Posted in music on November 30, 2011

Altered Zones

Pitchfork offshoot Altered Zones has called it quits...

Dear friends,

Today, the road comes to an end. We are saying goodbye.

Altered Zones was launched in July 2010 with the mission of highlighting small-scale DIY music from all over the world, and we couldn't be more proud of the work we've done together during this past year and a half. We've helped new artists on the fringes of experimental music find likeminded fans, we've thrown a series of amazing events, and most importantly, we've built a community of devoted listeners seeking new and relatable voices outside the sphere of popular independent music.

This site began as a tight-knit collective of 14 music blogs with a common goal, but as many of our original contributors moved on from their blogs to start labels, run venues, create zines, and make music of their own, that original group has become increasingly splintered. We love what we've built, and the idea of it remaining as a sort of time capsule of this particular era of music feels right.

We don't view Altered Zones closing as an end in itself, but rather the end of one chapter and the opening of another. AZ editors Ric Leichtung and Emilie Friedlander will contribute to Pitchfork, and will launch a new project together called Ad Hoc in 2012. In the meantime, Altered Zones will be signing off tomorrow and Friday with our favorite quotes, songs you might've missed, and albums of 2011.

Thanks to everyone who counted themselves as a loyal reader of this site-- you are who we built this for. Thanks to everyone who contributed-- it could not have existed without you! And thanks to Pitchfork for creating and supporting this site since its inception, and for making it all possible in the first place. Happy 2012. We'll see you all again very soon...

▲,
Altered Zones

RIP Altered Zones.

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Comments (50)

I hear there's this cool indie mag called "Rolling Stone". Can't wait to read!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:21 PM

LOL JUST LOL

Posted by G | November 30, 2011 3:22 PM

its like i barely knew ya.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:23 PM

altered who?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:23 PM

indie died when jay-z came to that grizzly bear concert

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:27 PM

"... launched in July 2010 ..."

I'm with you 3:22

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:28 PM

well, since the altered zones editors will read everyone of these comments, i should say what i feel.

this doesn't deserve a comment about it, let alone a BV post (hi ric)

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:32 PM

More like faltered zones.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:33 PM

huh

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:34 PM

07/2010 - 11/2011 an era? try again. tools.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:37 PM

"indie died when jay-z came to that grizzly bear concert"


Hope he hits the rest of the hipster bands as well.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:39 PM

3:34 really nailed it

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:39 PM

A Hewlett-Packard printer could have greatly enhanced their performance.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:41 PM

Speaking of Pitchfork, any word on the Pitchfork/Bowery Presents Forms festival. It supposed to happen the first weekend of February and they haven't announced anything in terms of artists, installations, tickets, etc. What gives?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:42 PM

more like 14 people with short attention spans created the site

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:42 PM

Turns out nobody reaaaaallly cares after all

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:44 PM

there was one ?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:44 PM

that's what they get for not listening to my album!!!!!

Posted by mickey | November 30, 2011 3:45 PM

Rumors are that the staff at altered zones weren't ingesting enough phyto-nutrients and it caused a lack of energy as compared to their hummus eating pitchfork brethren.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:57 PM

Rumor has it that somebody opened the blinds covering the office windows and the sunlight streaming in made them explode. Just like the legend.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:07 PM

no no, thank YOU, altered zones. thank you.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:14 PM

Altered Zones 2.3
That Press Release 0.4

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:15 PM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:16 PM

[crickets]

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:24 PM

I thought altered zones was alright. At first, it certainly exposed smaller bands than Pitchfork.

What seems to have happened is that Pitchfork slowly absorbed Altered Zones' content on its home site--at times, their track postings were one in the same.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:26 PM

I don;t know why but for some reason I am waiting for JellyNYC to make some dumb announcement about the pool parties next summer like, 'we are going to host it in Staten Island'

Posted by Really? | November 30, 2011 4:32 PM

in other news, has anyone tried the nutrigrain eggos? they're really good.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:35 PM

too many channels

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:37 PM

Hm...Maybe I'll try the nutrigrain eggos. That sounds pretty good/healthful.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:50 PM

should we Occupy the internet to get Altered Zones to come back?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:50 PM

4:16/4:24 back-to-back combo FTW! (could also be applicable to 80% of articles here)

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:58 PM

>Rumors are that the staff at altered zones weren't ingesting enough phyto-nutrients and it caused a lack of energy as compared to their hummus eating pitchfork brethren.

As my main brother Flav said, Don't Believe the Hype. That is an absolute rumor! The true reason why Alt Z didn't make it was because, and it really pains me to type this ... they got so, well, fat, to be honest, from eating Billyburgers and fries with MIA's Secret Truffle Salt that they no longer had the desire to seek out new sounds. They all became foodies. Huh. Go figure.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:59 PM

pitchfork still exists? people actually pay attention to it?

Posted by nygrump | November 30, 2011 5:00 PM

Everyone talking shit would've happily written for altered zones or write for pitchfork now. Or this site. And if you say no then you are lying bc you are already doing it for free here.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 5:02 PM

wait what?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 5:18 PM

looks like Mcpitchfork put Indie Zones out of biz.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 5:26 PM

If fisting is an art form, then sign me up. Those pita triangles have me stuffed up good.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 5:50 PM

5:02 = ex-writer from altered zones

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 5:55 PM

Can't wait for tomorrow and Friday when they reveal "favorite quotes, songs you might've missed, and albums of 2011"

BV, I expect you to do a post on Altered Zone's favorite albums of 2011.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 6:00 PM

I nominate 11/30/5:02pm for the Brooklyn Vegan 100 stupidest comments of the year list.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 6:40 PM

I'm deeply saddened to hear this news! I will miss this website I have never heard of, very much. #whogivesafuck

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 7:34 PM

lol!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 7:44 PM

@6:40-I second that notion!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 7:50 PM

hey. this is serious. i heard compuserve is no longer around either.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 9:18 PM

this rules!!! all of this bogus music is on its way out.. dollar bins overflowing with garbage tapes and 7"s - go take a look at academy records already, good riddance lo fi!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 10:01 PM

Does this mean hipsters will stop pretending to like REALLY shitty "music" and just like fairly shitty music. Because that would help things out a bit.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 10:53 PM

hipsters = everyone

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 11:22 PM

whens the Pitchfork IPO?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 12:36 AM

i liked AZ

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 12:45 AM

r.i.p

Posted by jordon | August 11, 2013 3:01 PM

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