There’s a dark period in my life that I don’t walk about very much. It’s the time when I lived in a Brooklyn neighborhood called Bushwick. You’ve probably seen it on “Girls.” Fittingly, my roommate then worked at American Apparel. It was a brief but memorably terrible time of warehouses, leotards and constantly feeling squicky about gentification. In addition to my genuine disgust at their CEO Dov Charney, I have pretty much avoided going into an American Apparel ever since. This video from Second City Network is a reminder why. [YouTube]
October is country music month — what better time to spread some love for a genre that’s adored by half the country and reviled by the other? Country music is a pretty standard life soundtrack if you live in the South or any rural area, but if you live in a city, especially a super liberal, quinoa-eating, Ralph Nader-voting, Arcade Fire-worshiping one (ahem, Portland), being a country fan can be pretty lonely. In fact, when I lived in Portland, I was convinced I hated country until a couple of my friends basically forced me to listen to it. Now I live in Nashville. Coincidence? Kind of. Mostly. But really, I love country music and am always excited and perhaps overly willing to convince other people to love it too. Wondering how to get your hipster friends on board the country train? Here are some tips… Keep reading »
Hipsters get hated on all the time for everything from their weird shoes to their insistence that they knew about every cool thing before it was cool, but they’ve recently come under fire for a very specific reason: their trendy beards are cutting into razor sales. Yep, razor makers like Gillette and Schick have seen sales slip in recent years, and market research indicates that “the vogue for stubble” and “growing acceptance of the unshaven look” are partially to blame. Keep reading »
“Bros” is a new series by some bros, in which they parody “Girls” in only the vaguest of terms. There are four bros who suddenly realize that by dressing like a bro’s version of a hipster, they can score hot hipster chicks. Where or how this is otherwise related to “Girls” is beyond me, but if you’re jonesing to see men in glitter shirts and cutoffs, well, this is the video for you. [YouTube]
This video from Brooklyn’s Late Night Basement happens to be situated right at the intersection of my two favorite things: making fun of batter-dipped fried cheese nugget Guy Fieri and ridiculing the ironic hipster underbelly of Brooklyn. Intrepid reporter Chris Rose interviews the bespeckled and be-skinny jeans wearing Williamsburglars about a (fake) impending Guy Fieri chain restaurant. You could almost imagine Fieri serving up nacho cheese-fed foie gras and “factory farm to table” food, right? And Vampire Weekend as investors? Of course. [YouTube]
Is there anything better than snarky Brian Williams? On last night’s episode of “Rock Center,” Williams reported on the new “super hip” line of soups out from Campbells. They involve unpronounceable ingredients and young hipsters on the packaging. As Williams points out, it’s soup for the millennial generation, so the “soups that warm themselves just by thinking about themselves.” This reminds me of the time that Williams discussed the Most Important Story of 2010 — the New York Times discovering Brooklyn. “It’s like Marrakech over there,” he enthused. A Marrakech where greasy teens are just discovering the wonders of soup, no doubt. [Rock Center]
I have very mixed feelings about a piece on NYMag.com’s blog about “hipster sexism.” The
authors Alissa Quart and Lauren Sandler author Alissa Quart described “hipster sexism” as:
Hipster Sexism consists of the objectification of women but in a manner that uses mockery, quotation marks, and paradox … ads, photographs, television shows, films, and T-shirts, which represent young women being defined, but always ironically — with a wink and a nod — by their sexuality and/or bodies.
Old Sexists (or Classic Sexists), they explain, are Republicans in Congress — people my parents’ age — whose outdated beliefs about gender and sexuality could be attributed to just not getting with the times. Hipster sexists “should know better,” the authors write, but don’t, and try to pass it off as funny and/or ironic.
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Looking for a Halloween costume that’s sure to win the Most Adorkable award? Dress up as a twee Hollywood starlet! All you have to do is clip on some bangs, adorn yourself in bows and polka dots, and strum a toy ukulele throughout the night. Bonus: if you play your cards right, you might get to bang Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Most these pieces can be found for cheap at thrift stores, but in case you’d rather do your shopping online, we’ve got everything you’ll need, after the jump! Keep reading »
Classic Schwinn not doing it for you anymore? Yearning for a ride that will really get you noticed? How about this one-of-a-kind beech wood bike? Inspired by a famous 19th century chair designed by Michael Thonet (side note: who are the people who are keeping track of famous chairs? Should I know about famous chairs?), it will cost you $70,000, but hey, it’s a small price to pay for total exclusivity. Careful though: that 5-figure price tag doesn’t include brakes. [Huffington Post]
Forbes just released a list of “America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods,” which includes all the usual suspects: Silver Lake, Los Angeles comes in at number 1, with enclaves of San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Portland making predictable appearances. Just in case you don’t see your neighborhood on the list, we came up with this handy quiz to test the hipster quotient of wherever you live. So throw on a pair of oversized, lime green, lens-less reading glasses and click through to take the test!