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What genre of music would u get tattooed on ur body?

Photo via @chocolatebobka

Was getting pizza the other day at a local Pizza Hut/KFC/Taco Bell combo joint, and saw this bro with a "lofi" tattoo, aligning his personal brand with the lofi genre of music. It seems like this tatty probably means he lives a 'lofi' way of life, using a home studio and minimal recording techniques, trying to capture

Just wondering what genre of music yall would get tattooed on ur body. I know there are a lot of good answers for the year 2k10, but tattoos last forever. By getting a genre tattoo, u have to make sure that the genre will 'be relevant' forever. Seems like a difficult decision.

What music genre aligns with ur way of life?
What genre would yall get tattied on ur body?
a) lofi
b) hifi
c) Arcade Fire anthem core
d) chillwave
e) Indie
f) indy
g) rock n roll
h) 'rap'
i) dreamy nostalgic pop-lectro
j) fuzzy buzzy
k) dank core
l) California-style dank-core
m) ethnic lady screaming in2 microphone
n) 'every mp3 made, except in the year 2k10'
o) Napster-wave alt rock
p) horrorcore
q) juggalo poopy
r) autotune
s) witchy woman wave
t) cum-in-pussie-core
u) rock rock
v) Lilith Core
w) poopoo peepee conceptual music
x) Jim Carrey talking out of his butt Ace Ventura
y) Bieber lil erect peen tweencore
z) Miley Cyrus's wet vajenga
aa) dronewave
bb) idosecore
cc) butt buddy bro indie
dd) cooldad indie pop
ee) bloggy houses
ff) Cody Simpson
gg) Unchill azn bro
hh) Zooey Deschanel
ii) erotic sketch of WAVVES and Best Coast making love while smoking spliffs
jj) Disney tweenwave
kk) Choose ur own response

What genre of music will represent ur personal brand 4ever?

Who invented chillwave?

After the recent Wall Street Journal article about chillwave that cited Carles as the inventor of chillwave, many chillwave purists have been 'pissed off', because there is no way that one blog/human could 'invent' a genre of music.

I have always wondered how genres of music r invented. It seems like there hasn't really been a good genre name for the past 10 years before chillwave. Everything is 'alternative _______' or 'indie ______.' Most stuff involves the words "rock", "wave", "core", and "gaze." What does it take to get a genre to 'gain traction' and evolve from something that '1 random ass hole made up' to being a hot topic worth discussing?

What are some of the most important elements in the art of genre naming?

  • Timeliness
  • Relevancy
  • Quality of Product / Artists / MP3s
  • Effectiveness/Utility of generalization
  • Stupid name that makes u giggle
  • Entry level music critics/regional publications that really 'buy in' to the name
  • a roster of artists who are actively touring and promoting their product

Who deserves the credit for 'inventing' a genre? Do the artists deserve the credit because they actually made the music, or is it the responsibility of a music critic / music blog to determine these genre names?

Does n e 1 know how other genres of music were invented?
Was it just one bro from a popular magazine saying something sounded like 'shoegaze', then it catches on?
Is it the responsibility of a band to make up their own genre?
Is it the responsibility of a publicist to determine how to classify the artist?

Did chillwave catch on since there was an underlying controversial element about 'sampling'/authenticity?

Just trying 2 figure out what makes a 'genre' meaningful....
Just trying 2 figure out what makes a 'genre' a real 'genre'...

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I think this is the first 'fuzzy-sounding' song that I have ever actively 'liked.' #chillfuzz theory

This is a picture of the band Trailer Trash Tracys 'working on music' in their 'd.i.y. studio.'

Trailer Trash Tracys Candy Girl (demo)

Last year in indie music has been kinda weird. There has been an emergence a bunch of bands that sound like they are 'in a fuzzy garage,' but I have never really 'understood' why I should like them. Sorta seem like a gimmick, like the Vivian Girls, or like they are meant to appeal to older people or something. Maybe I am growing older and this sound appeals to me, or maybe this is just a middle-market product, somewhere between 'chillwave' and 'fuzzy garagey music with ambient ambient female vocals.' Maybe this is 'chillfuzz.'

