so the 2007 Village Voice Pazz & Jop Poll is out this week, with its deserved cover spotlight (spoiler alert: LCD Soundsystem's Sound of Silver won in the album category).
and I can't remember exactly, but it seems like there were two albums out of my ten that no one (no one) else out of something like 572 voters mentioned at all (hello Zookeeper's Becoming All Things and The Silos' Come On Like The Fast Lane). so I started worrying if perhaps my desire to hermitize myself here in my tiny, tiny apartment was actually having some kind of separatist effect. maybe I was simply becoming an old fart (even though I did not mention Springsteen's Magic at all - curious that this received so much year-end notice in that I've met no one (no one) who would place the record in even their top five Springsteen albums of all-time. but, you know, it appears that if Springsteen releases an album, any album, and a bunch of folks will put it in their year-end lists). but as it turns out, if anything, I'm more of a bandwagon dweller than I could've possibly imagined.
(time out to mention that it's 1:02 a.m. in New York City and there are helicopters circling Manhattan)
a gentleman by the name of Glenn McDonald somehow took all the votes registered in not only the Pazz & Jop Poll but also Idolator's similar effort, put them in a blender and came out with all kinds of charts and graphs and tallys that basically tell you what voters are most like other voters and how rare or "eccentric" their votes actually were (I don't understand all of it, but god bless those who can use numbers for something other than balancing a checkbook).
in any case, here's a link to the home page or index of Glenn's work. and another link that reveals my exact same votes (in the album category) for both the Voice and Idolator.
it's interesting (in a very nerdy, music critic sense) stuff.
and long story short (not really possible at this point, I know), my votes are more similar (as mentioned above) than "eccentric."
in that out of 782 combined votes, my picks ranked as #243.
meaning there's something like 540 folks who had weirder (within the community of very nerdy music critics) picks than I did.
which may lean back towards the old fart theory.
good night everybody!