Today in Things We Never Thought We’d Say 20 Years Ago, Nine Inch Nails is performing on PBS. The antithesis of Downton Abbey, the industrial rockers are making a rare television appearance in an hour-long concert for the music series Austin City Limits. The episode premieres this weekend (check local listings), but here’s a preview of what to expect from Trent Reznor and co. as they play “Sanctified”… READ FULL STORY
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A few weeks ago, a dude named Frederick Scott tickled Nine Inch Nails fans with “This Is A Trent Reznor Song,” a loving tribute to the NIN frontman’s songwriting and performance tics. It was awesome, and one of the better musical parodies on the entirety of the Internet.
Now comes the next stage: Scott’s video for “This Is A Trent Reznor Song,” which borrows elements from the clips for Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” and “The Hand That Feeds.” Once again Scott nails it, with the same kind of video effects from “The Hand That Feeds” and the commitment to spooky photography and weird lighting from the classic “Closer.”
It’s a little more outwardly funny than the song itself—the reaction shot Scott gives to the bottle of milk is particularly fantastic—but it still retains the same kind of reverence for Reznor’s work as the track.
Check out the video below. And while you’re at it, check out some of the clips from Nine Inch Nails’ Tension tour, one of the better live music experiences from last year.
Though I had dipped in and out of MTV throughout the late ’80s and early ’90s, tuning in for the manic kitsch of Remote Control, the clever smarm of The Half-Hour Comedy Hour, and the occasional Skid Row video, I didn’t really go all in on the network—and thus music videos—until 1994. I had become deeply invested in the narrative running through the third season of The Real World, which was the great San Francisco-based slobberknocker between Pedro and Puck. That show became the only thing people talked about during middle school study halls, so I immersed myself in one of the earliest revolutionary reality shows, and often stuck around for the videos.
I have vivid memories of sitting in the dark in my living room after my parents had gone to bed, watching clip after clip on the network (this was still the era when a Saturday night meant several consecutive hours of music videos shown under various umbrellas). A handful of those videos from that year stuck with me, simply because they were in such heavy rotation: Nirvana’s Unplugged performance of “All Apologies,” Smashing Pumpkins’ sci-fi clip for “Rocket,” Soudgarden’s terrifying “Black Hole Sun,” and the Beastie Boys’ kinetic ’70s cop show homage “Sabotage.” (There was also the always-playing clip for Janet Jackson’s “Any Time, Any Place,” which I found boring at the time but now I find cripplingly sexy.)
But only one video really mattered to me, and that was Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer.” READ FULL STORY
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Frederick Scott just paid Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor the ultimate compliment.
Scott’s “This Is a Trent Reznor Song” is a spot-on homage to Reznor, who Scott described on Twitter as “one of my musical heroes.” In a track that ends up sounding an awful lot like Reznor’s Hesitation Marks single “Came Back Haunted,” Scott narrates the construction of a typical NIN tune, pointing out the esoteric percussion, weird noises, and the escalating nature of Reznor’s voice.
Anybody who has spent quality time with The Downward Spiral or The Fragile will understand. Listen below: READ FULL STORY
Grammy finale: Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham to close out the show
Last year, the Grammy Awards closed with a bizarre LL Cool J-led parade that was ostensibly a tribute to the late Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch, but was mostly a mess of nü-metal noise.
This Sunday, the end of the broadcast promises to be infinitely better thanks to a scheduled super group featuring Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham. They’re hardly strangers going into the show, of course: Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age are heading out on tour together in Australia; Grohl played drums on several QOTSA albums; QOTSA frontman Josh Homme collaborated with Trent Reznor on a track for Grohl’s Sound City documentary, which also featured Buckingham; and Buckingham played guitars on a few tracks on NIN’s Hesitation Marks.
