Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Something Funny Happened on the Way to the ARIA Nominations

And that was that they actually honoured good music! What a shocker, right?! Gone is the flood of dire pub music and indie folk crap that has populated the awards so much for the last few years (I speak of Powderfinger, John Butler, etc) and in is pop music! Dance music! And actual uncovered gems! Of course, there is always room for blunders such Missy Higgins over Delta Goodrem, Mia Dyson and Sophie Koh (puh-lease) and the ARIAs seemingly neverending crusade to botch categories by nominating artists for singles yet have them compete against albums. Silly ARIA.


Nevertheless, let's take a look shall we?

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Gurrumul
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, Rattlin' Bones
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
The Living End, White Noise
The Presets, Apocalypto

The Presets obviously get the now annual populist pop/dance spot that has previously gone to artists like Kylie and Sneaky Sound System. Good call though, but I think I prefer the likes of Cut Copy in the album stakes. Having said that, I had never heard Yunupingu's album, but after listening to the clip on the ARIA website I am incredibly impressed. More please! The nominations for Chambers/Nicholson and Nick Cave are obvious inclusions and The Living End? Well, I guess they needed some pub rock in there, right? Wouldn't be the ARIAs without it. I would have obviously included The Veronicas' brooding pop masterpiece Hook Me Up in there, but I couldn't have expected the want to honour it.

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Faker, "This Heart Attack"
Gabriella Cilmi, "Sweet About Me"
Sam Sparro, "Black & Gold"
The Living End, "White Noise"
The Presets, "My People"

Could The Presets actually take this award out for their absolutely brilliant stunning masterpiece of an anthemic track "My People"? They bloody well should. And if not that then "Black & Gold". Having said that, the positively mediocre "Sweet About Me" will probably be the winner. Although if they decide that the young radio listeners have had enough with the nominations, they'll probably give it to The Living End. Yawn. I reckon arguments could be made for Kylie's "In My Arms", Cut Copy's "Lights & Music", Silverchair's "If You Keep Losing Sleep" and most of all "Untouched" by The Veronicas. That last one is a "travesty" to say the least.

BEST FEMALE ARTIST
Clare Bowditch, The Moon Looked On
Gabriella Cilmi, Lessons to be Learned
Holly Throsby, A Loud Call
Kylie Minogue, X
Missy Higgins, "Peachy"

And here is where the nominations make me confused. The ARIA voters didn't even nominate Higgins last year when her album was in contention, yet they nominate her this year for the single of "Peachy"? WTF? And over the likes of Mia Dyson, Sophie Koh, Lisa Mitchell, Katie Noonan and (most puzzling of all) Delta Goodrem? Un-fucking-believable. Nevertheless, they get MAJOR props for the Throsby nomination (check out A Loud Call, it's sublime) and Kylie, whose album was a flop so they didn't have any need to nominate her (yet they do every time, bless 'em).

BEST MALE ARTIST
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Gurrumul
Nick Cave, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Paul Kelly, To Her Door
Pete Murrazzzzzz, zzzzz zzzzz
Sam Sparro, Sam Sparro

And here they go off on their wacky tangents again. Nick Cave, but not the bad seeds (ala John Butler without the Trio) and Paul Kelly for a live album. Not to mention Pete Muzzzzzzz zzzzzzz zzzz

BEST GROUP
Angus & Julia Stone, A Book Like This
Faker, Be the Twilight
Silverchair, "If You Keep Losing Sleep"
The Living End, White Noise
The Presets, Apocalypto

If Silverchair released the sound of Daniel Johns breathing they would be nominated (although I looove "If You Keep Losing Sleep"). This will probably go to The Presets of, if they wanna keep them in the dance ghetto, The Living End.

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST - SINGLE
Angus & Julia Stone, "The Beast"
Gabriella Cilmi, "Sweet About Me"
Sam Sparro, "Black & Gold"
The Panics, "Don't Fight It"
The Potbelleez, "Don't Hold Back"

Sparro's single was the best, but for pure "breakthrough" this has to go to Cilmi, doesn't it?

