Posted in music | pictures on February 7, 2006

PITCHFORK TAKES THE MIC
Nick Sylvester & Amanda etrusich

Nick Sylvester (aka Riff Raff) is the author of Pitchfork reviews like Serena Maneesh, Love is All, and the Death From Above remix album. Amanda Petrusich wrote Pitchfork's review of Illinois and Takk. Together they represented Pitchfork at the Plug Awards at Webster Hall in NYC on February 2nd.

SMILE NICK
Nick Sylvester & Amanda etrusich

It was late, and the crowd was extremely inattentive when Nick took the mic. The chit-chat didn't phase him as he shirked his presenter responsibilities and read an article about pit bulls from the New Yorker instead. Inattention turned to booing. Nick continued to read. Aziz eventually pulled him from the mic, and quickly presented the award himself. TV On the Radio waited their turn to present next.

RELATED
* Your take on Editors live
* Nick's take on Editors live
* Your take on Serena Maneesh live
* Nick's take on Serena Maneesh live

AND Tricia Romano was at the Plug Awards too.

TVOTR PRESENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Nick Sylvester & Amanda etrusich

Previously
Oh My Rockness @ The Plug Awards
Cage, Darryl Palumbo, & the Plug Awards | pics
Langohorne Slim & Rob Crow @ The Plug Awards | Pics
Chad VanGaalen @ Webster Hall (Plug Awards) | pics
Deerhoof @ Bowery Ballroom & the Byrne-Bowie-Reed factor
Lee Scratch Perry show & album update | TVOTR

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Comments (61)

dude doesn't deserve to be blogged about. what a super lame stunt he pulled.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2006 11:09 AM

Please stop talking about all things Pitchfork.
We want to read about music, not about websites that cover music.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2006 11:23 AM

a pretentious stunt from a pitchfork scribe? you can't make this stuff up!

Posted by tom | February 7, 2006 11:24 AM

Just more proof that Nick Sylvester is the most pretentious toolbag ever, (and that he's seen "Man on the Moon").

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2006 11:25 AM

I hope TVOTR kicked Nick's ass backstage.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2006 11:30 AM

was this award show really the amateur hour it's starting to sound like?

Posted by wes | February 7, 2006 11:32 AM

My favorite thing about this situation is that Tricia Romano didn't even mention it in her PLUG piece for the Voice.

Posted by Mike Conklin | February 7, 2006 11:45 AM

I've said it before and I'll say it again: It SHOULD be amateur hour. It's an indie rock awards show, for christ sakes. Does anyone remember what indie rock was like in 1992 or 93 or 94 when it wasn't taken so seriously as an IMPORTANT COMMODITY and there weren't music blogs, but rather zines that were stapled and photo copied and the general idea was to be anti-industry? What do you people want, the INDIE GRAMMYS? Tuxedos? Limos? Everyone all serious and taking themselves seriously because they are in a band called Clap Your Hands Say Yeah? Music biz blowjobs for all? An entire civilization of 24-year-old publicists promoting the next big thing?

Posted by will | February 7, 2006 11:49 AM

i don't know man will, indie just means 'independent' not 'incompetent'

Posted by wes | February 7, 2006 11:55 AM

Blowjobs for all, please.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2006 11:55 AM

that malcolm gladwell article really is worth reading.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2006 12:09 PM

i 2nd the call for blowjobs for all. that'd be fine by me.

Posted by lewislfowler | February 7, 2006 12:20 PM

Amanda Petrusich looks hot...

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2006 12:38 PM

ah, nah you're wrong.

she doesn't.

Posted by andrew | February 7, 2006 12:49 PM

Nick was standing next to me at the Editors Mercury show(he looks like a mini Mo Rocca). He looked pissed off as soon as he got there and seemed already in the mood to write a bad review. I doubt anything that could have happened on stage would have changed his mind. I do a agree it wasnt as good as people say it was, but it was nowhere as bad as he made it out to be. His review seemed more a review of people overreacting about bands than the band itself. But what did people expect Editors to be? Anyone whos heard them know they are nothing super special, but they do a great job holding you over till the next great band comes around.

O and i think its hilarious he complains about Editors not haveing original ideas when he stole what he did straight from andy kaufman.

Posted by Jim | February 7, 2006 12:54 PM

"Just more proof that Nick Sylvester is the most pretentious toolbag ever, (and that he's seen "Man on the Moon")."

LMAO, great comment!!!!!!!

Posted by Black cat white cat | February 7, 2006 1:28 PM

"Just more proof that Nick Sylvester is the most pretentious toolbag ever, (and that he's seen "Man on the Moon")."

LMAO, great comment!!!!!!!

Posted by Black cat white cat | February 7, 2006 1:29 PM

I don't know what everyone is complaining about. At least he wasn't reading his own writing.

That, of course, would have been unendurable.

Posted by J | February 7, 2006 2:24 PM

Yeah, Will, I remember what indie rock was like in the early '90s. Pavement's Crooked Rain was getting distributed through Atlantic (via its deal with Matador) and they played "Cut Your Hair" on the Tonight Show. Lollapalooza was a major force in music and was taking indie bands all around the country. Kathleen Hannah was dancing around in a Sonic Youth video and getting in a well publicized fight with Courtney Love. Lou Barlow was an indie rock god, and he would later have a huge hit with the Kids soundtrack.

Guess I missed those humble times of zines and staying out of the spotlight. Must have been nice.

