The Pitchfork Review
The Pitchfork Review
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The Pitchfork Review is the music podcast you've always wanted, from the most trusted voice in music. Join host Puja Patel, Pitchfork's Editor-in-Chief, as we dig deep into the week's best new music and rising artists, plus all the industry news and culture you need to know. Peek behind the curtain of Pitchfork and dive into our team’s music-nerd brains. Listen to The Pitchfork Review, and hear music differently. Subscribe to The Pitchfork Review to get new episodes every Friday at midnight.
Adrianne Lenker Digs Deep
A global pandemic hasn’t slowed the prolific output of Adrianne Lenker, who released her gorgeous solo collections songs and instrumentals this week, not long after making two of 2019’s most celebrated albums with her band Big Thief. On this episode, Lenker chats with Pitchfork Editor Puja Patel about the music that accompanied her occasionally turbulent journey from childhood as a musical prodigy to adulthood as one of her generation’s greatest songwriters. She touches on an early fascination with jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, a teenage encounter with the songs of Elliott Smith, and the story behind her Leonard Cohen tattoo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22
43 min
Get WIRED: The Secret History of Video Game Music
This week we're lending our podcast feed to our friends at WIRED. In this episode of Get WIRED, you’ll hear from games writer and video game music expert Dia Lacina. Dia recently discovered an old photograph of a group of women composers, and set out to learn more about them—what they worked on, what inspired them, and how their early work helped create a lasting legacy in video game music. From Bach to Top Gun, from 8-bit to the orchestra, the episode takes you on a journey through sounds you probably still recognize and the women who made them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15
37 min
Introducing Allure: The Science of Beauty
Do you start group chats about the best scalp treatments? Google AHA vs BHA exfoliants until the wee hours? Take progress photos of your dark spots after trying a new vitamin C serum? You’re our people. And we know you’re going to love The Science of Beauty, a new podcast produced by the editors of Allure. Michelle Lee, editor in chief, and Jenny Bailly, executive beauty director, are deep-diving into the topics you’ve always wondered about and bringing dermatologists, cosmetic chemists — and even a reality-TV star — along for the ride.  Allure: The Science of Beauty just launched, with new episodes releasing weekly. Subscribe now so you don't miss our first episode all about the one product experts say everyone (yes, everyone!) needs to use daily. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1531535720 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7mwxxPykxDZtCQRiqsdK0X Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/allure-the-science-of-beauty Or wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15
1 min
100 gecs and the Mystery of Hyperpop
What is hyperpop? A movement? A meaningless label? A Spotify playlist? Whatever the answer, it surely has something to do with 100 gecs, the duo of Laura Les and Dylan Brady, whose songs sometimes sound like the last three decades of popular music happening all at once. On this episode, Pitchfork Editor Puja Patel interviews Les and Brady about their conflicted relationship to the genre they’ve come to embody, as well as their influences—ranging from PC Music to Lil Wayne to John Zorn to Britney Spears—and a new wave of artists who are taking their cues from gecs themselves.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 8
40 min
Will We Ever See Live Music Again?
It’s been six months since the live music industry operated under any semblance of normalcy in the U.S., thanks to COVID-19. Which means most of us haven’t seen a proper show in at least that long. When will concerts come back, and what needs to happen before they do? Are outdoor events and reduced-capacity venues safe and financially viable options? Can a livestream really match the energy of an in-person performance? On this episode, Pitchfork Editor Puja Patel is joined by two veterans of putting on shows—Kristen Kaza, co-founder of Chicago’s beloved Slo ‘Mo series of queer dance parties, and Adam Krefman, Pitchfork’s own Executive Director of Festivals—to discuss those questions, as well as their own experiences with navigating the pandemic’s challenges Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 1
33 min
The Quiet Return of Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens
This week brought new albums from a pair of beloved artists who emerged a little over a decade ago as purveyors of artful indie folk: Fleet Foxes, who announced their fourth full-length Shore on Monday and released it 24 hours later, and Sufjan Stevens, whose eighth solo album The Ascension arrives today, September 25. Each has navigated listeners’ weighty expectations in their own way: Fleet Foxes by eschewing promotion and embracing the vibrant simplicity of their early songwriting, and Stevens by avoiding the character sketches and personal narratives of his past albums in favor of broader questions about the state of the world. On this episode, Pitchfork Editor Puja Patel is joined by Features Editor Ryan Dombal and News Editor Matthew Strauss for a discussion of both albums and the artists who made them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24
31 min
The National’s Matt Berninger on the Music That Made Him
Next month, Matt Berninger of The National will release Serpentine Prison, his first solo album, produced by the legendary Memphis multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones. On this episode, Berninger chats with Pitchfork Staff Writer Sam Sodomsky about the songs that shaped him as a musician and informed the new album, touching on his childhood infatuation with Olivia Newton-John, The Smiths and U2 records he blasted while getting pelted with golf balls at his first job, and The National’s early aspirations to emulate the Silver Jews. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17
25 min
It’s Time to Take Enya Seriously
For years, Enya’s music was treated as a cultural punchline, the eerily soothing soundtrack to countless crystal shops and Pure Moods commercials. But lately, a new generation of artists—from Weyes Blood to Nicki Minaj—is proudly claiming the misunderstood Irish auteur as an influence. On this episode, Pitchfork Editor Puja Patel is joined by Contributing Editor Jenn Pelly, a recently converted Enya fanatic, for a discussion about the depth and complexity of Enya’s artistry and the ways she maintained creative control of her music and image in a male-dominated industry. Next week, Pitchfork will publish Pelly’s longform written feature on Enya's blooming influence in 2020, featuring interviews with many of the artists who look to her as a guiding light. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10
31 min
Pitchfork Request Line: Road Trips & Campfires
After its launch a few weeks ago, the Pitchfork Request Line is still ringing off the hook with listeners calling in for recommendations of music to soundtrack their lives. This week, we’re taking requests from an aspiring metalhead, a road tripper making a move from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and someone who just wants to get the hell out of 2020, if only for the length of a song.  If you want to get a recommendation of your own, give us a call at (917) 524-7371 and tell us a story about what’s going on in your life right now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 3
27 min
Pitchfork Request Line: New Love & Major Heartbreak
A few weeks ago we launched the Pitchfork Review hotline, asking our listeners to call in if they want help finding music to soundtrack their lives. Thank you to everyone who’s called in. It’s been pretty great going through all the voicemails that we’ve gotten in from all over the country and hearing a little bit about what’s going on with you. In this episode, we answer requests for music to get over an ex and music for falling in love, and we also share our personal love and heartbreak stories. If you want to leave us a message to get a recommendation of your own, give us a call at (917) 524-7371. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27
28 min
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