WBEZ | hipster http://www.wbez.org/tags/hipster Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Pitchfork 2013 survival guide http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-07/pitchfork-2013-survival-guide-108088 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Flickr%3AKate%20Gardiner.jpg" title="(Flickr/Kate Gardiner)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">This year&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://pitchforkmusicfestival.com" target="_blank">Pitchfork Music Festival</a> kicks off tomorrow, meaning your chance to see your favorite indie artists perform in the flesh is just around the grassy, sun-drenched corner.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">But before you allow thoughts of the Breeders playing &quot;Last Splash&quot; or Björk wearing&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bjork.fr/15-06-2013-Bonnaroo-Festival" target="_blank">Koosh ball headgear</a>&nbsp;to completely occupy your mind for the next three days, remember that personal safety, sanity and some serious festival prep should always come first.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Whether this is your debut venture, or what seems the billionth time you have attended the annual hipster mecca in Chicago&#39;s Union Park, here&#39;s what you need to know:&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Drink water.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">With temperatures expected to peak at 80 and 90 degrees this weekend, remember that H2O is your friend. Bring a sealed, refillable water bottle with you to the park; and when Pitchfork staffers hand out free bottles around midday, know that pouring them over your head and lightly dousing others upon request is perfectly acceptable in a heat wave. Just make sure to recycle your empties.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p><strong>Wear sunscreen.</strong></p><p>At the risk of sounding like your mother, slather on the SPF <em>before</em> you arrive and reapply every couple hours. This bothersome ritual may feel uncool, but you know what&#39;s even more uncool? Looking like a very sad and achy lobster the next day.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Dress light.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>If you can avoid wearing black, the color that the sun loves the most, then please do. Also, Pitchfork is your chance to wear the teeny crop tops and high-waisted shorts that can be a tad too hipster-casual for the office, family gatherings and jaunts down Michigan Avenue. No worries: you&#39;ll fit right in here.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Rock the fannypack. Seriously.</strong></p><p>The fannypack has fallen out of favor since the 1980s, but in these circumstances, it couldn&#39;t be more appropriate. If you can fit your phone, keys, wallet, tiny packable rain poncho and mini-sunblock into a &quot;vintage&quot; bag directly strapped to your body, then the possibility of your personal items getting lost or stolen will go down significantly. And while we&#39;re on the subject... &nbsp;</p><p><b>Keep your phone on lockdown.</b></p><p>If you take your phone out on the festival grounds, odds are good that you will:&nbsp;</p><ul><li>Lose it.</li><li>Drop it in the mud.</li><li>Drop it under a stampede of moshing feet.</li><li>Have a band member of Yo La Tengo give you the stink eye for taking photos during their set.&nbsp;</li></ul><p>The last possibility may sound exciting, but in order to keep all of the above from happening to you, keep your phone safely tucked away and out of sight.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Use discretion when moshing.</strong></p><p>Last year at Pitchfork, I was punched in the face during an impromptu mosh to AraabMuzik. The incident was purely accidental&mdash;too many fists and pointy elbows flying through the air. But since then, I have vowed to keep my skinny, fragile-boned body away from direct line of fire. The moral of the story: if you want to jostle around in the park with complete strangers who may weigh twice as much as you, be prepared to take a hit.&nbsp;</p><p><b>Expect to come across these kinds of people:</b></p><ul><li>The gaggle of friends pushing their way to the front of the crowd, who will provoke extreme annoyance and often vocal outrage from everyone around them &ndash; especially those who have been staked out stageside for more than three hours and do not appreciate these freeloaders one bit.&nbsp;</li><li>The fence jumpers, who will eventually get tackled and dragged out in front of everyone.</li><li>The drunk/stoned/sexually liberated college kids, who will remove all of the clothes that they can legally get away with by mid-afternoon.</li><li>The highschoolers, who will make you feel very old.</li></ul><p>What are your Pitchfork do&#39;s and dont&#39;s?&nbsp;</p><p><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; ">Leah Pickett is a pop culture writer for WBEZ and co-host of&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-changing-channels/id669715774?mt=2&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D2" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px; " target="_blank">Changing Channels</a>, a podcast about the future of television. Follow her on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px; " target="_blank">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px; " target="_blank">Facebook</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px; " target="_blank">Tumblr</a>.