Zero Star

Eons ago I somehow acquired songs by a band called Zero Star. At least, that’s what the folder on my computer is labeled. There’s a good chance that I made it up; I believe I acquired it during my Smashing Pumpkins days. Anyway, over the years I’ve dedicated time that has probably accumulated to hours trying to track down anything about this band, only to come up empty handed.

Song titles by the enigmatic Zero Star:

Age of Apocalypse, Good Mornight, Journey of Worth, Learn, Like What You Feel, Positivity, So Hollow, Wean, Wean Off You, Wished While Burned, 6th Door, Casualty, Crossed Reference, To The Inside

These songs are pretty rough and raw. The singer has a rather raspy voice, and by the instrument echoes, almost all of them sound like demos. But 10+ years later, I still find myself interested in learning about the members of this band, who they are and what happened to them. Do they still make tunes? If anyone out there has any leads, I’d greatly appreciate the tips.

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Happy Birthday Trent Reznor

I got into Nine Inch Nails in the 8th grade when I heard Johnny Cash’s cover of Hurt on 89X. As I ran over to hit record on the radio, my sister told me that the song was originally by NIN. From there I dived into The Downward Spiral, Pretty Hate Machine, The Fragile and Broken. I soon became borderline obsessive and had to own every Halo, bootleg and live recording I could get my hands on.

The audio clip (Non-Entity) is from the very first NIN show I attended, the With Teeth tour at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Michigan. I went with my friend Cory who loves them almost as much as me. We bought tickets at the venue, on the day of, and wound up near the middle of the THIRD row. It was an incredible show to say the least.

As many other people will tell you, there is nothing like a live NIN show. I’ve been lucky enough to see them 7 times, but it’s no where near enough.

There are few things in life I wouldn’t and couldn’t live without. Trent’s music is one of them.

Happy 50th birthday, my favorite musician.

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Band Shirts I Saw at Disney World

People wear a lot of nice things to Disney World. But when I saw my second Pink Floyd shirt during my six-day Disney trip, I knew I had to record it. What an awful thing to wear, let alone to a park where the images taken will probably last a lifetime. So I bought a notebook from China in Epcot and began tallying every band shirt I saw.

My expectations were low, and rightly so. Too many Floyd shirts can make a girl shudder, even in the Florida sun. I started marking down Pikachu shirts to make myself feel better. And then, I came upon a guy sporting a shirt for my favorite band.

I met Colby during my last day at Disney while a Magic Kingdom parade was taking place. As soon as I saw the signature ‘NIN’ shining in the dark, I bounded over to him and exclaimed my happiness. I was wearing my Figment hat with my Figment shirt; I probably looked a bit loony, but we had a small conversation and he graciously allowed me to photograph the moment.

Which brings me to another note for today’s post: In case you’ve been wondering, my favorite band in the entire universe is Nine Inch Nails. Friends who read this blog keep asking when NIN posts will be surfacing. The truth is, I’m extremely nervous to reinterpret the work of my favorite musician. If I’m going to post anything Trent related, it has to be great.

Here’s the image I snapped of Colby (wish I had taken more than one) along with my tallies.

Totals for the trip, in ABC order:

  • 5 Seconds of Summer – 1
  • AC/DC – 1
  • A Day To Remember – 2
  • Alkaline Trio – 1
  • Arcade Fire – 1
  • The Beatles – 3
  • Blink-182 (concert shirt from the Honda Civic tour) – 1
  • Bob Marley – 5
  • David Bowie – 1
  • Fall Out Boy – 1
  • Grateful Dead – 1
  • Hall & Oates – 1
  • Maroon 5 – 1
  • My Chemical Romance – 4
  • NIN – 1
  • Nirvana – 2
  • Panic! At The Disco – 1
  • Phish – 1
  • Pink Floyd – 5
  • The Police (a hat) – 1
  • Ramones – 1
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – 1
  • The Rolling Stones – 1
  • Taylor Swift – 1

P.S. My apologies to fans: I realize that I didn’t spell Oates correctly on paper! I’ll never make that mistake again.

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My Current Playlist – March 26

My favorite playlist as of late:

  • Battle Tapes – Sleepwalker
  • Whitey – Dog and Wolf (can. not. get enough. ever.)
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Right Stuff
  • Team W.H.O.P. feat. Meetsims – Switching Lanes
  • Tove Lo – Talking Body
  • Filter – Burn It
  • A Day To Remember – Right Back At It Again
  • Orange Avenue – Just Refrain
  • Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You
  • Poliça – Chain My Name
  • A-Trak feat. Andrew Wyatt – Push
  • Knuckle Puck – Chocolate
  • The Smithereens – A Girl Like You
  • Death In Vegas – All That Glitters
  • Freddy Scott – This Is a Trent Reznor Song
  • Oasis – Go Let It Out
  • Tricky – Puppy Toy

It’s been pretty dead on this site lately; my apologies go out. I’ve shot a few songs since my last post, but haven’t been satisfied with the quality.

About the photo: That’s an outtake of a recent shoot, that I want to re-shoot. Me with a saxophone, in my grandparent’s bathroom. My grandfather’s hat was a last-second decision.

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Lemonade Mouth Books

Lemonade Mouth books by Mark Peter Hughes

I arrived home today to find that MY LEMONADE MOUTH BOOKS CAME!

Now, I was a bit irked to find that the cover on the first book reads “Adapted Edition.” Will be researching this later.

Music I’ve been heavily into today: the Tove Lo – Queen Of The Clouds album. Great stuff and I owe it to a friend this past weekend for introducing me to more than just that Talking Body song (so catchy).

Time to read. Gotta know if Wen and Olivia actually pucker up.


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