Entries tagged with: hipsters
Class War "Fuck Parade" on London's Brick Lane on Saturday (via @jamieosman)
London's Brick Lane, once home to dozens of curry shops, has become gentrified with high-end boutiques, clubs, galleries, and the Cereal Killer Cafe which only serves breakfast cereal (at around $6 a bowl). An anarchist group called Class War held a protest on Saturday, September 26 targeting the Cereal Cafe as part of their third-annual "Fuck Parade":
Hundreds of protesters attacked a cereal cafe in east London on Saturday night, daubing the word "scum" on the shop window and setting fire to an effigy of a police officer.One of the protesters talked anonymously to The Gaurdian:
Riot police were called in to defend the Cereal Killer Cafe in Shoreditch after it was targeted by a large crowd of anti-gentrification activists carrying pigs' heads and torches.
The owners of the cafe, which has been seen by some as a symbol of inequality in east London, said on Sunday that the attack left customers including children "terrified for their lives".
Gary Keery, 33, who founded the cafe with his twin brother, Alan, said: "It's senseless violence, isn't it? We've had some letters through the letterbox saying 'die hipsters' and stuff but nothing to this extreme. It just doesn't make sense." - [The Guardian]
At the weekend I was one of hundreds of demonstrators who took to the streets of Shoreditch in London, in the third incarnation of Class War's fuck parade, a protest-cum-street-party against gentrification. During the evening some paint and cornflakes were thrown at the Cereal Killer cafe on Brick Lane, which received a lot of attention, while the issues at the heart of the protest - inequality and social cleansing - were largely ignored.You can check out footage from the protest, shot from inside Cereal Killer Cafe, below.
While I sympathise with the workers who had to clean up on Sunday, and am deeply sorry that some children were intimidated by the protest, the petty vandalism that occurred pales in comparison to the brutality of the gentrification that is destroying the lives and demolishing the homes of some of London's most vulnerable people.
photo: a hip (sad) day in Hoboken for Maxwell's last show, 2013 (more by Ken Bachor)
A website called FindTheHome recently published an articles declaring they've determined the "19 Most Hipster Cities in America." Topping the list: Hoboken, New Jersey. #2 is Ames, Iowa. Neither New York City or Brooklyn made the list. (Neither did Austin or Portland.) How exactly did they determine what a Hipster city was?
Using our places data, we at FindTheHome determined four important attributes that define a "hipster city" and found 19 cities that fit the bill (and surprisingly, Portland is not one of them). We first decided to only look at cities with over 50,000 people that also had a high population of people between the ages of 20 and 34. Then we looked at the cities with a fairly educated population (a high percentage of residents with at least a Bachelor's Degree), many cafes and yoga studios.You can check out the full list here.
vegan friendly Tel Aviv
Popular British tabloid the Daily Mail has published an article titled "The hipster guide to the world! The poor inner-city districts that have become achingly cool (beards optional)". They highlight various gentrified areas around the world that are now "hipster" central. Williamsburg, Brooklyn naturally made the list. They write:
If hipsters have a mecca, it's most certainly Williamsburg.Too bad all those apartment owners will now have to travel to Bushwick more often for good shows.
'A world of bow ties, trilby hats, and suede chukka boots, where everyone's an amateur photographer with an unnecessarily expensive DSLR camera', according to lifestyle website Thrillist.com.
The area was once home to working class Puerto Ricans and Latinos during the 1920s when most of the community worked in the textile factories and breweries.
In recent years it has been transformed by a thriving party scene by the influx of young professionals and wealthy apartment owners.
The only other U.S. neighborhood that made the list is San Francisco's Mission District. Neighborhoods in Latvia, Madrid, Amsterdam, Berlin, Stockholm, London, Melbourne, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Paris, Helsinki, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv are also listed and described.
Tune In Tel Aviv's Jeremy Hulsh explaining that Israel needs to better support music
Speaking of Tel Aviv, I just got back from annual music conference Tune In Tel Aviv and can attest to the city's continuing, overall art scene and general hipness. Despite what you might think from the news, Israel's a place with a very active and interesting music scene spanning multiple genres (with amazing hummus).
