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ManCrush Monday: Joe Jonas

Honestly though, for the past three years or so Joe is not exactly the one who comes to mind when you think about the Jonas Brothers. Nick. It’s been all about Nick and how he went from adorable to please-let-me-lick-your-abs type of hot. How he went from this little kid with his drumsticks to this beefcake with massive guns. So yes, i kinda forgot that he actually has a brother, Joe Jonas.

Joe is, well, prettier, but when it comes to sex appeal, he ain’t no Nick. That is until Continue reading “ManCrush Monday: Joe Jonas”

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Top 5 Tuesday: 5 hottest male country artist and their albums you gotta listen

My love for country music started when Carrie Underwood won American idol back in 2005.  Since then, i’ve listened to a bunch of country singers such as Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney.

A few reasons why i love country music so much is because It tells story, sometimes it’s deep and meaningful, sometimes it’s just plain fun and playful. But most  of all, i love country music because of these hunky male singers and their great voices. :>

These 5 guys are my top 5 favorite Continue reading “Top 5 Tuesday: 5 hottest male country artist and their albums you gotta listen”

IR & Politic Stuff · journal

pillow talk on music, capitalism, and marxism.

What do you know about indie or being indie? is it a culture? or maybe a movement? or maybe, like some people who considers themselves to be “hip” and “anti-mainstream” , you’d think that indie is a music genre ?

It was interesting that, in the midst of a lecture about capitalism and marxism, my lector had the occasion to incorporate the concept of indie music into his explanation about marxist view of capitalism. I , myself was never able to truly understand the term “indie”. But my lector today really gave me a real grasp of what being indie could mean, and it really changed the way i look at what is supposed to be an “indie” music.

One of the most unmistakable trait of capitalism is the process of commoditification.  I know commoditification is not really a word, but that was exactly the word he used to describe the act of turning everything , mostly refers to product and services, into a commodity to gain profit. And according to marx, commoditification is such a brutal process because it turn something that could’ve been a  “common property” or free public-goods into something that is commercialized. Water is one of the example. Every human being is supposed to be able to enjoy water for free, but they can’t because of the so-called commoditification done by drink companies.

Now, music , according to my lector, is also one of the goods that is being commoditified by capitalist corporations. Music is supposed to be free. No one should be required to pay to enjoy music.  it is supposed to be an art, a way to express oneself rather than a commodity.

Thus, these …,things…that we know as indie musics, they are the ones who try to revive the very idea of music as an art rather than a commodity. That is why they oppose big labels, because they are deemed as an advocate of capitalism and their commoditifiation.

So i think,unlike those hipster nonsense u might’ve heard before, being indie is not really about being anti-mainstream or quirky. Instead, it is about appreciating music as an art and as a way of expression. So you, people who consider yourself to be “indie” kinda guy,  might wanna rethink your purpose of being “indie” if you try to be indie only for the sake of being cool and hip. But that’s just my two cents anyway.

good night everyone !

xo