What’s YOUR Favorite Band!

The annual American Shortlist Prize TOP TEN finalists have been announced:
1)Arcade Fire
5)LCD Soundsystem
10)Working for a Nuclear Free City

-For those that aren’t familiar with The Shortlist, this is pretty much the US version of the British Mercury Prize : the “annual award for the best album of the year from within the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland”.”

Though it’s hard for me to pick which of the bands I’D want to win the MOST.   I think my longterm alliances lie pretty firmly with LCD Soundsystem, Wilco and Arcade Fire. But there are so many others I think deserve it as well, and even more in the LONG LIST!!
Check it out! And let me know what YOUR pick for the win is!!

Here are the highlights from the Long List:

A Fine Frenzy One Cell in the Sea Hunnypot  
Against Me! New Wave Rev. Moose  
Animal Collective Strawberry Jam Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol  
Arcade Fire Neon Bible Chris Douridas  
Bad Religion New Maps of Hell Ronnie of the Killers  
Biffy Clyro Puzzle Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol  
Blonde Redhead 23 Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol  
brakesbrakesbrakes The Beatific Visions Hunnypot  
Burial Untrue Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol  
Calvin Harris I Created Disco Hunnypot  
Dead Heart Bloom Chelsea Diaries Rev. Moose  
Digitalism Idealism Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol  
Dollyrots Because I’m Awesome Hunnypot  
Eddie Vedder Into the Wild Soundtrack Ronnie of the Killers  
Feist The Reminder Chris Douridas  
Fionn Regan The End of History Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol  
Future of the Left Curses Hunnypot  
Gogol Bordello Super Taranta Rev. Moose  
Grinderman Grinderman Hunnypot  
Gui Boratto Chromaphobia Chris Douridas  
Iron & Wine The Shepherd’s Dog Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol  
Jesca Hoop Kismet Chris Douridas  
Josh Ritter The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol  
Juliette and the Licks Four on the Floor Rev. Moose  
Justice Cross Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol  
Keren Ann Keren Ann Chris Douridas  
Kings of Leon Because of the Times Hunnypot  
Klaxons Myths of the Near Future Hunnypot  
LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol  
Le Loup The Throne of the Third Heaven Rev. Moose  
Les Savy Fav Let’s Stay Friends Ronnie of the Killers  
M.I.A. Kala Hunnypot  
Maps We Can Create Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol  
O’Death Head Home Rev. Moose  
Of Montreal Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? Rev. Moose  
Parts and Labor Mapmaker Rev. Moose  
Peter Bjorn and John Writer’s Block Rev. Moose  
PJ Harvey White Chalk Ronnie of the Killers  
Puscifer V is for Vagina Ronnie of the Killers  
Robert Francis One by One Chris Douridas  
Robert Pollard Standard Gargoyle Decisions Ronnie of the Killers  
Scout Niblett This Fool Can Die Now Ronnie of the Killers  
Serj Tankian Elect the Dead Ronnie of the Killers  
Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol  
Stars In Our Bedroom After the War Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol  
Swizz Beatz One Man Band Man Hunnypot  
The Bird and the Bee The Bird and the Bee Ronnie of the Killers  
The Hives Black and White Album Ronnie of the Killers  
The Thrills Teenager Ronnie of the Killers  
Underworld Oblivion With Bells Hunnypot  
Wheat Everyday I Said a Prayer Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol  
Wilco Sky Blue Sky Chris Douridas  
Working for a Nuclear Free City Businessmen and Ghosts Hunnypot  

5 Responses to “What’s YOUR Favorite Band!”

  1. I know I comment on your blog like 9 times a day, but I just gotta, it’s a good blog, keep it up. K?

    It’s really hard to see past what on the list is “British Media Hype” (klaxons, calvin harris) and what is really going to last. Of the stuff that is really going to last, it’s also hard to see past the bands that are just remaking their old albums, or are so good, the albums are making lists, but the music is uninspired.

    Strawberry Jam from Animal Collective was on repeat in my iPod for a long ass time, but being AC’s most accessible album, it is missing the psych freakouts that I wanted. Where the hell is panda bear on this list? There is a kid who is moving.

    Wilco is another tough bet for me. Sure, the album was beautiful and technical, I bought it and enjoyed it. However, I listened to it a grand total of only a few times and heard everything I’ve heard before. It’s probably just me getting more and more in to electronic music, but I find that Digitalism kicks Feist’s ass (sorry Leslie) as I haven’t heard much of that “rock-no” sound, but I’ve heard the “Girl with guitar” sound in to the ground.

    Taking directly from that list:
    Sound of Silver
    Strawberry Jam
    Neon Bible

    Honourable mention:
    Hissing Fauna
    Because of the times
    In our bedroom after the war

  2. attemptedmustache Says:

    LCD Soundsystem is THE band that got me hooked on electronic music as of late as well. ‘Sky Blue Sky’ was an wicked album, but I don’t think its their best in comparison with Yankee Foxtrot, Ghost is Born, Summer Teeth, or their live album. Wilco still remains one of my top 3 favorite bands though 🙂
    And well… I can’t say anything bad about Arcade Fire, they’re just so amazing.
    It’s a toss up for me still… probably between Neon Bible and Sound of Silver.

    AND… thanks for religiously posting on my blog, I read yours everyday too, I’m just an introvert so I don’t comment ALL the time 😉

  3. If they go with something fresh, which they should, it ought to be:
    1. Lcd Soundsytem
    2. Justice
    3. Burial
    4. M.I.A.

  4. […] To see the Long List of Finalists: click here!  […]

  5. im loving against me’s new wave. it’s a different sound than they started out with but good music is good music after all. They have a new kyte video blog which has proven to be an entertaining way to watch the band in their natural habitat and get the inside scoop of some of their performances from the road. check it out on their myspace.

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