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Hipster Puppies Playlist, by Christopher Weingarten

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Now on shelves, Hipster Puppies is a window into the lives of alt-canines -- lovingly compiled by friend of County Grind and dogs everywhere, Christopher R. Weingarten.

A South Florida native, Weingarten now resides in Brooklyn. He decided

to take a lengthy side trip from music writing/ranting to pontificate

about the dogs he saw around the city on a Tumblr page with a name you can probably guess. For more on his inspiration for the book, check out our sibling blog Sound of the City's entry, and information on purchasing the book is here.

Throughout this thrilling and adorable read, Weingarten provides the inner monologue of dogs that most certainly have better

taste in music than you do. In the spirit of the pups who made this collection possible, Weingarten has assembled a playlist of eight songs and included commentary that'll prompt some yipping back and forth in the trendiest dog parks around the globe.

Hüsker Dü - "New Day Rising"


"Magoo is that aging
Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal - "Histoire De Molly"


"I've

been listening to non-European pop since college and the ease of the

internet has just made it exponentially easier. I've really been digging

that indie-rock labels like Thrill Jockey and Sub Pop are putting out

more African music in the last two years. Obviously, I still catch

myself saying "world music" from time to time; despite the fact that

it's a completely myopic and selfish way to look at the rest of the

planet. Thurston here represents my own anxieties, so sorry if I'm

projecting. Anyway, I've really been digging this recent record from

Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal.

After years of African music kind of being represented as this beatwise 'global groove' thing here comes something that's more meditative and

hushed and totally gorgeous."

Funkadelic - "Everybody's Gonna Make It This Time"


"I'm

glad a Parliament record snuck into one of the photos. I'm a huge funk

and rap nerd and obviously a huge fan George Clinton's various guises.

Enough has been written about his legacy of cobbling the hardest grooves

ever, but not enough has been written about Clinton as a ballad writer.

I mean, all his albums are full of great deep cuts that should have

been as big as Stevie. Seriously, how beautiful is this song?"

Behemoth - "Arcana Hereticae"


"Like

all good hipsters, I do have some fascination with black metal. While I

do love a lot of the mushy, agoraphobic, cassette-damaged stuff, I'll

always be a drummer nerd at heart, so I definitely have much love for

Behemoth. Thurston Moore thinks this death-tinged stuff is too macho or

something."

E-40 - "Lightweight Jammin"


"Nothing makes me more upset than the word 'DJ' being used to describe 'our friend we threw on the bill who is gonna play some Guided By Voices

songs off his iPod.' Like there's literally software out there that can

beatmatch for you and make you not look like a total doofus if you spend

like $299 at a Guitar Center. Anyway, when I DJ out, I play E-40 a lot."

Mastodon - "Blood and Thunder"


"Writing this joke was actually kind of impossible because I needed to

pick an extreme metal band cool enough that a hipsters strawman would

like them, but also famous enough so that I'm not just dropping some

random Bathtub Shitter reference that no one's gonna understand outside

of the Amoeba Records breakroom. Mastodon was literally the only band

that fit the bill. I hope they see this and are touched deeply."

Nite Jewel - "Artificial Intelligence"


"Chillwave is some of the worst, most non-committal music

ever made. Just the hackiest pile up of 'lol-geddit' Nickelodeon

references, tape hiss hiding a total lack of hooks, and a sub-Family Guy

level of nostalgia masquerading as emotion. However, I do like Nite

Jewel who sort of lives on the fringes of this stuff. She has a

beautiful, spectral voice and she doesn't have to mask it with an ocean

of fake-VHS noise."

Melvins - "A History of Bad Men"


"I also have this on blue vinyl."



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