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How do you guys feel about pitchfork?

  • Who gives a fuck about pitchfork.com?

    Votes: 27 42.2%
  • I only like them when they give my fav albums high score.

    Votes: 22 34.4%
  • Their scores affect the way I feel about an album.

    Votes: 15 23.4%


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How do you guys feel about pitchfork?
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bronsd11 said:
Pitchfork is undeniably the most influential music site today, and just might go down as the most influential ever. I remember reading an article about how a single "Best New Music" can lead to a band signing million dollar deals and receiving $10,000+ for a show just based off that ONE review [EDIT: I believe they were referencing that after the Weeknd's "House of Balloons" got a high score, he was being offered thousands of dollars just to play one show]. The site hosts their own music festival in two different continents, while they also have their own sponsored stages at other major festivals (Primavera, SXSW, etc.). To act like Pitchfork is irrelevant is ignorant. They are arguably the most popular trendsetting website, period.

With that said, everyone knows the site isn't perfect. I mean, jesus, what would YOU do with that much power? They are literally molding people's artistic tastes because of their recommendations. That's a lot of power. & I truthfully believe that Pitchfork tries to remain impartial and give the music they actually like "high scores" and the music they dislike "low scores", just as you & everyone else would likely do. I really would hate to think that they take bribes or money to help promote particular acts with good scores & more news coverage, but that doesn't really sound all that unlikely either. As it stands currently, Pitchfork covers some great, sometimes challenging music. I don't agree with about 50% of the things they say, but their eye for talent is undeniable. And truthfully, if it wasn't for Pitchfork, I likely wouldn't have stumbled into some of my favorite bands of all time.

this. but the sad part is most of the dudes writing for pitchfork i'm gonna guess are white indie music lovers. so when it comes to hip hop they gain an authority that i don't think they deserve.
TD Cruze said:
Authority? You don't have to have authority to have an opinion. Do black people have more of a right to review hip-hop music?
i think ppl who grow up loving a certain type of music shouldn't be allowed to review hip hop music because the criteria to judge hip hop music is different. i feel like there's a different way to listen to hip hop than to indie music and a lot of these reviewers might be using one frame of mind to interpret something that shouldn't be interpreted in that way. i get that music is music and it makes sense to judge it all equally but i don't think that's necessarily true.
i say that mainly because i listen to hip hop for very different reasons compared to indie music. 

i said "white" but maybe i shouldve said upperclass instead. being of a certain class might predispose someone to judge music in a particular way which might present hip hop in a different light.

so what i'm basically saying is different ppl interpret hip hop in different ways and pitchfork is run by a very homogeneous group of ppl who imo interpret hip hop in a completely different way from the ppl who claim hip hop to be their favourite genre.

EDIT: also their ability to often make or break artists is what makes this so problematic. they are a filter to the crowd who reads pitchfork and their power to decide what is good combined with their interpretation of good hip hop is just wrong.
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