Look at This F*cking Hipster Basher

I’ve got a new piece over at The Morning News. I’d sworn off writing about hipsters, but got sucked back in by all the rage they still evoke. Here’s a taste.

You get the sense that if Jimi Hendrix were to show up in Echo Park today, he’d be publicly mocked in a style section piece on blipsters for wearing a feathered fedora. Duchamp would have given up as soon as he appeared on dadaist-or-douchebag.com. And Warhol would be demonized as a hipster gentrifier for setting up his factory in a Brooklyn warehouse. Critics continue to complain that we live in an era where all art is derivative and devoid of substance. But if Hendrix, Duchamp, or Warhol were alive today, we’d be doing our damnedest to derail their self-expression, dismissing them as fucking hipsters.

You can read it all here. Image via.

The Daily Footprint 6/28/09

Williamsburg Bridge

These things always come in more than ones

Billy Mays found dead at age 50 in his home at 7:45 AM. Apparently he died in his sleep, no break-in, and no foul play is suspected. The day before his death he’d been on a plane that blew out its tires and said he got hit in the head with a few things, but there were no serious injuries reported and it’s not clear if his death was at all related.
Well, I’ll always know what I was doing when I found out Billy Mays died: Reading about how Michael Jackson died.
via eonline

Frank Rich Nails it Today

From NY Times

Obama’s inaction on gay civil rights is striking. So is his utterly uncharacteristic inarticulateness. The Justice Department brief defending DOMA has spoken louder for this president than any of his own words on the subject. Chrisler noted that he has given major speeches on race, on abortion and to the Muslim world. ‚”People are waiting for that passionate speech from him on equal rights,” she said, ‚”and the time is now.”
Action would be even better. It’s a press clich√© that ‚”gay supporters” are disappointed with Obama, but we should all be. Gay Americans aren’t just another political special interest group. They are Americans who are actively discriminated against by federal laws. If the president is to properly honor the memory of Stonewall, he should get up to speed on what happened there 40 years ago, when courageous kids who had nothing, not even a public acknowledgment of their existence, stood up to make history happen in the least likely of places.

Discovery Cover Jackson Five's "I Want You Back"

[Featuring members of Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot]

80s Sax Solos Evaluated

This is hilarious. But I shouldn’t have listened to the solo on Corey Hart’s “Never Surrender” on an empty stomach.

Vampire Weekend Cover Band Real!

Oh, its real. The VW Bugs, as they’re now named, have a Twitter account and a MySpace page to boot. Idolator confirms that it’s already staffed with preppies from Princeton.
An event listing on the MS page shows a party on August 15th at 10pm.

AM New York Still Thinks McCarren's Pool Parties RAWK

In this morning’s AM New York (seen above), Fahima Haque relives what must have been a dream last night about one of “the best of the free music fests” at McCarren Park Pool, the derelict pool turned “unpretentious and charming spot” that this summer will feature acts the likes of Dan Deacon, Grizzly Bear, and Girl Talk!
In this alterna-universe, the free shows start July 12 and run through August 30th, and we imagine the slip-n-slide will be there too! And you guys! Ohh, you guys will all be there! Everybody gets VIP in this dream, and I bet all the hip young indie actors will come out for MGMT again, and dance without regrets in the shaded corner left of stage! We’ll dance with them!
Oh, I just LOVE AMNY, those dreamers! Screw reporting, screw even being aware of the multi-year construction project at McCarren Park Pool that’s long sent the concert series to the waterfront. If we can’t dream alongside America’s Greatest Morning Daily, then I don’t even want to write a blog anymore.