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The Village Voice Names New Music Editor

The Village Voice has named Maura Johnston as their new Music Editor. Rob Harvilla, the paper’s current music editor, posted that he would be leaving the Voice to take an editorial position at Rhapsody, in San Francisco.

Johnston has built quite the career for herself, having written for The Awl, Idolator and at the Village Voice.

Harvilla had this to say about leaving the paper:

This has been a dream job, and though it’s time to move on, it’s awfully hard to leave, and I’m grateful to you all for reading, writing, re-Tweeting, detracting, and however else you chose to react.

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Some Good News at the Voice — Finally


The Village Voice took home three awards this weekend presented by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) as part of their annual AltWeekly Awards — this despite more than a year of internal turmoil set off by the merger of its parent company, Village Voice Media, with New Times Media in October 2005. The Voice got the nod for its music coverage (via editor Rob Harvilla), film coverage (via long-time critic J. Hoberman) and investigative reporting (via Kristen Lombardi‘s piece on ground zero’s deadly toxins).

The honors are particularly welcome if not jaw-dropping, considering the significant staff changes the Voice experienced last year, many within the very departments that took home awards from AAN.

The weekend’s biggest winner was the LA Weekly, which received top prizes in the cartoon, column, Web site design and food crit categories, among others.


  • Breaking: Village Voice Names Fifth Editor In 15 Months
  • Celebrity Deathmatch: Pazz & Jop vs. Jackin’ Pop


    And so finally it arrvies. The annual Pazz & Jop poll is here.

    But let’s face it, most of us are interested in the controversy surrounding the “maybe-it-was-maybe-it-wasn’t” draft of the opening essay that viciously attacked Idolator’s Jackin’ Pop poll.

    For his part, in the real essay, VV music editor Rob Harvilla tried to end the feud with kind words about Robert Christgau:

    I thank him now, for everything, and wish him well with the knowledge that he doesn’t need the help. And with that, it’s time to let him go. Let his looming shadow lift so he can get back to work, and so can we. I suspect he prefers it that way.

    But he also took a parting shot:

    We have a rival poll now, courtesy of the Gawker entity Idolator, with a name (Jackin’ Pop) very similar to ours but with stronger echoes of masturbation — which is a fine way to sum up this whole feud, really.

    On a related note, Dylan’s Modern Times edged out TV on the Radio’s ode to Super Mario World, Return to Cookie Mountain.

  • Pazz & Jop Critics Poll [VV]
  • Roller-Hockeying “Voice” Editor’s Attempt At A Verbal Cross-Check Deserves A Penalty [Idolator]
  • Jackin’ Pop Critics Poll [Idolator]
  • Living With War [VV]


  • Pazz and Jop: The Fhit Hits The San