by carl wilson

Jack the Tabulation

I belatedly direct you to the results of the Jackin' Pop poll - predictably taken by TV on the Radio for an album my mind likes better than my ears do, and Gnarls Barkley for a single that's all vocal, no saddle. But there's much more to explore in the poll than the basic numbers - go into the "demographics" menu to find out which albums polled best among Canadian voters, check out particular critics' ballots (mine included), or dig deep into the bowels of the lists to find out the several dozen albums that tied for 190th best reissue (from China Shop's 21 Puffs on the Cigarette to Queer Noises: From the Closets to the Charts 1961-1970 and beyond). And, of course, read the essays, from convenor Michaelangelo Matos' poll analysis to Rod Smith's take on the metal surge.

Immense thanks to Idolator and Matos for putting this 'un together, as burnt-out on year-end lists as we all are. If I could make one tiny criticism: Could it be enforced that critics vote under their own names or actually in-use pen names, and not random 'net handles? I can't quite bring myself to care who "wrong_wrong_bingo" or "rubinbooty" voted for, for some odd reason. And maybe also tell us who they work for.

Of my Top 3 picks, Newsom did predictably well (No. 5), Matmos predictably not-so-well (no. 60) and Destroyer predictably (due to early '06 release) middlingly (at no. 18).

The real interest, of course, will come in comparing this to the Voice's official Zombie Pazz'n'Jop, as we'll call it, when it comes out - likely to be most revealing in terms of demographic shift involved, although the hamstrung New Times alt-weekly chain employees will keep the P&J; voting roster younger than it otherwise would've been, I imagine. I'd expect to see Dylan ratchet up to the top and the Clipse, Ghostface and the Knife to drop precipitously out of the top 10...

For those who, like me, have mainly been looking forward to getting jazz lists, to catch up on everything we may have missed last year - the jazz folk tend to be a bit more leisurely and laid-back in their year-end ablutions, not being in the same hype dome that the rock-and-rap crowd is, but a good source to check out is Bagatellen contributors' mounting set of 2006 top 10s. Also of recent note on that site, an argument that France is taking over from Scandinavia as the new black-metal capital of the wrold.

| Posted by zoilus on Monday, January 08 at 7:00 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (7)




And when it comes to top 10 2006 polls. How about metacritic's? eh? Savane by Ali Farka Toure as a number 1? Destroyer in 8th? Clipse in 3rd? Not bad. Democracy in action.


Posted by guy tanentzapf on January 9, 2007 9:25 PM



Members of the Jazz Journalists Association have been posting their year-end lists at our website ( for a number of weeks. There are a couple of dozen lists there now.

In addition, Francis Davis of The Voice recently published a set of top 10 lists from the loosely organized "New York Jazz Critics Circle," many of whom are also JJA members. I think you can find those at The Voice's site.

Posted by James Hale on January 9, 2007 5:11 PM




Pazz & Jop will not add much. I am distrubed to see such a boring mess of an album take the top spot (if this band was from Toronto rather the brooklyn no one would care about them). The future did not arrive in 2006, but there were some great albums. I am terrified of 2007, that godawaful new rave movement, 5th rate electro, more recycled gangsta ....... *shudder*.

Why is sno angel only at 187?


Posted by guy tanentzapf on January 9, 2007 1:05 PM



long live john jacob niles!
good to see they included a section for reissues. too many year-end lists seem to leave them in the dust, so to speak.

Posted by fig on January 9, 2007 11:43 AM



I smiled at the John Jacob Niles inclusion on your ballot.

Also, as for French metal, have you heard Gojira's new album yet?

Posted by Sasha on January 9, 2007 10:27 AM



On a jazz note - I attended the memorial service for Dewey Redman on Sunday night in Manhattan. An opening trio of Dejohnette, Haden and Metheny was followed by Joshua Redman playing solo. The boys from the Bad Plus were joined by Matt Wilson, Shelia Jordan wobbled up and sang like an angel, the night closed with Roy Haynes sitting in with Metheney, Haden and Redman to close with a blues. Much more music was heard in between including stints by Joe Lovano, Leroy Jenkins, and Frank Kimbrough. A special, special night and a fitting tribute to the great Dewey Redman.

Posted by original spin on January 9, 2007 8:51 AM



Long live Jackin' Pop!

I loved Pazz & Jop since I first came across it in about 1990. But without Christgau pulling it together, fuggedaboutit.

Daphne Carr's blog has a link to an NPR story on the rival P's and J's -- worth checking out.

Oh yeah -- long live jazz!

Posted by john on January 8, 2007 8:20 PM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson