The PLUG Awards Leave Us Slanted, Disenchanted

Feb 12th, 2007 // 6 Comments

We may have come away empty-handed from Saturday night’s PLUG Awards, but we weren’t the only ones who lost: Anyone who made it all the way through the four-hour* fiasco was treated to a series of disastrously executed stunts (a “live” iPod battle), way-too-long nominee-list recitals, and way-too-short sets from the likes of Deerhoof and El-P. Thankfully, host David Cross was just as frustrated as we were, and he served as our own Herbert Morrison, narrating the increasingly horrific turn of events with some first-rate zingers. Photographer Nikola Tamindzic was on hand, earning his hazard pay.

* We think; we actually bolted during the Malkmus pre-performance on-stage interview.
Earlier: The Trajectory: Plotting The PLUG Awards


  1. tigerpop

    Thank god for David Cross. The only gag that even kinda worked was the giant puppet (did you guys get any photos?), and that was simply because the very idea of a 17-foot-tall David Cross puppet is just tickling. Not so tickling: Watching a 4-hour awards show completely break down in real time.

    That said, Deerhoof was brilliant (for 12 minutes) and El-P was brutal (for 2 songs) and Malkmus made me very happy. (I didn’t even know Janet Weiss was in the Jicks. Bonus.)

    Also, am I the only one who doesn’t understand all the pants-wetting over the Silversun Pickups? They’re a Gish tribute band at best.

  2. brasstax

    I’ve yet to come across a convincing argument for why the PLUG awards even exist. Anyone? Bueller?

  3. tigerpop

    “I’ve yet to come across a convincing argument for why the PLUG awards even exist.”

    Everyone wants to suck their own cack once in a while.

    By the way, when I called El-P’s performance “brutal,” I meant “really, really fucking loud.” Good, though.

  4. the rich girls are weeping

    Didn’t anyone catch on after LAST YEAR’S Plug awards fiasco that the whole thing is a total racket/farce/whatever? *sigh*

    World’s Fair needs to put this thing out to pasture already. No. One. Cares.

    Relatedly, sort of: Why is it always necessary to rant about how there’s never any indie artists nominated for/awarded Grammys? Most tired blog topic of the day.

  5. Maura Johnston

    i thought that cross was kidding about the iPod battle being from france.

  6. mickeyprecious

    Nicola’s shots always kick ass! But where’s the pic of the Idolator crew?

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