Gummy Awards

Celebrity Gummy Ballots 2009


AZIZ ANSARI

BEST ALBUM

4. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz
2. Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms
1. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

G-Baby – “Welcome To Heartbreak” and Kanye West – “We Were Once A Fairytale” and Major Lazer – “Pon De Floor” (3 way tie)

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

This really hot girl I saw buying a hot dog at a Phoenix show

BEST NEW ACT

Drake

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

In alphabetical order…
Clipse – Hell Hath No Fury
Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
Kanye West – Graduation
LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver
Radiohead – In Rainbows
The Rapture – Echoes

BEST TV SHOW

Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Summer Heights High, Mad Men, Delocated, Eastbound And Down (7 way tie)

BEST MOVIE

Inglourious Basterds

BEST WEB VIDEO

David After Dentist

Aziz Ansari plays Tom Haverford on NBC’s Parks And Recreation and will star in a Funny People spinoff as his character RAAAAAAAANDY. His stand-up special Intimate Moments For A Sensual Evening airs on Comedy Central 1/17 (with CD/DVD to follow), and his mixtape with Dave Sitek drops in February. He’s bros with Kanye and James Murphy, but we knew him first!!


FRED ARMISEN

BEST ALBUM

3. Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
2. Lou Barlow – Goodnight Unknown
1. YACHT – See Mystery Lights

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Dirty Projectors – “Stillness Is The Move”

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

Elisabeth Moss

BEST NEW ACT

The xx

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

Sleater-Kinney – One Beat

BEST TV SHOW

Mad Men

BEST MOVIE

Up

BEST WEB VIDEO

Gathering Of The Juggalos Infomercial

One of Saturday Night Live’s most versatile cast members, Fred Armisen began his comedy career accidentally at SXSW ’98. He frequently collaborates with indie rockers, most notably in the Web video series ThunderAnt with Carrie Brownstein. He married his indie rock crush earlier this year. (Awwww.)


MARGARET CHO

BEST ALBUM

3. Andrew Bird – Noble Beast
2. Ani DiFranco – Red Letter Year
1. Tegan & Sara – Sainthood

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Susan Walker (aka Liam Sullivan) – “I Like To Tinker

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

Fiona Apple

BEST NEW ACT

Among The Oak & Ash

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

Garrison Starr – The Girl Who Killed September

BEST TV SHOW

Mad Men

BEST MOVIE

Antichrist

BEST WEB VIDEO

Between Two Ferns With Charlize Theron

Margaret Cho is currently working on Guitarded, a comedy music album due in 2010 and featuring collaborations with folks you’ve heard of, including Andrew Bird, Jon Brion, A.C. Newman, Tegan & Sara, and Amanda Palmer. Her new stand up concert film Beautiful is now available on DVD.


ZACH CONDON (BEIRUT)

BEST ALBUM

3. Burial & Four Tet – Moth/Wolf Cub. Though to be honest I only have one song.
2. El Perro Del Mar – Love Is Not Pop. Our bassist Paul explains this record pretty well… “It’s like a great dance album where the beat never drops.”
1. WHY? – Eskimo Snow. I’ve been a fan of his a long time. I used to hang around Amoeba Records in Berkeley when I went on Californian skate trips so that I could run into Doseone (when he was doing “Themselves” with Yoni Wolf from WHY?). Really nice guy.

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

“Cooking By The Book” Lil Jon mashup

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

Totes. It’s between Brandon Stosuy and Brody Condon and Sasha Grey ha

BEST NEW ACT

Tune-Yards. And I’m getting into Washed Out…

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

Yikes. Mitch Hedberg’s Mitch All Together, or Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s I See A Darkness. But most likely Sufjan Stevens’ Illinoise. That’s the most honest answer.

BEST TV SHOW

The Mighty Boosh?

BEST MOVIE

I blew it.  I’ve been to the theater TWICE this year. That’s it. I heard Inglourious Basterds and The Hurt Locker were good.

BEST WEB VIDEO

No Mas Presents: Dock Ellis & The LSD. You should check that video it’s amazing.

Zach Condon’s younger than some of this year’s Best New Act finalists, but he’s a veteran in blog-cycle terms. His globe-trotting releases have drawn on Balkan folk (Gulag Orkestar), French pop (The Flying Club Cup), and with this year’s fantastic The March Of The Zapotec/Holland double-EP release, Mexican dirge music and synth-pop, respectively. Zach’s said he’ll “look inward” for inspiration on his next full-length, which is both exciting and much cheaper than traveling around the world looking for it. Can’t wait.


