Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The History of Pitchfork

(lifted from Eric's Facebook page)

This is a long read, but a very good one.  My favorite parts are the direct quotes from Pitchfork.  To whet your palette, here are a few Ryan Schreiber nuggets...

On Thelonious Monk: “The man could play a piano like it was a goddamn video game.” And on John Coltrane, recorded live at the Village Vanguard: “‘Trane takes it to heaven and back with some style, man. Some richness, daddy. It’s a sad thing his life was cut short by them jaws o’ death.”
Here's the whole thing: http://nplusonemag.com/54


Quinapalus said...

This may not be an accurate way to read this, but as the article went on I found myself more and more compelled to try to psychoanalyze the author. By the time he conflated the recent history of indie rock with the recent history of himself and his hipster friends (who feel their lives are somehow inauthentic, but are able to push away those feelings by listening to Sufjan Stevens), I couldn't help but wonder if his slightly confusing call for "new musical forms" were really just his way of expressing the feeling that he wants to make a major change in his own life. Someone who can write: "Pitchfork and indie rock are currently run by people who behave as though the endless effort to perfect the habits of cultural consumption is the whole experience of life" sounds to me like someone who is frustrated by his current circumstances describing his own life.

There was some pretty amusing material though, especially in the opening sections describing the rise of Pitchfork.

drischord said...

Undoubtedly there are some real "Pitchforkian" elements to his own writing (and that's basically what you're describing), but that's part of what makes it so great.