Beck, the Neptunes and Metallica's Lars Ulrich are among the Listmakers for this year's Shortlist Music Project.
Mos Def, Iggy Pop, Paul Oakenfold, the Roots' Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson and the Strokes' Albert Hammond, Jr. and Nick Valensi will also help choose the winner of the second annual contest for adventurous albums, which awarded Sigur Rós' Àgætis Byrjun last November (see "Sigur Ros Beat Out Talib Kweli, Gorillaz For Shortlist Prize").
The Listmakers, who also include the Gorillaz' Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and Damon Albarn, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Cafe Tacuba's Gustavo Santaolalla, filmmakers Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge") and Spike Jonze ("Being John Malkovich"), Miami Herald journalist Evelyn McDonnell and KCRW radio personality Nic Harcourt, will first nominate five albums to the "long list" in August.
Each panelist's list will be available on the Shortlist's Web site, www.shortlistofmusic.com, along with music samples of his or her choices.
The initial list, which could contain nearly 100 albums, will be narrowed down to a short list of 10, which will be announced during a panel discussion in mid-September.
On October 29 at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, the Listmakers will gather for a roundtable discussion to vote for the winner, which will be awarded $10,000 and a $10,000 donation to a charity of their choice. Some of the finalists will also perform at the event.
Last year's Shortlist included albums by Gorillaz, PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams, Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek, Nikka Costa, Air, Bilal, Dandy Warhols and Jay Dee (see "Gorillaz, PJ Harvey Among Finalists For Shortlist Prize").
Beck, Trent Reznor, Macy Gray, Aimee Mann, Dave Grohl and nu-metal producer Ross Robinson were on the nominating panel for the inaugural award.
"The idea is for everybody to check out all of the [nominated] records and explore a little bit," Beck said at last year's Shortlist Awards concert.
Music industry veterans Greg Spotts and Tom Sarig founded the Shortlist Organization to create opportunities for left-of-center culture to cross over to the mainstream (see "Beck, Dave Grohl, Others To Recognize Best Non-Hit Album").