* The Village Voice's annual critics' poll, Pazz and Jop, is up. As they do every year, VV doled out ballots to hundreds of critics across the country — critics who, this year, deemed tUnE-yArDs' w h o k i l l the best album of the year and Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" far and away the best single of the year. You'll see that some locals made showings on the albums list, from The Black Keys at No. 21 to Those Darlins at No. 180, JEFF the Brotherhood at No. 461 and Tristen at No. 491. And you can also look at individual ballots — ballots from humble local music editors and staff writers right alongside certified legends. And yes, I voted for that Robyn single. It's damn good.
* Nashville-based black metal outfit Enfold Darkness recently debuted a track via "America's only monthly metal magazine," Decibel. The song is called “Lairs of the Ascended Masters," and it features sounds that Enfold themselves refer to as "technical black metal" — sounds like rapid-fire double-kick mayhem, breakneck shredding and vocals that occasionally land in the vicinity of Gremlins' Gizmo. There's a war in the comments section as to whether or not the tune is good, and a similar, though less self-serious, debate over at Metal Sucks. Thanks to longtime Scene/Cream contributor and Alaskan metalhead Matt Sullivan for sending those links along.
* Dusted has a review of local punk-poppers Diarrhea Planet's Loose Jewels. And you know what? It's a pretty insightful and thoughtfully written review. "It isn’t the school of punk rock that’s looking to change the world," says author Tobias Carroll, "but it’s one with deep historical roots all the same." You can also listen to DP's "Warm Ridin'" while you read.
* American Songwriter just debuted a video of the legendary Kris Kristofferson covering Bob Dylan's “Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn).” As AS notes, "The cover is one of the many highlights on the album Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International, which hits stores January 24." As we mentioned, it's a record that will also feature contributions from Ke$ha and Miley Cyrus.
* So maybe Elenowen's sentimental folky country pop doesn't mesh really well with the aforementioned metal, punk and outlaw country acts, but hey, it's the Internet! Those Attic Sessions that War Memorial is doing? The ones that debuted last week with Will Kimbrough? Well, the second installment is here, and it features tunes and talkin' from Elenowen. See that one after the jump.