Defend Your Ballot: Nick Greene, Who Didn't Get a Pazz and Jop Ballot
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, we talk to Voice web editor/incredibly funny Tweeter Nick Greene, who didn't get a ballot.
For our readers, could you briefly describe what you do here at the Voice?
I am the Web Editor at the Voice. I edit and manage the website, which is what our readers are reading right now. This. I am editing and managing this, as I am being interviewed. A high-wire act, if you will. (Like a self-cleaning oven).
So it seems. How much music writing do you think you read in an average week?
That depends. Do people complaining on Twitter count as "music writing?" If so, I read probably 9,000,000,000,000,000,000 words of music writing a week.
A few days ago you asked about voting in next year's Pazz. If you had voted this year, what would have been on your ballot?
Hmm, that is tough to say. I loved Miguel's album, and Fiona Apple's as well. Those would probably be 1 and 2 for me. Kendrick is up there too, but after those I'd really have to think and probably put some undeserving albums there just to fill up the list. Maybe it's a good thing I didn't vote, I would've swayed everything towards Rush. (Because I would've placed Rush too high even though I listened to their album like once.)
I understand that you are from Chicago. Is this true?
I am indeed from Chicago. Please let this next question be about food recommendations.
What food would you recommend I get from the vending machine before I start asking you about Chief Keef?
Trail Mix. Get me some too because I am going to need the energy in order to talk about Chief Keef.