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continuum
20-07-2010, 08:15 PM
Dizzee Rascal nominated again > http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-10696387

paolo
21-07-2010, 07:50 AM
The XX album is the only one of those that I've heard, and it's pretty good

Pretty, pretty good :larrydavid:

routes
21-07-2010, 08:15 AM
FFS this list does not reflect my own personal taste

Brother Randy Hickey
21-07-2010, 09:09 AM
i think the only taste it can reflect is some Sunday supplement music critic's. Banal doesn't start to cover it.

Give to Wild Beasts, at least they're trying

baboon2004
21-07-2010, 09:36 AM
The xx are still great. The rest of those choices...aren't, really. I liked an interview given by the lead singer of Foals, but I can't vouch for their music whatsoever.

Brother Randy Hickey
21-07-2010, 09:42 AM
I just don't see the XX thing at all. It's like Slowdive have heard a dubstep record or something - ditchwater dull indie pepped up with some secondhand beats

mms
21-07-2010, 09:56 AM
I just don't see the XX thing at all. It's like Slowdive have heard a dubstep record or something - ditchwater dull indie pepped up with some secondhand beats

yeah i don't really get the fuss but at least it has its own way of doing things.

baboon2004
21-07-2010, 10:05 AM
They just make lovely songs.

mistersloane
21-07-2010, 10:49 AM
It's the Young Marble Giants and no worse for that. What I really like about them is that 16 year old goths from Corby listen to them as well as Guardian readers in Hampstead dinner parties, they achieved a truly pan-generational, pan-subculture sound, and should be applauded for it.

Brother Randy Hickey
21-07-2010, 11:04 AM
and they do have the Shakira seal of approval, which I guess must count for something :)

baboon2004
21-07-2010, 01:07 PM
It's the Young Marble Giants and no worse for that. What I really like about them is that 16 year old goths from Corby listen to them as well as Guardian readers in Hampstead dinner parties, they achieved a truly pan-generational, pan-subculture sound, and should be applauded for it.

Yeah, totally. It's an identifiably post-punk sound, and the minimalism is way more adventurous than most indie music out there. Plus, the way their voices intertwine is magical - can't remember the last indie/guitar group where the interplay of male and female voices was so well realised. Let me have a ponder.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2a9GG4elO8 ?

Leo
21-07-2010, 05:43 PM
Yeah, totally. It's an identifiably post-punk sound, and the minimalism is way more adventurous than most indie music out there. Plus, the way their voices intertwine is magical - can't remember the last indie/guitar group where the interplay of male and female voices was so well realised. Let me have a ponder.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2a9GG4elO8 ?

i still really like the xx album, for reasons mentioned...plus, they were only bloody teenagers when they made it, which is impressive. they might never do anything of value again, but that first album is a keeper.

haven't heard most of the nominees, although i do like the wild beasts' album. it has an orange juice/associates thing going on with the vocals and songwriting that clicks for me.

Sectionfive
22-07-2010, 12:34 PM
http://www.musicweek.com/story.asp?storycode=1041920

Blackdown
22-07-2010, 01:53 PM
310 sales!!!???

gumdrops
19-07-2011, 01:35 PM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/gallery/2011/jul/19/mercury-prize-2011-nominees#/?picture=377021447&index=0

i predict james blake or metronomy will get it

e/y
19-07-2011, 02:15 PM
from the list, my favourite was Katy B's album. along with Robyn's triple album last year, one of the best pop LPs of the last few years.

baboon2004
19-07-2011, 02:15 PM
I'd say Blake would be a virtual shoo-in, ensuring a massive increase in sales for his MORstep (the album rather than the preceding stuff, of course).

Edit:Ah, just saw Katy B. Him or her, or someone else who's been to Goldsmiths or that other place.

Robyn roasts them all, it's true.

gumdrops
19-07-2011, 02:21 PM
actually i really dont know who will win but i doubt katy b will as that album is not at all 'serious' (even with the dubstep cred it has)

ghostpoet is boring as anything so shouldnt win (but might)

e/y
19-07-2011, 02:25 PM
PJ Harvey's album received incredibly glowing reviews from critics, think she will win. her or Adele (who I cannot stand. think it's the contrived 'regular person' image).

eltsac
19-07-2011, 02:50 PM
pj harvey should win it... her album was very very good.

i was hoping darkstar's album would have snuck in there.

mistersloane
20-07-2011, 11:02 AM
King Creosote to win please. I think they'd make really good use of 20 grand.

mistersloane
20-07-2011, 11:04 AM
Plus what they're doing is fucking beautiful

<iframe width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/M-Lr0igwLIY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

mistersloane
20-07-2011, 11:01 PM
It really is.

<iframe width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EQp9pz5PWRk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

paolo
21-07-2011, 12:22 PM
No Actress? :(

Apart from Splazsh, it's been a while since I've really enjoyed an album by a UK act. Blake's was pretty good, as were North and Crooks and Lovers, but they weren't amazing

Edit - Return II Space was amazing. How could I have forgotten that?

e/y
21-07-2011, 02:50 PM
Surgeon's new album is very good.

SecondLine
22-07-2011, 09:31 AM
a dance music album is never gonna get a look in though is it?

apart from the token jazz outfit (which draws on the same tiny pool of musicians from a scene even smaller than ours every year), it's all sunday supplement stuff int it. To their credit, I think the 'urban' entry used to be token as well, but they're reflecting the times a bit more these days on that front.

sort of a shame that the supposedly 'credible' alternative to most UK music awards follows such a rigid formula

blacktulip
26-07-2011, 06:58 AM
King Creosote to win please. I think they'd make really good use of 20 grand.

Yes, plus one million trillion extra points for being from the Kingdom of Fife.

mistersloane
26-07-2011, 03:58 PM
Yes, plus one million trillion extra points for being from the Kingdom of Fife.

He could buy a castle!

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-15963777.html/svr/3104;jsessionid=64896914EAC6C508FFFB772C17A1A8BE

King Creosote Castle!

or maybe a mobile home

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-29519101.html

how is that a mobile home

baboon2004
26-07-2011, 04:04 PM
Anyone linked to the Beta Band gets my approval.

SecondLine
26-07-2011, 06:43 PM
Plus what they're doing is fucking beautiful

<iframe width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/M-Lr0igwLIY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

wow, it really is. sounds like the perfect music for the annual family sojourn to west wales...something innately 'coastal' about it.

blacktulip
26-07-2011, 07:01 PM
It also makes a great soundtrack to The Candle of Vision by AE.

blacktulip
26-07-2011, 07:02 PM
But er... not quite as good as Clannad for said purpose. =)