NIN and QOTSA

Amongst all the other things I was doing yesterday – calling solicitors and feeding the homeless – I managed to snag a fan club presales ticket to the Sydney show of the massive Nine Inch Nails/Queens of the Stone Age tour next year. It sounds like I was pretty lucky to do so, though there’s at least one other promoter presale, and then the regular sale.

Get in, rock fans.

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Nine Inch Nails are back

My love for Nine Inch Nails is well-documented. Get ready for blog obsession again, because after some soundtrack work for David Fincher and side bandHow To Destroy Angels, Trent is back in the NIN groove.

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New track “Came Back Haunted” is very industrial-electro-dancey. It’s pretty standard NIN. Which means I like it. You can  listen and watch whirly audio things below.

New album Hesitation Marks is scheduled for release on 2013 Sep 03.

How To Destroy Angels

Trent Reznor is giving Nine Inch Nails a bit of a break. In the meantime he’s worked with a couple of his regular collaborators and wife Mariqueen Maandig in a new group called How To Destroy Angels. They’ve released a self-titled EP that you can download for free from their website.

It’s very Year Zero-NIN-ish. That is, there are poppy, glitchy electronic sounds, some moody synths, bleeping crescendos. The difference this time is that Mariqueen sings while Trent does a few backing vocals. I say “sings”, but really she only does breathy, rhythmic speaking. So if you like latter-day NIN you’ll probably like this. There are a couple of Fragile-sounding guitar and piano bits too, most notably on closer “A Drowning”.

Check out the video for “The Space In Between” (in which the Reznors appear to be having a very bad day) below, or download “BBB” from my Box, on the right.

This One Is On Us: NIN DVD project emerges

In March I blogged about how a hardcore group of NIN fans were creating an edited DVD release from many gigs of raw high-def live concert footage that Trent Reznor made available.

The fruits of that labour are finally ready for the tasting. Several versions of video were released for torrenting on Christmas Day, with more to come. Here’s the current release schedule, with descriptions from the site:

  • December 25th, 2009 – “The Gift” – full show created from source released by NIN, professionally edited, color corrected and authored.
  • January 25th, 2010 – “Extras” – behind the scenes footage, alternative visuals, interviews and a lot more – a hell of a lot more.
  • February 25th, 2010 – “Las Vegas” – full show consisting of material recorded solely by fans at the Las Vegas performance on 13th December, 2008. DVD 2 will be solely created from material “leaked” from someone who, um, maybe knows the band rather well. Our wonderful copyright laws written before the internet and before, well, 8 track cassettes are hardly flexible enough to deal with this arrangement, so we’re politely asking them to look the other way while we get on with this.

It’s really good to see that this wasn’t just a pipe dream: a forward-thinking artist and tech-savvy, obsessive fans have produced something quite cool. I’m friends with some of those obsessives, so I applaud their mania.

NIN gear on eBay

Trent Reznor made clear this year that he wants to give Nine Inch Nails a rest (maybe a permanent one?) from touring. To show he’s serious about that he’s doing what any regular person would do: he’s putting some of that now-extraneous tour gear up for auction on eBay. No joke: you can read more about it on the NIN page.