Sampling music is good

December 6, 2004

I recently “borrowed” (as Sam would put it) quite a few of the albums on Pitchfork’s top 20 of 2000 list. If you don’t know Pitchfork, well, they’ve been known to write album reviews that contain a lot of pretentious, incoherent crap. They like to think of themselves as the “gods of indie music knowledge.” Their recommendations and write-ups are gifts to you. You are to accept them and ask kindly for more. In other words, they seem to find really inventive ways of saying “This is good,” while patting themselves on the back, and a lot of the time it’s just dumb.

On the rare occasion, they can be useful by pointing out albums that you haven’t heard of yet, thus broadening your horizons. But that doesn’t happen often and so I don’t visit their website anymore. I’d rather find out who I like on my own. When I saw some of the albums they hand picked, though, I couldn’t pass up the chance. So I downloaded a few and listened.

I figured right – a lot of it wasn’t very good. For instance, there’s a band called “Two Lone Swordsmen” and they have an album called “Tiny Reminders”. This album blows. Wait, that’s not fair. It blows when you’re comparing it to many of the other decent albums that came out in 2000. But I guess it was just so damn obscure and so new that they HAD to put it on there to score some of those indie points (which were probably redeemed for trucker hats and wristbands). I can’t think of any other reason, really. These people are paid to keep up with what’s good and what’s not and they kind of suck at it. Ah well, it’s been said there’s no accounting for taste. Maybe that’s true.

I’d just like to say that I’m happy the internet offers free downloading of music (obligational “Fuck You, RIAA”). If I actually listened to the guys at Pitchfork, or if I watched the Billboard charts, I’d probably be buying lots of bad, bad music for way too much money. So, thank you internet.

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