Saturday, March 11, 2006

In defiance of Pitchfork

Fuck P4K, you say? I don't blame you at all.

Here is an excellent, intelligent BBS discussion (is this 1996?) of Pitchfork's possible malevolence. In this argument, a Tiny Mix Tapes writer (by the screen name Filmore) disses P4K's supposedly corrupt business dealings. A P4K writer (scottpl -- I'm assuming that's Managing Editor Scott Plagenhoef) comes to his publication's defense and all hell (an intense debate between nerdy rock critics and underemployed rock critic wannabes) breaks loose. Enjoy. Yours truly is Yay!

I should go on the record (on the blog, anyway) at this point and clearly state while I greatly dislike a huge majority of Pitchfork writers' writing (one of whom, I recently found out, is a 19 year old, so that's awesome) and am leery about their monolithic influence; I respect them a great deal on a personal and professional level.

Don't think I forgot about that jewbag's open letter. I'm getting to him...


Blogger LinnTate said...

nerdy rock critics and underemployed rock critic wannabes

You are, of course, being redundant.

Given your own interest in joining the ranks of this curious institution, check out Tom Hull's blog ( He's writing for the Village Voice again, but a lot of what's edited out for publication spills out on his own site. He knows an uncommon amount about music, as opposed to records, which is a distinction that eludes most of his ilk their entire careers. I have fundamental disagreements with him about a number of movements and artists in jazz, but without him I'd have a hard time keeping up with a host of small labels that are keeping the music vibrant.

If you're not reading One Final Note ( on a weekly basis, you might want to check it out as well. Jason Bivins in particular is an excellent writer whose more scholarly pursuits will probably guarantee that he flies under most everybody's radar forever. Pity.

3/12/2006 7:47 PM  
Blogger Konflict of Interest said...

Hey man thanks. Thanks for the recs and thanks for reading.

3/13/2006 11:14 AM  

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