Top 25 Albums of 2013: Expert Witness Pazz & Jop

It’s been a long five years.

Back then, the Expert Witness collective was newly homeless. Without our comment section, we fled to Facebook, and I gave running the poll a third go. I collected the song results and posted them, but then life happened, and I never completed counting the album results and lost motivation. Until now, for whatever reason.

Since then, Nick Farruggia took over the role for the 2014 contest and Brad Luen has hosted the poll for the 2015 iteration and on. They did great jobs and it continues to be an institution that I’m proud to have ever dealt with. It was always fun. Until I remembered that it was work.

But here you go. Each voter had 100 points to give to ten albums, with a per album ceiling of 30 and floor of 5. Apologies to Nick and Brad, but ties will be broken by number of mentions. Big supporters who gave more than ten points will be mentioned for these albums, unless there were ten or more big supporters. First place mentions will also be noted.

Oh, I’ve turned this blog entirely into a repository of my old polls, including three for Expert Witness and one for On Your Headphones. Neat! Bookmark-worthy!

If I knew you back in the day and we’re no longer in touch, even and especially for sour reasons, I still hope this finds you well. Y’all were an unreal thing to run into for a kid as young as I was, and I treasure the opportunity to have run into any of you.

Here’s to memories! Expert Witness is dead! Long live Expert Witness!

2013: Albums | Songs | Tally | Ballots
2012: Albums | Songs | Tally | Ballots
2011: Albums | Songs | Tally | Ballots

25. I Hate Music – Superchunk

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Points: 55

Mentions: 5

Points per mention: 11

Big supporters (2): Phil Brasor (15), Dan Weiss (15)

24. Uncanney Valley – The Dismemberment Plan

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Points: 56

Mentions: 6

Points per mention: 9.3

Big supporters (2): Dan Weiss (15), Joe Lunday (11)

23. 12 Stories – Brandy Clark

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Points: 66

Mentions: 6

Points per mention: 11

Big supporters (2): Brad Luen (20), Tom Lane (15)

22. Paramore – Paramore

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Points: 67

Mentions: 5

Points per mention: 13.4

Big supporters (1): Juan Carruyo (30)

First place mentions (1): Juan Carruyo (30)

21. Cerulean Salt – Waxahatchee

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Points: 72

Mentions: 7

Points per mention: 10.3

Big supporters (2): Cam Patterson (20), John Speranza (16)

First place mentions (1): Cam Patterson (20)

20. Duo – Wussy

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Points: 74

Mentions: 7

Points per mention: 10.6

Big supporters (1): David Cohen (27)

19. Acid Rap – Chance The Rapper

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Points: 84

Mentions: 11

Points per mention: 7.6

Big supporters (1): Nick Farruggia (13)

18. Reflektor – Arcade Fire

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Points: 90

Mentions: 9

Points per mention: 10

Big supporters (2): Joey Daniewicz (23), Kenny Mostern (11)

First place mentions (1): Joey Daniewicz (23)

17. Light Up Gold – Parquet Courts

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Points: 101

Mentions: 9

Points per mention: 11.2

Big supporters (5): Christopher Monsen (15), Mark Rosen (15), Mike Imes (15), Joe Lunday (13), Peter Gorman (11)

First place mentions (1): Christopher Monsen (15)

16. Yeezus – Kanye West

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Points: 108

Mentions: 10

Points per mention: 10.8

Big supporters (4): Marc Lauria (20), Nick Farruggia (17), Ioannis Sotirchos (15), Michael Tatum (12)

First place mentions (3): Marc Lauria (20), Nick Farruggia (17), Ioannis Sotirchos (15)

15. Artpop – Lady GaGa

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Points: 110

Mentions: 11

Points per mention: 10

Big supporters (4): Michael Swallop (15), Dan Weiss (15), Brad Morosan (14), Michael Tatum (12)

14. Hey Hey It’s…The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band – Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel

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Points: 117

Mentions: 11

Points per mention: 10.6

Big supporters (6): Chris Hurst (15), Mike Imes (15), Glen Hadwen (15), Cam Patterson (15), Jeff Callahan (12), Tom Walker (12)

First place mentions (2): Chris Hurst (15), Mike Imes (15)

