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Pitchfork Media

A typical example of Pitchfork's main page, as of 12-12-06
URL www.pitchforkmedia.com
Type of site Music webzine
Registration No
Owner Ryan Schreiber
Created by Ryan Schreiber
Launched 1995
Current status Active

Pitchfork Media, usually known simply as Pitchfork, is a Chicago-based daily Internet publication devoted to music criticism and commentary, music news, and artist interviews. Its focus is on independent music,[1] especially indie rock. However, the range of musical genres covered extends to electronic, pop, hip hop, dance, folk, jazz, and experimental music. Image File history File linksMetadata Pitchforkmedialogo. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1002x711, 592 KB) This is my own screen capture of Pitchfork Medias homepage. ... // Uniform Resource Locator (URL) formerly known as Universal Resource Locator, is a technical, Web-related term used in two distinct meanings: In popular usage and many technical documents, it is a synonym for Uniform Resource Identifier (URI); Strictly, the idea of a uniform syntax for global identifiers of network-retrievable... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... A Webzine is an ezine hosted on the World Wide Web rather than in print. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Music critic. ... In popular music, indie music (from independent) is any of a number of genres, scenes, subcultures and stylistic and cultural attributes, characterised by perceived independence from commercial pop music and mainstream culture and an autonomous, do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... For the gay mens lifestyle magazine, see Genre (magazine). ... For other uses, see Electronic music (disambiguation). ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Folk song redirects here. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... For experimental rock music, see experimental rock. ...


The site, which was established in 1995, concentrates on new music, but Pitchfork journalists also review reissued albums and box sets. The site has published "best-of" lists – such as the best albums of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and the best songs of the 1960s – as well as annual features detailing the best singles and albums of each year between 2001 and 2007. A reissue or re-release is the new or repeated issue of an item. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... A box set (sometimes referred to as a boxed set) is one or more musical recordings, films, television programs, or other collection of related things that are contained in a box. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ...

Contents

History

An old Pitchfork logo

Pitchfork was created in Minneapolis, Minnesota in late 1995 by Ryan Schreiber, then just out of high school. Influenced by local fanzines and college radio station KUOM, Schreiber, who had no previous writing experience, aimed to provide the Internet with a regularly updated resource for independent music. At first bearing the name Turntable, the site was originally updated monthly with interviews and reviews. In May 1996, the site began publishing daily, and was renamed "Pitchfork", a reference to Tony Montana's tattoo in the 1983 film Scarface.[2] Image File history File links Pitchfork_media_logo_old. ... Image File history File links Pitchfork_media_logo_old. ... Minneapolis redirects here. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Largest metro area Minneapolis-St. ... For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... A fanzine (see also: zine) is a nonprofessional publication produced by fans of a particular cultural phenomenon (such as a literary or musical genre) for the pleasure of others who share their interest. ... 770 Radio K (KUOM), Real College Radio, is a college radio station operated by the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. ... In popular music, indie music (from independent) is any of a number of genres, scenes, subcultures and stylistic and cultural attributes, characterised by perceived independence from commercial pop music and mainstream culture and an autonomous, do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. ... Antonio Tony Montana Scarface is a fictional character in the Brian DePalma film Scarface, portrayed by Al Pacino. ... Scarface is a 1983 film directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone and starring Al Pacino as Antonio Tony Montana. ...


In early 1999, Schreiber uprooted Pitchfork from its Minneapolis base and relocated to Chicago, Illinois. By then, the site had expanded to four full-length album reviews daily, as well as sporadic interviews, features, and columns. It had also begun garnering a following for both its extensive coverage of underground music and its writing style, which was often unhindered by the conventions of print journalism. In October of that year, the site added a daily music news section. Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Underground music is music which has developed a cult following, independent of commercial success. ... Journalism is a discipline of collecting, verifying, reporting and analyzing information gathered regarding current events, including trends, issues and people. ...


