So every year I make additional selections by offering several awards outside of the "official" ballot. Here they are, my extended selections.
SONG OF THE YEAR
Holocene – Bon Iver
Listened to this song sitting in the window overlooking Old Town Saginaw when I got back from the hospital the morning my brother died. Seared into my soul forever.
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Walk – Foo Fighters
Runners Up: Shake It Off – Florence + The Machine, Midnight City – M83, Discoverer – REM, Lonely Boy – The Black Keys, The Death of You & Me – Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, The World Is Yours – Glasvegas
SONGS OF THE YEAR (30 great songs, in no particular order)
We Are Augustines – Headlong Into The Abyss
Chelsea Wolfe – Tracks (Tall Bodies)
Papercuts – Charades
Glasvegas – Whatever Hurts You Through The Night
The Horrible Crowes – Sugar
M83 – Steve McQueen
Zola Jesus – Collapse
The Black Keys – Little Black Submarines
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds – (Stranded On) The Wrong Beach
Dirty Beaches – Speedway King
The Twilight Singers – The Beginning of the End
Girls – Vomit
M83 – Wait
Foo Fighters – I Should Have Known
Florence + The Machine – Only For Tonight
Chelsea Wolfe – Movie Screen
The Horrors – Changing Rain
Wild Flag – Romance
Glasvegas – The World Is Yours
I Break Horses – Hearts
We Are Augustines – Chapel Song
The Horrible Crowes – Behold The HurricaneWolf Gang – Lions In Cages
M83 – Reunion
Zola Jesus – Lick The Palm Of The Burning Hand
The Horrors – Oceans Burning
PJ Harvey – The Last Living Rose
Arctic Monkeys – She’s Thunderstorms
REM – DiscovererFlorence + The Machine – No Light, No Light
ALBUM COVER OF THE YEAR
Badlands, Dirty Beaches
Redundant to bring this up again, but it really is fantastic. Check it out.
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Lonely Boy, The Black Keys
In a weak year for the dying artistic genre known as the music video, this one was perfect.
DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR
Beady Eye—Different Gear, Still Speeding.
Nobody, and I mean nobody, is a bigger Liam Gallagher fan on this planet than I am. And that’s not to say that that this album is bad—it’s just sort of…meh. I really like Beatles & Stones and The Morning Son but otherwise it’s kind of forgettable.
RUNNER UP: Glasvegas, ///Euphoria Heartbreak\\\ Repeat all of the above commentary for Beady Eye but insert the word Glasvegas.
BUMMER OF THE YEAR
The breakup of REM, obviously.
ROCK DOC OF THE YEAR
Back & Forth: Foo Fighters
This Foo Fighters/Dave Grohl/Nirvana doc does everything a great rock film should do—
RUNNER UP: From The Sky Down: The Making of Achtung Baby is also pretty great, but I wanted more.
SIDE NOTE: I also really liked Stones In Exile about the making of Exile On Mainstreet and Lemmy, concerning the handsome and debonair Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead.