Gummy Awards

2006 Gummy Award Winners

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Glad you guys could join us for this, the presentation of the 25th annual Gummy Awards! We promise we’ll keep this thing under three hours (har). It’s time for us to honor those characters in the indie rock world that drew our heartfelt admiration and tapped our deepest snark; these are the albums that rocked our worlds, the bands that wouldn’t go the fuck away, and the rockers that we thought about inappropriately and at inappropriate times. But of course, when we say “us,” we mean you! Y’all hit the poll booths hard, and you (mostly) showed your good taste. We’re proud of ya! And we’re psyched to finally have someone to talk about the Gummy results with. So without further ado …

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

30

COLD WAR KIDS
Robbers & Cowards (Downtown)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Stream: Cold War Kids – “Hospital Beds” (Hype Machine)

29

FINAL FANTASY
He Poos Clouds (Tomlab)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Stream: Final Fantasy – “The Arctic Circle” (Hype Machine)

28

BOB DYLAN
Modern Times (Sony)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Stream: Bob Dylan – “Thunder On The Mountain” (Hype Machine)

27

CLIPSE
Hell Hath No Fury (Re-Up Gang / Star Trak)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Stream: Clipse – “Ride Around Shining” (Hype Machine)

26

THE KILLERS
Sam’s Town (Island)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Stream: The Killers – “When You Were Young” (Hype Machine)

25

LIARS
Drum’s Not Dead (Mute)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Stream: Liars – “The Other Side Of Mt. Heart Attack” (Hype Machine)

24

THE THERMALS
The Body, The Blood, The Machine (Sub Pop)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Download: The Thermals – “A Pillar Of Salt” (MP3)

23

YEAH YEAH YEAHS
Show Your Bones (Interscope)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Stream: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Cheated Hearts” (Hype Machine)

22

TAPES ‘N TAPES
The Loon (XL)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Download: Tapes ‘N Tapes – “Insistor” (MP3)

21

GIRL TALK
Night Ripper (Illegal Art)
Buy It: Amazon

Download: Girl Talk – “Hold Up” (MP3)

20

REGINA SPEKTOR
Begin To Hope (Sire)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Stream: Regina Spektor – “Fidelity” (Hype Machine)

19

MIDLAKE
The Trials Of Van Occupanther (Bella Union)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Stream: Midlake – “Roscoe” (Hype Machine)

18

SUNSET RUBDOWN
Shut Up I Am Dreaming (Absolutely Kosher)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Download: Sunset Rubdown – “Stadiums And Shrines II” (MP3)

17

GNARLS BARKLEY
St. Elsewhere (Downtown)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Stream: Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy” (Hype Machine)

16

THOM YORKE
The Eraser (XL)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Stream: Thom Yorke – “Harrowdown Hill” (Hype Machine)

15

HOT CHIP
The Warning (Astralwerks)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Stream: Hot Chip – “Over And Over” (Hype Machine)

14

BELLE & SEBASTIAN
The Life Pursuit (Matador)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Download: Belle & Sebastian – “Another Sunny Day” (MP3

13

BEIRUT
Gulag Orkestar (Ba Da Bing)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Download: Beirut – “Postcards From Italy” (MP3)

12

CAT POWER
The Greatest (Matador)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes
Download: Cat Power – “The Greatest” (MP3)

11

JENNY LEWIS WITH THE WATSON TWINS
Rabbit Fur Coat (Team Love)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Download: Jenny Lewis – Rabbit Fur Coat LP (MP3s)

10

M. WARD
Post-War (Merge)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Stream: M. Ward – “Magic Trick” (Hype Machine)

09

THE KNIFE
Silent Shout (Mute)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Stream: The Knife – “We Share Our Mother’s Health” (Hype Machine)

08

BAND OF HORSES
Everything All The Time (Sub Pop)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Download: Band Of Horses – “The Funeral” (MP3)

07

DESTROYER
Destroyer’s Rubies (Merge)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Stream: Destroyer – “European Oils” (Hype Machine)

06

NEKO CASE
Fox Confessor Brings The Flood (Anti)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Download: Neko Case – “Star Witness” (MP3)

05

THE DECEMBERISTS
The Crane Wife (Capitol)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Stream: The Decemberists – “The Crane Wife 1 And 2″ (Hype Machine)

04

JOANNA NEWSOM
Ys (Drag City)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Stream: Joanna Newsom – “Emily” (Hype Machine)

03

GRIZZLY BEAR
Yellow House (Warp)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Download: Grizzly Bear – “On A Neck, On A Spit” (MP3)

02

TV ON THE RADIO
Return To Cookie Mountain (Interscope)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Stream: TV On The Radio – “Wolf Like Me” (Hype Machine)

01

THE HOLD STEADY
Boys And Girls In America (Vagrant)
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes

Download: The Hold Steady – “Chips Ahoy” (MP3)

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the Holdy Steady bring out the vote. Also, they’re the most polarizing act in indie rock (see below). Sufjan was last year’s big winner with Illinoise, but the outtakes and Xmas boxed set didn’t make a dent this year. Way to not forget about Destroyer, y’all. We’re curious to see if you guys are as prescient as you were last December; in addition to Soof, the Top 5 included Wolf Parade, Bloc Party, Clap Your Hands, and Spoon. Even if you don’t agree with the picks, gotta admit those records are still hot-buttons, getting loved and lambasted all the way through ’06. Joanna Newsom still inspiring high praise and hatred in ’07? It’s a good bet.

