Posted in music on July 19, 2011

Mercury Prize

The shortlist has been revealed for the 2011 Mercury Prize. The list includes some major albums like James Blake's incredibly striking self titled debut, PJ Harvey's massive comeback Let England Shake, and Adele's 21, in addition to some other interesting choices like Anna Calvi's self titled debut and King Creosote & Jon Hopkins collaborative album Diamond Mine.

Katy B, who paid a brief visit to the US in June, is also nominated.

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins were just in NYC for two shows, including Thursday (7/14) at Mercury Lounge and Sunday (7/17) at The Rock Shop. The shows were part of a short tour which ends this week. They also play some shows together in August and September.

It's also interesting to note the absence of Radiohead on this list. The King of Limbs is the first of the band's album not to be nominated since Amnesiac's nomination in 2001 (though they've never actually won).

Spotify, which is now available in the US, has a playlist of all the nominated albums. Check it out here if you have Spotify installed already.

Check out the full list below...

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Adele - 21
Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys!
Everything Everything - Man Alive
Ghostpoet - Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
Gwilym Simcock - Good Days at Schloss Elmau
James Blake - James Blake
Katy B - On a Mission
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine
Metronomy - The English Riviera
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Tinie Tempah - Disc-Overy

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Comments (22)

Wow what a weak year!

Metronomy - The English Riviera - is the only decent record on there

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:05 PM

Mercury, Grammy's, and other awards mean nothing.

If bands can play live and do that well, that's all I'm asking for.

I mean Led Zep didn't win anything.......

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:06 PM

i used to smoke pot with johnny hopkins

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:06 PM

What an awful logo.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:12 PM

anna calvi all the way

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:20 PM

I don't think is weak at all. I love James Blake, PJ and Anna Calvi. I'd be very happy if either Polly won her second one or Anna Calvi her first - she has worked very hard for that album.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:23 PM

pj harvey record still my favorite so far. loved her 2 shows at terminal 5.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:28 PM

Am I the only one who thinks that James Blake is way overrated? Metronomy is the only decent record!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:28 PM

This is PJ Harvey's COMEBACK record? Um, where was she that she's now come back from?

If anything this list shows just how pathetic the UK music scene is right now. Rock over London, bitches!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:29 PM

Adele is fat!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:30 PM

@2:29

It took that list to show you how pathetic British music is? No great new bands have emerged from there since the early nineties.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:31 PM

pj harvey opened for live in 1996 at jones beach.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:36 PM

Polly wanna Mercury Prize?

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:40 PM

@2:36 Really? wow. Here's a better question, where's Live's comeback record?

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:42 PM

Arctic monkeys is the last good one.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:57 PM

ELBOW

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:08 PM

Not surprised by Radiohead snub. It's good, not great.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:10 PM

xx album was great, deserved the mercury prize. this year the prize will go to adele, tinie tempah, or james blake.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:14 PM

Throwing Copper = Just as good as TBYML

Yeah, I know, 1994 called.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:16 PM

Radiohead didn't get nominated because they didn't put out a great album. Yes, even Radiohead is prone to mediocrity.

Posted by M | July 19, 2011 3:43 PM

Where is the Wild Beasts album? Lame.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 4:28 PM

Around what year did Radiohead peak (in terms of hype and/or album quality)?

I've never followed the band and I was just wondering, especially since they aren't mentioned too often here these days.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 11:29 AM

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