Nialler9 has opened the polls for his annual poll. He is correct in saying that this is the best year for Irish music since he started the blog, but he neglects to mention that it’s also the best year for Irish music since EVER. The Choice being unsure exactly what it is and, to my tastes, hampered by conservatism, this is the canonic thing to win if you’re an Irish artist putting out an album. Even though it doesn’t make you any money or even guarantee you a Choice nomination, in the case of Patrick Kelleher last year.
So, poll endorsed. Also getting weighty endorsement from this blog (to counteract the subtle mentions of bands by Nialler which will doubtless be used to fill up the lower rungs of lists by people who are forgetful) are the following:
Adebisi Shank, Children Under Hoof, Enemies, Grand Pocket Orchestra, Hipster Youth, Jogging, Meljoann, No Monster Club, Not Squares, Nouveaunoise, Porn On Vinyl. Squarehead, So Cow, Tieranniesaur, Villagers.
There’s loads of other deadly stuff too though. Vote!