Friday, July 27, 2007

The We Shot J.R. Awards


So after taking a quick look at some of the positively horrible nominees for this year's Dallas Observer music awards, we decided that we needed to put together the second annual We Shot J.R. Awards right away. We figured we could create a ballot that actually meant something to people, and hopefully, that is what we've done.

In my opinion, the thing that will make these awards matter to people is you guys, not us. Like it or not, it's clear that a lot of people who know a lot about music, think a lot about music and care a lot about music visit this site regularly, and I think this knowledge and good taste will be reflected in the voting results. Instead of a bunch of doucheholes going on the Observer website and voting for their friend's horrible rap metal band 1,000 times, I think we're going to get a lot of carefully considered votes from people who REALLY know what is going on in local music, and I think a lot of people who don't even read this site will at least be interested in what our readers end up voting for. We'll have a smaller number of votes than the Observer awards (obviously), but to me, one vote from one of our readers is worth ten votes from a 17 year old Burden Brothers fan.

Of course, ballot stuffing and things of that nature COULD happen with these awards, but we are going to be personally monitoring the results for the next three weeks to make sure that none of that happens. Feel free to vote for whoever you want whenever you want as many times as you want, but please note that ten votes in ten seconds for the same band in one category will be tossed out. Just use common sense and you'll be fine.

SO HERE IS HOW THIS WILL WORK: Like last year's vote, this will be a straight up popular vote, and anyone may vote as many times as they like. The band or artist or whatever with the most votes in each category will win, and that's it. When we announce the winners, we will also publish a list of our personal picks, just to give you an idea of how we voted. The categories probably aren't perfect, and you might feel that we left something out here or there, but we tried to cover as much ground as we could without going overboard. You may interpret our categories liberally: "band" can mean "solo performer," and "electronic" doesn't necessarily mean "laptop." Again, use common sense and you'll be fine. Voting will go for the next THREE WEEKS, ending on Friday, August 17th at 5pm. We'll announce the winners the following week, and an awards concert is in the works for mid to late August as well. Hope you guys have fun with this.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

rad. voted.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do not vote for The Strange Boys as they are Austinites now, however their FIRST proper release is available on their myspace page. only a 7" with 4 songs.

I'm voting now following the above advertisement.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

cool idea.

I had a really wierd dream the other night were I was looking at wsjr. They had a big article about why all 3 bands i'm in suck big time. After I woke up, i went and made sure it wasn't real.

umm... yeah, so i voted. Fun stuff.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm not voting.

1:35 PM  
Blogger jwm said...

update for 1:35

nobody cares

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But dude, MySpace bulletins are temporarily down!

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why? care about me. i want you to. please. vote for me. vote for meeee. anon 1:35 best new ACT. vote for me all night until the deadline. i love you all thanks for the support. i'll see you all at the spaghetti party.

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to vote and as I was filling out the ballot I thought that "I don't really care who's the best guitarist or 'vocalist.'"

What are you going to do with the "worst" whatever? Rub their nose in it and kick them in the balls? Dress them up in raw meat and invite them over to Michael Vick's house? Put them in a car with Lindsey Lohan behind the wheel? Drop them off at their local catholic church's priest's house?

2:34 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I wonder if Black Tie Dynasty will be posting Myspace bulletins everyday for this thing?

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cliff notes

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have not voted yet --I think the category "the best video on WSJR" should only be DFWD music videos--there are way tooo many to look through

3:43 PM  
Anonymous The Final Say on Everything said...

Worst Band: the Laughing (Austin)
Worst Video: you tube Black Tie Dynasty
Worst use of "we" from a pretentious blogger: Gorrila Vs. Bear
Worst revivalist band: Feaux Fox
Worst restaurant: Sphagetti Warehouse
Worst Bar Staff: the Cavern
Most overrated album: Spoon "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga"
smallest penis: mine :(

4:41 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

"Worst use of "we" from a pretentious blogger: Gorrila Vs. Bear"

goddammit dude. do i have to explain this to you again. oh and we aren't pretentious.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Dirty Cha Cha said...

I think I accidentally voted more than can only count the completed one.

Cool that you guys are doing this though.

5:01 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

you can vote more than once... even more than once in a row. We were just telling people not to vote like 5 or 10 times in a row. Thats all.

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gayest post ever: 4:41.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Dirty Cha Cha said...

SR - I know, but while trying to do some work at the same time, I accidentally submitted it when it only had a few things filled in.

Doesn't really mattter I'm sure. I was just sayin' that apparently I'm retarded at filling out forms online suddenly...sorry.

Anyway, this should be interesting.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'm real interested to see who's the best at playing records and sampling Commodore 64 video game sounds.

5:23 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

you should probably just stick with the Observer awards m'man.

5:34 PM  
Blogger R. Javelinn said...

I like turtles.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He does. he really does like turtles.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the thing that will make these awards unique is how much more laughable they are than the DOMAs.
ghosthustler for everything!

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i put ghosthustler for best drummer

11:14 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

dear 5:23 PM. C64 sounds are the shit. I will throw-down over video game music. You don't even know.


4:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

411 actually cracked me up. troof!

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8:38 PM  
Anonymous Zuleika said...

Well written article.

6:29 AM  

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