In this week’s Village Voice, Rob Harvilla stages a brutal, single-elimination, March Madness-style tournament to determine the worst lyrics of the decade. Spoiler: the Black Eyed Peas are very much involved! Elsewhere, Christopher R. Weingarten runs back the decade in hype, paying solemn tribute to the once-hot-shit genres that (mostly) won’t be joining us in the ’10s. And Andy Beta celebrates the 10th birthday of WNYU’s Beats in Space with the show’s founding and still reigning DJ, Tim Sweeney.
In Books, Zach Baron on the decade in literature.
In Film, we present the 10th Annual Village Voice Film Critics’ Poll. Hurt Locker took it in a landslide, which makes sense, according to J. Hoberman, who also furnishes a timeline of the past decade in film. Plus Anthony Kaufman on the decline and fall of NYC’s indie film community and Melissa Anderson on Mullholland Drive, which is the best film of the decade, according to the critics we polled. See the full results here. Hoberman’s annotated ballot can be found here. Not enough for you? Our tireless lead film critic also reviewed Police, Adjective and Sherlock Holmes; Scott Foundas, his left coast counterpart, endured It’s Complicated.
In Art, Martha Schwendener on the most influential artists of the decade.
In Dance, Deborah Jowitt on the best of the decade.