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The 2012 Pier Awards


Welcome to The Pier’s 2nd Annual, Pier Awards. These awards include five categories with five nominees per category, all voted for by YOU, the fans! Review all of the nominees below, which include their 2012 credentials for each nominee. Enjoy the feature and celebrate the hard work of each group in 2012, providing us with that sweet reggae music!

The Pier awarded 311 the Lifetime Achievement Award and the feature can be read by clicking HERE written by our very own Kris Siuta.

Voted for by YOU THE FANS, The 2012 Winners Are…

Thanks to all of the Artists for participating in our 2nd Annual Pier Awards and much love to all of YOU, the FANS, for voting and enabling this site with the music we all love to enjoy. There were THOUSANDS of votes that came in and your votes have been counted, confirmed and we will start by saying that SOJA, for the 2nd year in a row, won 2012 Artist of the Year! Rebelution took home Album of the Year as they finished ahead of The Dirty Heads and Stick Figure. Natural Vibrations crossed the finish line right before Josh Heinrichs could catch the Hawaiian band, winning their category of Break-Out Artist of the Year.

The closest voting came down to Live Artist of the Year as The Green just barely edged out Tribal Seeds, John Brown’s Body and The Expendables, while SOJA took home the award for Music Video of the Year with the video for their song, “Not Done Yet”.

Congrats to the winners and thank you again to everyone who voted and participated in our 2012 Pier Awards! All of us can’t wait to see and hear what 2013 has in store! Scroll below for all the winners, nominees, and 2012 credentials for this special honor from The Pier!




Lifetime Achievement Award: 311

One of the biggest names in the history of American reggae-rock is 311. 311 is not just a talented group of musicians or a phenomenal live touring act, they have become a movement and a lifestyle for legions of fans across the globe. With their celebratory live shows & uplifting albums, 311 have continued to fill the souls of fans with their music for more than 20 years and counting.

In an era when mixing and matching different styles of music was not the norm, 311′s hybrid blend of rock, reggae, funk and hip-hop made them true musical pioneers of the early 90′s. Now, over 20-years later, 311 is still going strong…and at the same time, they are helping to usher in the next wave of great acts. Bands like Pepper, The Dirty Heads, The Expendables, Slightly Stoopid, Matisyahu and many more have all shared the stage with 311 on their annual summer Unity Tour. 311 has brought their Unity Tour package to amphitheaters around the country for the last 10 consecutive years….essentially becoming our favorite summer soundtrack.

Beyond their impressive touring streak, 311 has sold over 8-million CD’s/DVD’s in the United States alone. Since the band formed in 1990, seven of their albums have reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Sales Chart. However, record sales were not the main objective for 311.

Nick Hexum recently told The Pier that he wanted the fans to, “Remember [311] as being just positive people that had a good influence on people’s psyche and their lives. We always tried to have a fun time with the fans at all the live shows and different settings, and just play good songs for them to enjoy. That’s what music can be; it truly can be like a miniature vacation for the fans. Whether it is just putting on your headphones with an album or attending a show in person, we just wanted to make these people’s lives a little bit better and help them out with our music. And, hopefully we did that, and made their lives better through our music.”

311 has lived up to their end of that bargain, and they now have fans traveling to their shows and events from around the globe. This March, 311 will set off on their 3rd “311 Caribbean Cruise” (www.311Cruise.com) – a 4 night cruise from Miami, FL to a private island in the Bahamas, along with 3,000 fans and 12 other great bands & DJ’s (Rebelution, Less Than Jake, Badfish, etc).

And, every other year on March 11th (“311 Day”), 311 hosts a special concert event that has become a gathering of 311′s biggest fans from around the world. At 311 Day, the band typically plays an extended setlist (up to 5 hours / 60 songs). Just this past year, 311 sold out the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and tickets were sold to fans from all 50 states and 13 different countries. 311 also hosted their own “311 Pow Wow Festival” last summer at a campground in Live Oak, Florida. It was a 3-night camping & music festival for their dedicated fans.

