Tonight: Pitchfork Review release party with Fred Schneider of the B-52s


It’s all going down at our favorite north Brooklyn bookstore The Word. It’s free, but you can RSVP on their Facebook page:

On April 8 at 7 p.m., we’ll host a release party for the new issue at WORD Books, located at 126 Franklin St. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. [Read more…]

Northside Festival Interview: Pallbearer

pallbearer-0414When opening a dialog of Pallbearer, it’s difficult not to frame everything in relation to their triumphant debut, Sorrow and Extinction. And perhaps that’s fair; it was named among the best metal albums of 2012 by the likes of Pitchfork and Spin and singlehandedly introduced the Arkansas doom quartet to an entire subset of listeners who didn’t know “doom” was actually a genre (i.e. Pitchfork and Spin readers). But now, two years removed from that album, and with its follow up, Foundation of Burden, officially on the way, the conversation has moved on and so have Pallbearer. We caught up with the band before Thursday’s Pitchfork Show No Mercy/Hell Awaits-curated Northside Festival showcase, and found them looking forward—to the new record, to their summer tour, to playing with some of Brooklyn’s best metal bands—while still keeping one eye on what got them there.

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The Hipster Music Index: someone finally scientifically quantified which bands are hip


Someone’s crunched the numbers! Now we know which bands we should be into and which ones are too popular to be hip. Who knew Boards of Canada was for the bros?

So, the first scientific criterion for identifying a hipster band is that Pitchfork likes them. Pitchfork reviewers like a lot of mainstream music, however, so that’s not enough. The second criterion is that not many people should like that band. The music must be obscure so that people can say, “My favorite band is X, you’ve probably never heard of them.”

To measure obscurity, we looked at the number of Facebook likes the Pitchfork review received. All else being equal, we expected a hipster band to get fewer Facebook shares than a non-hipster band with the same score.

For a given Pitchfork Review Score, the trend line uses a linear regression to predict how many Facebook likes you’d expect the album to receive given its critical acclaim.

By our criteria, the further below the line a blue dot is, the more hipster the band. (It’s high quality but obscure.) Dots above the line represent more mainstream (not hipster) bands.

See the full breakdown, band by band, below: [Read more…]

Ad Hoc Kick Starts!

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It’s a blog eat blog world. That said, one of the dominating music blogs on the internet is no doubt, Pitchfork. But if you’re anything into indie music, you probably reaped over the discontinuation of Altered Zones. Altered Zones branched off of Pitchfork, featuring the most underground music. Basically, the ones that weren’t big enough to make it onto the main site. Fans were loyal to Altered Zones and their logo empowered the lives of many. Some hipsters even tattooed the design onto their skins.

Now, the grievance of Altered Zones can now be rejoiced because founding members, Emilie Friedlander and Ric Leichtung have started a new project called Ad Hoc. With the same elements of their previous blog, here is their purpose ” a collective of ten tastemaking music blogs from all over the world, Ad Hoc is a daily destination for MP3s, videos, mixes, interviews, artist’s writings, and cultural commentary– curated for quality, and with an emphasis on emerging artists and musical movements that best exemplify the new grassroots, Internet-fueled DIY.”.

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Pitchfork Is Doing Something Too

Last year, Pitchfork joined in CMJ festivities by throwing their own free one-day music showcase in the form of the #Offline festival. And while Kanye may not make a surprise appearance in their 2011 parties, the online music magazine will at least entertain two boroughs with some amazing bands.

So if you can’t wait till the new festival Pitchfork Presents : Forms in February, then check out Pitchfork’s TWO contributions this Saturday, October 22:

image c/o Brooklyn BreweryPitchfork Presents
Performances by Dom and Unknown Mortal Orchestra
DJ set from Neon Indian
2pm to 6pm
Aloft Hotel
216 Duffield Street, Brooklyn
FREE with RSVP to [email protected]

Altered Zones
Performances by AraabMuzikEric CopelandGrimesXeno & OaklanderTrash TalkLight AsylumPrince RamaFORMADiveTeengirl Fantasy
DJ sets from Awesome Tapes From AfricaWeird MagicTodd PenduMain AttrakionzAyshay
New Museum Theater, Lobby and Sky Room
235 Bowery, New York
$20 Members / $25 Non-Members

Really? Kanye got a perfect score?

Before today there were 11 albums that received at 10.0 rating on Pitchfork. Now, add Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Believe me, I want to give credit where credit is due, and I do like Kanye West, but I have a hard time believing that Kanye released the best album since Yankee Hotel Foxtrot came out eight years ago.

Maybe it’s petty to weight the opinions of a music review site so heavily, but this is the internet, so let’s get petty! Here’s the list of all the previous perfect scores.

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Source Tags & Codes

12 Rods – Gay? (EP)

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – I See a Darkness

Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert

The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin

Robert Pollard – Relaxation of the Asshole (In the review, this album received rating of (1)0.0, giving it a dual rating of 10.0 and 0.0.)

Radiohead – Kid A & OK Computer

Amon Tobin – Bricolage

Walt Mink – El Producto

Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

So what records that came out in the past eight years do you think are better than My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy? Or was this justified?

Kanye West Surprise performance at Brooklyn Bowl

A little after 2am Sunday morning, as sweaty, drunk, and all but tired hipsters danced and partied to one band after another at Pichfork’s #Offline Festival at Brooklyn Bowl, guests got a big surprise. Glammed out in bling, an excited, energetic, and oh so entertaining Kanye West took the stage. Backed by DJ A-Trak, he performed five of his newest hits: “So Appalled”, “Monster”, “Devil in a New Dress”, “Power”, and “Runaway”. He was electric, charismatic, and on top of his game. It looked like he was having a good time. As an added bonus, GZA took the stage after Kanye, and performed “Liquid Swords”. Its been a great week for live music in NYC. As the impending CMJ/Pitchfork rivalry grows into a feud, the the spoils of war may be ours to reap in the form of good shows.

Watch the Pitchfork Music Festival Webcast; LCD Soundsystem, Panda Bear, etc.

Watch it here.

Raekwan’s on now, but here’s the rest of Saturday’s schedule:

5:15 The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

6:15 Wolf Parade

7:25 Panda Bear

8:30 LCD Soundsystem

And Sunday:

1:00   Allá

1:45   Cass McCombs

2:30   Girls

3:20   Beach House

4:15   Lightning Bolt

5:15   St. Vincent

6:15   Major Lazer

7:25   Big Boi

8:30   Pavement