Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories and the Problem of Hype

Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories and the Problem of Hype

By: GPS and Kat Bein Sir Isaac Newton once said “what goes up, must come down.” That’s the problem with hype: it gets so big and overbearing, when reality sets in, there’s nothing left for you but disappointment. In the past few years, one name has been hyped more than any other in the dance music community. That name is Daft Punk. Since the last tour in 2007 (which was onl... »

Tips from a Bartender

Tips from a Bartender

This is a handy little guide for all you alcoholics: How not to piss off your bartenders! Even though bartending is generally awesome, some things can really irk those of us serving up a heavy dose of belligerence. So don’t do these things. Your drinks will taste better and you’ll have good karma! Yours truly tending bar. DON’T BE CHEAP RULE #1: Tip your bartenders. This is their... »

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Married to Dubstep: A Reflection on Two Years of Misery – and Growth

We met at a party. Mutual friends introduced us. Now, dubstep and I are coming up on our second anniversary. It was a forced marriage, one I never bargained for, but was shoved down my throat by everyone around me — particularly my techno-loving friends. And today, I stand before you to admit that our loveless marriage may not be so loveless anymore. Dubstep was to enthusiasts of electro what Zooe... »

Tupac hologram, live at Coachella 2012

Holographic Tupac Ain’t Shit Got On These Virtual Superstars

Alright, we’ll admit it. When we first saw how Coachella brought Tupac back from the dead for a special performance with Snoop, we were impressed. Actually, we were disgusted, but whatever. That’s another essay for another time. We’re not here to hate on technology (because technology is our god at FWP). We’re here to instead take a big hipster poop on the fun of what we al... »

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