Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Musty Boyz Pre-Valentines Day Show

What did I do this weekend? This weekend was filled with shows. Bands like The Growlers and Thee Commons were playing over the weekend. I started off my weekend on Friday February 13, 2015 over The Echo waiting for the Musty Boyz first show of the year that included some awesome bands like The Frights, L.A. Witch, The Buttertones, and the main headliner Cherry Glazzer! Check out the pictures and the video I recorded. There's no point in me reviewing anything because everything was awesome complete with babes, music, sex dolls and musty people! I'm still in pain from the pit I was in that day. Awesome stuff.

The Buttertones

L.A. Witch
L.A. Witch exploded on stage quite literally


L.A. Witch Such babes


Cherry Glazzer
Cherry Glazzer's set brought out the sex dolls. Musty Boyz throwing out sex dolls

Cherry Glazzer (such dream pop)

The night
video
Okay folks thats all for this post! I'll be seeing you cats real see!
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Here's the links to the bands and their music. And while you guys are there tell them The Traveling Informant sent you!

Cherry Glazzer's Bandcamp:
http://cherryglazerr.bandcamp.com/

The Frights
http://dafrights.bandcamp.com/

L.A. Witch
http://lawitches.bandcamp.com/

The Buttertones
http://buttertones.bandcamp.com/

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Traveling Informant Reviews a Book: Autobiography by Morrissey

I am not a fan of Morrissey. I don't consider myself a fan of Morrissey nor do I consider myself one now. I only simply acknowledged his existence but never listened to anything he produced. I am not familiar with any of his solo work or any of his rants. To me, Morrissey was a douche bag who thought to highly of himself and a giant depressed ranter. Always complaining about the world and injustice. But I like The Smiths and because I like The Smiths I knew who Morrissey was. But I never looked into who the other band members were and what their names are. Until now.
Morrissey's Autobiography

Are you still with me? Good because I have something to say. I loved Autobiography. Morrissey knows how to write. So why did I even read this book if I am not a fan of Morrissey? Good question. Here's my answer, simple and true. I read it because I wanted to know why so many of my friends had an unnatural obsession with Morrissey. I wanted to know why so many people loved Morrissey and why this special girl I know loves Morrissey. The book was recommended to me by this special girl and so I read it hoping to know who Morrissey is from his own words. And so I have read it and I have enjoyed the words that this man has written. So here is my first ever book review for all you droogies. Here's how I'll do it. My grading scale will be at the bottom of the review and I shall rate the books (and any future things I review) out of ten. For example if a book is a 10 for me then I shall say "10 koopa shells out of 10" (Koopa Shells are those turtles from Super Mario and I'll use koopa shells instead of stars) There are three things I want to talk about this book. I want to talk about it's publishing under the Penguin Classics print, the two editions of the book but we'll start off with the content of the book. We all good now? Okay on to the review droogies!!!
The front page of Morrissey's Autobiography; displaying a baby Morrissey chilling

