Talking Like a Jerk: #0008 – Pitchfork, and the Last Decade of Music
In the 21 years since Pitchfork’s launch, the Chicago-based music website has crafted itself into an essential outlet for criticism (and discovery) of independent music. Forging their own style of editorial authenticity through overly-passionate and often-irreverent reviews of your favorite band — and eventually branching out into the curation of music festivals, coverage of mainstream artists, and the publication of more diverse music-related content — its influence has grown exponentially, to the point that it was brought under the Condé Nast media empire back in 2015.
This episode, I discuss the evolution of Pitchfork’ influence on the last decade of music, specifically by analyzing its now-10-year-old list of the 50 Best Albums of 2007 — a year emblematically defined by escapist electro-pop and indie sentimentality — with the help of Jonathan Druy (vinyl manager at Songbyrd Music House in Washington D.C.) and Peter Lillis (of Babe City Records):
Tune in to enjoy this hefty dose of recent nostalgia. And for more caustic conversations, subscribe to Talking Like a Jerk on iTunes.
All tunes used and mentioned in the episode can be found in the following playlist:
- Inside Pitchfork, the Site that Shook Up Music Journalism, Dave Itzkoff, Wired
- The 50 Best Albums of 2016, Pitchfork Staff, Pitchfork
- The secret rhythm in Radiohead’s “Videotape”, Estelle Caswell, Vox
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