Size, readership and site traffic

Pitchfork now receives an audience of more than 240,000 readers per day, and more than 1.5 million unique visitors per month, making it the most popular independent-focused music publication online.[3][4]


On October 24, 2003, the author of Pitchformula.com reported that Pitchfork had published 5,575 reviews from 158 different authors, with an average length of just over 520 words. Together, the reviews featured a total of 2,901,650 words.[5] However, this data was recorded in 2003; since that point the site has continued to release reviews on an almost daily basis (excluding weekends and public holidays). is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Influence

Pitchfork's opinions have gained increased cultural currency in recent years; some in the mainstream media view the site as a barometer of the independent music scene, and positive quotes from its reviews are increasingly used in press releases and affixed to the front of CDs.


Since the popular resurgence of "indie" music in 2004,[citation needed] some publications[who?] have cited Pitchfork in having played a part in "breaking" artists such as Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Interpol, The Go! Team, The Dismemberment Plan, Junior Boys, The Books, Broken Social Scene, Wolf Parade, and Tapes 'n Tapes, although the site's true impact on their popularity remains a source of frequent debate. In popular music, independent music, often abbreviated as indie, is a term used to describe genres, scenes, subcultures, styles and other cultural attributes in music, characterized by their independence from major commercial record labels and their autonomous, do-it-yourself approach to recording and publishing. ... Arcade Fire is an indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec which is based around the husband and wife duo of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. ... Sufjan Stevens (IPA pronunciation: ) (born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Petosky, Michigan. ... Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! (often abbreviated CYHSY) is an American indie rock group founded in New London, Connecticut based in Brooklyn, New York and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania whose members include Alec Ounsworth, Lee Sargent, Robbie Guertin, Tyler Sargent, and Sean Greenhalgh. ... For the international organisation, see Interpol. ... For the 1980s band, see The Go Team. ... The Dismemberment Plan was a Washington D.C. based indie rock band formed on January 1, 1993. ... Junior Boys are a Canadian indie electronic pop group. ... The Books are a band founded by and consisting of American Nick Zammuto and Dutchman Paul de Jong in New York City in 2000. ... Broken Social Scene are a Juno Award winning Canadian indie rock supergroup, a musical collective currently including nineteen members, formed in 1999 in Toronto, Ontario. ... Wolf Parade is an indie rock band from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, now based in Montreal, Quebec. ... Tapes n Tapes is an indie rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. ...


Conversely, Pitchfork has also been seen as being a negative influence on some indie artists. As suggested in a Washington Post article in April 2006, Pitchfork's reviews can have a significant influence on an album's popularity, especially if it had previously only been available to a limited audience or had been released on an independent record label. A dismissive 0.0 review of former Dismemberment Plan frontman Travis Morrison's Travistan album led to a large sales drop and a virtual college radio blacklist.[2] On the other hand, "an endorsement from Pitchfork – which dispenses its approval one-tenth of a point at a time, up to a maximum of 10 points – is very valuable, indeed."[2] The Washington Post is the largest newspaper in Washington, D.C.. It is also one of the citys oldest papers, having been founded in 1877. ... An independent record label is variously described as a record label operating without the funding (or outside the organizations) of the major record labels, and/or a label that subscribes to indie philosophies such as DIY and anti-corporate art. ... Travis Morrison (born 1972) is an American musician from the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., USA. // After picking up various instruments around age 12, Morrison stuck with guitar and began forming bands throughout his high school days at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. ... Travistan is Travis Morrisons debut album, released in 2004 (see 2004 in music) by Barsuk Records. ...


Examples

  • Arcade Fire is among the bands most commonly cited to have benefited from a Pitchfork review. In a 2005 Chicago Tribune article, a Merge Records employee states, "After the Pitchfork review, [Funeral] went out of print for about a week because we got so many orders for the record."[6]
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah member Lee Sargent has discussed the impact of Pitchfork's influence on their album, saying, "The thing about a publication like Pitchfork is that they can decide when that happens. You know what I mean? They can say, 'We're going to speed up the process and this is going to happen...now!' And it was a kick in the pants for us, because we lost control of everything."[7]
  • The manager of Tapes 'n Tapes claims that the band has benefited directly from a positive review in Pitchfork, in addition to the band's live shows and a mention in The New York Times.
  • On their 2006 album, Cheap Pop for the Elite (Φτηνή Ποπ για την Ελίτ), Greek pop group Kore. Ydro. specially thank "Pitchforkmedia.com".

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Criticism

Elitism, hype and "hipster" attitude

Along with its popularity, Pitchfork has attracted the criticism of certain music fans and rock journalists. A common complaint is that the site's journalism suffers from a narrow view of independent music, favoring lo-fi and often obscure indie rock and giving only cursory treatment to other genres.[8] Another is that the site's opinions reflect a "hipster" attitude, overly subject to changing musical trends, and that the site itself creates hype around particular scenes (such as "dance punk" or "freak folk") or acts (such as Sufjan Stevens and Arcade Fire). Some critics have suggested that the site rates albums from particular music scenes or artists more favorably in order to bolster its influence when the music becomes popular.[9] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In the 1990s and 2000s, the 1940s slang term hipster began being used in North America to describe young, well-educated urban middle class and upper class adults with leftist or liberal social and political views and interests in a non-mainstream fashion and cultural aesthetic. ... Indie music scenes are localized, independent, music-oriented communities that exist in many countries, especially in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Psych folk or Psychedelic folk is a music genre which began through the blending of folk music and psychedelic music in the 1960s. ... Sufjan Stevens (IPA pronunciation: ) (born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Petosky, Michigan. ... Arcade Fire is an indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec which is based around the husband and wife duo of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. ...


The majority of criticism, however, is aimed at the site's album reviewing style, where there is a commonly-perceived[who?] tendency to emphasize the reviewers' own pretentious and self-conscious writing over the music being reviewed, sometimes not even reviewing the album and instead launching into a barrage of criticism of the artist's integrity.[8]


Parodies

  • When Pitchfork asked comedian David Cross to compile a list of his favorite albums, he instead provided them with a list of "Albums to Listen to While Reading Overwrought Pitchfork Reviews". In it, he satirically piled over-the-top praise on indie rock records, mocking Pitchfork Media's reviewing style.[10]
  • In 2004, comedy website Something Awful created a parody of Pitchfork's front page. Entitled "RichDork Media", the page makes reference to nonexistent, obscure-sounding indie-rock bands in its reviews, news headlines and advertisements. The rating system measures music on its proximity to the band Radiohead.[11] A similar, more light-hearted parody was created by Sub Pop, a record label whose musical artists Pitchfork has reviewed (often favorably).[citation needed]
  • On September 10, 2007, the satirical newspaper The Onion published a story in which Pitchfork Media editor Ryan Schreiber reviews music as a whole, giving it a 6.8 out of 10.[12]

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Leaked music

In August 2006, a directory on Pitchfork's servers containing over 300 albums was compromised. A web surfer managed to discover and download the collection, which included The Decemberists' The Crane Wife and TV on the Radio's Return to Cookie Mountain, both of which had previously leaked to peer-to-peer networks. Allegedly, one of the albums on the server, Joanna Newsom's Ys, had not been available previously on file-sharing networks.[13] The Decemberists are a five-piece indie pop band from Portland, Oregon, fronted by singer/songwriter Colin Meloy . ... The Crane Wife is an album by The Decemberists, released in 2006. ... TV on the Radio is a New York City indie rock band formed in 2001 whose music spans genres as diverse as free jazz, a cappella/doo-wop, soul, trip-hop and electro. ... Return to Cookie Mountain is a critically acclaimed album by TV on the Radio, released July 6, 2006 worldwide (except the United States) by 4AD. An unmastered version of the album had previously surfaced on the Internet in early 2006. ... Joanna Newsom (born January 18, 1982) is an American harpist, pianist, harpsichordist, singer and songwriter from Nevada City, California. ... Ys (IPA pronunciation: ) is the second album by Joanna Newsom. ...


