Anthony Fantano

Anthony Fantano

Updated Dec 08, 2014 at 10:20PM EST by Lil B.

Added Aug 11, 2014 at 06:26PM EDT by Lil B.

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Anthony Fantano is a music critic known for his YouTube channel “theneedledrop,” which has developed a cult following in the /mu/ (music) board on 4chan.

Online History

On September 9th, 2007, Fantano launched his first YouTube channel titled “thatistheplan.”[1] On January 20th, 2009, Fantano created YouTube channel titled “theneedledrop,”[3] where he began uploading music review videos. That month, the @theneedledrop Twitter[11] feed was launched. On September 3rd, Fantano created a Facebook page titled “The Needle Drop.” In the next five years, the Facebook page gained over 62,000 likes and the Twitter feed received more than 4,200 followers. On March 17th, 2010, a Tumblr[12] blog for The Needle Drop was launched.

Online Presence

According to Encyclopedia Dramatica,[13] Fantano has been called “The King of /mu/,” referring to the /mu/ (music) board on 4chan. According to “The Needle Drop” entry on TV Tropes,[14] Fantano’s popularity on /mu/ is due to Fantano’s participation on the board. In August 2012, the /r/fantanoforever[15] subreddit was created for discussions about Fantano’s YouTube videos.

Notable Videos

Fantano often uploads full album reviews, usually talking about indie artists, though he has reviewed mainstream artists such as Kanye West [5], Coldplay [6] and Future[7] as well. He has only given two albums a perfect 10, including The Money Store by Death Grips and To Be Kind by Swans. As of August 2014, his most popular review is for the 2011 indie folk album Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes with over 890,000 views and 890 comments (shown below).

Cal Chuchesta is character presented as Fantano’s roommate, who is known for his poor taste in music. Once a year he releases a “Best Music of the Year” list (shown below, left). In his “Y U No Review?” videos, Fantano discusses recently released albums he chose not to review (shown below, right).

In the “Letter From a Fan” segment, Fantano answers questions about music sent from YouTube viewers. For “Lo-Fi Tano” episodes, Fantano records the video with his iPhone. Many Lo-Fi Tano videos are uploaded onto his second channel, thatistheplan.

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