Monday, 10/27/14

Russell Mills Hesitation Marks art & sound installation, Q&A on Oct 28

Russell Mills
Tomorrow night, Russell Mills is exhibiting the original artwork that he created for Hesitation Marks with an installation at the SONOS studios in Los Angeles. Russell will be there on opening night, and will be doing a live Q&A. An immersive self-generating sound installation created by Mills and collaborator Michael Fearon will provide the sonic atmosphere for the exhibition.

If you want to go, you should RSVP here. The event is 21+ and capacity is limited, and while it is the art of Hesitation Marks and Russell Mills will be there, this is a Russell Mills event and not a Nine Inch Nails event - do not go there expecting to see anyone from NIN.

If you do go, we'd love to hear from you!
Thursday, 10/09/14

NIN nominated for the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame

Over in Cleveland, Ohio, there's a museum of sorts loosely dedicated to rock n' roll. Given that Nine Inch Nails sprung out of Cleveland, it was only a matter of time before Trent Reznor's musical project got nominated. There are several factors that come into play, and one of them is an online poll. It's been a while since we've gone poll busting. We used to crash the phone systems at radio stations back in the day. I don't know what effect this poll even has on the final decision, but it might be fun to leave a mark anyway.
Thursday, 9/25/14

Listen to the Gone Girl Soundtrack on

NPR is streaming the Gone Girl Motion Picture Soundtrack in full
Listen here.

Listen to four tracks from the Gone Girl score, + pre-orders are live

If you visit, you'll be greeted with a splash page for music from the motion picture Gone Girl. Playing in the background is a piece titled "The Way He Looks At Me", which you can listen to along with three other songs when you continue to the pre-order page. The soundtrack, by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, is available as a digital download, a double CD (with six page booklet), and a gatefold double 180gm vinyl. It features 24 tracks, and will be available digitally on September 30. The CD and vinyl come with digital downloads as well, but the physical media won't be shipped until later this fall.
Sunday, 8/31/14

The Hesitation Marks tour cycle is over. Long live the tour video!

Just days before the anniversary of the release of Hesitation Marks, Nine Inch Nails wraps their US tour. If you still read this page, I don't need to tell you about the long-promised Tension DVD - in fact, my last update about it is still here on the front page. But minutes ago, a short video clip was posted to the Nine Inch Nails instagram account, along with this note: "We're hard at work on a video release that will encompass #NIN2013, #Tension2013, and #NIN2014. Stay tuned for details."

Oh, look. Instagram has an embed code. Here, I'll save you a click:

Friday, 8/29/14

NIN Hotline Shirt, 2014 Edition: Bleedthrough

June sneaked past me this year, and I forgot to make a timely exasperated post about how weird it is that this site is now fifteen years old. It's older now that Nine Inch Nails was when I started the site. This train of thought manifested last night when I stayed up too late designing a crappy t-shirt again. This time around I tapped my Bleedthrough nostalgia.

NIN Hotline shirt

Here's a shirt from an alternate timeline in which Nine Inch Nails released a sci-fi concept album in 2004 - if you were on back then, you might have an idea of what I'm talking about, and maybe even roll your eyes a little bit at the recursion that's implied there.

Available in men's & women's sizes, in multiple colors (including black-on-black) and even as a hoodie, there's no shortage of options to choose from this time around. The design (see below) is somewhat unconventional, but I feel that suits the nature of the admittedly obscure subject matter. If you like what you see, you've got a couple of weeks to throw a pre-order in the hat. If there are 30 pre-orders, the shirts get printed. If not, no worries. Maybe I'll try something more conventional next time! Mostly, it's that I already have so many NIN shirts with a NIN logo on the front. Have a great weekend!

Bleedthrough relaunch

In a previous decade, multitrack stems for "The Hand That Feeds" were released by Nine Inch Nails, so listeners could peel apart the layers, or have a go at remixing the song themselves. The Hotline pointed readers to Echoing the Sound and coordinated with other fans to facilitate a remix contest. Over five-hundred submissions later, a community arose, led by the team at

This site has undergone several iterations since then, and the latest is perhaps the most exciting. Not only is there a new layout, new ways to listen & download, but there's a new collaboration feature powered by Blend. As always, there are 5,000 free remixes available for download, direct downloads of multitracks for remixing, an upload area for remixes/unnofficial remixes/fan inspired songs/fan inspired poetry, and a new chat feature for discussing audio/daws/remixing. Absent from NINremixes this year though is former curator and active moderator Aaron House (Evil Ethics), who passed away earlier this year. I was sad to learn of his passing, but am glad to see that the site he dedicated so much time to is continuing onward.
Tuesday, 8/26/14

New trailer for Gone Girl, complete with new music

Last night, 20th Century Fox released the latest trailer for Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher, with a score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The film is released nationally in the US on October 3rd, and should a commercially available soundtrack come out, it's a fairly safe bet that we'll be seeing that in late November. In the meantime, here's a preview of things to come:

Thursday, 6/05/14

Tension Release

nine inch nails live: tension. blu-ray. dvd. digital. spring 2014. The banner at the top of the Tension page on, where we all first streamed the concert film, has read that for most of this year. Spring is fast advancing into summer, and the last anyone's heard about it has essentially been when that full concert was posted online. Since then, the band's been touring the world, their Austin City Limits performance aired & streamed online, Trent's been creating a soundtrack for Gone Girl, Apple Inc. bought Beats Music, and another North American tour featuring Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, and Death Grips was announced. What of Tension? Here's the latest.

"The Tension release is still coming. We’re working on making it bigger & better, with more content from different shows on the Hesitation Marks tour cycle."

