Picked to Click 2008: The Complete Ballots

Categories: Local Music

The following is an alphabetized list of the 105 voters who participated in this year's Picked to Click poll. Our panel of experts came from all across the music community: writers, photographers, musicians, sound guys, record store clerks, and DJs were all asked to sound off. Each voter's No. 1 pick received five points, the No. 2 pick received four points, and so on. If a voter didn't rank his choices, each band was given three points.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Chris Allison, aka shugE Mississippi, founder, Anti-Civ Records

1. Hayduke Lives!
2. Cell Phone
3. Bouncer Fighter
4. Chickadee Mountain Martyrs
5. Terracide

Ian Anderson, Afternoon Records, Vitriol Independent Promotion
1. Now, Now Every Children
2. Themes
3. Dynamiters
4. Gospel Gossip
5. Look Book
6. Dillinger Four -- the return!!!!!

Sarah Askari, freelance writer

1. Knife World
2. The Dynamiters
3. Strut & Shock
4. Sick of Sarah
5. Solid Gold

Chris Bahn, city editor, The Onion AV Club

(no particular order)
Bella Koshka
Crossing Guards
Gospel Gossip
Muja Messiah
The Wars Of 1812

Jackie Becker, Host-MN Soundtrack, KFAI

(no particular order)
Lookbook
El Guante
Nobot
Estate
Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles

Eric Billiet, manager of The Garage

1. Rawhyde
2. Get Young
3. Sing it Loud
4. Now Now Little Children
5. We are Bears

Jason Brazil, Co-owner, Eclipse Records

1. Gospel Gossip
2. Cortaez the Killer
3. Voyageur
4. White Sands/Badlands
4. Strut and Shock
5. Japanese Space Program

Andrew Broder, musician

1. Visions of Christ
2. The Yoleus
3. Gospel Gossip
4. Bryce Beverlin II
5. Jaron Childs

David Brusie, musician, freelance writer and Music For Robots blogger

(no particular order)
Action Versus Action
Meg Ashling
Ghost In The Water
Jayber Crow
One For The Team

Adam Bubolz, photographer

1. Voyager
2. Count Vesuvius
3. The Dirty Hits
4. The Yoleus
5. France Has the Bomb

Tim Campbell, Senior Arts & Entertainment Editor, Star Tribune

1. Gospel Gossip
2. Black Audience
3. Sara Thomsen
4. Strut & Shock
5. Yer Cronies

Steven Candy, scheduletwo.com

(no particular order)
Red Pens
Prairie Sons
The Dynamiters
Mute Era
Double Bird

Bill Caperton, Talent Buyer at The Turf Club, Marketing and Promotions Coordinator at Indie Tickets, musician in Ela and One For The Team

1. THEMES
2. Now Now Every Children
3. Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles
4. Gospel Gossip
5. Lookbook

Kermit Carter, booker at Triple Rock Social Club

(no particular order)
Private Dancer
Flin Flon bombers
Military Special
Tim Rally Gold
In Defence

Josh Caviness, booker at Club Underground

(no particular order)
Ohm of Omega
Droids Attack
Speak of the Devil
Hangover Toy Company
The Grande Machine

Max Clark, musician, Unicorn Basement, Owner of Unnecessary Friction Records and Castle Greyskull

1. Kitten Forever
2. Small White
3. Cellphone
4. Les Deux Maggots
5. Chickadee Mountain Martyrs

Cyn Collins, author of West Bank Boogie, freelance music writer and cohost of KFAI's Dig Up the Roots

(no particular order)
Magic Castles
Dark Dark Dark
Dreamland Faces
Black Audience
The Dangerboard

Brian Corner, Publicity Support, Cedar Cultural Center

1. Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles
2. Black Audience
3. Orange Mighty Trio
4. A Night in the Box
5. The Floorbirds

Christina Coughlin, co-founder, Never Ender World Cult label

1. Bouncer Fighter
2. Leisure Birds
3. Invisible Boy
4. Daughters of the Sun
5. Cell Phone

Paul Creager, organizer of the Square Lake Film & Music Festival

(no particular order)
The Dad in Common
Big Quarters
Luke's Angels
Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles
Magic Castles

Mike Davis, Burlesque of North America

1. The Millionth Word
2. I have no idea what other new bands showed up this year, but Millionth Word are better than all of them.

Martin Devaney, Eclectone Records

(no particular order)
Wars of 1812
The 757s
Crescent Moon is in Big Trouble
The Millionth Word
The Evening Rig

David de Young, founder, HowWasTheShow.com

1. The 757s
2. Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles
3. Strangelights
4. Ruby Isle (Partly from Athens, GA, but I’m calling them local because of Mallman.)
5. Wars of 1812

Ben Durrant, Crazy Beast Studios

(no particular order)
Now, Now Every Children
Muja Messiah
Daughters of the Sun
Brad Senne
Bon Iver

Javelin P. Elliott, freelance artist, aficionado
1. Bouncer Fighter
2. Hayduke Lives!
3. Avril Eden
4. Webby Moore
5. Mystery Six

Trevor Engelbrektson, live sound/booking at Nomad World Pub

1. Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapeles
2. Fuck Knights
3. Maria Isa
4. The Shortcuts
5. Brian Herb and His Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Excellence

Rainer Fronz, Intern at Learning Curve Records

1. Off With Their Heads
2. Private Dancer
3. Holy Ghostriders
4. the Talkers
5. Dear Landlord

Nate Gangelhoff, author of You Idiot, writer, bassist

1. The Manix
2. Straight As
3. Amen and the Hell Yeahs
4. The Talkers
5. Apocalypse Meow

Paul Gillis, Principal of Ripple Entertainment, LLC

1. Greycoats (formerly called North)
2. Best Friends Forever
3. The Parlour Suite
4. The Wars of 1812
5. Wishbook

Craig Grossman, Green Room Music Source

(no particular order)
Maudlin
Greycoats
Bella Koshka
Strange Lights
Speed's The Name

Sonia Grover, Booker at First Avenue/7th St. Entry

1. Gospel Gossip
2. The MoonGoons
3. Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles
4. Yer Cronies
5. Lookbook

David Hansen, City Pages contributor

(no particular order)
Knife World
Kitten Forever
Unicorn Basement
Voyager
Slapping Purses

Corrie Harrigan, Booker & Promoter for The Pocketnife, Drummer for Kitten Forever, Co-Owner of Tardigrade Records

1. Unicorn Basement
2. Les Deux Magots
3. Atomic Annie
4. The Vignettes
5. Hangun Man

Taylor Harris, TEVS contributor

1. Cat Attack
2. France Has The Bomb
3. Voyager
4. Private Dancer
5. Yoleus

Matt Helgeson, TEVS contributor, Maps of Norway bassist

1. Gospel Gossip
2. The Sleaze
3. Voyager
4. Tiger Gang
5. Lambs

Brandon Henry, publicist for Red House Records, performer (Art Vandalay, Gumption Trap), KFAI volunteer

1. Jaspar Lepak
2. Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapels
3. Adam Svec
4. Mother Banjo
5. Ashley Gold

Tom Herbers, Third Ear Recording Studio

(no particular order)
Heatdeath
The Millionth Word
Two Many Banjos
Magic Castles
Skirt

Paul Hirte, More Cowbell

(no particular order)
Military Special
Mystery Palace
Michelle, Lucy
Magic Castles
Marvelle

Joe Holland, Booking agent for Big V's and Lee's Liquor Lounge

(no particular order)
Bitch and Brown
Rope Trick
The Shortcuts
Mystery Palace
Kitten Forever