There is no other band quite like 311. As so many of the greats from the 1990s alternative music scene have either imploded or disbanded, 311 has continued to chart their own course in the dwindling music industry. Nick Hexum remarked, “It is kind of sad though, with the collapse of the music business, there are just not as many bands coming out to tour as there used to be. Only the bands that are really savvy with their social media are able to get everything going and make everything work. Back in the 90s, there were tons of bands that were just into playing and touring, and I think that those types of bands have really fallen off a bit. For us, we just feel grateful that we were able to survive the downturn.”

311 has done far more than just survive. Other bands look up to them as leaders or guides down the musical road to success. With all their accomplishments, 311 is a band that is beyond deserving of this Lifetime Achievement Award. And yet, the most encouraging thing about 311 is, they are still recording new music, and have no intention of stopping anytime soon!

Hexum says, “We always change our style and sound. That’s the fun part. That is the exploration. A lot people say, ‘I am really curious where you guys go with your next album.’ And all I can say is, ‘Yeah, me too!’ We have no idea where the collective group’s conscious will take us next time, but that is the fun of exploration. We are always changing, so it is more of a wait and see process.”

We can’t wait to see what’s next for 311. And it’s with great honor that we at The Pier proudly award 311 with our second annual Lifetime Achievement Award! Congratulations, 311!


Written By: Kris Siuta
Photos By: Amanda Zancanella & Bill Colbridge



Artist of the Year Nominees…

The five nominees for this category hold a certain weight of influence over the scene with their art and contribution, especially in 2012. This is the most difficult category to nominate groups for, and we feel we selected five groups that had an outstanding 2012 with an impact felt throughout the entire community… AND THE NOMINEES ARE…..


SOJA 2012 Recap
SOJA, who was voted 2011 Pier Artist of the Year, is nominated again in 2012, and for good reason! SOJA followed their 2011 campaign by touring 150+ shows in over a dozen countries inside one calendar year. They were also featured on the 311 Unity Tour alongside headliners 311 and Slightly Stoopid. SOJA performed three songs inside USA Today’s Studio A, while also being featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, performing their song “Gone Today”. On January 31st, SOJA released their fourth full-length studio album, Strength To Survive via Dave Matthews’ label, ATO Records. The 12-track album debuted at #1 on iTunes & Billboard’s reggae charts, #3 on all of iTunes (All Genres) & #30 on all of Billboard Albums. SOJA will close out 2012 playing at the House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, FL on New Years Eve. SOJAs Website





Slightly Stoopid 2012 Recap
Ocean Beach, California’s Slightly Stoopid had a busy year touring 75+ shows in 2012, between their own headlining tours as well as co-headlining the Unity Tour with 311, alongside SOJA and The Aggrolites. Stoopid also went international in 2012, touring in Australia, Japan, and South America. On August 14th, the group released their 7th studio album titled Top of the World. The album debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 200, #3 on Billboard Independent, #4 on Billboard Rock Chart and #4 on Billboard Alternative. Slightly Stoopid’s album sales forTop of the World in the first week were at 22,000 units. They also released a music video for the album’s title track, and first single, “Top of the World” that included a guest appearance by entertainer, Tommy Chong and Norwood Fisher of Fishbone. The album featured a slew of guest appearances including reggae legends Barrington Levy and Don Carlos, hip hop artist Chali 2na, Angelo Moore of Fishbone, award winning guitarist Dan Papaila, Angela Hunte, as well as G. Love. Following their album release in August, Slightly Stoopid performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, while also playing live studio sessions for Sirius XM and terrestrial alternative rock radio kingpin, KROQ at the Red Bull Sound Space in Los Angeles, CA. Slightly Stoopid will play their final show of the year at KROQ’s 23rd Annual Almost Acoustic Christmas at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Slightly Stoopids Website




Easy Star All-Stars 2012 Recap
Easy Star All-Stars emerged in 2012 with the release of Thrillah, the album rendering of Michael Jackson’s Thriller! The August 28th album release debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts and #1 on the iTunes Reggae Chart. In support of the release, they toured the United States with Passafire and played internationally through the United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico, Brazil and Guatemala totaling 65 dates. Easy Star All Stars Website












