Given the cray but verifiable directionality of this year’s Best of Burque Music Reader’s poll, I found my agency and authority of Music Editor—and all who’ve held the position post-Henningsen, from the estimable Laura Marrich through my wonderful wife, Samantha Carrillo have benefited the community with their individual voices—was an important addition to the dialogue that commences with the announcement of winners.
We’ve all got our own opinions after all, but perhaps a human unit that’s been following the local scene since childhood (I used to watch the “Val De la O Show” religiously, carnales!); has bona fides in the music community (Artemus Edwards was indeed my boss at the UNM Department of Music, sabes?); and can play the piano rather well (but hardly ever practices) should have a say with regards to what is considered the best, musically, in this dry as dust but beloved burg.
That said, here’s what I was thinking when the Best of Burque Music poll came down the pike like a sodden beast expecting a beach towel for both comfort and affirmation. I gave it a bottle of Faygo Moomist, a Copy of Not Available by The Residents and a half-gram indica pre-roll instead, in case you are wondering.
The Residents: Not Available
Best of the Best
Best Band of All Time: Leeches of Lore
Best Band of 2017: Sundog and The Timewreckers (Tie)
Best Musician of 2017: Ashley Floyd
Best Performance of 2017: NiteKidz
Best Stage Presence/Live Act: Rock Jong Il
Best Band We Wish Was Still Together: Leeches of Lore
Band Most Deserving of a Record Deal: Russian Girlfriends
Best Album: Perchance to Dream by James Whiton
Best Single: “Golden” by The Talking Hours
Ensembles and Artists
Best Rock Band: SuperGiant
Best Punk Band: Get Action!
Best Metal Band: Suspended
Best Pop Band: Red Light Cameras
Best Jazz Band: Entourage
Best Latin Band: Nosotros
Best Reggae/Ska Band: The Big Spank
Best World Band: ¡Revíva!
Best Country-Western Band: Gunsafe
Best Blues Band/Artist: Hillary Smith
Best Folk/Americana Band/Artist: The Porter Draw
Best Hip-Hop Artist: Wake Self
Best Rockabilly Band: Moonshine Blind
Best Electronic Artist: REIGHNBEAU
Best DJ: DJ Leftovers
Best Cover Band: Pink Freud
Best Experimental/Avant-garde: ICUMDRUMS
Best Songwriter: Adam Hooks
Best Composer: Raven Chacon
Best Guitarist: Amanda Castillo
Best Bassist: Artha Meadors
Best Drummer/Percussionist: Sasha Horn
Best keyboard/pianist: Noah Wolters
Best String Player: James Whiton and Emily Anslover