2012 Gummy Awards: Vote Now

It’s that special time of year when media outlets begin to dictate to you what albums you were supposed to enjoy this year. Dictate! Guess nobody told them live in a democracy, man. Earlier this month you chose the leader of the free world, you can handle choosing the year’s best albums. But how about also choosing the year’s best videos, songs, new acts, indie rock crushes, TV shows, movies, and viral videos?

Welcome to the annual Gummy Awards, and as always, the Stereogum and Videogum families invite you to play a plum role in determining which artworks and humans are remembered as 2012′s finest. This year we’re sweetening the pot by giving away an iPad With Retina Display (WiFi + Cellular, 32GB) to one lucky voter selected randomly. To enter, fill out the ballot below AND share your Best Album pick in the comments. This is real. Gummys The Vote™. Here we go:

No more submissions accepted at this time.

Polls close on Wednesday 12/5 at 12 PM EST. Check out last year’s winners here.

Comments (597)
  1. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas

  2. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music

  3. Is every music publication going to have Channel Orange as album of the year kinda like with MBDTF a few years back or will it be mixed?

  4. If Fiona Apples album doesn’t win, it’s just because people can’t remember the full title.

  5. Michael_  |   Posted on Nov 21st, 2012 +8

    I was having a small discussion with Raptor Jesus about these awards yesterday, and I had to laugh about the history of the “Indie Hottie” (male) away. When Pitchfork had its People’s List, there was an article from a feminist blog about how most of the voters were overwhelmingly white and male, and I would imagine that would be a similar breakdown here. What I’m getting at is that it’s a little funny realizing that the Male Indie Hottie superlative is most likely chosen not by legions of beautiful indie-listening babe, but by a bunch of frumpy heterosexual white music dorks, who I am sure are all comfortable with their sexualities anyway.

  6. Tough call between Dee Dee and Frankie Rose for crush, but I ended up going with Dee Dee.

  7. Parenthetical Girls’ Privilege (even if its been released over the past 2 years in 4 track EPs).

    Truly a testament to the evolution and maturation of their songcraft over their career. Best life act ive seen this year too.

  8. Ty Segall – Slaughterhouse

  9. Grizzly Bear, Grizzly Bear, Tame Impala!

  10. Best Album: A. C. Newman — “Shut Down the Streets”

  11. Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory
    I hope people still remember it!

  12. Album: Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
    Song: Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
    Video: Rhye – The Fall
    New Artist: Elite Gymnastics
    TV show: Mad Men

  13. Song of the year: SLEEPING UTE!

  14. channel ORANGE – Frank Ocean

  15. Purity Ring – Shrines

  16. Metric – Synthetica

  17. father john misty – fear fun

  18. Dirty Projectors killed it this year with Swing Lo Magellan.

  19. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes

  20. The Walkmen – Heaven

  21. Voted for Lace Curtains-The Garden Of Joy And The Well Of Loneliness despite it having less than 0 percent chance of winning. Hope Japandroids and Cloud Nothings get a nice voter turnout also.

  22. Grimes – Visions

  23. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory: Superb.

  24. The Music Tapes – Mary’s Voice

  25. Winterfylleth- The Threnody of Triumph

  26. METZ – METZ

  27. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory for best album,
    The Henry Clay People – Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives is a very close second

    Also, St. Vincent holds the top ranking for Indie Crush, though Claire Boucher is getting up there.

  28. I loved a lot of records this year—DPs, Cloud Nothings, Perfume Genius, El-P—but the one I loved the most was “Tramp” by Sharon Van Etten.