Groundation 2012 Recap
Groundation had a monstrous 2012 campaign releasing their 7th full-length studio album, Building An Ark. The album was released internationally on March 20th and in the U.S. on April 24th. The album debuted at #1 in Reggae charts in Brazil and France, as well as in the top ten charts for all genres in both countries. Building An Ark debuted in the top five on the iTunes Reggae charts. On their Building An Ark 2012 World Tour, Groundation hit 18 countries on five continents, headlining major festivals of 20,000+ in attendance in Germany, Switzerland, France & Australia. Over 1,500 turned out for the band’s first ever appearance in Mexico City, Mexico. Over 9,000 people saw the band’s return to San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as thousands more on Oahu and Maui, Hawaii, which were all part of the final leg of the Building An Ark World Tour with stops in 10 different states. Groundations Website




Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad 2012 Recap
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad had as giant of a year as their name. The band released two very different studio albums in 2012: the Roots Americana-styled Country and the psychedelic reggae-based In These Times, which debuted at #2 on the iTunes Reggae Chart. As a result of their two full-length album releases, GPGDS played 90 shows in 2012 and their show recordings have been downloaded over 200,000 times from taper-friendly site Archive.org. Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squads Website







Album of the Year Nominees…

Sure, some albums have really good songs that stay with you for awhile and may even end up on some long term play-lists. However, a few good songs on an album is not what this nomination is all about. This is about a great, start-to-finish album, from production to creativity, originality to its likability. As a result, there are five nominees, all of which received the highest star rating in our reviews, earning at the very least, 4/5 stars… AND THE NOMINEES ARE…..


Rebelution – Peace of Mind
Santa Barbara, CA’s Rebelution released their 3rd studio album, Peace of Mind, on January 10th through their own independent label 87Music in partnership with Controlled Substance Sound Labs. In a unique fashion, Rebelution simultaneously released an acoustic and dub versions of Peace of Mind, totaling 36-songs and three total versions from each of the 12 track studio album.. The album debuted #13 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on Billboard Reggae Chart & has remained in the top 10 since its release. Peace of Mind debuted at #1 on the Independent Album Chart, #8 on the Digital Album Chart and #4 on the iTunes Album Chart (All Genres). The album sold over 16,000 units in its first week and 50,000 to date, despite the band giving away over half the album for free in the six weeks leading up to the January 10th release. Rebelution expanded beyond their normal in-house production routine for Peace of Mind, collaborating with five different producers comprised of Michael Goldwasser (Easy Star All-Stars), Amplive (Zion-I), Yeti Beats (George Clinton, Kool Keith), Keith Armstrong and Errol Brown (Stephen, Ziggy, Damian, and Bob Marley). The album also featured guest appearances by Jacob Hemphill of SOJA, Lutan Fyah, John Popper & Zumbi of Zion-I. Rebelutions Website

You can read The Pier’s Official Album Review of Peace of Mind by clicking HERE.




Dirty Heads – Cabin By The Sea
On June 19th Huntington Beach, CA’s very own Dirty Heads released Cabin By The Sea. The 16-track full-length album featured guest appearances by Ky-Mani Marley, Matisyahu, Rome Ramirez, & Del The Funky Homosapien. The album was recorded at 17th Street Studios with esteemed reggae-rock producer, Lewis Richards, while also working in production with Mario C of Beastie Boys at the world’s largest residential recording complex, the Sonic Ranch Studio in Tornillo, Texas. The album reached #8 on iTunes Top albums (All Genres) and #4 on iTunes Altnerative chart. The album reached #18 on the Billboard Top 200, #4 on Alternative Albums, #3 on Independent Albums, and #9 on Digital Albums. In it’s first week, the album was streamed over 600,000 times on Spotify and ranked #80 of all albums. Dirty Heads Website

You can read The Pier’s Official Album Review of Cabin By The Sea by clicking HERE.





