Six Things About the Pitchfork People’s List
Pitchfork's reader-voted People's List is online, which should be reassuring to agents of the indie-rock monoculture. Leading the list of the top 200 albums made between 1996 and 2011 is Radiohead's OK Computer, with three more Radiohead albums landing in the top 20. Fancily, Pitchfork included breakdowns of what sorts of people voted (88 percent are male) and where they live. Some stray thoughts:
1. Pitchfork readers in D.C. are about as doctrinaire as Pitchfork readers in every other city.
2. Really, an Arlington breakdown? How many times did you vote, David Malitz?
3. Not to get all local-boostery, but here's where D.C. landed in the top 200: The Dismemberment Plan's Emergency & I at No. 103 and Fugazi's The Argument at No. 157.
4. If you're a Radiohead or Arcade Fire contrarian, your time is now. Of the geographic areas included in the breakdown—25 U.S. states and 25 countries—the only one that didn't vote either band at No. 1 is Minneapolis, which went with Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. En Avant!
5. I'd never underestimate the cultural barrier that is the East River, but apparently in Pitchfork's world, "Brooklyn, N.Y." and "New York, N.Y." are separate cities. Does "New York" include all four other boroughs, and if not, where's the Staten Island breakdown?
6. I'd love to see the reader data broken down by income, but I suspect it'd reveal much more about Pitchfork than its readership.
Full disclosure: Had I made a list, I probably would've put Radiohead at No. 1, too. But I would've gone with Kid A.