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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

tUnE-yArDs: Critic's Queen of 2k11

Posted by on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM

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  • Josh Bis
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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.

 

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cosby 1
Breaking news: white music critics love white people who make vaguely ethnic music.

I bet you five Slumdog Millionaire soundtracks that Tune-yards' shelf life is impressively limited. It'll be 12-18 months of touring, a lackluster follow up album, and then "who? yards".
Posted by cosby http://www.myspace.com/cosbyshownights on January 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM · Report this
yos-wa 2
cosby may have just became my hero.
Posted by yos-wa on January 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM · Report this
Dean Fawkes 3
Clearly, Cosby needs to be The Stranger's 'Bullshit Man' of music.

http://youtu.be/4ab7F1FQrtA
Posted by Dean Fawkes http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Author?oid=479789&section=Blogs on January 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM · Report this
Grant Brissey, Emeritus 4
Holy shit—I now love Bullshit Man! Dean wins.
Posted by Grant Brissey, Emeritus http://www.grantropolis.com/ on January 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM · Report this
Josh Bis 5
@1 as further evidence, the results have been up for nearly a half day and still no one has started who-is-tune-yards.tumblr.com.
Posted by Josh Bis http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Author.html?oid=3815563 on January 18, 2012 at 11:30 AM · Report this

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