Every year, top music critics compile a massive poll on the best music from the previous year. This year's Village Voice Pazz and Jop Poll tallies votes from 494 music writers to come up with a list of the best albums and singles of 2006. From the involvement of local writers Chris Riemenschneider and Jon Bream (both from the Star Tribune) to Minnesota-born Bob Dylan taking top album honors for Modern Times, our fair state gets its due.
Bands with Minnesota connections getting top album votes include: The Hold Steady at number four (featuring members of the former TC band Lifter Puller) for Boys and Girls in America; at 137, Tapes 'n Tapes for their breakthrough album The Loon; and, fresh off his Super Bowl rockfest, Minneapolis' finest, Prince at #142 for 3121.
Other locally affiliated vote-getters for best album:
154. Golden Smog, featuring members of Soul Asylum and The Jayhawks, for Another Fine Day
161. P.O.S., a Rhymesayers up-and-comer, for Audition
399. (TIE) Soul Asylum, The Silver Lining
530. (TIE) Paul Westerberg, Music for Open Season; and Alan Sparhawk of Low for Solo Guitar
720. (TIE) Zebulon Pike, Zebulon Pike II: The Deafening Twilight
756. (TIE) Jessy Greene, A Demon and Her Lovers; and STNNNG, who played at the Walker's Summer Music & Movies in '06, for Fake Fake