Stick Figure – Burial Ground
Stick Figure’s 14-track Burial Ground was released on June 12th independently. It debuted at #1 on the iTunes Reggae Charts and stayed at #1 for 10 days. It also reached #1 on the Reggae Billboard Chart & #44 on the iTunes Top Albums (All Genres). The album featured reggae great Half Pint on “Women of the Night”. The album was entirely written, recorded, and produced by Stick Figure himself, Scott Woodruff, from his in-home studio. Stick Figures Website

You can read The Pier’s Official Album Review of Burial Ground by clicking HERE.








The Black Seeds – Dust And Dirt
The Black Seeds, hailing from New Zealand, released their latest album Dust And Dirt on April 10th via Easy Star Records. The 13-track album was produced by Mike Fabulous and The Black Seeds. The album was #1 in overall charts in New Zealand, including NZ Reggae iTunes. Dust And Dirt was #1 in Germany for iTunes Reggae, #2 in USA for iTunes Reggae, #2 in UK for iTunes Reggae, #3 in Netherlands for iTunes Reggae, #4 in Canada for iTunes Reggae and #6 in France for iTunes Reggae. Recently, on November 19th, the group released a 20-track deluxe version of the album, which included seven additional bonus tracks. The deluxe version had remixed tracks with guest appearances by Prince Fatty & DJ Vadim. The Black Seeds Website

You can read The Pier’s Official Album Review of Dust And Dirt by clicking HERE.






Micah Brown – The Isle of Her
The Isle of Her was Micah Brown’s debut full-length album and was engineered, produced, mixed and mastered by Lewis Richards of 17th Street Recording Studios in Costa Mesa, CA. Tracking took place at both 17th Street Recordign Studio, with pre-production on selected tracks at RedBull Studios in Santa Monica, CA. The album reached the Top 20 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts on its Aug 28th release date. The single “Spend Your Sunlight” is the first song to be featured on National Public Radio, as well as syndicated airplay in over 100 countries. The album features guest appearances by Keyboardist/Producer Ronnie King (Rancid, Offspring, Pepper, 2Pac), Violinist Jennifer Argenti (Willie Nelson, Santa Monica Symphony, Kaplan String Quartet), singer Kat Nestel, vocalist/keyboardist Juan Rios (Common Kings), as well as vocalist Essel, and her older brother, Matthew Liufau (Seedless). Micah Browns Website

You can read The Pier’s Official Album Review of The Isle of Her by clicking HERE.




Live Artist of the Year Nominees…

Any artist can stay at home and record music to throw up on iTunes with incredible internet promotion, while playing sparingly at local venues. But to get in a van or bus and do it for 2-3+ months a year at a new venue in a new city each night, isn’t easy. And, if your able to sell out the same city in the same night, your band is on to something. On top of that, you have to be prepared to play at a high energy even if certain shows have disappointing turn outs. Let’s not forget all the work, sacrifice and consistency that goes into developing a big enough following to suffice a national tour. It takes time, networking and you have to leave an impact when you take the stage with your live presence, crowd control and sound. We picked five bands more than worthy that did just that in 2012…AND THE NOMINEES ARE…..


The Green 2012 Recap
The Green played 132 total shows this year, including all 41 dates of the 2012 Vans Warped Tour over the summer. At the start of 2012, The Green opened up for Rebelution in support of their new album, as well as touring with SOJA in support of their newest release. In the fall, The Green completed their first ever national headlining tour, dubbed the Liars & Lovers tour. In total, The Green performed in 31 different cities, playing with fellow Hawaiians Natural Vibrations and San Diego’s Stick Figure. Prior to the start of their headlining tour this fall, The Green released their latest single, “Liar”, which was heard live for the first time in each city. The Greens Website








