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The Electro Wars documentary

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by The Truth, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. The Truth

    The Truth TRIBE Member

    Finally, a doc for the hipsters...ch33se


    premiering at the recent WMC, itattempts to cover the development of the "post-Daft Punk" sound taking over America..

    featuring Chromeo, Frankie Chan, Dave-1, DJ Eclipse, DJ Premier, A-Trak, LMFAO, 30H!3, Lil John, Pitbull, Spank Rock, Ninja Sonik, Midnight Juggernaughts, Steve Aoki, Auto Erotique, Crookers, Laidback Luke, LA Riots, Electro Lightz, Switch, Apl De Ap, Justice, Classix, Cobrasnake, DJ Camio, Tego Calderon, Arc Angel, Matt & Kim, Serant, The White Lies, and DJ Q-Bert


    Directed by Stephen "Alex" Vasquez
    The Electro Wars | Official site
  2. skin deep

    skin deep TRIBE Member

    wtf does 'hipster' even mean any more. Seems like it's simply become a generic insult for people who are interested in different things than you are...
  3. Hybrid

    Hybrid TRIBE Member

    Urban Dictionary definition.


    Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. The greatest concentrations of hipsters can be found living in the Williamsburg, Wicker Park, and Mission District neighborhoods of major cosmopolitan centers such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco respectively. Although "hipsterism" is really a state of mind,it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs. Such styles are often associated with the work of creative stylists at urban salons, and are usually too "edgy" for the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumer. The "effortless cool" urban bohemian look of a hipster is exemplified in Urban Outfitters and American Apparel ads which cater towards the hipster demographic. Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters tend to be well educated and often have liberal arts degrees, or degrees in maths and sciences, which also require certain creative analytical thinking abilities. Consequently many hipsters tend to have jobs in the music, art, and fashion industries. It is a myth that most hipsters are unemployed and live off of their parent's trust funds.
    Hipsters shun mainstream societal conventions that apply to dating preferences and traditional "rules" of physical attraction. It is part of the hipster central dogma not to be influenced by mainsream advertising and media, which tends to only promote ethnocentric ideals of beauty. The concepts of androgyny and feminism have influenced hipster culture, where hipster men are often as thin as the women they date. The muscular and athletic all-American male ideal is not seen as attractive by confident and culturally-empowered hipster women who instead view them as symbols of male oppression, sexism, and misogyny. Likewise, culturally-vapid sorority-type girls with fake blond hair, overly tanned skin, and "Britney Spears tube-tops" are not seen as attractive by cultured hipster males who instead see them as symbols of female insecurity, low self-esteem, and lack of cultural intelligence and independent thinking. Hipsters are also very racially open-minded, and the greatest number of interracial couples in any urban environment are typically found within the hipster subculture.
    Although hipsters are technically conformists within their own subculture, in comparison to the much larger mainstream mass, they are pioneers and leaders of the latest cultural trends and ideals. For example, the surge of jeans made to look old and worn (i.e. "distressed"), that have become prevalent at stores such as The Gap, American Eagle, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Hollister, were originally paraded by hipsters who shopped in thrift stores years before such clothing items were mass produced and sold to the mainstream consumer. The true irony here is that many of the detractors of hipster culture are in fact unknowingly following a path that hipsters have carved out years before them. This phenomena also applies to music as well, as many bands have become successful and known to mainstream audiences only because hipsters first found and listened to them as early-adopters of new culture. Once certain concepts of fashion and music have reached mainstream audiences, hipsters move on to something new and improved.
    Because of the rise of various online photo-blog and social networking sites, insights into urban hipster culture is reaching sheltered suburban audiences at an exponential rate. Cultural "norms" have been deconstructed by hipster culture as a whole. Hipsterism is often dismissed as just an image thing by some, but the culture as a whole is effecting changes in society, leading to feelings of insecurity and resentment in people who are no longer a part of the cultural ruling class. For example, a lot of anti-hipster sentiment evidently comes from culturally-clueless suburban frat boy types who feel that the more sensitive, intelligent, and culturally aware hipster ideal threatens their insecure sense of masculinity. Anti-hipster sentiment often comes from people who simply can't keep up with social change and are envious of those who can.
    A conversation outside a hipster bar in downtown NYC:

    Frat Boy #1: Dude, are you having any luck picking up chicks in there?

    Frat Boy #2: Man...I haven't experienced anything like this before. These chicks are totally rejecting me and going for all these hipster guys in tight pants and shaggy hair instead.

    Frat Boy #1: Maybe we should head back up to that bar in Murry Hill where you hooked up with that drunk b*tch from Alpha Sigma Phi last week?

    Frat Boy #2: Yeah...I don't think we have what it takes to compete with these guys in here. These hipster chicks won't even give us the time of the day!
  4. WestsideWax

    WestsideWax TRIBE Promoter

    Stan: ...but if life is only pain, then...what's the point of living?

    Fringe-flicking goth kid: Just to make life more miserable for the conformists.(flicks fringe)

    Stan: Alright, so how do I join you?

    Goth leader: If you wanna be one of the non-conformists, all you have to do is dress just like us and listen to the same music we do.

    Stan: ...Kay...
  5. Spinsah

    Spinsah TRIBE Member

    Heh, I can't see the trailer right now, but does it have a satrical slant? With the titular nod to HRO, I would think so.

    Regardless, the definitive documentary about that scene, and more broadly the last ten years of dance music youth culture was captured in the excellent Soulwax documentary "Part of the Weekend Never Dies".
  6. Nesta

    Nesta TRIBE Member

    i'm still confused as to why a lot of new music gets labelled as electro when it's not even close to being that. true electro pioneers like aux 88, dave clarke, juan atkins, elecktroids, etc... must be left scratching their heads.
  7. WestsideWax

    WestsideWax TRIBE Promoter

    Alan Oldham (DJ T-1000):

  8. Spinsah

    Spinsah TRIBE Member

    I think Tiga is somewhat responsible for the term "electro" being attached to a whole new splintering of electronic dance genres. Which is likely why you never hear him refer to his music as such anymore.
  9. [- FuNKtiOn -]

    [- FuNKtiOn -] TRIBE Member

    loved that documentary, but it was about Soulwax/2 Many DJ's pretty exclusively. even all the other artists interviewed were just talking about Soulwax.

    this documentary looks more about the evolution of how blogs overtook music outlets, how peoples (djs, producers mostly) interest in music has shifted, and a little background on the scene as a whole.
  10. Spinsah

    Spinsah TRIBE Member

    Interesting. I want to check it.

    While that Soulwax documentary obviously had a focus on Soulwax, I thought that the supporting interviews (Murphy, Tiga et al) as well as the crowds and the focus on Soulwax's discursive approach to performance (2 Many DJs) and remixing (Night Versions) worked as a perfect capsule of the shifts that were being felt throughout dance music, and what better a focus than on the crew that exemplified that shift on the grandest scale.
  11. Aleks

    Aleks TRIBE Member

    added this to the lineup of docs to watch!
  12. Maui

    Maui TRIBE Member

    This is so ridiculous it's funny. *Head Explodes*
  13. The Truth

    The Truth TRIBE Member



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