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I'm not going to say straight out that I'm going to try to post every single day this year, but I'd like to post more often. And some days, that may involve a single link, if that's all I can manage. We'll call it The Daily Something.

@thehairpin: So, When Exactly Is a Dubstep?

@cleolinda: I still have no idea what a/the/wtf dubstep is, except that people seem to use it as an insult, like "hipster." #getoffmylawn

@cleolinda: omg if Skream's remix of "In for the Kill" is dubstep and I have that, that means that THE DUBSTEP IS COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE

@cleolinda: Welp, looks like I do, in fact, have a low-grade fever. Off to go lie down. I blame the dubstep.

@iduguphergrave: Little do most people know that dubstep fever is actually a more evolved strain of disco fever. Do not resist.

@Ceilidhann: When they said the rhythm was gonna get you, they weren't kidding.

@cleolinda: #athingthatishappening RT @Ceilidhann: Benefit reading for Twilight the Musical. So... this is a real thing.

@cleolinda: If it includes a rousing rendition of "Love Bites," I will fly up there and see it. #oddsinmyfavor

@cleolinda: That may be the fever talking. Or the dubstep.

@tylizard: I don't know about that but the site says there is a score called "Watch Out For That VAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!"

@Ceilidhann: There better be Spider Man style wire work. And a camp villain number.

@cleolinda: The wire work would still probably be better than the first movie's. I mean, God bless it, but yeah.

@Ceilidhann: Where's Julie Taymor when you need her?

@NoelCT: Just imagine the effect of 20 disco balls and Edward's sequined bodysuit during the big sparkle reveal.

@cleolinda: "And today, in a tragic sparkle explosion on the set of Julie Taymor's Twilight: The Musical..."

SPEAKING OF SPARKLE EXPLOSIONS someone linked me to Nerd Lacquer nail polish on Etsy but only this afternoon did I comprehend that it is BASED IN ALABAMA? Just a glance at the color library indicates there are colors for--what, Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who ("No, this product is not bigger on the inside"), Hitchhiker's Guide, Monty Python, Firefly, and--? Not sure what else. The next time I get to treat myself, I'll have to try a blue or something.

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Ahh, from The Doctor's Wife! The polish is almost as beautiful as the episode.

If you're looking for a solid straight up TARDIS blue, Cult Nails has a polish called Time Traveler:


I love their polishes -- they wear like iron.

I'm by no means an aficionado of dubstep, but Marquese Scott has some phenomenal dance moves that either are dubstep or are danced to dubstep, like so:

Ha, that is literally the only dubstep thing I have watched.

Check YouTube for more of Marquese's dancing -- he's incredible. :D

I'm pretty sure the dancing is still pop and lock breaking, no matter what strange music they put it to. And he is amazing.



It's for real -- I've seen him perform on The Ellen Degeneres Show. :D

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I actually saw another guy's video where he filmed himself over the course of a year or two, learning some of the steps -- and you can see the progress he makes over the time period. Impressive! (Not at Marquese's level, but impressive!)

Is it just me, or does someone need to get him to play a god/eldritch horror/robot/fey creature masquerading as human in something? Movie, tv series - I'm not fussed, I just want this to be a reality. An awesome, bendy-timeskip reality.

That sounds like an excellent application of his talent. :)

I'm glad you're posting again!

I still have no idea what the hell dubstep is and why everyone hates it. I read the Wikipedia entry and I watched some dubstep remix of "Pumped Up Kicks" and I still don't get it. WHAT IS IT AND WHY IS IT RUINING MUSIC?

Okay, to be fair, "Pumped Up Kicks" is a pretty messed up song to begin with, if you listen to the lyrics, so distracting you with great dancing seems like a fair compromise. :)

For the longest time, I couldn't tell why the kids with the pumped up kicks had to outrun the BumpIt

It's a veritable '80s exercise program!

Okay..here's my stab at it. Dubstep is electronic dance music. The most notable thing about dubstep is the use of "drops", which are breaks in the music featuring low frequency (bass heavy) electronic sounds. In some ways I feel like dubstep is the love child of 8-bit style electronica and drum and base. Or like a slower, heavier big beat (think Chemical Brothers but heavier and slower).

The "drop" sound is frequently described as being like a deep "wub wub wub wub" and generally it's supposed to sound heavy and aggressive, not light and ethereal like say. I like dubstep, but I recognize it's polarizing. The drive to make every heavier and more impressive sounding "drops" can feel kind of assaultive to many people. Used without taste, some dubstep can feel overly mechanical, lacking in melodic progression, noisy, computer-y. Some find the drop simply breaks songs up in a way that ruins the flow for them (similar to the way some people hate rap interludes in pop songs). Personally, I like dubstep for the contrasting sound textures, I think in some ways it's similar to the quiet/loud/quiet dynamic games some of the better grunge producers played to pep up hard rock in the 90s. I find I often like dubstep remixes of pop and dance songs more than pure, original dubstep compositions, probably because they tend to have better vocals and melodies.