Ballyhoo! 2012 Recap
Ballyhoo!, the Amberdeen, Maryland quartet, had a fantastic live presence in 2012 playing 166 shows, including the 311 Caribbean Cruise, Bamboozle Festival, as well as every date on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. Another interesting detail regarding Ballyhoo!, they played in front of 826,681 fans in 2012, after the group did plenty of networking playing alongside and sharing the stage with the likes of 311, Tribal Seeds, The Green, Tomorrows Bad Seeds and many more. All of this touring came after Ballyhoo!’s most recent release in 2011, Daydreams, while also promoting their single “Last Night”, which peeked at #1 on Faction (Sirius XM). The group also sent two singles to radio stations and garnered over 3 million in audience since April 2012. Ballyhoo!’s Website







John Browns Body 2012 Recap
John Brown’s Body completed multiple U.S. tours this year, spanning both coasts and places in between. The octet released an EP of mostly instrumental dub “JBB In Dub” in September on Easy Star Records. JBB will be releasing a new full-length studio album in 2013. John Browns Body Website












Tribal Seeds 2012 Recap
San Diego, CA’s own Tribal Seeds toured 100+ dates in 2012, while playing the Hangout Festival in Florida, which featured the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, Skrillez, Julian Marley and many more. Playing over 100 shows, Tribal Seeds shared the stage with plenty of talented artists, but in their own right, Tribal Seeds headlined the MayJah RayJah in Hawaii, alongside Anuhea, Common Kings, Tomorrows Bad Seeds and more, as well as co-headlining the California Roots Summer Mix-Up with The Green. Tribal Seeds toured the country extensively in 2012, and performed as headlining acts with support from Ballyhoo! on the fall Night and Day Tour, Through The Roots on the nationwide Summer Vibes Tour and kicking off 2012 with the Run the Show tour featuring special guests Fortunate Youth. With 2012 being a successful year on the national touring circuit, Tribal Seeds have already booked their South American show ever, and it will take place in Lima, Peru. Tribal Seeds Website




The Expendables 2012 Recap
Santa Cruz, California’s longtime reggae-rock-punk outfit, The Expendables, played 80+ dates in 2012, sharing the stage with the likes of Iration, Pepper, Sublime With Rome, Rebelution, Pacific Dub, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Passafire,Cisco Adler, Unwritten Law, Josh Fischel, Through the Roots, Fortunate Youth & MTHDS. This past year, The Expendables released their first ever acoustic album titled, Gone Soft, and in joint promotion, the group performed dual sets, featuring both an acoustic set and a full electric set during their tour with Unwritten Law and Josh Fischel. The Expendables kicked off their 2012 much like the previous few years as they embarked on their annual headlining Winter Blackout Tour. Most recently, The Expendables battled through the somber news that bassist Ryan DeMars was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and began chemotherapy while the band hit the road. After 12 years with one of their best friends and gifted bass players, The Expendables toured with Eric Walsh on bass, who ironically plays guitar for southern California’s punk-rock band, Pour Habit. The Expendables Website





Break-Out Artist of the Year Nominees…

There have been quite a few re-emerging artists in 2012 whether it was due to networking or releasing new music and touring heavily. Maybe these groups weren’t nominated for Album of the Year, or they didn’t have enough of an impact to be Artist of the Year, but the following groups certainly had a Break-Out year in 2012, setting the tone for years to come with their music and contribution. These five selected groups figured it out and have worked their tail off earning them a spot as being nominated for Break-Out Artist in 2012 and it’s up to YOU to recognize who was this year’s Break-Out Artist… AND THE NOMINEES ARE…..


Josh Heinrichs 2012 Recap
Midwest’s own Josh Heinrichs spent a lot of time both on the road, in production & focusing on his record Label GanJah Records. Through GanJah Records, he was producing & releasing other artists such as SkillinJah, Lance Sitton & 77 Jefferson. In total, his label released 4 albums, 2 of which were put out by SkillinJah. Aside from his Label, Josh Heinrich’s played 75+ dates including appearances at Cali Roots Fest, Reggae in the Hills, Austin Wildfire Reggae Fest & a tour with Bam Margera. He also shared the stage with Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, Tribal Seeds, Fortunate Youth & more; All performances viewable on YouTube. Josh also hosted 3 hometown festivals, bringing Junior Marvin of Bob Marley & The Wailers, Marlon “Ganja Famer” Asher & Natty Vibes to Springfield, MO. Together with Stick Figure, Josh recorded a rendering of Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain”, which debuted at #7 on iTunes. Josh Heinrichs Website





