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Vote in the NME USA music awards. Or not.

NME is sponsoring the first-ever NME Awards USA. I just tried going over to their website to read about the nominees, and when voting ends, but apparently you need to be a registered user to see the information. And that's completely lame. So I won't be voting.

If you don't have the same online editorial hangups as I do and would like to cast your ballot, here are some of the nominees. You can see the full listing over at LimeWire.

Best Band
Kings of Leon
The Killers
My Chemical Romance
The White Stripes
Foo Fighters

Best International Band
Arctic Monkeys
Arcade Fire

Best New Band
Band of Horses
Black Kids
Vampire Weekend

Best New International Band
The Enemy
The Wombats
The Last Shadow Puppets

Best Live Band
My Chemical Romance
Kings of Leon
The Killers
Queens of the Stoneage
Foo Fighters

Best International Live Act
Arctic Monkeys
Arcade Fire
The Cribs
Kaiser Chiefs

What do you think? I like how they only have American bands in the "best" area and categorize everyone else as international, instead of allowing Americans to pick a non-US band as the best. And by "like" I mean, don't like. And… Oasis?? C'mon now people. Try to stay with the current century please.

As one of the commentors on Limewire said, "I think they're doing this to demonstrate that Americans have poor taste."

The awards will be broadcast live on NME's MySpace page on April 23rd.



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Amy Winehouse is cooler than Beth Ditto? Where's Jarvis?!?

NME has posted their "Cool" findings for 2007 on their website and has opened the voting for the Readers' Top 10 on their website.

The NME editorial staff ranked cool-kids like so:

 1. Frank Carter, Gallows (new)
 2. Jamie Reynolds, Klaxon (last year 13)
 3. Lovefoxxx, CSS (last year 10)
 4. Ryan Jarman, The Cribs (re-entry)
 5. Lethal Bizzle (new)
 6. Alex Turner, Arctic Monkeys (last year 32)
 7. Kate Nash (new entry)
 8. Amy Winehouse (last year 50)
 9. Beth Ditto, Gossip (last year 1)
10. Keith Richards (last year 26)


I need Erik G to truly critique (and decipher) it for me, but I have to point out the oddness of making Beth Ditto #9 AFTER Amy… and after that Klaxon? And Keith Richards? Is that the token classic dude? I'm guessing that means last year David Bowie was on the list? 

Good to know at least the Readers' Top Ten shouts out to Jack White and Jarvis Cocker (who should be #1, always).


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NME Chart for 10/22

Not much new on the NME Chart this week. The Wombats took the #1 spot with their ultra-catchy "Let's Dance to Joy Division" and well, that's about it. One new song and it seems to fit today's theme of cartoon-related videos.

#7. The Cribs – Don't You Wanna Be Relevant – It is what you might expect from the Cribs, except maybe all the body parts falling off.

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2007: The Cribs

Do you know those charts that have three circles, each overlapping a little bit? If you labeled each of the three circles as "Art Brut," "The Arctic Monkeys," and "Franz Ferdinand," the little section that encompasses all three circles would be the Cribs, a three piece rock band from the UK.

Maybe the Franz Ferdinand reference is a little easy and cliche since the band's frontman Alex Kapranos produced the band's recent album Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever, but it's an apt comparison. The band often adopts a bouncy swagger that mirrors FF. At other times, a few songs are anthemic rock songs, reminding me of the Arctic Monkeys and one of the brothers Jarman (all three members of the Cribs are brothers) has a singing delivery that brings Eddie Argos of Art Brut to mind.

The Cribs at the Capitol Hill Block Party 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.The band has done a fine job of surrounding themselves with excellent musicians. They toured with Franz Ferdinand and Death Cab for Cutie last year and are good friends with the Kaiser Chiefs. But it isn't just who they know as the NME named one of the band's songs ("Hey Scenesters") as one of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems earlier this year.

They definitely have a sound that fits in with the UK bands I've mentioned above, and maybe don't differentiate themselves enough from their peers, but they are still an enjoyable rock band that put on a very good live show, not flashy in the least, but very solid nonetheless.

I read an article in the NME about the Cribs recently (fortunately they were featured in the one issue of the magazine I own; I'd link to it or quote from it if I was at home and not at Caffe Vita on igDana's laptop) and the article focused on how they enjoy playing shows out of their element or comfort zone. In that case, they should have felt right at home playing this show at the Capitol Hill Block Party, sandwiched between singer/songwriters Mirah and John Vanderslice.

Most of the songs from the 45-minute set was made up of songs from the band's new album. They seemed new to most of the crowd (me included, who only gave Men's Needs… one full spin before their set), but the audience seemed to appreciate the consistent and energetic rock show. They didn't speak much between songs, but that isn't what the Cribs are about.

The Cribs at CHBP 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

My appreciation of each band I saw at the CHBP increased after watching them play this weekend. The Cribs continued that streak. I'm really anxious to see them again (and they only left the stage two hours ago).

>> Read all Capitol Hill Block Party 2007 reviews on TIG

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NME Hits for July 9

For this week's NME update, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs take #1, but there are three new songs for us to enjoy:

Dizzee Rascal: Old Skool
Why, oh why, has this not been released in the states? This is the most accessible Dizzee ever, but still great. It not only references Eric B and Rakim/Salt N' Pepa, but it also keeps some of the techno style of Dizzee. Wow, maybe I need to break down and get the album on iTunes.

Cribs: Moving Pictures 
Kind ofboring mainstream for the Cribs, not that they're a well of new genius anyway. I kind of like the distorted bass thing. They seem to be filling the Weezer/Ash shaped hole in my life, which actually may or may not need filling, but this song isn't anywhere near my favorite from the Cribs – its way too produced and clean.

Biffy Clyro: Folding Stars
Why was I convinced this band was a woman? More importantly, why does anyone like this band? (Tomorrow is a promise to no one – ?) Talk about a poor man's Foo Fighters (and talk about a creepy singer).


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Greatest Indie Anthems

NME indie anthems!Just because it is now officially NME Thursday and everyone loves themed lists, how about we talk about the Greatest Indie Anthems ever… and what NME / Xfm and the general UK public think they are.

The top 50 Greatest Indie Anthems as listed in NME:
1. Oasis – 'Live Forever'
2. Nirvana – 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'
3. Pulp – 'Common People'
4. The Smiths – 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out'
5. The Libertines – 'Don't Look Back Into The Sun'
6. The Libertines – 'Time For Heroes'
7. The Smiths – 'How Soon Is Now?'
8. The Stone Roses – 'I Am The Resurrection'
9. The Strokes – 'Last Nite'
10. Arctic Monkeys – 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor'
11. The Smiths – 'This Charming Man'
12. The Stone Roses – 'She Bangs The Drums'
13. The Libertines – 'Can't Stand Me Now'
14. Oasis – 'Don't Look Back In Anger'
15. Blur – 'Song 2'
16. Franz Ferdinand – 'Take Me Out'
17. The Stone Roses – 'I Wanna Be Adored'
18. The Verve – 'Bitter Sweet Symphony'
19. Joy Divison – 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'
20. Joy Division – 'Transmission'
21. The Smiths – 'Panic'
22. The Breeders – 'Cannonball'
23. The Gossip – 'Standing In The Way Of Control'
24. Babyshambles – 'Fuck Forever'
25. Oasis – 'Supersonic'
26. Radiohead – 'Creep'
27. Oasis -' Wonderwall'
28. Pavement – 'Cut Your Hair'
29. Arcade Fire – 'Rebellion (Lies)'
30. Manic Street Preachers – 'A Design For Life'
31. Oasis – 'Cigarettes & Alcohol'
32. The Stone Roses – 'Fool's Gold'
33. The Killers – 'Mr Brightside'
34. Radiohead – 'Just'
35. Pixies – 'Monkey Gone To Heaven'
36. Kaiser Chiefs – 'I Predict A Riot'
37. Kasabian – 'LSF'
38. Pixies – 'Gigantic'
39. Oasis – 'Champagne Supernova'
40. Klaxons – 'Golden Skans'
41. Blur – 'Parklife'
42. The Cribs – 'Hey Scenesters'
43. Suede – 'Animal Nitrate'
44. The Stone Roses – 'Love Spreads'
45. The La's – 'There She Goes'
46. Dinosaur Jr – 'Freak Scene'
47. The Libertines – 'Up The Bracket'
48. Sonic Youth – 'Bull In The Heather'
49. The Rapture – 'House Of Jealous Lovers'
50. My Bloody Valentine – 'You Made Me Realise'

What do you guys think? Surely, everyone realizes that there are better songs than these — but we're talking anthems here. I am proud of Pavement t 28, but what about Ash's "Kung Fu" or "Jack Names the Planets"? Idlewild "Rosability"?

And by 'anthem,' do they mean songs with which drunk people sing along in unison?

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Watch Coachella from the comfort of your living room!

I love technology! Thanks to a live webcast stream, now we can see all the great bands playing Coachella this weekend without having to deal with the lines, portapotties, drum circles, and $10 bottle of waters.

Here's the schedule for today anCoachella 2007 Posterd tomorrow:
(All times are Pacific Standard Time)

April 28th Lineup
03:00 PM Gogol Bordello * Previously Recorded
04:00 PM Fields
04:40 PM The Cribs
05:25 PM The Frames
06:15 PM Jack's Mannequin
07:10 PM Andrew Bird
08:05 PM The Fratellis
09:00 PM Regina Spektor
09:50 PM The Arcade Fire
11:00 PM Ozomatli

April 29th Lineup
03:00 PM Anathallo
03:45 PM The Feeling
04:40 PM Junior Boys
05:30 PM Fair to Midland
06:05 PM Kaiser Chiefs
07:05 PM CSS
08:05 PM Klaxons
08:55 PM Crowded House
09:50 PM Damien Rice
10:40 PM Amos Lee
11:10 PM The Lemonheads

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NME keeps me baffled

So sometimes the "flavor of the week" syndrome on the other side of the pond is mind-boggling. Currently, we seem to be in a state of rapid flux in the UK. Take a look at the current NME Top 10. Right now The View is #1, followed by the Cribs (who had a pretty darn good single a couple years back with "You're Gonna Lose Us"), the Maccabees, Jack Penate, the Noisettes and the excellently named Mumm-Ra (Thundercats Ho!). Of course, I've probably set myself up here to get bashed for not being up on the UK pop scene, but gotta love the final line of the article: Will The View be able to hang onto their crown when The Twang arrive on the scene next week? I have no idea what that means.