Over the past few years, mtvU’s annual Woodie Awards have been unexpectedly bloggable. But last night we couldn’t rely on Jordan Catalano picking fights since he was busy being king douche somewhere else, and Spank Rock seemed sober which meant no drinking from stilettos or jacking liveblogs, so we were left with … music? Well music plus asymmetical haircuts because remember this is all about COLLEGE. Before the show I spent some time on the indoor red carpet because it was warmer than the outdoor no carpet. It was fruitful: Chromeo promised new material will sound more like the “Momma’s Boy” than “Tenderoni,” Santogold confirmed that mtvU press release was erroneous and that she is still indeed Santogold, Vampire Weekend smiled and Palin’d as they didn’t stop to take questions from the liberal elite media, etc. Through the din of answers from guylinered bands I didn’t know, I heard the words “Dirty Projectors” and “TV On The Radio” and thought maybe things were changing. I looked up to see the lovely ladies of Au Revoir Simone. Things in fact are not changing.
But! There were some cool moments.
Lykke Li’s been known to cover Tribe Called Quest’s “Can I Kick It” while splicing it with Lou Reed’s “Wild Side,” so she ended her three-song set with that last night. And that’s when Q-Tip came out. Kamaal stuck around for three of his own (“Move,” “Vibrant Thing,” and “Gettin’ Up”) and to plug The Renaissance. Vampire Weekend did “A-Punk,” “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa,” and invited Chromeo and their vocoder onstage for a version of “Kids Don’t Stand A Chance”. (The Chromeo guys told me they’d recorded a different arrangement of it with VW for the single-release, out soon.) Santogold did “L.E.S. Artistes” and “Shove It” with Naeem, and was introduced by Debbie Harry. Scott’s favorite radio station in college (91.7 FM, WICB in Ithaca) won a Woodie. Moby spoke eloquently of the inspirational backstory of Sudanese rapper Emmanuel Jal. Mark Hoppus looked handsome and made me wonder Why, Tom DeLonge? Some group that sounded like a third-rate knockoff of a second-rate angst-in-a-hairspray-can band performed and made me wonder Why, College Youth Of America? And a big old etc.
But there were awards, and there were winners, and there are so many pics by photog Dese’Rae L. Stage to scroll through. Please enjoy.
SANTOGOLD, BJORN & LYKKE
SANTOGOLD & TREVOR ANDREW
VAMPIRE WEEKEND & CHROMEO
AU REVOIR SIMONE
MOBY & EMMANUEL JAL
THE COOL KIDS
THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS
This year’s winners:
- Woodie of the Year (Artist of the Year) – Paramore
- The Breaking Woodie (Best Emerging Artist) – There For Tomorrow
- Left Field Woodie (Most Original Artist) – Chromeo
- Best Video Woodie – Motion City Soundtrack “It Had to be You”
- The Good Woodie (Greatest Social Impact) – Jack’s Mannequin’s “Dear Jack Foundation” – Established by lead singer, Andrew McMahon, a leukemia survivor, this group raises money and awareness for cancer research.
- Performing Woodie (Best Tour) – Atmosphere
- College Radio Woodie (Best Campus Radio Station) – 91.7 FM, WICB Ithaca College
- Best Music on Campus Woodie – The Bride Wore Black
The Woodies air on mtvU starting 11/19, and there’ll be a half-hour “Best Of” on MTV and MTV2 on 11/22.
[All photos by Dese’Rae L. Stage]