While there as a guest of the fest, I caught something like 40 live acts at various venues including The Container in Jaffa and Tel Aviv clubs Papaito, Rothschild 12, Pasaz, The Zone, and the multi-room Kuli Alma. The latter is co-owned by artists including DJ Yarin Lidor who I heard spin there along with a DJ set by Raw Tapes-signed beatmaker/producer Kalimist K Boog, whose recent 'low-rider hip-hop, futuristic Synth groove and Boogie Funk' album you can stream below.
Other artists I saw included powerful, proggy, post-rock powerhouse Tiny Fingers (who played a BV-CMJ show in 2012), and the upbeat rock n roll band of singer-songwriter Alon Landa who shared an amazing drummer with Tiny Fingers.
Tatran played technical, tight and spacey-psychedelic instrumental jazz fusion, Beatles cover included.
Fat Wreck-signed pop punk band Useless ID frontman Yotam Ben Horin did a good job at punk singer going acoustic, Jawbreaker cover included.
"Mediterranean surf rock tuba driven power trio" Boom Pam put on a great show. Their tuba player is named Tuby, and fans of Gogol Bordello and Devotchka should check them out.
Rising, energetic and quirky indie rock band Acollective went from opener to headliner since I saw them at the same fest two years ago, and there was quality indie rock from Bucharest (The Walkmen meets the Strokes meets The Smiths meets The National meets a slew of other indie rock bands).
The Kokoro, pictured below, is an 'art project' band involving tall women in cat suits, a keytar, tribal imagery, multiple drums and infused EDM beats. They're a bit over the top, cheesy even, but thoroughly entertaining, and I couldn't look away. Maybe you caught them at CMJ this year. if not, I heard they're moving to NY.
'Palestinian Rapper for Change' Saz raps and gets people dancing, as does the mutlitalented (and multicolored) singer, songwriter, rapper, and electronic producer Adi Ulmansky (who covers James Blake in her set, and has since opened for Kate Tempest in also-hip Berlin).
Garden City Movement make post-James Blake, Lo Fi Fnk-like, Hot Chip-wave music which is catching on. They're already scoring minor hits abroad with songs like "Move On". "Pont Des Arts" just premiered on FADER. You can see them at SXSW 2015, and listen to a few tracks below.
The Kokoro @ Tune In Tel Aviv
My week in Tel Aviv ended at a club called Cat & Dog with a late night DJ set by Mute Records founder Daniel Miller who earlier in the week interviewed fellow music industry legend Seymour Stein as part of the festival's keynote speech. Topics included that time Seymour signed the Ramones, that time Seymour introduced Daniel to a young Madonna, when Daniel first told Seymour about Depeche Mode, and the importance of a hit song to an artist hoping to get noticed. One of those artists hoping to get noticed actually busted out in song during the Q&A portion at the end.
The conference didn't include a set by the Burger Records-signed Israeli garage rock band Vaadat Charigim, but they'll also be back in the US for SXSW again. Miss Red didn't play the conference either, but her vocal additions to 3421's set were a major highlight of the fest two years ago, and she has since appeared on on The Bug's new guest-filled LP.
Listen to some of the artists mentioned above, below...
"People want live in Fort Greene. People wanna live in Clinton Hill. The Lower East Side, they move to Williamsburg, they can't even afford fuckin', motherfuckin' Williamsburg now because of motherfuckin' hipsters. What do they call Bushwick now? What's the word? [Audience: East Williamsburg]" - Spike LeeListen to Spike Lee say that and much more like it at Pratt last night, below...
Hot on the heels of that horrible NY Times article "How I Became A Hipster", Huffington Post got a panel of experts together to discuss the concept of "Hipster". Watch below...
The NY POST REPORTS:
The former Bushwick party girl who nearly took the rap for her boyfriend's drunken driving will be just fine -- if she can stay away from scandalous Brooklyn, her lawyer said yesterday.In other news, a Brooklyn boy has been arrested for making over 400 prank calls to 911.
