I think I'm a hipster.

anarchist's picture

Well, first of all I'll start off by saying that I ordered Burzum's Umskiptar limited edition vinyl. I feel good knowing I gave $40 to a murderer/church arsonist. (And yes, the money is going to him, not the label, because he owns the label it was released under.) It's a very interesting recitation of the Old Norse poem, Völuspá. The beginning and end are very ambient and atmospheric, perfectly setting the dramatic mood of creation (in the introduction) and destruction (in the last two songs, about Ragnarök).

Yesterday, I was on /mu/, and discovered a band called The Microphones. Nothing has made me feel more like a hipster than listening to this song:

But it's a very, very good album.

I've also started getting into Animal Collective (though I'm still very new to them). So yeah. Those are the two hipsterest bands in existence.

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hellonwheels's picture

so you are a...

...black metal, norse legend reading hipster? ok...that sounds nothing like the urban hipster of the last century, but you may be setting a new trend, before it was cool.

hell

Mental wounds not healing, driving me insane, i'm goin' off the rails on a crazy train- the ozzman

anarchist's picture

Well I was't referring to the Burzum part.

I meant the part about The Microphones and Animal Collective.

anarchist's picture

Oh, by the way.

This reminded me that I listened to MGMT before they were mainstream, back in 2006. I don't listen to them anymore.

Reinforcing the statement in the journal title.

jeff's picture

Well...

MGMT is barely mainstream as it is...

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"You don't know you're beautiful." - Harry Styles

anarchist's picture

You know who they are.

They're mainstream as fuck. They were even on Beavis and Butthead.

elph's picture

As most here may be aware...

I'm a great admirer of Scandinavia and its history --- having visited numerous times (and, again this coming summer for the Copenhagen Opera Festival --- late July).

Could you enlighten me a bit more on Völuspá? URLs?

anarchist's picture

It's an old Icelandic poem.

It's about the creation of the world, Ragnarök, and the inevitable end of the universe. I don't know the details, but I'm sure you can easily find a translation using Google.

elph's picture

Sounds very intriguing...

I will do the research! :)

hellonwheels's picture

It is...

As is most norse mythology. I am a huge fan, growing up on legends and such in a scandinavian fishing town. ;)

Mental wounds not healing, driving me insane, i'm goin' off the rails on a crazy train- the ozzman

anarchist's picture

It is.

For regular posts on Norse spiritual information, read Burzum's web site, Thulean Perspective:
http://thuleanperspective.com

He is a proud adherent to the belief system, so he puts a lot of effort into his research and contemplation. You might need to ignore some of the conservative extremist ideas, though, like the racism in the most recent post. Black metal musicians tend to be pretty rightist.

elph's picture

Yeah... Varg Vikernes truly lives on the fringes...

plus holding some odd and very idiosyncratic views on race and culture. But, entertaining if you don't take him too seriously. His music: not bad (much better than a lot you've offered for our "enjoyment").

This preview of a forthcoming DVD is quite artful; beautiful scenery (appears to be mostly Norwegian). Wish it could have been presented with English subtitles.

anarchist's picture

Considering how nationalistic he is, the scenery is likely all

Norwegian. That's also why there are no English subtitles. But yeah, his music is very good. It's the best black metal I've heard.

That preview did provide me with an interesting perspective on Norway. The full movie would probably do much more, but I don't speak Norwegian, so no.

elph's picture

As for the scenery...

Norway never fails to awe! Mountains, high plateaus (above timberline) spotted with snow from the previous winter, streams and lakes everywhere, countless waterfalls from melting glaciers, multiple dizzying horseshoe curves in often one-lane roads (frequently widened --- just a bit --- to allow passing), stave churches, isolated hillside farms... and then there's the largest glacier in northern Europe near Fjærland (ancestral home of a previous U.S. vice president). And for football lovers, the home of Notre Dame's Knute Rockne (Voss, Norway; huge statue in roadside park)...

And... the sun sets only briefly in the summer...

anarchist's picture

Stave churches...

Varg would disagree with you on their beauty. He burned down four of them in the early '90s to protest Christian churches being built on pagan holy land.
Then he released an album with a picture of the ashes of one of them, and included lighters with it.

elph's picture

Oddly... that doesn't bother me! :)

"Varg would disagree with you on their beauty."

I admire them for their unique, locally-inspired architecture... not for their religious significance.

Frankly, he impresses me as a quite intelligent nut!

I wonder if he and Breivik may have gone to the same school...

anarchist's picture

It's part of the reason I like him.

He actually goes out and does what most anti-Christian black metal musicians are too afraid to do.

jeff's picture

Homohipsteriffic...

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"You don't know you're beautiful." - Harry Styles

elph's picture

Oh my...

what comment would be appropriate?

Anarchist, this is your journal... what say you? :)

jeff's picture

May as well bring you more joy...

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"You don't know you're beautiful." - Harry Styles

elph's picture

I never realized...

that 3:46 could last so long! :(

jeff's picture

hehe...

Guess you wanted to see the whole video from top to bottom? ;-)

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"You don't know you're beautiful." - Harry Styles

anarchist's picture

I don't know what to think now.

I guess I have no choice but to post this now:

And yes, I do listen to this for enjoyment.