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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
Muse
Radiohead
Oasis

Best New Band
Band of Horses
Black Kids
MGMT
Vampire Weekend
Paramore

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

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
Muse

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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Best of 2007: imaginary stella's picks

It’s always odd to revisit what you’ve reviewed over the course of a year. Sometimes, much can change – as after subsequent listenings, you realize that record you thought was pretty decent just blows (see The Killers’ Sam’s Town) or you come to love an album that you’d previously dismissed as mediocre (see “Into the Wild” soundtrack). The true test of a “best release of the year” is its stability, so I’ve tried to pick “long-haul” contenders—albums I’ll go to for months (or even years) to come, with no requirement for a set amount of finalists. Here’s what made the cut…

TOP ALBUMS:

  • LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver (this one sits significantly higher than the rest)
  • Interpol: Our Love to Admire
  • The Shins: Wincing the Night Away
  • Eddie Vedder: “Into the Wild” soundtrack
  • Minus the Bear: Planet of Ice
  • Aqueduct: Or Give Me Death

And, topping the list of what sadly wasn’t as good as I expected:
Modest Mouse: We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

I’ll leave it at that. I can hardly fathom how disappointed I was by that output (mixing the quirky fire of Modest Mouse with legendary jangler Johnny Marr? How did it fall so flat?).

TOP NORTHWEST ALBUMS:

Not that NW artists don’t count in overall, national polls! I just felt like making a separate list. To wit:

  • The Shins: Wincing the Night Away
  • Eddie Vedder: “Into the Wild” soundtrack
  • Minus the Bear: Planet of Ice
  • Aqueduct: Or Give Me Death
  • Blue Scholars: Bayani
  • Ms. Led: Shake Yourself Awake
  • Siberian: With Me
  • Schoolyard Heroes: Abominations
  • Menomena: Friend and Foe
  • Charmparticles: Alive in the Hotspell

 

TOP SONGS:

Just call me John Cusack in “High Fidelity” — I can’t stop making lists! Here are my top songs of 2007. This is basically a list of the most-played new tracks on my iPod this year…

  • “Underdog” by Spoon
  • “Dashboard” by Modest Mouse
  • “Split Needles” by The Shins
  • “Someone Great” by LCD Soundsystem
  • “Golden Skans” by Klaxons
  • “White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes
  • “Misery Business” by Paramore
  • “The Story” by Brandi Carlile
  • “What Goes Around…Comes Around” by Justin Timberlake

 

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Best of 2007: Mary for Certain's picks

{Over the coming weeks, our staff writers here at TIG will be posting their best of 2007 lists. We welcome you to read, comment… and most of all, VOTE for your own favorites in our Best of 2007 Readers Poll.}

2007 has been a frustrating year for me. I've so wanted to latch on to some awesome band or album and feel just kinda 'eh' about everything. I have higher hopes for 2008.

But in the spirit of the season, I offer you my list of bands/songs that gave me hope this year (in no particular order):

  • Team Waterpolo "Letting Go"
  • Office "Oh My"
  • Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip "The Beat That My Heart Skipped"
  • CSS "Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above"
  • Justice "D.A.N.C.E."
  • Modest Mouse "Dashboard"
  • Klaxons "Magick"
  • Shiny Toy Guns "You Are the One"
  • Mark Ronson "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before"

 

 

 

 

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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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BBC Radio 1 turns 40 with a lot of covers

Following up yesterday post about the Streets' covering "Your Song," I discovered that there are a whole pile of covers of classic songs by current acts on the Radio 1 Established 1967 compilation. Now, it is a mixed bag, but songs include:

  • The Fratellis covering "All Along the Watchtower"
  • Robbie Williams tackling the Kinks' "Lola"
  • The Klaxons do an inspired version of "No Diggity"
  • On the other hand, the Pigeon Detectives slaughter "Power of Love" (my personal favorite 80s pop song).
  • The Gossip take on "Careless Whisper"
  • On the bizarre side, Hard-Fi covers Brits' "Toxic"

Check out the full listing here. Of course, this will likely never get released in the US, but it's fun to see …

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Klaxons rock the Showbox

Klaxons are a relatively young band, despite their many accolades (including the Mercury Prize and headlining NME Indie Rave tour last year). And they’ve already been to Seattle three times in just shy of a half-year — they even commented at last night’s show that they’ve been here more often than their UK homeland in 2007.

It seems their incessant touring has paid off, as the set was tight and relentless, the band blasting through their setlist one song right after the next without much in between – presumably to keep the party alive.

Klaxons photo by Eduardo Brambila

The crowd was small (I’d estimated 200-250 max; only one of the Showbox’s bars was open with nary a line to get a drink, and the all-ages main floor was scant of half-full). But, my, were those 500-some feet excitable. Throughout Klaxons set (and Mystery Jets’ before them), the mob at the front of the stage danced the evening away as though it were Manchester in 1988. And as the energy mounted through the apex of Klaxons’ acidic set, the crowd’s ferocity rose as well: jumping, arms raised, pounding their arts uniformly to the beat.

Klaxons photos by Eduardo Brambila>

My guy and I had a bet going in to the show as to whether Klaxons would sing the falsetto-laden anthem off single “Golden Skans” or if a keyboard loop would fill the need. I won that bet when drummer Steffan Halperin impressively carried the tune right through to the end. Other highlights were the frenetic “Atlantis to Interzone” and “Two Receivers.”

Klaxons. Photo by Eduardo Brambila

Going into the show, I wondered aloud why Klaxons had to hit Seattle on Sunday night. It’s just never easy to rally the next day. But the after-effects of this show carried into my work week as I hummed the tracks, still a little restless to dance. And then it dawned on me: Like the band’s clear influence, I was ready to start the week with a little extra spring in my step: Happy Monday.

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Klaxons win Mercury Prize. Huh?

The Klaxons' Myths of the Near Future walked away with the 2007 Mercury Prize. For those of you who don't remember, the likes of Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys, Bats for Lashes and Dizzee Rascal were nominated, yet somehow the remarkably blah Myths of the Near Future. The Brits just keep on baffling me, I guess.

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Mercury Prize nominees announced

Yes, it is that time of year for the baffling and somewhat odd Mercury Prize. Nominees for this year's award were announced today, and here they are:

Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
Klaxons – Myths Of The Near Future
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
Maps – We Can Create
The View – Hats Off To The Buskers
Jamie T – Panic Prevention
Dizzee Rascal – Maths & English
Bat For Lashes – Fur And Gold
Young Knives – Voices of Animals And Men
Fionn Regan – The End Of History
New Young Pony Club – Fantastic Playroom
Basquiat Strings – Basquiat Strings

I have to admit, I'm only heard of six of the nominees (Monkeys, Klaxons, Amy, Maps, The View and Dizzee). Anybody with more know-how have any comments?

Two former winners grace the list (Arctic Monkeys and Dizzee Rascal) and the Arctic Monkeys brought home the award last year.

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Song of the UK, NME style

So, we've become fond here at TIG of recapping the goings-on on the NME UK pop charts, but really, how meaningful is it when most of us have no idea who the bands are in the first part? I mean, does it mean anything to you if you read that the number 5 song is by the Garbagemen or Wolfgang Puck & the Amadettes? Anyway, I've decided to undertake a project each week to run down the Top 10 songs on NME and try to listen to every song (and trust me, I've acquried all the songs legally, let me tell you) and try to post a link it on the web too!. So here goes:

  1. The White Stripes – Icky Thump: I think we've beaten the White Stripes to death here on TIG. Oh wait, am I supposed to write more about it? Damn.
  2. The Klaxons – It's Not Over Yet: You can see what I think of the Klaxons. This song is cute enough dance-rock, its catchy and has about as much substance as a rice cracker. Ah, Britpop, you never fail me.
  3. Queens of the Stone Age – Sick Sick Sick: Hasn't been a lot of talk about the QOTSA on TIG – maybe its our inherent bias against manly rock (tee hee). Pretty much what you get is Josh Homme doing what he does best, and for me its "to bore".
  4. Bloc Party – Hunting for Witches: A high point on the increasingly disappointing second Bloc Party album. I liked it when I first heard it, but I rarely find myself wanting to here it anymore – a bad sign. That being said, "Hunting for Witches" is pretty good, especially with all the US immigration rancor.
  5. Jack Penate – Torn from the Platform: Yay! The first non-international star! And guess what? It sucks. It's like UK John Mayer mixed with some heavily processed third-wave ska noise. Maybe a male Lily Allen. Blah! (And Jack sort of looks like a demonic cross between Rivers Cuomo and Ben Gibbard. Weird).
  6. The Wombats – Kill the Director: More jumpy Brit pop-rock with maybe a more like than Penate. It's catchy, but sort of feel like the UK version of US emo/pogo-pop punk (and what's with the Bridget Jones' references?)
  7. Editors – Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors: Echo and the Interpol. Yeah, it's that exciting (not the sarcasm).
  8. Hadouken! – Liquid Lives: Wow, the first few moments made me think I was watching an old EMF or Pop Will Eat Itself video – and I guess I'm not too far off. Klaxons 2.0. Not terrible… OK, no, it is pretty close to terrible.
  9. Rakes – The World Was a Mess But His Hair was Perfect: (Sorry, no video). I was quite fond of the last Rakes album, and pretty much you get exactly what you might expect from the band. Too bad it only entered at #9, the song is a lot better than a lot of the crap ahead of it.
  10. Tokyo Police Club – Your English was Good: Hey, this is kind of fun! It's sooo summer time fun! I mean, it is nothing earth-shattering, but its good, old-fashioned rough-around-the-edges modern rock, maybe like the Cribs. This one I can endorse (and they're Canadians!)

What do you think? Any gems here? Should I keep this up?

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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?