Sophia Anderson -- who was in the car when ex-beau Daniel Sajewski drove his parents' Mercedes into the home of an elderly Long Island woman -- was granted "conditionally dismissed" charges in Riverhead court.
Now, she needs to stay out of trouble for six months -- a task she can achieve if she avoids the borough of booze and sin, said attorney John LoTurco.
"She's doing great . . . without the negative influences of Daniel and the allure of Brooklyn,'' LoTurco said, adding that Anderson is now living safely with her mom in Connecticut.
"The allure of Brooklyn was her boyfriend's circle of friends and the hipster lifestyle that was going on at that period of time -- the drinking, the drugging," LoTurco added.
The good-girl-turned-loft-dwelling-hipster was drunk when the car in which she was a passenger destroyed the home of a 96-year-old Huntington resident in May....
Let's talk about Brooklyn. Brooklyn is a place where artists gather. There are galleries, and loft parties, and record stores. A dude who presses vinyl lives there. So does a dude who makes stickers and a woman who books a venue. Because there's an infrastructure that supports getting shit done, people do shit, and a lot of the shit they do is cool. Someone is a recording engineer. Someone is a graffiti artist. Someone has a blog. There's a lot of energy, and a lot of people to know. Information--"Know a cheap place to print posters?" or "Who can play the tambourine in my Jefferson Airplane cover band?"--is the coin of the realm.MUCH more where that came from at the Washington City Paper.
But Brooklyn has a downside. Those who abandon their RMS to come to Brooklyn risk co-option by an aesthetic Borg. Things get mushy. There's too much input, and there's not a lot that's not known. Somebody's band sounds like Howlin' Wolf and ESG and Gang of Four, but also sounds like REO Speedwagon and Glenn Branca and The Pointer Sisters. There aren't many secrets. There are no mountains to go over.
Do not confuse Brooklyn with, well, Brooklyn--the New York borough that sits about 230 miles from Washington on the southwest end of Long Island over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge off of I-278. There are many Brooklyns. Los Angeles is Brooklyn. Chicago is Brooklyn. Berlin and London are Brooklyn. Babylon was the Brooklyn of the ancient world. In the 1990s, Seattle was Brooklyn. Young Chinese punks challenging Communism risk prison to make Beijing the Brooklyn of tomorrow.
Some Brooklyns aren't even places. MySpace is Brooklyn. YouTube is Brooklyn. Facebook is Brooklyn. Spotify and iTunes are perversely, horribly, unapologetically, maddeningly Brooklyn.
I'm against it.
Just for the record, BrooklynVegan had nothing to do with this video that appeared on YouTube last night...
picture via Hipster Kidz
"Families are discovering that Williamsburg is much more than a playground for the postcollege, skinny-jeans set. The neighborhood has a few private preschools; several indoor play spaces; art, movement and music classes; and a number of children's stores, some of which were started by neighborhood parents. Many of the condo buildings rising all over the neighborhood feature playrooms, pools and other family-friendly amenities." [NY Times]
While watching Off! at Fun Fun Fun Fest on Sunday, I remembered that I forgot to post this hilarious video of Henry Rollins stopping in Cake Shop in NYC (thx Torsten for the tip). Check it out below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
hipsters & Die Antwoord in the Village Halloween Parade
"President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama opened up the White House doors to the local children and military families to the North Portico of the White House [on Halloween]. Always willing to open the doors to the White House the first family had some trick or treaters getting their candy game on track.Today, election day, Obama is busy supporting candidates. Go out and vote, even you undead hipsters! (The Rent is Too Damn High!)
Michelle Obama didn't dress up this year, last year she went as a p*ssy cat, this year she kept it simple and rocked an orange sweater with black trousers. The President was on hand taking in all the festivities cheering on the little trick or treaters and hugging it out with Abraham Lincoln." [Peace FM]
Street Boners release party at Party Expo TONIGHT (5/27). Info below...
