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The Pitchfork Review is the music podcast you've always wanted, from the most trusted voice in music. Join host Puja Patel, Pitchfork's Editor-in-Chief, as we dig deep into the week's best new music and rising artists, plus all the industry news and culture you need to know. Peek behind the curtain of Pitchfork and dive into our team’s music-nerd brains. Listen to The Pitchfork Review, and hear music differently. Subscribe to The Pitchfork Review to get new episodes every Friday at midnight.

The Pitchfork Review Pitchfork & Condé Nast

    • Music Commentary
    • 3.0 • 662 Ratings

The Pitchfork Review is the music podcast you've always wanted, from the most trusted voice in music. Join host Puja Patel, Pitchfork's Editor-in-Chief, as we dig deep into the week's best new music and rising artists, plus all the industry news and culture you need to know. Peek behind the curtain of Pitchfork and dive into our team’s music-nerd brains. Listen to The Pitchfork Review, and hear music differently. Subscribe to The Pitchfork Review to get new episodes every Friday at midnight.

    The National’s Matt Berninger on the Music That Made Him

    The National’s Matt Berninger on the Music That Made Him

    Next month, Matt Berninger of The National will release Serpentine Prison, his first solo album, produced by the legendary Memphis multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones. On this episode, Berninger chats with Pitchfork Staff Writer Sam Sodomsky about the songs that shaped him as a musician and informed the new album, touching on his childhood infatuation with Olivia Newton-John, The Smiths and U2 records he blasted while getting pelted with golf balls at his first job, and The National’s early aspirations to emulate the Silver Jews.
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    • 25 min
    It’s Time to Take Enya Seriously

    It’s Time to Take Enya Seriously

    For years, Enya’s music was treated as a cultural punchline, the eerily soothing soundtrack to countless crystal shops and Pure Moods commercials. But lately, a new generation of artists—from Weyes Blood to Nicki Minaj—is proudly claiming the misunderstood Irish auteur as an influence. On this episode, Pitchfork Editor Puja Patel is joined by Contributing Editor Jenn Pelly, a recently converted Enya fanatic, for a discussion about the depth and complexity of Enya’s artistry and the ways she maintained creative control of her music and image in a male-dominated industry. Next week, Pitchfork will publish Pelly’s longform written feature on Enya's blooming influence in 2020, featuring interviews with many of the artists who look to her as a guiding light.
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    • 31 min
    Pitchfork Request Line: Road Trips & Campfires

    Pitchfork Request Line: Road Trips & Campfires

    After its launch a few weeks ago, the Pitchfork Request Line is still ringing off the hook with listeners calling in for recommendations of music to soundtrack their lives. This week, we’re taking requests from an aspiring metalhead, a road tripper making a move from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and someone who just wants to get the hell out of 2020, if only for the length of a song. 

    If you want to get a recommendation of your own, give us a call at (917) 524-7371 and tell us a story about what’s going on in your life right now. 
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    • 27 min
    Pitchfork Request Line: New Love & Major Heartbreak

    Pitchfork Request Line: New Love & Major Heartbreak

    A few weeks ago we launched the Pitchfork Review hotline, asking our listeners to call in if they want help finding music to soundtrack their lives. Thank you to everyone who’s called in. It’s been pretty great going through all the voicemails that we’ve gotten in from all over the country and hearing a little bit about what’s going on with you. In this episode, we answer requests for music to get over an ex and music for falling in love, and we also share our personal love and heartbreak stories.

    If you want to leave us a message to get a recommendation of your own, give us a call at (917) 524-7371.
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    • 28 min
    Songs of the Summer of Our Discontent

    Songs of the Summer of Our Discontent

    By this time of year, there’s usually consensus around what the “Song of the Summer” is. But 2020 isn’t like any other summer in so many ways, including the pop charts. The Billboard Hot 100 has been all over the place for the past several months, with a new artist rising to the top most weeks, including Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, the Weeknd, Lady Gaga, and DaBaby. In this episode, we’re going to break down what makes a song of the summer and take a look at our favorites from 2020.
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    • 30 min
    Lianne La Havas's Bittersweet Memories

    Lianne La Havas's Bittersweet Memories

    British singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas recently released her third album, a self-titled collection of songs about love, heartbreak, and independence. Pitchfork editor Puja Patel recently spoke with Lianne at home in London over video chat for Pitchfork’s Listening Club. They talked about the nostalgia of breakup songs, staying true to yourself, Lianne’s cover of Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes,” and the advice she took from Prince.

    If you want some help finding new music, leave us a voicemail at ‪(917) 524-7371. Tell us a story about what's going on now in your life that you need a soundtrack for. We’ll take a listen and pick a few to feature on an upcoming episode, where Pitchfork's music critics will recommend you something new.
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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

3.0 out of 5
662 Ratings

662 Ratings

gimme indie rock ,

Rolling Stone for Millenials

Episodes about Bob Dylan, Taylor Swift, TikTok... you’d think with the pitchfork name recognition the show could choose subjects that are even a little less obvious, oversaturated, mainstream. Rolling Stone magazine was prob cutting edge at one time too, this podcast (so far) is helping Pitchfork lean into its downturn into desperation over its own irrelevance.

joe419 ,

Try playing music

I understand that maybe you can only play snippets but I feel like a music podcast should include music. If NPR can manage it, surely Pitchfork could? Need to step up your podcast game.

Emily zzz ,

wildly disappointed

when i saw this podcast recommended to me i was extremely excited! i'm a sucker for in depth music podcasts like nyt popcast, legends only, and switched on pop.. but this podcast is not those podcasts. i had very high expectations solely based on the fact that as a media org pitchfork is a bit high and mighty with VERY hot takes. i was hoping for thought proviking analysis of the current state of music + more in depth coverage of indie/alt acts.. nope. i feel as though my basic, passive music listening friends would have more interesting takes than this. i am unsubing for now because i think the episodes thus far are borderline unlistenable compared to the other pods i love.

however, i want to be constructive because the platform and exposure pitchfork has is such a great starting point for success. give us in depth discussion and education on artists like phoebe bridgers and haim!!! we want to know what the media thinks of their work thus far and how they are shaping music to come!!! please challenge the listener, because we are more informed and savvy than ever before. also don't be afraid that people won't agree. that is part of the enjoyment of a good music podcast.

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