A whole host of our favourite artists have been included in the shortlist for the Uncut Music Award for the year 2009, the second year of its being. You may or may not remember that Fleet Foxes won the award last year, for their eponymous album. Who will be this year's Fleet Foxes?
The list looks like this. Click the album titles for our reviews.
Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Bob Dylan – Together Through Life
Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
Kings of Leon – Only By The Night
The Low Anthem – Oh My God Charlie Darwin
Tinariwen – Imidiwan: Companions
Wilco – Wilco
Right, with choices like that, I bet you're quite literally dying to know who's compiled the list. Well, I can reveal that the following people from the industry make up that particular panel.
Last year’s winner, Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes; Uncut editor Allan Jones; Billy Bragg and Rachel Unthank; broadcasters Mark Radcliffe, Christian O’Connell, Danny Kelly and Bob Harris; BBC Head Of Music Entertainment Mark Cooper; Stiff founder Dave Robinson; and Tony Wadsworth, chair of the BPI.
So yes, a nicely well-rounded list, though it's unclear of Billy Bragg and Rachel Unthank have morphed together into one entity now, much like La Roux did several months ago.
Here's what some dude called Noah from Animal Collective had to say about being shortlisted for the prize, which is announced November 9.
"We’re honoured to be chosen and very grateful to everyone who has helped us and grateful to those who continue to help us on our way. It’s been a good year for new music I think, and we’re glad if we’ve been a part of it. Thanks for thinking of us, and I hope everyone is having good times."
DiScuss: Good choices? Easy choices? Bad choices? Bothered?