Buddyhead has published the most entertaining Pitchfork slam since the Onion’s “Pitchfork gives music a 6.8.” Writer Chip Norman’s diatribe thrashes the website’s “Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s,” calling it a hodgepodge of mediocre pop songs (Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” made No. 21) and specially P4k-certified indie-rock bands. The point of his rant is that Pitchfork has zero “indie credibility” remaining, having sold it all to Clear Channel.
And yes, the list is confounding. Was Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” truly the fourth best song of the past 10 years? How is Elliott Smith’s “Everything Reminds Me of Her” the most worthy song on his last three albums? Why are two LCD Soundsystem songs in the top 12? And the “obscure” selections don’t wander far from the light of Pitchfork’s darling canon: Air France, Panda Bear, Women, Crystal Castles.
“At any rate,” Norman concludes, “best of luck with that whole ‘Pitchfork’s credibility falling down M.I.A.’s gash’ thing.”