Yesterday, Pitchfork-affiliated blog Altered Zones--a sort of clearinghouse for chillwave, witchouse, and other marginal lo-fi or experimental genres--announced it would be shutting down this week after about a year and a half long run. "Altered What?" you ask. Exactly. Altered Zones started as a sort of aggregator of several extant music blogs, such as the excellent Brighton outpost 20 Jazz Funk Greats, cross-posting selected content from their sites as well as original material from their writers. The site was supported by Pitchfork (full disclosure: I contribute to Pitchfork) and/but tasked itself with covering music and artists generally not quite ready for P4K primetime. Or at least not yet ready, as it could also functioned as an early-warning system for out-world artists like Daniel Lopatin, John Maus, or James Ferraro. It was the hand silk-screened cassette to Pitchfork's 180-gram vinyl.
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But who the hell has a tape player anymore?In a farewell note, the site's editors kindly thank their readers, their sponsors at Pitchfork, and all their contributors, and note that ending their run from July 2010 to now--"the idea of it remaining as a sort of time capsule of this particular era of music"--feels right. More hilarious sub-genres will come and go of course, but basically, guys, the chillwave era is over (frowny-face).
But the chillwave era can't end with a proper fucking letter--it demands a flurry of jokes on Twitter. Thankfully, Altered Zones obliged:
and of course: