Nine Inch Nails – Year Zero

April 18, 2007 by

Seeing that i am away from my computer at the moment and i cannot think of what new tracks i’ve gotten i’m stealing this myspace post from my pal John Bourke.

It’s after the cut.

after hearing this term thrown around for the last few months and speaking with jeremy dawson about it tonight… i decided to look into it a bit more.. new rave doesnt really have anything to do with dance music.. its bands from the UK like the klaxons, overweight discount new young pony club, datarock, sunshine underground, CSS, shit disco, yuksek. some of which i have been playing out.. but i have just seen it as dancerock.. or just rock for that matter. but i guess these new rocker kids are wearing bright neon colors and bring glowsticks to shows and do other things that are typically seen as “rave.” dawson was saying they get hit in the head with glowsticks on stage daily when they play in the UK. it looks like the 90s are trying to come back already before we are even out of the decade. maybe a sign that the times.. they are a changin..

go check out this link for some of new rave fashion.. and other weirdness….
i provided a link to their promo video at the very bottom.. they do clothes for M.I.A.

here is BIGSTEREO‘s rant on new rave..

Yeah. It was pretty much decided, the moment that NME first uttered the phrase, that New Rave pretty much sucked. Not the music mind you. Klaxons are a breath of fresh air, and The Sunshine Underground have been making great Electro-Rock for a few years now. It’s the name. New Rave stinks. It feels gross… like barf. Or… like the first time you heard the word Electroclash flutter out of someone’s mouth.

We’ve all pretty much broken down what New Rave is — it’s 2006’s version of Electro-Rock. Someone decided around early 2005 that Electro-Rock was played out. Not cool anymore. Much in the same way that in late 2001 someone decided Electroclash was played out. The problem was that bands didn’t listen. They kept making music. Not just music, but damn good music. Good music, but last year’s music. What to do?! NME stepped up to the plate and said, “Hey guys, even though it sounds just like Electro-Rock it is not Electro-Rock. It’s New Rave or Nu Rave or Neu Rave. Duh!”

Guys, we are in a total rut. There is a disgusting pattern going on:

Step 1: Create genre. Combine two unlikely pre-existing genres (ie Disco Punk) or make something old New (ie Nu Wave).

Step 2: Hype, hype, hype. Find a bunch of bands that didn’t quite make the cut under Step 1 during the last cycle, and throw the new label on them.

Step 3: Have all the bands in this “new” genre remix each other. This step is very important. Cross promotion leads to Step 4…

Step 4: Declare that the genre is dead. Over. Fin. Tired. Last Year.

Electroclash, Nu Wave, Electro House, Disco Punk, Electro Rock, New Rave, Whatever. Sure there are some subtle differences. Maybe. But can we please just admit it is all the same?

I propose a challenge: Don’t decide it is over until the kids stop making the music. It’s not up to some tight wad at some glossy magazine or major label to decide it’s over because he has to push his product. It is up to the musicians to decide when it is over. It is over when Peaches sits down and creates a country album. When bands like Klaxons stop appearing out of thin air… then it’s over. It is over when we decide to stop buying all these damn records.

This is getting gross. We are at as much fault as NME. Are we such a consumer society that we cannot like a genre for more than a year? We have to throw it out and buy whatever “new” music is being crammed down our throats? Are we total suckers? Arg… pipe dream, but are there too many bands? Too many genres? Too much music?

some footage of the klaxons live.. with some glowsticks..

here is a video by trash fashion..

some kind german news report.. they are actually playing the boy noize remix of shiny toy guns during it.. haha.

klaxons – gravity’s rainbow…

klaxons – golden skans

the cassette promo video for their fashion… weird…

Who doesn’t love a good house party?? Tonight we’ll be kicking it in Norman, sickness Oklahoma robot style.

Also, approved here’s a flyer for the DRD! weeklies – after the cut.

