Saturday, 1/31/09

Even more cool NIN videos!

Apparently I missed the memo telling us to post our own personal NIN video edits here on the Hotline, but since it's the hip thing to do now, I figured I'd jump on the bandwagon too by posting one of mine. I know it's not perfect, but I'll post it anyway just because. And don't worry, I'll be posting a shitload more of them really soon!

Vessel - Sacramento Edit (Insert catchy title here)

I was going to wait a bit longer to post another video, but it's the weekend and I won't be around for a while, so why not.

I'm jumping to the end of my current list of edited videos to pick Vessel. I thought it was a great performance, had interesting visuals and the breakdown at the end was a lot of fun to put together.

Vessel - Sacramento -Click for large version

Friday, 1/30/09

Reminder: Blindoldfreak (Alessandro Cortini) Webcast Tonight!

RT @ ... Oh wait. Duh. Hey! Don't forget to check check out tonight's live stream of Alessandro Cortini's blindoldfreak performance at 7:30 PM EST (which is about an hour from now). Here's a link to the webcast and here's some info. If you check it out right now, you can hear some clicking and folks talking about soundchecks and such. Also, I just heard someone's Mac power on.

Thanks to ItsJustDave for the original reminder!

9:33 PM EST EDIT: Show's over. I'll throw up a link to one of the recordings/podcasts once they're made available. It's worth noting that about 150 people showed up live for this and all of the listening slots online filled up quickly. Very cool.

ANOTHER EDIT: And here's a link to an mp3 of the performance, courtesy of ItsJustDave. Click!

Coachella '09 = No NIN

Normally, we don't post news about festivals that NIN aren't playing, but the Ryan Seacrest "Seagate" saga (fake news about the final Coachella lineup including NIN) definitely got a few folks riled up. So, just so everyone here can see it, Nine Inch Nails is NOT playing Coachella this year. Some of the bands that toured with them last year (A Place To Bury Strangers, The Bug) are on the bill, and the Paul McCartney rumor was true, but yep, no NIN.

Head here for the final lineup.
Wednesday, 1/28/09

A little bit of self-promotion in hi-def ultra-realism!

I know... cheesy headline :)

I have been working on editing the Sacramento HD footage that is available via I've been adding them to my YouTube channel.

Since news is a little slow, I'll post a few of my edits here now and again.

I'll start with 1,000,000. It was my very first attempt at an edit. As a PC user, there was a lot of trial and error in converting/demuxing the file into something that wouldn't crash Adobe Premiere. I've finally figured out a method, but it is not completely free from error.

The videos uploaded so far do have mistakes (sometimes a lot of mistakes!) because of my initial demux/remux method and from rushing the editing process but I've corrected my ways with the second part of the show. Also, I plan on going over each video again, cleaning them up and uploading the final edits soon. Hope you like it! Feel free to contact me via YouTube if you have any questions or comments.

1,000,000 - Sacramento - Click here for larger video size

Tuesday, 1/27/09

Charles Wesley Cooper III: 4/12/77 - 1/22/09

Charlie Cooper, best known for making up one half of Telefon Tel Aviv passed away on January 22, 2009. Josh Eustis made the announcement on the band's MySpace blog this morning -
Hello, Everyone.

It breaks my heart to inform you all that Charlie Cooper, my better half in Telefon Tel Aviv, passed away on January 22nd.

We have been friends since high school, and began making records together a decade ago. We have been so fortunate to tour the world together, while at the same time having a massive amount of laughs at one another's expense.

Aside from Charlie's singular genius and musical gifts, I can tell you that he was a total sweetheart of a guy, and a loving friend and confidant to people everywhere. His musicianship was surpassed only by his greater gift to the world - his warmth, his generosity, his unquenchable humor, and his undying loyalty to those whom he loved. In the spirit of honorable mention, however, I should mention that he had a shoe collection that was marvelous, knowledge of hip-hop that was profound, and knowledge of wine that was subtle.

He is survived by a sister, a neice, a nephew, his mother, his stepfather, me, and more adoring friends than the Universe has dark matter. As such, his family and I ask for your discretion and consideration of our privacy during these extremely turbulent waters.

Yours in Music,

Joshua Eustis

Telefon Tel Aviv formed in New Orleans and has been making music for over a decade. They've released three full-length albums, an EP and have remixed many songs for various artists, including Nine Inch Nails (their work can be found on the Things Falling Apart EP and the Telefon Tel Aviv - Remixes Compiled album). We wish Charlie's family and friends the best as they endure this terrible tragedy.

