File it under “It’s A Slow News Day”: Unless I’m mistaken, not a single band from Philadelphia* managed to squeeze its way into Pitchfork’s recently released “Top 100 Tracks Of 2010” list. (Granted, after going over the 100-song list several times—which, to nobody’s surprise, is heavy on synthesizers, ethereal vocals, and electronic dance beats—everything has started to look blurry.) Not that Pitchfork has traditionally given Philly a ton of love: If you’re from this city and not Pissed Jeans (who didn’t crack the list, either), good luck breaking the 8.0 mark over there.
It is worth mentioning, however—and not because, “OMG WHAT’S WRONG WITH U PITCHFORK PHILLY MUSIC IS AWESOME!!” (which, you know, it is). Honestly, given Pitchfork’s consistent taste, there were a handful of singles released by local bands in 2010 that I thought would be right up their alley. In particular, I’m a little surprised to see Sun Airway’s “Put The Days Away” missing from the list. After all, Pitchfork heaped praise on the song back in August, then posted the video, interviewed Jon Barthmus, and gave the album a decent review. Oh well. “Local music blogger has a gripe with another website’s best-of list, news at 11:00.” Somehow, the world will still turn.
(*The Internet says members of The Walkmen live here Philly, the band still claims New York as home.)