2012 HPMA Nominations Close This Evening

UPDATE: Looks like I spoke too soon; according to the HPMA Twitter feed, you can now vote up until midnight tonight, rather than, oh, a half-hour ago. Which makes more sense, really… Thanks to Rhonda for the heads-up!

I’ve been really, truly remiss in not mentioning this ’til now, but I just wanted to point to it before the time runs out: the nominations for the 2012 Houston Press Music Awards end today, Thurs., June 14th, at 5PMmidnight.

So if you haven’t already done so, go, go, go, and nominate the bands, labels, clubs, and whatever else you think rule this city, so H-town as a whole can come together and vote for said bands/labels/clubs/etc. to determine who the real icons are ’round these parts.

Honestly, I always, always get all flustered trying to do the damn nomination form, myself — I suddenly can’t remember a damn thing that’s been released so far this year, can’t remember the name of the guitarist in that band I really like, can’t decide what category Band X goes in (“Rock,” “Modern Rock”? WTF?), and so on. Despite the fact that I really should know this stuff and should be more thoughtful about it, I usually end up typing in whatever first pops into my brain.

So, I’ve been trying to think of some folks I really, truly like lately, in case anybody needs any ideas, so below (like we did last year) are my suggestions for bands/people/things you might want to nominate. Oh, and make sure you check out the list put up on Facebook by SCR‘s Jason Smith, too — that’s over here.

I feel compelled to mention, btw, that I haven’t yet had a chance to listen to three of this year’s most-anticipated (by me, anyway): Linus Pauling Quartet‘s Bag of Hammers, Jody Seabody and The WhirlsSummer Us, and The Small Sounds12. The first two haven’t yet been released, and the third I just got the other day & haven’t gotten to listen to yet. Dang.

Here goes (and apologies in advance if I forget any deserving band or musician…):

7. BEST LP/CD/EP
Buxton, Nothing Here Seems Strange
Alkari, Blackout Falls
Blackmarket Syndicate, And the Peasants Rejoiced
Benjamin Wesley, Think/Thoughts

8. BEST MIXTAPE
Alright, because I honestly have no clue what “real” mixtapes are floating around out there right now, I’m gonna take a page from Jason S. on this one and nominate, well, us. SCR‘s H-Town Mixtape for the win, woo!

9. BEST SONG
Buxton, “Broke From Bread”
The Rebecca West, “Lost And Found”
Knights of the Fire Kingdom, “Chinese Dragon”
Alkari, “Crazy Truck”

10. BEST LOCAL MUSIC VIDEO
Peloton, “Of Hoses and Horses”
Venomous Maximus, “The Mission”

11. BEST NEW ACT
Knights of the Fire Kingdom
Day Sailor
The Suffers
New York City Queens
Mikey and The Drags
The Rebecca West
Vestibule

12. BEST MALE VOCALS
Tyagaraja
Cory Sinclair (The Manichean)
Evan Lecker (Holy Fiction)
Paul Pelc ({AThousandColours})
Mason Lankford (Folk Family Revival)
Justin Nava (the last place you look)

13. BEST FEMALE VOCALS
Sara Van Buskirk (solo/Finnegan)
Cameron Dezen Hammon (The Rebecca West)
Sarah Hirsch (Jealous Creatures)
Asli Omar (The Tontons)
Amanda Tankersley (Day Sailor)
Clory Martin

14. BEST SONGWRITER
Taylor Lee (Finnegan)
Robert Ellis
Sergio Trevino (Buxton)
Cory Sinclair & Justice Tirapelli-Jamail (The Manichean)

15. BEST POP ARTIST
The Wild Moccasins
New York City Queens
Harts of Oak
Bang Bangz
The Fox Derby

16. BEST ROCK
Alkari
Peloton
Roky Moon & BOLT! (R.I.P.)
Linus Pauling Quartet
Muhammad Ali
Jody Seabody and The Whirls
The Wheel Workers

