tUnE-yArDs
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Bon Iver may have won over the Pitchfork hivemind, but Merrill Garbus's tUnE-yArDs was just crowned queen of the Village Voice's massive annual Pazz & Jop survey. Garnering 1645 points from 135 votes from the 700 music types who turned in their homework on time, w h o k i l l topped the albums chart a few points and 165 points ahead of PJ Harvey's Let England Shake. Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throme, Wild Flag's self titled debut, and Tom Waits's Bad as Me rounded out the top five (of 1734 individual records receiving at least one mention).

Meanwhile, Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" came out on top of the singles ballot, just ahead of Beyoncé's "Countdown", Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass", M83's "Midnight City", Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Niggas in Paris", and six hundred other songs from 2011. Dig into all the results (all of that data is available, just begging for all sorts of deeply geeky statistical interpretations), peek into individual critical affections (including the mystery reveal of the other half of Dave Segal's ballot and my own curious definitions of what counts as a single), and deep thoughts about what it all means at Pazz & Jop.

update: so much data wrangling at needlebase.