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A blogger-driven site that will focus on "leftfield pop, experimental, and home-recorded sounds."
like... uh... Justin Bieber.
even if I have been intentionally avoiding most 'home recorded sounds' as of late. if they flesh out the 'experimental' bit maybe it would be of more interest. then again - the whole thing seems like a very narrow area of interest and I predict that most of the stuff they champion will be utter bullshit.
I think pretty much entirely the opposite
'leftfield pop, experimental and home-recorded sounds' makes me think it's all going to be dreamy indie pop recorded on four tracks, perhaps with a vague punk edge and/or liberal usage of analogue synthesisers.
then again, it's probably a baseless assumption, especially as I have never actually read any of them blogs, and they seem to be covering a wide range of geographical locations.
there's been so much great stuff under the (admittedly pretty lol) banner of "leftfield pop, experimental, and home-recorded sounds", while there have been countless great blogs bringing attention to it, it's been lacking a proper "hub" i suppose.
got some really great contributors on board. Rose Quartz especially is one of my favourite blogs. And to have more readers of posts by Delicious Scopitone, Get Off The Coast and Weekly Tape Deck can only be a good thing.
Isn't that all that chillwave bollocks?
God bless the new Avant Garde/Leftfield editor of Pitchfork's new site.
"I have taken up a project that demands most of the time I formerly gave to this board."
to make the summer moneys
Even though I'm not as into indie as I used to be, so less interest in pitchfork bands, the indie they push these days is usually shockingly bland and crappy. I blame Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes personally. then it could just be that indie in general is a bit shit these days and pitchfork is suffering for it...
but it's most likely just gonna be a witch-house-fest, at least while that's popular. I mean, look at the artwork.
Why are they encouraging these people?
So basically, some blogs that exist will continue to exist? Awesome.
it's not a high number on either side that i stick with, but pretty much everything jazzfunkgreats cover is new to me so...
Does this mean that we get the highlights of all those separate blogs compiled in one site? Like a best of?
Off topic: What's rightfield pop? Mainstream is the middle, experimental is the left, what's on the right?
it came from some sort of political history of left and right
I forgot all about Aryan kids!
like guntrip said it frees them up to cater for more popular music, I just hope their integrity remains intact.
how do I mail them?
You won't notice any change in them at all. Business as usual. Pitchfork have not purchased any of them either, they are all simply contributors.
There won't really be an editorial voice to dictate any kind of genre specific posting - with over a dozen different contributors it will be a pretty wide range of different music. Hope that helps, would be cool to see what you think once everything is in full flow, I think people will have a more positive outlook once they see what it involves.
There will be lots of seperate features and posts other than and alongside what the list of bloggers are contributing, like I said you'll get a good feel after it has been up for a week or so but I check DiS often so stumbled across this and wanted to answer a couple of the specific thoughts.
I used to like to just sorta randomly download shit off there, and I hardly ever bother anymore because most of it is crap.
But the above concerns are certainly valid. PF was cool by the bands they didn't review as much as the one's they did. Now Alicia Keys gets good reviews there. Hmm.
On the other hand, it's still the same editors and writers, and they've done alright by us so far. Every once in awhile they fuck up and try to tell me that Sleigh Bells is a 9.0 band, but on the whole they're pretty much spot on.
I trust PF, DiS, etc to help with the filtration process. That's what I'm saying: Indietorrents probably puts up 50 new records every day. I've got time to listen half a dozen new things a week. And while I'm every grateful somebody mentioned that mainstream pop star Janelle Monae's album is awesome... I'm really more interested in an indie-experimental slant. It just seems weird that PF has to slinter the most left-field stuff onto a new site. Why would they do that? So they can give Lady Gaga a little more coverage? Erm, let's hope not.
I dont know about that, I think the opposite actually, with the more recent mainstream coverage I bet they are realizing they can tap even more into that. And I think that the new thing is a way of grasping on to the original fans that might be opposed to that shift.
Who cares tho really, right?
But who cares, as with any other business, bottom line is always most important. This is their way of keeping the wallets fat and employees seated, while also 'keeping it real'.
Theres quite a lot of interesting stuff to check out, but theres quite a bit I know which makes me feel vaguely welcome and not too overwelmed. If that makes any sense.
and I need to listen to that Dylan Ettinger track, but it's a) a bit unfriendly, cold and pointless and b)not THAT different from original p4k, and c)just a bit pointless, it doesn't look like there's a lot of love gone into it; although i'm sure love goes into the original blogs, this one just looks like a conveyor-belt of badly-recorded pop songs and is pretty difficult to get into it.
I dunno, it's alright though, but I can't see it becoming as big as p4k.
they should big that up too
probably more attention and traffic to really great blogs.
pretty nice design.
far more attention on really great underrated music.
no ads (not that it bothers me) so no one can accuse it of being cynical in chasing revenue.
knee-jerk anti-mainstream thing. it's the internet's version of the grunge wars
i agree it does bring attention to some good stuff, and i broadly think it's a good idea and I was being a bit hypercritical but I think the fact in execution, it seems to me cold, hard to get into, and a little bit ephemeral (couple of fairly blasé words, free mp3 - see you next week love) is a fair cop.
it's alright, it's just something more to admire than to love, IMO.
nah there's certain types who are being very bitchy about it. you make some valid points, but some of the complaints i've heard in other quarters are pretty much variations on the classic 'sell-out' theme
That big track giveaway yesterday was pure win. I don't care about cassette only releases at all but I'm looking forward to the albums.
can't remember the last time I did that with Pitchfork. Oberhofer is the big standout for me thus far, but I like the Tennis, Mind Spiders, and Echo Lake tracks too. And oOoOO, but I'd already heard of them here.
It seems like a hypem but with a soul. Also seems a lot easier to trall through tracks unlike p4k.
very close to what I expected. I still have some reservations, though, most of which are very similar to oneforghost's.
I'll sample a bit more before being too hard on it