Defend Your Ballot: Michael Tedder, Pazz and Jop 2012 Contributor

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You can't really know where you're headed unless you know where you've been. For that reason, we're taking a look back at Pazz & Jop 2012 to drill down into the ballots of contributors and voters who participated. Maybe amongst the rubble we'll find clues about what lies ahead for music lovers in 2013. Here, music writer Michael Tedder defends his ballot.

See Also:
- Pazz and Jop 2012 Table of Contents

Okay, Michael Tedder. First, tell us who you are, how many times you've voted in Pazz & Jop, and why we should trust you.

I have written for The Village Voice, Spin, The AV Club, Salon, The New Republic and a few others, and I was the managing editor of CMJ for a spell. You can trust me because my heart is full of love. This is my third Pazz vote.

You've a very lovely guy.

That's what your mother says.

LEAVE HER OUT OF THIS. Anyway, let's talk about love.

Let's Carl Wilson this shit.

Love seems appropriate, considering your number one album is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp. What's up with that?

I thought her voice was just heartbreaking, and the songs were just remarkable durable. There's a sense of epic sweep on here that reminds me of Boxer or The Bends. But what I found really interesting is that while she was trying to deal with some pretty heavy shit about heartbreak and abuse, the lyrics also deal with her trying to put that stuff behind her. She's trying to heal, which isn't something people write about often enough but I found brave.

She does it in a way that's pretty accessible, too, right? Like, she's talking about some Real Shit, but it doesn't feel overtly earnest.

Right. And there's some great hooks on this thing. I mean "Give Out" is just a monster catharsis jam.

How many times have you found yourself singing that song in the shower?

On the reg.

That's what I like to hear. Would you say you have a good or great singing-in-the-shower voice?

I think you should ask your mom.


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