Out of the loop

Once again this year’s Mercury Music Prize nominations prove that I am still outside the indie supremacy loop and the Later with Jools Holland-esque tokenist tendancy. Yuss!

  • Antony and the Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now — never heard of them
  • Bloc Party – Silent Alarm — not properly listened to it, but I’ve probably heard it all because my brother’s got it
  • Coldplay – X&Y — I’ve been meaning to get around to this; my brother also has this, and I’ve probably heard it all because of television
  • The Go! Team – Thunder, Lightning, Strike — I know somebody who’s been hyping this up to me for long enough. As usual the hype is the very problem. Then I heard one of their tracks on the radio and thought, ‘it’s what The Avalanches were doing five years ago, except not as good’
  • Hard-Fi – Stars of CCTV — not heard it, but it’s got a cool cover, so that’s already two stars from me
  • KT Tunstall – Eye to the Telescope — she’s hot, five stars. She’s also apparently from Anstruther!
  • Kaiser Chiefs – Employment — not heard this all, but I’ve been meaning to. Their singles are pretty good
  • The Magic Numbers – The Magic Numbers — not heard
  • Maximo Park – A Certain Trigger — the only album I’ve actually heard all the way through. It’s good, very jumpy funny indie stuff, but I wouldn’t have said it’d be a Mercury contender
  • M.I.A. – Arular — I’ve not even heard of this one
  • Polar Bear – Held on the Tips of Fingers — who?
  • Seth Lakeman – Kitty Jay — I take it this is the token MOR ‘jazz’ one


  1. You really should check out ‘Hope There’s Someone’ by Antony and the Johnsons. It’s proper knob-on.

    Also, M.I.A. is fucking fantastic; Arular.

  2. I shall just point out that Some Cities isn’t on the list while Franz Ferdinand Juniors the Kaiser Chiefs are…and don’t even get me started about Coldplay.