Hipster Stylewatch: Animal Collective
I suppose I should have seen this coming, what with every band on earth seemingly copping some sort of animal-inspired name. Animal Collective, Modest Mouse, Mouse on Mars Sparklehorse, Band of Horses, Horse Feathers, We are Wolves, Wolf Parade, Wolf Eyes, AIDS Wolf and Wolfmother. And I'm sure there are about two dozen other animal bands I'm leaving out (Sheep Feathers, Sheepmother, We Are All Brainless Sheep). However, I can't say that I expected the trend to cross over to the world of hipster fashion. But it has. Apparently.
You see last Saturday night, I made it out to the Jensen Rec Center in Echo Park to see a DJ set from Ninja Tune hip-hop instrumentalist, Blockhead. But instead of being soothed by his entrancing down-tempo breakbeats, I was aghast at the site of a man standing next to me with a large parrot perched on his left shoulder. He wasn't talking to anyone really. Not even the parrot. Which I feel was a bit disappointing because if you have a parrot, you might as well get some mileage out of it and engage it in conversation. If nothing else to blow the minds of the crowd when he answers back. Did Polly want a cracker? I'm not sure. And truth be told, I would've liked to know.
Did parrot-man prophesize a new trend in hipster circles, with every hipster bringing some sort of strange animal accessory to the table? I wasn't sure. However, I knew that if this was the case than I'd definitely be rocking a vest made of real gorilla chest. Or at the very least a sweater made from authentic Irish setter. What can I say, it's just my C. Montgomery Burns steez.
No it wasn't until Monday night during an outstanding Knitting Factory set from the Parson Redheads (to be reviewed tomorrow), when I realized how far this trend had gone.
A Horse is a Horse, of course, of course, And no one can talk to a horse, of course, that is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Hipster
You see for the duration of the bill, I was baffled by the sight of a hipster rocking out while wearing a horse outfit. Now in my mind, there are three reasons to wear a horse costume in public. 1) It's Halloween 2) You Lost a bet 3) You're at the Kentucky Derby. If you aren't involved in any of those three activities than you shouldn't be wearing a horse outfit. Period. I'm not sure what's going on in the world of hipsters, though I can't say I'm not intrigued.
Now I have nothing wrong with horses. I liked Mr. Ed, I liked The Horse Whisperer (not really), I even liked the Canadian mountie show, Due South. But donning the finest of equine fashion doesn't make sense on any level.I imagine it'd be pretty difficult to pick-up a hipette while wearing a horse outfit, though I imagine one can make all sorts of dirty jokes about how well-endowed they are.
So it seems that dressing up like Black Beauty is in this Fall. Sure, beards, blazers and glasses will always be in fashion, but what to wear when you're going out for the night on the town and want to impress others with your satorial flair? Look to the horse, my friends. Look to the horse. Of course.
The Doors: "Horse Latitudes" from Strange Days (left-click)
PJ Harvey: "Horses in My Dream" from Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea (left-click)
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