BOOK REVIEW: So before I start I want to mention that for the sake and purposes of this review I shall be reviewing the U.K. edition of Morrissey's Autobiography. There is a U.S. edition of the book and rumor has it that that there are some differences between the U.K. edition and the U.S. edition of the book. I'll be reviewing the U.K. edition of Autobiography (even though I have both editions in my possession but I have only read the U.K. edition). More on that later on. The book is written as an autobiography, meaning that Morrissey himself is behind the pen. The book length is roughly 457 pages with photographs from Morrissey's childhood era, family photographs and photographs of other artists and friends including album covers from his time with The Smiths and his solo career.
Morrissey starts off with whatever my friend told me "a very cheesy Morrissey way" of starting a book by using the sentence "My childhood is streets upon streets upon streets upon streets." It was in this sentence that I knew what type of Morrissey was (overly dramatic) and that I was definitely going to enjoy this book to it's fullest. The saddest parts of the autobiography are the details of his childhood and how poor life was during such time. The cool part about this is that Morrissey doesn't make it necessarily sad and makes it so dramatic that it's sort of funny the way he makes things sound. Another thing is that Morrissey don't make you feel (or at least I didn't) sad about himself but he feels sorrow for those around him. I laughed out loud when Morrissey says that thankfully his giant head didn't kill his mother during birth. But it is apparent that Morrissey would suffer from the Autobiography isn't your typical autobiography. Morrissey's Autobiography is a statement. A statement about what his believes are (as he bashes those who eat meat hence the title Meat is Murder) and what his struggles as an artist are.
Two of a Kind yet different
beginning of his life. His talk about his childhood school days are also heart breaking yet still have that black humor to them. I'm not sure if Morrissey does this intently (I would imagine he would though) or if it just comes off like that. Another favorite scene is when a girl punched him out simply because she liked Morrissey but he didn't respond the way she wanted him to. Such childhood stuff! That happened to me. The rest of the story continues on with Morrissey talking about major music influences he had during his teenage years like the David Bowie, Lou Reed (both my all time favorite music artists) and of course the New York Dolls. These guys are Morrissey's favorite band (although he never actually states it on paper. Morrissey goes on to talk about The Smiths, and the troubles that followed with the band members like Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce, and Andy Rourke. His solo career and the injustices his faced with record labels like Rough Trade and the judicial injustice Morrissey suffered with Mike Joyce and a judge named John Weeks. It is that this part that really sucked me in as I felt the anger that Morrissey felt against Weeks and Joyce, hell I even came to dislike Johnny Marr. If a writer can do that, to make you feel what he or she feels then they have understood what writing is. Morrissey's writing is unique.

The way Autobiography is written comes off as a humorous rant that reflects who Morrissey is. Yes I believe Morrissey is overly dramatic in his views of life. He describes himself as being attracted to humans not just one sexual preference and his comments make him sound depressed yet he says he is a very happy man. I was glad to see his take on his struggles with his music, censorship, and fights with record labels (which I always thought were evil). The last part of his book deals with his tour in Mexico and how he falls in love with the audience every time. And I loved the story of how Morrissey almost got kidnapped. Crazy things happen to Morrissey. Who the hell refers to themselves in third person? Morrissey does. He talks about relationships with people, which to my understanding he has never talked about. He has never talked about him being gay or straight. Like he says, he is attracted to humans. But in Autobiography, Morrissey talks about a relationship with a man named Jake Walters. While Morrissey never states he had a homosexual relationship with the guy, it is clear that there was a relationship and a strong attraction for one another. Not that it matters but fans would like to read that story since it's interesting.Often times I have heard Morrissey being compared to Oscar Wilde and I thought that was ridiculous. Not I agree with that statement.  Morrissey is our Oscar Wilde.

Morrissey's Autobiography demands to be read not twice but thrice. It a book that is wonderfully written filled with emotion and passion. Passion for music. Anyone can enjoy it; both fans of Morrissey and non fans of Morrissey like me. I'm not saying I don't like Morrissey that's not the case, I simply wasn't interested in him. But this autobiography was wonderful.  Here is what I rate it Morrissey's Autobiography:
10 koopa shells out of 10
Its is uniquely written, with passion and dark humor. It is sad yet happy.

Now one problem I have with this book is that it is written under the Penguin Classics print. It is my understanding that Penguins Classics are reserved for highly esteemed authors whose works have Autobiography was automatically printed under the Classics print and that shouldn't be the case. Yes the book was very well written but I don't think it deserves to be written under the Penguin Classics print. IF anything, I think it's a marketing scheme by either Morrissey or the publisher to make money off of it. Which is why I also think that there are two editions of the book. The U.K. edition was the first to come out in Europe. However for the U.S. edition, there are some changes to the book as some claim. I myself got both editions after I had originally bought the U.S. edition. After I read online that the U.S. edition was heavily edited especially to his story about his relationship with Jake Walters I decided to get the U.K. edition. I was lucky to find a U.K. edition at Amoeba Records in Hollywood. But after comparing briefly the two texts I have found no real differences between the two books. The U.K. is 457 pages long and the U.S. edition is 457 pages long. But the odd part is that the U.K. edition is thicker than the U.S. edition despite that both books have the same page length. So I ask Are both books really that different? I don't think so. But like I said before I believe Autobiography should be read three times. I don't think it deserves to be printed under the Penguin Classics book, but being a Morrissey book I am not surprised that it even is published under the Penguin Classic banner. So folks if you guys can get both copies of the book go for it. The U.K. is a little hard to find if you live in the U.S. but if I were to buy a copy it would be the U.K. edition just in case the U.S. edition really is censored.
The U.S. edition on top of the U.K. edition of Morrissey's Autobiography
stood the test of time and whose texts continue being important till this time. Why Morrissey's

I'll try to reread Morrissey's Autobiography along with the U.S. edition of it and see if there really is a difference between the two or not. For now good read this book it's fun and a great read.