Music festivals

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Intonation Music Festival

In 2005, Pitchfork curated the Intonation Music Festival, attracting approximately 15,000 attendees to Chicago's Union Park for a two-day bill featuring performances by 25 acts, including Broken Social Scene, The Decemberists, The Go! Team, and a rare appearance by Les Savy Fav. The Intonation Music Festival was a music festival held on July 16 - July 17, 2005 at the Union Park in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Intonation Music Festival was a music festival held on July 16 - July 17, 2005 at the Union Park in Chicago, Illinois. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... Broken Social Scene are a Juno Award winning Canadian indie rock supergroup, a musical collective currently including nineteen members, formed in 1999 in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Decemberists are a five-piece indie pop band from Portland, Oregon, fronted by singer/songwriter Colin Meloy . ... For the 1980s band, see The Go Team. ... Les Savy Fav (pronounced lay SAH vee FAHV) is a New York City band that produces idiosyncratic indie rock. ...


Pitchfork Music Festival

On July 29 and 30, 2006, the publication premiered its own Pitchfork Music Festival in the same park. The event attracted over 18,000 attendees per day. More than 40 bands performed at the inaugural festival, including Spoon and Yo La Tengo, as well as a rare headlining set by reunited Tropicália band Os Mutantes.[14] The Pitchfork Music Festival is an annual summer music festival organized by Pitchfork Media held in Union Park, Chicago. ... The Pitchfork Music Festival is an annual summer music festival organized by Pitchfork Media held in Union Park, Chicago. ... Lead singer Britt Daniel Spoon is an American indie rock band from Austin, Texas. ... Yo La Tengo is an American indie rock band, based in Hoboken, New Jersey. ... Tropicalismo, also known as Tropicália, is a Brazilian art movement that arose in the late 1960s and encompassed theatre, poetry and music, among other forms. ... Os Mutantes (pronounced , Portuguese for The Mutants) are an influential Brazilian psychedelic rock band that were linked with the Tropicalia movement of the late 1960s. ...


The Pitchfork Music Festival was held again in 2007. It was expanded to three days (Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 15), with the first day being a collaboration between Pitchfork and the British music festival All Tomorrow's Parties as part of the latter's "Don't Look Back" series, in which seminal artists perform their most legendary albums in their entirety. Performers that evening included Sonic Youth playing Daydream Nation, Slint playing Spiderland, and GZA/Genius playing Liquid Swords. Some of the other artists who performed over the weekend included Yoko Ono, De La Soul, Cat Power, The New Pornographers, Stephen Malkmus, Clipse, Iron & Wine, Girl Talk, Of Montreal, Deerhunter, Dan Deacon, The Ponys, and The Sea and Cake. is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 196th day of the year (197th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... All Tomorrows Parties logo projected at festival. ... Sonic Youth is an American alternative rock band formed in New York City in 1981. ... Daydream Nation is an album by alternative rock band Sonic Youth, released in 1988. ... Slint was a rock band consisting of Brian McMahan (guitar and vocals), David Pajo (guitar), Britt Walford (drums), Todd Brashear (bass on Spiderland) and Ethan Buckler (bass on Tweez). ... Spiderland is an album by the group Slint, released on March 27, 1991, on Touch & Go Records. ... GZA (pronounced Jiz-uh), aka The Genius, born Gary Grice August 22, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York City is an American MC. He is most well known as a founding member of the seminal hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. ... Liquid Swords is a solo album by Wu-Tang Clan member GZA, a. ... For the song by Die Ärzte, see Yoko Ono (song). ... De La Soul is a Grammy-award winning hip hop group from Long Island, New York. ... Cat Power is the stage name of American singer/songwriter Charlyn Chan Marshall (born Charlyn Marie Marshall on 21 January 1972). ... The New Pornographers is a Juno Award-winning Canadian indie rock group formed in 1997 in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... Stephen Malkmus (born May 30, 1966 , Santa Monica, California) is an indie rock musician and a former member of the band Pavement. ... Clipse is a Virginia based (via The Bronx) hip hop duo. ... Iron & Wine is the stage and recording name for Florida-based folk rock singer-songwriter Sam Beam. ... Girl Talk is the stage name and recording alias of Gregg Gillis. ... of Montreal is an American indie pop band formed in Athens, Georgia, fronted by Kevin Barnes. ... For the film, see The Deer Hunter. ... Dan Deacon is a Baltimore, Maryland-based absurdist electronic music composer/performer. ... The Ponys, a small Chicago indie-rock band, opened a new era of garage rock in Chicago. ... The Sea and Cake, is a post rock band, formed in Chicago, Illinois. ...


