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San Diego Music Award nominees – updated list

July 26, 2010 - 8:12 pm

It’s that time of year again! Today, the San Diego Music Foundation unveiled its list of nominees for the 20th annual San Diego Music Awards. (Disclosure: CityBeat‘s publisher, Kevin Hellman, is the foundation’s president.) The nominees were chosen by the SDMA Academy, a council of local movers-and-shakers, who submitted their favorite artists, albums, and songs in various categories.

The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, Sept. 12 at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay. There’ll be a Lifetime Award presentation honoring Iron Butterfly and performances by local favorites The Night Marchers, The Nervous Wreckords, Maren Parusel, New Mexico, Miss Erika Davies and Transfer.

Keep reading to check out an updated list of the nominees Hellman sent me, sans typos and misspellings:

Best Tribute Band

40 Oz. to Freedom

Cash’d Out

Cover Me Badd

Dazed & Confused

Red Not Chili Peppers

Rolling the Stones

The Cured

The Styletones

Best Jazz

David Patrone

Gilbert Castellanos

Hank Easton

Jaime Valle

Karin Carson

Nena Anderson


Trip Sprague

Best Acoustic

Brenda Xu

Jordan Reimer

Josh Damigo

Kenny Eng

Miss Erika Davies

Steven Ybarra

Tori Roze


Best Blues

145th Street

Bill Magee Blues Band

Johnny Vernazza

Lady Dottie & the Diamonds

Michele Lundeen

Robin Henkel
Candye Kane

Tomcat Courtney

Best World Music

Agua Dulce

B-Side Players

Elijah Emanuel & the Revelations




The Devastators

Tribal Seeds

Best Americana

Behind the Wagon

Blackout Party


Eve Selis

Gayle Skidmore

Joel P. West & Tree Ring

John Meeks & The New Mexicans

The Farmers

Best Hip Hop

12 Gauge Shotie


Black Resume

Deep Rooted

Jimmy Powers

Lil Uno

MC Flow

Vokab Company

Best Pop

321 Stereo

Dynamite Walls

Get Back Loretta

Lights On

Maren Parusel


The Silent Comedy

Wendy Bailey

Best Alternative


Cuckoo Chaos



New Mexico

Scarlet Symphony

Swim Party


Best Rock

Black Hondo

Citizen Band

Scarlet Symphony

The Burning of Rome

The Donkeys

The Drowning Men

The Night Marchers

Vinyl Film

Best Hard Rock

All Leather

Cattle Decapitation

Ghetto Blaster

Lord Howler

Rats Eyes

Space Nature

Spider Fever

The Long and Short of it

Best Club DJ


Chris Cutz

Fresh One

Gabe Vega

Junior The Disco Punk

Mario Orduno

Mike Czech


Best Electronic

Drew Andrews



Inspired Flight

Jamuel Saxon


Marcelo Radulovich


Best Pop Album

A.J. Croce – Cage of Muses

Greg Gibson – Black Glass

Justin James – Perfect Sometimes

Metrofique – Swing for Fences

Neon Cough – Walking Shadow

The Heavy Guilt – Lift Us Up From This

The Modlins – Shoot the Moon

The Silent Comedy – Common Faults

Best Rock Album

Circa Now – Hotter Than A Pistol

Creepy Creeps – Fink About It

Dirty Sweet – American Spiritual

Heavy Glow – The Filth And the Fury

Lualta – Nobody Loves You When You’re Down

Primitive Noyes – Ideation

The Loons – Red Dissolving Rays of Light

Transfer – Future Selves

Best Alternative Album

Fight Fair – California Kicks

Hotel St. George – Fun, Shine, Line

Lion Cut – s/t

New Archaic – Movers and Shakers

Pierce The Veil – Selfish Machines

Rafter – Animal Feelings

Republic of Letters – Painted Hour

The Dabbers – And I Was Like, And They Were All

Best Hard Rock Album

A City Serene – The Art of Deceiving

All Leather – When I Grow Up…

As I Lay Dying – The Powerless Rise

Bitter Frost – s/t

Burning the Masses – Offspring of Time

Canobliss – Man is The Enemy

Carnifex – Hell Chose Me

Mower – Make It A Double

Best Hip Hop Album

Black Resume – Bar-Barian Music

Bully Blinders – City of Dirt

Higher Minds – 2012 The Burning City

Jimmy Powers – Califoreigner

Lil Uno – The Diagnosis

Outta Control – Daily Dose

Touch of Cas – The Real

Vokab Kompany – The New Kong

Best Blues Album

Chet & the Committee – I’ll be Down in San Felipe

Delta Heat – Lets Have A Party!

Fuzzy Rankins – Take A Brotha Home

Patrick Yandall – One Hour Blues

Robin Henkel – With Horns

Sue Palmer – After Hours

The Burnsville Band – Give Me A Job

Zapf Dingbats – s/t

Best Jazz Album

Chase Morrin – Solo Jazz Piano

Gypsy Swing Allstars – Les Nouveaux Bohemiens

Holly Hoffman – Three’s Company

Ian Tordella – Magnolia

Karin Carson – The Time is Now

Mikan Zlatkovich – Come Together

Steph Johnson – Mysterious Feminine

Wayne Riker – Full Soul Ahead

Best Americana Album

Behind the Wagon – 11 Songs

Gregory Page – Heartstrings

Jesse LaMonaca & the Dime Novels – Until The Stars Came Out

John Meeks – Old Blood

Mojo Nixon – Whiskey Rebellion

Sara Petite – Doghouse Rose

The Mark Jackson Band – A Real Charmed Life

The Riders – Crown City Sessions

Best World Music Album

David Maldonado – Angels & Almas
Mariachi Champana Nevin – Nuestra Navidad

High Tide – The Rooted

Irving Flores – Recuerdos

Karlos Paez – Music Culture Love

Monette Marino Keita – Coup d’Etat

Otro Mundo – s/t

Skelpin – A Trip to Skye

Best Local Recording

Astra Kelly – Battling the Sun

Cathryn Beeks – Mood Swing

Christy Bruneau – Somewhere in the Middle

Dave Humphries – Hocus Pocus on Joker Lane

Hocus – Better than You

Tracy Johnson – Maybe it’s the Rain

White Apple Tree – Velvet Mustache

Wirepony – Right Hook of Love

Best New Artist


El Monte Slim

Grand Tarantula

Heavy Hawaii

Little Hurricane

Midnight Rivals

The Nervous Wreckords

The Neverout

Artist of the Year


Dum Dum Girls

Jason Mraz

Sara Watkins

Slightly Stoopid


The Soft Pack


Album of the Year

Delta Spirit – History from Below

Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be

Jason Mraz’s Beautiful Mess: Live on Earth

Rafter – Animal Feelings

Steve Poltz – Dreamhouse

Switchfoot – Hello Hurricane

The Soft Pack – s/t

Wavves – King of the Beach

Song of the Year

Angels & Airwaves – Hallucinations

Crocodiles – Sleep Forever

Delta Spirit – Bush League Blues

Dum Dum Girls – Jail La La

Sara Watkins – Too Much

Switchfoot – Mess of Me

The Soft Pack – Come On

Waaves – King of the Beach

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