McCarren Park - May 8, 2010
"The Trustocorp crew--who when last we checked in were filling stores with fake products like Banko (eat the rich) cereal--are back with a new public service sign. It reads: Don't Feed The Hipsters, and is appropriately placed in McCarren Park, where kickball season just began. But let's presuppose someone ignored this warning and did feed the hipsters, what do you think they like to eat? (Asking for a friend.)" [Gothamist]--
Yea, we know the word "hipster" is played out. That's exactly why we need to pick a Hipster Champ of the past decade. So we can lay the whole damn thing to rest. Your candidates, below. Vote. If you want. [Gawker]Their list of choices is kind of small. Who do you think they missed? (Cobra Snake? Last Night's Party? Ultragrrrl?)
First Bushwick had a tent city in a loft. Now it has the Nut Factory, a trailer park for a special few: Artists "who believe in the vision and are excited to contribute ideas, share knowledge, help organize, decorate and bring in others." There are currently six salvaged trailers parked in the 6,500-square-foot warehouse. In the spring they'll move outside and be joined by another 20 or so campers, in two rows with a "boardwalk-like street" down the middle. These deals on wheels rent for $590 per month, and all trailer renters get access to an indoor darkroom, recording studio, stage, gym and various workshops. [Curbed]Video of the space below...
"Hipsters are the friends who sneer when you cop to liking Coldplay. They're the people who wear T-shirts silk-screened with quotes from movies you've never heard of and the only ones in America who still think Pabst Blue Ribbon is a good beer. They sport cowboy hats and berets and think Kanye West stole their sunglasses. Everything about them is exactingly constructed to give off the vibe that they just don't care...zzzzzzzzzzz
...Though the subculture is met with derision in wider society, hipsters have been able to eke out enclaves across the country, chief among them the Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood of Williamsburg." [Time Magazine]
photos by Chris La Putt
Thee Oh Sees
"Largely unfamiliar with the bands on the roster, my husband and I went to Coney Island on Saturday to see Built to Spill headlining on the main stage of the annual Siren Music Festival. Normally, I love free shows. I like the freedom to walk away from a disappointing or uninteresting performance-as we did from Monotonix-without feeling guilty. And ticketless shows tend to draw all types, which appeals to the voyeur in me. Neither of us had been to Coney Island before, so it was mildly amusing to see the confluence of century old kitsch and aggressive marketing tactics by softdrink companies. (We tried a sample of something called Vio, "the world's first vibrancy drink," and it tasted vaguely like flourescent lighting and perfume.)I think she means All Points West, which is actually just one of four shows that Trail of Dead has coming up in NYC.
Anticipating the rush toward the stage as Built to Spill began, we found a decent spot where we'd be able to hear the band, if not see their faces. It was as close as we could get without my cheeks grazing across sweaty pectorals while trying to squeeze through. This is the point at any show when the fan in me starts to grin and breathe faster, to feel like I'd rather be right here than anywhere else in the world. To our horror, not only were the people around us talking so loud that we could barely hear the music, they weren't even facing the stage. The crowd was mingling as though at a singles mixer, drink in hand, shouting over the din, completely oblivious to the band on stage.
Now, while I've been known to complain about NYC hipsters at opportune times (like when I'm on the downtown L train), I generally think people are too hard on them. They're pretty benign as far as contrived fashion/music subcultures go. But when they prevent me from hearing and seeing a live performance by one of my favorite bands, simply because they can't stop yakking and flirting for a single minute, I feel, well, displeased.
Next show is hopefully Trail of Dead at All Points East. I'm bringing pepper-spray and my slapping hand." [Home on the Fringe]
More info and the video below...
"In this monologue, conservative talk show host Jay Mundy lambastes New York City yuppies and hipsters, individuals that he assesses as self-loathing and who have been so psychologically disturbed by their earlier life experiences that they seek to become outcasts and start anew as "New Yorkers."" -Jay MundyJay Mundy, whose Wikipedia page was deleted for being "Clearly a self-penned vanity bio", obviously enjoyed all the attention and comments he got from his first round of delusional Williamsburg bashing. He enjoyed it so much, that he recorded a new one. In this one he mentions the "freaks who have been listening to the program lately", and claims, among other things, that he has "hundreds of thousands of listeners around the country". File under comedy, and listen below...
