In defense of Pitchfork, while Stroke features new songs and some new bands, i figure Pitchfork does have a codified “Best New Music” honor they bestow onto bands or releases that stand out in the NOW, relatively speaking.
Whether Pitchfork should be rallying their readership to support a very worthwhile (and good) tribute release for Chris Knox in a Very Special News edition of Pitchfork News is a better move, I think. I don’t read the site every day, but if they haven’t already, it would be a nice gesture if they would give Stroke a spotlight for exactly what it is: a charity compilation for a highly seminal figure in underground/indie music or what have you. I’m not sure a “Best New Music” honor would be fitting or would really help Stroke, to be honest.
PS: But it must be said, speaking of “Stroke”, The Strokes’ “The Modern Age” (2001) is — through and through — a plagiarism on Tall Dwarfs’ “Crush” from 1984 as far as the instrumentation and primary melody lines go. So having a Strokes Stroke benefit would do a lot more for Chris Knox than any of the above! Julian? Albert? You listenin’?
Pitchfork could’ve used the “best new music” tag for good with the Chris Knox tribute comp. why didn’t they?