Pitchfork Media, the home for all things obscure music criticism related, will publish its first music guide this fall. On November 11, Fireside Books will publish The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present. While there are other books that cover the same timeframe (particularly the very odd and funny This Is Uncool), none has Pitchfork's signature blend of snark and authority behind it:
From art-rock and proto-punk godfathers such as Brian Eno, Iggy Pop, and David Bowie to today's leading lights such as the Arcade Fire, the White Stripes, and Kanye West; from superstars to cult heroes; and from punk, indie, and pop to hip-hop, electronic music, and metal, we've created the ultimate playlist. Interspersed throughout are sidebars on the most vital subgenres from electro to grime to riot grrrl, along with pieces like "Career Killers: The Songs That Ended It All" and "Runaway Trainwrecks: The Post-Grunge Nadir."I, for one, can't wait.