If we didn't know better, we'd wonder whether the headline of the Boston Music Awards nomination press release was meant solely to appease OTD: after all, we know for damn sure that nobody else who reads BMA press releases -- i.e., Globe, Herald, Dig, your mom -- gives a shit about Killswitch Engage. How're we supposed to complain about the BMA's when our favorite Mass Metal destoryers get a league-leading seven nominations? (Scroll down for the full list.)
Well, as usual, they make it easy. Let's start at the bottom of the list, which mentions that Bobby Brown and Buffalo Tom are being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Let's repeat that: Bobby Brown and Buffalo Tom are being inducted into a hall of fame. The same one. On the same night. Far be it from us to suggest that Bobby and Buff aren't in the same league with Mission of Burma and Gang Green: we'll leave that to the message boards. But couldn't the BMA's have spared Mr. Whitney the indignity of being inducted the same year as everyone's favorite legacy-altrocking real estate agent? For shame!
This year's announcement also suggests that even the BMA's are beginning to run out of awards to bestow upon Aerosmith: having won every possible award at least twice, the Aeros are now being slotted in for "honorary chairman" (Joey Kramer) and a first-ever "personal achievment award" (ailing bassist Tom Hamilton).
On to our usual departments. This year's winner for most egregious "he slept here once" nominee: John Mayer, with three. Other non-residents include longtime LA girl Aimee Mann, recent departure DJ-C (now in Chicago, though he spent most of the year here), Frank Smith (Austin, but ditto), Isis (LA), Mr. Lif (who knows), and G. Love (Philly, last we checked, which wasn't recently).
The view from 10,000 feet is unchanged: the BMA's spend most of their time trying way (way, way, way) too hard to make the hub-of-the-universe case for Boston's mainstream rock relevance, and end up reminding you of shit that you already knew and wish you could forget (see: Boys Like Girls, five nominations; Click Five, two). And they do far too little to zero in on the up-and-coming bands who're making the most exciting music in town (we predict eight nominations for Drug Rug in, oh, about 2012, after they've moved to Athens or Portland or somewhere that gives a shit about pure awesomeness).
Also: can someone please stop distributing nomination ballots to the people who keep telling us how "great" the Boston folk scene is? It was over in 1968. Get over it.
As far as we can tell, there are exactly three good surprises on this list: Alana V from Medicated Kisses is nominated for Local Female Singer of the Year, which she is; Township are nominated for Best New Rock Band, which they may or may not be but deserve to be considered for; and the Dresden Dolls are nominated only twice.
In other news, the BMA ceremonies are moving back to the Orpheum on December 1: Avalon, of course, is out of business. Tickets are on sale now. Online voting begins Friday.
And the nominees are . . .
Act of the Year Boys Like Girls Dinosaur Jr. Dream Theater Killswitch Engage Lori McKenna Shadows Fall Album of the Year (Major) Boys Like Girls Self-titled John Mayer "Continuum" Josh Ritter "Historical Conquest of Josh Ritter" Killswitch Engage "As Daylight Dies" Lori McKenna "Unglamorous" Shadows Fall "Threads Of Life" Album of the Year (Indie) Big D & The Kids Table "Strictly Rude" Buffalo Tom "Three Easy Pieces" Converge "No Heroes" Martin Sexton "Seeds" Matt Nathanson "Some Mad Hope" Melissa Ferrick "In The Eyes of Strangers" Patty Griffin "Children Running Through" Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles "Diamonds In The Dark" The Receiving End of Sirens "The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi" The Slip "Eisenhower" National Male Vocalist of the Year Aaron Lewis (Staind) Brad Parker (Aberdeen City) Howard Jones (Killswitch Engage) John Mayer Josh Ritter Kyle Patrick (The Click Five) Martin Johnson (Boys Like Girls) Matt Nathanson National Female Vocalist of the Year Aimee Mann Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls) Deb Talan (The Weepies) Jo Dee Messina JoJo Juliana Hatfield Lori McKenna Melissa Ferrick Paula Cole Local Male Vocalist of the Year Chris O'Brien Eli "Paperboy" Reed Jake Brennan Pete Kilpatrick Ryan Montbleau Thom Moran (Bon Savants) Tim Blane Will Dailey Local Female Vocalist of the Year Alanna V. (Medicated Kisses) Anna Price (The Silver Lining) Aoife O'Donovan (Crooked Still) Casey Desmond Heidi Lee (The Snowleopards) Holly (HUMANWINE) Reva Williams (Gretel) Rose Polenzani Sarah Borges Song of the Year "Car Crash" (Matt Nathanson) "Jenny" (The Click Five) "My Curse" (Killswitch Engage) "Satellite" (Guster) "The Great Escape" (Boys Like Girls) "Unfortunates" (State Radio) "Unglamorous" (Lori McKenna) "Waiting On The World To Change" (John Mayer) Local Song of the Year "Even Rats" (The Slip) "I'm on Fire" (The Snowleopards) "Moving Forward" (Protokoll) "Pleasure Pleasure" (Bang Camaro) "Radar" (Dear Leader) "Supreme Girl" (The Sterns) "Sweetest Goodbye" (Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers) Outstanding Pop Act of the Year Bon Savants Boys Like Girls The Click Five The Everyday Visuals The Snowleopards The Sterns Winterpills Outstanding Rock Band of the Year Aberdeen City Bang Camaro Buffalo Tom Monty Are I The Slip Township Outstanding Metal/Hardcore Band of the Year All That Remains Converge Isis Killswitch Engage Shadows Fall The Red Chord Unearth Outstanding Folk Act of the Year Catie Curtis Chris Pureka Chris Smither Crooked Still Ellis Paul Mark Erelli Patty Griffin Outstanding DJ/Dance Act of the Year DJ BC DJ C Eli Wilkie Porsches On The Autobahn Steve Porter The Campaign For Real Time UV Protection Outstanding Punk Band of the Year Big D & The Kids Table Darkbuster Dropkick Murphys Piebald Street Dogs Super Power The Unseen Vanna Outstanding Americana Act of the Year Dennis Brennan Frank Smith Girls Guns & Glory Jabe Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles Session Americana Three Day Threshold Outstanding Funk/Jam Band of the Year G. Love & Special Sauce Lucy Vincent Spiritual Rez State Radio The Eclectic Collective Westbound Train Outstanding Rap/Hip-Hop Act of the Year 7L & Esoteric Akrobatik Dre Robinson D-Tension Letia Larok Mr. Lif Slaine Termanology Outstanding Jazz Act of the Year Club d'Elf Dominique Eade Hiromi Jacques Chanier Quartet Of Happiness The Blueprint Project The Leah Randazzo Group Outstanding Singer/Songwriter of the Year Alastair Moock Chad Perrone Dennis Brennan Ellis Paul Josh Ritter Kristin Hersh Paula Cole Willy Mason Outstanding Blues/Soul Act of the Year Chris Fitz Band Dwight & Nicole Eli "Paperboy" Reed & the True Loves Peter Gammons Sam Bigelow The Silver Lining World's Greatest Sinners Outstanding World Music Act of the Year Atlas Soul Roots of Creation Soulfege Spiritual Rez The Superpowers Westbound Train Zili Misik Outstanding Live Act of the Year Bang Camaro Dresden Dolls Killswitch Engage Matt Nathanson Robby Roadsteamer Session Americana State Radio The Campaign For Real Time The Eclectic Collective Best New Act of the Year Hallelujah the Hills Jen Murdza Kid:Nap:Kin Medicated Kisses My So-Called Friend The Dear Hunter Township Zili Misik Local Producer of the Year Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, Unearth) Crit Harmon (Lori McKenna, Martin Sexton) Ed Valauskas (Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Peter Gammons) Matt Squire (Boys Like Girls, The Receiving End of Sirens, Monty Are I) Mike Denneen (Fountains of Wayne) Scott Riebling (Fall Out Boy, The Academy Is, My So-Called Friend) Zeus (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed)