Living in New York City, it is difficult not to be especially alert to different trends and subcultures. Based on personal experiences, I have put together a list of observations how indie has become the new mainstream.
Ever since that first Get Up Kids concert I saw at the Ogden Theater, the underground subculture has played an important part in my life outside of work or school. But over the years, those values have propelled themselves to the main way of the international pop culture.
1.Last August, Jay-Z & Beyonce made it out to see Grizzly Bear at the Williamsburg water front. Naturally, the mere fact that Jay-Z decided to go see an indie band at a free concert, does not signify the mainstream influence. But the fact that the beloved Jigga Man and his life partner Beyonce decided to see the relatively unknown Grizzly Bear, gave those acapella enthusiasts much national coverage, which probably played some part in the band’s music now being featured in a VW ad.
At 10am in a negative 5 degree cold, David and I were enjoying our first ice-cold PBRs of the day. After much of my personal anticipation, we were finally at the “beach”, also known as the A-Basin’s parking lot famous for BBQing and its vibrant scene. This morning the scene wasn’t so lively due to the frigid morning temperatures. Just to give you an idea of how cold, the beer backwash that sometimes settles right next to the can opening was freezing within one minute’s time.
Pabst makes appearance at the Beach
Snowboarding was not as pleasant as I expected. The weather was so frigid that every time we rode down the mountain, our faces were battered with the arctic air. Continue reading
Just a couple weekends ago, I had one of my best friends, Michael, visit me in Brooklyn. In fact, the visit turned to an absolutely fantastic weekend. To be fully frank, I have not had a weekend like that since I have graduated from college. To put it in perspective, all we did was drink, play Pro Evolution Soccer on Wii and eat good food. In other words we did absolutely nothing and it felt great! To elaborate even further, the weekend ended up being a complete waste for both of us.
Probably the focal point of Mike’s visit came Saturday night, when we decided to make it out to “The Patriot” (Church and Chambers), an establishment that a descriptor “dive” does not do justice. Let me elaborate on that: Continue reading
“The co-op isn’t perfect,” Mr. Holtz added. Still, he asked, “isn’t it amazing how well it works? We’re doing well enough that 15,000 people are members.”
– Flunking out of the Food Co-op (NYT, Ain 10/23/09)
Park Slope Food Coop
As I have committed myself to drinking the beer that embraces the saying “best value for the buck”, some beer enthusiasts in the community are looking for an alternative. Continue reading
Those are the days that make me miss Colorado. Granted Loveland beat all the records and opened this past Wednesday, I have spent way too much time on the Basin not to be completely loyal to it. On that note, I do plan on getting up there this year and look forward to drinking some PBRs on the Beach.
First Chair (source: Flickr)
Even though this blog is supposed to document the experience of drinking PBR for year, I could not forgo this following story.
Over the weekend the Westboro Baptist Church, the far right-wing institution out of Topeka, Kansas known for their extreme views that are often expressed through their colorful signs fresh out of Kinko’s, have visited Park Slope to voice their intolerance for the diverse state of the Brooklyn community.
Nevertheless, many of Brooklyniates have showed up with their own signs, which were nothing short of clever. Check them out.
The credit for the pictures goes to “Fucked in Park Slope”, one of the blogs I follow. You can check out the whole story and more pictures on their site. Just follow the link:
dog loves fags (source: FIPS)
jesushad2dads (source: FIPS)
Eloquently put (not from Brooklyn)