The Scottish Bloggers and Music Sites Awards (The Scottish BAMS Awards) 2009


A wee while back Peenko sounded me out about a mass poll by all us Scottish types to put together a top 20 albums of the year. Unlike plans I hatch in pubs, he actually put it all together.
So now the votes have been cast and counted, it’s time to announce the winner.

Andy from The Phantom Band had this to say: “This makes us feel very honoured because the opinion of people out there giving opinions is what matters most, rather than the financially influenced press. It always amazes me that people would take it upon themselves to go out and champion a band or an album or a band for no material gain, but it gives me faith in human nature. Blogs and reviews have been the only advertising we’ve ever had. Apart from all those people who got online and promoted us, we’d like to thank those little almost-stale doughnuts you get in big tubs from Sainsburys for keeping us fat during the recording. We obviously also have our Producer Paul Savage and the wonderful people at Chemikal Underground to thank for letting us do what we want. These guys are the quiet heroes of Scottish music for sure.”

The full top 20 is:
1. The Phantom Band – Checkmate Savage
2. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion

3. De Rosa – Prevention

4. King Creosote – Flick the V’s

5. Withered Hand – Good News

6. The Twilight Sad – Forget The Night Ahead

7. We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls

8. Beerjacket – Animosity

9. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

10. Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career

11. My Latest Novel – Deaths and Entrances

12. Malcolm Middleton – Waxing Gibbous

13. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – s/t

14. You Already Know – s/t

15. Broken Records – Until the Earth Begins to Part

16. The XX – s/t

17. The Antlers – Hospice

18. Sufjan Stevens – The BQE

19. And So I Watch You From Afar

20. Wilco – The Album

Taking place in the voting were 17 Seconds, Me, Dear Scotland, Earz Mag, Elba Sessions, Glasgow Podcart, Hooligans Lament, Jim Gellatly, JocknRoll, Jockrock, Kowalskiy, Last Years Girl, Love Shack Baby, Manic Pop Thrills, My Portiswasp Says, Off the Beaten Tracks, The Pop Cop, Products of a Gaseous Brain, Song By Toad, The Blues Bunny, The Daily Growl, The Spill, The Steinberg Principle, The Vinyl Villain, Under the Radar and of course Peenko. All sites worth visiting.


  1. peenko says:

    you digging the Mario template then? i was well chuffed with it

  2. Jim says:

    It’s well swanky!

  3. JaneInMA says:

    Am I just an outlier, do I have the wrong year of release or what? I LOVE the Xcerts album this year and I don’t see anyone showing any love.