ED DROSTE (GRIZZLY BEAR)

BEST ALBUM

3. Here We Go Magic – Here We Go Magic
2. The-Dream – Love Vs. Money
1. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

All Fever Ray videos

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

All of the Maccabees

BEST NEW ACT

Neon Indian

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

Björk – Vespertine

BEST TV SHOW

30 Rock

BEST MOVIE

Haven’t seen that many movies this year

BEST WEB VIDEO

Kittens Inspired By Kittens

After tallying your ballots, it’s clear you guys need no introduction to Ed Droste: He’s your #5 Indie Rock Crush, his band Grizzly Bear released the top two best videos by your votes, and oh yeah the spellbinding Veckatimest is the #2 album of the year. So, 2009 went pretty well.


GREGG GILLIS (GIRL TALK)

BEST ALBUM

3. Lil Boosie – Superbad
2. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
1. Project Pat – Real Recognize Real

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Lady Gaga – Paparazzi

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

Kim Gordon

BEST NEW ACT

Nicki Minaj

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

Daft Punk – Discovery

BEST TV SHOW

Roseanne on Nick @ Nite

BEST MOVIE

Twilight: New Moon

BEST WEB VIDEO

Plies throwing out $50,000 at his show

Song-splicing specialist Gregg Gillis dropped the ultimate party mix in 2008 with Feed The Animals and spent the better part of this year on a victory lap, playing riotous sets at nearly every major music festival in the country.  Gregg’s said his next collection may eschew his past albums’ template in favor of “actual songs” on a new record due out whenever he feels like it.


SASHA GREY

BEST ALBUM

3. HTRK – Marry Me Tonight
2. Sunn O))) – Monoliths & Dimensions
1. Current 93 – Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Depeche Mode – “Wrong”

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

Devendra Banhart

BEST NEW ACT

Get Back Guinozzi

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

Coil – Musick To Play In The Dark Vol. 2

BEST TV SHOW

30 Rock

BEST MOVIE

Antichrist or Watchmen

BEST WEB VIDEO

Kids Play Folsom Prison Blues The Darndest Things. It was hard not to pick Bangs, but that kid is just gangstaaaaaa.

You best know Sasha Grey as the birthday girl in the video for the Roots’ “Birthday Girl.” JK, you know how you best know her. Aside from her day job of being the most awesome, culture-crashing adult film star in ages, this year Sasha starred in Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience and contributed vocals to Current 93’s Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain (i.e., her favorite album of the year). You can learn more about Sasha via her website, her twitter, and via other, less SFW mediums.


NORAH JONES

BEST ALBUM

Elvis Perkins In Dearland – Elvis Perkins In Dearland and Monsters Of Folk – Monsters Of Folk

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Orin Lavie – “Her Morning Elegance”

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

Andrew W.K.

BEST NEW ACT

Elvis Perkins In Dearland

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

Joanna Newsom – The Milk-Eyed Mender

BEST TV SHOW

Curb Your Enthusiasm

BEST MOVIE

District 9

BEST WEB VIDEO

Keyboard Cat. Hell yeah.

Norah Jones’s The Fall is out now via Blue Note. You can check out Santigold and Snotty’s remix of lead single “Chasing Pirates” here, and dates for Norah’s 2010 U.S. tour at norahjones.com .


TED LEO

BEST ALBUM

3. Future of the Left – Travels With Myself And Another
2. Fever Ray – Fever Ray
1. St. Vincent – Actor

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Major Lazer – “Pon De Floor”

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

All vegan bakery boys and girls

BEST NEW ACT

JEFF: The Brotherhood

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

Celtic Frost – Monotheist and Daft Punk – Discovery (tie)

BEST TV SHOW

Battlestar Galactica

BEST MOVIE

Inglourious Basterds. The opening 20 minutes, an obvious but amazing homage to The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, was enough to make this one of my favorite movie-watching experiences of the year.

BEST WEB VIDEO

Keyboard Cat. I haven’t been able to get the Cleveland Tourism Video song out of my head all year, but Keyboard Cat really sums up the internet like nothing has before or since… Keyboard Cat.

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists’s The Brutalist Bricks is out 3/9 via Matador Records. You can download the excellent “Even Heroes Have To Die” here.


PATTON OSWALT

BEST ALBUM

3. Cheap Time – Cheap Time
2. Lady GaGa – The Fame
1. We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Beyoncé – “Single Ladies (Put A Ring on It)”

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

Holly Golightly, now and forever

BEST NEW ACT

Cheap Time

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

The White Stripes – Elephant

BEST TV SHOW

Friday Night Lights

BEST MOVIE

In The Loop

BEST WEB VIDEO

Gathering Of the Juggalos infomercial

Patton Oswalt’s comedy album My Weakness Is Strong was recently nominated for a Best Comedy Album Grammy. His acclaimed dramatic turn in Big Fan should earn him an Oscar nod too. Really! We’re surprised he didn’t vote for Crank: High Voltage.


OWEN PALLETT (FINAL FANTASY)

BEST ALBUM

3. tUnE-yArDs – BiRd-BrAiNs
2. Micachu & The Shapes – Jewellery
1. Hank – The Luck Of The Singers

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Grizzly Bear – “Two Weeks” of course

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

Matt Mehlan from Skeletons.  He played a show in Toronto wearing short shorts and everybody in the room joined the “hands-free” club.

BEST NEW ACT

The Luyas from Montreal, and Brides from Toronto.

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

It’s tough for me to separate my own musical tastes from my friendship with all the bands I love, so I’m gonna have to pass on this one.

BEST TV SHOW

Golden Girls

BEST MOVIE

Fantastic Mr. Fox

BEST WEB VIDEO

N/A

One-man string-ensemble Owen Pallett performs under the name Final Fantasy. His 2006 album He Poos Clouds won the inaugural Polaris Prize; its followup Heartland is out January 12th via Domino Records. So far, so good.


ALAN PALOMO (NEON INDIAN)

BEST ALBUM

3. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
2. Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue
1. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Fever Ray – “When I Grow Up”

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

What an incriminating question! Natasha Khan. Shhh!

BEST NEW ACT

Toro Y Moi

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

The Avalanches – Since I Left You

BEST TV SHOW

Superjail

BEST MOVIE

A Serious Man

BEST WEB VIDEO

Business Card Guy Teaches Us How To Pack. This guys is just fucking hilarious in that Brett Easton Ellis sociopath kinda way.

Alan Palomo’s Neon Indian is one of this year’s breakout projects, ranking as the #7 Best New Act in this year’s Gummys. The Psychic Chasms LP came out this year via Lefse and Alan’s had his hands full since with everything from remixing Grizzly Bear to making nice with the seniors. Up next for Palomo is another album under his other alias, VEGA.


ROBIN PECKNOLD (FLEET FOXES)

BEST ALBUM

3. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
2. Life On Earth! – A Space Water Loop
1. Tiny Vipers – Life On Earth

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

The only video I really saw this year was the one my brother did for Grizzly Bear so, null vote due to nepotism.

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

Gustav Estjes (Dungen)

BEST NEW ACT

Here We Go Magic

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

Joanna Newsom – Ys and Radiohead – Kid A (tie)

BEST TV SHOW

LOST

BEST MOVIE

Inglourious Basterds

BEST WEB VIDEO

Between Two Ferns With Charlize Theron

Robin Pecknold is the frontman for Fleet Foxes, the band behind last year’s Gummy Album Of The Year. A followup LP is expected in late 2010.


SARA QUIN (TEGAN & SARA)

BEST ALBUM

3. The xx – xx
2. Mos Def – The Ecstatic
1. Alicia Keys – Element Of Freedom (Enthusiasm based on the head exploding single “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart”)

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Lady Gaga – Paparazzi

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

All the cuties in Los Campesinos!

BEST NEW ACT

The xx

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

Impossible, but a couple of my favorites…
Blur – Think Tank
Electrelane – No Shouts, No Calls
The-Dream – Love Hate

BEST TV SHOW

30 Rock

BEST MOVIE

Anvil! The Story Of Anvil

BEST WEB VIDEO

Cleveland Tourism Video

Sara Quin is one half of Tegan & Sara, the twin-sister team-up that hit a serious stride with 2007’s The Con and followed that in grand, non-spiritual fashion with this year’s Sainthood. The Death Cab-infused LP (Chris Walla produces, Jason McGerr drums) is available in a deluxe set including ON/IN/AT, a three-book collection of writing and photos that captures the Sisters Quin during fruitful periods of touring and writing over the course of 2008 and 2009. Quite the page turner. That costs money; this guitar lesson with Sara doesn’t.


ANDY SAMBERG

BEST ALBUM

3. John Mulaney – The Top Part
2. Mos Def – The Ecstatic
1. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Department Of Eagles – “No One Does It Like You” (Apparently this was made in ’09, even though song is from ’08, does that count? If not then Major Lazer – “Pon De Floor”) [It counts! -Ed]

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

The “Crazy Hats” lady from the Fever Ray “Seven” video.

