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Tuesday, Aug 09, 2011 - Check 1, Check 2 | Music & nightlife

Thoughts on the San Diego Music Awards

Little Hurricane clean house, guy dives into chairs and Seth Combs is totally wrong

By Peter Holslin
littlehurricane Little Hurricane
- Photo by Kris Johnson
As much as I've complained about the San Diego Music Awards in the past, I'm happy with how the ceremony went down this year. Little Hurricane cleaned house, Jamuel Saxon beat out Drew Andrews for "Best Electronic" and many of the albums I was rooting for—Blame One's Endurance, The Tree Ring's Generous Shadows, Low Volts' Twist Shake Grind Break, Little Hurricane's Homewrecker—got their due. (Plus, the awards raised more than $25,000 to provide Taylor Guitars to local schools.) Transfer should've gotten Artist of the Year, in my opinion, but at least the trophy went to Switchfoot instead of Slightly Stoopid again.

But you know what really made the SDMAs so entertaining this year? It wasn't watching this guy dive into chairs at the end of the night. (CityBeat publisher and SDMA head honcho Kevin Hellman doesn't think so, however.) Nope, it was rubbing it into CityBeat writer Seth Combs' face on Twitter that he was totally wrong.


You see, Combs recently
told me in a text that I must've been high when I came up with my
predictions on five major categories for the awards. Later, on Facebook, he said, "You're batting zero tonight." Granted, I'm not some kind of Holstradamus—I only went 2 for 5 last year. But that's still a pretty bold statement from the guy who went 1 for 5 in his 2009 predictions.

Well, it turns out that
I went 3 for 5 this year, correctly guessing the winners of Best Electronic, Best Hip-Hop and Album of the Year. So, Mr. Smarty-Pants Combs, who's high now?!

Here's the full list of winners:
Best Tribute Band - Cash'd Out

Best Club DJ - Gabe Vega
Best Acoustic - Colin Clyne
Best Electronic - Jamuel Saxon
Best Jazz - In Motion Trio
Best Jazz Album - The Mattson 2 - Feeling Hands
Best Blues - Lady Dottie & the Diamonds
Best Blues Album – Low Volts - Twist Shake Grind Break
Best World Music - B-Side Players
Best World Music Album – Todo Mundo - Organic Fire
Best Americana - Blackout Party
Best Americana Album - The Tree Ring - Generous Shadows
Best Hip Hop - Vokab Kompany
Best Hip Hop Album - Blame One - Endurance
Best Pop - The Silent Comedy
Best Pop Album - Maren Parusel - Artificial Gardens
Best Alternative - Little Hurricane
Best Alternative Album – Little Hurricane - Homewrecker
Best Rock – Transfer
Best Rock Album – The Donkeys - Born with Stripes
Best Hard Rock - As I Lay Dying
Best Hard Rock Album - Downspell – The Violent Majority
Best Local Recording - Writer - Miss Mermaid
Best New Artist - Low Volts
Song of the Year – Transfer - "Losing Composure"
Album of the Year - Little Hurricane - Homewrecker
Artist of the Year - Switchfoot
Lifetime Achievement Award – The Penetrators

Correction: This article originally reported that the guy who jumped into the chairs was "drunk-diving." Hellman says that he wasn't drunk, he was just being himself. We're sorry for the error.
 
 
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