Pitchfork has introducedThe Pitchfork Review, a quarterly publication that the company says will feature "long-form feature stories, photography, design, cartoons and other ephemera ... document[ing] music culture, past and present." The introductory rate if you sign up for the first four issues is $11.25 per issue in the United States, and the single-issue / newsstand price is $19.96. Instead of selling ads, Pitchfork has locked in Converse as the exclusive advertiser for the first year and there will be an accompanying 7" with exclusive tracks. Fast Company has a short profile on the news, where Pitchfork CEO Ryan Schreiber draws parallels between the company launching online in 1996,...
Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) is apparently not a fan of Jay Z. On a recent interview with CBC Radio 2's The Strombo Show, Homme talked about his experience at Jay Z's "Made In American" Festival and how he didn't like getting frisked by security or taking a picture with a bottle of champagne. You can listen to the entire interview in the replies.
"That guy's a kook, you know," Josh Homme said. "He has his security frisking the bands on the way in." When security asked to look through his bag, Homme threatened not to play the festival. "No one's ever done that," he said of his previous festival experiences. Then, of Jay Z, he said, "You shouldn't frisk my guys, you should fuck...
You can stream Modern Life Is War's stellar new album, Fever Hunting, in its entirety over at Pitchfork. You can also pre-order the album here via Deathwish. A free download of the album comes immediately with each pre-order as well.
Here are some words I never thought I'd type: You can stream a new song from The Replacementshere. Their Songs for Slim EP of covers (to help pay medical bills for ex-band mate Slim Dunlap) comes out digitally on March 5th.
You can stream New Moon, the excellent new album from The Men over at Pitchfork Advance. The album drops March 5th on Sacred Bones Records. Jump to the replies to listen to "Electric," the first single from the record.
I just got done reading a really great article by Pitchfork columnist Andrew Nosnitsky here. In Nosnitsky's column, he focuses his examples of "classic" albums around the genre of hip-hop and the critical acclaim of Kendrick Lamar's new album good kid, m.A.A.d city. He makes a a lot of valued points on how critics will deem an album a classic with only a few weeks to a month of listening behind it. Where's the time? Where's the album's retrospect in history? For that matter, he also points out the difference in an artist going into the studio to write an album with no real intentions versus the tunnel-vision of making an album for the purpose of having a legacy.
Kanye West's new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, is on sale for $3.99 on Amazon MP3. Pitchfork also added the album to their elite club of perfect albums with a 10/10 review. Do you think the album lives up to the hype?
Acts for this year's Pitchfork Festival have been announced. They include Yo La Tengo, The Jesus Lizard, Tortoise, Built to Spill, The National, The Walkmen, and many others. People that purchase tickets in advance will get to pick the setlists for acts performing Friday.