Posted by Glenn | February 7, 2006 2:39 PM

Oh snap! SERVED! SERVED! SERVED! SERVED! Your ass got Coolfer'd!

Posted by Joey | February 7, 2006 3:10 PM

Glenn,
Indie rock was more than just Pavement, Sonic Youth and Lou Barlow (who had an accidental hit on a low budget movie I might add.) Lollapalooza was indie? You mean because they toured with Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Pearl Jam, Ministry, Beck and the like? Courtney Love has pretty much always been a celebrity from the word go. Anyway, it's not about bands being obscure. I mean who cares that Pavement played on the Tonight Show. That's funny and it made them huge, huge rock stars and very, very rich and the darlings of internet bloggers everywhere. The problem I have is that so many music bloggers seem to be nothing more than non-paid publicists who actually get offended that some music critic would interrupt their precious little musiz biz hype party and ruin their night at the Grammys. Pavement playing the Tonight Show was awesome because they were crashing the industry's party. On the other hand, when the indie scene decides it needs to throw its own industry party to legitimize themselves, I find that to be just depressing. And I'm sorry, but I don't even know what being "cooolfer'd" is supposed to mean.

Posted by will | February 7, 2006 3:25 PM

will loves the double standards and rosy sunglasses. glenn loves reality. getting coolfer'd is being smacked upside the head with an actual argument will ;)

Posted by wes | February 7, 2006 3:32 PM

will loves the double standards and rosy sunglasses. glenn loves reality. getting coolfer'd is being smacked upside the head with an actual fact, will ;)

Posted by wes | February 7, 2006 3:32 PM

who said anything about being offended?

Posted by brooklynvegan | February 7, 2006 3:53 PM

Nick Sylvester's friends should consider investing in a steady supply of crossbows and show his kneecaps some love.

(love=poison arrows)

Posted by Nick Sylvester = Megadouche | February 7, 2006 6:16 PM

Will is completely my hero. Today's "indie" scene is a complete joke. The fact that indie is short for "independent" seems lost on all of these blogger kids. It's pretty sad.

Posted by gurple | February 7, 2006 6:46 PM

writing about the stunt would've given him too much credit. maybe that's why she didn't mention the stunt.

Posted by anon | February 7, 2006 10:09 PM

Nick is a brilliant and brutal writer who savages bullshit bands because they deserve it. Anyone who thinks otherwise lacks a spine and a number of other important appendages. And by the way, Jim: You have no taste in music whatsoever. Go buy a Celine Dion album and fall off a cliff, OK?

Posted by Nick Sylvester Is Probably An Ass But He's Still Better Than You Bitches | February 8, 2006 12:06 AM

"Nick is a brilliant and brutal writer who savages bullshit bands because they deserve it. Anyone who thinks otherwise lacks a spine and a number of other important appendages. And by the way, Jim: You have no taste in music whatsoever. Go buy a Celine Dion album and fall off a cliff, OK?"

what's up nick?

Posted by tom | February 8, 2006 12:56 AM

Too funny, just because somebody has a pair and decides to rain on the indie industry's act of auto-fallatio doesn't meen you should say he should be shot with a crossbow.

Posted by Jinxy boy | February 8, 2006 5:35 PM

Too funny, just because somebody has a pair and decides to rain on the indie industry's act of auto-fallatio doesn't give you the right to say he should be shot with a crossbow.

Posted by Jinxy boy | February 8, 2006 5:35 PM

Rain on what industry parade? Sure, there was tons of industry shit going on that night (backstage and VIP areas were full as fuck), but while these folk were busy bullshiting amongst themselves upstairs, the people that paid to be there were booing and getting pissed off. He came off as having a chip on his shoulder and a stick up his ass rather than some sort of artist with a point to prove.

Also, I must say if Nick is brutal because bands "deserve it," Nick is equally deserving of every piece of crap people say about him; I kind of wonder if he likes it that way though....

Posted by No One Cares About Your Fucking Blog | February 17, 2006 3:24 PM

Nick Sylvester was suspended from his position at the Village Voice, for fabricating parts of this week's cover story. More info here: http://villagevoice.com/news/0610,news,72372,2.html

I say good riddance. He's really a pretty poor writer.

Posted by patrick | March 2, 2006 2:58 PM

I went to gradeschool with Nick. Yeahhh... he was a teacher's pet.

Posted by Arizona | March 4, 2006 1:40 PM

Ah well, Nick Sylvester, this year's Neal Pollack, ends up getting kneecapped for forgetting: a) When writing journalism, you actually have to use verifiable facts, not jokes you wish happened.
b) You steal ideas from someone's blog and present quotes from that blog as if you interviewed her, your ass might just get Frey'd.

Posted by JT | March 5, 2006 4:59 AM

"I went to gradeschool with Nick. Yeahhh... he was a teacher's pet."

I was at St. Catherine's too. Nick was the smartest, nicest kid there.

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) When writing journalism, you actually have to use verifiable facts, not jokes you wish happened.

Posted by online oyunlar | May 9, 2009 2:08 PM

"I was at St. Catherine's too. Nick was the smartest, nicest kid there"

Did you see him trying to answer that harvard professor's questions during his "lecture" on youtube? He sounded like a bumbling fool trying to apologize to everyone there like 20 times for writing that article. Granted I've only read 2 of his articles and have seen that one video, I still think he is a bullshitter. Not very intelligent, just a bullshitter.

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