Pitchfork recently released a list of what they consider the 200 best tracks of the decade so far
(2010-14). [more inside]
According to the Daptone Gold
compilation liner notes
(auto-playing music, click on "Biography"to read the notes), written by Pitchfork contributor Douglas Wolk
, "the world capital of soul" has moved from the US ("between Memphis and Detroit, with occasional stopovers in New Orleans, Cincinnati and elsewhere") in the 1960, to Lagos in the 1970s, then it went into hiding, finally reappearing in Brooklyn, with Daptone Records
. Let's go back - why Lagos in the 1970s? [more inside]
Syracuse punk band Perfect Pussy's debut album Say Yes to Love
is receiving very positive reviews
. But something in these reviews is missing, says Ad Hoc Magazine
. A piece about underground culture, mass media, and yes, Lady Gaga.
In response to Pitchfork's recent History of Alternative Music
, which dubbed 1997-1999 the era of "Fauxternative" Consequence of Sounds has published a Cri Du Coeur: In Defense of Post-Grunge Music
. [more inside]
"I could happily write about this beyond what the word count allows but in the interest of being concise it's a timorous call to arms of positively hands-in-the-air pre - club.
" Pitchfork Review Generator
, mashup generator for aspiring music journalists. If you're looking to generate the cover art for these non-articles, the random album art generator linked in this MetaFilter thread
is down, but there are at least three others currently online: 1
. [more inside]
After appearing on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live
(is that Colin Stetson
back there on sax?), Arcade Fire aired a strange but alluring late night special called Here Comes the Night Time
, featuring Bono, Michael Cera, James Franco, Ben Stiller, Zac Galifianakis, Bill Hader and a nightclub in Montreal. [more inside]
An amazingly-designed article
about R&B performer Janelle Monae. And an interesting article too!
The Polyphonic Spree's forthcoming album Yes It's True is previewing right now on Pitchfork
, complete with virtual CD book including lyrics. This is their first album of original material since 2007's The Fragile Army.
Music review site Pitchfork
has branched out. Today marks the debut of The Dissolve
, which will be dedicated to film. With talent
acquired from Slate, NPR and the AV Club, the website is starting with a high pedigree.
'Before their show in Seattle last month, London four-piece Savages
posted a sign around the venue that laid out a couple of ground rules: no Instagramming, no video, no tweets-- in short, "SILENCE YOUR PHONES
." This could be seen as a part of a growing trend of bands
pointing out how sick they are of looking out into a sea of smartphones rather than human faces (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs posted a similar missive at their recent New York homecoming show
), but it felt more like an extension of Savages’ overall manifesto
. And no, “manifesto” is not too dramatic a word; especially in contrast with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ sign, which tempered its message with chatty humor
, Savages’ fiery imperative read like something hammered onto a door
.' --Pitchfork has both a review
and cover story
on Savages well-named
new record "Silence Yourself
Record review website Pitchfork
has released a documentary about the creation of Belle & Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister
. The film is part of the Pitchfork Classic
web series. [more inside]
[auto playing music], the debut album from "supergroup" Atoms for Peace (Thom Yorke and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich (who did an AMA earlier today
), with Flea, Joey Waronker, and Mauro Refosco), is streaming in its entirety
ahead of its official release next week.
Modest Mouse: The Lonesome Crowded West.
A documentary about the recording of Modest Mouse's masterpiece. [more inside]
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]
"We were so dumbfounded at the noise that was coming out of our instruments it took us a while to get a handle on what we were hearing, let alone thinking in terms of how any records would be structured." Music journalist Ned Raggett assembles the oral history of British experimental rock group Disco Inferno's five EPs
Here is a very good 8-part documentary
about the making of The Flaming Lips
' album The Soft Bulletin
. Some time after their appearance on Beverly Hills: 90210,
some time before releasing new music embedded in edible gummy material
of various shapes
), the album was released to near-unanimous critical acclaim
. The FLips, previously on MeFi.
World Memory Champion
Ben Pridmore can memorize a deck of playing cards in under 30 seconds
. Sometimes he imagines elaborate, on-the-fly tales of absurdity to aid his memorization. One such story was brought to life by DJ Shadow (way previously
) and a cast of thousands: Scale It Back
(bonus, helpful recall of entire story at end of video)
When we did "Beat It," Michael came in the van with us to scout locations. I remember saying, "I'm hungry, let's stop for a pizza." Michael said, "Oh good, I've never had a pizza." This is a 25-year-old man who'd never had pizza. Now he wasn't accessible like that. He was a superstar, but then he became a deity.