If you read articles about dubstep you'll probably see "Skrillex" the stage name of a guy names Sonny Moore mentioned a lot, he's kind of the poster child for the subgenre right now. He's rather adorably nerdy in most interviews.

Here are 5 dubstep songs I like (of course, this may merely demonstrate to you why dubstep is so hatable, hah.):

1. Robyn remix:


2. Enya remix, I believe?


3. Skrillex. Creepy video, but satisfying I think:


4. Katy Perry remix:


5. Noisses -End Of: I always feel like a great fanvid could be made of this song. Dunno what the source material would be though. Probably an action movie. Or..Xena or Legend of the Seeker or something:


Well, that sure helped me. Thanks!

I will read the dubstep stuff later but OH GOD YOUR ICON IS AWESOME. Now I really want jasmine tea.

I am all but forced to buy the Mad Man with a Box trio from NerdLacquer now. Thanks for the link to them, Cleo -- they have a lot of lovely polishes.

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"Outed by a Probot"

I think that's a reference to the probe droid on Hoth?

Yep, it's the droid that discovered the secret Rebel base on Hoth in Empire Strikes Back.

Oh, my...my fingers ordered "I Aim to Misbehave" before my higher brain functions kicked in (to be fair, they would have probably done the same thing).

Mine too!!! along with Argentum. I couldn't resist.

"tragic sparkle explosion".

That is all.

You guys! The Twilight: The Musical lyrics are AMAZING! If you've ever wanted to hear Bella Swan whine in harmony, this is apparently the play for you, but Edward's lyrics might literally kill me from laughter.

First I will slaughter all the kids in the front row
Then I will kill her, but my dad can never know
I'll take her arm, I'll take her leg, I'll kill her slow
It will be messy; blood will splatter to and fro.
I'll show you anaphase when I rip you in two
A blood-type taste-test is my favorite kind to do
You've a recessive gene for becoming my food
Time for extinction and the species will be you
It's time to die!

....You're kidding, right? Please tell me these are not actual lyrics.

The Twilight the Musical Bella is actually a decent singer. o.0 Woah.

Dubsteb is a branch off of trance. It's like the lovechild of trance and hiphop beats with a bit of techno flavoring.

I'm not going to say straight out that I'm going to try to post every single day this year, but I'd like to post more often.

This is actually my plan too! Blog More.


I don't really "get" dubstep, and couldn't discern it from a particularly noisy hole in the ground, but so far as I can tell my favored electronica artists (BT, for instance) aren't really known for it so I'm not too worried at the moment.

Now if only someone hadn't introduced me to VNV Nation last month, I might not now be working my way backward through their catalog at an ridiculous pace...

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Ungggh, dubstep = RAAAGE. My husband loves it, for reasons utterly unfathomable to me, and insists on cranking up the base on his computer's sub-woofers so that my entire house rattles. -_-;

I cannot support the combination of Weeping Angels and daleks with glitter. Or Jayne Cobb and glitter. Or most of the other stuff those polishes are based on and glitter. Seriously, why the glitter obsession.





(Sorry, I ordered two immediately. Because...GLITTER!!!!)

Well... um... uh... It's pretty?

I don't usually buy glitter polishes myself (not since 8th grade), but I have to admit that I find some of these very pretty. When I look at the closeups of it on her nails, I see a lot more subtlety and interest than most store-bought polishes.

Also, most of these are sci-fi, and there's something kind of appealing to me about wearing space glitter on my nails and knowing secretly that it represents something nerdy.

I kind of want the Firefly trio badly.

I'm still in love with the Fug Girls' idea of Twilight as an ice show. So perfect!

Hope you feel better soon.

I told you it was a lady in Fairhope.

Well, that's why I said "comprehend"--I figured you'd told me, and yet it had just not sunk in until yesterday.

I'm glad to know what dubstep is now, just so I can understand more of what my 19-year-old godsister posts on Facebook (her posts are always cryptic and obviously not meant for someone over the age of 20). I like a good time signature change, but only when it flows musically. Dubstep seems to just halt the song and start over, which is annoying to me.

I am fully in favor of Twilight: The Musical. Anything would be better than Spider Man.

I've been reading way too much fanfic because every time I see the word "dubstep" all I can think of is someone being forced up stairs against their will.

...So it's not just me, then.

No, and I am SO RELIEVED there is someone else.

I know "Les Mis" backwards and forwards, but I still haven't figured out dubstep.

There are some La Roux songs I like, but sometimes her voice is just way too shrill for me. "In For The Kill" happens to grate upon my nerves.

However, I love "As If By Magic".

Edited at 2012-01-05 04:53 pm (UTC)

I do not precisely know what dubstep is. I clicked on the song you linked, and then on a different dubstep remix of the same song, and I had to stop that one about 20 seconds into the dubstep part because it made me laugh so hard. It reminded me of nothing so much as a 5-year-old making monster truck noises.

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