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.
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.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo + David Fincher + a Trent Reznor and Karen O Led Zeppelin cover?
EDIT: The bootleg finally got taken down so here’s the link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/sony_pictures/thegirlwiththedragontattoo/
Nine Inch Nails - And All That Could Have Been (Trent Reznor can be emo too!)
I love NIN in the morning.