[Contest] Win Wolf Parade’s Expo 86 on CD

By Will Oliver, June 21st 2010 — with 20 comments Contest

Sub Pop accidentally gave me an extra copy of Wolf Parade’s new album, Expo 86. So I figured, why keep two copies when I can share the goods with one of you guys. I got the ok from them to run a giveaway contest for the extra CD.

Wolf Parade are an amazing band, and this is a great album. It can be yours, for free. All you gotta do is leave a comment with your favorite Wolf Parade song, and tell me why it’s your favorite. No silly answers like “It’s SICK”. Tell me about a lyric you love. A guitar riff that you can’t get enough of. A particular shriek from Spencer. Best of all, maybe tell me about a memory that you have attatched to one of the songs. I want you to get on a personal level…If your’re up to it, that is.

Expo 86 isn’t released until next Tuesday, June 29th. So I will have this contest open until 11:59 P.M. that day. Good luck!!

  • Burton

    I’ll Believe In Anything

    “Apologies to the Queen Mary” is easily in my top 10 albums of all time, and for years I loved this song equally as much as anything else on the album. Anyway, two years ago this July I was in Buffalo, studying for the bar exam, when I found out one of my best friend had less than two weeks to live. He had found out five years before that he had a rare form of bone cancer, and we all thought he had it beat until it re-emerged earlier in 2008. When I got that call I immediately packed my books and jumped in my car for Syracuse, where I grew up. The only album I had with me in the car was “Apologies” and I listened to it three times straight on the Thruway, as comfort food for my ears to distract me. The third time through, the line “Your blood, your bones, your voice, and your ghost” hit me, and I started crying so hard I had to pull off.

    Ev passed away a week later, and I couldn’t listen to “Apologies” for months afterwards. Then I saw Wolf Parade in concert in Buffalo that November, and they played an incredible version “I Believe In Anything” as an encore. And I can’t really explain how cathartic it was for me. I can listen to “Apologies” again (all the time, in fact), and rather than feeling like I was punched in the gut every time “I Believe In Anything” comes on, I think of all the good times Ev and I had and I smile.

    And that’s why it’s my favorite WP song.

  • Rebecca

    I’ll Believe in Anything is very very close 2nd but I think I’m going to go with Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts.

    IBiA comes with a lot of gooey/painful romantic feelings for me and sometimes I can’t listen to it. But DSaDoHG has, I think, one of the most perfect sets of lyrics ever:

    I got a hand, so I got a fist, so I got a plan; it’s the best that I can do. Now I would say it’s in god’s hands, but god doesn’t always have the best goddamn plans, does he?

  • http://www.jkeentauna.com Joshua Quintana

    You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son

    The drums at the beginning get my attention as if it is the first time I have heard the song. As the keyboard comes in I begin to bob my head to the beat. But as the singing starts, my heart drops. This song is about remaining a person no matter how difficult life gets. ‘I am my father’s son’ shows that his enemy can be whomever he chooses, but it will not affect who he was meant to be. This song reminds me that opinion cannot change ones identity. You hold your own future and fate.

  • Burton

    @ Joshua

    “Apologies” is jam-packed with shiver moments, starting with those drums. And man, the three figures on your heart lines? Amazing.

  • http://twitter.com/iloveburgers iheartspencerkrug

    Wow, where can I begin? It was right around the time ‘Apologies To The Queen Mary’ came out, and my friend had just given the album to me. I had just come back to NYC from living in Europe for four months and was pretty much screwed – I had to find a place to live in a matter of days, didn’t have a job or money, etc. So in the midst of being lost in a panic-stricken daze and walking down St. Mark’s Place, “Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts” came on my iPod and suddenly everything made sense. I had been struggling for some time (and hell, living in the city consists of a daily fight for survival it seems!), and the song TOTALLY expressed my sentiment at that moment: “Now we’ll say it’s in God’s hands / But God doesn’t always have the best goddamn plans, does he?”

    I literally looked up at that moment – I had been shuffling along, meandering the streets of the East Village while keeping my gaze to the ground, but as this song reached me I looked up at the sky and laughed as I queried God in my head: seriously dude, what the HELL are you thinking?! This fucking sucks! What do you expect me to do??

