That’s Blogs and Music Sites to the likes of you, aye?
Yes, it’s the annual poll – marshalled by Peenko – of Scottish bloggers of the best album of each of the last four years. Previous winners have been the Phantom Band, the National and Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat and 2012 was as hotly contested as any that came before.
You’ll know who the The Tidal Wave of Indifference voted for, but who else was involved?
This year there was a whopping 41 entries, including votes from the following bloggers, music sites and DJs:
Scots Whay Hae!, Jim Gellatly, Detour, Jock N Roll, Houdidontblog, Rave Child, Fusion New Music, Fish In A Sub, Manic Pop Thrills, Kowalskiy, 17 Seconds, Net Sounds, The Steinberg Principle, Songs Heard On Fast Trains, Hercules Moments, Dauphin Mag, JockRock, Play That Song For Me, The Spill, HP, Inverness Gigs, Elba Sessions, Fresh Air, Scottish Fiction, Tenement TV, Marion Scott MFR, Last Year’s Girl, Dear Scotland, Blues Bunny, The Pop Cop, Vic Galloway, Ally McCrae, Glasgow PodcART, I Hate Fun, Avalanche, Edinburgh Man, Everything Flows, Nicola Meighan, Aye Tunes and Song, by Toad.
So here’s the rundown:
Joint 9th – Chris Devotion & The Expectations – Amalgamation & Capital / Paul Buchanan – Mid Air / The Twilight Sad – No One Can Ever Know / We Are The Physics – Your Friend, The Atom
8th – Admiral Fallow – Tree Bursts In Snow
7th – Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
6th – Miaoux Miaoux – Light Of The North
5th – Errors – Have Some Faith In Magic
4th – RM Hubbert – Thirteen Lost & Found
3rd – PAWS – Cokefloat!
2nd – Django Django – Django Django
1st – Meursault – Something for the Weakened
We’re a little disappointed that our top pick Human Don’t Be Angry didn’t feature anywhere, but pleased to see PAWS and Sharon van Etten in there. The winner is also pretty hard to argue with! And good ole Lloyd fae Peenko knobbled Neil Pennycook fae Meursault for a word about this sensational victory.
Congratulations Neil, you are this years’ winners of the Scottish BAMS award, how do you feel?
I feel like the chubby lad at school after being picked first for the football team. I fear that any minute now I’m going to be told it’s all a joke and you’re going to burn my shoes and flush my head down the toilet.
It seems to have been a pretty exciting year for the band, what with European tours supporting Clap Your Hands Say Yeah to headlining the Queen’s Hall back in July, aside from winning this years BAMS, what’s been your personal highlight of 2012?
My highlight is probably the Queen’s Hall gig. I’ve wanted to play that venue since I was eighteen. Feels nice to have ticked that one off.
Last years the BAMS was won by Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells, who later went on to win the SAY Awards. Have you allowed yourself the thought that you might potentially be in with a shout at next years SAY Awards?
What? I thought this was the SAY awards? You ARE still giving me £10,000 though right?
I noted that once again you’ve decided not to head over to Austin for next years SXSW, is not something that interests you or are you just keeping our friends on the other side of the pond waiting?
It’s not something that appeals to me to be honest. I get really tired of the competitive aspect of playing music and do my best to avoid it. I’ve no interest in travelling halfway round the world (at great expense) to peddle my music to pissed up strangers in laminates. Playing in the States is something that I’m keen to pursue but not that way.
How important do you feel that the support of music blogs has been to the band?
It’s been hugely important for us. After all it was a blogger (Song, by Toad) who put out our first three records.
Seeing as we are on the subject of albums of the year, what have been your personal favourites of the last 12 months?
I’ve not sure if all of these came out this year but I’m going with them anyway… ChadVangaalen – DiaperIsland; Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation; Charles Latham – Fast Loans; Grouper – Alien Observer and PAWS – Cokefloat! Cheers!
Well, we hope you enjoyed that muchly. This is our last post of the year but 2013 is already looking braw with a fine slew of albums due in the first few months of the year alone. If you still fancy pissing about on blogs for the next few days however, may we direct you to the song and album of the year polls on Song, By Toad and the reader’s poll on Aye Tunes where you get to pretend that you both read and enjoy The Tidal Wave of Indifference in the ‘best blog’ category.
For us this year has seen a steady rise in readers right the way through which is awesome, so thanks all! We also put on four gigs too – we couldn’t possibly pick a highlight, as all the bands were amazing! If there was a standout moment, though, the sight of Philip from PAWS reacting to the news that his headline set only had one song left by launching his guitar across the stage, would definitely be up there!
Happy New Year, bitches!