HB Surround Sound 2012 Recap
HB Surround Sound, of Huntington Beach, California, had a break-out year as they shared the stage on tours with headlining acts like Sublime with Rome, Pepper, Cypress Hill, the Dirty Heads, Matisyahu, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, The Expendables and Pacific Dub. They were awarded Best Rock Band of 2012 from the Orange County Weekly, as well as being featured in Forbes magazine under an article titled, “Band Blowing Up With Business Approach”! On March 5th, HB Surround Sound released their 3 song EP titled Explode, followed by their latest full length release on Sept 4th with Get Your Dance On. HB Surround Sound Website









Natural Vibrations 2012 Recap
Natural Vibrations, aka Natty Vibes, of Hawaii had a Break-Out year in 2012 touring 150 dates, playing all over Hawaii as well as 12 other US states. They shared the stage with The Green, J Boog, Katchafire, Josh Heinrichs, Marlon Asher, Paton Banton, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Fiji and 77 Jefferson. Natural Vibrations certainly are not new to the reggae scene, but all together, they had a monstrous 2012 leaving Hawaii and spreading their aloha music to the rest of the US, thanks to the help of their management and promoters, Polynesian Underground. Natural Vibrations Website









Echo Movement 2012 Recap
Echo Movement had a Break-Out year releasing their latest album Love and the Human Outreach independently on September 16th. The album peaked at #3 on iTunes Reggae and was self-produced by bothers Stephen (lead vocals) and David (keyboards) Fowler. Their album had 2 unique special guests with Kepler 4665989 and Kepler 10291683. These are the two distant binary star systems that they turned into music with the help of SET, the NASA Kepler Mission and the Georgia Tech Sonification Lab. The news of this breakthrough was also mentioned on CNN. The group also toured 60 dates in 2012 including this years Vans Warped Tour sharing the House of Marley stage with The Green, Tomorrows Bad Seeds & Ballyhoo! Echo Movement Website







L.B.D.A. 2012 Recap
2012 Marked the return of Long Beach Dub All-Stars 10-year hiatus from the music scene. They returned to play 3 shows, sharing the stage with the likes of Fishbone, Tribal Seeds, The Wailers, Stick Figure, Passafire & Ballyhoo!. Their return to the live show even included them performing a couple new songs, giving fans hope of a permanent return. The return of LBDA is without former guitarist/vocalist Ras 1, Drummer Bud Gaugh or Bassist Eric Wilson. Today the L.B.D.A. consists of Marshall Goodman on Drums, Opie Ortiz on Vocals, Jack Maness on Vocals/Guitar & Keys, Miguel Happoldt on Lead Guitar & Vocals, Tim Wu on Sax/Flute & Edwin Kampwirth of Suburban Rhythm on Bass. In addition, Jack Maness & Opie Ortiz traveled to Japan for a musical journey performing LBDA songs. L.B.D.A. Website




Music Video of the Year Nominees…

While this isn’t Total Request Live on MTV, we do feel that if you’re a group and you decide to do a full production music video, then it should be recognized. Plus, music videos are rad when quality production is used to complement a new song. We’re not talking about the music videos put together on iMovie with a Flip Video via your home computer; we’re talking about the videos where directors and producers get involved to have a story come to life using high quality production. There are five solid music videos nominated for Music Video of the Year… AND THE NOMINEES ARE…..


Iration – “Porcupine” (feat. Lincoln Parish)
The video for “Porcupine” was shot in Los Angeles, CA and was directed by Funwunce and Rick Darge. According to the group “The song ‘Porcupine’ represents a bit of an experimental sound for the band. We wanted to bring more ‘rock-inspired’ sounds for this single and we’re stoked to have Lincoln Parish from Cage the Elephant involved. Irations Website



Dirty Heads – “Spread Too Thin”
MTV premiered the music video for the single, on May 8th and was also featured by VEVO on their recommended playlists and on Yahoo! Music’s home page. The group described the song as it being about “Anyone in a 9-5 shit ass job who hates it. Often times we are pushed way too far and get to a point where you just need to get away. The hills, the cabin, surfing, partying, these are all the things that make life enjoyable and the video culminates to all the guys bailing their work for a little fun.”



