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Mercury Prize & Music to See and Hear

Jul 22

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Mercury Music Prize:
In approximately 30 minutes the nominees for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize will be announced. Lot's of speculation here and here as to who will get the nod.  While Key Notes isn't a fan of every album on the list below, he will eat his virtual hat if at least 50% of them are not included:

  • Radiohead - In Rainbows
  • The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement
  • Coldplay - Viva la Vida or 'Whacky' Alternative Title
  • MIA - Kala
  • Neon Neon - Stainless Style
  • Jamie Lidell - Jim
  • Portishead - Third
  • Elbow- The Seldom Seen Kid
  • Burial - Untrue
  • Token Folk/Hip Hop/R & B Album's

No doubt, a huge miscarriage of justice will be done and guess what, they'll probably have to rename it the Turner Prize* afterwards.

*Key Notes did steal this joke from elsewhere, but meh.

Free Music from Bright Eyes Conor Oberst:
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band are streaming every single track from their (his) new album Conor Oberst  here.  Produced by the man himself and recorded in Mexico, the album contains a song called Danny Callahan whom Key Notes went to school with many years ago.  Is it the same person, probably not but still, it's free!  Oh, and so is this quasi-making of video:

Something for the Weekend:
Well the first thing you should do is check out Ian's 'Gigs of the Fortnight' but if you still see nothing of interest then be sure to get down to Andrews Lane Theatre for Electric Eel Shock, one of the best live bands Key Notes has ever seen.

Update on Mercury Prize:
Nominations are now announced and Key Notes won't be eating any hats for some time as 5 from his 9 were nominated!  The full list: 

  • Adele - 19
  • British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
  • Burial - Untrue
  • Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
  • The Last Shadow Puppets - Age of the Understatement
  • Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim
  • Neon Neon - Stainless Style
  • Portico Quartet - Knee Deep in the North Sea
  • Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
  • Radiohead - In Rainbows
  • Rachel Unthank & The Winterset - The Bairns

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