Several of those members could also be newly minted Grammy winners by the time they hit the stage. READ FULL STORY
Lollapalooza 2013 Day 1: The Killers and New Order bridge the gap, Nine Inch Nails challenges, Imagine Dragons blow up, and Icona Pop make it rain
In the video for New Order’s “Crystal”—which opened the veteran Manchester dance-rockers’ twilight set on the first day of Lollapalooza—there is a fake band called the Killers that inspired the name of the real band known as the Killers, who headlined the southernmost stage in Chicago’s Grant Park on Friday night. Those who spent the evening parked in front of that stage were treated to four hours of blissful, rhythmic, guitar-based pop that tapped into Lollapalooza’s spirit of eclecticism and brotherhood.
Even in their first-album youth, the Killers have always played the role of a big rock band—they seem custom-built for festival headlining slots. They did not disappoint; their 90-minute Friday finale was a gimmick-free charge through their impressive, hook-filled back catalog.Frontman Brandon Flowers worked the tens of thousands in front of him like a Vegas lounge revue, strutting and pounding through neutron bombs like “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me,” and in a charming bit of hero worship that brought the evening back around for a resolution, he welcomed New Order frontman Bernard Sumner to join the Killers for a cover of Joy Division’s “Shadowplay,” which they turned into a spry, jittery singalong.
In fact, the transformation of Joy Division songs might have been the highlight of Friday’s festivities. New Order finished their performance with three nods to the band they used to be, ripping through “Atmosphere,” “Transmission,” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart” as a tribute to late JD frontman Ian Curtis. In a remarkable bit of alchemy, Sumner (with a healthy assist from a game audience) turned “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” a downer of a song written by a guy who hanged himself, into a (pardon the pun) joyous anthem. Maybe that’s just the power of New Order, who ripped through a hit-filled set of effervescent synth-powered janglers like the dreamy “The Perfect Kiss” and a thudding “Blue Monday.” READ FULL STORY
Trent Reznor and David Lynch are ideal compatriots: Both are obsessed with industrial sounds, both are fixated on the idea of evil, and both have an affinity for a hyper-intense, almost violent visual style.
Check out the clip below, and be sure to pay attention to the disclaimer, since it’s as rife with flashing lights and whip-pans as suggested: READ FULL STORY
If you haven’t been getting enough Trent Reznor in your diet, you have no excuses.
Not only did Reznor’s band How to Destroy Angels put out a pretty great (and criminally overlooked) album earlier this year, Trent is also on the new Queens of the Stone Age album …Like Clockwork. But of course, most Reznorphiles were waiting for the official return of Nine Inch Nails, which has finally come in the form of the single “Came Back Haunted.”
The track, which surfaced last night as the download for those pre-ordering NIN’s new album Hesitation Marks, which will be released on September 3. Hesitation Marks is available for pre-order at iTunes now, and you can hear “Came Back Haunted” below.
You could say that Nine Inch Nails have been keeping fairly busy — they’ve announced summer tour dates, been mashed up with Carly Rae Jepsen, and oh yeah, someone won an Oscar — but now the Trent Reznor-helmed rock project are officially planning a new album.
Reznor said in a post on the Nine Inch Nails official web site that he has enjoyed writing film music (he scored The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network with bandmate Atticus Ross) and working on other projects outside the band, but now he is ready to get back to his core business.
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Eddie Vedder and Trent Reznor are headed to the Big Easy.
The lineup for this fall’s Voodoo Festival in New Orleans has been announced, and ’90s-radio stalwarts Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails are the lucky topliners. The fest, scheduled to take place Nov. 1-3, will be in its 15th iteration this year.
So who else will be joining PJ and NIN? Glad you asked: Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, Paramore, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Afrojack, Robert DeLong, Boys Noize, Cults, Alkaline Trio, Desparecidos, Big Gigantic, and How to Destroy Angels will also be performing at the Louisiana fest. Eagle-eyed readers will notice that Reznor’s other band is also on the lineup, meaning that he’ll be hitting the stage at least twice during the three-day event.
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