It seems like fuzzy garage music is 'structured very simply', meant for purgatory alts to 'bob their heads along to.' This chillfuzz song by the Trailer Trash Tracys seems to have 'huge drums' and 'a meaningful post-pop guitar riff.' Seems like they are an 'actual band' from the UK who might have an easier time performing live than most chillwave producers. (Do ppl from England know what 'Trailer Trash' is, or are they exploiting an American concept?) Not sure if I should compare them to My Bloody Valentine or Sonic Youth or the Jesus and Mary Chain since they seem 'shoegazy'/'vintage.'

The song 'candy girl' seems like it could be called 'haunting' in a formal review. I wonder if this song could be covered by Feist/Regina Spekty and become one of the 'top songs of the year' according to mainstream music critics.

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Is WASHED OUT the next Neon Indian/Memory Cassette?

Washed Out Feel It All Around
Washed Out You'll See It

It's kinda weird how the musicsphere is searching for a new 'authentic, undergroundish product' that isn't a huge brand like AnCo/GrizzBear/etc. People who 'love music' need new music to 'get excited about.' It seems like these 'conceptual, chill projects' are really 'starting to become mainstream alt rock' or something. Think that these are apparently the next artists who we will 'go to see at music festivals' before 'every1 finds out about them.'

I think that it demonstrates that a 'new band' can't have too strong of a 'personal brand'. It seems like if you start out being 'somewhat mysterious', then ppl can write abt u when they 'unmask' u. It's too easy to 'not take a band seriously' if you see pictures of them, and they look like dweebs/people who are 'trying too hard.' It seems easiest to have a chill project, that is somewhat 'conceptual' but also demonstrates that ur band has 'pop sensibilities' or something. Not sure what the 'ceiling' for these types of bands are. Seems like they will probably have to build their 'live brand' as being something that is 'artistic.' Most of these bands exist with 'a few strong singles', but seems like they will get enough 'promotion' [via maltstream weblogs+webzines] to be relevant in the market of people who 'buy songs off iTunes.'

Not sure if this genre has a name. Seems like it needs to have a name that is 'serious.' Here are some ideas for this 'genre.'

  • no-fi
  • post-AnCo rock
  • post-bloghause
  • GorillaVsBearcore
  • Chill Bro Core [via Butterteam]
  • Kewl Boring Music
  • Music 2 smoke weed 2
  • Synth Computer Pop Atmospheric Wave
  • GazeWave
  • ShitWave
  • CumWave
  • WaveWave
  • ShoeWave
  • Chillgaze
  • Pitchforkwavegaze
  • Blogrock
  • No-gaze
  • Blowgaze
  • GazeStep
  • post-electro
  • conceptro
  • ChillHouse
  • Browave
  • Conceptual Blog Core
  • ForkcastRock
  • Forkshit
  • No-fork
  • ZanyCore
  • Industrial
  • post-freakfolk
  • freakgaze

Feel like I might call it 'chill wave' music in the future. Feels like 'chill wave' is dominated by 'thick/chill synths' while conceptual core is still trying to 'use real instruments/sound like it was recorded in nature.' Feel like chillwave is supposed to sound like something that was playing in the background of 'an old VHS cassette that u found in ur attic from the late 80s/early 90s.'

Not sure if this genre is 'emerging' or if it is only just becoming 'properly monetized' now that there is a 'demand for it.' Do yall prefer 'Neon Indian' or 'Memory Cassette' or some other chillwave band? I feel like Washed Out might be my favourite chill wave artist, so far, but Neon Indian might have the 'strongest brand'/'highest possibility of becoming a legacy indie artist.'

What's yalls fave genre of music?

