The San Diego Music Awards released its list of 2013 nominees on Sunday night, ushering in a two-month period of celebrating local music, nerd outrage over obvious snubs, lobbying and endless debate.
There was one odd glitch. The Long And Short Of It were nominated this year for "Best Hard Rock Album" despite not releasing anything in the last year. In fact, My Forever Book, the release for which the band was nominated, doesn't exist.
A Facebook post from the band reads, "Thanks to San Diego music awards for nominating our new EP for best hard rock album' of the last year.... Slight problem—we didn't put out an EP last year, and the EP named does not exist."
The snafu was cleared up, however, and the remainder of the nominees are on the up and up. The Burning of Rome is one of the big favorites, having scooped up five nominations, including Album of the Year (for With Us), Artist of the Year, Best Alternative, Best Alternative Album and Best Live Band. Also, The Heavy Guilt picked up four nominations, including Best Alternative, Best Alternative Album (for their self-titled effort), Best Live Band and Artist of the Year.
There are also some noteworthy underdog nominees this year, including Chess Wars, Barbarian and Flaggs for Best New Artist, as well as Author & Punisher, whose awesome Women and Children is nominated for Best Hard Rock Album. The awards are open to a public vote now through Sept. 16. Votes can be cast at sandiegomusicawards.com.
The awards ceremony takes place Oct. 9 at Humphrey's by the Bay. (Disclosure: CityBeat publisher Kevin Hellman is president of the board of the San Diego Music Foundation, which puts on the awards.)