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Monday, 7/15/24

Nine Inch Nails Doc Martens, John Crawford AMA

Hypebeast is revealing details about the collaboration between Nine Inch Nails and Doc Martens, a release that celebrates 30 years of The Downward Spiral with four different styles of custom boots, embellished with details from the album artwork and with nods to the Self Destruct tour.

Last week on Reddit, John Crawford and the Doc Martens crew opened up an AMA - Ask Me Anything - where over 1700 respondents threw questions at the design team - five people were selected at random to win a pair of the fan-exclusive boots, and today he's gone back and answered a bunch of questions about the process of putting these together.

Detail of one of the Doc Martens x Nine Inch Nails boots

Monday, 5/27/24

Potential release date(s) for Challengers CD

Online shops in South Africa, the Netherlands, and in Poland seem to have prematurely posted information about the CD version of the Challengers soundtrack. The release date on the South African site is listed as Friday, June 7, 2024. In Poland, the date is Friday, July 12, 2024. However, until you see something on nin.com - or Milan Records - it's best to treat this as just speculation at worst, or mistakes in handling product data at best.
Sunday, 4/28/24

Boys Noize talks about the making of Challengers [MIXED]

Writing for The Wrap, Drew Tayler spoke with Alexander Ridha about how the continuous mix of the Challenger soundtrack came about. Described as a "last-minute request", Ridha's approach to Trent Reznor's request to remix the album evolved with a few iterations, after being encouraged to put more of his stamp on the end result.

The [MIXED] take on the soundtrack dropped ahead of the original score, and having listened to both (which I bought on HDtracks for 24-bit/96khz versions, also available on Qobuz), as much as I enjoy the score as-is, I find myself returning to the [MIXED] version as more of a daily-driver. This added context of how it came together is a nice treat, given the way this version dropped without much explanation.

Challengers soundtrack coming to CD and vinyl

That's it, that's the tweet. I'd link you to the tweet, but that platform is garbage.

waves_and_static replied to the Milan Records announcement for the soundtrack on Twitter, asking "CD or VINYL release?" to which the social media manager at Milan replied, "Working on both." Good news for fans of physical media, whether listening at home or DJing at the club.

On that note, from MGM's YouTube channel, here's an official 'music visualizer' for Compress/Repress. Not to be confused with a music video.


Monday, 4/22/24

"Recoiled" to get a 2024 repress?

Danny Hyde, who worked with Coil and is responsible for a several posthumous Coil releases, posted a test pressing of Uncoiled to eBay. This itself is not unusual, Danny often sells interesting things on eBay, but when I clicked through, I noticed a sticker at the bottom with a manufacturing date of February 20, 2024. I went over to the Amazon listing for Uncoiled, and vinyl copies are selling at inflated prices - a pretty clear indication that it's been out of print for a while. It has also been, if the internet is to be believed, ten years since Cold Spring Records released Recoiled.

So if you've been thinking about getting a vinyl copy of these 90s-era-style remixes of 90s-era NIN songs, if you hold out, you may soon be able to pick one up without spending a three figure sum.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, this write-up at NIN.wiki will bring you up to speed.
Friday, 4/19/24

Variety confirms upcoming full Challengers score release

There's a new interview - text and video - with Trent and Atticus over on Variety, where they talk about how the score came about, and collaborating with Luca Guadagnino on the musical direction for the upcoming film, "Challengers" - and at the bottom of this article by Steven J. Horowitz, there's this nice detail:

"While the “Challengers” score will release in tandem with the film, a different version entitled “Challengers [Mixed]” hit streaming services on April 12, featuring a special mix of songs remixed by Boys Noize. A rendition “Compress / Repress,” which features Reznor’s vocals and was co-written with Guadagnino, was included on “[Mixed],” but viewers will have to wait until the end of the film to hear the original version."

Monday, 4/15/24

Released today, new Witchgang track: Runaway

While Runaway is not up on Bandcamp yet, you can listen to this rock-infused track on YouTube, Spotify, and presumably the usual streaming platforms that Tunecore serves. If you don't know Witchgang, here's a quick primer.
Friday, 4/12/24

Boys Noize mix of the Challengers score now playing

With the film's official release date being April 26, 2024, we've been given an early listen to the dance-heavy soundtrack with a half-hour long continuous edit of the music by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, as (re)mixed by Boys Noize.

