Congrats, TV on the Radio!
This morning our sister paper in Manhattan's Cooper Square, the Village Voice, released the results of its annual Pazz & Jop poll, where hundreds of music writers and editors rank their favorite albums of the past year in what has to be an absolute nightmare for the people who actually compile the thing. Participants are given 100 points to among their favorite ten albums and singles. Check it out here.
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Unsurprisingly, TV on the Radio's Dear Science - which topped just about every year-end list except possibly Farm & Ranch Quarterly - was the clear winner, with 1,744 points accumulated from 154 ballots. Vampire Weekend's Vampire Weekend (1,075/105), Portishead's Third (1,058/102), Erykah Badu's New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War (910/80) and Fleet Foxes' Fleet Foxes (907/87) round out the top five.
Besides Badu, the highest-ranking Texan in the poll was Alejandro Escovedo with Real Animal at No. 36 (343/23). Onetime Houstonians Lucinda Williams, Hayes Carll and James McMurtry weren't terribly far behind with, respectively, Little Honey (No. 52, 202/22), Trouble in Mind (No. 60, 157/17) and Just Us Kids (No. 61, 155/13). The highest-ranking actual Houstonian is none other than Solange Knowles, whose Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams came in at No. 129 with 84 points from eight ballots.
Knowles' big sister Beyonce, whose I Am... Sasha Fierce ranked No. 332 (30/3), did much better in the singles poll. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" made 59 ballots to place at No. 3, and "If I Were a Boy" ranked No. 39 off 13 ballots. Carll's "She Left Me for Jesus" placed 32nd, being mentioned on 15 ballots.