Arts Roundup: Pazz & Jop and then We’re Done with 2009 Edition
Hello! Pazz & Jop! The annual critics' poll organized by the Village Voice went online yesterday, and nothing about the main lists should surprise you: Animal Collective and Phoenix topped the albums list; Jay-Z (and Animal Collective and Phoenix) topped the single list. A number of City Paper staffers and contributers submitted Pazz & Jop ballots. Let's see what our people liked!
- Brent Burton lists a lot of avant-garde and arty metal. Also, no singles.
- Jason Cherkis puts Animal Collective on top, wisely squeezes Ganglians in.
- Marc Hirsh really loves his power-pop: He put Tinted Windows—featuring James Iha, one of the Hanson brothers, Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne, and Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick—at No. 2.
- Steve Kiviat has a 10-way tie with some crossover African acts, some hip-hop, some reggaeton, and Japandroids.
- Andrew Noz puts a Gucci mixtape on top, reps for D.C. with Diamond District.
- Michael J. West already wrote about his favorite records of 2009 for Arts Desk; here's his Pazz & Jop ballot anyway.
- Ben Westhoff has a good mix of genres—but he'll have to explain to me what he sees in Dead Man's Bones, the project for which Ryan Gosling had a bunch of kids sing pirate songs.
A bunch of other D.C.-based critics contributed lists, including Mark Jenkins, Chris Richards, Marc Masters, David Malitz, Joe Colly, and probably others. Look 'em up!
And that, Arts Desk reader, should do it for 2009-in-review coverage. We're done! We swear!
In other news:
- Love nightclub remains closed—and will stay that way until it improves or owner Marc Barnes sells it.
- Despite being a Yalie himself, my colleague Ted Scheinman couldn't bring himself to write about this: Yale the Musical.
- Coachella Festival in Indio, Calif., announced its lineup. Quickly: Wale is performing. So is Thom Yorke, but he's listed as "Thom Yorke ????"—this, evidently, is a reference to his nameless backing band featuring Flea, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker, and Mauro Refosco. Some people found that weird.
- Stream the entire new Beach House record.
- I was going to read this essay on Joan Didion and recommend it, but I haven't read it yet.