Remembering Elephant 6

Great book about NMH. It was my first of many from this 33 1/3 series.

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In honor of this week’s anniversary of Olivia Tremor Control member Bill Doss’s death, 333Sound takes a brief look back at the Elephant 6 Recording Company (and its extensive family tree).

As Kim Cooper documented in her now iconic 33 1/3 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, something extraordinary was happening in Athens, Georgia, when Jeff Magnum, William Cullen Hart, and Bill Doss emerged in the music scene as Synthetic Flying Machine. Recently transplanted from the small neighboring towns of Ruston and Dubach in Louisiana and already flying under the elusive banner of The Elephant 6 Recording Company, SFM would bring a new, DIY, pop-psychedelic sound to the then predominately grunge landscape of Athens—a musical style (and way of life) that would linger in the community for years to come.

Synthetic Flying Machine flyer, early 90s. Ruston, LA. Synthetic Flying Machine flyer, early 90s, Ruston, LA. From the Neutral Milk Hotel Picture Archive.

By 1997, SFM had…

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Hip book review…A Hipster Joke Book

a hipster joke bookI picked up A Hipster Joke Book (written by someone you’ve probably never heard of) at the clearance table at Urban Outfitters the other day.

It was on sale for $2. It’s originally marked as being $8. I’d say it’s worth the $2 as a conversation piece and to add to my hipster book collection. If I had paid the original price, I would feel very ripped off.

There is only one joke per page, so there’s only around 50 jokes. You could probably read the whole thing standing at the shelf in the store.

The best of all the jokes I’ve heard before. And I’ve posted it on this blog before…You may remember it?

Q: How did the hipster burn his mouth?

A: He drank coffee before it was cool.

One other good joke was (sorry to be a spoiler)…

Q: Why didn’t the hipster listen to his parents?

A: Because he only listens to vinyl.

Most of the other jokes are pretty stupid and really reaching for hipster humor.

I can’t really recommend this book unless you get it very cheap. You can probably find a lot better jokes by just searching for ‘Hipster Jokes’ on Google.

Hip book review…Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater

rock_your_ugly_christmas_sweater_cover_1_mediumThis is manly a picture book, so it’s kind of hard to write much about it…but I really enjoyed it. I think you will too. It’s amazing how many Hipsters are pictured in the book. That must be because Hipsters always love a good excuse to party and get drunk. There’s an excellent book/website called ‘Stuff White People Like’ that I think is really more about Hipsters than white people, but he wrote about ugly sweaters here.

This book was published in 2012. Here’s what Amazon has to say about it:

“This fun and portable gift book includes 200+ full-color photos of people in hilariously awful Christmas sweaters accompanied by funny captions. Some of the amazing categories include festive fun, vintage ugly, homemade hits and misses, pets rocking ugly Christmas sweaters, and much more.”

Hipster SweaterHipster Sweater memepbr beer sweater

http://www.UltimateUglyChristmas.com/

Hip book review…Street Boners by Gavin McInnes

God…what a great book.

It’s pretty much the same stuff that makes up the Vice Dos & Don’ts book from 2004. So if you’re familiar with that book…it’s more of the same. Which is a good thing because I LOVED that book as well. If you’re not familiar with Vice Magazine…I highly recommend it.

Street Boners was published in 2010 and for some reason I was hesitant to read it till now. I think it was because it was no longer a Vice book, so I didn’t think it would be as good. (I don’t know what I was thinking.) It was written by one of the founders of Vice magazine, Gavin McInnes. For some reason he sold all his shares of Vice stock (so he’s loaded) and started his own site StreetCarnage.com But this book is more than just pictures of people on the street. It also has some excellent essays on fashion rules, hipsters, and which cities in the world has the best dressed people.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about the book:

“Fifteen years after founding Vice, Gavin McInnes has poured his creative juices into a new endeavor: StreetCarnage.com. Growing in size and influence at an alarming rate, the site’s main feature is the new and improved version of Gavin’s “DOs and DON’Ts,” now tantalizingly called Street Boners.

These Boners have been polished and compounded into a book that takes the best of the site and adds hundreds more gems! With 1,312 photos, hilarious captions, and a harsh new rating system-from one to 10 kitten faces-STREET BONERS makes sure no glorious fashion statement goes unnoticed. Innocent citizens are either damned to hell or relentlessly exalted into heaven. Chloe Sevigny, Debbie Harry, Fred Armisen, and Tim & Eric also contribute their scathing wit to the book, and the end result is a New York fashion bible no bathroom should be without.”

