Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Mercury Prize Short List Announced

The UK Mercury Prize is a really good spin on the Grammys. A panel of musicians and experts get together, cull a short list of albums they love and then pick a winner. It brings attention to all sorts of acts, sells records and is generally an all-around good thing. (US labels have taken a stab at doing the same thing, but it hasn't caught on yet as well as the UK version.) Here are this year's nominees:

Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Ballad Of The Broken Seas
Editors - The Back Room
Guillemots - Through The Windowpane
Richard Hawley - Coles Corner
Hot Chip - The Warning
Muse - Black Holes And Revelations
Zoe Rahman - Melting Pot
Lou Rhodes - Beloved One
Scritti Politti - White Bread, Black Beer
Sway - This Is My Demo
Thom Yorke - The Eraser

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