The winner of the $20,000 prize for best Canadian album has gone to Fucked Up for their 2008 work The Chemistry of Modern Life. The highly controversial group, originally from Toronto, plays high-energy punk rock with virtosity and lyrical intellect.
The lead singer, Damian Abraham, has even worked with Jello Biafra, singer of the Dead Kennedys who is a generational beacon for the new-wave punk era of the 1980's.
The punk quintet beat out other more well-known Canadian acts such as the pop wonder Metric, refugee hip-hop artist K'Naan, soulful rockers Great Lake Swimmers and pop experimentalist Chad Vangaalen.
However, you've got to admit that punk music has always had a bit of a select audience. Not everyone enjoys the rampant, almost machine-like speed of their delivery — much less appreciate its oft political or social messages. Punk music, at its best, comes from the downtrodden, the least socioeconomically empowered. So what does this say about Canadian music lovers when a punk band has won such a prestigious, popularizing award?
Personally, I'm a fan of anything punk. In fourth grade, I listened to Green Day's Dookie nearly every day, and have always loved the intellectual, leftist teachings of Bad Religion.
The tail end of the summer offered little promise as I was spending all of my time in front of the computer, but getting very little done. It had something to do with True Blood, Rod Serling from the Twilight Zone (original), Mad Men and Big Love. I'm not ashamed anymore.
On September 20th, I'll be covering the Arctic Monkeys show at the Malkin Bowl in beautiful Stanley Park. A tidy review should quickly ensue.
Friday October 2nd will see us some beautiful (and rather bizarre) images of our good friend Deadmau5, an award-nominated DJ currently enjoying fame on the radio waves with his song "Move for Me" which was made in collaboration with Kaskade, another premium spin doktor. Can you say big mouse outfit?
Fucked Up, image courtesy of Matador Records
Polaris prize-nominee Chad Vangaalen is gracing the Biltmore Cabaret on October 2, and I promise to capture the haunting expression he'll have when he sings "Molten Light," god willing he will play that eerie tune.
I'm also working on getting some face time with Matthew Good, so I'll keep you posted on any developments that way. He's playing at the ritzy Centre for Performing Arts, with opening band Mother Mother, who you should all know and love by now...
Deadmau5 photo: courtesy of MySpace