Dating an indie girl
smugly enamored couple sit in a restaurant, their hands clasped as they fret over the menu.The chicken, for instance: can the waitress tell them a little bit about its provenance?The group’s first album, released in September, has been widely praised; said that Wild Flag “makes other bands sound like sniffly rookies.” Urban Outfitters sells the record, on vinyl.When Brownstein plays music, there is nothing ironic about her.Unlike Norman Mailer's "hipsters" who appeared in his essay "The White Negro" as existentialist jazz fans living a life surrounded by death - honourable dreamers, you could say - 21st-century Hipster Girls were born out of the alternative art and music scene of the early Nineties, wielding a banner in rejection of mainstream commerciality. Well, that once cultish rejection of popular culture has come back to bite itself on the arse, becoming mainstream and available for purchase at any good High Street store. In recent years, the Hipster Girl, far from that mysterious creature spotted in Western society's white, middle-class cultural youth hubs - Hoxton Square in London, Williamsburg in New York, or the Mission District in San Francisco - has landed slap-bang in the middle of the road; as ubiquitous as chavs or WAGs. There are a lot of people here who can afford—financially but also psychologically—to be really, really concerned about buying local, for instance. It’s like Alexander Pope’s ‘Rape of the Lock.’ I was standing in line at Whole Foods, and the guy in front of me says, ‘I really wish you guys sold locally made fresh pasta.’ And the cashier says, ‘Look, we do.’ And the guy says, ‘No, no—that’s from Seattle.’ Really? ”“Portlandia” presents a heightened version of the city’s twee urbanity: a company sells artisanal light bulbs, a hotel offers a manual typewriter to every guest, and a big local event is the Allergy Pride Parade.The mayor, played by Kyle Mac Lachlan, becomes an object of scandal when he’s “outed” as the bass guitarist in a middle-of-the-road reggae band.
The waitress informs the couple that the place serves only local, free-range, “heritage-breed, woodland-raised chicken that’s been fed a diet of sheep’s milk, soy, and hazelnuts.” But because the diners, Peter and Nance, are characters on “Portlandia”—a television comedy in which precious concerns spin into giddy lunacy—the conversation does not stop there.
The sartorial Mecca for the dedicated Hipster Girl is American Apparel rather than Balmain.
Hipster Girls fetishise the "authentic" from before they were born. After all, we're in a recession, and what's more reassuring than screwing a cliché?
at the party on Saturday night, you can't stop thinking about?
She's a "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" - or rather that's what film nerds would have you call her.