By Stewart Heys Feb.26.2009
In: Concerts
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Even a blackout can't stop the march of this pig

We have POWER

You don’t get many people going to Nine Inch Nails gigs that are ‘kind of in to them’, or that have picked up a spare ticket from a mate at the last minute so pop along just to see what all the fuss is about. In many people’s eyes (including my own) Trent doesn’t put a foot wrong, not just when producing and performing but also in taking a stance against the traditional music industry and its inflexible distribution model.

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By Stuart McPhee Jan.20.2009
In: Commentary, Opinion, Recommended
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...Or rock some mink boots in the summertime like Will.I.Am

u2-no-line-on-the-horizonLove them or hate them, U2 are the only band to have lasted so long and with the same lineup while still managing to release big selling albums and hit singles.

3 things to note for their upcoming album No Line On The Horizon:

1. ‘Get On Your Boots’ is the lead single. While it is early days for me to form a decent opinion, the best description I have heard is the song is a mix of  Elvis Costello’s ‘Pump It Up’ and The Temptation’s ‘Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today)’. I will say that this is the most relaxed and playful they have sounded since ‘Discotheque’ dropped, subsequently confusing all and sundry.

2. It is reported that Will.I.Am is involved in some way with the track ‘I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight’. I am an open minded individual so I will reserve judgement until I hear the tune. Suffice to say I am always weary of people who have a co-writing credit on a song called ‘My Humps’. Grammy or no Grammy.

and 3. Trent Reznor deserves a credit in the liner notes. U2 have clearly pinched his style for the album cover.

For all the guff, including a stream of ‘Get On Your Boots’, go to: http://goyb.u2.com/

By Jye Smith Jan.8.2009
In: Other
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Nine Inch Nails: 400GB of HD Footage for fans to mix and re-mix

trent_reznor posted:
Your gift…
The internet is full of surprises these days.
I was contacted by a mysterious, shadowy group of subversives who
SOMEHOW managed to film a substantial amount (over 400 GB!) of raw,
unedited HD footage from three separate complete shows of our Lights
in the Sky tour. Security must have been lacking at these shows
because the quality of the footage is excellent.
If any of you could find a LINK to that footage I’ll bet some
enterprising fans could assemble something pretty cool.
Oh yeah, you didn’t hear this from me.
http://forum.nin.com/bb/read.php?18,378166

Oh Mr. Reznor, how we adore you.  There is about 405gb of HD footage available. It was recorded with multiple consumer HDV cameras during three shows: Victoria 12.05.08, Portland 12.07.08, and Sacramento 12.12.08.  This is raw, unedited, un-color-corrected HD footage.

The race is on — and some have already started.  The musical and marketing genious has truly created a cult(ure) that thrives off a passion for music, talent and the facination of the unknown.

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By Stuart McPhee Nov.23.2008
In: Album Reviews, Opinion, Recommended
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Nothing a month? Yeah, I think we can swing that: My 5 favourite free downloads of 2008

As I have stated once before: I am a material guy in a digital world. Buying a full album online still does not wash with me and no amount of exclusive bonus tracks or digital booklets can sway my opinion. I do however purchase a lot of new singles to the point that I need to set up some sort of tab arrangement with iTunes like Norm had with Sam Malone.

Free albums on the other hand I’ll happily download anytime. Of course by ‘free albums’ I don’t mean using a P2P service to grab the latest Metallica album for nix. This year especially there have been some solid free releases by artists and I thought I would share with you my four favourites as well as the best free music related podcast in the world.

The CharlatansYou Cross My Path

Back in March this year, UK stalwarts The Charlatans partnered up with radio station Xfm to drop their 10th album online for nothing. Sounding more like New Order as the years go by, fourth single ‘Mis-Takes’ is one of my favourite songs of 2008. No longer available through Xfm but an album worth seeking out regardless (it was released on CD in May).

Nine Inch NailsThe Slip

With the simple message from Trent Reznor: “thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years – this one’s on me”, The Slip was made available with no prior announcement on May 5th. All of a sudden, NIN has become prolific and we are all better for it.

Girl TalkFeed The Animals

I remember back in 2006 a guy coming into the record store that I worked in and asking for Girl Talk. After politely showing him ‘The Best of Dave Edmunds’ album he shook his head and explained the ‘Night Ripper’ album and its concept.  2008s Feed The Animals is another brilliant collection of samples blending into and on top of one another. The album’s only fault is that it doesn’t contain ‘Girls Talk’ by Dave Edmunds. Perhaps next time.

Mick Boogie & Terry UrbanViva La Hova

Whilst Coldplay purists weep on message boards around the interweb, the rest of us can’t get enough of this brilliant mash up album with Jay-Z and the second biggest band in the world. Inspired by the remix of ‘Lost!’, some great underground producers have put together some fantastic tunes, my favourites being ‘Never Changing’ and ‘Public Speeding’. Both acts have given it the thumbs up as well, that’s praise you can’t buy.