Oh, but there’s so much more.

After the jump, Mr. and Miss Indie Rock ’06, Most Overblogged Act, Best Music Blog (Aside From The ‘Gum), and The “What Do We Do With Ryan Adams?” Award.

MR. INDIE ROCK 2006
10. Thom Yorke
09. Zach Condon
08. Conor Oberst
07. Ed Droste
06. Beck
05. Spencer Krug
04. Ryan Adams
03. Colin Meloy
02. Craig Finn
01. Sufjan Stevens

For a second year running, the man you would let indie rock your boat any day is Mr. Sufjan Stevens. Just goes to show that you don’t need a proper album release to be deemed dreamy. Craig at #2, that’s giving hope to Kerouac-loving, bespectacled drunks worldwide. Some of you “unintentionally” placed ladies in the men’s box, so we did some shifting; but the vote for “Imogen Heap (hot drag queen)” was logged as an official vote for Mr. Indie Rock. You guys are Frou funny. And hey thanks for those votes for “Scott” and “Amrit,” but so few of you thought that was a cute idea that we came in dead last, behind Michael Richards. So, really, thanks. Well, guys and gals, we present you with your #1 stud for another 365.

MISS INDIE ROCK 2006
10. Lovefoxxx
09. Karen O
08. Regina Spektor
07. Feist
06. Emily Haines
05. Lily Allen
04. Neko Case
03. Joanna Newsom
02. Jenny Lewis
01. Chan Marshall

We figured this was gonna be a three-way race, but we weren’t sure if Joanna or Chan had enough to take down last year’s reigning Miss Indie Rock. But you guys have spoken: This was the year of the Cat. The Grammys may have snubbed you, Ms. Marshall, but the Gummys love ya. We still aren’t sure what you’re on about with that SNL nonsense, but it’s your goodwill to burn; between The Greatest, the sobriety, and the Lagerfeld, looks like you are on fiyah. Just don’t start dating K Fed. Or Britney. Placing in a notable #11 was El Perro Del Mar, which made us happy. Who wouldn’t want some Swedish Assbring action in there? We’re assuming the vote for “NOT armpit girl” was a vote against Lily (so noted). We’re also assuming the vote for “girls are gross” came from a guy in dire need of a date (ladies?), who was narrowly defeated for maturity champion by the votes for “your mom.”

MOST OVERBLOGGED ACT OF THE YEAR
10. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
09. Gnarls Barkley
08. Joanna Newsom
07. The Decemberists
06. Sufjan Stevens
05. The Killers
04. Cold War Kids
03. The Hold Steady
02. Tapes ‘N Tapes
01. Arctic Monkeys

Welcome To Hatemonger’s Ball. Dig that overlap with the top albums. Nothing is as polarizing as tapping The Boss for inspiration, it seems. Alex Turner already anticipated your verdict with his album title, but you guys still handed the A’Monks their collective ass on a platter. Dishonorable mentions go to CSS, Panic!, MCR and “all of them.” And Pitchfork doesn’t qualify as an “act” (arguable, we know), so we had to discount those votes.

BEST MUSIC BLOG (ASIDE FROM STEREOGUM)
10. I Guess I’m Floating
09. Idolator
08. Said The Gramophone
07. Fluxblog
06. My Old Kentucky Blog
05. Chromewaves
04. You Ain’t No Picasso
03. Largehearted Boy
02. Gorilla Vs. Bear
01. Brooklyn Vegan

Again, a lot of you voted for that Pitchfork thing on this one, so we checked out the site and saw that it isn’t really a “blog.” So your votes have been duly noted, though not reflected on this list. We also set aside your (much appreciated) votes for Stereogum, but this is about our friends in blogging. So congrats to all that made the list! Better luck next year Gerard! And below is an official portrait of your winning vegan from Brooklyn. Handsome screenshot, isn’t he?

HOW MANY ALBUMS SHOULD RYAN ADAMS RELEASE IN 2007?
Zero (42%)
Three Or More (28%)
One (20%)
Two (10%)

Guess you guys think Ry is due for a break. But how are we ever gonna find out who Anna Sarris is? And won’t you miss his vintage t-shirt collection?

And there you have it. Thank you all for voting, even if it meant we endured endless red bulls and late-night ballot-counting sessions. It’s a labor of love. Complaints about the results? Direct ‘em all to YOU, ’cause YOU voted for ‘em! But if the electoral process has left you feeling like a Blue stater, now’s your chance to set the record straight with your Top Fives. Let’s hear ‘em…