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Dan Mangan’s Nice, Nice, Very Nice was shortlisted for last year’s Polaris Prize. Unfortunately, it didn’t win, Karkwa (who?) did with Les Chemins de Verre, beating out Mangan and other big names like Broken Social Scene, Caribou, Shad, Tegan and Sara and the Sadies.

So basically the Polaris Prize is kind of a crock, but if you’re from Canada you probably knew that already. But if you’re from Canada and don’t know Dan Mangan, well, you’re kind of a crock, too.

Maybe Nice, Nice, Very Nice isn’t the best album on last year’s short-list, but fuck if it isn’t close to it. “Robots Need Love Too,” the album’s second single, is a lot of fun, but as fun as “Robots” is, it’s nothing compared to the album’s third single.

“Sold” is everything that makes Dan Mangan stand out in an increasingly oversaturated market of quirky folk pop—namely, it’s really good. The track adds a bit of Barenaked Ladies into one of Mangan’s twangiest songs, and it’s all nicely carried by his somehow gruff-yet-boyish vocals.

And the video’s kind of cool, too. So watch it—and listen to the song—here. Pretty please?







Tyler
02.06.11
you guys should listen to this

klap
02.06.11
great album, atavan was pimping this like last spring munro. sold is probs my favorite song off it

theacademy
02.06.11
atavan preempting people left and right

Tyler
02.06.11
I'm split between Sold and Some People. Sold is a better song but I love the lyrics in Some People. I think he's at his best when he's embracing his poppy side.

Didn't realize Atavan pimped this earlier since I'm pretty out of the loop on at all times (lol staff) but it can always use that extra push.

I still can't believe some shit band nobody has ever heard of won Polaris last year. Then again it's widely recognized to be a bit of a scam.

AtavanHalen
02.07.11
Yeah, Dan is my boy. Seen him five times and I gave a 5/5 review to NNVN.

I love him so much, and really glad to see him get some more recognition.

Tyler
02.07.11
He's actually pretty popular here just because he's Canadian. It's cool to think he's got some success over on your side of the world (I'm under the impression you're Australian, but even if you're American then it's still cool to see), that's one of the reasons why I put this blog up.

bungy
02.07.11
That's a really good song

AtavanHalen
02.08.11
I'm Australian, Tyler. He's got a small following here, but a very dedicated one.

couldwinarabbit
02.08.11
He's uber popular with canadian university girls.

Lucid
02.09.11
Must be 'cause he's gorgeous.

TheGreatFedora
02.10.11
Damn fine song.

AztecChieftain
02.14.11
godamnit it my indie cred

Tyler
02.14.11
what

mynameischan
02.14.11
you've damaged his indie cred by bringing dan mangan to the masses

Tyler
02.14.11
but dan mangan was shortlisted for arguably the biggest music award in the country so

mynameischan
02.14.11
yeah but none of the other aztecs know what's going on in canada

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