Avalanche Top 20 vs The Grammys
Hello December! Once again it’s that brilliant time of year where round-ups of what’s been musically most noted come spilling forth. This week Edinburgh’s Avalanche Records released their predicted top 20 sellers for 2011, a lovely collection of albums that you should really own.
While there are some notable exceptions, especially as they point out from releases later in the year, it’s testament to the willing and focused effort from the folks at Avalanche which sees new Scottish music dominating. The likes of Bwani Junction, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Conquering Animal Sound sit side-by-side or top one of the year’s most critically applauded releases - PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake and the newly Grammy nominated Bon Iver.
The Grammy nominations were released today and it’s an unsurprisingly revelation Justin Vernon’s band is the only act to cross both lists, securing a well deserved place in four overall categories (including an intriguing ‘Best new Artist’ plaudit, considering For Emma, Ever Ago made the Rolling Stone top 50 four years ago not quite sure of the criteria).
I take the Grammys with a pinch of salt remembering although they won best album most of America had trouble with the concept of Arcade Fire last year, but the full list shows some promise. Yes you have to dig through a mismatch of the mainstream charts (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Jay Z, Bruno Mars, Kanye West) but there is a pleasing commendation for the Foo Fighters, matching Adele with a worthy name check in six categories and The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, The Black Keys, Cut Copy and Memory Tapes are all undeniably in there.
Anyway if basically what you’re thinking is that the two lists are poles apart that would be true. It’s nice to see a level diversity in the Grammy’s, but mostly the fact that I’d take Avalanche’s lot over it any day makes me hugely proud that Scots are doing their own thing so bloody well.
Read Avalanche’s full list here, check out the Grammy nominees on USA Today.
Video above is the sublime Conquering Animal Sound’s, Wildthings - the number eight artist in Avalanche’s list. There’s a name I bet the US would really grapple with.