Saturday, September 22, 2012

PLUR is retarded

PLUR. Peace, love, unity, and respect.

 Such a lame term, with an even lamer concept. Don't get me wrong, readers, the world needs a bit more love...the worlds people could also use a healthy dose of unity, as well. And it's really lacking in the peace and respect departments. But the term "PLUR" is so dead, so insincere, it's almost migraine-inducing to hear it uttered. It even sounds annoying to the ear when someone is mocking it. PLUR. Derp-a-derp.  

The pronunciation of the word makes me want to club 2 month old puppies with baseball bats wrapped in barbed wire and curb-stomp kittens into shards of glass with Nazi combat boots.

The term is a charade, a cover-up, a hackneyed excuse to go full-retard in public. Feel like convulsing to generic techno beats played by a DJ getting overpaid to jump on stage pushing the odd button every 5 minutes? Then use PLUR as your excuse!

Again, the idea of PLUR is spot-on, in that we need to work together as a species in order to progress beyond Reality TV and smart phones. But inventing an acronym to justify selfish, careless behavior in an unsafe, immature environment while rocking 300 wrist bands on each arm is the exact opposite of what this term is supposed to embody.


Seriously, that girls face, the entire meme and the caption below it, provide the perfect representation of PLUR.

I think the term needs some updating, personally.
Underage girls

Or perhaps...

Primitive Music
Unchanging Beats
Research Chemicals

In any case, the entire scene, despite being admittedly fun every once in a while, is an overrated and over-funded excursion into one of the lowest possible rungs of the younger generations minds. Think what you want, ravers, but your scene has devolved into nothing more than a giant dry-hump orgy, backed with cookie-cutter music played by shitty DJs who get overpaid to push buttons, move levers, and fist pump on stage. And there's always that ONE asshole DJ that thrusts the air the ENTIRE set. I saw Eskmo opening for Umphrey's McGee once, and couldn't take Eskmo seriously as he literally fucked his DJ table for an hour and a half. Great performance, brah. Must take a lot of 'talent' to make a jackass of yourself in front of thousands of people for over an hour.

Again, don't misconstrue what I'm saying as an absolute is a sweeping generalization of what I've personally been exposed to in 90% of the EDM scenarios I've been placed in. The music festival Freedom of Expression is an exception, in that it is an example of what I like about the scene - despite being primarily an electronic festival, it has a good diversity with the music, with several different EDM genres tackled, and some actual live performances from jam bands, hip-hop artists, jamtronica, and even some stand-up comedians. Of course, those smaller, underground festivals are more about the music than the money, so that might explain why the aura of FOE and FOE2 was more endearing for me, than say, Camp Bisco would have been.

And I'm not saying all DJ's suck...there are talented DJs in the scene. Hell, I know at least a dozen DJs personally, and I think all of them are pretty damn talented in varying ways. I know one DJ that plays old-school trance, using vinyl, and completely fucks shit up live. I know others that have crafted their own, unique sound, and actually have a relevant message in their music beyond the hollow echo of "PLUR!" I know others that spin old-school hip hop vinyl, and also rap bad-ass militant hip-hop lyrics on top of their own vinyl DJing. I know a DJ that makes haunting, psychedelic horror music unlike anything else I've ever head. So, to all of you, my DJ friends....and you all know who you are...keep doing your thing. It's much better than the vast majority of what I've seen, in the scene. Even a number of those really big names are generic as fuck, and it's a shame you guys aren't more well-known despite actually having talent and unique vision.

But sadly, unique DJing really is in the minority. The most difficult thing MOST DJs do nowadays at a show is trying to keep track of all their cables. Or carrying their equipment into and out of the building.

You know what would keep me more invested in a "DJ set?" A more constant element of live performance. And no, I don't consider applying effects and changing the frequencies of pre-recorded music, composed and produced by OTHER people, much of a live performance at all. Nor is matching the tempo of two different tracks an endeavor of much skill. Nor does 8 hours of this boring display change my perspective that DJing has a genuine lack of diverse execution.

In other words, most of the time, it's very, very boring, and very, very repetitive.

If you wanna get me interested in the set, why not add a keyboard to your setup? Hit a few keys along with the song. Even if you're pretending to play the synth, at least you aren't just getting paid to hit buttons. Jump on the microphone and spit (good) rap, or even freestyle. Open up your mind to bringing other people on board, any kind of actual live musician, such as a drummer, bassist, or really gives a huge boost to the overall performance. Give us SOME kind of live, spontaneous element to the music, beyond choosing which pre-made track, how hard you're gonna dry hump and fist pump, or which vocal sample you're gonna add to the next hour of thumping, minimalistic drum-beats.

Being a really clutch, interesting DJ is arguably one of the hardest things to do in the music business. However, this can be attributed directly to the lack of diversity in performance options. In other words, DJing is fucking easy. But becoming a relevant DJ to musicians and composers is very difficult because of the simplicity of the craft.

I'm all for being a unique individual, to do things on your own term, to stand out from the flock. But what these little assholes are doing, is going out of their way to stand out. Wearing all those annoying looking wrist bands, "Raver candy," using fucking pacifiers. If you're trying desperately to stand-out from a normal crowd, you're a fucking douchebag. Being a black sheep for the sake of being a black sheep still makes you a sheep, sheep. You're just being herded by a different shepherd.

Now if you're standing out on your own terms, I can understand. You have convictions, you stand your ground, you even listen to the other side of the argument, being completely open it may influence you to change your mind...but ultimately you still use your own opinions to form your own conclusions. But trying to stand out from the crowd on purpose? Wearing a bunch of goofy, colorful outfits and screaming out "PLUR" as an excuse to party, take copious amounts of drugs, act like a jackass and dance like an idiot for 8 hours, and have crazy sex with complete strangers? I can't get down with using "PLUR" as an excuse to do that. Just admit it, you're in the scene for the drugs, sexy girls in leggings, and the party. You're not in it for peace, love, unity, or respect. Otherwise, all the drugs would be free, jackass.


  1. What did the niggers do to deserve that, Anonymous?

  2. extremely well put. especiallythe sound when someone says plur. derp a der

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