It's that time of year when indie rockers all over the globe get to make like the Academy and vote for their favorite releases of the year. Yes, folks, the PLUG Awards are back. However, this year, things have gotten mighty exciting around the Boredom at its Boredest camp.
It comes as no surprise, but after so many years of blood, sweat, and toil, it's still a thrill to see Kevin Barnes getting so much deserved attention for Of Montreal's incredible HISSING FAUNA, ARE YOU THE DESTROYER? received seven nominations in a wide variety of categories.
However, the bigger thrill for me came when I scanned the category of "Americana Album of the Year," only to discover one special nominee alongside more established names as Charlie Louvin, Iron & Wine, and Jesse Sykes. That nominee is none other than Ola Podrida!
I know I've been doing a lot of demanding lately, but this time I really mean it. I demand you to take a few minutes out of your life, pop on over to the PLUG Awards website, and vote for Ola Podrida's timeless debut, OLA PODRIDA. I imagine this is a category where many voters will flock to the most recognizable name, but if you wanna get objective about things, the new Iron & Wine doesn't hold a melted candle to OLA PODRIDA. Same goes for Charlie Louvin (okay, I haven't heard that record and he's a bona fide legend, but still, this competition is about fresh new blood).
Do it now yourself, and then forward this link or send an email to everyone you know. Chain emails are pretty Bruch Vilanch, I realize, so do it in a way that isn't pushy or abrasive (i.e., don't do it like I've just done it), but do it, do it, do it!