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From the Dated Music Videos Worth Obssessing Over Department

Seamus Haiji’s Remix of “DJ Saved My Life”

RuPaul’s Redo of “It’s Raining Men”

Pointer Sisters “I’m So Excited”

More ridiculousness, after the jump.

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Infoporn: The Indie Evolution Timeline

Just saw this on Wikipedia, using the lifetimes of various notable indie bands as a means of tracing development of the genre from Velvet Underground protopunk into some of the various genres of indie and noise that we see today. PRETTY COOL.

I think the only thing they’re missing is placing Baroque Pop and the New Weird America subgenre threads into the cosmology.

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Jamaica 2.0

Jamaica is pretty much on the other side of the digital divide, except for weird parts of the entertainment industry that seem to be embracing web 2.0. Check it:

This video, by popular group Voice Mail (hilarious, I know), features itself on what is obviously a parody of YouTube, “VTube”. What’s really interesting to me is how meta the video is–the video is about the video teaching everyone how to dance. It’s almost Mims-quality. Also, the VTube logo looks mysteriously like Gmail’s…hmmm…

Another great example: reggae star Sizzla, known for his devotion to the Bobo Ashanti branch of Rastafarianism and his Alien-esque headwraps, has just released a new album called “I-Space“. Yes, the name is a mashup of Iyaric and web 2.0. Yes, it’s AMAZING. None of the songs have to do with Myspace, of course, but Sizzla, like almost all Jamaican artists, has a Myspace page.

Really, the Myspace approach makes total sense for Jamaica, where the music scene is much more bottom-up than it is in the states. In fact, the #1 song in Jamaica right now, Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls”, only got produced when Sean Kingston repeatedly bugged Beyonce’s producer on Myspace until he gave him a chance. What doesn’t make sense is that much of the force behind this bottom-up culture comes from downtown Kingston, where internet access is not really readily available. What does it mean when most people don’t have access to the internet, but the artists are starting to rely on MySpace? I have no idea, but I guess Jamaica is about to find out.

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2008: Indie Dies

So given all that, what about indie hipsterdom?

Certainly the arrival of a commoditized form of culture in the form of something like Urban Outfitters would signal a movement in the very least from lead-user to “cool,” but there’s alot of evidence to suggest that we are now safely blending from cool to the realm of the popular.

If Hippel’s application to cultural innovation is really applicable, then, I’m thinking that 2008 will be the year that indie effectively stops evolving and developing, as signaled by the existence of mass-media televised parody, and the appearence in that most mass form of mass media — the commercial.

Example:

Peter Bjorn and John — Levi Jeans

A gallery of indie songs that have been used in commercials, after the jump.
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Ice Cream Music

So, I love ice cream. In China, I prefer taro and red bean ice cream bars. In Ohio, there’s always Graeter’s. During the school year, I find comfort in the vault at Herrell’s, a pint at Tosci’s, or a cup at that one place across the street from Addis Red Sea. And in Jamaica, I’ve discovered what may be the most tasty coffee and alcohol ice creams in the WORLD at Devon House, conveniently located a block away from my apartment. Life is good.

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What’s my point? Oh yeah. Today Boing Boing featured an album called “Songs for Ice Cream Trucks”. I applaud their choice, and add one of my own–Twink’s Ice Cream Truckin’, which has a really delicious looking album cover and some really excellent songs. More flattery after the break.

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From the Obscure History Department

The History of the World’s Most Important Six-Second Drum Loop

More pop-culture historical obscurata, Internet history, and Secrets Man Was Not Meant To Know, after the jump

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In Other News —

Smashing Pumpkins Breaks My Heart.

(via the hipsterist place on earth.)

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