Washed out Myspace

New York Times profiles seapunk genre. Has #seapunk arrived or is it just a dumb Tumblr hashtag?

seapunk guy Zombelle
I am not sure if seapunk is a genre of music, a web trend, a cultural trend, or just some #hashtag that Tumblr tweens use to describe a new aesthetic of the way ppl look when they are trying 2 hard 2 be/look alt. The New York Times 'blogged' about some seapunk show by a seapunk buzzband named Zombelle, covering it like it is a relevant enough trend to try to get 'the SEO jump' on. Seapunk apparently sounds like techno bleep bloop speed glitch hip hop 90s r & b chillwave indie pop core intelligent techno house with allusions to _________. I think seapunk's gimmick is just all about being able to say that it is influenced by 'everything' [on the internet], thereby making it coverable on the internet.

Here's what seapunk buzzband Zombelle sounds like in case u wanted 2 know what seapunk was all abt

This might be seapunk's 'great moment' where it has finally demanded the attention of blogs that link to NYTimes articles as if it actually means something, and the NYTimes is different than Buzzfeed/Know Your Meme/Gawker/some other meme content farm.

“SHOUT out to Tumblr,” said Zombelle, a blue-haired singer who performed last weekend at an unnamed warehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The concert was billed as the city’s first Seapunk Alien Disco Indie Rave, but only a handful of the 20-somethings clutching cans of Budweiser seemed to know precisely what “seapunk” even meant.

Have u evr shouted out Tumblr? Do yall know if seapunks pray 2 David Karp?

Look at these effing seapunks.

Is seapunk the nu- new nu-rave rave? I wanna go 2 a place with sillie t-shirts and glowsticks and ppl with stupid hair. <3

A look around the graffiti-lashed venue offered clues: T-shirts plastered with pixilated sharks, raised neon glow-sticks, several mops of hair dyed blue and green.

Sprouting from the digital petri dish of social networking, seapunk is a whimsical style that mashes together cartoonish aquatic themes, rave culture and a nostalgia for ’90s Internet imagery. The iconography, which exists almost entirely online, includes clip art of dolphins jumping through pyramids, aquamarine-haired mermaids with SpongeBob T-shirts, and psychedelic orbs flying over computer-generated waves.

Do u evr wonder if ur trapped on 'the digital petri dish of social networking'?

In the modern era of buzz, all u have 2 do is add a hashtag 2 something 2 make it a relevant, self-aware trend that innovative young ppl can talk abt like it 'matters.'

Started online last year by a tiny sect of social media geeks, seapunk gathered momentum as it echoed on Twitter, Facebook and especially Tumblr. It has occasionally surfaced, in the real world, with seapunk-themed parties and bands, but the real joy remains in tagging and sharing the trippy nautical images.

According to a D.J. in Brooklyn who goes by the Twitter handle Lil Internet, he coined the term “seapunk” last June after having a surreal dream, which he tweeted about: “Seapunk leather jacket with barnacles where the studs used to be.” His friends added a hashtag to “seapunk,” and a trend was born, like Aphrodite from the foam.

“The surprising thing is that it really was cohesive,” Lil Internet said by iChat; he declined to use his legal name, saying he is now known solely by his Twitter handle. He also described seapunk’s vibe as “Venice Beach Acid Rave 1995,” and cited surf-wear logos, yin-yang symbols and round holographic sunglasses as part of its look.

Here is some broad from the seapunk buzzband Zombelle. Does Shan Beaste look 'mad hot'?
zombelle Shan Beaste

s000 many mnstrm artists are STEALING the authentic seapunk aesthetic.

Despite their subculture status, seapunkers insist that their sensibility has been appropriated by the mainstream, or at least leeched by celebrity stylists. There’s no concrete evidence of piracy, but pop culture has indeed seen recent splashes of aquamarine: Nicki Minaj painted her skin blue for a Vogue shoot; Katy Perry wore a turquoise bob; a Google Image search of “seapunk” pulls up a photo of Lady Gaga with a neon blue wig.

“No one will actually credit it to us,” said Zombelle, who lives in Chicago and said her offstage name is Shan Beaste. “There are people who work for Lady Gaga that are in my circle of friends.”

Azealia Banks, a rapper from Harlem, is the rare notable who has publicly praised seapunk: she wore green hair, name-checked the genre on Twitter and has described herself as a mermaid. But Ms. Beaste dissed Ms. Banks, too. “Mermaids are vicious harpies who lure sailors to their death,” she said, scorn cresting in her voice.