    “I got water and holes in my hands / I’m a digger of holes in the land…”

    However, the song was almost joyful and celebratory in its acknowledgment of life and its problems, curve balls, and winding roads – its uplifting beat, melody and chorus rose up together and pulled me out of the pit of despair I had been wallowing in that night. “I can’t believe in those hunters and kings – I got a new plan to bring, I got a new song to sing / And it goes, ‘Lalalalalala…'”

    That whole album saved my life that summer and changed my outlook on the world. Since then, I’ve continued doing the best that I can despite the occasional forces that seem to rise up against me, and I’ve kept on digging holes in the land despite the holes in my hands. Although his plans do suck from time to time, I still say “it’s in God’s plans” because that IS the easiest way – without some sort of faith in this insane world, I’d go bat shit crazy.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/maeraki christ_oh_fur

    ok wow this is going to be third time this song is chose but I have to go with “Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts.” There are numerous reasons but the simplest (and therefore some may argue the best) reason is it was the first Wolf Parade song I ever heard. A friend of mine put it on a mix for me.

    Now the fact that she even made me a mix is a big deal because she is the type to try and hide her favorite bands so that people she doesn’t trust won’t ruin the band by liking them for the wrong reasons. So it already meant a lot to me she made me a mix.

    Then there is that line that stuck out to me on the first listen, “God doesn’t always have the best goddamn plans.” She’s a devout Christian and I was quite shocked that she would listen to a band professing such views. I mean to open a dialog about it but she wasn’t receptive to talking about her religion. I guess it just stood as a testament to me how people can appreciate views in art even if they disagree with their own.

  • hopelandik

    well, my favourite is “Yulia” from the new album
    I live in Russia, Siberia, and I was very surprised when I saw the title of that track, because here we pronounce it in that way, without “J”. I listened it and in the lyrics there was mentioned the name of town Poshekhonye, so I guess it’s about some russian girl. The song is wonderful, and, in addition, the name of my girlfriend is the same, so it impressed me a lot, thank you.

  • Kevin O’Brien

    “This Hearts on Fire”
    I was staying way too late one night when I was 11 or 12 and watching the Late Late show. Wolf Parade was playing. At this point I was barely listening to music, only Blink 182 and stuff like that. So when I heard them playing this song I was like “how much have I been missing out on!” the synth drew me in like bugs to a porch light. I immediately went on the computer to listen to more wolf parade and to look them up. Then I came across the “Indie” genre, which I became curious about. Eventually my Indie internet surfing led me to bands like The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and most importantly ARCTIC MONKEYS! Hence, why I follow the blog, so the awesomeness of “This Hearts on Fire” is ultimately what got me to this blog.

  • Sean

    My favorite Wold Parade song is “I’ll Believe in Anything” off the Apologies to Queen Mary album because it reminds me of my girlfriend. I put it on a mix that i made for her and it had ever since been a song that we both listen to when we’re together.

  • Hannah

    My favorite Wolf Parade song is “I’ll Believe in Anything” because it defines one of the happiest times of my life and my relationship with one of my best friends.

    I spent a summer in Minnesota where I know no one and frequently am so bored that I drink myself to sleep while watching British sitcoms on pbbs. My friend Nick, who attended the University of Montana with me, was summering in New Mexico and was spending his time in a very similar fashion. We hadn’t known eachother long but we began chatting until sunrise most nights. I’m fairly sure he kept from from insanity that summer seeing as I was alone in a cabin in the woods–very Ted Kaczynski.

    I ended up purchasing an extraneous ticket to a Folk Festival in Canada and (eventually) convinced my friend to drive from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Nevis, Minnesota. He drove hundreds of miles over 3 days (his car broke down in Colorado and a recent parolee helped him find a mechanic). When he finally arrived we had to get right back in the car to get to the festival on time. He played the song “I’ll Believe in Anything” and told me it seemed like a good soundtrack for our trip. We listened to the song again and again that weekend.

    I feel as though this might be a bit long winded but I would really like to listen to the new album with him the first night we move into the apartment we’re (hopefully) moving into this summer.

  • http://www.briandepasquale.com Brian DePasquale

    “Shine A Light”

    Gloriously produced rock song that builds from beginning to end better than any other Wolf Parade song. I was just starting my freshman year of college when “Apologies to the Queen Mary” came out. It was one of the first albums that introduced me to a wide variety of great indie artists releasing music at the time. I played “Shine A Light” so much my roommate banned it from being played (that along with “A Certain Romance”) when he was home because he grew so sick of it. It’s been five years, but whenever that song starts playing, I still get the chills.

  • Coley

    There is a lot to be said about this album. This album grows on you and it grows with you. There are so many pivotal moments of my life that I can associate with parts of this album, or can better accept because of this album — “god doesn’t always have the best goddamn plans…” or Shine a Light : ” you know our hearts beat time out very slowly”

    Today, after thousands of listens, this album awakens a photo album of memories and short clips of heartbreak and heartfelt parts of my life.

