Posted in music on September 11, 2013

One of this year's nominees...
Mercury Prize

The 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Shortlist was just announced with the following 12 albums up for this year's prize:

Arctic Monkeys - AM
David Bowie - The Next Day
Disclosure - Settle
Foals - Holy Fire
Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
James Blake - Overgrown
Jon Hopkins - Immunity
Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle
Laura Mvula - Sing to the Moon
Rudimental - Home
Savages - Silence Yourself
Villagers - Awayland
David Bowie's very Bowie-esque The Next Day seems like the one to beat. Who do you think should win and what albums shoulda been on the list?

Jon Hopkins was in NYC a couple weeks ago; so was Laura Mvula who just played two shows last week in NYC; Laura Marling just played two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg and plays tonight (9/11) at St. Ann's Church.; Arctic Monkeys play a sold-out Webster Hall on Monday (9/16); Savages will be in NYC during CMJ for a show at Terminal 5; and Rudimental play MHOW and Bowery Ballroom in November.

Last year's winner was Alt-J's An Awesome Wave. This year's winner will be announced on October 30 in London.

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Comments (18)

you mean the Arctic Monkeys album that's been out FOR A DAY!?

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 1:46 PM

Who gives a fuck about any of this?

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 1:47 PM

corporate interest in the form of content?

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 1:51 PM

YES! the arctic monkeys. doesn't matter if it's out a day or a year, it's the best thing released in 2013. wonder why it's the only album listed that's not in BOLD text? hmmmmm.....

of course, bowie will win 'cuz that's what a 12 yr. absence from the music scene will get ya.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 1:53 PM

a huge fail to not include daughter, public service broadcasting and london grammar ... maybe they didn't want to pay the entry fee?

Posted by giselle | September 11, 2013 1:58 PM

BOWIE > god

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 2:06 PM

weak list

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 2:10 PM

weak with the exception of arctic monkeys and bowie

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 2:13 PM

The Jon Hopkins album is great. He has been around a long time. Well deserved.
Pretty safe list imho.

Posted by jay | September 11, 2013 2:26 PM

2:13 I take it you never heard the Foals last album..shame on you.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 2:32 PM

Arctic Monkeys are trash

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 2:39 PM

if arctic monkeys are 'trash,' then every other recording/performing musical artist/band are shit.

and trash>shit

;)

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 2:50 PM

where are the requisite random jazz/traditional folk/'world music' nominees?

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 4:35 PM

That jake bugg album is fucking great...

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 6:08 PM


New Bowie is actually really good, and deserves to be on this list. And I'm not even close to being a fanboi..

New Foals & Savages rip too.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 6:26 PM

Immunity is great, but Settle has way more pop hits. Disclosure put all of their best singles into LP format, something very few electronic producers do well. Plus, they kill it live.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 11:13 PM

Foals is great but obviously it is Bowie's prize to lose.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 11:28 PM

I really enjoyed Laura Mvula's record and that's probably my favourite on this list.´╗┐ It's such great work. But I like quite a few here, James Blake, Marling, need to find time to check out David Bowie (still going, what a legend). With something as subjective as music, I don't think it's that big of a big deal who wins really, well played to all of em.

Posted by Halle | October 4, 2013 1:14 PM

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