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November 16, 2004

Touch and Go bring home the bacon

All due respect to Touch and Go Records and their boys in TV On the Radio, who took home the 2004 Shortlist Prize on Monday night.

From Billboard: "'We are not the next Damien Rice,' TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone said, referring to the singer/songwriter who won the award in 2003. 'Seriously, this was a great honor. We didn't even expect to be nominated, let alone win. None of us expected this to happen, and we're really happy to be here.'

"A soulful mix of rock, blues and dance, Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes peaked in March at No. 15 on Billboard's Top Heatseakers chart.

"In a 30-minute set to close the concert, TV On The Radio played a number of cuts from the album, including 'Dreams' and 'Staring at the Sun.' The latter best exemplified the act's tuneful experimentation, with gospel-worthy call and response vocals and a wall of guitars that reached rave-like hysterics.

"TV On The Radio received a $10,000 cash prize presented by XM Satellite Radio. The show was broadcast live on XM and will be televised Nov. 20 on MTV2. Other performing Shortlist finalists included Josh Homme's Eagles Of Death Metal, hip-hopper Dizzee Rascal and lighthearted pianist Nelly [sic] McKay."

Previous Shortlist coverage from Chicagomuzikblog is here and there.