Frank, from his 2021 ballot:
I joked that I was doing the Uproxx [critics’ poll] as a conceptual art piece, i.e., I knew my ballot wasn’t going to make an impact. But I was actually doing it to combat my alienation and to engage with some of my critic friends via email. Then when Chuck tipped me off to the P&J Rip-Off thing I jumped in further. I worry that this conflicted with my other listening and writing, and that I’m e.g. putting off writing about singles and about baile funk in particular ’cause I want what I write to be good and not too overwhelmingly ignorant, meanwhile I’m lounging around in album rabbitholes.
I am so far removed from all of these worlds—Uproxx, Pazz & Jop Ripoff, even Facebook at this point—but glad Frank and some others whose work I’ve felt a kinship with over the years (less because our tastes are closely aligned) are not (though I guess he’s also admitting he sort of is?). I will certainly try to listen to some of Frank’s list; always on the lookout for new, different wild things. (But am I really open to this? I don’t know anymore. It always sounds good to say that, but…)
P.S. Here’s the Uproxx poll results.