There has been this crazy backlash- from crowds who disapprove of how "mainstream" they've become, from people who feel they weren't mainstream enough to win ("Who the hell is Arcade Fire?") - which has prompted a backlash against people who knew not only that they existed, but that they were awesome, mainstream or not. And those people got called hipsters.
For fuck's sake. I'm tired of people's go-to term to marginalize bands being "hipster".
I'm tired of explaining good music is good music- and not everything you aren't into is insincere and ironic.
Look, when it comes to my music- I will make no apologies. In fact, I will happily shove it down your throat until you croak out "Enough!".
One of the biggest joys in my life is music. I am part of the older tribe of individuals who still insist on making people mix tapes (cd's, etc) as a sign of affection or as a peace offering. I sometimes stop and wonder if this is something one should stop doing after the age of 19- then I think of a great song that so and so should really hear, because it makes me think of the time we were lost in the sketchy part of nowhere and decided to pee on the high school's baseball field instead of using the questionable bathrooms offered at the gas station because they appeared to be filled with hepatitis and I'm already pretty iffy about public bathrooms.
So. My new friend Jackie introduced me to an awesome site where I can upload larger files. That is why I have made a mix of music for you to enjoy, or to deem too mainstream or too hipster-ish, and uploaded it for you to download (link and directions at the bottom). While you are waiting for your mix, here are some music videos I think are super fine. Sincerely and un-ironically awesome.
ps- I had the brilliant idea to share a clip of Rob Gordon explaining the rules of making a great mix tape. However, I will apparently have to slip into another dimension to obtain this clip on the interweb, so I'll just go ahead and recommend you watch High Fidelity.
This is beautiful beautiful cuckoo beautiful. I think, anyways.
Sanso-Xtro 'Hello Night Crow' from Fergal Brennan on Vimeo.
I recently spent a few days with teenagers, who all looked like they time traveled from the 90's. I desperately wanted to show them why they were trying to capture some of that angsty awesomeness of that period.
I have played the mess out of this video, and I can't quite put my finger on the reason why. Surely it isn't just because I am madly in love with Rihanna's hair in this?
Here are those nobodies, Arcade Fire, performing with another nobody, David Bowie.
And here they are with my boyfriend, Jon.
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So. Your mix. Step one- follow the link (it is not spam or virus loaded, I swear).
Hey, I'm a link!
Then, Step two- scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Step three- See the big Download button? Remember, the one at the bottom, not the top.
Step four- Click on it.
Step five- Have a soda, cigarette, ice cream sandwich while you are waiting (don't forget to watch the videos).