sunset junction bucks festival trend, stirs media attention before the event instead of after

anyone with a twitter account or the slightest pulse on the music scene ought to be familiar with the consistently absurd pattern of recent music festivals making headlines after the event due to various organizational slips (or catastrophes) such as death (drugs!), chaos (lines!), snafus (no more booze!), etc.

well, the annual sunset junction music fest has done what its hipster-infested circus (sorry too easy) and marched to the beat of its own drum circle by tripping on its own untied shoes. sunset junction faced an injunction this week that they were not able to meet causing the fest, originally to have taken place this weekend, to sunset.

the sunset junction promoters had not the permits because it owed the city a bunch of monies from last years event. the sun junx went into panic mode and asked the public for donations (err hopefully attendees already shelled out money to the once-free event). that went nowhere. then in came the might corporation even non-hipsters love to hate, live nation. live nation ponied up $10k to support the fest but that city said “ur monies no good, please take a shower u filthy hipsters” and denied the permit.

but way to keep everyone on their toes. this pre-media frenzy was not anticipated. nor was getting in bed with live nation.

whatevs… this years lineup was kinda was all sorts of meh. so what u finna do this weekend?

the weeknd does thursday

last week, hipster r&b singer/rapper from america’s hat known as the weeknd unleashed a new mixtape entitled “thursday”.

based on the amount of search traffic coming to for the new mixtape only because i posted about the first “house of balloons” mixtape, i thought it would be a good idea to drink some buffalo trace and blog about the latest mixtape.

“thursday” follows up the homemade r&b vibes but expands on the “house of balloons” blueprint incorporating subtle rasta vibes, improved garage band plugins/fx, more indie rock samples that i cannot identify, but lacking in beach house samples (which is the only reason i listened to the first mixtape anyway).

so it feels like things are starting to come together for the weeknd and more people are googling for them. i miss the beach house samples but “thursday” is still pretty hip and legit.

rumor has it, a third mixtape is forthcoming.

download the “thursday” mixtape here:

google launches music blog, renders brutal hipster irrelevant

the almighty google have been flexing their muscles lately having scooped up motorolas mobile unit, unleashed their facebook-killer social network google plus, and now have introduced a brutal hipster-killer music blog called magnifier.

despite having a stupid name and being hosted on their decrepit blogspot platform, magnifier has already impacted interest, traffic, and relevance of brutal hipster thanks to googles huge built-in reach and highly guarded “tastemaker” algorithm unique to google.

the “tastemaker” algorithm allows google magnifier to offer up free music from only the most legit artists like my morning jacket, shabazz places, the walkmen, etc. it can only get better from here once they iterate on the “tastemaker” algorithm to factor in witch house, dubstep, and djent-step.

where will brutal hipster go from here? maybe google will buy brutal hipster. or should brutal hipster pivot and get into food blogging?

henry rollins leverages the power of the internet to blog about how the internet cheapens the very information it broadcasts

credit: timothy norris

outspoken “old guy” henry rollins has offered his thoughts on the recent passing of amy winehouse. behind his thoughts on her passing is commentary on technology and the internet.

rollins goes about blaming the internet for “[speeding] up the world’s information uptake but they have cheapened that which they capture”. ironically, the internet is the very medium in which he used to broadcast these thoughts.

he then continues, “a text conversation is a short exchange of often grossly truncated language that corresponds to a thought made all the more shallow by the process”. turns out that statement is just wordy way of saying “stop tweeting and call your mother!”

in seriousness, i wholeheartedly agree that the instantaneous consumption of informations over a far broader range diminishes the worth of its cargo. i mean, even rollins’ message itself is just one of many of his “talks” that appear to say a lot but ultimately say little.

still though, isnt it kind of in bad taste to piggyback commentary on the state of our digital society on the passing of a beloved soul that touched… wait what happened to the stock market?!?