Finals are over, I need to blow off some steam, in the form of whining. Most of my petty squabbles are the result of being around to many pretentiously hip people, and being cut off from much of the rest of the music world in general, as such these trends may not be as pervasive as I make them sound. Perhaps I am being to hasty, but I can save any fodder not on here for nexts year's list. 1)Trucker hats: Was I the only one who always thought they were stupid? I have yet to see a single person rock the trucker's hat without looking even a little goofy. Its goofiness rose to the state of surrealism when people like Beyonce and Justin Timberlake started wearing them with their prissy-fits 2) Tragic Hipsterdom: For some reason, a number of individuals I know believe that a band's quality is inversely related to the size of their fan base. Way to kill original music. 3)"Relevant Music" :A number of my colleagues at the radio station I work at here seem to be obsessed over the "relevance" of music they listen to. For some reason, retro-pop/neo-new-wave (yes, I'm aware how redundant that is) and 3rd rate basement rock contain an "urgency" that funk and ska bands just cannot hope to possess. While I realize that some bands do have a sense of immediacy and "relevance" to their sound, many of the people I've talked with like to fashion themselves as the "new wave of rock critics" and thus throw words like that around as if they were superballs. Isn't the relevance of a group's sound determined in part by the listener, as well as the spirit of the group? 4) "Too Cool for you" attitudes: When I went to see Mike Watt a few months ago, one of the opening bands was a group called the Greenhornes. Apparently they're from the Detroit area, and from what I've read recently they're "up-and-coming" and on the verge of becoming critical darlings. As Flavor Flav once stated to eloquently: "Don't believe the hype", they, and much of their ilk are crap bands. They're live show, or lack thereof, was complete shizen. They banged out lame Stooges covers as well as a plethora of originals that were Stooges knock-offs. That was the think that got my goat (so to speak) though, it was their "cooler-than-thou" boredom that sent a clear message to the audience that they should thank their maker they have the privileage of seeing them play. This particular quibble is indicative of a growing trend. The heart of a good band, is still based in its ability to put on a good show, not a well groomed ego. 5)Crap beer: In relation to "Tragic Hipsterdom", just because Pabst spends zilch on advertising, doesn't make it good. It still tastes like sewage water, I don't care if it's cheap, I don't care if it's hip. You get what you pay for and scene points are a dime a dozen. Whew, I feel better already.