Ballyhoo! – “Last Night”
Ballyhoo!’s single “Last Night” was shot in Los Angeles, CA & directed by Raul Gonzo. Ballyhoo! described the video as them “trying to show love blooming amidst chaos. We saw the treatment for the art gallery scenario and dug it. We’re always about trying to do something a little different. We could’ve went with the beach life imagery, but we did that in our previous video. Here in the “Last Night” clip, you see 2 people coming together and the girl trips and starts a destructive chain of events. It was fun tearing down all the art.”



J Boog – “Sunshine Girl” (Feat Peetah Morgan)
J Boog’s “Sunshine Girl” features Peetah Morgan of Morgan Heritage and the song is off J Boog’s latest album Backyard Boogie. The video was directed by “The Bureau” and Wash House Records. It was filmed in the North Shore of Oahu & the theme is a combination of videos into a short story. That’s why it says “To Be Continued…” J Boog Website



SOJA – “Not Done Yet”
Filmed on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii, “Not Done Yet” was directed by Marc Caflini. The band described the video as “a girl who couldn’t handle being home alone every night while I took over the world. Something a lot of musicians can relate to. Its difficult to try to lead a normal life when you’re on the road 8 or 9 months a year. You end up with a lot of memories that you hold on to. ‘The farther I get away, the more I hold on’.” Director Marc Carlini also directed the videos for SOJA’s “Rest of My Life”, “I Don’t Wanna Wait”, “You and Me” and the soon to be released “When We Were Younger”.



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13 Responses to The 2012 Pier Awards

  1. Kathryn Heinrichs says:

    I ? Josh Heinrichs & believe he deserves breakout artist of the year… without a doubt!

  2. Vic says:

    How did you chose the nominees? Think you could have done a little bit better job, not terrible though.

  3. Kev says:

    No offence to any of the nominated artists… But, how was Slightly Stoopid’s Top Of The World not nominated for album of the year or music video???

  4. Kenneth says:

    Got my votes in!!! Good luck to all you badass mofos!!! :) ~OneLove

  5. Matt says:

    What about the Movement’s album “One More Night”? They left quite a few nominees out for every category.

  6. Dub Diezel says:

    Yeah Matt, I agree The Movement could have maybe been on there along with some other’s but the Pier I’m sure had to literally narrow the nominees to most successful acts that did well all over the boards. Though I did not vote for Stick Figure (just being honest ) it was VERY hard not to, I think it was wonderful they have him and his latest album on this list to begin with, but look what he also did. His album has done awesome on the charts, and I hate to say it, but The Movement’s “One more Night” was no “Set Sail” my friend. Josh and Jordan created one remarkable album that is still and will be probably forever in my playlists rotation on Set Sail. I actually think Josh with the rest of the guys in the band are going to create something more along the lines of “Set Sail” when they release a new record. I was a little depressed at times with One more Night record, but it still is one great record.
    Anyways I know we weren’t supposed to…. but I had to vote for both Rebelution and DirtyHeads on album of the year, because both were stellar products from the two groups. I would split it half and half. Of course, now if you want to mention the fact that Rebelution technically created 3 albums, with the acoustic and Dub versions, than hands down they WIN, but DirtyHeads I think really did make a great follow up to their previous record, and this record is more Beach Vibe all the way through too.
    You know as well as I do if Pier placed Slightly Stoopid on there, they would easily win. People who really haven’t listened oh but to a few songs off of “Top Of The World” but have heard albums all the way through of the other album of the year nominees, would still vote for Stoopid, let’s just face it, simply just because of who they are. I’m not bad mouthing anything or anyone in regards to that, but it’s just popularity, and let’s face it, Stoopid is to most people the next best or closest comparison to forever loved SUBLIME. Though I think Slightly Stoopid honeslty sounds more like The Police of influences etc.., than Sublime, but that’s because I literally listen to EVERYTHING…hahaha. I think ThePier.org did well on this year’s nominees. Kudos.

