PLUG 2006 Nominees/Winners
PLUG 2006 Nominees/Winners Thanks to everyone who voted in last year's awards and who made the 2006 event possible! Here are your 2006 nominees and winners (for releases/
performances in 2005).

Thanks to everyone who voted this year and to everyone who made the Event possible! Special thanks to AZIZ ANSARI (clips from the show will be up soon), JAMES F!@#$%^ FRIEDMAN, THE NATIONAL, CHAD VANGAALEN, CELEBRATION, BEANS w/ HOLY F**K, CAGE, MR. LIF & AKROBATIK (THE PERCEPTIONISTS), EMILIANA TORRINI, MATISYAHU, VIC THRILL, TV ON THE RADIO, EL-P, LAURA CANTRELL, ROB CROWE, C-RAYZ WALZ, BIG BEAR, GANG GANG DANCE, CLAIRE & PATRICK (OhMyROCKNESS/INSOUND), NICK SYLVESTER & AMANDA PETRUSICH (from PITCHFORK), STEVE CIABATTONI & JESSICA SUAREZ (CMJ), all the nominees, winners and especially all the fans who made themselves heard this year.

Response this year has been amazing. It has truly been what PLUG was created to be - a community effort. Tens of thousands of us voted this year from Belfast to San Louis Obispo - New York to the Ukraine. For all us fans devoted to these records, this was our night! More to come, but for are the winners!

Album Of The Year

Animal Collective - Feels (FatCat)
Antony And The Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now (Secretly Canadian)
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm FRM course (Vice)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (Self-released)
Dangerdoom - The Mouse And The Mask (Adult Swim/Epitaph)
Devendra Banahrt - Cripple Crow (XL)
The National - Alligator (Beggars)
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema (Matador)
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods (Sub Pop)
Spoon - Gimme Fiction (Merge)
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty) 
Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary (Sub Pop)

Artist Of The Year

Animal Collective
Antony And The Johnsons
Bloc Party
Bright Eyes 
Broken Social Scene
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Devendra Banhart
MF Doom
The National
Sufjan Stevens

New Artist Of The Year

Arctic Monkeys
Black Mountain
Chad VanGaalen
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 
Lady Sovereign
Maximo Park
Richard Swift
Serena Maneesh
Tim Fite
Tom Vek
Wolf Parade

Song Of The Year

Antony And The Johnsons - "Hope There's Someone" (Secretly Canadian)
Black Mountain - "Druganaut" (Jagjaguwar)
Bright Eyes - "When The President Talks To God" (Saddle Creek) 
Clientele - "Since K Got Over Me" (Merge)
Devendra Banhart - "Long Haired Child" (XL)
Ladytron - "Destroy Everything You Touch" (Rykodisc)
The National - "Abel" (Beggars)
The New Pornographers - "The Bleeding Heart Show" (Matador)
Spoon - "The Beast And Dragon, Adored" (Merge)
Stars - "Ageless Beauty" (Arts & Crafts)
Sufjan Stevens - "Chicago" (Asthmatic Kitty)
Wolf Parade - "I'll Believe In Anything" (Sub Pop)

Female Artist Of The Year

Bettye LaVette
Emiliana Torrini
Hanne Hukkelberg
Lady Sovereign
Laura Cantrell
Princess Superstar
Scout Niblett
Sharon Jones
Vashti Bunyan

Male Artist Of The Year

Andrew Bird
Chad VanGaalen
Conor Oberst
Devendra Banhart
Jamie Lidell
John Vanderslice
José González
MF Doom
Sam Beam
Sufjan Stevens 
Tom Vek

Hip-Hop Album Of The Year

Aesop Rock - Fast Cars, Danger, Fire And Knives (Definitive Jux)
Atmosphere - You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having (Rhymesayers)
Blueprint - 1988 (Rhymesayers)
Cage - Hell's Winter (Definitive Jux)
Clipse - We Got It 4 Cheap Vol. 2 (
Dälek - Absence (Ipecac)
Dangerdoom - The Mouse And The Mask (Adult Swim/Epitaph) 
Edan - Beauty And The Beat (Lewis)
Ohmega Watts - The Find (Ubiquity)
The Perceptionists - Black Dialogue (Definitive Jux)
Quasimoto - The Further Adventures Of Lord Quas (Stones Throw)
Sage Francis - A Healthy Distrust (Epitaph)