Alessandro Cortini Webcast, BOF Tour Starts Saturday

CESSA (Concordia Electroacoustic Student Studies Association) is hosting a series of six concerts in Montreal starting this Wednesday. Alessandro Cortini will be giving a lecture at 10:45 AM Thursday and will be performing at 7:30 PM local time on Friday. The lecture may or may not be shown on the website but the performance definitely will be. For more info, head here.

Also, the blindoldfreak tour dates have been finalized as locations for each city have been set.

Sat. Jan. 31 Halifax @ The Khyber Ballroom
Sun. Feb. 1 Quebec City @ Scanner Bistro
Mon. Feb. 2 Ottawa @ Avant-Garde Bar
Tue. feb. 3 Guelph @ The Albion Hotel
Wed. Feb. 4 Stratford @ The River Garden Inn
Thu. Feb. 5 Toronto @ the Drake Hotel
Sat. Feb. 7 Montreal @ Labsynthese
Sunday, 1/25/09

Another Version Of The Truth + What You've Become

Title voting has wrapped over at, and after a week of voting, "Another Version Of The Truth" has been selected. Check out the announcement teaser here. Also, the project is now in its final phase for artwork submissions, so head on over here before voting starts on February 1st.

Also, Chris from is putting together a project based around the Sacramento show (12.12.08) entitled "What You've Become." Here's a description of what he's doing -
as soon as we finish the tracks, all of them will be published on our vimeo account, with the possibility of downloading the source video, in hd.

later we will release a dvd/blu-ray image with the entire concert, menus and extra contents.

if you don't have broadband or don't want to download that amount of files, we will make copies of the on dvd-r and blu-ray-r to send by mail, charging only the value of the disc and the shipping.

He's already posted videos for 1,000,000 and Letting You. This is a very exciting time to be a NIN fan, though that's probably a major understatement.
Thursday, 1/22/09

This one is on Flickr

Another update from the This One Is On Us project:

We are looking to collect Fan Photos for a DVD Photo Compilation. If you are interested, please tag your photos on Flickr with "TOIOU"

They don't have to be photos of the live show - fans waiting in line, that glimpse of the band getting off the tour bus, random billboards around the city - anything relevant to the tour experience. Please choose your best photos!

Take a look at the photos already submitted here.
Tuesday, 1/20/09

Get Your LED Out

Two recent articles which may or may not be of interest...

IEEE Spectrum has a very interesting article up, A Rock Show Gets the LED Out discussing LEDs and other cool flashy things relating to the previous NIN US tour. There's also a slideshow up.

Also, Nine Inch Nails has signed up to the Rock and Wrap It Up program which sends all leftover catering to local soup kitchens. Nice work!

Thanks Evil Cactus & Sparkleshark.

Multiple Items, Multiple Adventures

News has been pretty slow lately with Trent and co. currently rehearsing and preparing for the new tour, but I think I've found a few things for everyone to dig around and explore.

Expanding on what I posted a few days ago about opening up the image & video sections for past tours, there's been some very cool activity taking place on the NIN Flickr page. Rob has uploaded over 100 images from the Performance: 2007 tour and to say that "they're very cool" is an understatement. A lot of these images haven't seen the light of day until now so head on over and check them out.

Also, the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA wrapped up on Sunday where, along with many other musicians, Alessandro Cortini was in attendance. Tara Busch from had a chance to sit down with him and talk about the Buchla 200e along with his preference for analog synths. Check out both parts here & here.

Finally, and this goes without reminder, NIN starts touring this year on 2/17/09 in Australia and Blindoldfreak has a Canadian tour starting 1/31/09. Stay tuned for more tour dates because if this interview is any indication, we should be seeing some more soon...
Saturday, 1/17/09

Take a Step Back In Time has opened up the image and video sections to now include media from every era and performance from NIN's 20+ year history. Here's Rob's post about the expansion -
We have opened up image and video galleries for all NIN tours throughout the band's entire history. We will gradually be filling those in with our archive of media, but they are open for anyone to contribute, so start adding your photos and videos. Use the drop-down menus at the top of the gallery page to select a specific tour and tour date. Remember that presently we only accept photos and videos created by you, so please don't upload old bootlegs or magazine scans that aren't yours.


