Off The Record Poll 2012

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This year we had the largest number of votes ever in the Off The Record poll – combining online and telephone voting. So with several hundred votes counted the results are below.

A couple of notable aspects: Neil Young was a runaway winner in the Album Of The Year and Music Book of The Year categories, polling at least 50% more votes than the nearest runner-up.  Searching For Sugarman was similarly an easy winner in the DVD/Film category.

Simone Felice and Josh Ritter seemed to be surprise winners in the Gig Of The Year category, except that everyone I know who saw it raved about it and it was a real ‘feel good’ show, with some marvellous cover versions.

So without further ado, here are the winners and runners up:

AUSTRALIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Online & Phone Votes)

Wreck & Ruin – Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson

RUNNERS UP

Warm In The Darkness – Liz Stringer

Expecting Company? – Henry Wagons

Nothing But Nice Things – Chris Altmann

Sea Of Lights – Suzannah Espie

Dirty Dirty – Jim Keays

AUSTRALIAN COMPILATION ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Boogie – Various Artists

RUNNERS UP

Down Under Nuggets

Melbourne Soul

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Psychedelic Pill – Neil Young & Crazy Horse

RUNNERS UP (The next 5)

Locked Down – Dr John

Tempest – Bob Dylan

Everybody’s Talkin’ – Tedeschi Trucks Band

Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen

Blak & Blu – Gary Clark Jr

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST/BAND GIG OF THE YEAR

Suzannah Espie, Liz Stringer & Chris Altmann Tour

RUNNERS UP

Charles Jenkins’ Winter Ball

Henry Wagons

Weddings Parties Anything @ The Age EG Awards

Jordie Lane as Gram Parson in Grievous Angel

Ross Hannaford & The Critters @ The Caravan Music Club

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST/BAND GIG OF THE YEAR

Simon Felice & Josh Ritter @ The Corner Hotel

RUNNERS UP

Lucinda Williams @ The Palais

Emmylou Harris @ The Palais

Lil’ Band O’ Gold@ The Espy, Thornbury Theatre & Substation

Nick Lowe @ The Forum

Trombone Shorty @ The Corner

MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR

Waging Heavy Peace – Neil Young

RUNNERS UP

The Dingoe’s Lament – John Bois

Greg Allman – My Cross To Bear

MUSIC DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

Searching For Sugarman

RUNNERS UP

Crossfire Hurricane

Paul Kelly: Stories Of Me

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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