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Project X Pits The Family Against The Critics

As part of Idolator's continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Jackin' Pop editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he [hilariously] examines the results of the Idolator Pop Critics Poll Tracks Top 10 …
By: mmatos / January 16, 2008

Parsing The Pop: Chuck Eddy’s 150-Album Top 10

Obviously with all the tabulated lists to pore over, Idolator Pop '07 offers plenty for music geeks to read and argue with. The year-end mixes, which will go up later today, will offer yet more fodder for banter. But let's not forget the individual ballots, several of which make pretty good reading on their own.
By: mmatos / January 16, 2008

Parsing the Pop: Categorical Errors, Sez They

Inevitably, some of the ballot comments in this year's poll have taken our methodology to task. Fair enough--you can't satisfy everyone. And even if we can't help but respond to something like Julianne Escobedo Shepherd's suggestion that we eliminate albums and ask everyone to vote for 100 tracks with a knee-jerk, "Why, do you …
By: mmatos / January 16, 2008

2007 In The Mix: Idolator Pop ’07 Gets Personal

One of the reasons I was most excited about this year's Idolator Pop package was that my bosses gave me enough rope to hang myself with allowed me to pursue a project that enhanced the poll proper.
By: mmatos / January 16, 2008

Let’s Do It Again: The 2007 Idolator Pop Critics Poll is Live

We've been waiting as patiently (or not) as you have, and it's finally here: The second annual Critics Poll is now open for business--and this time we've expanded it a little. Today, you get the poll proper: Albums, Tracks, Reissues, Artists, plus essays by myself, Jess, and Maura.
By: mmatos / January 15, 2008

Bring It Back Again: Idolator Petitions For The Return Of “Hit Me Baby One More Time”

So two years ago NBC ran a summer replacement program titled Hit Me Baby One More Time that almost no one wrote about apart from John Darnielle, renaissance man and Mountain Goat. And he was right: the show was really awesome, particularly the debut episode, in which the one and only Tommy Tutone blistered …
By: mmatos / January 14, 2008

Project X Takes On A Culture Bully

As part of Idolator's continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Jackin' Pop editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he examines the health of the bootleg mash-up thanks to a list compiling the year' …
By: mmatos / December 31, 2007

Idolator Pop 07 Update: Bugs Fixed, Slightly More Time To Vote

So beginning around midnight last night, a bug hit the Idolator Pop 07 ballots, freezing into place a number of ballots that had not, in fact, been set to lock.
By: mmatos / December 21, 2007

Idolator Pop 07: Time’s A-Wastin’

Hello all you kids in computer-land. Just reminding you in my pedantic way yet again that if you've received an invitation to vote in the 2007 Idolator Pop Critics Poll, that you should do so before the deadline, which is tomorrow, December 21, at 5 p.m. EST. If you're having any kind of tech...
By: mmatos / December 20, 2007

Idolator Pop 07 Update: Glitches Begone!

Quick update: The glitches affecting some of the Idolator Pop ballots have been repaired, so go back to voting for your favorite albums, tracks, reissues, and artists of 2007, dear colleagues. Again: two more days!
By: mmatos / December 19, 2007

Idolator Pop 07 Update: Glitches Galore!

So a bunch of 2007 Idolator Pop Critics Poll voters have asked why their ballots have gone blank when they try to enter them. The honest truth is we're not sure either, but tech is working on it.
By: mmatos / December 19, 2007

Idolator Pop 07 Update: Voting! It’s Fun! It’s Legal! You Only Have A Few More Days To Do It!

Look, rock critics: if you don't vote in the 2007 Idolator Pop Critics Poll, you'll have no right to complain about anyone winning or losing. OK, fine, you'll complain anyway. But why not have a say in things anyway?
By: mmatos / December 18, 2007

Idolator Pop 07: The Days Are Short, The Ballots Are Long

Hello again. Today's will be the first of four daily updates this week, because this is the final week to vote in the 2007 Idolator Pop Critics Poll. Chances are if you're writing regularly we've reached out (more than once in a few cases--aren't overzealous spam filters marvelous?) …
By: mmatos / December 17, 2007

Project X Presents <em>Sense and Sensibility</em>, Starring Kim Gordon and “Fact” Magazine

As part of Idolator's continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Jackin' Pop editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he tries on a pair of very different sensibilities thanks to 2007 Top 10 list …
By: mmatos / December 17, 2007

Only Nine Blog-Days Left Till Idolator Pop 07 Polls Shut Down

Hi again. Been about a week and a half, so let's do this again: If you were expecting a ballot for this year's critics' poll, but didn't receive one, please drop a line to poll@idolator.com and we'll look into it.
By: mmatos / December 10, 2007

Second Spinning Some Rock And Roll Classics, Spaced-Out Disco, and Trad African Beats

In the current climate of ruthless blog scrutiny, good records can easily disappear with little or no press and supposedly major albums are forgotten within weeks of release. With that in mind, we bring you Second Spin, where we'll take a look at records that have either slipped between the hype cracks or re-evaluate album …
By: mmatos / December 7, 2007

Yet Another Idolator Pop 07 Reminder

Yep, we did this a few days ago, and we're going to do it again in the future, so feel free to skip over us to get to the Harp list.
By: mmatos / November 29, 2007

Project X Gets A Little Bit Country (And Brings The Family Along)

As part of Idolator's continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Jackin' Pop editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he takes a break from Thanksgiving to sit down with his family and listen to …
By: mmatos / November 26, 2007

Idolator Pop 07 Update

Just a quick reminder that if you're expecting a ballot for this year's critics' poll, but didn't receive one, to drop a line to poll@idolator.com and we'll look into it.
By: mmatos / November 19, 2007

Let’s Do It Again: Announcing The 2007 Idolator Pop Critics Poll

A few Idolator readers who write about music may have noticed an invitation in their inbox today; still others will be receiving one soon. We're proud to announce the 2007 Idolator Pop Critics Poll (Idolator Pop 07 for short), our continuation of last year's Jackin' Pop survey. (Of course we changed the name. You …
By: mmatos / November 16, 2007

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