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Photos by Ted Soqui

The 2005 L.A. Weekly Music Awards, held Tuesday at the Henry
Fonda Theater, were a real love fest, with bizarre juxtapositions at every turn.
Favorite moments included watching Best Electronic DJ nominee Claudette Sexy
DJ laugh her ass off to 8-Bit (who performed with a video backdrop of cheesy
porn), followed by the ethereal nine-part harmonies of Petra Haden’s female
choir performing Who songs. Brian Wilson offered heartfelt thanks for support
of his Smile project; and in his speech honoring headliners X, Flea summed
up our sentiments by observing that as a native of Los Angeles, he considers
X his indigenous folk music. Lady Spinderella dazzled with her mere presence
(not to mention her turntable magic); and Piolín brought a little glamour to
the festivities as well. It was also a treat to see Lifetime Achievement winner
Rodney Bingenheimer bonding with radio great Art Laboe. And, after watching
8-Bit, Lifetime Achievement winner Jeff Barry noted that in all his years of
hit songwriting, he’d never thought to write a song called “Suck My Dick.” Does
have a certain ring to it, though.
Thanks to everyone who worked on the show, especially John Payne and Paul Rogers.
And congratulations to all the nominees. You’re all winners in our book.
BEST NEW ARTIST
Gram Rabbit
BEST HIP-HOP/RAP ARTIST/DJ
Tie:
8-Bit
Saul Williams
BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES/R&B ARTIST
Carlos Guitarlos

BEST COUNTRY/AMERICANA ARTIST
The Blazers
BEST LATIN ARTIST
Quinto Sol
BEST WORLD MUSIC/RECOMBINANT ARTIST
GO: Organic Orchestra
BEST JAZZ ARTIST
Phil Ranelin
BEST SINGER-SONGWRITER
AM
BEST ROCK BAND
The Rolling Blackouts
BEST PUNK/HARDCORE BAND
The Mae Shi
BEST HARD ROCK/METAL BAND
Isis
BEST POP/ROCK BAND
Tie:
The Sugarplastic
The Movies
BEST LATIN ROCK
Los Abandoned
BEST NEW GENRE/UNCATEGORIZABLE ARTIST
Jon Hassell
BEST ELECTRONIC EXPERIMENTAL ARTIST
Tie:
Dntel
The Haters
BEST ELECTRONIC DJ
Frosty/Dublab
BEST CLASSICAL ARTIST
Christopher O’Riley
BEST RADIO SHOW
She Comes In Colours, KXLU

BEST HOME 4-, 8-, OR 16-TRACK RECORDING
Petra Haden, Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell
Out

Quinto Sol
8-Bit
Brian Wilson
Petra Haden
Rodney Bingenheimer
Jeff Barry

 

LA Weekly