Rich Horton, Rift Magazine

1. Zoo Animal
2. Brian Just
3. Tuesday’s Robot
4. Ghost In The Water
5. The Small Cities

Christy Hunt, Booker/promoter/musician

1. Gospel Gossip
2. France Has the Bomb
3. Condos$
4. Unicorn Basement
5. The Dirty Hits

Kate Iverson, editor of letoilemagazine.com & A+E editor of The Rake

1. Solid Gold
2. Unicorn Dream Attack
3. Dark Dark Dark
4. The Parlour Suite
5. Black Audience

Christopher Matthew Jensen, writer, musician, engineer

1. Slapping Purses
2. The Vignettes
3. The Sinks
4. Nancy Drew Crew
5. Tiger Gang

Alexa Jones, concert photographer

(no particular order)
The Wars of 1812
Crescent Moon is in Big Trouble
The Absent Arch
Gospel Gossip
The Evening Rig

Jonathan Kennedy, KFAI’s MN Soundtrack

1. Voyager
2. Slapping Purses
3. Terracide
4. Sarah Johnson
5. Knife World

Lindsay Kimball, Music Assistant, 89.3 The Current

1. Big Trouble
2. Jayber Crow
3. Hyder Ali
4. Ghost in the Water
5. Dynamiters

Jesse Kwakenat, bassist, Heroine Sheiks, STNNNG, Private Dancer

(no particular order)
The Sleaze
Knife World
Private Dancer
France Has the Bomb
The Dyn-o-miters

Tom Loftus, Owner of Modern Radio Record Label, independent show promoter

1. Jim and the French Vanilla
2. France Has The Bomb
3. HeatdeatH
4. Visions of Christ
5. Voyager

Bob Longmore, Editor of HowWasTheShow.com and freelance writer

1. The Evening Rig
2. Wars of 1812
3. Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles
4. Sick of Sarah
5. The Small Cities

Ryan Lowe, Buyer, Board of Directors, Extreme Noise Records

1. Condominium
2. Lambs
3. Les Deux Magots
4. Totally Harsh
5. Sharp Teeth

Tigger Lunney, TEVS contributor

1. Double Bird

Nik Maier, booker for Castle Greyskull, partner of UF Records

1. Unicorn Basement
2. Bouncer Fighter
3. Chickadee Mountain Martyrs
4. Kitten Forever
5. Cell Phone

Mojo Marshall, Editor, Switchbladecomb.com

(no particular order)
Small White
Dark Dark Dark
Hand Over Fist
The Shortcuts
Muja Messiah

James “Taco” Martin, E Company Productions / The Cabooze

1. A Night In The Box
2. The Histronic
3. The Millionth Word
4. Acoustic Beatdown
5. Transposers

Kyle Matteson, More Cowbell, Reveille Magazine

1. The Absent Arch
2. Lucy Michell and The Velvet Lapelles
3. Crescent Moon Is In Big Trouble
4. Lookbook
5. Western Fifth

Brian McDonough, Uptown Bar Booking, 2020 US Presidential Candidate

1. Mystery Palace
2. LookBook
3. Fuck Knights
4. Economy Team
5. The Guystorm

Steve McPherson, Managing Editor, Reveille Magazine

1. Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles
2. Muja Messiah
3. Yer Cronies
4. Lookbook
5. The Wars of 1812

Jim Meyer, freelance eminence grise (Ret.)

1. MLB (Metzger/Linz/Bates)
2. Grateful for the Dead (Donahue)
3. Starfolk (Tighe/LaBonne/Ittner)
4. Mike Linden
5. Stephanie Wieseler
Honorable Mention: M.anifest

Peter Mielech, Owner of Modern Radio Record Label

1. Jim & the French Vanilla
2. France has the Bomb
3. Whitesand Badlands
4. Gospel Gossip
5. Dynamiters

Nikki Miller, Chief Taxidermist, Stuffed Pheasant

1. Sun Giant/Lookbook
2. Themes
3. Spiritual Mansions
4. France Has the Bomb
5. The Dynamiters

Keith Moran, Guilt Ridden Pop

(no particular order)
Kitten Forever
Lookbook
Strut and Shock
Strange Lights
Red Pens