17. BEST MODERN ROCK
The Manichean
football, etc.
Featherface
the last place you look
Square and Compass
A Sundae Drive
Adelaine

18. BEST GARAGE/PUNK/HARDCORE
Something Fierce
Blackmarket Syndicate
{Art Institute}
Latch Key Kids
Black Congress
Weird Party
Band of Mercy
Guilt Party (R.I.P.)
The Energy

19. BEST METAL
Co-Pilot
Omotai
Venomous Maximus
Scale The Summit
Cavernous
Defending the Kingdom
From Beyond

20. BEST EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE
The Ghost of Cliff Burton
Balaclavas
The Illegal Wiretaps
Giant Battle Monster

21. BEST ELECTRONIC ACT
LIMB

22. BEST SOLO RAPPER
hasHBrown
Fat Tony
Kyle Hubbard
Perseph One

23. BEST RAP GROUP
The Niceguys
H.I.S.D.

24. BEST RAP DJ
Jett I. Masstyr

25. BEST CLUB DJ/DJ NIGHT
I got nothin’, sorry.

26. BEST LATIN ARTIST
Los Skarnales
Tax the Wolf

27. BEST JAZZ
Free Radicals
Kris Becker

28. BEST BLUES
Little Joe Washington

29. BEST SOUL/FUNK/R&B
The Tontons

30. BEST REGGAE/SKA/DUB
The Suffers
The Suspects

31. BEST ZYDECO

32. BEST FOLK
Clory Martin
The Dead Rabbits
Shellee Coley

33. BEST AMERICANA
Bright Men of Learning (R.I.P.)
Finnegan
Folk Family Revival
Buxton
The Literary Greats
The Small Sounds

34. BEST COVER/TRIBUTE ACT

35. BEST GUITARIST
Aaron Echegaray (Roky Moon & BOLT!)
Chris Letchford (Scale The Summit)
Travis Levrier (Scale The Summit)
Jason Willis (Buxton)
Richard Sherwood (the last place you look)
Ben Murphy (Bright Men of Learning)

36. BEST BASSIST
Brian Harrison (Balaclavas)
Melissa Lonchambon Ryan (Omotai/Peloton)
Chris Wise (Buxton)
Jordan Eberhardt (Scale The Summit)
Jason Smith (Alkari)

37. BEST DRUMMER
Jeoaf Johnson (Roky Moon & BOLT!/Knights of the Fire Kingdom)
Anthony Vallejo (Omotai)
Charlie Patranella (Balaclavas)

38. BEST OTHER INSTRUMENT
Cassie Hargrove (organ, Roky Moon & BOLT!)
Sally Tawfik (violin, Holy Fiction)
Jo Bird, Debra Brown, Margaret Lejeune, & Jerry Ochoa(viola, violin, cello, & violin, Two Star Symphony)

39. BEST PRODUCER
Dan Workman

40. BEST RADIO STATION
KTRU for life, y’all. (Oh, and KPFT, too.)

41. BEST RADIO PROGRAM
“Sound Awake” (Jeffrey Thames is The Man.)

42. BEST LOCAL LABEL
ZenHill Records
HomeSkool Rekordz

43. BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE
Fitzgerald’s
Warehouse Live

44. BEST RECORD STORE
Cactus Music
Vinyl Junkie
Sound Exchange

45. BEST INSTRUMENT/EQUIPMENT STORE
Rockin’ Robin
Guitar Center

That’s all I’ve got; go and nominate away, y’all.


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4 Responses to “2012 HPMA Nominations Close This Evening”

  1. Mark C. Austin on June 14th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Solid list. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jason Smith on June 15th, 2012 at 1:36 am

    There’s so much solid talent in Houston right now. If the real list that comes out is anywhere close to what you’ve got up above I would be so happy.

  3. Jeremy Hart on June 15th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Me, too. :)

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