2 thoughts on “2002 Pazz and Jop”

  1. My letter to the editor got published and Christgau replied to me.

    HOTEL DEFECTIVE

    In Robert Christgau’s piece on the 2002 Pazz & Jop poll (“Party in Hard Times”), he repeatedly refers to Wilco’s drummer, Ken Coomer. The only problem is that Ken Coomer was not the drummer on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot; Glenn Kotche replaced him at the start of recording. You’d think the Dean of Schlock Criticism would read the liner notes to his poll’s No. 1 album. Or at least see the movie based on the making of it!

    Jake Brown

    Chicago, Illinois

    Robert Christgau replies: In fact, both Coomer and Kotche are listed in the package, which attributes no instruments to anyone, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have figured it out—factual errors are always inexcusable. The point, however, remains the same. Of course I heard Kotche’s tricked-up meters and textural fills as Coomer’s attempt to keep up with the artiness at hand. No matter who played them, they don’t rock, funk, or propel.

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