13. Jama Ko – Bassekou Kouyata & Ngomi Ba

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Points: 118

Mentions: 13

Points per mention: 9.1

Big supporters (3): Rodney Taylor (16), Tom Walker (16), Glen Hadwen (15)

First place mentions (2): Rodney Taylor (16), Tom Walker (16)

12. Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves

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Points: 126

Mentions: 10

Points per mention: 12.6

Big supporters (7): Tom Lane (23), Jacob Bailis (20), Matt Rice (14), Dan Weber (13), Paul Albone (12), Joey Daniewicz (12), Kenny Mostern (11)

First place mentions (2): Tom Lane (23), Jacob Bailis (20)

11. Heartthrob – Tegan & Sara

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Points: 128

Mentions: 9

Points per mention: 14.2

Big supporters (5): Ryan Maffei (27), Brad Luen (25), Joey Daniewicz (16), Phil Brasor (15), Jon LaFollette (15)

First place mentions (3): Ryan Maffei (27), Brad Luen (25), Phil Brasor (15)

10. Monomania – Deerhunter

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Points: 133

Mentions: 13

Points per mention: 10.2

Big supporters (6): John Speranza (20), Erik Best (15), Jimmy Cook (15), Jon LaFollette (12), Michael Tatum (12), Richard Cobeen (11)

First place mentions (1): John Speranza (20)

9. Pura Vida Conspiracy – Gogol Bordello

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Points: 135

Mentions: 12

Points per mention: 11.3

Big supporters (5): Erik Best (20), Glen Hadwen (20), Nick Farruggia (17), Michael Swallop (14), John Smallwood (11)

First place mentions (2): Erik Best (20), Glen Hadwen (20)

8. Like A Rose – Ashley Monroe

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Points: 139

Mentions: 15

Points per mention: 9.3

Big supporters (4): Joe Lunday (15), Phil Brasor (15), Tom Lane (15), Jason Gubbels (14)

First place mentions (1): Joe Lunday (15)

7. Run Fast – The Julie Ruin

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Points: 146

Mentions: 16

Points per mention: 9.1

Big supporters (2): Richard Cobeen (14), Chris Hurst (13)

6. Rkives – Rilo Kiley

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Points: 148

Mentions: 14

Points per mention: 10.6

Big supporters (7): Paul Albone (20), Jimmy Cook (15), Brad Luen (15), Ryan Maffei (13), Nick Mussatti (12), John Smallwood (12), Jon LaFollette (11)

5. Shaking The Habitual – The Knife

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Points: 179

Mentions: 18

Points per mention: 10

Big supporters (6): Zac Harmon (16), Dan Weiss (15), Chuck Bromley (15), Nick Mussatti (14), Michael Swallop (13), Rodney Taylor (13)

First place mentions (1): Dan Weiss (15)

4. Matangi – M.I.A.

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Points: 189

Mentions: 21

Points per mention: 9

Big supporters (5): Tom Hull (15), Mark Razor (15), Ioannis Sotirchos (15), Brad Morosan (14), Chuck Bromley (12)

First place mentions (1): Tom Hull (15)

3. Zoom – Rachid Taha

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Points: 208

Mentions: 19

Points per mention: 10.9

Big supporters (9): Jason Gubbels (27), Erik Best (15), Paul Hayden (14), Nick Mussatti (14), Peter Gorman (13), Jeff Callahan (12), Michael Tatum (12), Tom Walker (12), Matt Rice (11)

First place mentions (1): Jason Gubbels (27)

2. Hokey Fright – The Uncluded

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Points: 233

Mentions: 18

Points per mention: 12.9

Big supporters: 11

First place mentions (4): David Cohen (28), Raul Roque (20), John Smallwood (17), Matt Rice (15)

1. Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend

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Points: 584

Mentions: 41

Points per mention: 14.2

Points per vote: 11.2

Big supporters: 29

First place mentions (15): Felix Lorenz (26), Mark Rosen (25), Richard Cobeen (22), Paul Albone (20), Chuck Bromley (20), Michael Tatum (20), Paul Hayden (18), Dan Weber (18), Jeff Callahan (17), Peter Gorman (17), Jon LaFollette (17), Nick Mussatti (17), Zac Harmon (16), Michael Swallop (16), Brad Morosan (14)

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