That's a good sign that it has not been relegated to the cold hard drives that store all that Wave Goodbye footage. I understand that more details will be available in the near future. I want to speculate about how it would make a lot of sense to put such a video out around the time the band returns to American venues, but that would just be speculation. Don't worry though - there's no shortage of cool things coming down the pike this year. Stay tuned...
Monday, 6/02/14

Apple acquires Beats - here's everything you need to know

Hey guys, I'm trying out this misleading headline thing that seems to be all the rage these days. So, the first part is true - you've already heard that Apple bought Beats. You may have seen lots of pictures of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre - and maybe even watched the video of Dre potentially breaking his NDA. But since you're here on this website, you've wondered where Trent Reznor lands in all of this.

Given that Rob Sheridan is still involved with Beats post-merger, it was something of a surprise when USA Today reported that Reznor "reportedly left the company". Reportedly is one of those words, a big blinking sign that says "hearsay".

Over at Rolling Stone, Jason Newman picked up the phone and called Beats, who confirmed " Trent Reznor, Chief Creative Officer for Beats Electronics, will not be leaving the company." I then tweeted about it, saying something about using 470 words to say "Trent Reznor hasn't left Beats"

It only took me 160 words to get there.
Thursday, 4/03/14

UPDATED: Nine Inch Nails on Austin City Limits Season Premiere

Nine Inch Nails ©KLRU photo by Scott Newtonimage PBS will air a performance by Nine Inch Nails on Austin City Limits, Saturday April 5, 2014. Check your local listings for channel and air time.

You can watch 3 songs now:
"Came Back Haunted" on
"Satellite" on
"Sanctified" on

Photos from the performance here.

You can watch the full broadcast of the performance online here.

Watch the ACL interview with Trent Reznor
Sunday, 3/16/14

NIN + Soundgarden North America tour dates announced

The much anticipated NIN + Soundgarden north american tour has been announced. NIN presale is Monday, March 17, 2014. Visit for more info.

07.19.2014 Las Vegas, NV Planet Hollywood
07.21.2014 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
07.24.2014 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
07.26.2014 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
07.27.2014 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07.29.2014 Mansfield, MA XFINITY Center
07.30.2014 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
08.01.2014 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
08.02.2014 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
08.04.2014 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
08.05.2014 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
08.07.2014 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
08.08.2014 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
08.10.2014 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
08.11.2014 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
08.14.2014 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
08.16.2014 Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08.17.2014 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
08.19.2014 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
08.21.2014 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
08.22.2014 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
08.24.2014 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
08.25.2014 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Bowl
Wednesday, 3/12/14

Cold Spring Records releases unearthed Coil/NIN remixes on CD, Vinyl

NIN RecoiledWhenever possible, I like to link you directly to the source. I posted about Recoiled about two months ago, but seeing photos of the packaging by people who have it in their possession, I had to post about it again.

I had personally only ordered the limited edition vinyl, so I haven't received my copy yet (what's a NIN related release without a delay? They're shipping soon-ish), and I think I'm supposed to get some copies from the label (read: future freebies for fans, hopefully), nonetheless if you're a fan of those late 90s Coil remixes and you haven't checked any of this out yet, you really should do yourself a favor.

It's available on iTunes and Amazon MP3 on the cheap (and with alternate cover art!), and physical versions can be had direct from Cold Spring or slightly cheaper from Amazon.

Thanks to Demogorgon and poro765 from ETS for the photos!

The Downward Spiral turned 20, The Quietus reflects

The subheadline reads "Val Siebert revisits an album that sounds even more like the future 20 years later." The quote I'll pull from the story is:
Also celebrating a twentieth anniversary currently is Soundgarden's Superunknown, which happened to be the only record that kept Downward Spiral off the top of the U.S. charts when they were both released twenty years ago. Possibly owing to the clarity of Reznor's production, it's mind-blowing that these are from the same decade, let alone the same month – Superunknown sounds so 'retro' in comparison.

Val sure talks about the future a lot, maybe he was having a premonition.

Also holy shit, The Quietus reviewed Recoiled, and Harry Sword spoke at some length with Trent about Coil. If you don't know what Recoiled is, then you read this post before I finished the one that's going to appear above it.

The Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame is looking at festival performances

USA Today has the story, wherein they detail the upcoming exhibit

The exhibit, which opens April 25, will cover more than 50 years of festivals — from the 1938 From Spirituals to Swing concert at New York's Carnegie Hall, seen as the prototype of the music festival, to modern destination festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella and Lollapalooza. But Common Ground isn't just about the music: The hall plans to embrace fans' stories.

I locked myself out of my car at the 1999 HFStival, which was bad enough, but that same night, my dad's minivan got stolen, so I had to drive him, my brother & his friend, my sister & her friend back up to Pennsylvania in my "nothingmobile" 1989 Dodge Colt hatchback. Hall of Fame, I await your embrace.

Sorry, got sidetracked. Aforementioned Hall of Fame is asking for you to vote for the most greatest festival moments in rock & roll history, and NIN's legendary Woodstock '94 performance is one of the options. Really, given that the Hall of Fame is located in Cleveland, that cesspool (I say that with love, although it was only a one night stand at the opening of the Fragility tour) from which Nine Inch Nails sprang, it's probably only a matter of time before they really start cashing in on that connection, but why not give them a little incentive to get started early. It looks like all you have to do is click a checkbox to vote for Nine Inch Nails. Or, you know, whichever moment you prefer. No pressure.

This one I got from Kyle's post on ETS. Thanks, Kyle!

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