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May 1, 2006

Pitchfork Article

Do you remember when you stopped reading Rolling Sone? I do.

I gave up on Rolling Stone and their music reviews when I saw Justin Timberlake on the cover. Before that I'd seen a few issues here and there with Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera and could excuse them for it because they were hot and that sells magazines. But I finally decided that maybe Rolliing Stone and I weren't exactly on the same page musically. I picked up Spin and other music maagazines (Blender I'm NOT looking in your direction) from time to time but nothing really grabbed me. It wasn't until I picked up Broken Social Scene's You Forget it In People That had one of those review stickers on the packaging that had a review quote that lead me Pitchforkmedia.com. That I found something that hit the spot, I haven't looked back since.

Here's a great interview of Pitchfork Media's Founder Ryan Schreiber.

Honesty is such an important journalistic attribute," says Schreiber, who had no journalism training when as a 20-year-old former record store clerk he launched the site as a solo operation. "And you have to be completely honest in a review. If it gets sacrificed or tempered at all for the sake of not offending somebody, then what we do sort of loses its value. . . . That's so the opposite of what criticism is supposed to be

I don't take everything they say as gospel but it they say it's decent I'll take a chance and listen to it.

[Link via Large Hearted Boy]

Posted by hypnobee at May 1, 2006 10:35 AM