Thou shalt not steal if there is direct victim.
Thou shalt not worship pop idols or follow lost prophets.
Thou shalt not take the names of Johnny Cash, oncology Joe Strummer, cheapest Johnny Hartman, Desmond Decker, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix or Syd Barret in vain.
Thou shalt not think that any male over the age of 30 that plays with a child that is not their own is a peadophile… Some people are just nice.
Thou shalt not read NME.
Thall shalt not stop liking a band just because they’ve become popular.
Thou shalt not question Stephen Fry.
Thou shalt not judge a book by it’s cover.
Thou shalt not judge Lethal Weapon by Danny Glover.
Thall shalt not buy Coca-Cola products. Thou shalt not buy Nestle products.
Thou shalt not go into the woods with your boyfriend’s best friend, take drugs and cheat on him.
Thou shalt not fall in love so easily.
Thou shalt not use poetry, art or music to get into girls’ pants. Use it to get into their heads.
Thou shalt not watch Hollyokes.
Thou shalt not attend an open mic and leave before it’s done just because you’ve finished your shitty little poem or song you self-righteous prick.
Thou shalt not return to the same club or bar week in, week out just ’cause you once saw a girl there that you fancied but you’re never gonna fucking talk to.

Thou shalt not put musicians and recording artists on ridiculous pedestals no matter how great they are or were.
The Beatles… Were just a band.
Led Zepplin… Just a band.
The Beach Boys… Just a band.
The Sex Pistols… Just a band.
The Clash… Just a band.
Crass… Just a band.
Minor Threat… Just a band.
The Cure… Just a band.
The Smiths… Just a band.
Nirvana… Just a band.
The Pixies… Just a band.
Oasis… Just a band.
Radiohead… Just a band.
Bloc Party… Just a band. [ed.’s note: this is debatable]
The Arctic Monkeys… Just a band.
The Next Big Thing.. JUST A BAND.

Thou shalt give equal worth to tragedies that occur in non-english speaking countries as to those that occur in english speaking countries.
Thou shalt remember that guns, bitches and bling were never part of the four elements and never will be.
Thou shalt not make repetitive generic music, thou shalt not make repetitive generic music, thou shalt not make repetitive generic music, thou shalt not make repetitive generic music.
Thou shalt not pimp my ride.
Thou shalt not scream if you wanna go faster.
Thou shalt not move to the sound of the wickedness.
Thou shalt not make some noise for Detroit.
When I say “Hey” thou shalt not say “Ho”.
When I say “Hip” thou shalt not say “Hop”.
When I say, he say, she say, we say, make some noise… kill me.
Thou shalt not quote me happy.
Thou shalt not shake it like a polaroid picture.
Thou shalt not wish you girlfriend was a freak like me.
Thou shalt spell the word “Pheonix” P-H-E-O-N-I-X not P-H-O-E-N-I-X, regardless of what the Oxford English Dictionary tells you.
Thou shalt not express your shock at the fact that Sharon got off with Bradley at the club last night by saying “Is it”.
Thou shalt think for yourselves.
So, overweight I guess the new Nine Inch Nails album came out yesterday. Shows how much i’ve been keeping up with the mainstream music. I have no idea how it sounds but i have been keeping an eye on all the posts on digg/reddit/whateva about this huge viral web ad attack going on with the album. Secret websites, noun emails, arthritis pictures, everything… it’s rather brilliant. And now i see this – the coolest cd artwork EVER.

Yes, it is printed with thermal ink. So awesome. So, you say, what does that mean?? That means that when you open your cd case the cd just looks black… nothing special… BUT, once you put it in your cd player and jam out for a while when you take it out – OMGZ – it’s not black anymore! It’s like those cups you used to get at Pizza Hut in the 80s / early 90s that would change colors when you put cold liquid in them or the toy dolls that you would act like you were feeding it some snacks and ZING! her face got ‘messy’ when hot/cold stuff touched it or the awesome color changing shirts in the 80s that would change with heat. I miss those shirts.

Anyways, I joined a band. We’re playing this saturday in Oklahoma City. PEACE OUT.


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