Readers’ Poll Results


Is it too late to say happy new year? Happy thingamijig anyway.

Before I can move on to exciting (note: may not actually be exciting) 2012 things I’d better get the poll results out of the way, so here they are.

Best Album:
1. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
2. Conquering Animal Sound – Kammerspiel
3. Adam Stafford – Build a Harbour Immediately
=3. Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat – Everything’s Getting Older
5. United Fruit – Fault Lines
=5. Pensioner – Yearlings

I’m sure that’ll make up for King Creosote and Jon Hopkins missing out on the Mercury Prize.

Best Single/EP:
1. Rob St. John/Ian Humberstone – Split 7″
2. Japanese War Effort – Surrender To Summer EP
=2. PET – What You Building?
4. Song of Return – Trajectory EP
5. Mogwai – Earth Division EP
=5. The Spook School – History/Hallam

Yep, nothing for me to complain about there really.. Impressive showings from young upstarts PET and The Spook School.

Best Band:
1. Kid Canaveral
2. The Phantom Band
3. The Twilight Sad
5. United Fruit

A reversal of last year’s best band award, with Kid Canaveral narrowly overtaking The Phantom Band. PAWS and United Fruit come crashing in to the top five, probably with a wail of feedback.

Best Solo Artist:
1. Adam Stafford
2. Miaoux Miaoux
3. Withered Hand
4. Rob St. John
5. King Creosote
=5. PJ Harvey
=5. Jonnie Common

I swear I didn’t rig this category. Only King Creosote makes the list again from last year, while somehow PJ Harvey manages to sneak in, somehow.

Best New Band/Artist:
1. The Spook School
2. Monoganon
3. PET
4. Friends In America
=4. As In Bear

Yaaaaaaaaas, g’wan yersel’ Spook School! Once again, nothing thee to make me grumpy.

Best Live Band/Artist:
2. Kid Canaveral
3. The Twilight Sad
4. United Fruit
5. Frightened Rabbit
=5. Remember Remember
=5. Mogwai

You will not get even the slightest hint of an argument out of me about PAWS topping this one. I also firmly believe it is near impossible to leave a Kid Canaveral gig without having had fun.

Best Music Website/Blog:
1. Song, by Toad
2. Peenko
3. The Tidal Wave of Indifference
4. Glasgow Podcart
5. Last Year’s Girl
=5. The Pop Cop

Horrible human beings, every one of them.

Best Music Radio Show/Podcast:
1. Song, by Toad – The Toadcast
2. BBC Introducing in Scotland
3. Edinburgh Man
4. Glasgow Podcart
5. Vic Galloway on BBC Scotland

You lot really like that Toad guy, don’t you? Curiously few votes for Uncle Vic after he won this category last year. Vic’s replacement on BBC Introducing, Ally McCrae, narrowly misses out, with Song, by Toad taking the prize by a slender margin.
Several votes for Glasgow Podcart came with the qualifier “but they should do the podcast more often”, so, yeah, get your finger out Podcart.

Best Venue:
1. Barrowlands, Glasgow
2. Stereo, Glasgow
3. Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
=3. Captains Rest, Glasgow
5. King Tuts, Glasgow
=5. Pilrig St Pauls, Edinburgh

The Barrowlands wins again. I can’t remember the last time I was in it. Since Stereo was home to most of the Aye Tunes gigs last year I’m happy to see it take second spot. Sneaky’s inclusion last year was a controversial one, we’ll see if anyone has anything to say about it this time round. Personally I’d go for Pilrig St Pauls over King Tuts any day of the week.

Well there you go, that’s the lot. For those interested, 42 people voted in the poll, but 3 of them got binned for breaking the blatant ballot stuffing rule.


  1. peenko says:

    I remember the good old days when polls like this would cause folk to leave bitter comments. I miss those days…

  2. Jim Connick says:

    So do I, I liked it when folk came along and complained and swore at me. Now all my blog comments are just people swearing at me :(