by (@zaragolden)

Today In Best Of’s: Pitchfork, Slate And The Fader Demonstrate Three Good Ways To Breakdown A Year In Music

We indulge in our fair share of constructing and consuming year end lists, but Pitchfork, Slate and The Fader’s year end’s are three we especially look forward to. Each takes a different approach at breaking the year in music down, and the insights that result tend to vary: Pitchfork’s is complete, Slate’s is super rigorous and The Fader’s always manages to spotlight the truly important things (in music, and also just in general, e.g.: “Top Four Pictures of Usher and Animals”). We heart these lists.

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by (@kat_george)

Clear Your SXSW Schedule, Fiona Apple Is Performing In Pitchfork’s Not-To-Be-Missed Showcase

So how excited were you when you read that Fiona Apple is releasing a new album this year? How many times did you replay “Criminal”? And most importantly, did you dig out your 90s alterna-girl tie dye garb and dark eyeliner? OK, maybe we can live with you skipping the last one, some things are definitely best left in the past — but the woman herself, the inspiring Fiona Apple, is most definitely not one of those things.

In more Awesome Fiona Apple Related News, it’s just been announced that she’ll be opening Pitchfork’s official showcase at SXSW. If you’re lucky enough to be heading to the festival, clear your schedule at 8 p.m. on March 15 and make for the Central Presbyterian Church like a fox, because the space only holds about 400 people (401 including Fiona). It’s also a rare occasion for a performer who has only graced the stage a handful of times since 2007.

Fiona Apple to Play Pitchfork SXSW Showcase [Pitchfork]

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by (@kat_george)

The Tastemakers At Pitchfork Declare The Top 100 Tracks Of 2011

The strangest thing is looking a “Best Of 2011″ list and not seeing Adele in the Top 10. It’s almost refreshing, although we do love Adele. In fact, Adele doesn’t appear until #23 on Pitchfork’s Top 100 Tracks Of 2011 list, which is quite unsettling given that “Rolling In The Deep” was pivotal in defining 2011 popular music landscape (“Someone Like You” appears at #60). But we guess that’s what makes Pitchfork tastemakers — they don’t follow trends, yet are willing to give credit where credit is due.

More unexpectedly still, Nicki Minaj makes it to #4 on Pitchfork’s list for “Super Bass” — a huge party track that slipped almost completely under the radar on this year’s critical end of year lists. However, the only surprise about Bon Iver‘s “Holocene” coming it at #2 is that it wasn’t #1, lending a painfully predictable air to the inclusion. Most importantly however, coming it at number one is the forgotten hit of the year, the confusingly underrated “Midnight City” by M83. We’re predicting that M83 will be to 2012 what Bon Iver was to 2011, so it makes sense that Pitchfork would deem the electronic master piece a number one. We’re also pretty stoked to see BeyoncĂ© at #7 with “Countdown” — probably the most overlooked track of the year.

The Top 100 Tracks [Pitchfork]