Get in the know about Yours Truly and Adidas Originals new series, Songs From Scratch. Similar, but slightly different from Converse’s music series, Songs From Scratch “documents and delivers new songs from scratch. Each song is a result of a curated collaboration between artists whose craft and passion inspire action.”
Now that you’re in the know, get lost in this beautiful new track “Painted Faces.” From the creative production of Jacques Green and the heaven-like vocals of Tinashe, “Painted Faces” is an absolutely stunning releases that takes you to new heights.
Give the track a spin…again, again, and again. And be sure to watch the making of “Painted Faces.” That’s right, the Songs From Scratch series also includes videos that show the creative process from start to finish. This truly is a song from scratch.
French label,KITSUNÉ, has had a handful of great releases covering the genre of Nu Disco. In the past I’ve checked out a few of their artists and I’ve been digging what I’ve heard, but I must say I’m really impressed with Crayon & Pyramid’s label debut EP So Far Gone.
The EP is the perfect Nu Disco soundtrack to vibe to over a Blue Moon and some Converse sneakers. Weird combination, but that is the first thing that comes to mind. You’ve got to get your hipster on when listening to this EP.
It has been a few days since I’ve blogged, and the reason being is the end of the summer semester. Meaning, finals, finals, and exams. Even though I’m finishing online with University of Colorado Denver (I moved to DMV from Denver,) online classes still take a lot of work.
But now that finals are behind me, I can sit here and blog. It feels so good to sit down, listen to some dreamwave, and let my fingers stroke the keyboard of my Macbook Pro as I say hello to my blog, and allow myself to begin rambling. So what’s on my mind today? Well, the art of being a hipster and how I apparently fit into that category.
Up until recently, never in my life had I been referred to as a hipster. Most of the time I was just that eccentric tall chick who had a villainous laugh (I have many laughs, but one sounds cute + evil), yet could warm the room with my charm and witty spirit. Being labeled as “different” is something I’ve heard a lot, especially from most of the men that I’ve encountered in my dating adventures.
Yet, lately a lot of men (primarily some close-minded Black men) have been calling me a “hipster” and they just don’t understand it. I’m not “Black” enough and my tastes are far from the mainstream ( I rarely listen to hip-hop unless its oldschool,) which prompts them to place me into a hipster category (the only thing they can at least label me as.)
Me? A hipster? Hmmm…I never viewed myself as a hipster, I just viewed myself as just Jazz. But of course, when people are encountered with someone who’s taste and approach to life is different from theirs, they either must attribute that individual to some type of social category and/or make fun of them (which happened to me a lot in middle school and high school.) But you’d think that as adults people would learn to look past stereotypes and labeling, but I guess that’s not the case. Oh, and I’m not over-generalizing the situation. Seriously, 90% of the Black men I’ve encountered as of late think I’m “weird” and feel that house is techno (even though they never listened to house) or it’s music for gay people (wow, no comment). SMH…such ignorance.
I could easily go on and on about the ignorance I encounter, but then I wake up and realize that hey, perhaps I am a hipster. And since we are labeling, I am actually a “Black Hipster.” I wear big glasses, I love indie bands, I reflect on the meaning of life when listening to chillwave, sometimes I’m anti-Starbucks and love small cafes, and my clothing style is a mixture of vintage, Converse, flats, skinny jeans, weird patterns, and whatever the hell I feel like wearing.
So am I hipster? Sure, call me that if you want. Am I eccentric + eclectic? Absolutely. But at the end of the day, I’m just Jazz and I’m having a hell of a time being me. Whether I’m appreciating the mainstream or paying homage to the 1940s and cruising the sounds of swing music, I’m just off in my own beautiful world of eclectic discoveries.
You’ve got to admit, the Converse music initiatives are quite impressive. They always pair up the best three artists and deliver some pretty original tracks. “Warrior” featuring Kimbra, A-Trak, and Mark Foster is yet another one of those great tracks sponsored by Converse.
This came out back in April, but it’s still such an awesome video. I love the Lucha Libre masks! I actually brought an ex of mine one of those masks after seeingNacho Libre.
Not only is the video pretty cool, but the song itself is a nice track to drive around town on a sunny day or chill out with some friends and jam to music.
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