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-07/pitchfork-2013-survival-guide-108088 Mystery mixtapes spark city-wide treasure hunt http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-02/mystery-mixtapes-spark-city-wide-treasure-hunt-105533 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mixtapes.jpg" title="The return of the mixtape. (the OCMD)" /></p><p>As a child of the &#39;90s and teen of the &#39;00s, I missed the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_X" target="_blank">Gen X cutoff</a> for romantic mixtapes. By the time I got to highschool, my classmates were making emo-heavy mixed CDs (think Bright Eyes and the Postal Service) to profess their undying love for each other. I remember being a tortured 13-year-old in 2002 and playing Damien Rice&#39;s <em>O</em> on a loop, back in the days of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPod_classic#First_generation" target="_blank">iPod classics</a> that have now become obsolete.</p><p>However, most music purists&nbsp;regard mixtapes as the <a href="http://www.kempa.com/articles/tape/" target="_blank">one true art form</a>: an expression of self through the careful order and selection of tracks. Anybody can make a playlist on iTunes or Spotify by clicking and dragging songs into place, but the act of compiling a mixtape is much more involved, personal and intimate. To quote Nick Hornby&#39;s <em>High Fidelity</em>:</p><blockquote><p><em>&quot;</em>Making a tape is like writing a letter &mdash; there&#39;s a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again. A good compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The <a href="http://elephantmixtapes.com" target="_blank">Elephant Mixtapes</a> project is not only a celebration of the mixtape as an artistic statement, but a call to share that spirit with others as well. The founder of the movement, who wishes to remain anonymous, makes 10 copies of a mixtape each month and hides them in various locations throughout Chicago.</p><p>If you discover one of the tapes, you can either leave it for someone else to find or choose to complete the following steps:&nbsp;look up the contact info inside the tape&#39;s artwork, take a picture of the tape with a description of where you found it and write a little note about what the music means to you.&nbsp;Then you have a few more choices: hide it again for someone else to find, make a copy for yourself or pass it along to a friend.&nbsp;<a href="" target=""><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/2011_02_ChicagoMixtape.jpg" style="float: right; " title="Local music junkies can also get their fix through Casey Meehan's Chicago Mixtape project, which gives participants weekly MP3s from up-and-coming Chicago bands. (The Chicagoist/chicagomixtape.com)" /></a></p><p>Remember those <a href="http://www.ehow.com/how_4516416_plan-scavenger-hunt-birthday-party.html" target="_blank">scavenger hunt birthday parties</a> that used to be so much fun when you were a kid? The Elephant Mixtapes project is a grownup version of that, with the added bonus of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pay_it_forward" target="_blank">paying it forward</a> through music. The movement has already picked up steam with articles in the <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2013/02/08/elephant_mixtapes_hides_musical_tre.php" target="_blank">Chicagoist</a> and <a href="http://gapersblock.com/merge/archives/2013/02/08/go-elephant-hunting/" target="_blank">Gaper&#39;s Block</a>, but so far, nobody has been lucky enough to find where these mysterious tapes are hidden.</p><p>Eager to start sleuthing? Check the founder&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://elephantmixtapes.com" target="_blank">website</a>&nbsp;for updates and clues on the tapes&#39; whereabouts, as well as general information about how to share the project with your community and keep spreading the word.</p><p>I don&#39;t own a casette player, and I don&#39;t know many people who do.&nbsp;Yet most of the twenty-somethings in my social circle (myself included) own turntables that we found in vintage shops and multiple stacks of vinyl collected from our parents&#39; basements. So why not resurrect the mixtape as the new novelty trend?&nbsp;Several local record stories (<a href="http://www.reckless.com" target="_blank">Reckless</a>, <a href="http://sakistore.net" target="_blank">Saki</a>, <a href="https://shop.permanentrecordschicago.com/index.php?search=FEATUREDITEMS" target="_blank">Permanent Records</a>, etc.) also sell an eclectic mix of audio casettes, and Amazon has a wealth of old-school&nbsp;cassette players in stock.</p><p>You can also sign up for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagomixtape.com" target="_blank">Chicago Mixtape</a>&nbsp;mailing list to learn more about our city&#39;s vibrant local music scene, or go all <a href="http://www.perksmixtape.com" target="_blank"><em>Perks of Being a Wallflower</em></a> on your crush and make them a mixtape of your own. Your thoughtful gesture may not have the same charming effect as <a href="http://hollywoodcrush.mtv.com/2012/09/19/the-perks-of-being-a-wallflower-mixtape/" target="_blank">the kid from <em>Clash of the Titans</em></a> had on Emma Watson, but at least you&#39;ll be spreading the love.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Follow Leah on <a href="http://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter</a> or add her on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</em></p></p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-02/mystery-mixtapes-spark-city-wide-treasure-hunt-105533