The Digital Socket Awards have announced the shortlist for the live event which will take place in The Grand Social, Dublin on February 3rd. The awards are “a celebration of the best music of 2010, nominated by the public, voted for and judged by Irish music bloggers” – 26 in total all listed here and including me. The night will see live performances from Meljoann, Groom and very special guests. Former Analogue writer Gareth Stack will host. Tickets are €10 and will be on sale shortly. All proceeds will be donated to Aware.
The 14 categories include Best Design, Best Independent Label, Best Music Photography, Best Radio (congrats to Aoife for the Right Click Radio nomination!), Best Album by genre, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. See full shortlist..»
Before normal service resumes, a little bit of housekeeping..
Nialler9 won the Best Music Site at the Irish Web Awards 2009 on Saturday! Thanks to all who were involved be it in voting, judging, organising the thing (Mr. Mulley, Rick and co.) It’s the best goddamn web awards going. Sure where else would you get bags of crisps and rude t-shirts thrown into the audience? Great stuff. Full ist of winners here.
This weekend sees Hard Working Class Heroes kick off again and there are a number of things I’m involved in worthy of your time. As well as participating in the speed sessions in The Button Factory on Saturday from 10.30am – 1pm along with the people listed on the left here, there will be an interesting panels taking place in the same venue at 2pm. Media – Why The First, Last And Middle Words Are Online will take a look at the impact of online music coverage from MP3 blogs to music sites and how these websites affect bands. Chaired by Jim Carroll, the panel will consist of myself, Sean Adams (Drowned in Sound – the UK’s premier indie music site?), Anthony Volodkin (creator of The Hype Machine – seriously interesting dude), James Foley of the online music industry newsletter Record of The Day and Una Mullally (Unarocks, Sunday Tribune, Soundcheck) It’s a great mix of people so try and make it along if you can. (Free entry for anyone with a valid day / weekend wristband). More panels here.
Finally, next week, I’ll be hitting CMJ in New York so expect some bits and pieces on that then.
Finally: here’s a Youtube audio of the excellent ‘Slow Life’, Grizzly Bear featuring Victoria of Beach House’s contribution to the New Moon Twilight soundtrack. A few more from Thom Yorke, Lykke Li and Bon Iver & St. Vincent after the jump.
With so many popping up over the last six months or so, I found it hard to keep track of them all (though I’m subscribed to most of them). So, I decided to draw up a list of the new music blogs and a brief synopsis of what they are about. Alphabetically of course! No Favouritism!