Best Jukebox - 2012
Let's face it: To the majority of us, a jukebox is a jukebox. You and some friends have some drinks, get a little tipsy, then throw a buck into the machine and have a group sing-along to "More Than a Feeling" or "Bohemian Rhapsody." Automatic good time, right? But for others, the thrill of flipping through a jukebox (an old-school one, mind you, not the digital versions) is a unique experience, one that will help forge deeper, more meaningful connections with your favorite bars. In this case, the Herkimer has got your number. Some of the requisite pop and classic-rock standards are duly represented, but what stands out is the array of indie rock, Britpop, and hip hop to be found, not to mention a slew of local favorites from Brother Ali to Tapes 'n Tapes and, of course, the dearly beloved 'Mats. So go ahead and put on Exile on Main St., because everybody who's anybody knows it's the Stones' best album. The rest of us will make do with a little one-on-one action from "Bad Company" by Bad Company from Bad Company.