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17 October 2013

Amongst all the other things I was doing yesterday – calling solicitors and feeding the homeless – I managed to snag a fan club presales ticket to the Sydney show of the massive Nine Inch Nails/Queens of the Stone Age tour next year. It sounds like I was pretty lucky to do so, though there’s at least one other promoter presale, and then the regular sale.

Get in, rock fans.



Nine Inch Nails are back

7 June 2013

My love for Nine Inch Nails is well-documented. Get ready for blog obsession again, because after some soundtrack work for David Fincher and side band How To Destroy Angels, Trent is back in the NIN groove.


New track “Came Back Haunted” is very industrial-electro-dancey. It’s pretty standard NIN. Which means I like it. You can  listen and watch whirly audio things below.

New album Hesitation Marks is scheduled for release on 2013 Sep 03.

A world tour is beginning.


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 11 – A song from my favourite band

16 March 2011

Nine Inch Nails – Head Like a Hole

The perfect mix of catchy pop and angry rebellion.


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 09 – A song that I can dance to

14 March 2011

Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds

I can dance to lots of songs. But when I see NIN play this live it just feels right. I even get this little jump in at the end of the chorus. God, I’m cool.


How To Destroy Angels

5 June 2010

Trent Reznor is giving Nine Inch Nails a bit of a break. In the meantime he’s worked with a couple of his regular collaborators and wife Mariqueen Maandig in a new group called How To Destroy Angels. They’ve released a self-titled EP that you can download for free from their website.

It’s very Year Zero-NIN-ish. That is, there are poppy, glitchy electronic sounds, some moody synths, bleeping crescendos. The difference this time is that Mariqueen sings while Trent does a few backing vocals. I say “sings”, but really she only does breathy, rhythmic speaking. So if you like latter-day NIN you’ll probably like this. There are a couple of Fragile-sounding guitar and piano bits too, most notably on closer “A Drowning”.

Check out the video for “The Space In Between” (in which the Reznors appear to be having a very bad day) below, or download “BBB” from my Box, on the right.


This One Is On Us: NIN DVD project emerges

29 December 2009

In March I blogged about how a hardcore group of NIN fans were creating an edited DVD release from many gigs of raw high-def live concert footage that Trent Reznor made available.

The fruits of that labour are finally ready for the tasting. Several versions of video were released for torrenting on Christmas Day, with more to come. Here’s the current release schedule, with descriptions from the site:

  • December 25th, 2009 – “The Gift” – full show created from source released by NIN, professionally edited, color corrected and authored.
  • January 25th, 2010 – “Extras” – behind the scenes footage, alternative visuals, interviews and a lot more – a hell of a lot more.
  • February 25th, 2010 – “Las Vegas” – full show consisting of material recorded solely by fans at the Las Vegas performance on 13th December, 2008. DVD 2 will be solely created from material “leaked” from someone who, um, maybe knows the band rather well. Our wonderful copyright laws written before the internet and before, well, 8 track cassettes are hardly flexible enough to deal with this arrangement, so we’re politely asking them to look the other way while we get on with this.

It’s really good to see that this wasn’t just a pipe dream: a forward-thinking artist and tech-savvy, obsessive fans have produced something quite cool. I’m friends with some of those obsessives, so I applaud their mania.


NIN gear on eBay

1 December 2009

Trent Reznor made clear this year that he wants to give Nine Inch Nails a rest (maybe a permanent one?) from touring. To show he’s serious about that he’s doing what any regular person would do: he’s putting some of that now-extraneous tour gear up for auction on eBay. No joke: you can read more about it on the NIN page.


Paperless tickets from Ticketmaster to beat scalpers

28 July 2009

For their (Trent says) final small-venue shows in the US, Nine Inch Nails and Ticketmaster are issuing paperless tickets. You receive nothing physical when you buy your online ticket, you just bring the credit card you used and some photo ID to gain entry.

Good move. Die, scalpers, die!


Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction at the O2

16 July 2009

Last night was a big night: the London stop of the NIN¦JA Wave Goodbye tour. This was my ninth time seeing Nine Inch Nails, and my second time seeing Jane’s Addiction. Trent Reznor has implied that there will be some sort of NIN hiatus for a while; this was a good show for me to see them go out on.

I was apprehensive about this gig being in the massive O2 arena. I had bought floor tickets during a presale, but it seemed thousands of others had as well, because the queue to pickup the presale tickets took forever. This meant that I missed openers Mew, which was disappointing. I still got a position very close to the stage, though.

Jane’s Addiction gave Nine Inch Nails one of their first big breaks when JA invited the latter band to tour in the Lollapalooza festival in the early ’90s. This reunion tour is meant to bookend things before Trent goes on hiatus. NIN opened on the US dates, but are headlining here (which is fine by me).

JA were, all in all, just okay. Perry and the band tried hard, but it occurred to me that some of the band’s longer songs are better suited to an end-of-night comedown. While short fast faves like “Been Caught Stealing” and “Stop!” work well during an intro slot, and “Jane Says” is a good closer, opening with “Three Days” tested my patience a bit. The crowd were polite, though, and the band seemed happy enough.

Image from louise lynn via Creative Commons license

Image from louise lynn via Creative Commons license

NIN were a full-blown elemental force, however. While last night’s show will never be as good for me as seeing them on their comeback in the tiny Astoria, or some of the phenomenal Brixton Academy shows, this was really good.

What was good: Trent was really giving it. Lots of sweating and grunting and chucking stuff around the stage. He was not phoning it in.

And the setlist was good as a goodbye: only one song from each of the more recent albums, with plenty of Pretty Hate Machine, and The Downward Spiral, with a couple of tracks from The Fragile plus some non-album odds and ends.

Now I’m Nothing/Terrible Lie
March Of The Pigs
The Becoming
I’m Afraid Of Americans
Gave Up
La Mer
The Fragile
Non Entity
The Big Comedown
The Downward Spiral
Down In It
Metal (w/ Gary Numan)
Cars (w/ Gary Numan)
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like A Hole

Yes, that says “w/ Gary Numan” above for those two songs. Rumours had been running through the crowd beforehand, and they proved true: Trent introduced him to assist on the Numan cover of “Metal” they’ve been playing a lot this tour. But staying out to do “Cars” was a cool surprise.

What didn’t work so well: “I’m Afraid of Americans” wasn’t quite as cool live as I’d hoped. “The Hand That Feeds” felt a bit slower than they used to play it. And I’ve probably heard “Reptile” too many times now. Although it wasn’t a problem for me as I was metres from the stage, I expect people in the top tier at the back might’ve felt a bit cheated with the sound and lack of video screens.

“The Becoming”, “Gave Up”, “La Mer”, “The Fragile”, and the Numan stuff were highlights for me.

See you later, NIN.


NIN: Last?

15 July 2009

Tonight, at the O2 arena, I’ll see what might be my last Nine Inch Nails gig. Trent has said that he’s putting the band – at least in its live form – on indefinite hiatus.

We’ll see. I plan to enjoy tonight, though. Seriously, with a Mew/Jane’s Addiction/Nine Inch Nails triple-bill it’d be hard not to.


The Beginning of the End: the last NIN tour

9 May 2009

Nine Inch Nails are back out on the road again, with Jane’s Addiction, on what Trent Reznor says will be NIN’s last tour. I see them here in London in July.

Last night’s show in Florida, the first of this goodbye tour, held a couple of surprises that have me pretty pumped up. Like this:


I’m back. So is NIN

13 April 2009

Yes, my Australian holiday is over. I’m back in the UK, and blogging in real time. Or I will be once I start caring about real life again.

Some good news I’ve returned to, though, is that Nine Inch Nails are doing some non-festival UK dates this summer. Even better, the shows are with Jane’s Addiction, as they’re doing in the US.


clap trap crack slap

2 April 2009

I’m a day late because I’m on holiday, but Trent Reznor’s combined April Fool’s Day joke/Chris Cornell bitchslap make me guffaw. See it here.


