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Pitchfork, 1995–present: What did we do to deserve Pitchfork?

In the last decade, no organ of music criticism has wielded as much influence as Pitchfork. It is the only publication, online or print, that can have a decisive effect on a musician or band’s career.... [W]hatever attracts people to Pitchfork, it isn’t the writing. Even writers who admire the site’s reviews almost always feel obliged to describe the prose as “uneven,” and that’s charitable. Pitchfork has a very specific scoring system that grades albums on a scale from 0.0 to 10.0, and that accounts for some of the site’s appeal, but it can’t just be the scores.... How has Pitchfork succeeded where so many other websites and magazines have not? And why is that success depressing? A lengthy history and review of Pitchfork [Media], from an inexpensive online alternative to a music zine, to "indie" music kingmaker, and thoughts on pop music (criticism). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 24, 2012 - 109 comments

Concerts à Emporter

Les Concerts à Emporter (or Take Away Shows) is a project by French filmmaker Vincent Moon in which he records musicians playing impromptu concerts in the street, in a courtyard, or even in an elevator, with often sublime results. [more inside]
posted by ekroh on Mar 2, 2010 - 16 comments

Pavement: So much style that it's wasted

Tomorrow, in Auckland, mellow jazz docents Pavement will play their first live show in a decade. A week later, Matador Records will release the band's first-ever best-of collection, Quarantine the Past. But what about all the B-sides, live takes, and rarities that didn't make the cut? An extensive selection follows, but you can start with these superb live recordings from their last tour: Gold Soundz, Range Life, Here. (Previously.) [more inside]
posted by cirripede on Feb 28, 2010 - 36 comments

"Lies and betrayals, fruit covered nails, electricity. . ."

Pavement to reunite and tour the world. [more inside]
posted by bardic on Sep 18, 2009 - 84 comments

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