    “Ill believe in anything” steals my heart, breaks my heart and everything between the two. There was a rough patch with my best friend as we transitioned into a relationship…I heard this song on a mix that had been in my car and broke down. I knew then that I had to take a risk, I had to put my fears aside, and that we still had a chance. I still tear up when I hear the song, and I am quite thankful that he is so much a part of my life and that we took that chance.

  • ell_dee

    My favorite song by Wolf Parade is “I’ll Believe in Anything” partly because it reminds me of the moment I let go of home and my first real heartbreak. I grew up in the woods and dirt of Northern California, and I’m not talking about the Bay Area. Closer to Tahoe, really. In my Freshman year of college — during Christmas Break at home, I realized that the boy I thought I was in love with was starting to date one of my closest friends. And she’s way hotter than I am. Think Kiera Knightley. I was young and far too full of love for him. So in the wee hours of one particularly black and starry night, I drove fast around the windy country roads, chain-smoking Parliament Lights, and blasting “I’ll Believe in Anything” on repeat. Over and over, and yeah I cried a bit. And that is when I let go of home as I knew it in high school — there were no more poignant ties to my home, and no more foolish unreciprocated love-making. It’s the first time my skin grew a bit tougher, but the song still reminds me of that very vulnerable time.

  • Matt

    You Are A Runner And I am My Father’s Son

    Last summer I was drinking and abusing hallucinogens at least 4 times a week and during one particularly bad night I put on Apologizes to the Queen Mary and it kicked my ass. Spencer’s voice in this song in particular just hit me hard and the “I ain’t no hero/in the night/I am my father’s son” hit me the hardest. I realized I had to change and get away from this lifestyle and become my own man. The song reminds me of that turning point evert ime.

  • Peter

    Modern World

    It was only a few months ago when I first really heard about Wolf Parade. They were coming to play in my city, and a good friend mentioned that it would be a good show. So off I went, and was amazed by the show. I feel out of place at most shows. I don’t fit in with the crowds generally and I’m completely self conscious of myself at most times. At the show I was completely taken away by the music. Nothing else mattered at that moment. I danced all night long just grooving to the music. I bought their album at the show and listen to it often, but I would say that the lyric that most catches me is that from Modern World “Modern world i’m not pleased to meet you, You just bring me down”. This sums up my life. With that phrase in my head I’m letting go of a lot of things that I thought that I needed, and I’m getting back to basics…and since i’ve started I’m becoming more at ease with myself and a happier individual overall as well.

  • http://myspace.com/bravestation Derek

    Expo 86 is Wolf Parade’s most focused effort to date, transcending the fragmented experimentation found on ‘At Mount Zoomer’ while getting back to the dance-y and melodic swagger that made them so successful on their full-length debut ‘Apologies to Queen Mary’ (based on listening to my low-quality .mp3 advance pirated copy 🙁

    “Little Golden Age” is just one of the many standouts on this near perfect album, with it’s melancholic intro/chant sung by the beautiful voice of storyteller Spencer Krug, followed by the raw passionate growls of Dan Beckoner: “This place was the machine that put the island in your heart” captures my imagination in ways that I cannot describe – conveying a sense of optimism in the often pessimistic and confusing world that we’re all subject too.

    Musically the song propels you along in a triumphant and brave rhythm with it’s propulsive drum beat, sprinkled effects-driven keyboard riffs and crunchy distorted guitar chords – as if to build up your strength and courage for the confrontation and psychological war that is about to be waged (cue the instrumental break @ the 2min mark with its menacing guitar line and four to the floor snare beat): “Freeze, Freeze Little Golden Age” has to regarded as one of Beckoner’s quintessential lyrical moments; you can hear the heart-felt honesty in his voice as he delivers his ominous plea to those us who will listen.

    For me, on a personal level, “Little Golden Age” an imaginative tongue-in-cheek retrospective and political statement/story about the human condition and the atrocities that have been committed by societies throughout our existence – an era that we should not adorn or refer to as a “Golden Age”.

  • Jan

    It’s SICK!

    No, really, I didn’t want to participate at first because my english isn’t that good and I’ll buy the CD or LP anyway… but personal WP favourite? I think I have a nice story to share: When I was a child I had a heart desease with tachycardia and dysrhythmia. After a minor operation everything went fine until 2006 when I suddenly felt my heart beating faster again. I was angry and sad at the same time because I knew I had to go through the whole thing again (medication and eventually operation) and when I calmed down in my room and put on my headphones one of the first songs that came up was “This Heart’s On Fire”. I began to laugh pretty loud when Dan Boeckner sang: “This Hearts on Fire, this Hearts on Fire! It’s getting better all the time! It’s getting better all the time!” – pure irony… but it somehow cured my anger (at least a little bit…). That was the moment I decided this song had to be my favourite song of all time. Today everything is fine again, after a second operation I’m healthy and chances are pretty good that it stays this way.
    I know this sounds as if I made it up but it’s a true story… believe me or not…

    Boeckner is still one of my favourite songwriters. Handsome Furs’ Plague Park is a great example of his skills and I think on both At Mount Zoomer and Expo86 his songs are a little bit better than Spencer’s… I have to agree that Little Golden Age contains a lot of nostalgia: both WP-nostalgia and non-WP-nostalgia.

