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Mercury Prize Shortlist

The Mercury Prize (sorry, Barclaycard Mercury Prize) nominations are out.  Here is the shortlist for this year’s prize:

Richard Hawley: Standing At The Sky’s Edge
Plan B: Ill Manors
Alt-J: An Awesome Wave
Django Django: Django Django
The Maccabees: Given To The Wild
Jessie Ware: Devotion
Ben Howard: Every Kingdom
Michael Kiwanuka: Home Again
Lianne La Havas: Is Your Love Big Enough?
Field Music: Plumb
Roller Trio: Roller Trio
Sam Lee: Ground Of Its Own 

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My Top Five Summer Albums

Admittedly, all of these records sound good at any time of year but they always remind me of the summer time 🙂

1) Weezer: The Blue Album (1994)

Teenage boy angst at its glorious best.  Garage rock is synonymous with summertime in my mind.  I played this record to death when I was fourteen when I wanted Rivers Cuomo to marry me (actually, I still do).  I could easily have chosen ‘The Green Album’ for this list as well but the Blue Album is more consistent and has definitely stood the test of time eighteen years after it was first released.  Geeks of the world, unite.

2) Best Coast: Crazy For You (2010)

Teenage girl angst at its glorious best.  Everything about Best Coast from the band’s name, the cover of their debut album and all twelve tracks ooze California sun.  Nostalgic, lazy and sunny, there aren’t exactly any major variations between each 2 minute song but why fix something when it ain’t broke?

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