pitchfork is dumb (#34985859340293849494 in a series.)

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yeah i liked that review, it was funnie

jon /bia /tche 2.0 (Lamp), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 23:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Let's be honest, Weiss was probably stoned when he wrote it.

Bon Ivoj (jaymc), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 23:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

good work weiss

nakamura, Tuesday, 15 November 2011 23:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

a glass pyramid breaking under the weight of his psychedelic bombed squad

Young writers should experiment but editors should intervene to tell them when the experiment's gone horribly wrong.

― Science, you guys. Science. (DL), Tuesday, November 15, 2011 12:58 PM (7 hours ago) Bookmark

you mean tell them when the glass pyramid is about the break

some dude, Wednesday, 16 November 2011 01:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

about to break

some dude, Wednesday, 16 November 2011 01:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

This artcile is just tortuous to read.

Gonjasufjanstephen O'Malley (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 19:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Would not the fun/ Look too expensive!"
– Emily Dickinson, poem 338

stopped reading right about here, tho i have no problem with ED

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 19:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

i lol when people complain about pitchfork getting a more generic "voice" over the years because the alternative was william bowers

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 19:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

i've recently spent a lot of time on ILX grumping about the absence of "personality" in pfork's criticism

i now see that "less of you" is sometimes a really good thing

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 19:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

fucking lol, cad beat me to it

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 19:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol does Mark still post here? I would like WORDS

(thinks and smiles) (DJP), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 19:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

"There are now many historians who study popular culture, lowbrow entertainment, and the people of the streets, but I am always dismayed to find that they treat every saloon, high-heel shoe, or rock song as something else. If they are sympathetic to the people who consumed them, such things are remade into 'resistance' against oppression or 'collective alternatives' to capitalist individualism. God forbid they could be simply and only 'fun.'"
– Thaddeus Russell, A Renegade History of the United States

"Would not the fun/ Look too expensive!"
– Emily Dickinson, poem 338

"I don't think anyone could describe a Liturgy show as a fun experience."
– Liturgy's Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, "Show No Mercy: Death To Black Metal"

That whole shit of "Look how well read I am, and look how playfully I contrast it with something a band has said!" is the single most irritating meme in music writing. It does not help or inform the reader; it is only showing off for the sake of it. It screams self-regard. This person, sadly, is not alone in thinking it is clever.

Viva Brother Beyond (ithappens), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

is there a good bit to this eventually? has anyone made it all the way through?

like a musical album. made by a band. (fucking in the streets), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 19:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

do like the russell quote

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 19:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

I certainly didn't. Oof.

xp

Flag post? I hardly knew her! (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 19:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

there's a part where people at a metal show poke holes in the back of his leather jacket

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 19:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

do they break flesh?

like a musical album. made by a band. (fucking in the streets), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 19:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost Nothing wrong with the quotes, just their usage. Nothing wrong with being well-read, just how you choose to deploy it.

Viva Brother Beyond (ithappens), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 19:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

there's a part where he talks about not being able to grow eyebrows

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 19:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

has anyone made it all the way through?

Oh man, that person would be built of stronger stuff than I. I gave up about 1/4 of the way through.

Gonjasufjanstephen O'Malley (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 19:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

i did make it, there's nothing worth reading in it tho

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 20:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

does article mention whether or not the new Liturgy drummer was up to snuff

radiant silverfish (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 20:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

does the*

radiant silverfish (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 20:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

You mean Roland? I hear he's pretty good at keeping the beat.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 20:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

hah

radiant silverfish (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 20:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

pretty disappointing that they have no drummer at all now, but understandable i guess

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 20:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

this reads like vice. I hate writing that attempts to make me feel uncool.

owenf, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 22:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

what about threads

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 23:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

OK, for lack of a better thread and despite liking the article:
http://pitchfork.com/features/resonant-frequency/8757-permission-to-avalanche-four-fragments-on-bass/

It's a thick, purple, crunchy record where all of the most interesting stuff is happening in the lowest octave. The structure had nothing to do with dubstep, but On the Bright Side seemed bent on transmitting emotional information by scrunching up the bass like a fist and hitting you where you live.

Maybe I am just listening wrong, but this is... not an album with heavy bass? There's a kick drum on that song, but most of the stuff is going on in the mid-range as far as I can tell? Maybe I'm just used to stuff with really low-octave bass, but it's puzzling.

valleys of your mind (mh), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 16:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

did you listen to them with Beats by Dre?

o _o⃑ (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 16:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

nah, on a decent stereo and with TMA-1 headphones, though!

valleys of your mind (mh), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 16:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ah well, if these nights with such different-yet-complementary performers had taught me anything, it was that one person's garbage was another person's horcrux.

this is not okay.

Mordy, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 16:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I am listening to On The Bright Side waiting for the interesting stuff to happen

I'm already halfway through it, so far the only vaguely interesting thing has been some metallic flange reverb on the percussion track in "A Better Shore"

(thinks and smiles) (DJP), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 16:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

(permission to) avalanche was the only song on that album i really dug, if only for the changeup at ~5:35

o _o⃑ (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah it's not incredibly engaging but it had some nice remixes and such. It is the "by the numbers" project of the guy, to be fair.

valleys of your mind (mh), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

one person's garbage was another person's horcrux

wat

valleys of your mind (mh), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

I guess the way I read sites like Pitchfork is that I'll skim things about music it seems I might like, read articles or reviews by writers I do like, and kind of ignore the rest.

I guess that means I miss out on gems like that.

valleys of your mind (mh), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

one person's garbage was another person's horcrux

:o :o :o

lex pretend, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

I really want to say something about that but every time I try to I burst into laughter

(thinks and smiles) (DJP), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 19:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/16425-action-bronson-blue-chips

holy shit this is difficult to read

god damn

ilxor, Friday, 23 March 2012 06:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

nigh on unreadable
can we hear more about what he's "like"? christ on a cracker

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 06:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

rap critics who try to write w/ the lyrical flair of rappers almost always fall off that tightrope into total worthless bullshit imo

internet somebody (some dude), Friday, 23 March 2012 13:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think he needs to mention that some people compare Action Bronson to Ghostface Killah.

And I have been called "The Appetite" (DL), Friday, 23 March 2012 15:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

definitely prefer the days of "shit, cat" to this

Estimate the percent chance that a whale has ever been to the moon? (frogbs), Friday, 23 March 2012 15:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

That review is hilarious, like Eddie Murphy's Delirious. It's meritorious on the basis that it is merit-less, a new leader in nadir whose meaning grows fainter the more that it feints it, because you can't fake this.

Sorry, just had to spit a little.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 23 March 2012 15:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think the review starts off a little rough, but explains AB's appeal pretty well as it moves along. I think the ghostface comparison is getting a little played at this point. Yeah we get it, it needs to be mentioned, but as a focus its a little hack at this point.

Regional Tug (irrational), Friday, 23 March 2012 16:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Too many comparisons to Ghostdini
His prose getting tangled like linguini

And I have been called "The Appetite" (DL), Friday, 23 March 2012 16:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

So I actually swung by the Pitchfork offices yesterday. Very spacious!

Also someone pretended to be me last week to get into the Pitchfork day party at SXSW. That was amusing to discover.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 23 March 2012 16:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

not excusing the review but a lot of the first half is the reviewer interpolating AB's lyrics into the text of the review. you may know this, you may not.

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 23 March 2012 16:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

that kinda makes it worse

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 16:32 (2 years ago) Permalink


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