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Unexciting news: Kings of Leon, Snow Patrol and Katy Perry set for T in the Park

T in the Park

Yes, T in the Park today announced the first three acts on its 2009 line-up:

Kings of Leon, Snow Patrol and Katy Perry.

It’s all a matter of taste of course, but by any standards this is a paltry way to raise the curtain on Scotland’s biggest music festival.

Kings of Leon may now be one of the biggest indie-pop bands in the world, but 2009 will be their fifth appearance in something like seven years.

Equally, the boring-as-watching-cement-dry Snow Patrol are no strangers to Balado.

As for Katy Perry, well that’s just a sly marketing gimmick to rope in the teenyboppers. Right?

The question is this: does this mean that any or all of this tiresome trio will be headlining the main stage? If so, why couldn’t T in the Park organizers DF Concerts have aimed a bit higher? Rage Against the Machine were an inspired choice last year.

Perhaps I shouldn’t be too quick to judge. There are plenty more announcements to come. I just hope they weren’t aiming to start the revelation process with a PR bang, because this is a low-decibel whimper.

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Poll of polls, or, Best of the best-of-2008 album countdowns

A music writer casts his voteConfession: I’ve had some free time lately.

I had to use up the rest of my holiday entitlement before 2008 was out, so I now find myself with nine days of welcome but unproductive home-time in mid-December.

My internet browsing is on the high end of the scale at the busiest of times, so inevitably my modem has been working overtime as I endlessly, inanely surf the web in search of… what?

News, snippets of useless information, Wikipedia facts about minor film actors, the mindnumbing allure of Facebook, the still mystifying appeal of Twitter… and best-of-2008 music polls.

And so I’ve been wondering about year-end polls:

Are they reliable barometers of the very best music created over the past twelve months?

Or…

Are they totally whimsical, subjective, indulgent, show-off lists by various cliques of self-important critics who sneer at mainstream taste?

It’s the latter, of course. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t completely bloody addictive. I have found myself scouring music websites from the other side of the Atlantic desperately seeking out that essential album that somehow escaped my attention.

So to take the poll theme to a whole new level, here’s my poll of the best and worst polls of the year!

The Best

5. Rolling Stone: Props on TV on the Radio, but otherwise a bit tokenistic along the beardy rawk/hip-hop/legends lines. Turned me on to Blitzen Trapper though.

4. Pitchfork Reader’s Poll: Can’t really argue, other than point out its obvious American folksy prejudice.

3. Times: Surprisingly well-informed for a Murdoch rag.

2. Drowned in Sound: Friendly Fires should never be in the top ten, but good to see my #2 choice M83 top a poll.

1. The Skinny: OK, maybe I have to say this, but we really hit the nail on the head again this year, even if my nomination for Late of the Pier unsurprisingly missed the cut! Year of the Rabbit indeed.

The Worst

3. musicOMH: I don’t care how well-intentioned the poll is if they put Elbow at the top.

2. Last FM: Coldplay. Best album of the year? Really?

1. Q magazine: Kings of Leon. Best album of the year? Really?

And is this really the definitive poll of the year, with the top three comprising artists I’ve barely heard of? Surely not!

(I still have a few more days off. Maybe I’ll compile a poll of the best Poles of the year now…)

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