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Old 11-23-2009, 07:50 PM   #1
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I Abhor Pitchfork.com And All It Stands For

I've never liked Pitchfork.com, that haven for pretentious indie-rock music critics and their ilk, and it finally dawned on me today that no thread exists to make fun of that loathsome site. Well, I bequeath to you, this thread.

A fun link to get things warmed up:

Joe Colly's Review of Them Crooked Vultures | RipFork
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:57 PM   #2
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I've come to a bit of a truce with Pitchfork. They're pretentious and their rating system is inexplicable, but I can't deny the quantity of wonderful music I've discovered there. The contributors at Pitchfork write what they do for their love of the medium, and receive little in return. Besides, cokemachineglow is even further up its own ass, if you're grading on a scale.

For the record, 6.2 is a fair rating for Them Crooked Vultures. The concept was exciting, but, as is the case for albums by supergroups, the thought and inspiration involved in memorable songwriting is rarely present. I found it to be a fun way to spend an hour, but little more.
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If the Fork gives something a really high score it's usually pretty damned good.

In the world of popular music criticism that's more or less enough for me these days.
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Hmmm. I disagree with their album ratings from time to time but, other than that, I think the site does a great job of compiling the latest music news, conducting interesting interviews, providing links to new songs/videos for the listening public, etc. I've discovered a good amount of stuff because of Pitchfork, so they can't be all bad. Oh yeah, and I think they do a pretty damn good job with all their big year end lists and things like that. The recent P2K thing was a lot of fun.

But, I guess this thread is for making fun of the site so don't pay attention to me.
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:07 PM   #5
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I've come to a bit of a truce with Pitchfork. They're pretentious and their rating system is inexplicable, but I can't deny the quantity of wonderful music I've discovered there. The contributors at Pitchfork write what they do for their love of the medium, and receive little in return. Besides, cokemachineglow is even further up its own ass, if you're grading on a scale.

For the record, 6.2 is a fair rating for Them Crooked Vultures. The concept was exciting, but, as is the case for albums by supergroups, the thought and inspiration involved in memorable songwriting is rarely present. I found it to be a fun way to spend an hour, but little more.
my thoughts exactly. i was very pissed about their NLOTH rating, especially because i think it influenced a lot of young hipsters to not even try the album. if they would have given NLOTH a fair rating, maybe, just maybe the album wouldn't get slammed on other band's message boards (atease, i'm looking at you ).

but like you said, i've found some great shit their, most recently the new Bear In Heaven album, which is quickly becoming one of my top albums of 2009.
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:13 PM   #6
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Don't really agree with their reviewing style, as sometimes they review albums without discussing the merits (or lack of) in any of the tracks and just whinge about/fellate the artist, but I reckon it was PFORK who prompted me into purchasing In Ghost Colours. Mind you, it could be them who get me into The White Lies (which they gave 3.6 or something for their album, so even their negative reviews are encouraging to me).

I wanna know why they still haven't reviewed the new Editors album. Have Editors reached that stage where PFORK deems them an artist not worthy of them reviewing, as they have with other artists.
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if you're these guys, pitchfork is your god.
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I posted it in another thread a while back, but no pitchfork bashing is complete without this little gem

For Posterity’s Sake: The Infamous Ryan S./John Coltrane Pitchfork Review | Addictive Thoughts

And I second the idea of them being, at the very least, an excellent source for finding music you would otherwise have never heard of

Even if they do come across as pretentious a-holes
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I wanna know why they still haven't reviewed the new Editors album. Have Editors reached that stage where PFORK deems them an artist not worthy of them reviewing, as they have with other artists.
If they haven't reviewed it yet, it's most likely that they never will. I feel like the Fork posts their album reviews within a day or two of the album's release, and often on the actual day of release.
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One thing I will never, ever go to Pitchfork for is hip-hop reviews, however.



I mean, for fuck's sake.
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They're pretentious and their rating system is inexplicable, but I can't deny the quantity of wonderful music I've discovered there.
Oh don't get me wrong, I have the site bookmarked ... Yeah, they certainly do the job of highlighting worthwhile new music, but the anti-mainstream, cooler-than-thou, keep-it-all-bottled-up-and-underground finally grated today to the point where I lost it
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One thing I will never, ever go to Pitchfork for is hip-hop reviews, however.


I mean, for fuck's sake.

1. That's the Pitchfork staff?

2. If so, how did you find a picture of the Pitchfork staff?

3. Why are they all bald?
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1. That's the Pitchfork staff?

2. If so, how did you find a picture of the Pitchfork staff?

3. Why are they all bald?
I found that pic ages ago, forum-hopping. If you trace it back, vox.com follows music and culture, so I do believe that pic was taken at Pitchfork Fest '08.

Apparently, PFest is also a skinhead convention. NSW would be safe in the douchebag seats though.
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:46 PM   #14
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It at least partially explains why he left Chicago.

And I'm going to stay out of this for now. The "hipster" generalizations are already grating on me.
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Those aren't hipsters. At least not ones from Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, or any other place where people actually have style. Those clothes look like they were all bought at the mall. The stylist of that picture could have at least dressed them with shit from Urban Outfitters and made it remotely believable.

Anyway, I've been a vocal critic of THE FORK! from time to time, but the bottom line is that you don't judge someone (or an entity) by what they DON'T like, but rather on whether the stuff they recommend to you is crap or not. While they have bashed a healthy amount of stuff I think is great, they've also introduced me to some of my favorite music, ever. And I couldn't possibly be any more indebted to them.
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