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Saturday, 8/28/21

QUAKE 25th Anniversary

Someone at Bethesda remembered that this was the 25th anniversary of Quake and said *"hey, let's remaster Quake just enough that it still feels like the original game but that it has some updated controls and options so that it's not too outdated." Someone agreed with them and so bam, we got a re-release along with some really neat options from Limited Run Games, including a really expensive ammo box with a blank space for you to put a clear, white-logo'ed NIN sticker over so you can recreate the nails ammo box from the game.



Funny story - I played Quake originally on my grandfather's PC via shareware, so I didn't actually listen to the soundtrack until many years later. My uncle had Queen's A Kind of Magic in the CD drive so the track that would kick in during the first level was "Princes of the Universe" from Highlander. It actually worked well. The rest of the album, not so much. I've been playing the remaster so it's good to finally play the game as intended with the right music and to actually play all four chapters. I'm missing the IDDQD cheat code, though. Someone should put that on a shirt.

*This is my own personal interpretation of what probably didn't happen but it makes sense to me.

So, a lot happened recently

I'm sitting here on Saturday morning sipping on coffee, breakfast burrito digesting with my dog cuddled next to me, on my feet, wait there she goes, now she's back, etc. and, most importantly, updating music onto my phone because while I have Spotify downloaded, nothing beats having actual digital music files taking up space on your computer (especially when they're .WAV files).

All of this will be old news that has made its way through our weird community but, because I'm a completionist (and because it's been a while since I've made an update), here's some recent news. Halsey's album is going to get its own post, BTW.

Let's start with some bad news - NIN had to cancel their 2021 performances due to greed, selfishness and short-sightedness from people who read way too much Facebook and are now injecting themselves with horse paste the ongoing Pandemic and the Delta variant (I still believe Delta Variant should be a drag queen name). Read about that on their Instagram.

However, there's this really awesome collaboration that Trent did with Danny Elfman in a remix of "True" from Danny's album, Big Mess. I just listened to it for the first time this morning and, damn, I love it. There are embeds below to watch/listen to on Youtube. I hid a link above so you can get it from Bandcamp as well.

Tuesday, 6/22/21

Hesitation Marks vinyl gets a repress

This week, record retailers around the US are showing Hesitation Marks on vinyl with a release date of June 25, 2021. You can pre-order over on Amazon for $31.95. I honestly couldn't tell you when it went out of print, if it went out of print, but I do know that record manufacturing is out of control right now, with manufacturing struggling to keep up with demand, leading to year-long wait times for getting a new record pressed. So when the official NIN store re-stocks on the definitive edition of With Teeth or Broken or the very excellent Watchmen Soundtrack, don't sleep on that!
Friday, 5/14/21

NIN live at Riot and Louder Than Life Festivals

It was announced today that Nine Inch Nails will perform at Riot and Louder Than Life Festivals in September.

Louder Than Life September 23-26, 2021
https://louderthanlifefestival.com

Riot Festival September 17-19, 2021
riotfest.org
Thursday, 5/13/21

Writer Lizzy Goodman interviews Trent Reznor for her podcast Difficult Artists

Difficult Artists with Lizzy Goodman
from Audible.com:

Trent Reznor says he’s never listened to a podcast before, but he makes a great guest. In this wide ranging interview, Lizzy and Trent cover everything from MSNBC addiction to Tom Ford’s quarantine insights to the particular challenge and pleasure of scoring for animated films. They also talk about how Trent’s approach to songwriting has changed over time, as he’s evolved from a guy screaming into the void in private, to a guy screaming into the void in public, to a married, sober father of five going to the office every day to make some of the coolest, weirdest, most beautiful music of his career.


Listen to it on your favorite podcast platform or click here for audible.com
Friday, 5/07/21

Nine Inch Nails announce Cleveland shows Sept 21 + 23


nin in cleveland


From nin.com
NINE INCH NAILS RETURN TO CLEVELAND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE BAND’S INDUCTION INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. VISIT THE R+RHOF MUSEUM DISPLAY AND SEE THE ONLY NIN HEADLINE SHOWS OF 2021. TICKETS ON SALE FOR JACOBS PAVILION AT NAUTICA FRIDAY, MAY 14 AT 10AM ET. CLICK HERE.
Wednesday, 5/05/21
Saturday, 2/06/21

Snag a fan-made AIR flag enamel pin

Over on Instagram, Sweet Tooth Enamel is soliciting orders for a batch of 100 enamel pins he's made of the Art Is Resistance flag from Year Zero. It caught my attention when NotoriousTIMP shared his on the NIN subreddit. You can get one by dropping a message to Sweet Tooth Enamel via their Instagram, and according to that account, these may also be available at Revolver Records and Gutter Pop Comics, both located in Buffalo, NY.


