Pitchfork's People's List looks at the albums almost 28,000 of their readers love; what didn't make the list that should have?
Pitchfork, the journal of what hipsters think about music (or something like that), just published "The People's List," covering readers' favorite albums from the publication's first 15 years, 1996 through 2011. They started the poll last summer, but now that polling's closed, they've released an excellent breakdown of what the huge amount of data they got means.
With 27,981 voters and 116,009 albums selected, they broke things down by gender, age and location, so you can find out what kind of albums are more likely to be dug by women than men, by old than young and so on.
Of the top 200, Los Angeles had the third highest number of albums from an artist associated with their city, coming in with 10. The winner? Brooklyn — of course. They had 31 albums. The greater New York City area rocked the rankings, with New York City itself in second with 12 albums.
The two albums that made L.A.'s top 10 but fell a bit short nationally were Interpol's "Turn On The Bright Lights" and the Flaming Lips' "The Soft Bulletin," though they weren't far off. What made the national list but fell a bit lower locally? Singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens' "Illinois" and... wait for it... Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy." I guess L.A.'s had enough of their resident charismatic uberbraggart.
They also did a breakdown of what albums people from different cities were more likely to put on their lists than those from other parts of the country. Some of the bands and solo artists that got more L.A. love include Pulp, Morrissey, Mos Def, the Roots, Amy Winehouse, Beck and Nine Inch Nails. Elliott Smith also made the list of 20 albums likely distinctively in L.A., so I guess there's room for some Seattle gloom even in the Hollywood sunshine.
You can check out the full details of Pitchfork's People's List here, and share your anger about why Album X by Artist Y didn't show up on the list in our comments. (I'd particularly love to hear from the ladies, as the voters in Pitchfork's polling were 88 percent dudes.)