Wednesday, 1/15/20

Reznor: I'm pretty freaked out

Rolling Stone Magazine has interviewed Trent Reznor this morning about his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. He says:

When I look back at how Nine Inch Nails are received, it always seems like we fall between the cracks or we’re not in this category or “that thing.” I don’t know if it’s a defense mechanism, but I just assumed we’d stay in that category, so I’m pleasantly surprised to see us acknowledged. It feels pretty good.

Read the interview.

Nine Inch Nails to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Well, it's finally happened. Nine Inch Nails are to be inducted into the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on May 2, 2020.

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Congratulations to the newest Inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In the Performer Category:

Depeche Mode
The Doobie Brothers
Whitney Houston
Nine Inch Nails
The Notorious B.I.G.
T. Rex

Ahmet Ertegun Award:
Jon Landau
Irving Azoff

The 35th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Ceremony will be broadcast live for the first time on HBO on May 2nd at 8 p.m. ET. Performances and special guests and Induction Week programs will be announced later.

Tickets go on sale to Rock Hall members on February 25th and to the public on February 27th at 10 a.m. ET at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

More information as it develops. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm looking up flights to Cleveland.
Sunday, 1/12/20
Saturday, 1/04/20

Posters from the final performance of The Nine Inch Nails in Saigon

Urban Outfitters Arenga show posterOn the final night of 2019, we shared news from The Nine Inch Nails Live Recording Archive of a holy grail of a collector's package they received: a DAT (admittedly, heavily damaged) purported to have the final recording of The Nine Inch Nails as described in TH MNHTTN PRJCT bonus materials, as well as additional background on the recording, and some leftovers from the merch booth.

After careful consideration, Ryan at NIN Live has decided to put these last five remaining posters up for grabs. These are not for sale, and I understand that if they do end up on eBay, you risk intervention from shady government agencies. They are being made available for free to five lucky people. All you need to do is provide your name and email address.

As has always been the case here at The Nine Inch Nails Hotline, once a drawing is made, the collected emails are discarded. Your information will never be sold, and the only communication you have the potential to receive is whether or not you've been drawn at random.

We'll be collecting entries until January 10, 2020, when we will draw the winners. Duplicate entries will be discarded, so don't bother risking that.

Sign up here to win your free poster from the 1995 TNIN show in Saigon!
Tuesday, 12/31/19

DAT recording of final performance of TNIN surfaces on ninlive.com

Last night, NIN Live shared some very interesting news on Twitter. I took screenshots, because like anything on the internet, one day Twitter will go away and all those embedded tweets will vanish with it if you don't preserve them yourselves:

The Nine Inch Nails Final Performance

This morning, there was a follow-up thread with a setlist and a link to the DAT rip, with additional background information. THNINCHNAILS TR HSTRY site should update soon with additional information, and already has a placeholder page for the concert.

Unfortunately, through years of neglect, the DAT appears to be heavily damaged, and Ryan at NIN Live is having trouble ripping the audio, but the posted FLAC includes 14 choppy minutes of audio from the TNIN show, and if you listen carefully, both Peter Christopherson's work and Peter Murphy's singing do make it through, as well as the abrupt ending mentioned in the deluxe edition of TH MNHTTN PRJCT. NIN Live suggests running the audio through your EDS filter to better recover the original recording.

Naturally, members of the NIN community are already going through spectral analysis of the damaged DAT.
Spectral analysis of the FLAC file on NIN live

So far, no one's sifted out any clues from that approach.
Wednesday, 12/18/19

Nine Inch Nails graces the cover of January 2020 issue of Revolver

Hotline Imaged1stinct on ETS shared that Revolver is featuring NIN on the cover of their first print issue of 2020.

Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have collaborated on eight released film scores, two TV scores and the last six NIN albums, a 15-year partnership that combines atmosphere and melody, ambience and noise. They've won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a Grammy and — in an improbable turn of events — a Country Music Association Award. The two could be basking in their success; instead, they're busier than ever. We met up with them at Reznor's new studio for a deep dive into the past, present and future of one of rock and electronic music's most revolutionary forces.