All Tomorrow's Parties

In 2008 Pitchfork will again collaborate with All Tomorrow's Parties to curate half of the bill for one of their May festival weekends. This is the first event that Pitchfork has been involved in outside of the United States. All Tomorrows Parties logo projected at festival. ...


Rating system

Pitchfork's music reviews use two different rating systems:

  • Individual track reviews were formerly ranked from 1 to 5 stars, but on January 15, 2007, the site introduced a new system called "Forkcast". In it, instead of assigning tracks a particular rating, reviewers simply label them one of the self-explanatory categories "New Music", "Old Music", "Video", "Advanced Music", "Rising", "WTF", the category of their most favorably regarded songs, "On Repeat" and, for the least favored songs, "Delete".
  • Album reviews are given a rating out of 10.0, specific to one decimal point.

On October 24, 2003, Pitchformula.com made a survey of the 5,575 reviews available on Pitchfork at that time, showing that: is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • 6.7 was the average rating
  • 2,339 reviews had been awarded a rating of 7.4 or higher
  • 2,362 reviews had been awarded a rating of between 5.0 and 7.3
  • 873 reviews had been awarded a rating of less than 5.0[5]

The review for Radiohead's album In Rainbows seems to have taken a satirical approach towards the method of pay that Radiohead utilized for the album. It allows a user to type in their own rating, and when a question mark is clicked, says, "It's up to you" (similar to Radiohead's website). If clicked again, it says, "No really, it's 9.3".[15] British Sea Power's 2008 album Do You Like Rock Music? was awarded a rating of "U.2".[16] Radiohead are an English alternative rock band from Oxfordshire. ... In Rainbows is the seventh album by the English alternative rock band Radiohead. ...


Albums awarded a 10.0 rating

Initial release

The following albums received a 10.0 rating upon initial release:

1 While these albums did receive a rating 10.0, the reviews no longer exist on Pitchfork's website. [17]
2 In the review, this album theoretically received both a 10.0 and 0.0 rating. The rating humorously appeared as "(1)0.0" [18]

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Re-release

The following albums received a 10.0 rating upon re-release:

1The article has since been removed from Pitchfork's site.

Note: Occasionally, a Pitchfork reviewer awards a 10.0 rating to an album's reissue despite its initial release being awarded a lesser rating, Boards of Canada is a Scottish electronic music duo consisting of brothers Michael Sandison (born 10 June 1969) and Marcus Eoin Sandison (born 21 September 1970). ... This articles section on Miscellanea does not cite any references or sources. ... Glenn Branca (born October 6, 1948 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is an avant-garde composer and guitarist. ... The Ascension is the sophomore album released by Glenn Branca, it was re-released by Acute Records in 2003 with new artwork. ... For other persons named James Brown, see James Brown (disambiguation). ... Live At The Apollo was a 1963 album by James Brown and originally issued on King Records. ... This article is about the English punk rock band. ... The Essential Clash is a career-spanning greatest hits album by The Clash first released in 2003. ... This article is about the English punk rock band. ... This article is about the album. ... Coltrane redirects here. ... The Olatunji Concert is the Impulse! Records-released last live recording of saxophonist John Coltrane, recorded April 23, 1967 at the Olatunji Center of African Culture in New York and released posthumously on CD. The album consists of two songs, Ogunde, which Coltrane also recorded for his final self-approved... Elvis Costello Declan Patrick Aloysius McManus (born August 25, 1954), better known by his stage name, Elvis Costello, is a popular British musician, singer, and songwriter of Irish descent. ... Alternate cover U.S. 1978 cover CD cover Later CD cover (Note including the E in Elvis) This Years Model (1978) was Elvis Costellos second album and his first with The Attractions. ... Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz musician, widely considered to be one of the most influential of the 20th century. ... 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Alive! was KISSs fourth album and is considered their breakthrough, as well as a cornerstone for live albums. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is an album released in 1998 by Neutral Milk Hotel. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Forever Changes (1967) is the third album released by the Los Angeles-based quintet Love. ... Pavement was an American indie rock band in the 1990s. ... Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe is a double album by Pavement featuring a remastered version of the bands first studio album Slanted & Enchanted, as well as outtakes & live tracks from the same era as the original release. ... Pavement was an American indie rock band in the 1990s. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic or space rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see The Replacements (disambiguation). ... Let It Be is the third studio album from the American alternative rock band The Replacements, released in October 1984 on Twin/Tone Records. ... Sonic Youth is an American alternative rock band formed in New York City in 1981. ... Daydream Nation is an album by alternative rock band Sonic Youth, released in 1988. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... Born to Run is a rock album by American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music). ... Marquee Moon was Televisions 1977 (see 1977 in music) debut album. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Loaded is The Velvet Undergrounds fourth album. ... The Velvet Underground and Nico was The Velvet Undergrounds 1967 debut album. ... The Velvet Underground and Nico was The Velvet Undergrounds 1967 debut album. ... The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. ... 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A reissue or re-release is the new or repeated issue of an item. ...

