Defend Your Ballot: Rob Sheffield, Pazz and Jop 2012 Contributor

Erik Hess
Sheffield on the Japandroids record: "I love how ridiculous and obvious it is."
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 Rob Sheffield defends his ballot.

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- Pazz and Jop 2012 Table of Contents

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Tonight: See Ted Leo, Rob Sheffield, and Julie Klausner Tell Jokes About Music at Upright Citizens Brigade

SOTC role model Ted Leo has had a long standing sideline in comedy, from Best Show cameos to Our Show skits, so it only makes sense that comedian John Frusciante, host of UCB's Break Up Your Band ("a live monthly discussion about the state of music past and present, what you should and shouldn't be listening to, and why KISS sucks so much"), would invite Leo to tonight's edition. Especially when paired with excellent public speaker and music critic Rob Sheffield, writer/performer/Lizzy Caplan-model Julie Klausner, and writer Geoff Garlock, who plays (played?) bass in Panthers, though maybe he doesn't want us telling you that. If you can stay up till midnight and have five dollars to spare we recommend you go. Here is a video of Leo and Klausner clowning around:

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Q&A: Author Rob Sheffield on His New Book, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran

"Wow, Kenny Rogers was always right!" Photo by Deborah Suchman Zeolia
"Oh my God, you're a Nick Rhodes girl," says Rob Sheffield, referring to Duran Duran's keyboardist. Earlier in the evening, we'd wrapped an interview about Sheffield's new book, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut, the follow-up to his 2007 bestseller Love Is A Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time; hours later, we'd moved to the Woods in Williamsburg, where Sheffield began talking to two female friends he'd run into. About Duran Duran. "Loving Duran Duran has been one of the constants in my life," Sheffield writes in his new book's introduction, "but I have no idea what they would sound like if the women in my life stopped loving them. I guess I'll never know." Each of Talking to Girls's 25 chapters tackles a song from the '80s, from Haysi Fantayzee's "Shiny Shiny" and Paul McCartney's "No More Lonely Nights" to Madonna's "Crazy for You" and the Replacements' "Left of the Dial." Sheffield riffs on each, summoning up humorous tales of teenage crushes and growing up with three sisters, along with intimate accounts of caring for his 90-year-old grandfather and feeling out his first serious relationship. Like the bombastic, sugary tunes that inspired it, Sheffield's book rarely hits a dull note. Neither do his conversations.

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