What’s your favourite music award show? The answer is of course “I don’t have one”. It’s a trick question because music awards shows run the gamut from shit to embarrassing shit. There was a time when I watched MTV and the Brit Awards avidly, because instead of trotting out big fat albums by big fat “artists” (that had already sold a million billion copies) they would occasionally present you with something thought provoking and brilliant that you hadn’t heard of. Things like Portishead or Roni Size.
The award format isn’t to blame in itself though, which is why when I was recently asked to be part of a fledgling effort I got quite excited. Put together by the frighteningly knowledgable Paul Ackroyd, the Dead Albatross is designed to publicise and commend music that currently exists in obscurity for the average listener. I spend a lot of time listening to weird, scary and obtuse music and yet I had only heard of two artists on the shortlist of twenty albums. I’m currently wading through this shortlist (so I can do my job as a judge) and the only consistent thing about these albums so far is that they are all excellent in one way or another.
So why am I telling you all this? Well after the judging is complete, the awards show will be broadcast live on Reel Rebels Radio (a London internet radio station of impeccable taste) on Wednesday 30th October from 8 – 11 PM. I have had my mind blown by so many of Ackroyd’s radio shows that a best of the best compilation is truly too much to contemplate. It will be challenging listening. There may not be a single tune that you can whistle for the duration of the whole three hours. But if you enjoy the sound of people pushing the boundaries of what constitutes music then tune in here and for further information on this fine project go here