It’s That Time Of Year Again: Village Voice Releases Pazz & Jop Poll

We’ll refrain from those tired, "Does anyone still read the Village Voice?" jokes and instead just get right to the point: today, the troubled alt-weekly released its 2008 Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll, an annual assesment of that which influential music scribes think you should be listening to. Brooklyn’s T.V. on the Radio had the No. 1 album with Dear Science, while the ever-amazing M.I.A. topped  the singles list with her Clash-sampling hit, "Paper Planes." (That song actually "dropped" in 2007, but whatevs! It didn’t really blow up until Pineapple Express came out last summer.) A few of this reporter’s favorites made the top 40 albums list: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds came in at No. 9 for Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!; Santogold at No.7 for her debut S/T LP; and Fucked Up at No. 38 for The Chemistry of Common Life. Other notable winners include Hercules & Love Affair (most hyped New York band of 08?), David Byrne/Brian Eno (need we say more?) and New Jersey’s own The Gaslight Anthem (I’ve known the drummer of this band for like, 10 years and I didn’t realize they were so super famous now. WTF!?) The full list and lots of additional coverage can be found here.

It’s That Time Of Year Again: Village Voice Releases Pazz & Jop Poll