Look it, I know I’m one of those “Aging Hipsters” — I own it. And, I’m not ashamed. Most of my friends who are my age seem to scratch their heads when it comes to my taste in movies, art and music. Tho, a few of them still enjoy the music we all ran to back in the day (the 90’s)
Also, aside from my love of Barbra Streisand — I don’t easily fit into the whole “Gay Community Ideology” or “gay stereotype” — I don’t even like referring to myself as “gay” – this seems to limiting a label that is associated with so many things that I would rather not be associated.
I’m not at all ashamed of being “gay” and I’ve never been one of those “soft boys” — if someone tries to give me some homophobic shit – I address it. I don’t back down. I stand my ground. …hey, that sounds like a song.
Anyway, so I’m a middle aged queer hipster. I make no apologies.
Sadly, I’ve lost focus on what I was going to write. Most likely this is due to the fact that I’m getting old! Dammit!
The thing is that I can tell I’m “old school” because I clutch my iPhone/iPod as if it were my child. I love music. And, if I get music I do pay for it. I usually download from iTunes. Corporate bullshit, I know. But, I don’t like to just take an artist’s music without having paid.
Look it — a lot of these people work hard. They deserve more than their labels share with them, but I don’t want to feel like I’m ripping any artist I enjoy off.
Unless we are speaking of Metallica who are so uncool on this issue that I wouldn’t think twice about downloading their shit for free. However, this aging hipsters haven’t recorded a song I’ve liked since the early 90’s. So, that is a mute point.
So, iPods do this shuffle thing based on similarities to your music library and songs that are also liked by others who like one song to the next. In other words, Apple tracks what people download and connects the dots from one song/artist to another. I’m sure they are also gathering information to ultimately own my soul. However, my soul is mine. Good luck to any poor person or entity who thinks it can be had.
I do not often “shuffle” — as I like to hear what I want to hear when I want to hear it. But, today I was killing time and I was listening to:
Hank3 – “Don’t Ya Wanna”
from his Ghost To A Ghost album, which is fucking brilliant, by the way.
I selected “Genius Shuffle” and it came up with an awesome mix! I mean, Apple has me figured out –
so here are the first 8 tracks of The Hank3 Shuffle:
Hank3/Don’t Ya Wanna
Tom Waits/God’s Away on Business
Alice In Chains/Again
Led Zeppelin/The Rover
Marlena Shaw/California Soul
New York Dolls/Personality Crisis
Alice Cooper/I’m 18
Black Sabbath/Evil Woman
Fucking awesome mix of 25 songs.
(the 9th/10th/11th songs were “Hellbilly” by H3 and “Slip Kid” by The Who and “Too Drunk To Fuck” by The Dead Kennedys)
Anyway, this is a rather rambling post of little import other than Apple has gotten fairly clever with marketing by utilization of their Genius information gathering from users’ music libraries.
Aging Hipsters: Unite!
Do not go quietly into the night. No, my friends. Rock. Rock the fuck out, baby…