld starting @RobertsEmma & @johncusack.” And indeed, that’s a pretty intriguing development for the film which is already quite promising. Starring the aforementioned Emma Roberts and John Cusack, along with “American Horror Story” star Evan Peters and “Raising Hope” actress Shannon Woodward, “Adult World” follows Amy Anderson (Roberts), a Stanford grad with dreams of becoming a poet who gets stuck working in an erotic bookstore to help pay off her mounting debt. Cusack will play Amy’s hero and mentor, the delightfully named poet Rat Billings, with Woodward as her punk/goth roommate Candace and Peters as Manny.
No word yet if Boeckner will be singing any new tunes, or just providing more of a score, but at any rate it should prove to be fascinating backdrop to the film. No release yet for the film, but could a fall festival premiere be possible? Hopefully we’ll know more soon.
A few months ago we posted about the Burmese band Side Effect and that they were raising funds to record a record. Many of you donated to their cause, but sadly due to US sanctions with Mayanmar (Burma) their account was frozen and all donated funds were returned. The band still needs our help! You can get more information on how you can recommit your funds over at HandsomeFurs.com. Check out Side Effect’s Facebook page for more info as well.
2012 has just started and Handsome Furs kicked it off right with a week of amazing west coast shows. Next up, they perform at the Frostbite Music Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon! In April they’ll head to Europe. Here’s the full list of European tour dates with more to come!
01 :: “Disco Sheets” – Wolf Parade
02 :: “They Took A Vote And Said No” – Sunset Rubdown
03 :: “Apollo and the Buffalo and Anna Anna Anna Oh!”-
04 :: “Stadiums And Shrines II” – Sunset Rubdown
05 :: “California Dreamer” – Wolf Parade
06 :: “You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son” – Wolf Parade
07 :: “Idiot Heart” – Sunset Rubdown
08 :: “Snakes Got A Leg III” – Sunset Rubdown
09 :: “Bang Your Drum” – Wolf Parade
10 :: “Reture To The Violence Of The Ocean Floor” – Moonface
11 :: “Call It A Ritual” – Wolf Parade
12 :: “The Taming of the Hands that Came Back to Life” –
13 :: “I’ll Believe In Anything” – Wolf Parade
14 :: “Nightingale / December Song” – Sunset Rubdown
15 :: “Shut Up I Am Dreaming Of Places Where Lovers Have Wings” –