I'm sure by now, you've seen a number of Top Whatever lists. Best of '016. But, let’s face it... no one cares about lists. At best, you glance at it with a vague sense of disagreement.
And that’s where The 3am Awards come in. In lieu of a list, I give you the moment you didn't even realise you've been waiting for:
The First Annual 3am Awards
Awarded for Outstanding Musical Musicianship in the Field of Music
The awards takes a look at this year in music and honours the deserving songs, albums, videos, and artists in the form of randomly named award categories, as chosen by Jess, Christine, and myself. And even though the categories may be a little glib (to say the least) these are legitimately some of our favourites of the year.
We’ve broken them down into three categories for you:
The Doomy Awards (as chosen by Kirk)
The 'Mondegreen' Award for Misheard Lyrics That Most Changed the Meaning Of The Song
“I could never be alone with you” misheard as “I could never be in love with you”
From “Alone With You” by Youngblood, off the EP Feel Alright
Best Album To Make The Most Mundane Task Sound Epic
The Wilderness by Explosions in the Sky
Album That Most Makes You Want To Close Your Eyes And Drift Into Space
Upsweep by Hannah Epperson
Most Hauntingly Beautiful (or Beautifully Haunting) Album
(dissonance) by Animalia
The McAcademy Awards (as chosen by Christine)
"Don't Call It A Comeback" Award for Best Reinvention
Centerfold by The Darcys
Music That Is Really A History Lesson Everyone Needs
Secret Path by Gord Downie
Live Show Most Likely To Make You Tired Merely From Watching
The Brodeun Globes (as chosen by Jessica)
Favourite Canadiana Overheard Outside of Canada
The Party by Andy Shauf, playing in its entirety in a small cafe in San Diego
Coolest Indie Artist Side Hobby
Andrew Bird's confession about his love for mountain biking during is Vancouver tour date show
Favourite International Discovery
I have CBC to thank many, many thanks for introducing me to France's Jain, a forever staple in my music library.
Lyric That, No Matter How Many Times I Sing It, Will Never Be True
"On the nights you stay home / I don't even look at my phone."
From "On the Nights You Stay Home," by Donovan Woods, off the album Hard Settle, Ain't Troubled
Sweatiest Moment of 2016
The Cobalt, October 5 (and I imagine, 6, 7, and 8 as well) during Japandroid's 4-night stint.
Annual Singer/Songwriter/Guitar Award For Album That Proves I'm Not Over Indie Singer-Songwriters
In Deepest Blue by Joshua Hyslop