A big congratulations to LA-based music blog Aquarium Drunkard, which beat all other music blogs in the country (including some high-profile ones from Brooklyn that like to proclaim their dietary restrictions) on an nationwide Internet vote for MTV's first "O Award."
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According to MTV,
As determined by fan voting, AD beat out a field that included sites like BrooklynVegan.com, ArjanWrites.com and GorillaVsBear.net to win the Best Independent Music Blog title. Started in 2005 by Justin Gage, the site features contributions from everyone from My Morning Jacket's Jim James to Robyn Hitchcock, and has since spun off a record label (Autumn Tone Records), a series of live concerts, and a weekly broadcast on Sirius/XM's XMU channel.
Any of you who are unfamiliar with Aquarium Drunkard's thoughtful, well-curated content should check it out immediately. We're particularly fond of their forays into passion projects from the past, mixing news-cycle stuff about the usual Pitchfork subjects with things like an appreciation of the Zabriskie Point soundtrack (with lovely John Fahey streamable track to boot!).
Mazel Tov, Justin! Well deserved.