I've been accused of music snobbery since at least the mid-90s, and that's fine. It's a warm compliment wrapped tightly in an insult.

But like all music snobs, until I've discovered a particular band on my own, I won't believe the band is worth listening to. This rule is so steadfast that we snobs often shun or blatantly talk shit about groups that other people -- especially other snobs -- are raving about.

So when I sent my brother the post-Pitchfork text "Animal Collective is pretty dope."

"I've told you that for fucking years, asshole," was a fitting response.