I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution is a hugely readable and fun new oral history of the first decade of MTV. Veteran music writers Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum interviewed many of the era's major players, putting a microscope on the biggest, weirdest, and most memorable videos of the time, and [Pitchfork is] thrilled to present the following excerpt.
Words and Music.
The staff at Pitchfork
list their favorite books about music. [more inside]
2 0 1 0 a year in reviews
- This visualization renders a browsable, searchable distribution of all 2010 Pitchfork music reviews
Pitchfork counts down the top 200 tracks of the 1990's
this week. Strippertweets invites you to play pretend Pitchfork editor and predict the songs and order of the top 10 in their Pitchfork Pool. [more inside]
What's the matter with Sweden?
How public funding for the arts has turned countries like Sweden into Meccas for indie music.
The Village Voice recently released their 2009 Pazz and Jop poll.
Several critics on the I Love Music
message boards noticed its similarity to Pitchfork's 2009 poll.
Pitchfork's Editor-in-Chief Scott Plagenhoef steps in and over the course of fifty posts
defends the apparent "Pitchforkification of music."
Grab your John Deere hat and your Asian girlfriend! Metafilter's most hated music website is telling you what the 500 best songs of the 21st century are
! [more inside]
Coincidental to the publishing
of her memoir
, Candy Spelling
- the widow of legendary television producer Aaron Spelling
- is selling
her Beverly Hills mansion
for $150 million
. (Daughter Tori Spelling
is not expected to share in the proceeds.)
I think that we can all agree that the best-selling duo in rock history, Hall & Oates, are pretty freaking awesome. They recorded some of the greatest songs in pop history, including "Rich Girl
", "Kiss on My List
", "Private Eyes
", "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
", and "You Make My Dreams Come True
". They were incredible live
. And they participated in the greatest back-alley song-writing duel of 1978
. Also Daryl Hall considers himself a modern-day warlock
However, last night the world learned that Hall and Oates's are sad. They are extremely saddened by the upcoming departure of Alan Colmes from his show Hannity and Colmes, and they have chosen to express their sadness through song
. [more inside]
So, um, Pitchfork.tv
launches today. [more inside]
The Internet Hype Machine Bubble. Idolator
has an introspective on the boom and bust cycle of the online indie
music scene, focusing on the band Black Kids
, who with only one EP
under their belt, are already being hyped to an extreme extent.
With the conversation taking prominence over the music itself, are we seeing the dark side of the Cluetrain? [more inside]
[...] now they’re really interested in this one song– and they still won’t make eye contact, looking through their little lenses, taping this one song for their blogs or for their fucking YouTube [accounts] or whatever, [...] and it just pissed me off.
Band of Horses singer gives San Diego YouTuber the finger
, prompting reactions
ranging from sympathy with the artist
to basically "stop whining, it's part of the job
has unveiled their Top 50 Albums of 2006
(don't also miss their Top 100 Tracks of 2006
). Rolling Stone's Top 50
. Prefix's Top 50
. Stylus's Top 50
. For those who love these lists, the deluge has only begun...
on My Bloody Valentine's album Loveless
(full thesis as pdf
Sound Team didn't think much of the review
that Pitchfork gave them and replied via YouTube
(which also reports on the winner
of the Moo & Oink contest
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
are a band that, less than a year ago, were making music without the help of a record label, pressing CDs themselves and selling them at concerts and on the Internet. Then the following happened: June 9: Dan Bierne writes about the band on his MP3 blog
, June 14: Pitchfork Media posts a review of the song "In This Home On Ice"
, June 15: Blogger Gothamist posts an interview with the band
, June 20: Blogger Stereogum announces the band's show at the Knitting Factory
, June 21: Gothamist reports that David Bowie was in the audience at the Knitting Factory show
, and June 22: Pitchfork posts one of a slew of reviews of Clap's first album
Now, they've been named to dozens of critics 'best of' lists
, they're playing Conan and Letterman
, and are about to embark on a new tour. Why choose today to post an article about a band blowing up written in November you ask? Because their tour kicks off tonight
at the 9:30 club in DC, and you can listen to it live
NPR’s Live Concert Series
site offers recordings of recent live performances by James Brown
, Sinead O’Connor
, Iron & Wine and Calexico
, Son Volt
, My Morning Jacket
, The White Stripes, M. Ward
, Sigur Ros
, Bloc Party
, The Decemberists
, and live tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET, Colin Meloy