Gummy Awards

Best Album

What started out as general excitement over their live show turned into a convincing win for album of the year by Seattle’s Fleet Foxes. Early on, main crooner Robin Pecknold stopped by this blog to explain his thoughts behind making their self-titled debut, and his intentions felt as pure as the quintet’s harmonies. Runners up TV On The Radio are also known for their voices, but Dear Science likely placed so high because it’s their most consistently written collection to date and comes closest to what it’s like seeing them live. Speaking of voices: Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver, went from Wisconsin hunter with a magical falsetto to Wisconsin hunter with a magical falsetto and a very popular record. (His For Emma was self-released last year, but hit most folks’ radars via Jagjaguwar in February.) Rounding out the top ten: Deerhunter justified what some discounted as empty hype, Portishead confirmed their status as most vital reunion of 2008, and Walkmen made a surprise appearance (You & Me’s a great album, for sure, but not one that got as much lip service as its top 10 neighbors). It should be noted that the Killers placed a respectable 177. Others who lodged votes, but not enough to crack the top 50 were Torche, High Places, Fucked Up, Gang Gang Dance, Marnie Stern, Grouper, Crystal Stilts, Fuck Buttons, Stephen Malkmus, Mt. Eerie, and El Guincho. A few people voted for “PHISH.”

Islands - Arm's Way

50

Islands

Arm’s Way
(Anti)


Born Ruffians - Red, Yellow & Blue

49

Born Ruffians

Red, Yellow & Blue
(Warp)


Man Man - Rabbit Habits

48

Man Man

Rabbit Habits
(Anti)


Bloc Party - Intimacy

47

Bloc Party

Intimacy
(Atlantic)


Flight Of The Conchords - Flight Of The Conchords

46

Flight Of The Conchords

Flight Of The Conchords
(Sub Pop)


Chad VanGaalen - Soft Airplane

45

Chad VanGaalen

Soft Airplane
(Sub Pop)


Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple

44

Gnarls Barkley

The Odd Couple
(Atlantic)


Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles

43

Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles
(Last Gang)


Hercules And Love Affair - Hercules And Love Affair

42

Hercules And Love Affair

Hercules And Love Affair
(Mute)


Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak

41

Kanye West

808s & Heartbreak
(Roc-A-Fella)


Hot Chip - Made In The Dark

40

Hot Chip

Made In The Dark
(Astralwerks)


Los Campesinos - Hold On Now, Youngster...

39

Los Campesinos!

Hold On Now, Youngster…
(Arts & Crafts)


The Black Keys - Attack & Release

38

The Black Keys

Attack & Release
(Nonesuch)


Ryan Adams And The Cardinals - Cardinology

37

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals

Cardinology
(Lost Highway)


Dr. Dog - Fate

36

Dr. Dog

Fate
(Park The Van)


Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue

35

Jenny Lewis

Acid Tongue
(Warner Bros)


Blitzen Trapper - Furr

34

Blitzen Trapper

Furr
(Sub Pop)


The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely

33

The Raconteurs

Consolers Of The Lonely
(Warner Bros)


Lykke Li - Youth Novels

32

Lykke Li

Youth Novels
(Atlantic)


Santogold - Santogold

31

Santogold

Santogold
(Downtown)


Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night

30

Kings Of Leon

Only By The Night
(RCA)


Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst

29

Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst
(Merge)


She & Him - Volume One

28

She & Him

Volume One
(Merge)


Beach House - Devotion

27

Beach House

Devotion
(Carpark)


Coldplay - Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends

26

Coldplay

Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
(Capitol)


Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III

25

Lil Wayne

Tha Carter III
(Cash Money)


M83 - Saturdays = Youth

24

M83

Saturdays = Youth
(Mute)


The Dodos - Visiter

23

The Dodos

Visiter
(French Kiss)


My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges

22

My Morning Jacket

Evil Urges
(ATO)


Okkervil River - The Stand Ins

21

Okkervil River

The Stand Ins
(Jagjaguwar)


Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours

20

Cut Copy

In Ghost Colours
(Modular)


Department Of Eagles - In Ear Park

19

Department Of Eagles

In Ear Park
(4AD)


Beck - Modern Guilt

18

Beck

Modern Guilt
(Interscope)


Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Flight

17

Frightened Rabbit

The Midnight Organ Fight
(Fat Cat)


Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line

16

Ra Ra Riot

The Rhumb Line
(Barsuk)


No Age - Nouns

15

No Age

Nouns
(Sub Pop)


Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs

14

Death Cab For Cutie

Narrow Stairs
(Atlantic)


WHY? - Alopecia

13

WHY?

Alopecia
(Anticon)


Sigur Rós - Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust

12

Sigur Rós

Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust
(XL)


Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer

11

Wolf Parade

At Mount Zoomer
(Sub Pop)


The Walkmen - You & Me

10

The Walkmen

You & Me
(Gigantic)


Girl Talk - Feed The Animals

9

Girl Talk

Feed The Animals
(Illegal Art)


The Hold Steady - Stay Positive

8

The Hold Steady

Stay Positive
(Vagrant)


Portishead - Third

7

Portishead

Third
(Mercury)


of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping

6

of Montreal

Skeletal Lamping
(Polyvinyl)


Deerhunter - Microcastle

5

Deerhunter

Microcastle
(Kranky)


Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

4

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend
(XL)


Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

3

Bon Iver

For Emma, Forever Ago
(Jagjaguwar)


TV On The Radio - Dear Science

2

TV On The Radio

Dear Science
(Interscope)


Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

1

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes
(Sub Pop)