- Music has the Right to Children by Boards of Canada[19] (initially awarded 8.3[20])
- Endtroducing by DJ Shadow[21] (initially awarded 9.1[22])
- In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel[23] (initially awarded 8.7[24])

This articles section on Miscellanea does not cite any references or sources. ... Boards of Canada is a Scottish electronic music duo consisting of brothers Michael Sandison (born 10 June 1969) and Marcus Eoin Sandison (born 21 September 1970). ... ... DJ Shadow (born Josh Davis in 1972)[1] is an American DJ, turntablist, music producer and songwriter. ... In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is an album released in 1998 by Neutral Milk Hotel. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Albums awarded a 0.0 rating

The following albums received a 0.0 rating either upon initial release or re-release:

1 A feature defending the album and criticising the review was later also published on the website.[25]
2 In this review, the critic writes "I'm giving it a 0.0 because you'll have to call this one on your own, sorry."[26]
3 This album was not given a rating -- the review consisted only of a video of a chimpanzee urinating into its own mouth.[27]
4 The review of Phair's subsequent album expressed regret that the 0.0 was "wasted" on Liz Phair, because "it's much better than Somebody's Miracle."[28]
5 In the review, this album was given a "(1)0.0" theoretically giving it both a 10.0 and 0.0 rating.

Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) is a Canadian rock group from Winnipeg, Manitoba that enjoyed a string of hit albums and singles in the 1970s. ... The Flaming Lips (formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983) are an American alternative rock band. ... Zaireeka is the title of the eighth studio album by the alternative rock band The Flaming Lips. ... John Anthony Frusciante (IPA pronunciation: ) (born March 5, 1970) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer. ... Smile from the Streets You Hold is a solo album by John Frusciante, the current guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, although he was not performing with the band at the time of the recording. ... For other uses, see Jet. ... Shine On is the second album by Australian rock band Jet, released in early October 2006. ... Travis Morrison (born 1972) is an American musician from the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., USA. // After picking up various instruments around age 12, Morrison stuck with guitar and began forming bands throughout his high school days at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. ... Travistan is Travis Morrisons debut album, released in 2004 (see 2004 in music) by Barsuk Records. ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973. ... Alternate cover Japan only full Obi album cover Music from The Elder is a 1981 concept album released by the American hard rock band Kiss. ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973. ... George Peter John Criscuola (born December 20, 1945), better known as Peter Criss, is an American musician best known as co-founder, drummer and vocalist for the rock band Kiss. ... Peter Criss is a 1978 solo album from the drummer of American hard rock band Kiss. ... Liz Phair (born Elizabeth Clark Phair on April 17, 1967 in New Haven, Connecticut) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... Liz Phair is the fourth album by American singer-songwriter Liz Phair, released June 24, 2003. ... Robert Pollard (born October 31, 1957) is a Dayton, Ohio, USA singer-songwriter, who until 2004 was the leader and creative force behind indie rock group Guided by Voices. ... Relaxation of the Asshole is the name of a live comedy album by Robert Pollard. ... Sonic Youth is an American alternative rock band formed in New York City in 1981. ... Tracklist Free City Rhymes Renegade Princess Nevermind (what was it anyway?) Small Flowers Crack Concrete Side2side StreamXsonik Subway NYC Ghosts & Flowers Lightnin Categories: Album stubs | Sonic Youth albums ... The term Various Artists is used in the record industry when numerous singers and musicians collaborate on a song or collection of songs. ...