Williamsburg, Brooklyn (not Jay Mundy) on Sunday (photo by Ryan Muir)
"I've never seen so many sick weirdos gathered in one place. They're all doing drugs all day. They have their hair dyed and tattoos so they can't have a job so they're all living on public assistance...They love Obama and the leftists and hate police power. They're carefree people. If I lived there a day, I tell you I would be in jail for murder. Take the weirdest hippie you know, and multiply it by 1000, and that's Williamsburg." -Jay MundyFirst of all, that is NOT conservative talk show host Jay Mundy in the picture above, but it is a dude who was very upset with most people on Bedford this past Sunday (6/14).
Jay Mundy, quoted above, also doesn't like people on Bedford, but that can't be him in the picture because he's much younger. Listen to his whole rant by playing the two embedded videos below...
We've reached a point in our civilization where counterculture has mutated into a self-obsessed aesthetic vacuum. So while hipsterdom is the end product of all prior countercultures, it's been stripped of its subversion and originality, and is leaving a generation pointlessly obsessing over fashion, faux individuality, cultural capital and the commodities of style. [Adbusters]
I present to you two lame videos by confused "artists" - both using lame stereotypes. The first song is supposed to be about "emo bitches", and the second one was.... performed by some....
Jimmy Webb, VIP, Jackson & Leigh Lezark @ Misshapes - July 28, 2007 (CRED)
Misshapes (the weekly Saturday night party at Don Hill's in NYC) ended for good this past Saturday night (Sept 8, 2007). David Byrne and the NY Times were among those in attendance.
Where will young, hip tourists looking for a good time on a Saturday night go now? Will they make the trip over to Brooklyn to experience the equally hip dance craze that's been going on over at Studo B? Or are they too glamorous to cross the river to mingle with the less fashion-conscious breed of hipster that I just learned about in an article (by someone I know) in the NY Post?...
"Manhattan has larger venues, but Brooklyn people who are dialed in probably don't give a crap about those places," says Todd Patrick, a Brooklyn concert promoter known as Todd P. "More tours are stopping in Brooklyn, and the scene is a billion times better than when everything revolved around Manhattan."......"The early-20s hipsters left in Manhattan are a more dance-club oriented crowd," says Patrick. "People who are paying Manhattan rents are interested in glamour, not rock 'n' roll."........"Manhattan hipsters are definitely more into fashion, or at least labels," says DJ Mike Nouveau, part of Manhattan party promoters the Ruff Kids, who are often seen in clothes by the trendy brand Surface to Air. "Where someone I know might go to Barneys to buy an outfit, someone in Brooklyn will go to [used clothing store] Beacon's Closet."....[NY Post]In related news, Misshapes the book came out on September 4th. You'll need it to complete your collection that also includes the Last Night's Party book, and doorman Thomas Onorato's memoir entitled "Confessions from the Velvet Ropes".
Would you still watch a video like this if there was an ad embedded in it? Would you still post a video like this if Google put an ad into it?
Now Google believes it finally has found the formula to cash in on YouTube’s potential as a magnet for online video advertising and keep its audience loyal at the same time.
The company said late Tuesday that after months of testing various video advertising models, it was ready to introduce a new type of video ad, which it said was unobtrusive and kept users in control of what they saw.
The ads, which appear 15 seconds after a user begins watching a video clip, take the form of an overlay on the bottom fifth of the screen, not unlike the tickers that display headlines during television news programs.
A user can ignore the overlay, which will disappear after about 10 seconds, or close it. But if the user clicks on it, the video they were watching will stop and a video ad will begin playing. Once the ad is over, or if a user clicks on a box to close it, the original video will resume playing from the point where it was stopped. [NY Times]