In July 2010, Pitchfork launched Altered Zones – a ‘superblog’ that collected posts from a range of blogs, including Don’t Die Wondering, Gorilla vs Bear and Visitation Rights. It was an interesting attempt to aggregate niche blogs into something bigger (and more ad-worthy). Now, sadly, it’s shutting down.
“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,” explain the founders in a final blog post. “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.”
Editors Ric Leichtung and Emilie Friedlander are now working on another project called Ad Hoc, which will launch next year.