Thursday, January 12, 2006

The indie grammys

Play it: 2005 New Pantheon Finalists

The New Pantheon Award finalists have been named. What's the New Pantheon Award, you say? Well, it's mostly a replacement for the widely respected and now defunct Shortlist prize, rewarding for merit vs. sales (eligible nominations all under 500,000 albums sold.) Created by Shortlist co-founder Tom Sarig, New Pantheon was born of some Shortlist controversy concerning a spat between co-founders Sarig and Greg Spotts. Spotts threatened to sue if New Pantheon went on as planned, but that appears to have been taken care of.

If you've seen the many year-end lists, none of the finalists will be too surprising... usual suspects Sufjan Stevens, M.I.A., Animal Collective, Bloc Party, Antony & the Johnsons, Fiona Apple, Kings of Leon, etc. Since the Shortlist Prize's last award was issued in November of 2004 (to TV on the Radio) this inagural award had a longer time period to choose from, so we also get The Arcade Fire in there as well.

Judges nominating albums include artists as diverse as Beck, Elton John, and ?uestlove (The Roots) along with The O.C. folks Josh Schwartz (creator/producer) & Adam Brody ('Seth',) KCRW music director Nic Harcourt, and of course Pitchfork founder (and editor-in-chief) Ryan Schreiber. In Pitchfork's take on the noms, they point out that you should check out who all the judges nominated, as some are surprising. ?uestlove has both The Mars Volta and Bright Eyes in his noms.

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1 comment:

drake leLane said...

2005 New Pantheon Award Finalists

* "Did You See The Words" - Animal Collective
* "Hope There's Someone" - Antony and the Johnsons
* "O' Sailor" - Fiona Apple
* "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" - Arcade Fire
* "Positive Tension" - Bloc Party
* "Soul Meets Body" - Death Cab For Cutie
* "16 Military Wives" - The Decemberists
* "King Of The Rodeo" - Kings Of Leon
* "Galang" - M.I.A.