I haven’t read a physical copy or been to Spin's website in a while, mostly because they don't write about the bands that I listen to. But an in depth look at how we got Hesitation Marks from Nine Inch Nails is a must read for me.
And now I’m sorry that I don’t have more reasons to visit. Their website is really nice. The text on page is very easy to read, and they have this cool effect with the inline article picture. Come for the article, stay for the eye candy.
Here’s my favorite insight from the article, about self publishing 2008’s The Slip:
"Being in control of your own destiny was great," he says of the decision to go indie. "It felt good to have my own neck on the line. But you spend a lot of time figuring out who the influential blogger at some radio station is. Market research is not a sexy thing to think about. More than that, when you’re self-releasing, you have this walled garden of people that are interested in what you do, and to everyone else you’re invisible."
Nine Inch Nails’ Hesitation Marks is the first album in a while that I was looking forward to and it completely lived up to expectations. This is their best material since With Teeth and feels more like a spiritual successor to Pretty Hate Machine, like a mature older version of itself. It seems like Reznor and company really focused more on the vocal part of song crafting this time around and it really shows.
Buy it, you won’t regret it.
We posted a PropertyOfZack Friday Discussion on The Best Album Openers last week, so we’re following it up this week with The Best Album Closers. Album closers have the ability to leave a truly emotional mark on the listener, and we’ve experienced quite a few memorable ones over the years in our scene. We put the closers together in an Rdio Playlist to listen to as you read the Discussion as well. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with some of your favorite album closers!
I love topics like these, here are some of my favorite album closers (in no particular order):
This list seems way too small though, I’m sure I’ve forgotten quite a few.
Good Old War has a new album! And it’s pretty great. I loved their first one, but wasn’t really a fan of the second so I didn’t really pay attention when the new one came out… until I saw them on Conan and they played the song, “Better Weather”, which was awesome. And now that I think about it, I don’t really remember why their second album didn’t do it for me. So I guess I need to give it a re-listen. I still would rather have their old band back though, Days Away was amazing.
Not sure how this happened, but I missed the three song EP that Hot Rod Circuit put out at the end of last year. I had the single, “Forgive Me” but missed out on the rest somehow. I was in the process of learning how to play that one on the guitar when I stumbled across the other two songs. While not quite as good as the first, they are still decent tracks and make me miss Hot Rod.
I would highly recommend picking up both of those, which collectively cost under $10 on Amazon.
Unique Artists: 64
Total Tracks: 146
Total Plays: 160
Last week was a shuffle week with a little Felt 3 session thrown in. As a side note, I don’t think Slug or Murs has put out anything as good as the last Felt collaboration since then… of course that could change with the new Living Legends album on the way.
Unique Artists: 61
Total Tracks: 82
Total Plays: 89
I went and saw Dance Gavin Dance last week for the opening show of their tour at the Glass House in Pomona. It had been announced a couple days before that Jonny Craig would not be available due to usual Jonny Craig Drama. Since A Lot Like Birds was already on tour Kurt Travis would be doing some of his old songs and Matt Geise (ex-Lower Definition) would be handling Jonny’s songs.
I was actually looking forward to it; I never got a chance to see them play with Kurt and my old band had played a few shows with Lower Definition so it would be cool to see Matt Geise sing again. The Kurt-era songs were amazing. He was spot on and you could tell that he was really enjoying himself singing his old songs. Unfortunately Matt, on the other hand, was a pretty solid disappointment. I can imagine it would be hard to fill Jonny’s shoes but it was hard to listen to. He hit most of the notes but the vocal strength was severely lacking.
Anyways, after the concert I felt the need to listen to the songs how they should have sounded; hence DGD being at the top of the list this week. As a side note, I don’t really even remember listening to Taking Back Sunday this week. Weird.
Looks like it was a week of old music for the most part, probably due to the long drive to Mammoth and back. I usually just put my phone on shuffle on trips. This is why Beatles and NIN showed up; I have an ungodly amount of tracks from both groups on my phone so they show up more often. The Beatles are also fitting, after the realization that some people still have no clue who Paul McCartney is. Blasphemy.
I listened to The Darkness’ first album a couple times after seeing that Super Bowl commercial, it is still phenomenal. I can’t wait to see them on Sunday. Dude Ranch was also on rotation this week, as well as the new Say Anything album, which may be my favorite one yet.