Joe Nelson, TEVS co-editor, Eclipse Records co-concert booker

1. Voyager
2. Whitesand/Badlands
3. Double Bird
4. The Sleaze
5. Wire Hangers

Pat O’Brien, freelance writer

1. Wars Of 1812
2. The 757s
3. Lucy Michelle and The Velvet Lapelles
4. Crossing Guards
5. Jayber Crow

Pushkar Ojha, Radio K Music Director

(no particular order)
Gospel Gossip
Lookbook
Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles
The Dynamiters
Magic Castles

Neil Olstad, writer, musician

1. The Golden Bubbles
2. Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles
3. Vampire Hands
4. Nobot
5. Nancy Drew Crew

Jen Paulson, freelance writer

(no particular order)
Muja Messiah
Yer Cronies
Wars of 1812
Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles
Private Dancer

Matt Perkins, Nomad World Pub, Perkins Productions, MPR

(no particular order)
Solid Gold
Big Trouble
Mystery Palace
Roma di Luna
Koo Koo Kangaroo

Chris Polley, freelance writer, host of Radio K’s Now Like Photographs

(no particular order)
Empires
Falcon Arrow
Gospel Gossip
The Dynamiters
HeatdeatH

David Rachac, Principal Partner of Draw Fire Records and staff writer for Howwastheshow.com

1. Sick of Sarah
2. The Wars of 1812
3. The Evening Rig
4. Gospel Gossip
5. Heatherlyn

Ross Raihala, Pop music critic, Pioneer Press

(no particular order)
Gospel Gossip
Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles
The 757s
Small Cities
Yer Cronies

Ian Rans, host of Drinking With Ian

1. Plastic Chord
2. Disasteratti
3. Romantica
4. Gospel Gossip
5. France Has The Bomb

Nate Rastetter, Co-host of Out of Step, 770 Radio K; Board of Directors, Extreme Noise Records

(no particular order)
Off With Their Heads
The Agenda
Sinks
Retainers
Banner Pilot

Chris Riemenschneider, music critic for the Star Tribune

1. Yer Cronies
2. City on the Make
3. The Haves Have It
4. Strut & Shock
5. Rockford Mules
6. Mark Olson & Gary Louris*
(*kidding; sorta)

Chris Roberts, host of The Local Show on 89.3 The Current

(no particular order)
Patches and Gretchen
Lucy Michell & the Velvet Lapels
The Dynamiters
France Has the Bomb
Aby Wolf

Robyne Robinson, Fox 9 News

(no particular order)
Sunshine Behavior
Bella Koshka
Muja Messiah

Jake Rudh, Transmission DJ

(no particular order)
Gospel Gossip
Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles

Seth Ryan, Anti-Civ Collective

1. Heyduke Lives
2. Cell Phone
3. Bouncer Fighter
4. Render Meat
5. Visions of Christ

Greg Schaal, freelance photographer

1. Private Dancer
2. France Has the Bomb
3. The Sleaze
4. Double Bird
5. Dynamiters

Justin Schell, Writer/Filmmaker, Twin Cities Daily Planet, 612to651.com

(no particular order)
Nancy Drew Crew
Usual Suspects
Dance Band
Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles
To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie

Christina Schmitt, musician, publicist for Minnesota Public Radio

1. F&#@ Knights
2. Black Audience
3. France Has the Bomb
4. Kitten Forever
5. Dynamiters

Peter S. Scholtes, music journalist, complicatedfun.com

1. Aby Wolf
2. Chantel SinGs
3. Loe and the Nastys
4. Indigo
5. El Guante

Phil Schwartz, Volunteer, Extreme Noise Records; CEO, Rock Bottom Records; DIY show promoter, Alamo House

(no particular order)
Condominium
Les Duex Magot
The Sleaze

Stacy Schwartz, Photo Editor for HowWasTheShow.com, freelance photographer

1. Jayber Crow
2. Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles
3. The Absent Arch
4. Capitol Jay
5. Wars of 1812

