due to a series of unfortunate events [facebook>wash>rinse>repeat], i found myself reading this article someone wrote where they conducted an interview with the writer of hipster runoff. i’d like to, if i may, copy and paste a few quotes i found particularly obnoxious.
[as an aside: i know this guy is not superwhysoserious, but being this sarcastic is actually, in my opinion, merely a front for him being so serious- another glitch in the pseudo-hipster system. irony is cool because you never have to commit. if people don’t know when to take you seriously, they don’t know if you’re being serious.]
I think people would expect me to be “loud” and have a “strong personal brand.” Just to be some excessively alternative guy with “a sad life.” But I think I probably have “a sad life” in a different way that’s a little bit more mainstream and means having a salaried job. “I generally feel “ashamed” that I am “part of humanity” who is “searching for something meaningful.” (Not ashamed of humanity like I want to go on a school-shooting spree-more like I have been trained to think that my life is more inherently meaningful than every one else’s.) Or like maybe I am “ashamed” that I bought the Matchbox 20/Third Eye Blind albums when I was a kid. And maybe I am “ashamed” of myself for having that in common with all of the other kids who were growing up at the time. And I might be “ashamed” that I found that meaningful. While I did listen to the AnCo song “Visiting Friends” on a winter drive with a group of people whom I love, maybe I am “uncomfortable”/”ashamed” with that meaning something.”
also, for people who are not familiar with this insipid drivel that people eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, here are some excerpts from HRO proper:
Seems like Del Taco really ‘gets’ me. What’s yalls fave ‘late nite snack’ joint? Do u ‘feel guilty’ when u ‘binge’ on fast food? Or is it fun 2 be ironic sometimes when ur buzzed + in a group setting?
Just want to be part of something larger than myself. Just want to be a Fourth Mealer. Wish I could be uneducated and poor, working a job ‘late at night.’ Wish I knew nothing about ‘nutritional values’ and could ’slowly kill myself’ without having to ‘overthink it.’ Might buy a CLIF bar or something.
now, without getting in too deep, i’d like to just say that i ‘get’ that this is all a ‘joke.’ it’s just that it’s not ‘funny.’ none of it is. only people who wish so badly to be hipsters [hint hint, mommy + daddy, wrap american apparel flex fleece hoodie, size XS in LAPIS in box with shiny red bow, watch child’s face glow as they receive their newfound hipsterdom] read this, because real ones are out probably doing all the stupid shit that this guy is making fun of. [see also: non-committal irony]
i have created a concise list of things to do other than read this particular blog, as well as my own:
read a book paint a picture take a photo on your vintage camera, create a treasure hunt map to find a place that will develop said film start a band make a mix tape make a better mix tape
For the purpose of putting my argument forward more eloquently.
More shit got announced for MBV-ATP without me realising
Yo La Tengo Primal Scream Serena Maneesh Brightblack Morning Light
SO, it looks like this now:
My Bloody Valentine Sonic Youth De La Soul E.P.M.D. Sun Ra Arkestra Primal Scream Yo La Tengo The Horrors J Mascis And The Fog Bob Mould Swervedriver Dirty Three Buzzcocks Fucked Up Spectrum Witch Brightblack Morning Light Serena Maneesh Le Volume Courbe The Wounded Knees The Pastels Lilys A Place To Bury Strangers
I don’t know where this came from, but I guess when you have those nights where everything turns to shit, you can either sulk alone and hope it’s gone by the morning, or you can publicly sulk, write some words, record them, try to make them sound the least bad as you can by burying them under reverb, and then posting it for the world to hear and calling it ‘music’.
If you dig it, please go to my Soundcloud and download it. Share it, burn it to a CD, play it loud in your car, whatever. I’m already stoked I made it, so anyone liking it is a bonus.
Baww. I want more. Can’t wait for Season 7. Now starting on Six Feet Under. I’m preparing myself to get hooked.
We’re opposite. Finished Six Feet Under (for the second time) a month or so ago. Watched the first season of Curb, now just gotta save a bit of $$$ to buy the complete box-set. In the meantime, just finished the first season of 30 Rock.
if the horrors record wasn’t so damn good, this would be my favorite album of the year.
although, i’m minutes away from having the new paul banks solo album.. so i suppose we’ll see.
Agree on The Horrors. Find Veckatimest positively drab.
Appreciate your honesty. 80% of the time I am all about post-punk/shoegaze fuzz that makes my ears bleed, but a good proportion of the rest which is not devoted to electronica has a serious soft spot for music with country/folk roots. Maybe it is the small town Australia (Toowoomba) local radio influence.
Well I certainly wouldn’t be one to chastise someone over Grizzly Bear! I think it’s a divisive album, for sure. I do hope that there is something else to come out this year that can get up there with AC, Horrors, Magik Markers (as a personal list of sorts).