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The “Are You A Hipster?” Quiz

January 29th, 2010 | Features | 1 Comment

If you read this blog, you know that I actually quite like hipsters. They like good music, they’re fun to look at, a lot of them are great artists, and they’re often cool people. But what constitutes a “hipster”? This seems to be a prevalent question in our culture as we try to determine who is and who isn’t a hipster. Here’s a little five-question quiz that will simplify it and help you at least determine if you yourself are a hipster.

1. Clothing

a) If you have never shopped at and do not own anything from American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, Value Village and various novelty and thrift stores, you’re probably not a hipster.

b) If you sometimes shop at or own some clothing from American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, Value Village and various novelty and thrift stores, you might be a hipster.

c) If everything you own is from American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, Value Village and various novelty and thrift stores, you’re probably a hipster.

d) If you work at American Apparel or Urban Outfitters, you are a certified hipster.

2. Music

a) If you walk into an independent record store and don’t know any of the bands whose records are on display, you’re probably not a hipster.

b) If you know some or most of the bands whose records are on display, you might be a hipster.

c) If you know and dislike all the bands whose records are on display, you’re probably a hipster.

d) If you walk into the store and the clerk hates you because you’re always asking for records by bands he’s never even heard of, you are a certified hipster.

3. School

a) If you are in school and taking something practical like engineering or sciences, you’re probably not a hipster.

b) If you are in school and taking something less practical like English or Philosophy, you might be a hipster.

c) If you are in school and taking something like The History Of Dada Art or German Expressionism In Pre-WWII Film, you’re probably a hipster.

d) If you live in the basement of your art school, you are a certified hipster.

4. Social Life

a) If your social life consists of clubs, sports nights and tanning salons, you are probably not a hipster.

b) If your social life consists of limited release movies, drinking at friends houses and going to concerts, you might be a hipster.

c) If your social life consists of house parties where everyone crowds around the avant garde neo-psych synth-pop band/artists playing in the basement, you’re probably a hipster.

d) If you’re in an avant garde neo-pysch synth-pop band playing in someone’s basement, you are a certified hipster.

5. Response To Being Called A Hipster

a) If you’ve never been called a hipster, you’re probably not a hipster.

b) If when called a hipster you just said something like, “I’m not, but whatever,” you might be a hipster.

c) If when called a hipster you said something like, “Hey man, don’t put a label on me, I’m not a hipster,” you’re probably a hipster.

d) If when called a hipster you said something like, “Dude! I am not a hipster! Just because I wear women’s jeans, low cut T-shirts, have a scruffy beard, ridiculous mustache, an extensive rare vinyl collection and play in an avant garde neo-psych synth-pop band does NOT mean I’m a hipster. Don’t even get me started on how much I hate hipsters,” you are a certified hipster.

Awesome Album Covers!

January 28th, 2010 | Features | 0 Comments

“Do you want your shrunken head to end up on the end of someone’s finger? No? Then don’t do drugs, kids…”

Better Know An Artist: EASYBOY

January 25th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

This week’s entry in our infinite part series, Better Know An Artist, is…
EASYBOY!!!
The solo project of Eric Farber, also a member of twice-Forklisted band Truman Peyote. Though originally from Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Farber is currently living in Toronto, attending UofT.
With EASYBOY, Farber continues to experiment with the samplegaze sound of Truman Peyote but relies more upon guitars and synths, thus resulting in relatively more traditionally arranged songs than can be found in his other work. However, interpret “traditionally” as being used very, very loosely.
The easiest comparison is early Animal Collective, but mainly only in their use of atmosphere on recordings. Live EASYBOY is a lot more ‘trashy’. The sound is abrasive, exciting and with moments of genuine beauty of amidst distorted guitar and old-school drum machines.
You can download EASYBOY’s awesome Friends EP released on Spooky Town Artifacts for free by clicking here.
EASYBOY will be playing Thursday, the 28th at this week’s Tiger Bar Groove. He’ll also be opening for Woods and Real Estate at The Horseshoe in March.

http://www.myspace.com/easyboymusic

Awesome Album Covers!

January 20th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Between this and the cover of Embryonic, I think people should keep their babies away from Wayne Coyne…

Hot Chip

January 17th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

This week’s band of the week makes kind-of-goofy, kind-of-romantic, kind-of-nerdy dance-rock. Alongside LCD Soundsystem, this group is probably one of the top personality-driven dance-rock bands out there today. The band of the week is…

HOT CHIP!!!
The key to Hot Chip has always been Alexis Taylor’s semi-nerdy schoolboy charm and the group’s penchant to write subtly goofy songs and to take them very seriously. It’s a formula that works extremely well because Hot Chip’s goofiness is always restrained though still present in the lyrics as well as the vibrant, colorful production of the music.
2006’s The Warning album put the band on the map with great tracks like “Boys From School” and “Over and Over”. 2008’s Made In The Dark was even better and more consistent with classics like “Ready For The Floor” and “One Pure Thought” that truly defined the group’s style and attitude even more so than their previous – and still great – work.
Their latest album, One Life Stand, continues Hot Chip’s tradition of making decent albums with a couple incredible singles. Despite being their shortest album yet at 10 tracks, One Life Stand is one of their most inconsistent. It’s still ultimately pretty good though. The title track works off a straightforward 1-2-1-2 bass-snare beat, but that simple foundation seems only to add gravitas to the smooth, almost eery layers of vocals during the song’s phenomenal chorus. Closer “Take It In” is another highlight with it’s minor-key ostinato during the verse giving way to an uplifting piano-led, harmony-heavy chorus.
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On the flipside, “I Feel Better” sounds like – and pretty much is – Hot Chip’s parody of auto-tune dominated club music complete with synthestra instrumentation. And I know “Brothers” probably isn’t supposed to be about homosexual incest, but for some reason I’m finding it hard to really take a line like “it’s a wild love I have for my brothers” seriously as anything else.
For fans of the band, One Life Stand is no let down, though I definitely wouldn’t qualify it as an improvement on Made In The Dark. Maybe they shouldn’t have left the lights on while recording.

http://www.myspace.com/hotchip