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Thanks droogies!!!


Monday, January 5, 2015

A Walk Through Darby Park: A Odd Adventure and a Ghost Car

Now I have been holding off with this story for a while now.  Mostly because I haven't had the time to write it, the other reason being that I didn't know how to start it but seeing that it's the beginning of a new year I have decided to write again. Now I have a vague sense on how to start it. It involves an empty park at night, a ghost car, a lone figure, and the turning off of lights. Read on dear reader.

You see, dear reader, for the past months or so, one of my closest friends Jesse has been roaming the streets of Los Angeles with a camera. He is trying his hand at photography and like any good friend I have supported him. In fact he's one of the reasons why I opened an Instagram. As a consequence of this new found hobby of his, me and some friends have gone on several amazing adventures that include sight seeing and what not. But mostly just doing idiotic things on the streets of Los Angeles, especially downtown L.A. This adventure took place in a park near our neighborhood (for you see we live near each other). So it was Jesse, Baby Jesus, Itzel and myself and we found ourselves at Darby Park in Inglewood. It was around 8:30 p.m. that we were there.

Why were we there? I went to Target to do nothing really and we always cut through that park since it's the fastest and easiest way to get to Target. Jesse and myself included went to take some photos because that's the junk we do when we are bored and looking for adventure. On our way back I had the idea of stopping by the park and play in the kids play ground while taking photos.It was already dark since it was 8:30 p.m. (I should make a note that each of us ride and were carrying our skateboards or cruiser boards if you want to be more accurate.) And we did mess around for a while eating chips and drinking (soda!) and taking photos. Things we normal for a while until the lights that illuminate the park suddenly turned off (which is freaking creepy! Have you ever been in a children's playground at the dark?). Jesse and the others immediately become alert and start becoming uncomfortable while I continue eating my chips. Jesse and Baby Jesus start telling me that this exact thing happened the last time they were there and that a white truck randomly popped out of nowhere. As soon as they finish telling me this a truck suddenly appears out of nowhere. I get a little freaked out not because I think it's a ghost car, but because I thought it was the cops and we were drinking (soda!). All of us get low on the playground. Itzel hides in the slide while I lay flat on the stairs leading to the slide (I was lucky there was a wall covering me). Baby Jesus throws himself behind the slide on the floor and Jesse...well I don't know where he went. All I remember was me just hiding while trying to keep the white truck in sight. Then suddenly I feel a strong woosh! and I look around and I see Jesse. Running. Half way down the basketball courts. The idiot forgot his cruiser broad. (I should note that all the cruiser broads were laying next to me.) Next thing I know I see Itzel and Baby Jesus sprint after Jesse leaving me by myself. Those traitors. I look back to where the white truck is at...but surprisingly I see no white truck. There was nothing there. All the while I continue eating the chips I have with me. Because if I see something odd (and believe me I've seen a think or two) then I rather go out not hungry.

Since I see no truck anymore I grab my board and my backpack, not leaving the chips or my drink (soda!) and just book it to where my cowardly friends/traitors are hiding which wasn't far from the playground. As soon as I reach them the lights turn back on the playground. Jesse says this stuff isn't right and that we should get out of there. I laugh, meanwhile Itzel and Baby Jesus run back to the playground and get their boards as well as Jesse's cruiser board among the junk food we had. One of them cries out to look at the baseball field which stands right in front of the playground. There under the light stood a shadowy figure. None of us could tell any features from the figure so we all ran. I ran because I thought it was kind of freaky and our neighborhood is dangerous. We were halfway down the basketball courts when the lights suddenly turn off again. I turn back and I see the lone figure right behind us and the white truck suddenly appeared out of nowhere. I scream to run faster and get the hell out. We where half way out of the park when we all heard a scream. That really freaked us out. But by then we were out of the park skating across the street to our homes. We all stopped and turned back and looked towards the park. The lights where on and there was no sign of a figure or a white truck. My friend Jesse believes the park to be haunted and my other friends think there is something fishy going on there at Darby Park. I personally believe we drank too much (soda!) and that perhaps a park ranger was simply messing with us. That is the tale I have for you. If you believe it or not that it your problem not mine. But it did happen and three other people were with me.

