This week in the Voice, out today: Our 39th Annual Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll. Maura Johnston notes that many songs transcended the disappointments and uncertainties of 2011: “A lot of the albums and singles that performed well had a sense of wonder about themselves, inviting the listener along on journeys that veered into unexpected places with gusto.”
Lauren Shockey partakes in the standout sandwiches at SoHo newcomer Parm, the Torrisi Italian Specialties spinoff.
Nick Pinkerton says that Steven Soderbergh knows how to return punch to action scenes in his latest movie, Haywire, writing that the film: “puts the impact back into screen violence, brings it back to earth.”
Christian Viveros-Faune remembers British artist Damien Hirst, who died Thursday of acute diverticulitis, apparently “brought on by a swinishly speculative, grossly cynical, intellectually constipated effort to pinch out 11 concurrent exhibitions of rehashed expensive crap.”
Alexis Soloski weighs in on the battle of the sexes at P.S. 122 in her review of Newyorkland and Untitled Feminist Show. “It’s video vs. dance, violence vs. sex, guns vs. boobs,” she writes. “Let the pheromones fly.”