Feb 12, 2008

The Australian Music Prize 2007

Ruby Rabbit in Darlinghurst was the venue tonight for the announcement of the Australian Music Prize 2007 Shortlist. This prestigious award, worth $25,000 to the winner, is designed to reward the best Australian album of 2007. Best for musical quality, not commercial sales. A panel of twenty judges are selected from varying parts of the music industry and they trim an initial list of 190 albums down to the Shortlist of 10 announced tonight. Yumi Stynes was on hand to make the announcement and she interviewed Dave Faulkner, a judge, about the process involved. She also spoke to Adam Donovan from Augie March, who took out the prize last year with "Moo, You Bloody Choir". The initial winners of the prize were The Drones, with "Wait Long By The River And The Bodies Of Your Enemies Will Float By". Who will take about the prize for 2007. All will be revealed in March 13. Oh, New Buffalo and Bluejuice were on hand to play for the assembled throng.

AMP 2007 Shortlist

  • Places Like This-Architecture In Helsinki
  • Signal-Urthboy
  • Devils Elbow-The Mess Hall
  • Dystopia-Midnight Juggernauts
  • Last Ghost Train Home-Perry Keyes
  • Mirror Mirror-Dardanelles
  • Morning In The Bowl Of Night-Lisa Miller
  • Problems-Bluejuice
  • Somewhere, Anywhere-New Buffalo
  • Yes, U-Devastations
Who do you think will win? I am going for New Buffalo.
What do you think of the list? I appreciate that is quite eclectic and they have left off some big commercial successes. But, for me there are quite a few dull records here.
I would have picked some of the following-
Less Talk More Paper Scissors-The Paper Scissors
Cruel Guards-The Panics
The Submarine-Whitley


  • At February 15, 2008 , Anonymous Cam said...

    I really hope Perry Keyes picks up the award.

    He is real talent and the last ghost train record has some of the finest songwriting i've heard in a long time. His last effort "Meter" was really great too.

    in regards to the list i am pretty happy with what they've chosen. I think some of the albums listed are quite creative and interesting from a musical point of view... lisa miller, new buffalo, devestations, bluejuice etc...however yes there are some lax records in there.

    The three you have identifyed would probably sit better on the list as well as maybe Liam Finn's record...is he australian yet or still a kiwi?..or Belles Will Ring?

    Anyhow lets just hope it doesn't fall into the hands of some certain acts...


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