This mobile-first link dump gets you almost all the places it's available: Stream from Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal. If you like to keep the music you buy, and prefer to give a little more direct support, you can purchase a downloadable copy from iTunes Music, and 24-bit audio downloads are available at Qobuz and HDtracks.

Keep in mind: There is likely more to come. Over at Echoing the Sound, cdm noted that clips posted to Instagram feature different artwork - and track titles that aren't on Challengers [MIXED] - so with any luck, we'll see another, more full release in the coming weeks.


Challengers Soundtrack
Tuesday, 4/02/24

A conversation with Trent Reznor and David Dastmalchian

I'll keep this update brief: There's a really great dialogue between David Dastmalchian and Trent Reznor. David's an actor in films you've seen (or should see if you haven't) and he talks with Trent about sobriety, horror films, respective unexpected career twists, and more. I enjoyed it, and if you haven't already found your way to it, now you've got something to read to pass the next few minutes.
Tuesday, 3/19/24

Talking about the score to FX's Shogun

The 17 song, 46 minute long soundtrack for the FX series Shōgun is available for preview on Spotify and Apple Music, but what we'll be able to hear soon(?) is only a sliver of the four hours of music that Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross, and Nick Chuba spent over two years putting together. Variety spoke with Atticus and Leopold about the process:

"Texturally, we are in the right place in terms of time and instrumentation, but we are also threading that needle of being free enough to do something that is wholly original," Atticus adds. "To acknowledge its time and place but not be constrained by it, and also not be a kind of pastiche" that might be condemned as cultural appropriation.


Continue to Variety for the whole interview, and visit the official Shogun website for links to Spotify and Apple previews of the commercial release.

Nine Inch Nails x Welcome Skateboards

If you subject yourself to the nin subreddit, you might have spotted a post late last week about a skateboard collaboration, which was today announced by various official NIN social media accounts.

Piggy, TDS, Burn skateboards


As the day wore on, additional information about the collaboration leaked - not only were there skate decks with artwork associated with TDS-era NIN, but associated apparel is coming out too. New shirts associated with Hurt, Piggy, Closer, Heresy, Ruiner, Eraser, and more - and not just tshirts, but puff hoodies, a mesh 'football jersey', and more - a celebration of The Downward Spiral's release in 1994.

I'm not going to spoil the whole lot, but here's a peek:
NIN x Welcome Hoodie


I'm not too proud to admit that as a 44 year old dude who grew up in central Pennsylvania, steeped in skater culture, this stuff calls to me. It's a nice surprise, and makes me wonder what else 2024 has in store for my favorite album from 1994 - an exceptionally good year for music.
Tuesday, 2/13/24

An exclusive NIN photo exhibition down under

Two years in the making, art pop-up Behind the Gallery is presenting a selection of never before seen photographs of Nine Inch Nails during the Self Destruct Tour, as shot by Jonathan Rach - who among other things, directed the concert footage in Closure.

The exhibition is described as a mesmerizing 45 images available both on display and online, showcasing an array of both personal and pivotal moments for the band taken during the tour, as well as photos from the Hollywood Palladium shows. Everything will be available online and can be shipped everywhere in the world -- each 12"x18” print will be an edition of 30.

Hotline Image

Chicago native Jaison Chahwala, a familiar face in the NIN collecting community, helped curate the exhibition, and had this to say on Facebook: "When the gallery reached out to Jonathan with this opportunity, he reached out to me and we kind of brainstormed some ideas and looked over thousands of his photos to zero in our favorite ones. One thing I felt that was important, was making sure those that couldn't come out to Australia can still be part of the experience - in the form of the limited edition prints being available online. Everyone, whether you attend or not, will love this exhibit."

When the gallery goes live in early March, you'll be able to purchase the limited edition prints in the online shop's Nine Inch Nails section - though it's currently populated with prints of works by Joseph Cultice, if you want to get an early jump on owning some rare NIN photos and supporting the original photographer.
Monday, 1/29/24

Rob Sheridan reflects on early post-Fragile art direction

In this day and age, I still feel a bit of hesitation copying and pasting a block of text that someone else spent time writing, and just dropping it on my site. But then, this site has outlasted enough online magazines, several popular social networks, and more, so I'm still going to do it - and like I've always made a point to do, I'll point you to the original source, Rob Sheridan's Instagram account, where he's made a few posts about artwork he created during the Bleedthrough era - including some previously unreleased imagery he created during this time.

