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Playlist: AIM Independent Music Awards

By | Published on Tuesday 3 September 2013

AIM Awards

The third annual AIM Independent Music Awards are due to take place this very evening in London, recognising the great and the good of music that’s had nothing to do with a major label. Both artists and industry folk will rewarded for their efforts over the last twelve months, with the big name winners of the night being Billy Bragg and Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis.

Those two, who will get the Outstanding Contribution and Pioneer awards respectively, we already know about. But the overall winners of the other thirteen categories are still being kept under wraps. We’ll known later on who they are, but for now let’s just take a quick look though some of our favourites on the nomination lists with this playlist here.

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01 The National – I Should Live In Salt
Nominated for Best Live Act, The National proved their worth in this field earlier this year, by performing one song repeatedly for six hours and still having an audience at the end of it. Can’t argue with that.

02 Daughter – Youth
It felt like Daughter were on the verge of something big long before they released their debut album, and they certainly delivered on people’s expectations. Which will be why they’re nominated for Independent Breakthrough Of The Year.

03 John Grant – Black Belt
When it comes to the Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album, there’s no denying that John Grant nailed the art of coming back for the first time this year. ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ is a great record.

04 Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal
Another great record is Jon Hopkins’ ‘Immunity’, so its place in the shortlist for Independent Album Of The Year is well deserved. Here’s the stand out track from that album.

05 The Crimea – The Last Plane Out Of Saigon
One of the categories focussing on the business side of the industry is the award for Best Small Label. Alcopop! Records is nominated again this year, which is good because we like Alcopop! Records. Here’s a track from the company’s latest release, the combined comeback and farewell album from The Crimea.

06 Savages – Shut Up
There’s stiff competition in the Independent Label Of The Year category, but Matador puts up a good fight with a string of impressive releases this year from bands including Queens Of The Stone Age, Chelsea Light Moving, iceage, Kurt Vile, and the brilliant Savages.

07 The Laurel Collective – They Hate Me
A strong contender for the Golden Welly Award For Best Independent Festival is In The Woods. It has a solid track record for having a line-up featuring artists who would be too big for them to afford just a few months later. For this track on the playlist, we give a nod to the festival’s organisers, The Laurel Collective.

08 David Byrne & St Vincent – Who
Music videos are good. Well, good music videos are, anyway. And that’s exactly what the Independent Video Of The Year category recognises. We’ve plucked David Byrne & St Vincent’s ‘Who’ from the shortlist. Why is it good? Well, it’s in black and white and it features David Byrne and St Vincent doing some weird dancing. Watch here.

09 Billy Bragg – No One Knows Nothing Anymore
On to the awards where we already know the winners now. First to the Outstanding Contribution To Music prize, which this year will go to Billy Bragg. Here’s a track from his latest contribution, new album ‘Tooth & Nail’.

10 Palma Violets – Best Of Friends
Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis will receive the AIM Pioneer Award, recognising a long and influential career in music. Here’s Palma Violets, one of the newer signings from the label that’s brought us Belle & Sebastian, The Smiths, The Strokes, The Libertines and more.