Now there is something peculiar about the park itself. My friend Jesse once pointed out that there is a creepy message hidden in the park. Right by the exit of the park that leads to the street, there is a message written on the light poles that says "One way to heaven keep doing right." If that isn't creepy then what is? Why is that written on the light poles? Is this where they sell drugs? I don't know reader. But I do know there is something fishy about Darby Park and I would like to figure out more if only my friends weren't such wussies. Oh well. That is the tale I have for you. This really happened. Unfortunately no pictures of the ghost car were taken. Only one photo was taken that night by me. So below I'll post some pictures of the park during day light including, the creepy message written on the light poles and the peculair picture I took that night.
As always follow me on Instagram @travelinginformant I always post and update that more than I do my blog.
This was the only photo I took of that night and the only photo taken that night. This was right before we spotted the "ghost truck" We hide among this bars and slides. 

A look at the entrance/exit we took when we fled that night towards the houses and the street.

Right in the middle of the field is where the lone figure appeared out of nowhere. The white "ghost truck" was in that field also.

The beginning of the creepy message: "One"

"Way"

"To"

"Heaven"

"Keep"

"Doing Right" End of the creepy message

The entrance to the park coming from the main street. This same entrance/exit is the one we ran out when we saw the "ghost car"

The playground where we all hide in fear and confusion.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Let's Have A Talk

Sometimes I forget about this blog. It leads me to abandoning it for long periods of time. Then I remember that it still exists and that people read it. It's been a long time dear readers, but I find myself in a great need to just write about something. Last night was Halloween and I had the most interesting adventure I have had in quite sometime. It was so interesting in fact that no pictures were take by me that night. I only have one photo of me hugging death itself (which I shall post in the end of this blog). This adventure lead me from downtown LA to Hollywood Blvd, subways trains, and finally West Hollywood. So many fabulous people there on Halloween night. If you really want to know about just Google West Hollywood Halloween Parade. I heard its a big thing. 

 I don't have much to say this time. All I wanted to say was that I'm still alive and have a burning passion to write again. I'm still in school and I'm still writing those dreaded research papers and essays. They are enough to make me stop writing again. But I won't this time. I was thinking about rebooting my whole blog again, but then I'd be doing the very thing I dislike (about films). Two note worthy things you should know before I carry on dear reader:
1. I bought myself a cruiser board. It's a Santa Cruz Star Wars cruiser board if you really want to know. Here's a picture of it.

2. I made an Instagram to go along with my blog. I know I have critized Instagram before but I decided to give it a chance and use it for my blog/writing. Follow me @travelinginformant or here's the link http://instagram.com/travelinginformant. Make sure to follow me there since I will most likey post more stuff there than on here. Adventurous things will be posted there and here will have more details. 

Now guys I have one more thing. There's a group of crazy cats called Musty Boyz that are super down to do stuff make sure to give them a visit on Tumblr http://mustyboyz.tumblr.com/ and be sure to visit them at their Instagram page as well. Just tell them The Traveling Informant sends ya! (I don't even know them met one of them once at a show, so they don't even know I'm telling you guys about them. I'm nice huh?)

Alright guys thats it for today. Here's a picture of what happened yesterday

Friday, June 20, 2014

Loot Crate: Awesome Little Box For Geeks!