  • rarewaves

    Kissing The Beehive (from At Mount Zoomer)

    Despite Apologies to the Queen Mary being the best Wolf Parade album of all times, my favourite song is featured on their second one, At Mount Zoomer. The whole CD is darker, gloomier than their debut, however, they all have a certain, unique climate which can’t be seen in any of their ather work.
    The song itself is a colossal 11-minute track which makes it the longest WP song, yet for me, the greatest. It has everything a WP-fan could ask for: the subtle, yet always recognizable guitar riffs, the enriching synths and both Spencer’s and Boeckner’s vocals, all in all, for me, Kissing the Beehive is like a summary of the whole album.
    I have always wondered what the context of the lyrics is. On the site called “songmeanings”, which has an open discussion about almost every song’s lyrics the majority of people agreed that KtB is about Wolf Parade’s misbelief in God’s existance, yet I think it’s more nostalgic than it is thought to be. For me, it’s about what we miss in being a kid, what we miss when we have to forget about our childhood and move on to the adult life.
    It’s about the grown-ups who still want to play make-believe, who still want to be irresponsible, do mindless activities like kissing a beehive itself. It’s about having to let go, something depressing but inevidable.
    To sum up, even though I am not a big WP-fan now, Kissing the Beehive is a song which still keeps haunting me causing to play it over and over again, regardless it’s length.

  • Luke

    “Grounds for Divorce” is a pretty special song to me since it helped me and a friend trudge on during a hike through Algonquin Park.

    A new friend of mine was dealing with some mild asthma and had hurt her knee earlier in the hike, so she was at the back of the line with me (I’m just slow moving). She’s the quiet type, so I knew she was mulling over the situation in her head: beating herself up over slowing everyone else down, how it was raining and her feet were soaked, and how stupid she felt over her knee injury.

    Singing helps, apparently, or at least the others in the course thought so. So I started singing “Grounds for Divorce”, since I was listening to Wolf Parade pretty often around that time. After getting through the first several verses, I suddenly trailed off when I got to the line, “Found eighteen reasons I can’t pick up on the phone”, since at that time I still had no idea what they were saying.

    Before I could think of another song, my friend was singing that verse between gasps of air.

    The rest of the hike that day was completed over brief discussions of Spencer and Dan, as well as the singing of “Shine a Light” and “I’ll Believe in Anything”. I know she would have made the rest of the hike anyway, but I’m glad I was able to lift her spirits for the rest of it.

  • dar

    This has to be Grounds for Divorce.

    It’s not the most popular song – but it’s the most powerful for me easily. The reason is, I had an assortment of Wolf Parade songs on my ipod one horrible winter two years ago when the guy who I really believed was “the one for me” dumped me, just like that.

    He was this guy from Sweden. We were trying to make it work long distance. And it wasn’t really working…but he wasn’t letting on. Until one day he just let me go. But not before asking if it was ok that he still used the hockey tickets I had bought him for the New Years Eve game when he was going to be visiting Canada in a few weeks.

    Yeah, he was pretty special all right. Anyway, this all happened the first week of December. I was a grad student, and had my comprehensive exams in 2 weeks, to study for. It was the worst timing. It was freezing cold, I’d be at the school until late, taking the bus home in -25c. Ugh.

    And on my ipod was the Wolf Parade set. And in that set was Grounds for Divorce. And if you listen to the lyrics, it’s filled with stupid reasons why we break up. The disagreements on the bus wheels. And stupid things we do when we know it’s almost “over” – finding 18 reasons not to pick up the phone.

    And we see the “real” lovers, the way they stand, the way they move, the way they move their hands. And all the while we know we’re just not part of that.

    And, I’m telling you, that song saved me during those few weeks – I played it over and over again and I have vivid memories of being at the bus stop, with it on my ipod, taking comfort in those words. I was just one of so many people whose relationships were broken.

    It sounds pretty melancholy and dramatic now, but I mean it when I say that Grounds for Divorce helped me through that really crappy time.

    Anyway, that’s my vote!

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