Our sister paper in NYC's Cooper Square, theVillage Voice
, released its Pazz & Jop poll Thursday. The annual coast-to-coast survey of music critics ranks the previous year's best (according to them, anyway) albums and singles. Rocks Off did not vote this year -as we wrote in the paper paper a while back
, the only 2009 album we thought was strong enough all the way through to merit inclusion on any kind of "Top 10" list was the Decemberists'The Hazards of Love
(which came in at No. 29). Plus, the week the ballots were due we were getting ready to take the next week off and... well, we kind of forgot. However, Houston was well-represented by Rocks Off No. 2 (aka Craig "Hella" Hlavaty), our own "Classic Rock Bob" Ruggiero, theChronicle
's Andrew Dansby, formerChronicle
music critic Rick Mitchell andHouston Calling
contributor David A. Cobb. Or perhaps we should say at least Houston was fairly well-represented among the 697 voters. Now, about that question in the headline... Not counting the two misguided souls who voted for Beyonce'sI Am... Sasha Fierce
, good enough to place an album released in 2008 at No. 565, the first Houstonian we found was all... the... way... down at No. 898. Critics are asked to distribute 100 points among their 10 choices for single and album (albeit no more than 20 or less than 5 for any one), and someone gave Slim Thug'sBoss Of All Bosses
12 of theirs. So congratulations, Houston musicians - rockers, rappers, honky-tonkers, blues cats, all of you. You are officially off the national musical radar.All
the way off. But we're OK with that if you are - personally, we kind of like having the country's best-kept secret of a music scene down here on the bayou. The 2010 P&J big winners should surprise absolutely no one who even remotely pays attention to these sorts of things (a constituency that is, Rocks Off is fairly certain, mostly other music critics). The top three were Animal Collective'sMerriweather Post Pavilion
(meh), Phoenix'sWolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
(which we did like) and Neko Case'sMiddle Cyclone
(which we kind of liked). Texas' 2009 champ turned out to be St. Vincent, who lives in Brooklyn now but whoseActor
placed No. 12. Miranda Lambert'sRevolution
came in at No. 25, and would have placed higher had either Rocks Off, our buddyLonesome Onry and Mean
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's Joey Guerra voted, probably the only time ever in the history of humanity such a statement is true. No other Texans placed in the Top 100. On the singles side, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" won in a walk. The only Texans in the Top 50 were St. Vincent's "Actor Out of Work" at No. 42 and Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" at No. 47. So... yeah.See everything you could possibly want to know about the 2010 Pazz & Jop poll here.