By Chris Gray
By Corey Deiterman
By Jef With One F
By Chris Gray
By Rocks Off
By Rocks Off
Get a Clue: The tool who wrote "noon" in every category
Get a Clue: "Neil Young"
Nominees: Chris Applegate, Mechanical Boy; Beau Beasley, Homopolice; Nick Gaitan, The Octanes/Umbrella Man; Jack Schulz, Sean Reefer & the Resin Valley Boys; Westside Johnny, The Mighty Orq; Rozzano Zamorano, Fondue Monks/Yoko Mono/Rozz Zamorano Group
Get a Clue: "Bill Murray"
Get a Clue: "Toto"
Get a Clue: "Piano"
Best Miscellaneous Instrument
Nominees: B L A C K I E (PA); Chris Buckley, Blaggards (violin); Eric Jackson, Spain Colored Orange (trumpet); Jason Jackson, Plump (saxophone); Geoffrey Muller, Sideshow Tramps (saw); Robert Rodriguez, Umbrella Man/Los Pistoleros de Tejas (accordion)
Notes: We'd take out a second mortgage to see these six people, with those instruments, get onstage somewhere and jam.
Get a Clue: "Bob Dylan"
Best Male Vocals
Get a Clue: "Kristine Mills"
Best Female Vocals
Notes: Do the ladies run this motherfucker? Damn right they do. Nearly impossible.
Get a Clue: "Adam Hill, Los Skarnales"
Nominees: Blaggards; The Favorites; Mechanical Boy; The Last Place You Look; Peekaboo Theory; Versecity
Notes: Eliminating Alt-Rock this year didn't eliminate the fact that Houston audiences like their rock heavy. And hard.
Get a Clue: "Ozzie Osbourne"
Nominees: Texas Johnny Brown; The Mighty Orq; The Snakecharmers; Runaway Sun; Little Joe Washington
Notes: Not nearly as heavily voted as Noise expected. Is Houston losing steam as a blues town?
Get a Clue: "dunno"
Nominees: Asida Soul; Caretta Bell; Dominique; Leela James; Kam; Neon Collars
Notes: On the other hand, Houston is enjoying a bumper crop of funky divas right now. Good stuff.
Get a Clue: "Mary J. Blidge"
Nominees: Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers; J. Paul Jr. & the Zydeco Nubreeds; Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws; Zydeco Dots
Notes: The least-voted category, by far. It pains Noise to think this venerable — and indigenous to Houston — genre may have to be retired next year, but maybe that's for the best. Clifton Chenier (who got one vote) is turning over in his grave.
Get a Clue: "any"
Nominees: D.R.U.M.; DubTex; Heptic Skeptic; Idiginis; Ryan Scroggins & the Trenchtown Texans; Space City Gamelan
Notes: One lone vote for Space City Gamelan's Indonesian exotica kept this from turning into "Best Reggae."
Get a Clue: "Stevie Nicks"
Nominees: Drop Trio; Free Radicals; Kristine Mills; Pamela York; Rozz Zamorano Group
Notes: A healthy bunch. Jazz in all its many forms and flavors.
Get a Clue: "Trance"
Nominees: Dirty Honey (Boondocks); Gritsy (various); Noise Thursday (Escobar); Speakerboxx (The Mink); Texas Dub (Avant Garden); Underworld (Numbers)
Notes: The very first ballot Noise looked at nominated "Friday." He's still laughing.
Get a Clue: "None"
Nominees: Golden Axe; Metavenge; Melovine; Pasadena Napalm Division; Whorehound; World's Most Dangerous
Notes: From Golden Axe's hammer-of-the-gods theatrics to Metavenge's Kill-'Em-All thrash and World's Most Dangerous's Southern roar, Houston's metal scene is thriving.
Get a Clue: "KISS"
Nominees: Born Liars; Dead Roses; Flamin' Hellcats; NO TALK; Skeleton Dick; Something Fierce
Notes: Great year for punk, and a tough category to narrow down. Keep it coming.
Get a Clue: "is cool"
Nominees: A Dream Asleep; Battle Rifle; Black Leather Jesus; Cop Warmth; Future Blondes; Homopolice
Notes: Fun fun fun till daddy takes the earplugs away.
Get a Clue: "KTRU"
Nominees: Balaclavas; McKenzies; Spain Colored Orange; Tontons; Wild Moccasins; Young Mammals
Notes: Veterans Spain Colored Orange hold fast against a high tide of utterly charming, thoroughly unique young bands.
Get a Clue: "NONE"
Nominees: Caddywhompus; Female Demand; Inner Lights; Motion Turns It On; Jade Simmons & Robert Reynolds (Room 101); Two Star Symphony
Get a Clue: "My dog Heiki plays squeaker toys"
Notes: 'Nuff said.
Get a Clue: "EMIEMN"
Nominees: B L A C K I E; Fat Tony; H.I.S.D.; Hollywood FLOSS; Nosaprise; Ozeal & the Eulypians
Notes: See Metal. A pleasure — and nightmare — to curate.
Get a Clue: "noon" again
Nominees: Mango Punch; Moodafaruka; Los Pistoleros de Tejas; Norma Zenteno
Get a Clue: "Gloria Estephan"
Notes: Significantly better voted than its Traditional counterpart.