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The Pitchfork 500 by Scott Plagenhoef
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Jan 14, 2009

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Once I've listened to all the songs written about in this book, I'll be able to tell you if this survey is as myopic as the daily Pitchfork download and its "who is the bigger hipster" popularity contest. But on first read, I'm impressed with the range of music noted here, even if at times the selection seems willfully ignorant of touchstone singles because the bands were more popular when they released them. (Music critics are a notoriously cranky lot and always are trying to establish the obscure sophistication of their taste.) What's nice is that the writing does express unabashed love for the music it speaks of, and that emotion comes through even in the most cerebral of the entries.

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