009 – Treats by Sleigh Bells (8.7)

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David and Matt are joined by our friend Zøe (@monsantobama), famous Washington goth girl and poet, to discuss the ultimate in teen swag, Treats by Sleigh Bells. We had no choice but to stan the short king of Derek Miller. Some day Matt’s nuts will fall back through the atmosphere to earth and be reclaimed by the ocean.

Artwork by Nicky Flowers (@yiffpolice)

Music by Animal Style (@nmlstyl)

007 – Silent Alarm by Bloc Party (8.9)

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David and Matt welcome Sara of Fearbaiting, The Wonder Yeerks, and HKIPGTD to talk about Bloc Party’s 2005 album Silent Alarm. We learn about such things as life under capitalism, war for gasoline, and extremely specific mousepads. Don’t tell Oasis about this episode.

Follow Sara: @SunhatZhenya @TheWonderYeerks @Fearbaiting @HKIPGTD

 

006 – Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective (9.6)

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David and Matt are joined by Meys of Echo Vessel, neo-detritus, RadIsh, and Picking Up Something Good to talk about possibly the most hyped album in the Animal Collective oeuvre. Matt asks for sound effects. Ed Droste gets arrested. A bunch of other bands get talked about because we can’t shut up.

Go follow Meys:

Echo Vessel: https://twitter.com/echovessel

neo-detritus: https://twitter.com/neodetritus

RadIsh: https://twitter.com/radishpod

Picking Up Something Good: https://twitter.com/pusgpod

004 – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West (10.0)

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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.

002 – The Boy With The Arab Strap by Belle & Sebastian (0.8, 8.5)

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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.

001 – The Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens (8.4)

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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.

Tuning Fork

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

Theme Music: “Open Air” by Animal Style

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