Head on over and check it out!
Monday, 1/12/09

Organization of fan-based Lights in the Sky video efforts continue

Complementing This One's On Us, a dedicated forum to the LITS video project has been opened at Echoing the Sound. Get in touch with other fans to get involved in a larger effort to organize all this video footage into something cool, or get sneak peeks at the video and audio as people with better bandwidth than you post what they have to YouTube and Vimeo.

Thanks to everyone who's working to organize this into something more manageable.
Thursday, 1/08/09

Blindoldfreak (Alessandro Cortini) in Canada

From -
If you plan on attending the NAMM show next week, stop by and say hi: I will be joining the Buchla clan at the Noisebug booth (6108).

See you there,



Blindoldfreak live:

Saturday Jan.31 2009,

Halifax, Nova Scotia @ The North St Church with D/A A/D

more canadian dates soon.

*Update* More dates from Blindoldfreak for the "It's Gonna Be Cold" Winter 2009 tour -
Sunday, Feb.1—Quebec City, venue tbc

Tuesday, Feb.3—Guelph Ontario @ Albion Hotel

Wednesday, Feb.4—Kitchener-Waterloo, venue tba

Thursday, Feb.5—Toronto Ontario, venue tba

Friday, Feb.6 —Stratford Ontario, venue tbc

Saturday, Feb.7—Montreal Quebec, @ Lab Synthese. Also appearing: Zilon

here’s what we have so far.

I will add specific info as i find out.


Have fun Canada! Make sure you head to this thread on Echoing the Sound after each show to let us know how it went!

Mike Masnick speaking on Trent Reznor next week

Dave Gingras sent in a bit of info about the owner of Techdirt, Mike Masnick, giving a presentation about Trent's explorations into online music distribution at next week's MidemNet show in Cannes, France. The presentation is called "Serving Your Fans - The Trent Reznor Case Study" and you can check out some praise Masnick sent TR's way at this page. MidemNet takes place January 17th-18th. I'll try to see if I can find a transcript of the presentation and throw it into the archives once it's been given.

Thanks to Dave!
Wednesday, 1/07/09

400 gigabytes of HD footage from the Lights in the Sky Tour as 3 torrents

That's over four hundred gigabytes of data, so if you've got one of those ISPs that has bandwidth caps, sucks to be you!

In all seriousness, if you're a casual fan, this kind of download is probably not for you. Three shows on the tour were filmed with four to seven HD cameras, and what's been launched today is all the resulting footage. The files that have been uploaded include Final Cut Pro sequences to get you started, if you're going to try and edit something together yourself. Or work together with others over at the fan-run effort over at

Wasn't that worth the wait? Mind you, don't take that as a sign that whining pays off.

Anyway, I'd love to blather on, but Rob states things quite nicely over on the forums, and I've got to get back to work.

Happy New Year!

***Update: David Murphy over at PC World Magazine has an article up, "Nine Inch Nails: The First Open-Source Band?", that sums up Reznor's sharing over the years, and also links to This One's on Us, woo!
Monday, 1/05/09

Creative Commons licensed Ghosts I-IV is Amazon's #1 MP3 album in 2008

A number of people wrote in to point out that NIN's double-disc-length instrumental album, Ghosts I-IV, is at the very top of Amazon's best-sellers in their MP3 store (Digg this story, by the by) Over at, Fred Benson makes note of the commercial success of an album that you can legally download for free. That's not even taking into account that under a traditional current-day record label, something like Ghosts would never, ever see the light of day.

Frederic Lardinois also covers this news at ReadWriteWeb, noting that In Rainbows came in just under the top 10. Even being #1 at Amazon's MP3 store, whatever numbers those are don't reflect sales through iTunes or directly through It's cool to see innovation, but even better to see innovative moves that demonstrate real progress, particularly coming from people I've been following for years.

Presents? PRESENTS! Oh, wait.

1.5.09: I didn't forget

Remember that gift I mentioned?
It's almost here.

Swindley gets Fruit of the Looms, I always get crappy sweaters. Could this be the "Best Present Ever?"
Thursday, 1/01/09

Modwheelmood @ Spaceland in LA

This was hinted at a week or so ago but we now have confirmation from Club Spaceland's website that Modwheelmood will be playing with Sara Lov & Learning Music on January 13th. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For complete details, head here.

Also, and I'm sure this goes without saying, keep your eyes on both websites for Modwheelmood and Blindoldfreak as there could be some interesting stuff showing up soon. Nothing's changed since December 13th, but if you haven't been listening to Blindoldfreak's sound clouds, you're not doing your ears a favor.