The introduction of scientific imagery in the design here was a bridge that would carry over as the work shifted to the “With Teeth” body of work, which used scanner glitching as its base and overlaid elements derived from and inspired by scientific/medical imaging. I’ll talk more about that in a more in-depth patreon write-up about this soon.

Whenever this work comes around again, people always ask me about the “Bleedthrough” album, how different it was from “With Teeth,” etc and I think there’s this fan mythos that some entirely different album was scrapped and sits in a vault somewhere, but that’s not the case. Bleedthrough was just in-progress With Teeth demos, and what changed wasn’t the entire album, it was the new material that was added as recording moved from New Orleans to LA, how that affected the way older demos were completed, how the tracklist evolved, how perspectives shifted. Sometimes concepts change as inspiration changes, and the names and visuals you’ve been sitting with for almost a year don’t feel right anymore. If anything, what you saw at that time was a rare window into the creative process of how an album evolves, not the scrapping of a bunch of material to start from scratch. And the artwork, as well, evolved pretty organically from this into the “With Teeth” artwork.

I personally was really stoked when the art direction on nin.com shifted towards this style, and it's always cool to see it come off the shelves for a little show and tell.


You can find more when you click through to his post (and he's also on Bluesky) - and drop by Glitch Goods to see the latest prints and other products Rob's made available.
Friday, 1/26/24

March of the Pigs gets an update for Fortnite Festival

Back in December, we reported that The Hand that Feeds was part of the debut of Fortnite Festival, a gameplay mode in Fortnite in the style of Rock Band, Tap Tap Revenge, and Dance Dance Revolution. This week, two more NIN songs are available for you to take the stage to - Less Than, the lead single from the Add Violence EP, brings modern NIN to the party, and you're also able to play a version of March of the Pigs that was extended specifically for Fortnite Fest:
"This is a studio recording of what they play live. It's the only recording that exists [...] only to be found on [Fortnite Festival]. Remember the other day when I said Trent was a fan of the game? [He] offered [to record the extended version and] wanted to change songs for improved gameplay."

If you don't have Fortnite, or don't have time to play Fortnite, or somehow don't know what Fornite is, you can always turn to YouTube to hear the new tracks as players perform against them. You'll get slightly different mixes depending on what instrument is being played - and you'll notice one other difference: when it comes to video games with a broad audience, it seems the fuck store was low on inventory, so you won't get any F-bombs in these clips. And there are kids who discover March of the Pigs on Fortnite, get it stuck in their head, decide to check it out on Spotify or maybe the box of CDs in their parents' basement, and will be stunned when they hear "Take the skin and peel it back" for the first time, as that line was excluded from gameplay as well.

Have a listen for yourself on this clip below, courtesy Lydia, who seems to be among the first to post the MOTP clip. Give that kid some likes and subscribes.


Sunday, 12/17/23

Introducing... WitchGang

A little over a week ago, word got out that Nine Inch Nails' The Hand That Feeds would be part of the Fortnite Festival. Among the other groups featured in the festival is a new name: Witchgang. A few days ago, a lyric video for the song Nothing's Alright was released, and people were posting to reddit about being confused about this band.

Fortnite Festival has its roots in the game Rock Band, and the team behind Rock Band, Harmonix, recently joined Epic, the company behind Fortnite. In the past, Harmonix has included lesser known bands in Rock Band, and folks were postulating that this might be the case here. There's scant information about Witchgang online - a minimalist website links to several outlets where you can hear their music. (Personally, I'm still all about bandcamp, since you can download lossless copies, stream freely, and musicians get more of a cut, but I digress). Their Instagram account has comments cheering them on, mixed in with a couple people who are acting suspicious about the appearance of this band out of nowhere.

It was shaping up to be a fun mystery to unpack, but leave it to the corporate overlords to give the game away. Now, if you're reading the lyrics to Nothing's Alright, lines like "the world’s on fire but nothing can stop me now" are going to stick out to you. Even the name of the song hints at themes familiar to visitors of this site. So when the song's page on Apple Music lists the production and writing credits, and you're seeing names like Dave Sitek, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Thomas Fec, Ross Birchard, among others - the picture gets even more interesting.

There are two tracks available now: Nothing's Alright (which you can perform on Fortnite), and Timeless. I'd bet there's more to come.

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