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6th Annual Shortlist Music Prize finalists

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“April 27, 2007, Los Angeles: The Shortlist organization announced today the ten finalists for the Shortlist Music Prize, a peer-selected award that recognizes the most creative and adventurous albums of the year. The ten finalists are

  • Band of Horses
  • Beirut
  • Bonnie Prince Billy
  • Cat Power
  • Girl Talk
  • Hot Chip
  • Joanna Newsom
  • Regina Spektor
  • Spank Rock
  • Tom Waits

The finalists were selected from the initial Long List of sixty nominated albums by a panel of nine Listmakers including Franz Ferdinand, KT Tunstall, Panic at the Disco, Sufjan Stevens and members of Snow Patrol, the Killers and Flaming Lips. Drummer Ronnie Vannucci of the Killers said “the finalists are the backbone of what makes music special in the first place. They are each doing their own thing and it’s beautiful.”

Anyone who reads this site will know that I’m all for every artist on that list, but I can’t say I necessarily agree that it represents “the most creative and adventurous albums of” 2006. What do you think? Does Girl Talk belong on this list? Are mashup artists around the world groaning, or does he really stand out from the crowd? Is Bonnie Prince Billy in 2006 adventurous? Is Tom Waits? Are Band of Horses making the most creative indie rock out there? Ghostface? The Knife? What do you think?

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