The cost, shipped within the US, is $13. I've been really good about not buying things during COVID lockdown, but I made an exception for this, and I thought it looked good so I'm putting the word out. Photo credit: NotoriousTIMP.
Wednesday, 2/03/21

Golden Globe nominations released

I mean, you and I both knew this would be the case, but both Mank and Soul have been nominated for Best Original Score. That's it. That's the update.
Friday, 12/11/20

Track listing for TR+AR score of Soul out in the wild

The Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Original Score for Soul

While a vinyl pressing of the original score for Soul has been on Amazon for weeks, today we're seeing more retail outlets taking pre-orders, and at Target, a 'crystal clear' transparent vinyl exclusive popped up. I've personally made it kind of a point to avoid Disney (we don't see eye to eye about copyright) but I still know enough about them to know that collectibles are their thing, so chances are good this won't be the last variation we'll see coming out.

Today also appears to be the day that the official artwork for the original score is released, as well as the track listing:

Disc 1
Side A
1. The Great Beyond
2. Falling
3. The Great Before/U Seminar
4. Jump to Earth
5. Terry Time
6. Joe's Life
7. Portal
8. Run/Astral Plane
9. Lost Soul
10. Meditation/Return to Earth
11. Terry Time Too
12. 22 Is Ready
Side B
1. Pursuit/Terry's World
2. Betrayal
3. Lost
4. Epiphany
5. Ship Chase
6. Escape/Inside 22
7. Flashback
8. Earthbound
9. Thank You
10. Enjoy Every Minute
11. Just Us
Thursday, 12/03/20

The score to Mank is now available - and then some

Across the usual streaming services, a 52 track soundtrack unlike anything Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have ever done dropped at midnight. Clocking in at about an hour and a half, it's a lot of music.

But it's only the start.

An 87 track edition of Mank is available on Bandcamp, with a total run time just over three and a half hours, available in MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, AIFF, ALAC, OGG, whatever floats your boat.

As described on the page for the release, available on Bandcamp is "the complete score along with an ADDITIONAL TWO HOURS of unreleased music and demos from the Mank sessions - only available here. These are additional and alternate compositions that didn’t get used in the film along with a selection of Trent and Atticus demos pre-orchestration."

I'm not sure why I'm typing at this point because you've already clicked through and are on your way. Happy Friday!
Sunday, 11/22/20

The Adventures of Christopher Robin Finck - in paperback!

A couple of years ago, an Instagram account quietly appeared, with hand-drawn comics about the fantastic adventures of the members of Nine Inch Nails, drawn in the style of Winnie the Pooh. When I had first glanced the name, my initial assumption was that it was probably a bit twee, but The Adventures of Christopher Robin Finck quickly became one of my favorite things ever to have sprung forward from the mind of a NIN fan.

It's so good.

A panel from The Adventures of Christopher Robin Finck

The real reason I'm posting this is because for a limited time, the author/illustrator is taking orders for a printed paperback book, "Now We Are Nothing", which collects 30 of the most popular comics from the instagram account. It's $20 + shipping, and orders are only open until November 29th.

I'm so pleased that this is getting a print release, because Instagram embodies so much of what I think is bad about today's internet - while at the same time, ...Christopher Robin Finck makes exceptional use of the medium.

Get it, tell your friends, and don't complain when you find out that you missed out.
Thursday, 10/15/20

Song Exploder on Netflix to feature Hurt

According to Spin and several other outlets, not only has Song Exploder graduated to being a Netflix series, but the second season will debut on December 15th, and one of the features will include Trent Reznor breaking down Hurt. In 2017, an episode of the (fantastic) Song Exploder podcast had Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor talking through the "The Lovers" from the Add Violence EP.
Wednesday, 9/16/20

THE SOCIAL NETWORK + QUAKE VINYL AVAILABLE NOW

From NIN:
Quake TSN vinyl

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT 2020 COULDN’T GET ANY WEIRDER…
THE SOCIAL NETWORK AND QUAKE ARE AVAILABLE ON VINYL AND SHIPPING NOW! WHO HAD THAT ON THEIR 2020 BINGO CARD?

VISIT THE OFFICIAL NIN STORE HERE.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK, THE GROUNDBREAKING DEBUT SCORE FROM TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS ROSS. WINNER OF THE 2010 ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCORE. DEFINITIVE EDITION 2XLP PRESSED ON 180GRAM VINYL.

QUAKE, NINE INCH NAILS’ SOUNDTRACK TO THE LEGENDARY FIRST PERSON SHOOTER FROM ID SOFTWARE, IS AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON VINYL. REMASTERED 2XLP PRESSED ON 180GRAM VINYL.
Tuesday, 7/28/20

Trent and Atticus are one step closer to an Emmy

According to this PDF on the official website for the Emmys, music from the HBO Series Watchmen earned two nominations:

Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special(Original Dramatic Score): Watchmen • It’s Summer And We’re Running Out Of Ice (note: in the event you have not had the opportunity to see this fantastic show, that's the title of the opening episode)

Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics: Watchmen • This Extraordinary Being / Song Title: The Way It Used To Be (note: if this song hadn't been nominated, I'm not sure I would have bothered posting anything about the Emmys at all)

Does this mean TR & AR can take a break from doing the rounds in the press? Never! Will the acquisition of an Emmy have the kind of butterfly effect that finally fulfills the prophecy of old that Trent Reznor will write music for Fight Club: The Musical, opening the possibility of an EGOT for the man that a 1997 issue of Time Magazine named as one of the 25 Most Influential Americans? To be continued...