An angry and opinionated friend of mine who swears a lot recently started his own blog where he vents about all things about music today that pisses him off. Mark Richardson of markedwordz.com has taken it upon himself to try to educate the modern day music fan about what he believes is true music. In fact, recently he wrote an amazing post about kids comparing Bieber’s fans on twitter to the success of Kurt Cobain and Freddy Mercury. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I loves me some ‘Baby, Baby, Ohhh’ but there isn’t an artist on earth that is even close to the talent of Mr. Mercury.
I digress; MarkedWordz is a great site where you can find out about shows you should see in the GTA, shows you should avoid (according to Wordz himself), and read some interesting strongly worded opinions from one of the most passionate music lovers I have ever met. With that, below is a post that Mark wrote about the shame one feels when buying a record past its expiration date. Please note, that the post by Mr. Swearsalot has been edited somewhat, because I try to keep things PG 13 on this page.
First and foremost, I am not a hipster and I have no problem with hipsters. The only thing that is hipster about me is that I live in the Capital of Hipsterville in Toronto, the west-end. I don’t look like the stereotypical hipster, but after a lot of people get to know me they frequently think I’m am in fact a hipster. The reason for this is because I couldn’t be more passionate about the music I like. The music ranges from rock, to hip hop, to industrial, to blues, to jazz, to basically anything, but amongst all the genres I am a fan of, I absolutely make it a priority to point out the music and artists I hate. And, from the hipsters I know and I have met, they typically always seem to make it a priority to mention what music they think is terrible, so I understand the confusion so I’m not too pissed about it.
This hipster-like approach to the music I’m into has made it very difficult for me to go into a record store and shop for some music. I don’t download that much music off iTunes because I love the physical property of the music…the whole package if you will. Once in a while I hear a piece of music that catches my interest but it’s something that has been out for a while and for whatever reason I overlooked it until months after it came out. This particular piece of music may also have been a massive hit and everyone I knew has heard it and it could be beyond played out. I have recently been a victim of being embarrassed purchasing music because of this exact reason.
I bought the Mumford & Sons CD when it came out a long time ago but recently I really wanted to buy it on vinyl because I felt like it’s something that would sound even better given the chance to be heard on vinyl. When I was in the record store, I had the record in my hand but I just couldn’t buy it. Obviously the band has blown up and are massive since I bought the CD, so there was a part of me that thought there was no way I could buy this thing now. What’s that all about? I got home and wanted to punch myself in the face for the utter stupidity and hipster-like quality that I apparently possess.
The point is, who is going to be making you feel embarrassed for purchasing music after-the-fact (if you will)? The hipsters at the front desk of the record store? Yep, who f-ing cares.