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST - ALBUM
Angus & Julia Stone, A Book Like This
Gabriella Cilmi, Lessons to be Learned
Midnight Juggernauts, Dystopia
Operator Please, Yes Yes Vindictive
Sam Sparro, Sam Sparro

If Cilmi wins here, which I reckon she will, then I actually wouldn't mind because her album was far better than "Sweet About Me" would imply. Having said that, wouldn't it be ace if Midnight Juggernauts won or even, heaven forbid, "our" Sam Sparro?!

BEST POP RELEASE
Gabriella Cilmi, Lessons to be Learned
Kylie Minogue, X
Operator Please, Yes Yes Vindictive
Sam Sparro, "Black & Gold"
The Veronicas, Hook Me Up

I'm hoping that The Veronicas can take this one out because they deserve it so freakin' much. And, really, I continue to be confused by the ARIA's need to nominate singles like they have done with Sparro when he has a perfectly good pop album. Just seems so silly. I was a bit surprised the Rogue Traders were absent (as they were through the whole nominations bar Producer of the Year). And if you're going to nominate singles, what about Sneaky Sound System's "Kansas City"?

BEST DANCE RELEASE
Cut Copy, In Ghost Colours
Mobin Master, "Show Me Love"
Pnau, Pnau
The Potbelleez, "Don't Hold Back"
The Presets, "Apocalypto"

Can The Presets lose this? No. Although I actually think Pnau and Cut Copy's albums were better.

HIGHEST SELLING SINGLE
Delta Goodrem, "In This Life"
Gabriella Cilmi, "Sweet About Me"
The Potbelleez, "Don't Hold Back"
The Veronicas, "Untouched"
The Veronicas, "Hook Me Up"

If you replaced Cilmi's song with her other single "Don't Want to Go to Bed Now" (or perhaps Ricki-Lee's "Can't Touch It", the Rogue Traders' "I Never Liked You" or something by Kylie) and this category would be heaven.

HIGHEST SELLING ALBUM
David Campbell, The Swing Sessions 2
Delta Goodrem, Delta
Guy Sebastian, The Memphis Album
The Veronicas, Hook Me Up
Tina Arena, Songs of Love & Loss

I was a bit surprised to see Arena show up here for her nice covers album (youtube her version of "To Sir With Love", it's very swell) but, ugh, THREE of these albums are covers albums (Campbell, Sebastian and Arena). I hope then that Delta or The Veronicas (obviously) sold enough of their albums filled with original songs to win it.


The rest of the nominations are located here. There are also the pre-announced winners of categories like Best Video ("My People" by The Presets) and Best Cover Art (The Presets' Apocalypto over Cut Copy's In Ghost Colours!!?!?WTFhuh?) So, yeah, a bit of a mixed bag, but far better than previous years. Granted, the likes of Powderfinger and John Butler Trio didn't release anything, but the ARIA people could have easily nominated awful stuff like Pete Murzzzz. I really want to hear the Yunupingu album though. A listen to the snippets on iTunes sound absolutely amazing. Could that be the darkhorse in the Album of the Year category? Wouldn't that be a sight (er, no pun intended), hey?

2 comments:

Joel said...

Good to see love fro The Presets and Cut Copy, although I do think Apocolyso was a better album than In Ghost Colour...
But I think I was a little disappointed with In Ghost Colour because of how awesomely amazing Bright Like Neon Love is...

BlueBayBlues said...

Looks like the Arias have tried to spread the love around and cover all bases.

As far as highest selling cds go - in a world where people just copy songs from ipod to ipod for free with no regard for ripping off their fav artists who might well disappear with out cd sales - it is really good to see that people are actually getting out to music stores buying cds from music outlets and downloading legally to get their favourite artist where they are today and it shows on the Aria Highest selling noms.

I'd say that Delta has it in the bag for Highest Album sales!

btw the your Diana Ross Album covers are awesome!