BEST NEW ACT

Wild Beasts

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

The Strokes – Is This It

BEST TV SHOW

South Park

BEST MOVIE

Star Trek
Adventureland
Up
District 9
Inglourious Basterds

BEST WEB VIDEO

Bangs: Take U 2 Da Movies

After a string of Digital Shorts that gave Stereogum an excuse to post about Saturday Night Live even on weeks where the musical guest was Nickelback or whatever, Andy Samberg finally opened it up big time in 2009, teaming with his Lonely Island writing partners Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone to bring us the laugh-tracks of Incredibad and their nonstop parade of genre spoofs and cameo all-stars: T-Pain, Julian Casablancas, even Norah Jones. Sadly the album hasn’t received any Gummys this year, but it did secure a nomination from something called the Grammys? Never heard of it. But congrats Andy!


MICHAEL SHOWALTER

BEST ALBUM

3. Andrew Bird – Noble Beast
2. Next To Normal Original Broadway Soundtrack
1. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

N/A

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

Stereogum [;) -Ed.]

BEST NEW ACT

Dirty Projectors

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

The Strokes – Is This It

BEST TV SHOW

Top Chef

BEST MOVIE

Every Little Step (A Chorus Line documentary)

BEST WEB VIDEO

N/A

Michael Showalter stars with fellow State/Stella/Wet Hot American Summer alum Michael Ian Black in Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues. He’s been so busy with the show he hasn’t spent any time on YouTube this year! Stay tuned to his site for news on next year’s followup to Sandwiches & Cats.


DEAN SPUNT (NO AGE)

BEST ALBUM

3. DEATH – For The Whole World To See
2. Black Dice – Repo
1. Mika Miko – We Be Xuxa

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Silk Flowers – “Shadows In Daylight”

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

Dinosaur Jr.

BEST NEW ACT

Protect Me

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

N/A

BEST TV SHOW

LOST

BEST MOVIE

Twilight: New Moon

BEST WEB VIDEO

Between Two Ferns With Charlize Theron, I vote for that. So funny.

Dean Spunt is the drummer and vocalist for Los Angeles experimental punk duo No Age. After a breakout 2008, this year saw their profiles rise by sharing stages with indie rock elders Bob Mould and Pixies, collaborating in round-robin concerts with Deerhunter and Dan Deacon on the No Deachunter tour, and releasing the four-track Losing Feeling EP on Sub Pop. A new No Age full-length is expected next year(!). Spunt also keeps busy with his label Post Present Medium, which has released music by Abe Vigoda, Gun Outfit, High Places, Wavves, and Mika Miko (RIP). All that, and the guy’s practically an authority on veggie dogs to boot. Savvy.


ALEXIS TAYLOR (HOT CHIP)

BEST ALBUM

3. Joe Goddard – Harvest Festival
2. Group Doueh – Treeg Salaam
1. Chain And The Gang – Down With Liberty… Up With Chains!

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Shakira – “She Wolf”

Riva Starr (Feat. Noze) – “I Was Drunk”

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

The Killers

BEST NEW ACT

Susan Boyle

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

Matt Sweeney And Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Superwolf

BEST TV SHOW

Masterchef The Professionals

BEST MOVIE

William Eggleston’s Stranded In Canton

BEST WEB VIDEO

N/A

Alexis Taylor is a member of British electro-pop outfit Hot Chip. The band’s anticipated followup to 2008’s Made In The Dark, titled One Life Stand, is due 2/9 via Astralwerks. Take it in.


ANDREW WK

BEST ALBUM

3. Birdman – Pricele$$
2. Hatebreed – Hatebreed
1. Napalm Death – Time Waits For No Slave

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Beyoncé – “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”

INDIE ROCK CRUSH

“N/A”

BEST NEW ACT

Aleister X (“The darkest and most depressing music I’ve ever heard and still felt happy”)

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE

Andrew W.K. – I Get Wet

BEST TV SHOW

60 Minutes

BEST MOVIE

2012 and Knowing (tie)

BEST WEB VIDEO

Business Card Guy Teaches Us How To Pack

Andrew W.K. is as busy as ever with new TV show, DESTROY BUILD DESTROY on Cartoon Network, his great NYC concert venue Santos Party House, and an album of spontaneous piano pieces, 55 CADILLAC. He recently teamed with People Under The Stairs to cover The Simpsons theme for an episode (starring Chris Martin!) that airs 1/16.