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…]
When 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.
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…]
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:
Performances by AraabMuzik / Eric Copeland / Grimes / Xeno & Oaklander / Trash Talk / Light Asylum / Prince Rama / FORMA / Dive / Teengirl Fantasy
DJ sets from Awesome Tapes From Africa / Weird Magic / Todd Pendu / Main Attrakionz / Ayshay
New Museum Theater, Lobby and Sky Room
235 Bowery, New York
$20 Members / $25 Non-Members
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?
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.
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
1:45 Cass McCombs
3:20 Beach House
4:15 Lightning Bolt
5:15 St. Vincent
6:15 Major Lazer
7:25 Big Boi