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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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Got Any Singles? Mike Daly & The Planets / The Shivers / Tom Curless & The 46%

Mike Daly & The Planets / This Is My Life

https://dalyplanets.bandcamp.com

Having aged into my 50’s, I can tell you from experience that it can be a melancholy time. You’ve undoubtedly seen too many friends and family members pass away, and you’ve seen just how ugly something like cancer can be, how it literally drains the life out of a human soul. Maybe you’ve become a caregiver to one or both of your parents, and seen how that solemn duty inevitably affects every aspect of your own life, usually for the worse. 

Mike Daly and The PlanetsThis Is My Life, takes that melancholy one step further, singing from the point of view of someone afflicted with cancer, hoping that they can hang on to their life for as long as possible. It’s a dark subject to be sure, but flows with an undercurrent of hopefulness; hope for another day of life tomorrow, hope that there will be another sunrise to feel the warmth of, hope that our loved ones will also be there with us. Very well done.

The Shivers / Jimi Jimi

https://theshivers2.bandcamp.com/album/power-pop

Jimi Jimi is a nice piece of new-wavish pop, from The Shivers’ latest, Unreleased Tracks from 1988-1991. Their combination of Smithereens’-style guitar grind peppered with Wendy Morrison’s pleading vocals, is all kinds of awesome. We’re looking forward to digging deeper into this release and the rest of the band’s catalog.

Tom Curless & The 46% / House On Fire

https://tomcurless.bandcamp.com/album/almost-ready-for-the-future-2

The latest from Tom Curless is a tasty nugget that sounds both fresh and vintage. It has an early-MTV vibe to our ears, sticking somewhere between Greg Khin’s Break-up Song and Martin Briley’s Salt In My Tears. We’re enjoying the rest of the Lp, titled Almost Ready For The Future, but if you’re unfamiliar with Curless, this is a fantastic place to start.

D.P.