Posted on January 06, 2016

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As 2015 draws to an end, the DOINDIE team compiled a list of every indie album and EP released over the past year to spur a little friendly end-of-year competition. There have been so many albums and EPs released by musicians all over the country this year and it was impossible for us to choose even a handful of favorites to features. These musicians put their heart and soul into their work and often don’t receive the credit or recognition they deserve in the current music environment. It’s impressive that despite the hardships of being an indie musician working in Korea they continue to put forth such extraordinary effort and produce such high quality music across a wide range of genres for our listening pleasure. After working hard to promote indie musicians here at DOINDIE we feel we have a better understanding the many problems these artists face to get their music out there to their fans.

As sure as spring follows winter, the end of the year means annual of ‘best of’ charts. We at DOINDIE don’t consider ourselves ‘critics’ with more knowledge and insight than any other music people. We believe that fans, not the critics, are the most important people for the musicians for without the fans, bands have no one to play for and no one to give them the energy and inspiration to produce their art. And so that is why we set up this vote in the first place. We know it’s a little bit of a popularity contest, of course … the bands with the most fans are likely to pick up the most votes … but still, it’s a good bit of fun and it’s great to see fans getting together to support their favorite bands and musicians.

When we first set up this vote, we were not really expecting much of a response, but we’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction and the sheer numbers in which people voted. Well over 4,000 votes were registered across the two competitions by over 700 individual voters for the EP of the year and more than 1,200 voters on the album of the year contest. This far exceeded what we expected. It was great to see so many people supporting their favorite bands. Thank you to everyone who participated and showed their love for their favorite bands!

Below are the top 10 albums of the year, as voted by the fans. You can see the winners of our EP of the year contest by clicking here.


<Album Of The Year 2015 - As Voted for by the Fans>

1. <Rock N Rills> : Used Cassettes

(371 Votes)

Buy music by Used Cassettes :

Digital : Monkey3Music | Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon

Physical CDs : Yes 24 | Aladin | Kyobo Bookstore (Online) | Hyang Music | Yes Asia (International Delivery)


2. <Ordinary Band> : Street Guns 

(261 Votes)

Buy music by Street Guns :

Digital : iTunes (US) | iTunes (UK) | Monkey3Music | Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon

Physical CDs : Yes 24 | Aladin | Kyobo Bookstore (Online) | Hyang Music | Yes Asia (International Delivery)


3. <Anybody Here> : TheThe

(106 Votes)

Buy music by TheThe :

Digital : Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon

Physical CDs : Yes 24 | Aladin | Kyobo Bookstore (Online) | Yes Asia (International Delivery)


4. <Before We're Gone> : New Blue Death

(94 Votes)

Buy music by New Blue Death :

Digital : Bandcamp


5. <Cross Road> : Wasted Johnnys

(94 Votes)

Buy music by Wasted Johnnys :

Digital : iTunes (US) | iTunes (UK) | Monkey3Music | Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon

Physical CDs : Yes 24 | Aladin | Kyobo Bookstore (Online) | Hyang Music | Yes Asia (International Delivery)


6. <Trace> : Badcupid

(79 Votes)

Buy music by Badcupid :

Digital : iTunes (US) | iTunes (UK) | Monkey3Music | Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon


7. <그래도, 봄 {Nonetheless It Is Spring}> : Starchis

(69 Votes)

Buy music by Starchis :

Digital : Monkey3Music | Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon

Physical CDs : Yes 24 | Aladin | Kyobo Bookstore (Online) | Hyang Music | Yes Asia (International Delivery)


8. <Just Be Lazy> : Lazybone

(68 Votes)

Buy music by Lazybone :

Digital : Monkey3Music | Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon


9. <Jazz Master> : The Veggers

(64 Votes)

Buy music by The Veggers :

Digital : Monkey3Music | Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon

Physical CDs : Yes 24 | Aladin | Kyobo Bookstore (Online) | Hyang Music | Yes Asia (International Delivery)


10. <Hangover> : Earthbound

(63 Votes)

Buy music by Earthbound :

Digital : Monkey3Music | Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon

Physical CDs : Yes 24 | Aladin | Kyobo Bookstore (Online) | Hyang Music | Yes Asia (International Delivery)

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You can see a full list of results here : http://wshe.es/0UXTcwei

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