NIN European dates

12 March 2009

European Nine Inch Nails dates – not with Jane’s Addiction, as they’re doing in the USare starting to pop up. So far they’re festival dates which I’m not so keen on.


NIN fan project sees daylight

1 March 2009

Remember when I mentioned that Nine Inch Nails fans are taking advantage of Trent Reznor’s creative commons leanings?

The audio bit is here. Get it. I am.

From The NIN Hotline:

After two rounds of intense torrent testing, art work updating, a skipped dinner replaced by ice water, and a trip in to work at 3am to take advantage of the fast internet, it comes with great excitement (and even more relief) to present to you the audio release of Another Version of the Truth.

This double-feature audio torrent captures the final stages of the Nine Inch Nails: Lights In The Sky 2008 tour.

‘Las Vegas’ – consists of a fully fan co-ordinated, recorded, and produced version of the final show in Las Vegas, mixed and mastered from a variety of hi-quality fan audio sources.

‘The Gift’ – takes footage supplied by Nine Inch Nails from 3 different shows in the final part of the tour, carefully edited together to get the best of each show.

The torrent is available in either 320kb MP3 or FLAC.



NIN to go on hiatus after co-headline tour with Jane’s

19 February 2009

I’m a few days behind because I was lollygagging about in Ottawa, but the big news in Nine Inch Nails world is that Trent Reznor’s decided to chill for a while. The band will do a co-headlining tour with Jane’s Addiction – who invited NIN onto the first Lollapalooza tour, giving the band their big break – and then go into hiatus afterwards.

This is probably good timing. NIN have produced a few years of very good concerts. I just want to see one more European leg and I’ll be happy. Then Trent go move on to making a reality TV show about trying to kick the “none more black” clothing habit, or whatever it is he wants to do next.


This One Is On Us: NIN fan video project

26 January 2009

Although I’ve blogged about all of it before, Shreena sums up the background well (credit where it’s due; it seems this is the blurb from, though Shreena is a part of that effort):

On 5th May, 2008, Nine Inch Nails released their latest album, The Slip, free, online, as a gift to their fans. Or as Trent put it: “This one’s on me”.

On December 13th, 2008, dozens of Nine Inch Nails fans recorded the last show in the Lights In The Sky tour at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas.

On January 7th, 2009, over 400Gb of video from the Victoria, Portland and Sacramento shows was unofficially released by the band.

Eris lays out the inevitable obsessive fan reaction:

Some very talented NINnies have been having their way with some excellent footage from many of the shows this year in the Lights in the Sky tour of Nine Inch Nails. What has surfaced is a totally fan collaborated DVD set called Another Version of the Truth: This One is On Us.

The web page for the project, with info on how to get the double-DVD release, is here.

The teaser video is below.

EDIT: and it looks like there’s more fan video projects underway.


400GB of raw HD concert video for NIN fans

8 January 2009

Just over a year ago Trent Reznor (aka Nine Inch Nails) freed himself of all big-label constraints. As a result he’s been doing wacky things.

First he suddenly released a 4-CD instrumental album (partly free) which turned out to be Amazon’s best-selling MP3 album of 2008.

Then he released an entire album for free.

A couple of months ago Trent said he wanted to film a 3D concert video of their upcoming shows. That plan fell through, so he nixed the typical “no video” policy for several of those shows instead.

It seems he wasn’t content with letting the fanboys be the only ones to share in the fun. 400 GB of high-def concert video, taken via commercial video recorder, from those shows has just been made available for torrenting from The challenge has been put out to those willing to download and edit it: make yerself some fan vid!

NINPhoto from monotransistor via Creative Commons license


More NIN North America tour dates

16 August 2008

Nine Inch Nails has just scheduled a bunch of additional North American tour dates. They’ve also hinted that dates outside the Americas are on the way.

Nine Inch Nails onstage in Baltimore, USA, 10/08/08

Nine Inch Nails onstage in Baltimore, USA, 10/08/08

Image from Nine Inch Nails’ Official Flickr Photostream via Creative Commons license


NIN live rehearsal: Echoplex

25 June 2008

Third of three live rehearsal videos from Nine Inch Nails.

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