Punk Album Of The Year

Against Me! - Searching For A Former Clarity (Fat Wreck)
Bear Vs Shark - Terrorhawk (Equal Vision)
The Blackout Pact - Hello Sailor (Astro Magnetics)
Gogol Bordello - Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike (Side One Dummy)
Jello Biafra With The Melvins - Sieg Howdy! (Alternative Tentacles)
Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain (Load)
The Locust - Safety Second, Body Last (Ipecac)
Pennywise - The Fuse (Epitaph)
The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower - Love In The Fascist Brothel (Revelation)
Rufio - The Comfort Of Home (Nitro)
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods (Sub Pop) 
XBXRX - Sixth In Sixes (Polyvinyl)

Metal Album Of The Year

Big Bear - Big Bear (Monitor)
Children Of Bodom - Are You Dead Yet? (Spinefarm)
Early Man - Closing In (Matador)
Every Time I Die - Gutter Phenomenon (Ferret)
Fantômas - Suspended Animation (Ipecac) 
Goblin Cock - Bagged And Boarded (Absolutley Kosher)
God Forbid - IV: Constitution Of Treason (Century Media)
High On Fire - Blessed Black Wings (Relapse)
Jesu - Jesu (Hydra Head)
Meshuggah - Catch Thirtythree (Nuclear Blast)
Pelican - The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw (Hydra Head)
sunnO))) - Black One (Southern Lord)

Electronic/Dance Album Of The Year

Boards Of Canada - The Campfire Headphase (Warp)
The Books - Lost & Safe (Tomlab)
Caribou - The Milk Of Human Kindness (Domino)
Four Tet - Everything Ecstatic (Domino)
Isolée - We Are Monster (Playhouse)
Jackson And His Computer Band - Smash (Warp)
Jamie Lidell - Multiply (Warp)
M83 - Before The Dawn Heals Us (Mute) 
Mobius Band - The Loving Sounds Of Static (Ghostly International)
Out Hud - Let Us Never Speak Of It Again (Kranky)
The Juan Maclean - Less Than Human (DFA/Astralwerks)
Vitalic - OK Cowboy (PIAS)

Americana Album Of The Year

Daniel Lanois - Belladonna (Anti-)
Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow (XL)
Iron & Wine/Calexico - In The Reins (Overcoat) 
José González - Veneer (Hidden Agenda)
Langhorne Slim - When The Sun's Gone Down (Narnack)
Lucero - Nobody's Darlings (Liberty And Lament)
M. Ward - Transistor Radio (Merge)
Magnolia Electric Co - What Comes After The Blues (Secretly Canadian)
Matt Sweeney And Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Superwolf (Drag City)
Nickel Creek - Why Should The Fire Die? (Sugarhill)
Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy (Jagjaguwar)
Six Organs Of Admittance - School Of The Flower (Drag City)

Indie Rock Album Of The Year

Bloc Party - Silent Alarm (Vice) 
Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts)
Calla - Collisions (Beggars)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (Self-released)
Deerhoof - The Runners Four (5RC/Kill Rock Stars)
The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday (Frenchkiss)
The National - Alligator (Beggars)
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema (Matador)
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods (Sub Pop)
Spoon - Gimme Fiction (Merge)
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty)
Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary (Sub Pop)

DJ Album Of The Year

Annie - DJ-Kicks (!K7)
Clipse - We Got It 4 Cheap Vol. 2 (
Diplo - FabricLive 24 (Fabric)
DJ Mark Farina - Mushroom Jazz 5 (Om)
DJ Shadow - One Night In Bangkok (No Shoes) 
DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid - Celestial Mechanix: The Blue Series MasterMix (Thirsty Ear)
Dominik Eulberg - Kreucht & Fleucht (Mischwald)
Ewan Pearson - Sci.Fi.Hi.Fi_01 (Soma)
The Glimmers - DJ-Kicks (!K7)
James F@#$%^ Friedman - Go Commando! (Defend Music)
Optimo - Psyche Out (Eskimo)
Richie Hawtin - DE9|Transitions (Mute)

Avant Album Of The Year

Animal Collective - Feels (FatCat) 
Black Dice - Broken Ear Record (DFA/Astralwerks)
Boredoms - Seadrum/House Of Sun (Vice)
Delia Gonzalez And Gavin Russom - The Days Of Mars (DFA/Astralwerks)
Excepter - Throne (Load)
Gang Gang Dance - God's Money (The Social Registry)
Growing - His Return (Troubleman Unlimited)
Hair Police - Constantly Terrified (Troubleman Unlimited)
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Multiples (Kranky)
Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain (Load)
Orthrelm - OV (Ipecac)
Wooden Wand & The Vanishing Voice - Buck Dharma (5RC)

Record Label Of The Year

Beggars Group
Definitive Jux
Saddle Creek
Secretly Canadian
Sub Pop 
Touch And Go

Live Act Of The Year

Antony And The Johnsons
Arcade Fire 
Black Mountain
Bloc Party
Bright Eyes
Death From Above 1979
The Decemberists
Devendra Banhart
Jamie Lidell
The National
Wolf Parade

