Lindsay Zoladz: Not Every Girl Is a Riot Grrrl (Pitchfork)
Many musicians express a complex relationship with the term 'riot grrrl'--
a reverence for the movement's origins but also frustrations about the difficulty of escaping the limits of gendered language.
waycooljnr: How to Get Your Music Reviewed on Pitchfork: An Interview with Scott Plagenhoef, Pitchfork’s Editor-in-Chief
“What do you recommend is the best process for getting my music reviewed on Pitchfork?
“The easiest way to contact us to email and mail something to me directly, not just to the office. I would also read some reviews, find out which writers might like what you’re doing, and try to contact them directly. Targeting people who seem open to your music is an easy way to help it along. If you do send CDs, I would expect that a one-sheet, while it could be read, is more likely going to be discarded, so if you send a promo CD you should make sure any information that anyone might want– your website, short bio if needed, contact info for booking or PR if you have it, is on the back of the CD case itself.”
Chicago Tribune: It's now or never for Smith Westerns
"For every Vampire Weekend or Arcade Fire that goes beyond this point, spinning online buzz into big success, there's an M's, or a Thrills, or a Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — take your pick of any blog-hyped band that once generated copious heat only to cool off considerably, partly victims of a zippy online impatience that, as Matthew Johnson, founder of Fat Possum Records, put it, 'can devour bands whole, and be done with them.'"
Chicago Reader: Music Column: Plagued by Pitchfork
"'It sucks,' he says. 'It's no fault of any of the people in the industry, but music is not the main focus of my life. I never really planned on it being that way. When I meet people on the business end of this music-industry thing, they tend to really gross me out. I'm not trying to make money through this.'"
Pitchfork Reviews Reviews: altered zones, please, cease and desist
Why Altered Zones, Pitchfork's new MP3 blog collective, is a destructive force toward artists. However: This isn't all Pitchfork's fault. An artist doesn't get on the internet without their own considerable effort. They don't have to react to coverage. Young people are inexperienced and I don't blame us for going for fame as soon as the slightest hint thereof beckons, but there's more to this than the idea that Pitchfork is trying to co-opt all the young rebels.
About thirteen minutes of The Field doing his remix of The Honeydrips' "Fall from a Height" while !!! jam out over it. One of those times I want to say, "that's the best thing I've ever seen." Add this to the surefire-cheer-up list.