THE PITCHFORK 500

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My relationship with Pitchfork Media dates back to early 2000, so I was excited about contributing to The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present, published by Fireside Books in 2008. The songs included in The Pitchfork 500 were selected by Pitchfork editors Ryan Schreiber and Scott Plagenhoef, and blurbs were assigned based on individual writers' interests.

Given my long-standing love for 90s and early 00s indie rock, I was assigned what amounted to a shortlist of my favorite songs, including Elliott Smith's "Between the Bars", Fugazi's "Merchandise", Weezer's "Say It Ain't So", Brainiac's "Pussyfootin'", Built to Spill's "Car", Archers of Loaf's "Web In Front", Shudder to Think's "X-French T-Shirt" and The Dismemberment Plan's "The City." I also had the pleasure of writing a more extensive essay about Pavement's "Summer Babe," a fantastic song and a pivotal moment in the history of independent music.


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