Folks, if you haven't heard of Loot Crate then you're not a geek and must be living under a rock. Just kidding. Actually Loot Crate is mostly popular within the Geek and Gamer community so it's perfectly fine if you, dear  reader, haven't heard of Loot Crate. Loot Crate is just what it sounds like. It's a crate filled with awesome (and exclusive) geek and gamer loot. Inside can be found shirts, vinyl figures, toys, candy, stickers and a bunch of random things!  And it's really cheap. Hell, sometimes only one item in the crate is worth $20 by its self. When you subscribe to Loot Crate you can easily get it for only $14 a month! That's just so awesome! Don't you think? I think so.

This month (June) I received my first Loot Crate and the theme was Transformers. Transformers 4 is just about to hit theaters next Friday too (here we go again). See, each month Loot Crate has a theme and this months theme was Transformers. Check out the cool loot I got for this month!


Items in Photo:

  • Loot Crate Exclusive Shirt Marty McPrime Shirt (Transformers+ Back to the Future reference= gold!)
  • Transformers Vinyl Figure from The Loyal Subjects (see link below to buy them from them) P.S. I got Gritlock
  • Major League Gaming or MLG wristband (man I used to wear wristbands in highschool...ah memories!) 
  • MLG Team Stickers (yeah its pretty serious. Its like the football for geeks. Seriously. Its not a joke. Google that shit)
  • Transformers Autobot  Vinyl Sticker (already stuck it on my 3DS!)
  • 3  (motherf%#king) Warheads
  • $5 MLG Game Code (don't really need that but thanks Loot Crate!)
  • Transformers BumbleBee Hexbug (this thing is weird! Don't know anything about Hexbugs...they just wiggle around. How odd)




Sadly you can't get a Loot Crate for this month but you can totally sign up for next month! And be sure to use the the code at the website to save $3 on your first subscription! Just go ahead and sign up through that link I put up and you can save even more and help me get a free month with Loot Crate! See, Uncle Daniel is a pretty nice guy!


Loot Crate Link:
http://www.lootcrate.com/?campaignid=407&mbsy=6Fjlz_5&discount_value=%245&utm_source=ambassador&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Ambassador

For Transformers Vinyl Figures click below:
https://www.theloyalsubjects.com/store/transformers

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Geek News: Disney Threatens the Star Wars Universe!

Ladies and gentlemen, I am alive and well. I haven't been blogging because of school. There's something about school that just sucks the creative juices out of me (maybe it's all those damn essays they make us write). But now I'm free, for a while that is. There are many things that I have done and haven't been able to share them. That will sort of change now. I have a smart phone now, meaning I can now blog even more. Since I'm The Traveling Informant, I feel I haven't informed much about anything. I figured I should start informing about the place I live (L.A.) and the changes there have been to my surroundings. Expect more things like that (of course, that means I need to get out more). I'm thinking of opening a new blog dedicated to just comics, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and retro video games. Basically opening a blog where I write and share how geeky I am. That way, I'd just concentrate on having interesting things here on this blog than mixing geekyness and I don't know...observations? I don't feel like rebooting everything. This is just a thought for now. But definitely more blog posts on interesting things. Now moving on to GEEKY THINGS LIKE STAR WARS AND INDIANA JONES!

I just recently really got into Star Wars. I mean really into it. Enough for me to start reading the novels and purchase the Star Wars Saga on blu ray (I finally own a blu ray player) and check out those Dark Horse comic books. And even for me to start buying Star Wars figures. Don't think I just got into Star Wars. I've liked Star Wars enough for me to see them before and to have some Star Wars merchandise. But now it's like I really like Star Wars. Not as much as Indiana Jones, however. :)

Which brings me to this topic: Why is Disney so gosh darn greedy? Yes we all know Star Wars is now officially Disney's. And in fact I didn't care much. As I stated before I did flip out when I heard Marvel was part of Disney (a few years back) and when I heard that Indiana Jones is now officially owned by Disney I freaked out! Disney owns everything I LOVE! Well now I hear that Dark Horse Comics is no longer going to make Star Wars comics because Disney wants Marvel to make the Star Wars comics. To make matters worse, I hear that Disney has created a committee that focuses on just Star Wars and it's universe. Their job is too pick whats
canon and what's not. According to the website io9.com, this committee will search through all the Star Wars expanded universe material (like books, video games, and comics) and choose what they keep and remove. That means the novels and graphic novels that have already been out there for years may be removed. And there is a lots of  Star Wars expanded universe stuff out there. I guess Disney is trying to remove this already established universe to make room for their upcoming Star Wars films. But should they do that?  Hardcore Star Wars are losing their sh*t, posting up Youtube videos in protest against this act by Disney. As of now I'm buying Star Wars novels. Like I said, I'm really getting into the whole Star Wars scene. I'm in the process of reading a series of books written by Timothy Zhan known as The Thrawn Trilogy by many Star Wars fans. But then a thought hit me again. Disney is planning to reboot the Star Wars universe. Disney also owns the Indiana Jones franchise. Would they reboot the Indiana Jones series as well?

