The Mercury Music 2006 shortlist has now been announced, and it’s a bit of a downer. Kate Bush and the Pet Shop Boys are missing, despite both having released brililant albums in the last year; no Mogwai and no Boards of Canada. However, Hot Chip, the Ludicrously Overrated Arctic F***ing Monkeys and Editors are on despite the fact that their albums are distinctly average at best and excruciating at worst (Hot Chip, I’m looking at you). Lauren Laverne thinks it’s a “really good list”, which says everything.
Thom Yorke, please. Wouldn’t mind Muse either. Still should have been Aerial.