David’s long-time friend James joins the podcast as the resident Kanye Fan, and there ends up being a lot of discussion about Bon Iver smoking weed with Rick Ross. Did Kanye really make a perfect album? Did Chris Rock really get the watch he wanted? With the bezel? Was that Drake we just heard for 3 seconds? There’s a lot of questions to be answered here.
On this episode, David and Matt have our special guest Trevor (of Giants Confirmed and several other music podcasts) to discuss The Boy With The Arab Strap by Belle & Sebastian. It turns out there’s a lot more lore behind this album than meets the eye. Thankfully Trevor knows all about it so that we didn’t have to try as hard. Let Belle sing louder, Sebastian.
Pitchfork Media from about 2006 to 2012 had incredible clout in how they could make or break bands’ careers, either by giving them an abysmally low score (Travis Morrison, Black Kids, Jet) or the coveted Best New Music designation, which undoubtedly meant an otherwise-unknown band (Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors) would rise to fame, start appearing on late-night television, and be given the opportunity to perform at Pitchfork’s annual festival. David and Matt lived through this era and thus know far too many of these BNM albums as the soundtrack to the entire time they were in college, but how well do they hold up?
Artwork by Nicky Flowers – https://nickyflowers.bandcamp.com/
Theme Music: “Open Air” by Animal Style – http://www.nmlstyl.com/
Tuning Fork is a show about music and the Pitchfork Media hype machine. David and Matt, and sometimes guests, will dive into an album that Pitchfork loved or hated, go through the review, listen to the album, and decide whether or not they agree with the ‘fork on this one.
This week’s album is The Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens, well-known as a departure from his established style of acoustic allegorical indie pop. Our guest is Stephanie from City Girls Make Do.