    • Song: Death Grips “I’ve Seen Footage” (almost went with Japandroids)
      Video: Perfume Genius “Take Me Home”
      New Act: Can’t remember if I put Azealia Banks or Kishi Bashi. Short-term memory is going.
      Crush: Damian Abraham / Annie Clark
      Show: Toss-up between Parks and Rec and Louie.
      Movie: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    • Yes! Serpents is such an amazing song

  29. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory

    • song: Laura – Bat For Lashes
      video: Bad Girls – M.I.A.
      new act: Frank Ocean
      crush: Zooey Deschanel
      show: Mad Men
      movie: Moonrise Kingdom
      viral video: I don’t know what any of those things mean

  30. i own too many beach house shirts to not vote for beach house/victoria

  31. The Shins – Port of Morrow

  32. Purity Ring — Shrines

  33. Earth – Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II get my vote.

  34. Dan Deacon – America

  35. Chromatics — Kill For Love

    • crabtron  |   Posted on Nov 22nd, 2012 +1

      Definitely. Also I put Johnny Jewel for male crush. (Female crush: Charli XCX of course. “Heartbreaks and Earthquakes” is my second favorite album of the year.)

      • Oh snap?! Michael_ just got me listening to XCX and I was unawares of a mixtape. It’s a Thanksgiving miracle!

        Also Johnny Jewel is a good call. Just last night I was thinking, “Oh yeah Frank Ocean! He’d even be down…”

        • crabtron  |   Posted on Nov 22nd, 2012 0

          Her “Super Ultra” mixtape is pretty good too, especially the second half.

          On another note, I admit I have seen none of the “Best Viral Videos,” and there’s no option to not select one. So I guess “Drunk Man Sings Seal To Cat” is going to win, since it’s first on the list. And that’s a video I don’t even need to watch. All I need is the title and my imagination.

        • I’m really looking forward to Jojo’s new mixtape next month, this was a great year for throw-back Pop and R&B.

          • crabtron  |   Posted on Nov 29th, 2012 0

            Saw this comment a while ago, and it occurred to me that the last I’d heard or seen of JoJo was when she was in “RV” with Robin Williams. I admit this made me a bit skeptical about the potential quality of her music. Then I listened to “Demonstrate,” “In the Dark,” and her cover/remix of “Marvin’s Room”. Short story long, I’ll be paying attention to her from now on. And I will not doubt you again, Sloth.

    • Have you heard the drumless version they put out? It’s pretty great and I think some of the songs even benefit from being stripped down like that (The Page and Kill For Love in particular).

      • Agreed. Loved Drumless and burned a copy and jammed it in the car even (Only way to listen to Chromatics is in the car IMO).

        “The River” is another highlight, although it got a better stripped down version recorded as “Streets on Fire” at the end of SYMMETRY’s “Themes For An Imaginary Film”.

        I like how Mr. Jewel re-sequenced the Drumless version. His dedication to his art is unmatched.

  36. Grimes – Visions

  37. How To Dress Well – Total Loss

  38. It was a “good” (kid, maad city) and “bad” (Girls- MIA video and “” Religion- Frank Ocean) year

  39. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

  40. HEY HOLD ON A SECOND ON THAT BEST ALBUM DECISION PEOPLE!!! Remember the year isn’t over until Kevin Shields says it is….

    • I saved the top spot on my top 10 list for this album, if he actually drops it. Even if it sucks it’ll probably be #1 anyway.

    • Seeing as how my #1 album of the year has an album cover that is more or less an homage to “Loveless” — I too would likely trump all other albums for new MBV.

  41. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

  42. Liars – WIXIW

  43. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

  44. Synthetica by Metric. Happy Thanksgiving everyone

  45. Jherek Bischoff – Composed…. not that anybody else seems to have listened to it…

  46. my votes:
    Album: Swans – The Seer
    Song: Future – Same Damn Time
    and some other stuff, including a vote for Game of Thrones in the TV show category.

    speaking of The Seer, I finally got the money together and bought the 2CD/DVD Edition and to my surprise, Michael Gira actually signed it on the back, which is fucking awesome. Excited to check out the bonus DVD.

  47. Purity Ring- Shrines

  48. Best Album: good kid, m.A.A.d city
    Best Song: channel ORANGE
    Best Video: Gangnam Style

  49. Jack White – Blunderbuss

    Japandroids – Celebration Rock is a very close 2nd

  50. Japandroids – Celebration Rock

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