Wednesday, August 22, 2012

13 Things We Learned From the Pitchfork People's List

Posted By and on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 2:18 PM

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People Who Most Identify as Fans of “Experimental” Music Mostly Just Mean They Like Radiohead and Animal Collective
Among the Top 20 for people who are fans primarily of experimental music, 9 of them are by either Radiohead or Animal Collective (or Animal Collective members). And one of them is Illinois by Sufjan Stevens. Hmm. -MC

Despite Their Best Efforts, P4K Has Not Been That Successful in Creating Devoted Fans of Non-rock Genres
They deserve credit for upping their hip-hop coverage significantly over the years, have been champions of uncommercial genres like black metal and dubstep, and generally made an attempt to put a spotlight on strange records from all over, but the people who read Pitchfork are pretty much just into indie rock for life. Nice try? -JK

Even on the Nexus of All That is Indie, and Even With Major Record Labels in the Worse Shape They've Ever Been, Only 56% of the Top 200 Records Came From Indie Labels
We just thought it would be higher is all. -JK

Wrapping Our Heads Around Merge Records as the Most Dominant Indie Label Going
5 percent of the People's List consists of albums released by Raleigh's Merge Records, including two of the top 5 (by different, though not dissimilar artists). When we think about truly dominant indie labels, our minds still sort of turn to 90s-cemented names like the Matadors, Sub Pops, and 4ADs. That might kind of, sort of, date us at this point? -JK

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