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Who do you want to win the Mercurys?
Anna Calvi - One Breath 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
East India Youth - Total Strife Forever 80%  80%  [ 4 ]
FKA twigs - LP1 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
GoGo Penguin - v2.0 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Jungle - Jungle 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Kate Tempest - Everybody Down 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Nick Mulvey - First Mind 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
the token jazz album 20%  20%  [ 1 ]
Royal Blood - Royal Blood 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Young Fathers - Dead 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:25 pm 
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Neil's not here to ask the question so I'll do so: any views on the Mercury Music Prize shortlist? This is the list - and I've even given you the option to vote on your favourite:

Anna Calvi - One Breath
Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow
Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
East India Youth - Total Strife Forever
FKA twigs - LP1
GoGo Penguin - v2.0
Jungle - Jungle
Kate Tempest - Everybody Down
Nick Mulvey - First Mind
Polar Bear - In Each and Every One
Royal Blood - Royal Blood
Young Fathers - Dead

My own view is that it feels like a particularly uninspired list, so the supplementary question is: what would you have added to the list?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:57 pm 
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I was waiting for Neil :-)

I hate the Mercury - same list every year with different names including well established but slightly edgy (in their opinion) music acts, token slightly edgy woman (in their opinion) and token ethnic slightly edgy act (in their opinion)

I have loved the Sleaford Mods and I have been liking the distance album by Coastguards Dan but I wouldn't want them to be nominated because I hate the Mercury and winning it tends to be the kiss of death.

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I really don't care. I haven't heard of most of the acts but there again why should I? It's not what I am exposed too music wise these days. I doubt I am missing anything.

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Awful list.

I'd imagine either of the 'company' drone acts FKA Twigs or Royal Blood will win it.

Agree with Cavey that Sleaford Mods should be nominated and win it, but then Sleaford Mods mean something and the Mercury means nothing now.

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Sleaford Mods should win it.

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Dead Albatross is running against this year. A better list (loads I haven't heard).

http://www.deadalbatross.com/

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Only know one of those records. Am with everyone else on Sleaford Mods. I'd have reviewed their Sheffield gig, but didn't have anything to add to the general verbiage. Not complicated, just ace. And they speak properly.

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VV, Wurzel and I had the pleasure of royal blood earlier this year supporting Interpol
They were genuinely awful and I only lasted 3 songs. I see this week that their album has sold by the bucketload and topped the charts which leaves me mystified.
As for the list it's the same old shit as every year and I couldn't care less about any of them

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All the albums I've listened to by British artists this year aren't nominated.

I'd have thought Sleaford Mods would've been right up there with the judges but curiously, not. Maybe they didn't submit it.

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Westie wrote:
I'd have thought Sleaford Mods would've been right up there with the judges but curiously, not. Maybe they didn't submit it.



Sleaford Mods HQ:

1st Mod. Shall we fucking submit our fucking album for the fucking wanky mercury fucking tit wank awards?
2nd Mod: Fuck off you fucker we ain't fucking selling out to that fuckity fuck fucking thing. Wankers. Fuckers.

I fucking thank you.....

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Is he sleaford mods record good? I have to admit I have never heard them though I like the idea of them very much

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It's right here...

https://sleafordmods.bandcamp.com/

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I like their stuff. Not sure I would ever listen to it again in a month or two though.

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Bola wrote:
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I like their stuff. Not sure I would ever listen to it again in a month or two though.


I know what you mean - not a huge amount of variety but it does have legs. Am still going 9 months after finally getting around to Austerity Dogs.

I do like stuff to be of its moment though. Nothing annoys me more than people looking knowingly at you going "oh it'll be forgotten in 10 years time". Fuck that, I'm enjoying it now - not laying down in a cellar like a vintage wine.

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Totally agree that Sleaford Mods are best served now. I like them now.

(It was only 18 months ago I had them on 2nd out of 4 at the Buffalo Bar - how times have changed! Shall go and see them when they headline the Electric ballroom early next year).

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I've heard of most of the bands but none of the albums.

My alternative pick would probably be the debut album by Elephant. I think if you do a search on the main page there are some free MP3s and tracks to stream if you haven't heard them.

Or check these, both quite different -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crZEforiKp0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFWglJ2PfPc

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Trev wrote:
Dead Albatross is running against this year. A better list (loads I haven't heard).

http://www.deadalbatross.com/


One of the entries on that Dead Albatross shortlist is actually on the Mercury shortlist! :? ...a certain Kate Tempest, or Fake Tempest if you have an issue with her Brit School background.

I was crossing all fingers for a Sleaford Mods inclusion cos that would have been a glorious infiltration by a genuine counter-culture band with a brilliant album. It even looked like it was on the cards following all the column inches in the chin-strokey broadsheets etc... but it wasn't to be. It's a damn shame. I guess they were just a bit too sweary, they probably didn't want to fork out for the extra 'parental advisory' stickers on the shortlist compilation album.

Also, if GoGo Penguin isn't the 'token jazz entry' then I'm losing my mind! :wink:

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I like their stuff. Not sure I would ever listen to it again in a month or two though.


I know what you mean - not a huge amount of variety but it does have legs. Am still going 9 months after finally getting around to Austerity Dogs.

I do like stuff to be of its moment though. Nothing annoys me more than people looking knowingly at you going "oh it'll be forgotten in 10 years time". Fuck that, I'm enjoying it now - not laying down in a cellar like a vintage wine.



Watching the Glastonbury set. Sleaford Mods stuff is still great.

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