Albums awarded a 9.9 rating

Some albums have been awarded a 9.9 upon original release or reissue: A reissue or re-release is the new or repeated issue of an item. ...

This article is about the musician. ... Singles from Homogenic Released: September 1997 Released: December 1997 Released: March 1998 Released: October 1998 Released: June 1999 Homogenic, released in September of 1997, is an album by Icelandic singer-songwriter/musician Björk. ... Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz musician, widely considered to be one of the most influential of the 20th century. ... Live Evil is the first and only Ronnie James Dio-fronted live album by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in 1982 (see 1982 in music). ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Imagine is John Lennons second solo album and is the most popular of his solo works. ... Silver Jews are an indie rock group, formed in 1989 by writer David Berman along with Pavements Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich. ... The term Various Artists is used in the record industry when numerous singers and musicians collaborate on a song or collection of songs. ...

Albums awarded a 0.1 rating

Some albums have been given a 0.1 upon original release or reissue:

  • Badawi – "The Heretic of Ether"
  • MC Hellshit and DJ Carhouse – "Live!! EP"
  • Push Kings – "Feel No Fade"

Raz Mesinai (born 1973 in Jerusalem) produces avantgarde music with Middle Eastern and Dub influences under the alter ego Badawi, and forms the group Sub Dub with John Ward. ... Yamantaka Eye (山塚アイ, real name Yamatsuka Tetsuo (山塚徹郎), born 1964 in Kobe) is a Japanese vocalist and visual artist, best known as a member of Boredoms. ... Yoshihide Otomo , born August 1, 1959 in Yokohama, Japan; his family name is Otomo) is an experimental musician, a turntablist, guitarist, filmscore composer, and avant-garde composer. ...

Discussion relating to the 10.0 rating

The awarding of the 10.0 rating is the subject of discussion by figures both external and internal to Pitchfork Media. Examples of such discussion include:

In a review of the reissue of Forever Changes by Love, the reviewer writes at the beginning:

"If I were reviewing only the original material that forms the basis of this Collector's Edition of Love's Forever Changes, I'd certainly give it a 10.0..." Forever Changes (1967) is the third album released by the Los Angeles-based quintet Love. ... For other uses, see Love (disambiguation). ... Forever Changes (1967) is the third album released by the Los Angeles-based quintet Love. ... For other uses, see Love (disambiguation). ...

In a review of the album "The Eminem Show" by Eminem,[29] there is a passing reference to another of that artist's releases (The Marshall Mathers LP) hypothetically being awarded a 10.0 rating.
In the review of Bee Thousand: The Director's Cut[30] (the expanded version of Guided by Voices' 1994 release Bee Thousand) the reviewer, Eric Carr, states how the original version is worthy of the 10.0 rating:
On Bee Thousand, GBV mastered all those fragments of greatness and assembled an entire album from them. Sure, it stumbles occasionally, and falters as only four spare-time, blue-collar bandmates from Dayton, Ohio can-- that is, humanly and forgivably-- but the original Bee Thousand simply stands alongside the greatest of the modern era. The original warrants a 10.
In Nick Sylvester's review of the album Worlds Apart by the same artist,[31] the reviewer questions whether "Source Tags & Codes" merited its 10.0 rating:
Did Source Tags & Codes deserve a 10.0? That's not for me to say, but Matt LeMay rightfully counted it as one of indie rock's truly epic albums.
In Eric Carr's review[32] this album was in theory given both a 0.0 and a 10.0 rating:
And by now you've surely seen the rating. On the scale of artist indulgence, and by any other measure for that matter, this is a solid 10.0 if ever there was one, friends. This-- this-- is a 10 as surely as Metal Machine Music is a 10, as surely as Having ------- Fun on Stage With Elvis is a 10, as surely as any exercise so bafflingly, inexplicably, unintentionally and intentionally hilarious even in concept is a 10; good god-- what the hell else can this album receive? The rating is inconsequential. It's either a 10 or a zero, and considering Bob is the reigning king of intoxicated concert rambling it's sure as hell not a zero, m'man. A single listen will verify this.
Reviewer Brent DiCrescenzo:
So then, Imagine, the music, gets a 10.0. However, this glossed up version only deserves a 9.9. That's how much power you have, Capitol Records!

