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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

the pitchfork effect

Thanks to Steve for pointing out this article in City Pages about "how an upstart record-review site (uh, Pitchfork) won the animosity--and allegiance--of indie music scenesters and changed the rules for breakout bands." And yeah, anonymous, I know you're sick of reading about Tapes. Sorry dude.



"To be fair, the Tapes 'n Tapes whirlwind popularity wasn't entirely due to Pitchfork's review. In fact, all of the band's Austin shows had been booked before the review was even posted. The first whisperings that led to the band's blowout indie success came from mp3 blogs like Music for Robots, Gorilla vs. Bear, and Brooklyn Vegan. If Pitchfork critics are the tastemakers, these bloggers are lesser-known sometime-gatekeepers. The next big thing doesn't necessarily have to go through them before it reaches Schreiber's site, but it probably will."

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29 comments:

Anonymous EX-GVBer said...

FUUUUDGE... Your boner for TnT is getting a little ridic, dude! At least it's all been a brilliant case study in pack mentality.

4:31 PM  
Blogger ultra8201 said...

Good luck on the show tonight, talk about whoever you want as much as you want to.

ultra8201.blogspot.com

4:34 PM  
Anonymous ex-gvber's bedside pocket pussy said...

Yes, "ex-gvber," Chris' generosity and support for TnT warrants such a patently lame response.

They're in his hometown and he's not allowed to involve them, and if he does, he's ridiculed for it?

Start your own site and see where it goes, pencil bone.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

oh man, i'm really sorry to hear that "ex-gvber"...you will be missed.

just kidding. i know you'll be back. you need someone to tell you what's cool to like. see you tomorrow, guy!

5:49 PM  
Blogger Eric Grubbs said...

People still write about music? People still talk about music? I don't believe this!






:-)

6:17 PM  
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6:55 PM  
Blogger Coffee Snorter said...

Congrats on a mention of gorilla vs bear on this week's --Newsweek (June 19, 2006), page 13, Periscope section. "Six-year old Austinite Maya Bond is a favorite at influential MP3 blog Gorilla vs Bear..."
-featuring Brooklyn's Tiny Masters of Today.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Red said...

AAAWWWWWOOOOOO nice work, brother!

7:29 PM  
Blogger tunefilter said...

You would be surprised how many people in Austin had not even heard a TnT song before the show...but they had heard of TnT. And Chris, your comment about Figurines opening instead of being in the middle was right on. Cold War Kids actually stole the show...cheers...

8:16 PM  
Anonymous newsman said...

Here is the link

8:30 PM  
Blogger catdirt said...

now THAT is self-referential!

8:34 PM  
Anonymous better to post anonymous. said...

only reason i'm subjecting myself to this is because the posting sequence seems to beg for it...

main reason i thought figurines were the best performance of the night was based solely on the fact that they exceeded my expecations (which i thought were reasonably high), loudly and tapes 'n tapes simply delivered the album sound (which sounds more interesting in context of it's dry, sterile, intimate production). I was initially impressed with the cold war kids performance, but i'll chalk that up to bands-i-enjoyed-live-but-was-later-disapointed-by-the-weakness-of-the-recorded-material.

1:03 AM  
Blogger jerkstore said...

I got a ticket to rapes/fag kids/nigurines for this Saturday in S.F. and I couldn't be less excited.

Never buy tickets to a show 2 months in advance.

2:17 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Jerkstore,

It's called Craigslist. Look into it. Someone may give you money for that ticket, someone who would actually appreciate being there.

I mean, really: "Rapes," "Fag kids" and "Nigurines." Wow. How long did it take for you to come up with that? I'm sure with that kind of insight and wit, all three bands will be sorry not to have you as a fan.

If people hate these bands so much and hate that Chris posts about them, why do you come here? Commenting under the cloak of anonymity or a pseudonym is your safety net. Your sad, sad safety net.

4:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nope, it's voxtrot i'm sick of, because they bore the hell out of me. i like tapes n' tapes just fine...i just skip over the posts on here and other blogs...what's more to say or hear? also, is the "pitchfork effect" news? nytimes, dallas observer, et al have written similar articles over the past few years. has everyone forgotten the arcade fire?

8:41 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

is the "pitchfork effect" news? no, absolutely not. luckily, this isn't a news site, it's my blog.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you people should read the freaking article in city pages! it's a really interesting read and has really very little to do with tnt, gvb and any other three letter acronym you can think of. big ups for the mention though, dude.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Bethany Thanks said...

Figurines were my faves in boston. i'm sorry i just said "faves."

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Pitchfork was so all over the blog hype they would have reviewed the Candy Bars and Midlake by now.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i didn't say your blog was a news site, did i? i'm just making a point that the effect that blogs, PF, or more importantly, the internet as a whole have had on music is well-documented. i'm sure the only reason this article is posted about here is b/c it specifically mentions your blog. perhaps, you should just have a link on here that references recent press?

yours truly,

mr. anonymous

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Furthermore, a more interesting topic would be an analysis of the differences between blogs and PF. Personally, I find PF nothing more than a site filled by creative writing MFA's spouting off obscure references in reviews that place everything in a pool of mediocrity. Now, maybe that pool is all that exists, the PF formula is tiring. I might bust GvB's ballas about not taking a more critical slant on albums, but it's much more worthwhile to discover music via the blogs venue, than listening to everything PF ranks an "8.2." They put on a hell of a festival though.

Mr. Anonymous

10:20 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

good points, mr. anonymous.

and to the other anon (the fake one), p-fork hasn't reviewed Midlake yet because the record doesn't come out until july.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous cube dweller said...

why hasn't pitchfork reviewed sound team's movie monster yet?

fantastic album, but i wasn't a fan of some of the direction they took in their production of the album.

but who the fuck am i?

11:34 AM  
Blogger Dany said...

maybe the 12,000 anonymous posters forget the fact that people start blogs to write about music they like.

pitchfork and sites like that are designed to be more critical.

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