Vote early

It may only be a glo­ri­fied pop­u­lar­ity con­test, but it’s your pop­u­lar­ity con­test, so use your vote wisely, writes Jim Car­roll

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC 2012 -

PUT THE ket­tle on, grab the bis­cuits and pull up a pew: it’s time for this year’s heated de­bate about the acts, tracks and al­bums of the year. Yes, pedants, we re­alise that there are a few more weeks left to run in 2012. But, for the pur­pose of look­ing back on the year that was, the mu­sic re­view­ing classes al­ways call it quits in Novem­ber. Sorry Big Boi, you should have re­leased your new al­bum last month rather than next week. Dead­lines, man, dead­lines.

On th­ese pages are what we, the writ­ers, thought of 2012 in the form of var­i­ous short­lists. What we’re go­ing to find out rather quickly is what you, the read­ers, think of what we thought of 2012.

Some rections are in­evitable. You may feel that we have snubbed singers (though at least one Ticket writer had mad props for Dric­cky Gra­ham), blanked bands (not enough love in the room for Mer­chan­dise) or over­looked acts (sorry Hot­lanta hip-hop fiends, I did rep­re­sent for Killer Mike). You may even be won­der­ing how in the name of Joe Dolan did One Di­rec­tion end up on th­ese pages. Trust me, some of us are also won­der­ing about that one and query­ing the ad­ju­di­ca­tor’s count­ing skills.

As those who are paid large salaries and ex­penses to gov­ern this land can tell you af­ter this week’s bud­get ne­go­ti­a­tions, try­ing to find a con­sen­sus is a hard task. What you see here is the wis­dom – or lack of it, says you – of the crowd. Nine Ticket mu­sic writ­ers submitted lists and The Ticket’s ed­i­tor, us­ing a so­phis­ti­cated al­go­rithm ex­clu­sively devel­oped by the math­e­mat­i­cally en­habced Paul Healy of The Ir­ish Times in­volv­ing an aba­cus and a dozen A4 sheets of pa­per, put to­gether the short­lists based on their votes.

Don’t hate the play­ers, hate the game.

But, no mat­ter where you stand, you have to say that 2012 was an ex­cep­tional year for mu­sic. From the new ur­ban swing and swag­ger of Ken­drick La­mar and Frank Ocean to the smart art-in­die of Django Django and Alt-J and the home­grown at­trac­tions of Deloren­tos and Julie Feeney, this was a year which pro­vided high­lights at ev­ery turn. The se­niors and ju­niors had a blast. It was the year when Dr John, aided and abet­ted by a Black Key, turned in a new ca­reer high and showed it was Nawl­ins for the win ev­ery time. It was also the year when new­bies such

as Lit­tle Green Cars and Orquesta be­gan to show what was in the tank for the years to come.

Now that we’ve had our say, it’s your turn to give us the thumbs up or the thumbs down by putting your X on the page (or rather on­line at irish­times.com). The clos­ing date for votes is mid­night on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16th and the win­ners will be an­nounced here in The Ticket on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21st. If you have com­ments, the On the Record blog is wait­ing to hear from you. Re­mem­ber: vote early and don’t for the love of God spoil your vote.

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