A couple weeks ago myself and many of my blogger and music industry compatriots traveled to Austin, TX for the South By Southwest Film, Music and Interactive Festival (or, SXSW as those “in the know” call it), a week of parties, panels, speeches, showcases and other various related events.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t going to put a list together – it just seemed too daunting, I was bound to forget important ones, definitely haven’t gotten a chance to listen to many of the most lauded – but then a friend called me out and I naturally I had to rise to the challenge.
I don’t want to call this a “Best of 2010” list, because I feel kind of like a fraud saying that. Music is so subjective. To this day I still don’t really understand the mad mass love of Beach House. Maybe I’ll discover what I’m missing in 2011, but for the moment it is not music that grabs me personally.
That being said, I now present my favorite 25 albums and 5 EPs of 2010…
As I touched upon in the previous post, clothes are very important for Coachella. You want to be wearing something light, that you can dance in, but most of all you want to be wearing something so completely ridiculous you become the most ridiculously hip person around. I mean, it only makes sense that assembling the biggest collection of the buzziest indie bands close to one of the hippest cities in the United States would create a veritable explosion of cool. Of course there’s a very fine line between tragically hip and just tragic, so the key is calculating just the right amount of eccentricity in your outfit. Too much, you’ll look like a clown or – gasp – like you’re trying to hard. To little and well, you might as well be a Gap model. God forbid you show up in a polo shirt. No, you need something like a suede fringe vest over a gold lame romper paired with tube socks and Chucks (a staple in every self-respecting hipster’s wardrobe) topped off with some giant red sunglasses and a paisley head scarf.
There. You’re welcome. I just saved you from social suicide.
For more Coachella fashion tips check out Conn’s Pros on Serious Stache here.