full life

(no subject)

Torquil Campbell of Stars, in today's AVClub, regarding Pitchfork:

"God bless Animal Collective, but they really have, in their own strange way, made indie rock a much more conservative place than it should be. If you can create intellectual distance from your work, then critics will feel clever for getting it and give you good marks; if you create music that fucked-up 13-year-old girls might enjoy, then critics will feel like you're trying too hard and not give you good marks. The Pitchfork phenomenon in particular is bizarre because it seems to have altered the fundamental way in which people get into music. I really do think that people should probably lose their virginity before they start writing reviews for Pitchfork. You should keep things in order in your life before you become an eminence grise - you should do some drugs and fall in love, and then start judging people. Because then you'd actually know something about life, as opposed to just being afraid of it and, you know, thinking Menomena are important." (Emphasis added.)

I like Stars, I really do, and I can appreciate what they're saying about Pitchfork, but what the hell is wrong with liking Menomena?
Sour f-ing grapes. That's insulting to the intelligence of the indie music fan (evidently they have no free will to listen to and decide on music themselves and need P-Fork to do it for them) and to the legions of other sites, blogs and aggregators that support so many different acts and get their music out there to the hornrim-glassed masses.

Wow, I don't know why I just got so pissed about that.
I would agree that his rant reeks of drama-queen insanity, but to be fair, there have been quite a few cases where Pitchfork's reviews and scores - which, let's be honest, carry a ton of weight - are skewed and biased. (The French Kicks have basically come right out and said that the Pfork staffer who reviewed their records told the band that Pfork rewrote her review entirely and gave it a much lower score, apparently to satisfy some sort of "edginess" / bad review quota.)

That being said, the most recent Stars album still got a 7-something, which is hardly a thumbs-down, and their previous album got a high 8 (and did indeed lead me towards tracking it down in the first place). If anybody has the right to be super-pissed at Pfork for destroying a career, it would be Travis Morrisson.
I hear what you're saying and I do see the point. All I'm saying is that Pitchfork's power is only as big as the people who read it give it.

This is why I always hit Metacritic to see what everyone else on the internet tells me what I should and shouldn't like.

And have you heard those Travis Morrison records? Eeek.