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You spin me right round, baby / Right round like laundry, baby

Electronic music couple Matmos have continued their career-defining run of making music by sampling weird and/or thematic sounds
(various stuff, “western” instruments, medical devices and procedures, martial instruments, things related to the lives of famous gays and lesbians)
by recording Ultimate Care II, a single piece of music made entirely of samples recorded from the selfsame Whirlpool washing machine.
A Pitchfork interview on the process. Music videos for excerpts three, five, and nine. A live performance on their own washer.
posted by Going To Maine on Feb 23, 2016 - 16 comments

An unexpected bird, heard over and over in music since 1989: the loon

Listen to the "Loon Garden" sample from one of the E-mu Emulator II's stock library of sounds, and it may sound familiar in an unusual way. Instead of invoking a feeling of being near the Great Lakes, you might get taken to dance floors or mixes of the past and present, from 808 State's "Pacific State" and Sueño Latino's "Sueño Latino (Paradise Mix)" (both vaguely tropical numbers from 1989), to the more recent Rustie's "Up Down (feat. D Double E)" and Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" (NSFW). Philip Sherburne tracked down the story of a sample that keeps coming back, collecting more examples and getting some great insight into a number of notable tracks.
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 13, 2015 - 41 comments

"It's a sad and beautiful world"

The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous (slPitchfork)
posted by Kitteh on Nov 4, 2015 - 14 comments

Pitchfork Acquired by Condé Nast

The independent online magazine announced it was acquired by the media conglomerate. The indie-rock tastemakers, on the verge of their 20th birthday will join Vogue, Wired and Vanity Fair for an undisclosed sum. [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva on Oct 13, 2015 - 41 comments

“None of this intends to give Michete a free pass for anything”

[R]ising star Shamir recently gave NME a playlist of his favorite recent musical discoveries, and his most lavish praise was for… Michete and his mixtape Cool Tricks, described as “a gift from the ratchet gods.” It’s a description as compelling as most any Shamir song. … If nothing else, [opening track “Rap Game Kimmy Gibbler”] will cause some outrage when Michete—who identifies as transfeminine (she/her/he/his) —concludes the song by boasting that she is “burning all these bitches like my last name Hitler.”… Cool Tricks offers up the new genre of qrap: the versed ribaldry of poor taste—a crassly mouthed “fuck you” to the gay male archetype of the connoisseur.
Andy Emitt writes about “The Worst Queer Rapper You Need To Listen To” for Pitchfork. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Sep 29, 2015 - 18 comments

Stromae Takes America

Since the release of his North American debut album “Racine Carrée,” international superstar Stromae has gone on to sell more than 3.5 million albums, performed for thousands of fans in stadiums across the globe, and for the first time in pop history, will be the first ever French spoken artist to have headlined the prestigious Madison Square Garden in New York City this fall. Here, he travels around NYC to sing "Papaoutai" and meet all his American fans. [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Sep 4, 2015 - 18 comments

"democracy is a shitty way to evaluate art"

Pitchfork has released their list of The 200 Best Songs of the 1980s. [more inside]
posted by Theta States on Aug 26, 2015 - 201 comments

surviving in a hungry sea of white noise

Brooklyn's Afropunk festival has gone from a small gathering of friends celebrating an underground documentary to a massive, celebrated boutique fashion and mainstream music cornucopia. Some say they have sold out. But in Pitchfork, author Hanif Abdurraqib, (previously) makes a case that it still represents something very real and important to black youth culture.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Aug 21, 2015 - 9 comments

“Eve you wicked woman, you done put your curse on me!”

Jessica Gentile has compiled a brief-but-interesting listicle for Pitchfork: “Songs about PMS and Periods”
posted by Going To Maine on Jul 30, 2015 - 21 comments

Crank That

The Influencer: A Decade of Soulja Boy
posted by edeezy on Jul 16, 2015 - 13 comments

“Ordered lists of songs are as old as radio itself.”

At Pitchfork, Marc Hogan has put together a long read on “how playlists are curating the future of music.”. He speaks to various folks in positions of power at the different services, including former Pitchfork editor-in-chief Scott Plagenhoef (now running music programming and editorial across Apple Music) and former Pitchfork associate editor Jessica Suarez (now lead streaming editor at Google).
posted by Going To Maine on Jul 16, 2015 - 24 comments

I’m a woman who writes about rock and roll

"The record store, the guitar shop, and now social media: when it comes to popular music, these places become stages for the display of male prowess. Female expertise, when it appears, is repeatedly dismissed as fraudulent. Every woman who has ever ventured an opinion on popular music could give you some variation (or a hundred) on my school corridor run-in, and becoming a recognized 'expert' (a musician, a critic) will not save you from accusations of fakery." The World Needs Female Rock Critics, by Anwen Crawford for the New Yorker. Discussed in the piece is Jessica Hopper's new collection of essays, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, which has been greeted with glowing praise. Here's an interview she did with Hazlitt: 'Am I Womansplaining To You?' And here she speaks to Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy: "Being a fangirl is all the qualification you need. And don't wait for anyone to give you permission. They won't. And you should do it anyways." [more inside]
posted by naju on May 26, 2015 - 11 comments

Holly Herndon

Holly Herndon "takes technology, including the Internet, as a starting point rather than a stumbling block. Where some would discount online culture as a distraction—or, worse, false consciousness—for Herndon, it's just a place we all call home. As such, it works its way directly into her music, both as subject and content. Featured on her forthcoming album Platform, the uneasy single "Home", which she calls "a love song for prying eyes," is dedicated to the NSA; "Chorus", meanwhile, utilizes a software program that eavesdrops on her browser and folds its audio into a shuddering percussive thrum." The whole album is available to stream here. [more inside]
posted by dng on May 11, 2015 - 5 comments

Tryin tell ya

From Teklife to the Next Life -- Pitchfork covers the dreamy, housey, funky Chicago Footwork scene.
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 8, 2015 - 2 comments

The Bizarro Universe of Italo Disco

Slotted somewhere amid such hits one night was a song featuring the chintziest of keyboards, the most tuna-can-like drum machines, and a chorus so idiotic that it made my prepubescent mind think: “If this is about sex, sex sounds stupid.” This song was so not cool. In the deepest, most dramatic register imaginable, singer Paul Lekakis intoned: “Boom boom boom/ Let’s go back to my room/ So we can do it all night/ And you can make me feel right.” It was as dumb as chewing gum and it stuck to my mind every time I came in contact with it on the radio, its tackiness inescapable.
posted by josher71 on Mar 5, 2015 - 35 comments

“I just wanted to be near you”

Sufjan Stevens has released a new track, "No Shade In The Shadow of the Cross", from his forthcoming album Carrie & Lowell. The album is named for Stephens's mother and stepfather, and the musician recently spoke with Ryan Dombal at Pitchfork about his past and the album's origins.
posted by Going To Maine on Feb 16, 2015 - 26 comments

You're Not Just Imagining Things

Pitchfork interviews Björk about the inspiration for and methods behind her newest album. Awesomeness ensues.
posted by Ipsifendus on Jan 21, 2015 - 32 comments

"He grew into electronic music's...misanthropic version of Paul Bunyan."

Strange Visitor: Philip Sherbourne interviews Aphex Twin for Pitchfork
posted by Going To Maine on Sep 19, 2014 - 18 comments

relative Pitch

Pitchfork recently released a list of what they consider the 200 best tracks of the decade so far (2010-14). [more inside]
posted by threeants on Aug 20, 2014 - 158 comments

A look back at the funky, psychedelic, soulful 70s in Nigeria

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]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 18, 2014 - 10 comments

The million-dollar headliners, the Outkast reunions, the Ferris wheels

Why the Summer Music Festival Bubble is About to Burst.
posted by naju on Aug 5, 2014 - 44 comments

The Tough Realities Behind Vinyl's Comeback

If we’re talking about vinyl in 2014, we have to talk about Jack White. In April, rock‘n’roll’s self-appointed analog evangelist celebrated Record Store Day by teaming up with United Record Pressing in Nashville to put out the “World’s Fastest Released Record.” At 10 a.m., White and his band recorded a live version of his new album Lazaretto’s title track at his own Third Man studios, then drove the masters to United, where it went immediately onto a 7” press, before ending up in fans’ hands at the Third Man store. From start to finish, the process took 3 hours, 55 minutes, and 21 seconds.
posted by josher71 on Jul 29, 2014 - 82 comments

You've probably never heard of it

The Hipster Music Index [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 27, 2014 - 72 comments

Perfect Pussy and the Corporate Media

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.
posted by mahershalal on Mar 25, 2014 - 25 comments

Atlanta to Atlantis: an OutKast retrospective

"Ten years on from Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Pitchfork traces Big Boi and Andre 3000's path from Southern vanguards to the most universally beloved rappers in the world."
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Nov 18, 2013 - 32 comments

the lingering, unanimous aversion

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]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Nov 5, 2013 - 150 comments

going to the next level

Meet Title TK, A Band That Doesn't Make Music [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 30, 2013 - 68 comments

Pitchfork Review Generator: eldritch murmur of arachnophobic pre-drone

"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, 2, 3. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 25, 2013 - 25 comments

Afterlife, oh my god, what an awful word.

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]
posted by Lutoslawski on Sep 30, 2013 - 41 comments

Articles for ArchAndroid's

An amazingly-designed article about R&B performer Janelle Monae. And an interesting article too!
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard on Sep 4, 2013 - 88 comments

Guess who?

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle lists his favorite every metal song for every conceivable occasion.
posted by MisantropicPainforest on Aug 19, 2013 - 42 comments

Yes It's True

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.
posted by hippybear on Aug 2, 2013 - 16 comments

The Dissolve

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.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jul 10, 2013 - 77 comments

Sorry, I didn’t realize you were going to be good

'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"
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 7, 2013 - 110 comments

You'll probably feel better if you stay and play with 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]
posted by Going To Maine on Feb 23, 2013 - 30 comments

Like eating ice cream after a lovely dinner.

AMOK [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.
posted by Lutoslawski on Feb 18, 2013 - 19 comments

Drive like Jehu live in TX. Full set.

Drive like Jehu live at the Galaxy Club Dallas TX in 1994. SLYT. Starts with Sinews ends with Luau. Suit up!
posted by safetyfork on Jun 24, 2012 - 24 comments

Opinions were like kittens I was giving them away

Modest Mouse: The Lonesome Crowded West. A documentary about the recording of Modest Mouse's masterpiece. [more inside]
posted by eyeballkid on Jun 19, 2012 - 96 comments

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

Disco Inferno: The Five EPs

"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.
posted by Houyhnhnm on Jan 23, 2012 - 17 comments

What is the light?

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 (and flavors), the album was released to near-unanimous critical acclaim. The FLips, previously on MeFi.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Jan 11, 2012 - 20 comments

"..to get a medallion from a sofa where there's a pterodactyl which pushes a shopping trolley..."

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)
posted by obscurator on Nov 25, 2011 - 15 comments

"But you don't hire Picasso and then tell him how to paint."

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.
posted by obscurator on Oct 27, 2011 - 28 comments

Words and Music

Words and Music. The staff at Pitchfork list their favorite books about music. [more inside]
posted by rocket88 on Jul 12, 2011 - 56 comments

2 0 1 0 a year in reviews

2 0 1 0 a year in reviews - This visualization renders a browsable, searchable distribution of all 2010 Pitchfork music reviews
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 31, 2011 - 26 comments

Friendly Wagers Are Friendly!

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]
posted by incessant on Aug 30, 2010 - 161 comments

"Do we really want to change America into Sweden?" YES

What's the matter with Sweden? How public funding for the arts has turned countries like Sweden into Meccas for indie music.
posted by dunkadunc on Mar 29, 2010 - 41 comments

Pitchfork: A Defense

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."
posted by minifigs on Feb 16, 2010 - 157 comments

Indie over outie

Nitsuh Abebe gives a narrative for a decade of indie.
posted by klangklangston on Feb 13, 2010 - 54 comments

The Social History of the MP3.

The Social History of the MP3.
posted by chunking express on Aug 24, 2009 - 75 comments

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