Digital Socket Awards Announce 2010 Shortlist

There’s a new award ceremony in town and this time the bloggers are taking control. Goldenplec, Harmlessnoise, Nialler9 and a whole host of Irish blogs have formed together to present the best of the best in Irish music from last year with this prestigious new award that’s being decided by no less than 26 judges.

The categories are filled with the obvious nods with bands like Adebisi Shank, Cathy Davey, A.S.I.W.Y.F.A., The Cast of Cheers and Villagers cashing in on a very successful year but there’s no shortage of other high quality acts that have been arguably passed over undeservingly by other similar award and media honours.  

On a personal note, the award organizers have rejected Tickets There’s many petitions to have a special honorary mention of Def Leppard in a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ category and legal action has begun. We hope this does not interfere with the Award presentation ceremony which takes place on February 3rd in the Grand Social. Music on the night will be provided by Groom and Meljoann with two special guests & DJ’s to be announced.

Tickets on sale now priced €10. Please find the shortlist below for your reading pleasure (let the arguments begin)

Best Design (Website, Artwork, Posters)
Adebisi Shank – This is the Second Album
Cathy Davey – The Nameless
Halves – It Goes, It Goes (Forever and Ever)
O Emperor – Hither Thither
Villagers – Becoming a Jackal

Best Independent Label
Any Other City
Osaka Records
Out on a Limb
Popical Island
Richter Collective

Best Video
Ambience Affair – Devil in the Detail
BATS – Star Wormwood
Cathy Davey – Little Red
Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands – Contact Sports
Rubberbandits – Horse Outside

Best Music Photography
Kieran Frost
kDamo
Ruth Medjber
Alessio Michelini
Loreana Rushe

Best Radio Show
Alison Curtis
Donal Dineen – The Small Hours
I-Con on Phantom
Paul McLoone
Right Click 2XM

Best Pop
Cathy Davey – The Nameless
The Divine Comedy – Bang Goes the Knighthood
Fight Like Apes – The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner
So Cow – Meaningless Friendly
Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History

Best Folk
Simon Fagan – Outside Looking In
Halves – It Goes, It Goes (Forever and Ever)
James Vincent McMorrow – Early in the Morning
O Emperor – Hither Thither
Villagers – Becoming a Jackal

Best Rock and Alternative
Adebisi Shank – This is the Second Album of a Band Called….
Enemies – We’ve Been Talking
Jogging – Minutes
The Redneck Manifesto – Friendship
Thread Pulls – New Thoughts

Best Electronic & Hip Hop
Meljoann – Squick
Not Squares – Yeah OK
R.S.A.G. – Be It Right Or Wrong
Shit Robot – From the Cradle to the Rave
Solar Bears – She Was Coloured In

Best Indie
The Cast of Cheers – Chariot
Grand Pocket Orchestra – The Ice Cream
Groom – Marriage
Ham Sandwich – White Fox
Jogging – Minutes

Best EP
The Ambience Affair – Patterns
And So I Watch You From Afar – Letters
Ang Kor Wat – Early
The Holy Roman Army – Desecrations
Sacred Animals – Welcome Home

Best Newcomer
The Cast of Cheers
Jennifer Evans
Hipster Youth
James Vincent McMorrow
Solar Bears

Song of the Year
Adebisi Shank – Genki Shank
The Cast of Cheers – I Am Lion
Cathy Davey – Little Red
Squarehead – Fake Blood
Villagers – The Meaning of the Ritual

Album of the Year
Adebisi Shank – This is the Second Album
The Cast of Cheers – Chariot
Cathy Davey – The Nameless
James Vincent McMorrow – Early in the Morning
Villagers – Becoming a Jackal

 

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