Music Festival Of The Year

Austin City Limits
All Tomorrow's Parties
CMJ Music Marathon
Intonation Music Festival
Siren Music Festival
South By Southwest

Record Producer of the Year

9th Wonder
Danger Mouse 
Dave Sitek
Four Tet
Isaac Brock
Paul "Phones" Epworth
Peter Katis
Thom Monahan

Music Video Of The Year

Aesop Rock - "Fast Cars, Danger, Fire And Knives" (Definitive Jux)
Bloc Party - "Helicopter" (Vice)
Cage - "Shoot Frank" (Definitive Jux)
The Decemberists - "16 Military Wives" (Kill Rock Stars) 
Goblin Cock - "Stumped" (Absolutley Kosher)
Jason Forrest - "War Photographer" (Sonig)
Maximo Park - "Graffiti" (Warp)
The National - "Daughters Of The Soho Riots" (Beggars)
North American Halloween Prevention Initiative - "Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?" (Vice)
Of Montreal - "Wraith Pinned To The Mist (And Other Games)" (Polyvinyl)
Quasimoto - "Bullyshit" (Stones Throw)
Stars - "Ageless Beauty" (Arts & Crafts)

Album Art/Packaging of the Year

Aesop Rock - Fast Cars, Danger, Fire And Knives (Definitive Jux)
Aimee Mann - The Forgotten Arm (SuperEgo)
Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts)
Caribou - The Milk Of Human Kindness (Domino)
Dangerdoom - The Mouse And The Mask (Adult Swim/Epitaph)
The Fall - Fall Heads Roll (Narnack)
Fantômas - Suspended Animation (Ipecac)
Goblin Cock - Bagged And Boarded (Absolutley Kosher)
Silversun Pickups - Pikul (Dangerbird)
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty) 
Super Furry Animals - Love Kraft (XL)
Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary (Sub Pop)

Music Website Of The Year

Magazine Of The Year

CMJ New Music Monthly
Under The Radar

Zine Of The Year

Beautiful Decay
Big Takeover
Copper Press
Devil In The Woods
Punk Planet
Wax Poetics 

College/Non-Comm Radio Station Of The Year

KALX, Berkeley, CA
KCRW, Santa Monica, CA
KEXP, Seattle, WA 
KUCI, Irvine, CA
KUSF, San Francisco, CA
KXLU, Los Angeles, CA
WBER, Rochester, NY
WFMU, East Orange, NJ
WFPK, Louisville, KY
WFUV, Bronx, NY
WNYU, New York, NY
WRAS, Atlanta, GA

Specialty Show Of The Year (Commercial Radio)

KDLE, Los Angeles, CA, Jonesy's Jukebox with Steve Jones
KBZT, San Diego, CA, Big Sonic Chill with Midori
KDGE, Dallas, TX, Adventure Club with Josh Venable
KITS, San Francisco, CA, Soundcheck with Aaron Axelson
WAQZ, Cincinnati, OH, Miss Sally's Playhouse with Sally Vollner
WEQX, Manchester, VT, Download with Alex Taylor
WKQX, Chicago, IL, TBA with Robert English
WPLA, Jacksonville, FL, Forbidden Planet with Robert Goodman
WRAX, Birmingham, AL, Reg's Coffee House with Scott Register
WWCD, Columbus, OH, The Independent Playground with Tom & Rudy
WXPN, Philadelphia, PA, World Caf? with David Dye 
WXRT, Chicago, IL, The Eclectic Company with Nicholas Tremulis & Jon Langford

Internet Radio Station of the Year

Record Store of the Year

Amoeba Music, Berkeley, CA 
Aquarius Records, San Francisco, CA
Criminal Records, Atlanta, GA
Dusty Groove America, Chicago, IL
Easy Street Records, Seattle, WA
Insound, New York, NY
Newbury Comics, Boston, MA
Other Music, New York, NY
Sonic Boom Records, Seattle, WA
Sound Fix, Brooklyn, NY
Twist & Shout, Denver, CO
Waterloo Records And Video, Austin, TX

Best Music DVD of the Year

Dig! (Palm Pictures)
Directors Label Volumes 4-7 (Palm Pictures)
Drive Well, Sleep Carefully: On The Road With Death Cab For Cutie (Plexifilm)
Little Movies Big Noises (Definitive Jux)
Low In Europe (Plexifilm)
Moog (Plexifilm)
Morrissey: Who Put the 'M' in Manchester? (Attack/SVE)
Stones Throw 101 (Stones Throw)
The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons (Shout! Factory)
The Flaming Lips: The Fearless Freaks (Shout! Factory)