|Congratulations, Slim Thug! Your album was Houston's biggest critical success last year... sort of.|
Our sister paper in NYC's Cooper Square, the Village 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, the Chronicle
's Andrew Dansby, former Chronicle
music critic Rick Mitchell and Houston 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...More »