Gummy Awards

Best Album

It often seemed folks spent more time discussing the distribution model, but when it came time to weigh in on In Rainbows qualitatively, you guys gave Radiohead the thumbs_up, doubling the votes for runners up the National. We tip our hats: That’s a strong Top 20, all. Now consolation time: Liars, Low, Burial, Deerhoof, No Age, Besnard Lakes fans — we feel your pain. Know they were close. Good to see various dark horses scattered throughout the voting, like albums by Eluvium, the Clientele, Bettye LaVette, Black Moth Super Rainbow, CocoRosie, Times New Viking, Sir Richard Bishop, Tiny Vipers, and Frog Eyes, all lodging many votes. And holy hard rock and heavy metal: some notable love for Dillinger Escape Plan, Boris, Big Business, Baroness, Witchcraft, Om, Dragonforce, and Watain. (Worth a note: For all the ire it received, Against Me!’s New Wave did really well. Maybe Bruce Springsteen was stuffing the ballot.) But MVP of the Album race, and maybe the Gummys writ large? Noah Lennox, for having a hand in two of this year’s top ten albums (see also: Mr. Indie Rock). It’s good to be Panda Bear.

Blonde Redhead - 23

50

Blonde Redhead

23



Yeasayer - All Hour Cymbals

49

Yeasayer

All Hour Cymbals



Stars - In Our Bedroom After the War

48

Stars

In Our Bedroom After The War



Twilight Sad - Fourteen Autumns

47

The Twilight Sad

Fourteen Autumns And Fifteen Winters



Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future

46

Klaxons

Myths Of The Near Future



Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends

45

Les Savy Fav

Let’s Stay Friends



Bloc Party - A Weekend in the City

44

Bloc Party

A Weekend In The City



Tegan and Sara - The Con

43

Tegan And Sara

The Con



Patrick Watson - Close to Paradise

42

Patrick Watson

Close To Paradise



Caribou - Andorra

41

Caribou

Andorra



Elliott Smith - New Moon

40

Elliott Smith

New Moon



Dirty Projectors - Rise Above

39

Dirty Projectors

Rise Above



Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare

38

Arctic Monkeys

Favourite Worst Nightmare



PJ Harvey - White Chalk

37

PJ Harvey

White Chalk



Kevin Drew - Spirit If...

36

Kevin Drew

Spirit If…



Grizzly Bear - Friend

35

Grizzly Bear

Friend EP



Interpol - Our Love To Admire

34

Interpol

Our Love To Admire



Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger

33

Ryan Adams

Easy Tiger



Bright Eyes - Cassadaga

32

Bright Eyes

Cassadaga



Deerhunter - Cryptograms

31

Deerhunter

Cryptograms



St. Vincent - Marry Me

30

St. Vincent

Marry Me



Kings of Leon - Because of the Times

29

Kings Of Leon

Because Of The Times



Shins - Wincing the Night Away

28

The Shins

Wincing The Night Away



Miracle Fortress - Five Roses

27

Miracle Fortress

Five Roses



Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight

26

Rilo Kiley

Under The Blacklight



White Stripes - Icky Thump

25

The White Stripes

Icky Thump



Justice - ?

24

Justice

?



Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

23

Modest Mouse

We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank



The New Pornographers - Challengers

22

The New Pornographers

Challengers



Iron & Wine - The Shepherds Dog

21

Iron & Wine

The Shepherd’s Dog



Kanye West - Graduation

20

Kanye West

Graduation



Band of Horses - Cease to Begin

19

Band Of Horses

Cease To Begin



Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

18

Wilco

Sky Blue Sky



Battles - Mirrored

17

Battles

Mirrored



Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha

16

Andrew Bird

Armchair Apocrypha



Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover

15

Sunset Rubdown

Random Spirit Lover



Menomena - Friend and Foe

14

Menomena

Friend And Foe



Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala

13

Jens Lekman

Night Falls At Kortedala



Beirut - The Flying Club Cup

12

Beirut

The Flying Club Cup



Feist - The Reminder

11

Feist

The Reminder



Okkervil River - The Stage Names

10

Okkervil River

The Stage Names



M.I.A. - Kala

09

M.I.A.

Kala



Panda Bear - Person Pitch

08

Panda Bear

Person Pitch



Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam

07

Animal Collective

Strawberry Jam



LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver

06

LCD Soundsystem

Sound Of Silver



of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

05

of Montreal

Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer



Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

04

Spoon

Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga



Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

03

Arcade Fire

Neon Bible



The National - Boxer

02

The National

Boxer



Radiohead - In Rainbows

01

Radiohead

In Rainbows