Seapunk = alt = mnstrm.

BTW. This is what seapunk looks like.

Do u live 4 seapunk?
Is seapunk ripping off another genre/aesthetic?
Do u <3 or h8 microtrends?
Do u vibe 2 seapunks, or are they 'completely full of shit'?
seapunk fashion
Is seapunk a musical genre, fashion aesthetic, or just a lifestyle brand created by influential marketing firms?
Should MTNDEW/Converse sponsor the next microtrend genre?
Can seapunk replace chillwave as an 'internet fueled' microtrend, or would it actually require 'good music'?
Do trends 'mean anything' any more?
is the only good seapunk a dead seapunk?
HAs the internet 'ruined everything' or made everything 'totally awesome'?
Does seapunk make u wish that poor, artsy ppl couldn't afford laptops?
Has seapunk 'gone mainstream'/finally gone from sea 2 land?
seapunk dolphin



seapunk is as music genre, hashtag, trend, microgenre, Tumblr topic, and new aesthetic.

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SLUTWAVE is named Genre of the Year by Rolling Stone Magazine

HIPSTER RUNOFF is a popular weblog that is known for creating the popular kewl genre 'chillwave', which took the indiesphere 'by storm' in 2k9, but then it died in late 2k10. Many people said to Carles, the blogger from HIPSTER RUNOFF, "Chillwave was the prime of ur blog. It's over, bro. Hang it up. Hang it up. No more relevant genres will be invented on the internet."

Boy, were they wrong. The Gods of Music, AKA Rolling Stone Magazine have named 'SLUTWAVE' to be the genre of the year.

This is truly a great moment for the slutwave genre, 'going mainstream', letting ppl who read mainstream magazines instead of blogs that artists like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Ke$ha are all riding slutwaves bc they care more abt getting naked than they do abt writing good mp3s.

Recently, the Alt Report published a story that 'questioned the relevance' of Rolling Stone Magazine. [link]

However, now that they have honored the slutwave genre as a relevant mainstream trend, it seems like Rolling Stone is now a relevant magazine that just likes 2 sit at home and jerk off to titties just as much as the next bro.

Who will be next to honor the slutwave genre?
a) SPIN Magazine
b) The New york Times
c) NME
d) The Guardian
e) MTV
g) Lopez Hilton Celeb Blogs
h) The Wall Street Journal
i) Choose ur own relevant media publisher

Will u ride the slutwave b4 it is too late?

Is SLUTWAVE a relevant genre?
Is SLUTWAVE mnstrm?
Who is the #1 slutwave artist?
Do yall still think that Ke$ha's pix covered in cum were the #1 moment in slutwave history?

Has slutwave gone 'more mainstream' than chillwave?
Are there more opportunities for emerging genres in 2k11?
Is slutwave chill bc is it just abt 'shaking titties' and 'looking fine'?
Is this a 'great moment' in HIPSTER RUNOFF history, or just another meme?
Will Carles 'invent' another relevant genre in 2k11, or is his streak 'in jeopardy'?


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HIPSTER RUNOFF is a blog worth blogging abt, created by Carles that is trying 2 stay relevant. It blogs abt buzzbands, alt stuff, relevant topics, the end of the social web, and more.

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Pitchfork 'backpedals' on the implementation of the rape gaze genre. Is it 2 late?

Salem is known as the world's worst buzzband after they had some 'effing terrible' performances at SXSW sometime between 1-20 blog years ago [link]. Time moves so fast that it is difficult to remember when exactly memorable event happened, but here is a video of Salem performing live so u can 'recapture the magic' [via crappiness]. Do u vibe out 2 them?


Anyways, they apparently have some new album out, and Pitchfork decided to give them a 7.5. Apparently, the whole gimmick with them is that they are 'brilliant' in the studio, but 'effing blow' in the live setting. Wonder if they just need to adopt a Crystal Castles type of setup and hide behind lights + loud noises. Overall, this is a 'pretty boring meme', but what made it juicy was when Pitchfork dropped the sweet baller ass genre name "rape gaze" into the review. Unfortunately,

Seems like 'rape gaze' has a huge opportunity to become the next chillwave, since it is way more hardcore than the term 'witch house'. Unfortunately, Pitchfork 'retracted' the use of RAPE GAZE in their review, and totes backpedaled, even though the name is hella sweet.