  7. Pete says:

    Why wasn’t GPGDS wasn’t nominated for Live Artist of the Year? Especially since you noted in their bio how much the have been downloaded on The Live Music Archive and how many shows they played.

  8. betsy says:

    HB Surround Sound is a wonderful band! Great show, tight music.

  9. Pedro P says:

    People are deciding who to vote on by popularity, and it shows. As much as I love SOJA, Strength To Survive was Born In Babylon 2.0 with more acoustic guitars and less originality. I love the band but just because I can sing Peace In A Time Of War (album) from start to finish doesn’t mean I can’t be unbiased. And Natty Vibes broke out in 2012 more than someone like Josh Heinrichs. Since literally 2011, Josh Heinrichs recreated himself and SkillinJah. Natty Vibes have been touring and recording like crazy since like 07. It’s kinda weird how people vote.

  10. Pedro P says:

    there was supposed to be a question mark after “someone like Josh heinrichs” otherwise, that makes no sense haha

  11. Colton Lee says:

    Stoopid should have won Artist of the Year and also should have been up for album of the year since bands like the Dirty Heads and Ballyhoo! were in a couple of different categories. Josh Heinrichs definitely deserved Break-Out Artist of the Year. The Dirty Heads and Stick Figure’s album were WAY better than Rebelution’s, though all three were amazing. The Expendables should have won live artist of the year. Sublime definitely deserved Lifetime Achievement Award because they have influenced nearly every American reggae band of today and I absolutely can’t stand 311. Their reggae songs are sick, but that’s it. Their second vocalist annoys me so bad. A majority of their fans are just douchebag jocks. This was a major disappointment.

  12. McKinley Kuhlmann says:

    How did JBB not win live artist of the year over the Green? They are hands down the best reggae band ever, aside from Bob and the Wailers

  13. Dub Diezel says:

    JBB Defiantly could have taken artist of the year I wouldn’t argue with that one bit.

    Also there is the argument of popularity with artists such as SOJA etc… Hell I think Fear Nuttin Band easily could have been nominated for a few of these categories. Disliking comparisons to Bad Brains, Skindred, only because I think they are totally different with only bits of similarity, and only because of a more metal infused reggae. These musicians are sic as hell and deserve major props, especially with this latest record.

    Also I don’t think Colton like’s 311. I take offense to that jock comment. (Not really) I played sports in high school, but played in a metal thrash band too with a nice big mo-hawk. Though I agree Sublime with Brad could easily be viewed as forever priceless music, but unfortunately Brad died dude. He died before self-titled album came out and it blew up!!!! It wasn’t till then, when records like “2nd Hand Smoke” were put out because of popular fan demand. Most people then purchased earlier records like 40 Oz’s. I didn’t say all…… as I’m sure you had that record well before hearing Self-Titled……. am I right? Well I did. I was in the midwest at that particular time too and had it on cassette tape thanks to a family friend who lived in Long Beach Cali at that time. 311….. 8 albums deep not counting comps, lives, dvd’s, etc… All have stuck together as a band and are still going strong. Pier couldn’t have picked a more deserving band for life-time achievement award. You say their reggae stuff rules but the rest sucks. But maybe a few songs from “Transistor” and songs you probably just love, like “Amber” and then tracks like “1.2.3.” from “Grassroots” that you probably haven’t even heard would be considered maybe all reggae as a song in its entirety. Meaning most if not all of their songs are mixed with skanks and distorted guitar. MEANING you can really only like two maybe three 311 songs then. Hahaha….this is all in good fun and razzing ya there a bit, and hey….everyone is entitled to their opinions, but I think most if not just about every single person that comes to ThePier.Org would heavily disagree with the argument made about 311 being a bad life-time achievement winner. Props to 311 always. Happy New Year fellow Pier Patrons~! Bless!

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