Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

Here’s the Choice Music Prize shortlist

The following acts and albums have been nominated for the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2008 (acts in alphabetical order) Fight Like Apes “Fight Like Apes and the Mystery of the Golden Medallion” (Model Citizen) Mick …

Wed, Jan 14, 2009, 15:15

   

The following acts and albums have been nominated for the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2008 (acts in alphabetical order)

Fight Like Apes “Fight Like Apes and the Mystery of the Golden Medallion” (Model Citizen)
Mick Flannery “White Lies” (EMI)
Halfset “Another Way of Being There” (Casino Gravity Records)
Lisa Hannigan “Sea Sew” (Own label)
David Holmes “The Holy Pictures” (Canderblinks)
Jape “Ritual” (Co-Op)
Messiah J & The Expert “From The Word Go” (Inaudible)
Oppenheimer “Take The Whole Mid-Range And Boost It” (Fantastic Plastic)
R.S.A.G. “Organic Sampler” (Psychonavigation)
The Script “The Script” (Sony Music)

The live event will take place in Vicar Street, Dublin on Wednesday March 4 and will feature performances from as many of the acts who can play on the night as possible (we’ll be announcing the full details in the next few weeks). Tickets, priced €27 euro including booking fees, go on sale on Monday next. This is the same ticket price as last year and the year before. Recession, what recession?

The winning act will receive a cheque for €10,000 (courtesy of the Irish Recorded Music Association and the Irish Music Rights Organisation) and a smashing piece of glassware (courtesy of industry body Recorded Artists & Performers).

The shortlist is selected by a panel of 12 men and women, good and true, drawn from the ranks of those who write about and/or talk about music for a living. They compile their individual Top 10 lists and we combine the results, giving 10 points to the album at number one in each list, 9 points to the album at number 2 and so on right down to one point for the album at number 10.

As has happened every year, these judges have stayed schtum about their involvment in the project until now. A lot of people wonder why we keep their identities under wraps and it’s simply to ensure that there is no canvassing from PRs or labels and that the judges can come up with the shortlist without any third party pressure whatsoever. As simple as that.

Anyway, the judges who came up with this shortlist and will have the final decision on March 4 are:

Niall Byrne (State/Nialler9 blog)
Edel Coffey (Irish Independent)
Ian Dempsey (Today FM)
James Foley (Record of the Day)
Andrew Hamilton (Clare People)
Kieran Hurley (Cork Campus Radio)
Paul Mallon (Irish Daily Star Sunday)
Lauren Murphy (Entertainment.ie)
Sinead Ni Mhorda (Phantom FM)
Ed Power (Freelance)
Rigsy (BBC Northern Ireland’s Across The Line/ATL TV)
Ian Wilson (2FM)

Declaration of interest to keep everyone happy: I’m the co-founder of this yoke and am also the non-voting chairman of the judging panel.

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