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Dead End Culture

retromania

‘Hipster’ has become the ultimate sensibility in popular culture in the first decade of the 2000’s. Searching for a real definition of what a ‘hipster’ is, I soon hit the borders of the Internet. It seems that no subculture before had so many haters as the hipster culture. Why is it that even documentaries by the serious German television channels Arte and ZDF criticize it as a ‘dead end culture’?

Simon Reynolds is a well-known music journalist. Some years ago he published the book Retromania. Pop-Culture’s Addiction to its Own Past, dealing with the retro/nostalgia/vintage syndrome of our time. Douglas Haddow, also journalist, wrote the influential article Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization. Let us hear what the experts have to say about the hipster-phenomenon. Read More →

What comes after Post-Rock?

voyvodaPost-rock is an olive, acquired taste. Once you have acquired it by repeated exposure, it becomes a delicacy. It is a broad label for music characterised by an experimental way of guitar-playing using pedals for distorted effects, creating a permanent underlying latency, the so called “droning” (first recognized in Velvet Underground‘s ‘Heroine’, 1967). Read More →

Nostalgia

nostalgia_thumbSpending New Year’s 2013 in Berlin, a city, where I had an amazing time some years ago, I was confronted with my own past. I visited places, bars, streets and the like, where I used to hang around. I drank the beer from ‘back then’ and even smoked the allegedly no longer available Nil cigarettes. Read More →