Pitchfork TV

I've always tried to like Pitchfork, but for the most part, I think a lot of the bands they promote are overrated, boring, or too electronic, and their reviews are a little pretentious and snobby for my taste. It seems more about the scene than the music. But I have to admit, I really like Pitchfork.tv I hope they continue to add to the live shows section, but I really like the selection of music videos they have on there (and that it plays continuously.)

Beach House (still sad I missed them live)

Jay Reatard (glad I've seen him twice live)

Nick Cave (I'll probably never see him live)

The Onion: Pitchfork give music 6.8

P.S. Why does Pitchfork get to curate half of All Tomorrow's Parties. Making it about 50% less cooler than it could be. I mean wasn't the idea behind ATP that it is akin to dipping into the curator's record collection, or as Thurston Moore described it, "It's the ultimate mix tape". How is having a...oh, wait. Are they just collaborating with ATP on something seperate? oh. well, still.


  1. I pretty much agree with everything you wrote about Pitchfork. About the only thing I can say in their defense--more like damning with faint praise-- is they're generally better than the alternative. For example, The Village Voice. Ugh. Robert Christgau is gone--still writing at Rolling Stone--but I still want to smack the rest of their writers. To read the Pazz & Jop Poll is understand self-important irrelevance.

    Or what about Chuck Klosterman? In a more civilized culture he would've been hanged, drawn and quartered at a midwestern county fair.

    Buddyhead used to be pretty amusing, but they hardly ever update, and they've developed an unheathly fixation with buttrock (e.g.-Black Crowes, Tom Petty, anything that features a former member of Guns & Roses) and Oasis. I guess now that nobody cares about Fred Durst they've lost their raison d'etre.

    I've only seen one of the mentioned musicians live, but I've seen him 12 times or so. Can you guess which one?

  2. Boy, you really hate Chuck Klosterman. Did you tell me he comes into the store a lot?

    I've never heard of Buddyhead. I'll look into that. A friend of mine just started writing reviews for some site I can't remember and had never heard of - but I'm jealous- I'd like to do that.

    I'm gonna guess you've seen Tom Petty 12 times, although tough call. - A more logical guess would be Traci Guns.

    (Did I ever tell you about having drinks with Fred Durst the same night I was hit on by Nick Stahl?)

  3. I meant the musicians you mentioned: Jay Reatard, Beach House, Nick Cave. I've never seen Tom Petty, unless you count watching the most recent Superbowl halftime show.

    Yeah, it's true, I'm not fond of ol' Mr. Klosterman. I see him around the store sometimes, but I don't know just how often he comes in since I'm stuck up in the buyers' office with no windows. In fact, I think the reason my post yesterday seemed so angry was because I was thinking about how much I hate my job. Poor Chuck was a victim of my transference.

    No, you haven't told me about the Durst/Stahl happening. When you talked to Mr. Durst was his speech really quiet at first, building and building until he had to jump up and down and scream?
    I saw Hope Davis at a restaurant on Friday and Nancy Pelosi and Jonathan Demme at the opera on Sat.

  4. Oh! Well then, duh: Nick Cave.

    LOL re: Fred Durst's speech pattern.

    and, I didn't know Nancy Pelosi and Jonathan Demme were dating. sweet.
    (which opera did you see? - was it any good?) I'm curious about VOX. Have you seen any of those?

  5. Satyagraha. I liked it a lot.


    (Will you teach me how to embed stuff?)

    I have not seen any of the Vox. I've only been to three operas in my life, all at the Met, all great. The other two were Moses & Aron by Schoenberg, and La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart. I'd like to go more often though. If I had the money, I'd get season tickets.

  6. ooooh...Philip Glass? Awesome.

    I'm jealous. That's the sort of thing I'd like to see.

    The most recent thing I've seen was Madame Butterfly in 2003. And the amost exciting part of that was that it was designed by Robert Wilson and we got to see the brand new and insanely beautiful
    Walt Disney Music Hall

    You didn't confirm or deny Nick Cave. But I don't think you need to. Is he still dating P.J. Harvey? I always thought that was a great match. When you meet John you'll have to ask him about seeing the Birthday Party in the early 80's.

    I don't know how to tell you how to make a hyperlink without it becoming a hyperlink, so
    try this tutorial

  7. Yes, Nick Cave. I don't think he and P.J Harvey have been dating for at least a decade. She was with Vincent Gallo for a while I believe.

    Also, I feel like somebody's grandpa who can't figure out how to order from the drive-thru window, but I still don't understand how to, um, what did you call it? Hyperlink?