Editor's Note: This review contains a list of the various names that have been used to describe the music of SALEM and/or other similar artists, among them "drag" and "witch house." It originally also listed "rape gaze", a term coined by Michigan band CREEP, as formerly listed on their MySpace and reported in the New York Press. The band today disowned the phrase and will no longer be using it, expressing to The Village Voice, they "would never want to advocate sexual violence against any human being. It was a play on words which we never expected to be used as an actual genre."

Are yall sad that RAPE GAZE might not catch on?

Did Salem deserve a 7.5

Salem trade in apathy. In an article for Butt magazine last year, band member John Holland copped to a past lifestyle of heavy drug use and teenage prostitution-- then he offered the interviewer some speed. The band was featured in The New York Times Arts section's fall preview this year, but one member couldn't be bothered to wake up on time for the interview. When Times writer Ben Ratliff pressed the band on the lyrics to early single "Trapdoor", Holland replied, "It doesn't really matter to me whether people know what the lyrics are or not." Even when XLR8R's Brandon Ivers recently asked Salem about their much-blogged-about disaster of a FADER Fort appearance at last year's SXSW-- a performance that could be featured in the dictionary as the definition of "not giving a shit"-- band members Heather Marlatt and Jack Donoghue claimed not to have seen the video, while Holland later stated about the band's live presence, "I don't even care. I totally don't."

Damn. Mad Rape Gaze.
Seems scary.
Afraid of this dark world.

Anyways, here is another performance where they 'effing kill it'


Does this band sound 'rape gazey' 2 u?
Is it unchill that Pitchfork 'backpedaled' on the rape gaze genre?
Is Rape Gaze the new chillwave?
Is 'Snuff Gaze' a chiller alternative since not that many ppl know what
Was Pitchfork 'right' 2 take a stand against female violence?
Is it unchill that music writer bros can just 'make light' of sexual violence and throw around terms like that just to 'get bros talking'?
Does Salem 'effing blow' or are they better than Best Coast/WAVVES?
Should [act of sexual violence] + wave OR gaze be the next big musical genre?
Should we lump Crystal Castles into the rape gaze genre just to 'keep this meme going'?
What happens when the rape gaze and slutwave genres merge?

"Shame on u p4k, Shame on all yall."
-the female indie blogosphere



Salem is a rape gaze buzzband who sing songs abt dark themes. Many ppl say they 'suck' while others think they are 'brilliant.'

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Wall Street Journal ‘covers’ the chillwave genre

The Wall Street Journal did some blog post / article about chill wave. As you already know, chill wave was the first successful genre launch in 10-20 years. The creation of this genre enabled the key artists (and even some undeserving artists) to 'grab on' to the massive hypeball, giving all media outlets and 'interesting angle' from which to approach their coverage.

This article is historically significant because it credits Carles from the popular weblog HIPSTER RUNOFF as having invented chill wave:

Last July, a blogger named Carles, writing for the site Hipster Runoff, clustered together a handful of up-and-coming bands with a similar sound and recording approach and, by most accounts, birthed a new genre: “chillwave.” It didn’t take long for other music sites to start throwing around the term.

Can't believe we did it. We invented chillwave. One of the most relevant genres in the history of the modern world. The perfect mix of a 'stupid name', interesting/listenable music, and the opportunity to discuss the framework of the genre.

Whereas musical movements were once determined by a city or venue where the bands congregated, “now it’s just a blogger or some journalist that can find three or four random bands around the country and tie together a few commonalities between them and call it a genre,” said Alan Palomo of Neon Indian.

Is chillwave 'real'?
Is chillwave mainstream?
Is chillwave the future of indie music?
Will another great chillwave band emerge in 2k10?
Is Carles the most important music critic of the modern world?

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