The Polaris Music Prize is an annual award given to the best full-length Canadian album, as determined by, primarily, artistic merit, and then record sales of course. For 2013, we are finally close to learning the recipient with today’s release of the prize’s shortlist, featuring a number of talented musicians: Tegan and Sara, METZ, Purity Ring. But hey, we’re hedging our bets on our own Metric; no doubt you’ll be walking home with the 30k check over your shoulder this year.
In related news, the Polaris Prize have just opened their annual poster design competition for each of the shortlisted records… meaning, get out your colored pencils, computer-design programs and whatnot, and you could see your artwork featured at the competition, receive $200, and, naturally, a high level of respect from your artistic peers. For more info: http://polarismusicprize.ca/poster-design. See the design for ’09s winning Metric poster below. See others here.
Sounds too good to be true? Oh, don’t be so cynical. If you live in, or happen to be visiting, Chicago this July 27th, all you gotta do is request a ticket and you’ll be 100% set to see the one and only Metric at this month’s edition of Red Bull Sound Select Presents, Chi-town-style. (And, just my bet, you’ll probably get a free can of Red Bull too.)
And in case you want to see what it might be like, Wavves hit up So-Cal for the LA edition of the same series. You can check out rockin’ some pics right here.
Exciting news — Today we’ve launched our shiny new subscription service, Boombox! Through Boombox, you’ll receive a digital download of every Mom+Pop release, plus a whole bunch of super exclusive 7″ vinyl, all delivered straight to your door (/inbox) on a monthly basis. It’s basically going to feel like your birthday, but without that pesky 12-month wait between each event.
Sign up now and you’ll receive an immediate digital download of Wavves ‘Afraid of Heights’, FIDLAR ‘FIDLAR’, and Beat Club ‘Something Better EP’. The first 300 subscribers will also receive a Boombox tote bag, plus vinyl copies of Metric ‘Synthetica’, Sleigh Bells ‘Reign of Terror’, and one more randomly selected vinyl from the Mom+Pop discography — we’ll choose it when we pack up your order, pretty mysterious and exciting, right? As for that exclusive 7″ vinyl we mentioned, so far we can confirm forthcoming releases from Smith Westerns, Polica, Neon Indian, Beat Club, and Twin Peaks.
Those of you who sign up in April will receive all of the above for only $9.99 this month, reverting to the usual $12.99 for the subsequent months.
Quick disclosure: This is not an April Fools joke, we really are that generous.
Today, Metric released a deluxe edition of their new album, Synthetica, featuring acoustic renditions of several album cuts and a gripping version of Tom Waits’ “Strange Weather.” It’s available now on iTunes. Check out the acoustic version of “Breathing Underwater” right here, and head over to iTunes to pick up the album. Physical copies are coming in early December.
Today marks the release of Metric’s new video for Synthetica-standout “Breathing Underwater.” The clip, directed by Lauren Graham, is an amalgamation of the countless hours of footage (including the band’s raucous mainstage appearance at this year’s Lollapalooza) culled from months of touring across the United States in support of Synthetica. The video was premiered earlier today via the band’s recently-launched Tumblr. And for the VH1 faithful among us, you may be seeing this clip a bit more frequently pretty soon, as the band was just named “Artist You Oughta Know” for the month of December!
In other exciting news, the band announced today the impending release of Synthetica Deluxe, an expanded version of their Fantasies follow-up, featuring acoustic renditions of three album tracks, alongside a version of fan-favorite, set-closer “Gimme Sympathy” and a devastatingly gorgeous cover of Tom Waits’ ” Strange Weather.” The bonus version of the album will be available digitally next Tuesday, November 20th, and will be followed by a physical release on December 4th. For the first taste of the deluxe tracks, check out the SoundCloud stream below, featuring the Synthetica Deluxe version of “Breathing Underwater,” alongside the official album version and its synth-driven Reflections rendition.