Ladies and gentlemen, we all know Indy is my hero. Hell, The Traveling Informant exists because of Indiana Jones. So I really don't want Disney screwing up the Indiana Jones series at all. I don't want them to reboot Indiana Jones either. No other actor can play Indiana Jones but Harrison Ford himself. I really wish Disney would respect that and not recast Indiana Jones or try to reboot the film series. I also hope they don't destroy the already established Young Indiana Jones series (which if you didn't know was a live action television series that dealt with the adventures of Young Indiana Jones) and the novels that already exist. I would be okay if Disney decides to kick out the video games and the comic books of Indiana Jones. That I would be okay with. But Disney better not f**k with the films, the television series or the novels. And Disney better not recast a new Indiana Jones because Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones, end of story. Punks. I wouldn't mind seeing a CGI Indiana Jones film just as long as Indiana Jones looks like Harrison Ford. Respect Harrison Ford. The man is a beast!

Back to Star Wars, I understand Disney destroying half of the expanded universe to make films but I still don't think they should do that. Instead what they can do is base the new films on some of the novels and let the novels exist. It's pleasing both to the fans and me. Disney can do better. Don't kill off some of the characters many have already come to love. If Disney decides to destroy the whole comic stuff and maybe that cartoon television series then that would be cool with me. Maybe they can make it better? But the comic book stuff can be rid of. At least I think so. So that was my geek moment for you guys. What do you guys think, should Disney destroy the already established universe for Star Wars (and lets not forget my baby daddy Indiana Jones) or should they leave the Expanded Universe as it is and base their new films on the books? Leave your comments below! Geek out with me!

Check out the link for io9 and the Star Wars news:

http://io9.com/disney-appoints-a-group-to-determine-a-new-official-st-1497893812

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Why I Hate Urban Outfitters With A Passion

(Picture is not taken by me. I got this off the interwebs!)

I really really hate Urban Outfiiters. They are more like Urban Counterfitters. This doesn't really have to do with hipsters as much as one thinks it does (even though I hate hipsters so much...but I also find hipster chicks attractive).  Why do I hate Urban Outfitters so much? Well for one it's corporate and since I'm young and stupid I have to hate something corporate.

Not but seriously I have valid reasons to dislike Urban Outfitters.Please note that I do not hate all corporate stores. That was a joke. I sometimes shop at Sears, JC Penny, and random independent stores I find. Occasionally I shop at Hot Topic but that rarely happens. I can't stay in that store for more than 5 minutes. Hot Topic does have awesome shirts. And mostly all the shirts I wear are all super hero shirts, and some local business shirts.  But let's get on to my reasons as to why I refuse to buy from Urban Outfitters and why everyone in the world should too.

1. Urban Outfitters steals designs from Independent artists. The internet is full of proof to this statement. There's an article online (I shall list the link on the bottom) that clearly exposes Urban Outfitters stealing ideas from a jewelry designer. Sad thing is. they don't stop there. See I was informed about an event called Arts & Crafts that is held (it's my understanding that it is) in Chicago. What this event offers is individuality. What do I mean? Well it's simple. Artists of all types are in this event. People who make pursues made out of books, people who make their own t-shirt designs (usually just one design, one t-shirt), and other neat little knick knacks all congregate in this event to express individuality and the freedom to make what ever the hell they want. It's a DIY attitude (DO IT YOURSELF).
However corporate tycoons with no creavity and respect from the DIY and Indie culture come to these events with the mentally to exploit and steal the designs these great people make. Thus they copy and mass produce things that don't even belong to them.  Which brings me to point number two.

