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Monday, January 29, 2007

Blipsters kick push into the mainstream? 

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The term hipster has apprently become a dirty word according to least one of my good blog-based buddies but now here come the blipsters?! Read on to learn more from yesterday's Style section in the New York Times:

"WHEN Douglas Martin first saw the video for Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” as a teenager in High Point, N.C., “it blew my mind,” he said. Like many young people who soothe their angst with the balm of alternative rock, Mr. Martin was happy to discover music he enjoyed and a subculture where he belonged.

Except, as it turned out, he didn’t really belong, because he is black.

The Internet has made it easier for black fans to find one another, some are adopting rock clothing styles, and a handful of bands with black members have growing followings in colleges and on the alternative or indie radio station circuit. It is not the first time there has been a black presence in modern rock. But some fans and musicians say they feel that a multiethnic rock scene is gathering momentum.

There is even a new word for black fans of indie rock: “blipster,” which was added to UrbanDictionary .com last summer, defined as “a person who is black and also can be stereotyped by appearance, musical taste, and/or social scene as a hipster.”"

Holla at your Pack, Gym Class Heroes and TV on the Radio! I don't know if this is a real movement (or slang term even) but in honor of it, let me release my "inner blipster" and present a track from yet another album overlooked last year, Fosbury by Tahiti 80 (and click here to read more from the Times' blipster primer, "Truly Indie Fans"):

Tahiti 80 "Here Comes" [MP3: YSI | zshare stream/download] - many of you know I was a big fan of the funky 70's-inspired pop-rock album by Phoenix from a couple years ago and this album is coming from a similar place as that which is no surprise since they are also from France. (BUY Fosbury here)

Bonus (bl/h)ipster content:

"Oldies" but goodies....

Cassius feat. Ghostface Killah "Thrilla (Streets remix)" [MP3: YSI | zshare stream/download]

Pase Rock "Freestyle (Bloc Party freestyle)" [MP3: YSI | zshare stream/download]

On the net: MySpace - Tahiti 80 | MySpace - Cassius | MySpace - Ghostface | MySpace - The Streets | MySpace - Pase Rock

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