Ken Harrison 8:30 a.m., May 27
2009 San Diego Music Awards - Post-Show Report: It's a (Fish)Wrap
Some comments about this year’s SDMAs –
Jason Mraz’s album We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things entered Billboard’s< Top 200 chart at #3 on May 20, 2008,. Fourteen months later, the record wins Album of the Year?! Isn’t there some kind of time limit that an album should be eligible each year – like, say, a YEAR??????
Anya Marina hasn’t lived in
The New Archaic have been around for almost two years, but they win Best New Artist???
The Album Leaf wins Best Electronic two years in a row??? Having added violin, more guitars, live drums, and vocal harmonies to their previously sparse sound, hasn’t it been years since they even qualified for a thus-named award?
Psychedelic electric-soul glam rockers Children of Nova play the city’s Best Hard Rock?!?! Maybe if your idea of Hard Rock is Stryper -----
Well, let's hope videos show up online of The Zeros getting their Lifetime Achievement Award - they were joined onstage by Wayne Kramer of MC5 for a rendition of "Ramblin' Rose," and video testimonials to them included good words from Joan Jett and John Doe of X.
Jimmy Powers (half of the Clasy Pigeons duo) says of his Best Hip-Hop nomination “I don’t feel I should have been nominated for the award. I have only released a limited press EP [200 copies]…I think local artists like Blame One, who hit the top 40 on iTunes this year, should be the ones getting a nomination.”
“[Blame One] charted on college radio at #2, was a featured artist on Myspace Music, was pick by the Editor of XXL magazine as Chairman's Choice for album on the month. Has been making music for 2 decades, [with] 4 critically acclaimed solo albums.”
Another mostly unreleased hip-hop album, a compilation of local artists called Young Mass Presents: The Best Of Daygo City, was nominated for Best Hip-Hop Album, even though a distribution and promotion deal with Jake Records wasn’t in place until AFTER the 2009 nominations were announced.
In fact, only 100 homemade CDR copies of Best of Daygo City existed when it got the SDMA nod!! The album won't actually be released until November 12!
“I would like to think the Jake Records distribution and promotion deal was scored at least in part on the strength of our SDMA nomination,” says 40oz Chris of Massterpiece Entertainment.
Blame One says “I got nominated twice [in the past]. Second time, I didn’t even bother to show up…those cats don’t intend on helping out, because they have no desire to understand hip hop culture. Only way it would change is if the board consisted of non-biased real hip hop heads.”
Another past nominee Miki Vale says “I never went to the award ceremony any time I was nominated, because I've always believed it to be bozack [ballsack] worthy and that didn't change just because I was nominated…just do what you do and let the music be your trophy.”
“I think the real issue is ... the awards are a popularity contest amongst who? Should I, a person who admittedly knows absolutely nothing about Rock music, be in charge of selecting nominees for a Rock music award? What sense does that make?”
2009 SDMA hip-hop nominees are ridiculed in posts on websites like Yelp.com, accesshiphop.com, and on the Reader site. “MC Flow nominated again,” complains Jen of the lesbian Jewish rapper’s award nod. “Geez. When will people learn? She's terrible. Lame act. Lame weird-ass dancer dressed in American Apparel crap.”
Dotquan says “MC Flow is the reason
Change: “That whole f-ckin’ thing is a joke. We don't need to take sh-t back because they never had it in the first place. F-ck SDMA…it’s a non-profit organization that gives themselves salaries and throws a big awards event at the end of the year.”
Adamnt: “From the outsiders, it looks like one big f-cking circle jerk. The groups that have the media backing win the awards, and thus validating all the articles written about them.”
Alowishious1: “How come Mitchy Slick wasn’t nominated? That right there is proof that it’s all bullsh-t…I’m sick and tired of these same lame ass n-ggas getting’ nominated each year. Getting a SD Music Award is like makin’ a shot after the buzzer. It don’t count, b-tch.”
SubBass49: “SDMAs aren't about who has the best music, or even who is most talented...it's a POPULARITY CONTEST. BECOME POPULAR and you'll win.
MarkMyWords: “If the DMV was run by the SDMAs, 12 year-olds without arms and legs would have drivers licenses sent to their house.”