Why indie mosquitos buzz in indie people’s ears

Casey and I have agreed in the past — I’d link if I could remember where — that Pitchfork’s Most Pitchfork Moment Ever likely was the site’s review of William Basinski’s Disintegration Loops, which awarded a 9.4/10 to the sound of music loop tapes physically disintegrating.

Thankfully, we learned this past week, the Basinski bandwagon was still rolling along. Pitchfork gave a 7.7 to his new Silent Night, “an ambient excursion built of soft, humming drones that swell and recede under and over a hissing, bug-like drone,” and an 8.0 to Variations: A Movement in Chrome Primitive, “piano loops played against each other in endless variations.”

This music is not my music, but I wish these reviewers all the more power they have coming to them. My music is more Remastered Hits: The Best of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, which Pitchfork gave a 0.0.

Bonus BTO content
Roommate Mark’s August 2001 review of a free BTO street concert.

“Anyway, first, the concert rocked because it was free. Second, I’ve never seen so many old people cheer since the opening scene of Matlock. Straight up, BTO can play. And they did the typical format: Play the obscure and old stuff first to keep everyone around for the big famous-song finale, much like the 11:00 news waits to do sports and weather last, so you have to sit through the boring story about the little boy and the dog sodomized by Congressmen. Anyway, you would have thought that at one point, Coop, myself or any of the other 1000 people crammed onto G street munching on free Ben and Jerrys would have taken a page out of Homer’s book and simply screamed: ‘Play Takin Care of Business!’ And then when they did, scream: ‘Get to the good part!’

But we didn’t. We didn’t need to. They played a solid hour of their work, most of it I’ve never heard but got into as much as the standard, Taking Care of Business and You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, which they finished with after a rousing drum solo. Then, after the encore, they delivered Roll on Down the Highway, which got the crowd into a frenzy reminiscent of Matthew Broderick going ape on Twist and Shout during the parade in Ferris Bueller.”

Bonus BTO content: Expanded edition
A Roll on Down the Highway moment.

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