Bob Dylan releases 35th album

American folk legend Bob Dylan hit a milestone Tuesday with the release of his 35th studio album, Tempest, marking the 50th anniversary of his eponymous debut album in 1962. With his signature rasp and sociopolitical lyrics, the 71-year-old Dylan has long been one of the most influential people in popular music and culture, and he […]

Rockism and Pitchfork: Both a bit close-minded?

This past Sunday, columnist Nitsuh Abebe published a piece for Pitchfork entitled “Embarrassment Rock,” about ‘rockism.’ He described the term as “a variety of close-mindedness.” To be a rockist is to reject all music which does not conform to a certain rock n’ roll aesthetic. Rockists hate hip-hop, pop and rap; they despise challenging and innovative […]

Andrew Bird releases first song from forthcoming album

Andrew Bird released a track called “Eyeoneye” from his newest album Break it Yourself early Monday. The track is streaming exclusively on Pitchfork. Break it Yourself is Bird’s answer to his 2009 album Noble Beast, which climbed its way to number 12 on Billboard’s 200. If previous performance is any indication of future success, Break […]

The best of “the best music of 2011”

With the New Year finally here, we pause a moment to bid 2011 farewell. From music industry megaliths like Pitchfork and NME to rinky-dink bloggers beaming tomes of their beautiful enthusiasm out of Mom’s basement directly at no one in particular, seemingly everybody has been counting down the cream of last year’s musical crop. Now […]