It’s cool to shun Pitchfork (and perhaps, too, to defend it against the backlash). It clearly jumped the shark a long time ago, just as Sterogum may have with its most recent upgrade. These conduits of indie info have become more rationalized and less ragamuffin. In the tiny subculture of indie music geekdom that Stella Splice inhabits, identifying what is no longer cool is just as important as identifying what will soon be cool. [Related aside: I really want this t-shirt that says, “I Listen To Bands That Don’t Even Exist Yet.”]
However, Pitchfork.tv is a new branch of Pitchfork that’s useful and cool.
For instance, right now, but only until Monday April 14, they’re offering a stream of The Pixies 2004 reunion tour documentary loudQUIETloud (buy it for cheap). If you missed the stream, you can watch the trailer here. The setlist/soundtrack includes full or partials of the songs Where is My Mind?, Hey, Here Comes Your Man, UMass, Caribou, Gouge Away, Nimrod’s Son, In Heaven, Wave of Mutilation, Something Against You, Bone Machine, Cactus, Vamos, and Monkey Gone to Heaven. The score is done by Daniel Lanois.
I saw a show on the reunion tour. It was everything I’d hoped it could be. Kim couldn’t quit smiling. And the coolest moment was when they ended the show. Instead of ducking backstage to wait an appropriate amount of time for us to demand an encore, they came to the front of the stage and waved heartily and said sincere thank-yous. After a short while, when the audience felt it had shown its thanks for the chance to see The Pixies again, and when the band had thanked us for success in absentia and the chance to make a little money again, they played their encore.
Pitchfork.tv features a bunch of great quality music videos of allstar artists (this means less riffling through the YouTube detritus).
There are non-music-video offerings, as well from Pitchfork.tv, including this badass stuff: