I just received a press release listing the nominees for the Music Spectator-sponsored Portland Music Awards. One of the nominees struck me as rather odd.
Best Compilation Album of the Year:
'Failing Records: Volume' by Failing Records
'PDX Pop Now! 2008' by PDX Pop Now!
'We Rock For Food' by The Union Records
'Lights Out 11'by KINK fm
'Rose City' by the Rose City Project
Hmmm...do you notice that the volume is left blank for Failing Records? I wonder why that is. Oh yeah, it's because Failing Records didn't release a compilation this year (I just emailed with them to verify this).
There are so, so many things that make this award ceremony a complete farce, but I think this proves what anyone skimming the nominees would suspect--that Craig Marquardo, or whoever is picking these, is just picking the most predictable, acceptable, Portland-embraced artists/venues etc, without giving any real thought to their accomplishments or, in the case of compilation CDs, bothering to listen to them or even verify that they exist. Frankly, it's insulting to those nominees who do deserve recognition in their field.
For the record, I like Failing Records and would probably have voted for them if they released a compilation in 2008 or if I cared enough to actually vote for the PMAs. But look at the other categories if you want some laughs. Here are the nominees for best performance by a touring artist:
Oh, neat. Just add John Meyer to the list and we're set. What? He didn't play here this year? Who cares!
I've emailed with Craig Marquardo a little and it turns out the nomination process was open to the public, not selected by Music Spectator. Marquardo says that 6,200 nominations were made and since then 20,000 people have voted for the awards. This means that the public nominated a non-existent album. I'm not really sure what to make of that.