Jagermeister Independent Music Awards Nominations Announced!

Nominations for the fifth Annual JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS (formally known as the Jagermeister AIR Awards) have officially been announced, and they include a stellar array of the country’s brightest emerging artists, while acknowledging an extraordinary year for Independent music.

Leading the pack with 3 Nominations a piece, Sia, Dan Sultan and Cloud Control will all vie for BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST and BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM – with Sia also nominated for BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP, Dan Sultan for BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM, and Cloud Control for BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST.

Also receiving a nomination for the coveted BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM award is Australian music Legend Rowland S Howard, who passed away last year and is recognized posthumously for his final recording “Pop Crimes” which was released only months before he died.

After a busy year on the charts and on the road, former Winners British India and Eddie Current Suppression Ring both received well earned nominations in the BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST category, alongside first timers Bridezilla for their BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST nomination, and BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP nods to Little Red for “Rock It” and The Temper Trap for “Love Lost”.

We are also pleased to announce the Host for the 2010 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS will be NOVA 969 Breakfast Announcer Scott Dooley, who will MC the evening alongside a number of high profile special guest presenters including Channel [V] presenter Billy Russell.

Proudly sponsored by The City Of Melbourne, the 2010 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS is the Marquis event in Melbourne Music, a new 12-day programme designed to celebrate the city’s diverse and lively music scene.

Channel [V] will be on hand once again to film the event, producing a JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS special to air in October, which will feature live performances, artist interviews and exclusive back stage footage of the event.  Shaun James, General Manager for the XYZ Music Channels said “We are proud to be partnering with AIR for another year to deliver the Jagermeister Independent Music Charts, and the Jagermeister Independent Music Awards to our audience.”

Also In support of the JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS, an exciting new addition to the Award Categories has been added this year, with NOVA looking for the ‘most popular independent artist of 2010 as voted by Nova listeners!’.  Wade Kingsley, Nova Group Integration Manager said, “Part of Nova’s DNA is to support Independent music, so we’re thrilled to be partnering with the Australian Independent Record Association.”

You can jump on line to vote at http://www.novafm.com.au/

MOST POPULAR INDEPENDENT ARTIST (as voted by Nova listeners):
Basement Birds
Birds Of Tokyo
Bliss N Eso
John Butler Trio
Little Red
Midnight Juggernauts
Philadelphia Grand Jury
Sia
The Cat Empire
The Temper Trap

JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS 2010 NOMINEES:

BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST
British India (Independent/Shock)
Cloud Control (Ivy League)
Dan Kelly (Independent/Shock)
Dan Sultan (Independent/MGM)
Eddy Current Suppression Ring (Aaarght!)
Sia (Independent)

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST

Bridezilla (Inertia Recordings)
Cloud Control  (Ivy League)
Otouto (Two Bright Lakes/Inertia)
Philadelphia Grand Jury (Boomtown Records/Shock)
Richard In Your Mind (Rice Is Nice/Other Tongues)
The Jezebels (Independent/MGM)

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM

Cloud Control – Bliss Release (Ivy League)
Dan Kelly – Dan Kelly’s Dream (Independent/Shock)
Dan Sultan – Get Out While You Can (Independent/MGM)
Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Rush To Relax (Aaarght! /Shock)
Rowland S Howard – Pop Crimes (Liberation)
Sia – We Are Born (Independent/Inertia)

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP
Bliss N Eso – Down By The River  (Illusive)
Little Red – Rock It (Liberation)
Philadelphia Grand Jury – The Good News (Boomtown/Shock)
Sia – Clap Your Hands (Independent/Inertia)
The Jezabels – She’s So Hard (Independent/MGM)
The Temper Trap – Love Lost (Liberation)

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM
Ash Grunwald – Hot Mama Vibes (Delta Groove/Shock)
Dan Sultan – Get Out While You Can  (Independent/MGM)
Jeff Lang  – Chimeradour (ABC Records)
Mama Kin -Beat and Holler (Independent/MGM)
The Beautiful Girls – Spooks (Independent/MGM)
The Red Eyes – Red Army (Independent/MGM)

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK OR PUNK ALBUM
50 Lions – Where Life Expires (Resist/Shock)
Calling All Cars – Hold, Hold, Fire (Independent/Shock)
House Vs. Hurricane – Perspectives (Independent/Shock)
Parkway Drive  – Deep Blue (Resist/Shock)
The Amity Affliction – Youngbloods (Boomtown/Shock)

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM
Amber Lawrence – When It All Comes Down (Compass Brothers)
Deborah Conway – Half Man, Half Woman (Independent/MGM)
Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and The Little Hillbillies – Lost Music Blues (Liberation)
The Dingoes – Tracks (Liberation)
The Sunny Cowgirls – Summer (Compass Brothers/Shock)

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP/URBAN ALBUM

Horrorshow – Inside Story (Elefant Traks/Inertia)
Lowrider – Round The World (Illusive)
M-Phazes – Good Gracious (Obese Records)
Ozi Batla – Wild Colonial (Elefant Traks/Inertia)
Urthboy – Spitshine (Elefant Traks/Inertia)

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE / ELECTRONICA ALBUM
Faux Pas – Noiseworks (Sensory Projects/Inertia)
Jamie Lloyd – Beware Of The Light (Future Classic)
Midnight Juggernauts – The Crystal Axis (Siberia/Inertia)
Nick Thayer – Just Let It Go (Independent)
Opiuo – Slurp And Giggle (Addictech)
Space Invaders – Soul:Fi (Invada Records)

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM
Alister Spence Trio – Fit (Rufus Records)
Allan Browne Quintet – Une Saison En Enfer (Jazzhead)
Ben Winkelman Trio – Odysseys (Jazzhead)
Bernie McGann – Double Dutch (Independent)
Jamie Oehlers and Paul Graboswky – On A clear Day (Jazzhead)
Joe Chindamo – Another Place Another Time (Jazzhead)
Jonathan Zwartz – The Sea (Independent)
Mike Nock Trio – An Accumulation Of Subtleties (FWM Records)
Stu Hunter – The Gathering (Vitamin)
Way Out West – The Effects Of The Weather (Jazzhead)
** Please note – nominees in this category will be reduced to 5 pre-event

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music check out http://www.ausindies.com/

The 5th Annual
JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

The Forum Theatre, Melbourne – Friday October 1st, 2010
Doors open at 8:00pm
Tickets – $29 +BF and are available now @ http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/

Larry Heath

Founding Editor and Publisher of the AU review. You can follow him on Twitter @larry_heath or on Instagram @larryheath.