Looks to be featuring a lot of new photography from Kraw, too. Since bookstores and newsstands are harder and harder to come by, if you want a print copy, it might just be easiest to order directly from Revolver.
Monday, 12/16/19

Merch from an alternate universe

Head over to The Nine Inch Nails online shop for the best looking merch from a The Nine Inch Nails album you can get.

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To celebrate the release of the 2019 Definitive Archive Edition of THE NINE INCH NAILS' final album “THE MANHATTAN PROJECT" on vinyl, we are reprinting a few classic designs from the era. This is the first time this shirt has been in print since the album was recorded in 2001 and will only be available for a limited time.

I thought the null logo was a nice touch.

Also available in the Objects category, Blue Sunday, "Imported directly from M-SITE 11/3/85/UK, this premium grade collection of exotic blue matter." Good luck getting that shipped to you though!
Friday, 12/13/19

TH MNHTTN PRJCT (+appendage)

Appearing on doorsteps around the US (and in apparently in at least one record shop in Toronto) is the third and final installment of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' score for HBO's Watchmen, which is presented as an in-universe release by THE NINE INCH NAILS called "The Manhattan Project" and the packaging and presentation is pretty fantastic. As with the previous two releases, Scott Wampler at Birth.Movies.Death takes a look at what's inside. Spoilers, obviously - and don't get too excited about the track titles. The album art is from another timeline, but the grooves on the record are music from the HBO score, not a lost Nine Inch Nails album.


But the story's not quite over yet. Scoring a television show is a chaotic affair, as is releasing a record, and sometimes, interleaving deadlines create interesting situations:


You will notice there are a few tracks on the digital release that are not included on the vinyl. The simple truth of the matter is vinyl has a long lead time to manufacture and we weren't completely finished scoring the later episodes when the deadline came (and… Damon kept throwing things at us last minute!).

So, here’s a link to the tracks that aren’t included on the vinyl:

LINK: https://nin.lnk.to/15A0r47

Also - one of the tracks on vinyl (LET HIM RIDE) is only available on vinyl.

Thanks for checking this out - we had a lot of fun working on Watchmen (and creating our own alternate history!)



These additional tracks will eventually appear on streaming services, but because the Watchmen vinyl releases don't have download codes (there are a lot of factors at play in that regard, relax), and because you can't deploy patch releases from the cloud to 180gm vinyl, this is here to make sure that those who bought the vinyl are getting all the music.

Have a great weekend!
Thursday, 12/12/19

1991 Now I'm Nothing/Terrible Lie video update

I came across a unique item on eBay last week, a huge print of Richard Patrick and Trent Reznor with the lyrics to Now I'm Nothing scrawled across half of the photo. Having not seen that before, and not ready to spend $1200 on the poster (sorry!), I asked if I could get a clearer photo of what was on there.

The seller responded in a way that suggested that he interpreted me as having questioned the authenticity of the photo, and in his reply, gave some history behind having worked with the band, and invited me to check out his YouTube channel, where I saw a thumbnail for a familiar video.

I'd first seen this clip on a revamped TVT Records microsite about Nine Inch Nails in the early 2000s - I think it was in Quicktime format, and it still had timecodes overlaying the video, and there were interview clips cut in and out of the footage, but it was some of the clearest pro-shot video from the Lollapalooza tour I'd seen. This clip would later resurface on a leaked DVD cut of Closure, and in 2010 around the time Pretty Hate Machine got a reissue, the footage was part of a montage uploaded to Vimeo as NIN Live: 1989-1991.

Still, I clicked on it, and as I watched, it occurred to me that the fidelity of the recording was just a bit better than what I'd seen before. Initially I compared it to other YouTube clips, which showed that this was dramatically higher quality, but even comparing it to the Vimeo upload, there's detail in the grain that's not there in the officially released footage. Setting the videos up side-by-side in Vegas, it became apparent that there were a handful of quick alternate cuts, too.

That's because the person selling this photo, and who uploaded this video, is the director Maxwell Hudson, who shot a lot of footage of Nine Inch Nails in the early years. Max has been hesitant to say much more, and is probably weary of me, a rando, asking him about what I'm asking him about, so rather than keep it all under my hat, check out that eBay auction photo, and enjoy the video below.

If I learn anything else worth sharing, I'll let you know here.

Tuesday, 12/03/19

Yes, there is.

I haven't been able to put into words yet how incredible the Watchmen series has been so far, so I'll let TR + AR's version of David Bowie's "Life On Mars?" do the talking for me. I'm planning on doing some sort of write-up once the season has wrapped up so until then, enjoy.

Wednesday, 11/27/19

Listen to Vol 2 of Watchmen on streaming services now

While you wait for your vinyl copy to arrive, you can listen to the second installment of the Watchmen score on Apple Music and Spotify. You can also sneak a peek at the packaging of the vinyl over at Birth.Movies.Death, where NIN enthusiast Scott Wampler goes over the details of the press copy he received this week.

If you haven't picked it up yet, Volume 2 is still available for pre-order on Amazon. If you didn't pull the trigger on that sweet deal from Target, you've missed the boat there, as their preorders are marked as sold-out - a fulfillment status I hadn't actually run into in my 13+ years working as an ecommerce developer.
Tuesday, 11/26/19

Original score to Waves released

With a 77-minute-long runtime across 14 tracks, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross produced a delicate instrumental score for the motion picture Waves, which is available to download now in WAV, MP3, and FLAC formats for $7.99.

The blurb on the NIN store for the release is as follows:
Currently only available in digital format, Trent and Atticus are at their most abstract, deconstructed and beautiful with this suite of music that glues Trey Edward Shults' emotionally devastating film together.

In related news, Volume 2 of Watchmen has started appearing on Spotify for folks where it's already Wednesday.
Monday, 11/25/19

Bird Box Extended already arriving in the mail

$80 + shipping seems like a lot for two hours of harrowing score music - and it is! But when you plonk down for the extended version of the Bird Box soundtrack, what arrives is unlike any other vinyl I've come across. The die-cut box is heavy (four 180gm records will do that, I suppose), and aside from "NULL 09 EXTENDED TRENT REZNOR AND ATTICUS ROSS" there are no markings on the box - although there's a gritty texture to the container itself, which features six holes cut into the top - a reference to the box in the movie that served as an organic warning system.

Inside the box, sandwiched between bubble wrap, each record comes in a unique semi-transparent sleeve with gritty patterns overlaying the translucent outer sleeve - an inner sleeve further protects the records. The album comes with a download card (because the Highway Hi-Fi wasn't designed for 180gm 12" platters), and the inside-bottom of the box has track names.

Aside from the titles on the side of the box, there didn't appear to be any credits. The official unboxing video posted earlier mentioned something about "being contaminated" and, honestly, I didn't see any evidence of that at first.

But I kept looking.

Friday, 11/22/19

With Teeth definitive edition 2xLP now available

Oh hey. Did you hear? With Teeth has been given the Definitive Edition treatment, having been remastered, and apparently some subtle fixes have been made in the mixes. I don't know what that means in this case, but for the sake of comparison, when The Downward Spiral DE was released, there was a panning hiccup at the beginning of Heresy that I'm pretty sure only I noticed, and that got corrected.

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) shared a promo video that gives you a look at what you get alongside to slabs of 180 gram vinyl, including a 12 page booklet and a new lyric poster - art director John Crawford worked with former art director Rob Sheridan to produce a new take on the enormous poster that had been offered to members of The Spiral over a decade ago.

Bird Box 4xLP now available

Hotline ImageIn January, we saw the digital release of Bird Box (abridged), a selection of 10 songs from the soundtrack to the Netflix film Bird Box, as scored by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, with a run time just over an hour. Today, the unabridged Bird Box score dropped on nin.com, with twice as much music and deluxe physical packaging. The four records come in what appear to be semi-translucent sleeves, and are packaged in a cardboard box resembling the box from the film.

Hotline ImageWith your $80 purchase, you can download the album as MP3s, or losselessly in FLAC or WAV formats. The digital artwork is a pixelated photo of the top of the box, and the tracks have slightly different lengths than what is in the abridged release from earlier in the year. Given the different track order, the segues are no doubt going to be different as well.

This is not easy listening. If you want to make any situation more tense and anxious for two hours, the Bird Box score is here for you.