Best Supergroup – 2012 Diffuser.fm Music Awards
Forget that line about too many cooks in the kitchen. As part of the first annual Diffuser.fm Music Awards, we’re honoring the Best Supergroup of 2012, and this year, plenty of star-studded bands proved more than the sums of their impressive parts. Some of these are more “super” than others — unlike, say, How to Destroy Angels member Trent Reznor, Cassie Ramone of the Babies never sold out arenas with her previous band, Vivian Girls — but what we’re really recognizing here is the spirit of collaboration and the setting aside of egos. Vote below for the Best Supergroup of 2012.
First up, Atoms for Peace — featuring Radiohead‘s Thom Yoke Thom, producer Nigel Godrich, the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Flea and drummers Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco — issued ‘Default,’ the first proper single from their forthcoming debut album, ‘AMOK,’ out next year. The aforementioned Babies — a collaboration between Ramone, Woods’ Kevin Morby and Bossy’s Justin Sullivan — returned with their sophomore disc, ‘Our House On the Hill.’ Talking Heads legend David Byrne and St. Vincent teamed up as a super duo and released the album ‘Love This Giant.’ Indie outfit the Divine Fits‘ — Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks) — arrived with their debut album, ‘A Thing Called Divine Fits.’
Reznor, meanwhile, assembled wife Mariqueen Maandig, composer Atticus Ross and Nine Inch Nails art director Rob Sheridan to form How to Destroy Angels, which issued two EPs: a self-titled set and ‘An Omen.’
Elsewhere, hardcore collective Off! — which includes Circle Jerks/Black Flag singer Keith Morris, Burning Brides frontman Dimitri Coats, Redd Kross bassist Steven Shane McDonald and Rocket from the Crypt/Hot Snakes drummer Mario Rubalcaba — dropped their self-titled sophomore disc. In addition to his work with Atoms for Peace, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich also started Ultraista, which also includes drummer extraordinaire Joey Waronker and 24-year-old singer Laura Bettinson.
Indie supergroup Wild Flag — ex-Sleater-Kinney members Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, former Helium rocker Mary Timony and Rebecca Cole from the Minders — released their self-titled debut album last year, but they spent much of 2012 on the road. And Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore worked with late Beatles legend John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono on the decidedly avant-garde disc ‘YOKOKIMTHURSTON.’
Which was the Best Supergroup of 2012? Your vote counts! You have until 11:59PM EST on Jan. 15, 2013, to make your selection. We’ll notify you of the winner in this and every other category on Jan. 16.