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The VNZMAs are coming!

Drop what you’re doing. It’s time for the 2011 Music Awards! The finalists have just been announced, and you know you want in on this. After all, don’t you want to be the first to brag to your friends how you knew your favourite band was gonna snatch up that award? The winners will be announced at the 46th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, held at Vector Arena on November 3 whilst hitting your TV set on FOUR.

Speakerset-wise, our own favourite David Dallas has been nominated for the Russian Standard Vodka Album of The Year, showcasing The Rose Tint. He’s up against Avalanche City and The Naked and Famous, so expect some intensity on that front.

Dallas is back up again for the Best Male Solo Artist spot, and this time with Tiki Taane and Stan Walker at the flanks. On the Best Female Artist flipside, Julia Deans will be duking it out against Brooke Fraser and Ladi6, all making noteworthy headlines through the year.

PPNZ’s best rock album has Beastwars at the forefront with their eponymous debut, and be ready for an aptly named Cairo Knife Fight to ensue as they clash heads. The Edge Best Pop Album is down to a toss-up between Brooke Fraser’s Flags, Kids of 88’s Sugarpills and Julia Deans’ Modern Fables.

On the Best Urban/Hip Hop Album forefront, we have PNC’s Man on Wire, and David Dallas makes a reappearance alongside Ladi6’s In Liberation Of…

For the Best Aotearoa Roots Album, House of Shem’s Island Liberation is competing against Trinity Roots and Katchafire’s respective releases.

Load up your speakers and headphones, as Speakerset carves up the scene with  within-label fisticuffs between Tiki Taane, State of Mind’s Nil By Ear and Concord Dawn’s The Enemy Within for the Best Electronica Album. And don’t you run off just yet! Tiki Taane’s back in the running again- this time for Best Maori Album among contemporaries Miss Black and WAI.

Those present for the event will have aural candy courtesy of Ladi6, Six60 and The Naked and Famous (among other acts) for New Zealand’s biggest night in music. It’s gonna be one hell of a nail-biter, so try not to gnaw right through those fingertips. Feeling the suspense yet? I know I can’t wait.

Win PJ Harvey’s ‘Let England Shake’

It has been announced that P J Harvey is the winner of this years Mercury Prize for her brilliant album ‘Let England Shake’

We felt this album was something special from the first time we listened to it and we could be happier that she took out the big prize.

To celebrate this win we are giving you the chance to win a copy of ‘Let England Shake’

Simple email Win@speakersetmusic.com and tell us what the PJ stands for in PJ Harvey’s name.

GOTYE - Making Mirrors out now

It’s our new obsession and I’m sure it will be yours too. By now you have probably heard the infectiously catchy track ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ Feat NZ’s own Kimbra and you’ve probably seen the video featuring them all nudey rudey covered in paint..Now you can get the album. Currently sitting at #1 on NZ ITunes. This is gonna be big.

Check it out.


Mercury Prize Nominee 9: Gwilym Simcock. Nominated for his 2011 album ‘Good Days At Schloss Elmau’, this British pianist and composer has been winning awards since he could crawl. This is his first Mercury Prize nomination.
Mercury Prize Nominee 8: Everything Everything. Nominated for their splendid debut album “Man Alive”, the Manchester based 4 piece first got noticed as one of the finalists for the ‘BBC’s Sound Of 2010’ poll. From the album comes MY KZ, UR BF(My Keys, Your Boyfriend).