Jon Jon Scott, Black Corners, Music Editor for The Liberator Magazine

1. Muja Messiah
2. Aby Wolf
3. Dodi Phi
4. Lookbook
5. St.Paul Slim
5. Mux Mool

Joe Selinski, musician, The Dad in Common

1. HeatdeatH
2. The Yoleus
3. Black Cat N Bones
4. Alexandra St Germain
5. Whitesand/Badland

Danny Sigelman, DJ

1. Black Audience
2. Cay-Riss
3. Sabyre Rae Daniels
4. Suzanne Vaillie
5. HeatdeatH

Ezra Silver, TEVS Editor

(no particular order)
Double Bird
Whitesand/Badlands
The Sleaze
Cortez The Killer
France Has The Bomb

Jerry Steller, Owner/Radio Promoter for Vitriol Promotion

1. Lookbook
2. Ghost in the Water
3. Evening Rig
4. Gospel Gossip
5. Now, Now Every Children

Greg Swan, managing editor, PerfectPorridge.com

(no particular order)
Small White
Yer Cronies
Ghost in the Water
Sick of Sarah
The 757s

Nate Swenson, TEVS contributor

1. Private Dancer
2. Slapping Purses
3. Soaking Rasps
4. Chickadee Mountain Martyrs
5. Banner Pilot

Ellen Stanley, Director of Publicity & Promotions at Red House Records

(no particular order)
Mother Banjo
Brianna Lane
The High 48’s
The Brass Kings
Art Vandalay

Erik Stromstad, Technical & Music Booking Director, Varsity Theater

1. The Wars of 1812
2. Greycoats
3. Swimming with Dolphins
4. Breanne Duren
5. Ready Goes

Tom Sullivan, 400 Bar

(no particular order)
Jen Seay
Will Tolle
City on the Make
Rope Trick
The Edina High School Marching Band

Drew Temperante, Deep Cookie

1. Bouncer Fighter
2. The Usual SuspectS
3. The Cryphaholics
4. Hayduke Lives!
5. Cell Phone

Chuck Terhark, Associate Editor, Metro Magazine

(no particular order)
Bon Iver
Solid Gold
Gospel Gossip
Private Dancer
City on the Make

Rayna Terror, Palmfest coordinator

1. Lambs
2. Terracide
3. Totally Harsh
4. Cortez the Killer
5. Dreamland Faces Party Band

Heidi Vader, former DEMO board member, lifetime local music appreciator

(no particular order)
Gospel Gossip
Daughters of the Sun
Vampire Hands
Spiritual Mansions
The Brass Kings

Peter Vader, writer, TEVS contributor

1. Gospel Gossip
2. Vampire Hands
3. Knife World
4. The Sleaze
5. Dynamiters

Rob van Alstyne, journalist, METRO, Reveille Magazine

1. Cataldo
2. Jeremy Messersmith (I know I voted for him last year but he inexplicably didn't place)
3. The Evening Rig
4. Crescent Moon is in Big Trouble
5. To Reinvent

Krista Vilinskis, Tinderbox Music Publicist & Princess Records Co-Owner

1. The Small Cities
2. Glorious Monster
3. The Deaths
4. Yer Cronies
5. Doomtree

Jacques Wait, Engineer, Producer, Musician

(no particular order)
The Red Flags
Aquafox
Kill To Kill
Erik and the Savages
The No Nos

Isabel Waryan, Musician, Anti-Civ Records

1. Bouncer Fighter
2. Chickadee Mountain Martyrs
3. A Paper Cup Band
4. Cell Phone
5. Hayduke Lives

Carl Wedoff, photographer

1. Togetherness
2. Slapping Purses
3. Voyager
4. Soaking Rasps
5. Private Dancer

Neil Weir, Owner/engineer at The Old Blackberry Way Recording Studio; guitarist/vocalist in The Chambermaids

(no particular order)
Double Bird
Private Dancer
Gospel Gossip
The Dynamiters
France Has The Bomb

Jim Walsh, writer

(no particular order)
Ashleigh Fumich
Rick Robot
Eliza Blue
John Swardson
The 757’s


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