Alternate covers Alternate cover Limited Edition cover Singles from The Marshall Mathers LP Released: 2000 Released: May 16, 2000 Released: October 17, 2000 Released: January 9, 2001 Released: 2001 The Marshall Mathers LP is the successful second studio album from American rapper Eminem, released in 2000. ... Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known as Eminem or Slim Shady, is a Grammy and Academy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and actor from the Detroit, Michigan area. ... The Eminem Show is Eminems third album after signing to a major label, Aftermath Entertainment and the first album on Shady Records. ... Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known as Eminem or Slim Shady, is a Grammy and Academy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and actor from the Detroit, Michigan area. ... Alternate covers Alternate cover Limited Edition cover Singles from The Marshall Mathers LP Released: 2000 Released: May 16, 2000 Released: October 17, 2000 Released: January 9, 2001 Released: 2001 The Marshall Mathers LP is the successful second studio album from American rapper Eminem, released in 2000. ... Bee Thousand is the name of a lo-fi rock album by Guided by Voices released on June 20, 1994. ... Guided by Voices (often abbreviated as GBV) was an extremely prolific lo-fi/indie-rock band from Dayton, Ohio. ... Bee Thousand is the name of a lo-fi rock album by Guided by Voices released on June 20, 1994. ... Bee Thousand is the name of a lo-fi rock album by Guided by Voices released on June 20, 1994. ... Source Tags & Codes was the third full-length album and major-label debut from the band . ... Jason Reece at a concert in 2005 …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead is an indie rock band best known for their heavy yet anthemic music and their tendency to destroy their equipment at the end of their performances (a rock and roll tradition usually associated... Worlds Apart is an album by . ... Source Tags & Codes was the third full-length album and major-label debut from the band . ... Robert Pollard (born October 31, 1957) is a Dayton, Ohio, USA singer-songwriter, who until 2004 was the leader and creative force behind indie rock group Guided by Voices. ... Imagine is John Lennons second solo album and is the most popular of his solo works. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ...

Pitchfork.tv

On April 7 Pitchfork Media launched Pitchfork.tv, a website displaying videos related to many independent music acts. It features bands that are typically found on pitchforkmedia.com.


See also

The Internet Underground Music Archive (IUMA) was a pioneer of on-line music. ...

Internet music journalism

College Music Journal, commonly known as CMJ, is a weekly magazine of and for the music industry and college radio stations in the Canada. ... The Drowned in Sound logo Drowned in Sound or DiS is a UK based music webzine dedicated to new music. ... I Love Music (ILM) is a popular Internet music forum. ... Metacritic is a website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. ... musicOMH.com is a UK based webzine formed of music features, interviews and reviews of albums, singles, gigs, festivals, opera, theatre, music DVDs and films. ... PopMatters is an international magazine of cultural criticism. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: If you are familiar with the subject matter, please expand the article to establish its notability, citing reliable sources, so as to avoid its being considered... Cover of the April 1983 issue of Trouser Press magazine (#84) Trouser Press was a rock and roll magazine started in 1974 by editor/publisher Ira Robbins. ...

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  19. ^ Boards of Canada Music Has the Right to Children (Reissue)
  20. ^ Boards of Canada Music Has the Right to Children [Original Review
  21. ^ DJ Shadow Entroducing Deluxe Edition
  22. ^ DJ Shadow Entroducing
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