2. Urban Outfitters exploits the real Indie culture. When most people think about Indie culture and Indie music the first thing they think about are hipsters. These annoying people are everywhere! Hipsters claim to be indie (indie means independent if you didn't know), when in reality they are not. Ironically, hipsters where created by the mainstream culture, when the mainstream culture decided to exploit Indie. See in my humble opinion hipsters and indie people are completely different. Indie people are the people you see doing they things they enjoy simply because they enjoy doing it. No body pushes these guys to do something. They simply do it and then they share it with the world. Examples include music bands, artists, zine writers, bloggers, some fashion designers, and some writers. They take from the Indie community but they also contribute to the community. Hipsters are the complete opposite. Hipsters are selfish, snobby people who do nothing and yet try to identify with Indie culture. Hipsters do not contribute to anything, all they do is consume and try really hard to be different from everyone else. That makes them like everyone else. They think they are better than everyone. They usually do things because their friends are doing it, not because they want to do it. And they shop at Urban Outfitters thinking it's vintage. LOL.
 Urban Outfitters just usually shows young hipster people in their advertisements wearing garments that are clearly stolen ideas from real Indie artists. That gives the wrong impression to the world. Hipsters are not Indie. Then there's the music you find there. You add music from the Indie culture and bam! Consumers quickly identify indie music with hipsters and the line between hipster and indie is lost to the world. It's really sad.


3. Young and inexperienced get their hands on great stuff.  This next point is mostly my own opinion and it's a really stupid and silly opinion but an opinion nonetheless. This has to do with vinyl records and record players. The other day I was in that store because a friend of mine took me to the mall. You can't really complain if the person who takes you somewhere you don't like since they are your ride, or else you can take the bus home! But I was in there and I decided to check out their vinyls. I don't really know why but I got super pissed when I saw vinyl records from The Velvet Underground and Joy Division (two out of four of my favorite bands/ artists, the other two are Cold Showers and David Bowie. Lou Reed is squeezed in there too). The thought that some teenage hipster bought these vinyls simply to pretend they know about music and are so different from everyone else really got me mad. I'm not saying that all teenagers or teenage hipsters, or hipsters do this. But I feel that most of the consumers (most of the buyers are teens) simply don't know the value of these bands. To those who do, tip of the hat to you. But to me, bands like The Velvet Underground and Joy Division all have a special place in my heart because I remember listening to them when I was 10 years old and thought I was in love. I don't know. Like I said, it's a silly reason. I hope that you sort of understand where I'm coming from.

Shopping at Urban Outfitters does not make you a bad person. I am not saying that. Nor am I saying that it makes you a hipster if you do. I think it's funny when hipsters buy from there. People and friends I know who shop at Urban Outfitters simply don't know that Urban Outfitters does the things I mention above. And some simply don't care because the clothes and merchandise they buy there makes them look good.  Like I said I find some of their stuff really cool (well the record player does). The only way you'd see me wearing a shirt or using any clothing or merchandise from Urban Outfitters is if a friend bought it for me or if it's the end of the world and there's zombies everywhere and my clothes are ripped up. Usually if a shirt that I'm wearing looks like you can find it at Urban Outfitters, I can guarantee you it's not. I would have bought it from an original Indie artists, and not those Urban Counterfeit douche bags. Sorry about this long rant guys. I had to get this out of my chest somehow. I simply wish to inform those who don't know about Urban Outfitters and giving my own opinion as to why I don't shop there.  This is just my opinion and my choice. I don't wish to offend any people who like to shop at Urban Outfitters. Except hipsters. You guys kill my vibe. But other than that. I hope you guys enjoyed this rant. And sorry if I got you mad. Not my intention.


Here are the links you crazy cats:

The link to the blog
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/05/urban_outfitter_2.php

The link to the Art's and Craft event in Chicago
http://www.artsandcraftschicago.com/

There's a whole book about the culture of Indie. If you are interested you can check it out. The book is called Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture by Kaya Oakes. Really great read you guys. Try to find it at your local independent bookstore and if you can't try Amazon. (See I don't hate all corporate. Eventhough Amazon does have bad things to them. But that's another story for another time.)