dsoaudio.com Awards 2012


For a bunch of personal reasons 2012 was not my most productive year in terms of content generation, meaning there were far fewer music reviews than usual. Interviews were light on the ground too but spanned several generations with a frank chat with Hugh Cornwell in September and an introduction to AlterRed in July. In contrast, our YouTube channel went from strength to strength with more than 62,000 views to date (53,000 of which  happened this year) and no less than 202 new clips uploaded in 2012 alone.

The gig-going was maintained at a reasonable level throughout most of the year but (excluding a couple of forays in Japan taking in a Mute club in Tokyo and a Kodo dummer demonstration in Sado-ga-shima) no actual gigs outside the UK this year. Back at home, the UK's first major micromusic/chiptune festival SuperByte saw me back in Manchester for the first time in decades and was well worth the trip. Meanwhile in Bradford Infest entered its 14th year and turned out to be a classic - one of the most rewarding line-ups ever seen. It was, however, just eclipsed by the intimate BASII festival in Basildon where I exprienced two life-changing moments in one event: seeing cult Some Bizarre album act Naked Lunch 30 years after hearing them (it was worth the wait) and my first ever Blancmange gig which, in spite of the absence of Steven Luscombe due to a serious on-going illness, was still one of the most impacting live performances I'd ever seen.  

So that's another 12 months been and gone. Time then to announce the 2012 dsoaudio.com Awards.

Best Band | Best Album | Best Debut | Best Newcomer | Best GigBest Promoter | Best Artwork | Best ReturnBest Venue


Best Band

Music Image

The Klinik
Review



Best Album

Music Image

"Wealth = Success" by Heretics
Review




Best Debut

Music Image

"Django Django" by Django Django
Buy it here


Best Newcomer

Music Image

Automatic Writing

Gig Review

Live at The Ship -14 December 2012


Best Gig

Gig Image

BAS II Festival, 4-5 May, 2012
Review

YouTube Playlist




Best Label

Label logo

Armalyte Industries
Official website




Best Promoter

Music Image

BAS Productions
Gig review

Official website


Best Artwork

Music Image

"Die Dreaming" by Concrete Lung
Review


Best Return

Naked Lunch

Naked Lunch
Review

(With a respectful nod to Dead Can Dance)



Best Venue

Hall 1 at Kings Place

Kings Place, London
Official website



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