Do yourself a favor and get this book.

Hip quote….

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“I heard a joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. Says, “But doctor… I am Pagliacci.” Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains.”

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Hip free eBook…Kiss The Sky by DC Gallin

I wanted to thank author Denise Gallin for the copy of the book Kiss The Sky published by Telemachus Press. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I just wanted to let everyone know that it is being given away this week at Amazon.com for FREE. This is a limited time offer, so go download it.

Please click on ‘Comments’ and let me know what you think of the book. I can’t wait to read it!

Here’s a brief synopsis:

London in the heady 90’s is waking up to the tribal pulse of repetitive beats, but the police violently attempt to clamp down on the freedom and unity emanating from the speaker stacks. Following the artist’s path in these tumultuous times, Claudia and her friends move into a freezing cold warehouse in the East End while surviving on canned sardines and apples. How can they escape the matrix and remain true to their quest?

 

 

 

Hip book review…Stuff Hipsters Hate

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The authors came up with the idea of defining a hipster not by what he/she is, but instead by what he/she is not! Genius.

Here’s a couple of examples of things hipsters hate:

  • Being on time
  • Sobriety
  • Calling people by their real names
  • Washing their hair

The list goes on and on…

You can check out their website here –> stuffhipstershate.tumblr.com

 

 

Hip Book…A Field Guide to the Urban Hipster

A Comprehensive Guide to Identifying More than 35 Species of Urban Hipsters

Like most wildlife, Urban Hipsters offer valuable and entertaining opportunities for observation and study. To date, casual students of wild Hipsters have been left without a tattooed ankle to stand on, as even the simple tasks of identifying and classifying each species have never been completed.  The Hip, though simpleminded, are wily.
Now, however, this cutting-edge manual by world-renowned hipthologist and dinner-party favorite Josh Aiello allows even the most amateur of observers to differentiate a Mod (Angophilia dandyum) from a Punk (Rebellium ostentatia), to identify the velvet rope-circumvention abilities unique to EuroTrash, and to recognize the symptoms of Ex-Frat–carried Loafer-and-Wallet Disease with confidence and ease.  A Field Guide to the Urban Hipster covers mating habits, the origins of species, and natural habitats for all species one may encounter, regardless of terrain.
The result of over ten dateless years spent in the field, A Field Guide to the Urban Hipster is sure to educate and delight for generations to come.  Lavishly illustrated by former pet caricaturist Matthew Shultz, this comprehensive guide is the ultimate handbook for the urban observer.

A great book to help understand what a hipster is. Take the quiz to find out what type of hipster you are.

This is the first book I’ve read where they state there are many types of hipsters, including (but not limited to..):

  • Goths
  • Punk Rockers
  • Hippies
  • Outlaw Bikers
  • Thugz…

I’ve always thought that these types of people where their own type, and not part of a ‘hipster’ classification. It seems there are hipster ‘groups’. And after reading this book, I agree.

I don’t mean to sound so serious…it’s all in fun really. This book is highly recommended because it’s very funny AND it makes you think. The illustrations are awesome as well! You should really check it out.

Hip Book review: Dads are the Original Hipsters

This book marks a milestone for Hipster Approved. It is the first review item I have had sent to me for review. I want to give a big ‘Thank You’ to Lorraine at Chronicle Books and the author Brad Getty for such a nice book.

That being said…the Hipster Seal of Approval can NOT be bought! My reviews are non-biased. I mean it!

Dads Are the Original Hipsters is a great book. It’s another in a series of books that started as a blog. A couple of other examples I can think of is Stuff White People Like and Look at this F*cking Hipster. (Both great books as well…).

People may think that the Hipster fashion movement is a new fad. This book proves that’s not true. Our Dads were sporting skinny jeans, deep v-neck t-shirts, and ironic mustaches while we were still crawling around in our diapers. Too bad our Dads didn’t have cool indie rock to listen to.

The only problem I have is that Brad hasn’t used the photo of a Hipster Dad I sent him. (Maybe he will in the future, I’ll keep checking back). What do you think…is this a picture of a Hipster? Remember this was taken in the early 60s or late 50s. Before Instagram used filters to make pictures look like this..

Dads are the Original Hipsters

Six Pack

Your dad had a six pack before you did. But he didn’t pay to go to some expensive gym. He got his by working hard and kicking ass.

P.S. He was also rocking plaid shorts while you were still swimming around in his nut-sack.