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Dan Pavelich’s 1st Annual Means-nothing Awards

Please note: These awards mean nothing beyond the fact that I like what the recipients did. There were tons of albums, songs and videos that I never heard or saw. 2020 was a shitty year in general, but an extraordinary one for great independent music. It would have been impossible to acknowledge or consume all of it.

DP

Coolest Release of the Year

Michael Slawter & The Pleased To Meet Me’s – Dear Bastards (Flexidisc)

Record of the Year

Marshall Holland – Paper Airplane

Song of the Year

The Vapour Trails – Lonely Man

Best Vinyl Releases (Tie)

Maurice & The Stiff Sisters – Welcome To Love

Gretchen’s Wheel – Such Open Sky

Best Cassette Release

Dw Dunphy – Test Test Test

Top Ten Singles of the Year  (In no particular order)

Ken Sharp – Girl

Ed Ryan – Even Time

Nick Frater – Let’s Hear It For Love

Tenderhooks – 20-20 Vision

More Animal – I Won’t Forgive You

The Empty Hearts – Coat-tailer

Katrina – Drive

Mike Daly & The Planets – This Is My Life

Coke Bela – Thank You, Paul

The Pretenders – The Buzz

Top Ten Long Players of the Year (In no particular order)

The Well Wishers – Shelf Life

Katrina – Hearts, Loves and Babys

honeychain – Pocketful of Good Luck

Tom Curless and The 46% – Almost Ready For The Future

Bill Lloyd – Don’t Kill The Messenger

It’s Karma It’s Kool – Woke Up In Hollywood

Nick Piunti and The Complicated Men – Downtime

Pop Co-Op – Factory Settings

Gary Ritchie – Head On Swivel

The Toms – The 1979 Sessions

Music Video of the Year

Tiny Bit Of Giant’s Blood – Girl Over Here

Best Children’s/Family Releases (In no particular order)

Lindsay Munroe – I Am Kind

Rena Strober & Friends – Imagine That

Red Yarn – Backyard Bop

Flor Bromley – Fiesta Global

Diana Panton – A Cheerful Little Earful

Congrats to all of the winners!

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Diana Panton /A Cheerful Little Earful

Diana Panton

A Cheerful Little Earful (Hamilton)

http://www.dianapanton.com

I’m always appreciative when I come across an album recorded for children that doesn’t aim down at them. Children have absorbent minds, capable of much more than most adults give them credit for, and jazz is something that they absolutely can appreciate and enjoy.

Canadian singer Diana Panton has assembled a collection of standards that will please ears of every age. Her vocal style reminds me of Madeleine Peyroux, an obvious thru-line to Billie Holliday. “Red Red Robin” sounds playful and happy, as does Ira Gershwin’s “Cheerful Little Earful.” Panton’s secret weapon is Don Thompson, a first-rate acoustic bassist doubling melody lines on piano and vibes.

I suspect that even jaded, diehard jazz enthusiasts will enjoy every second of this. It’s a really nice example of a great singer picking the perfect songs to fit her voice and accompanying players.

D.P.