The First Annual 3am Awards

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)

Song Most Likely To Make You Endlessly Sob
Distant Sky” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, off the album Skeleton Tree

Song You Most Want to Send to That One Friend (But You Know It's A Bad Idea)
Dump The Guy ASAP” by Lisa LeBlanc, off the album Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?

Song You Can Listen to a Thousand Times and Not Be Sick Of
Infamous” by Basia Bulat, off the album Good Advice

Best Song To Dance ‘til You Don’t Care
Lonely” by Kaylee Johnston, off the EP Kaylee Johnston

The 'Nick Cave Murder Ballads' Award for Song You Most Expected To End in Murder
Lola + Joseph” by July Talk, off the album Touch

Best Riff
Risto’s Riff” by Moonface & Siinai, off the album My Best Human Face

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 Super Mario Reference
“Gotta make that ratio // of prince and asshole // but again the princesses are in another castle.”
From “Male Gaze” by The Zolas, off the album Swooner

Best Warning In A Song
"I’m the one from whom your mother told you to run and hide."
From “Blood Moon” by Skye Wallace, off the album Something Wicked

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

Most Mind-Bending Synchronized Dance in a Video
Somersault” by Royal Canoe, off the album Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit

Best Use of a Submarine Outside of a Mall
"What Light (Never Goes Dim)" by Aidan Knight, off the album Each Other

The McAcademy Awards (as chosen by Christine)

"Don't Call It A Comeback" Award for Best Reinvention
Centerfold by The Darcys

The Careless Whisper Memorial Award for Best Use Of Saxophone
"Rideback" by Hannah Georgas, off the album For Evelyn

The Tanya Tagaq Award for Best For Best Guest Vocals
Shad for "Centre" by Tanya Tagaq, off the album Retribution

Hardest Cry At A Television Screen
Broadcast of the final Tragically Hip show in Kingston

Most Engaging Fan Engagement
Arkells enrolling their fans in "Private School"

Music That Is Really A History Lesson Everyone Needs
Secret Path by Gord Downie

Best Song of [At Least] Ween-Level Seriousness
"King Of The Deep" by Our Debut Album, from the podcast Our Debut Album

Live Show Most Likely To Make You Tired Merely From Watching

The "We Knew Him First" Award for Cameo In A Music Video
Finn Wolfhard in PUP's "Sleep In The Heat"

The Party You Should Really Attend
Andy Shauf's

Live Show Most Likely To Make You Actually Dance Your Pants Off
The Wild Romantics

The Brodeun Globes (as chosen by Jessica) 

Song That Can Turn Your Mood Around Quickest & Without Fail
"Always" by Tor Miller, off the album American English

Award For A Song So Catchy You'd Never Know Its Political Theme
"Brazil" by Declan McKenna, off the album Isombard

Song That Evokes A Physical Feeling of Pain If Taken Too Literally
"Heart in Two" by Reuben and the Dark, released as a single

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

Minimalist Award for doing More With Less
"Getting Over You" by Bob Moses, off the album Days Gone By

New Music...In Video Form - October 21, 2016

So many new videos have been released recently, and since most of the songs have already made it into our Song Of The Day column I figured I'd put them here for you to check out all at once!

Below you will find music videos, live performance videos, new singles, and music from across Canada (including many from here in Vancouver) and abroad. Check them out and let us know which one is your favourite!

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Gigs Of The Week: October 14 - 20, 2016

Every Friday 3am Revelations give you our picks for some of the fantastic live shows happening in and around our city of Vancouver.
There's much more going on all the time, which you can check out in our concert calendar.
What are you seeing this week? Let us know in the comments below.

Kirk's Pick

Who? The Strumbellas with The Zolas
Where? Commodore Ballroom
When? Sunday, October 16
Why? The best double bill? The best double bill.


Christine's Pick

Who? Andy Shauf
Where? Fox Cabaret
When? Friday October 14th & Saturday October 15th (Sold Out)
Why? Andy's latest album The Party is an amazing record, and was short listed for the Polaris Music Prize. That should be enough to entice you to come hear the songs live!

Jessica's Pick

Who? Boreal Sons & Layton Kramer w/ Sam Tudor
Where? The Biltmore Cabaret
When? Monday, October 17
Why? New music for your earholes!