Sound OpionionsWeekly Podcast

A great weekly radio program originating from Chicago, Sound Opinions is the self proclaimed “world’s only Rock N Roll talk show”. While that boast can’t be confirmed, its hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are well respected music critics with a wealth of knowledge. You won’t always agree with them but you will enjoy their insights and fantastic guests. Worth an hour of your time each week.

By Jye Smith Nov.10.2008
In: Concerts
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Soundwave Festival 2009: Second Line Up Announced

Second announcement and update on general public ticket sales: Thursday, November 13 2009 at soundwavefestival.com.au and ticketek.com.au

Joining the show:

  • Dillinger Escape Plan
  • Underoath
  • Forever The Sickest Kids
  • Jack’s Mannequin
  • All That Remains

Will be joining the already amazing line up.

NINE INCH NAILS, ALICE IN CHAINS, BLOODHOUND GANG, LAMB OF GOD, ALKALINE TRIO, BILLY TALENT, THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, FACE TO FACE, IN FLAMES, RIVAL SCHOOLS, ANBERLIN, THE SUBWAYS, EVERY TIME I DIE, DEVILDRIVER, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, LESS THAN JAKE, POISON THE WELL, MADINA LAKE, NEW FOUND GLORY, FROM FIRST TO LAST, BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH, HELLOGOODBYE, FINCH, GOLDFINGER, SAY ANYTHING, CHIODOS, SILVERSTEIN, SAVES THE DAY, LACUNA COIL, 36 CRAZY FISTS, STRAYLIGHT RUN, EVERGREEN TERRACE, MINUS THE BEAR, MONEEN, ACE ENDERS (THE EARLY NOVEMBER), I AM THE AVALANCHE, JAGUAR LOVE, UNEARTH, BAYSIDE, EMERY, HOUSTON CALLS, THE AUDITION, ATTACK IN BLACK, INNERPARTYSYSTEM, VALENCIA, IN THIS MOMENT, ALESANA, THE RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS, HORSE THE BAND, MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER

By Jye Smith Oct.9.2008
In: Concerts, Opinion
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Saul Williams coming to Australia

Saul Williams is an American poet, writer, actor and musician known for his blend of poetry and alternative hip-hop and for his leading role in the independent film Slam.

5th December – Melbourne – The Espy
6th December – Byron Bay – The Great Northern
7th December – Brisbane – The Zoo
11th December – Sydney – Oxford Art Factory
12th December – Hobart – Brisbane Hotel
13th December – Meredith Music Festival

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By Jye Smith Oct.2.2008
In: Concerts
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Soundwave Festival 2009: Nine Inch Nails

Another one of my favourite acts is coming out: Nine Inch Nails to play at Soundwave Festival 2009 —  as if the announcement of The Prodigy playing at Big Day Out 2009 wasn’t enough!

Watching the Deftones and Flyleaf play in 2006 was incredible — even if the bar lines were ridiculously long.

Tickets on sale as follows: Postponed by 2 weeks
BRISBANE: THU 9 October @ 9am
SYDNEY: FRI 10 October @ 9am
MELBOURNE: SAT 11 October @ 9am
ADELAIDE: SUN 12 October @ 9am
PERTH: SUN 12 October @9am

Soundwave 09 is proud to announce our headlining act…Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails presents Ghosts I – IV, a brand new 36 track instrumental collection available right now. Almost two hours of new music composed and recorded over an intense ten week period last fall, Ghosts I – IV sprawls Nine Inch Nails across a variety of new terrain.

Trent Reznor explains, “I’ve been considering and wanting to make this kind of record for years, but by its very nature it wouldn’t have made sense until this point. This collection of music is the result of working from a very visual perspective – dressing imagined locations and scenarios with sound and texture; a soundtrack for daydreams. I’m very pleased with the result and the ability to present it directly to you without interference. I hope you enjoy the first four volumes of Ghosts.”

NINE INCH NAILS, ALICE IN CHAINS, BLOODHOUND GANG, SCARS ON BROADWAY, LAMB OF GOD, ALKALINE TRIO, BILLY TALENT, THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, FACE TO FACE, IN FLAMES, RIVAL SCHOOLS, ANBERLIN, THE SUBWAYS, EVERY TIME I DIE, DEVILDRIVER, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, LESS THAN JAKE, POISON THE WELL, MADINA LAKE, NEW FOUND GLORY, FROM FIRST TO LAST, BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH, HELLOGOODBYE, FINCH, GOLDFINGER, SAY ANYTHING, CHIODOS, SILVERSTEIN, SAVES THE DAY, LACUNA COIL, 36 CRAZY FISTS, STRAYLIGHT RUN, EVERGREEN TERRACE, MINUS THE BEAR, MONEEN, ACE ENDERS (THE EARLY NOVEMBER), I AM THE AVALANCHE, JAGUAR LOVE, UNEARTH, BAYSIDE EMERY, HOUSTON CALLS, THE AUDITION, ATTACK IN BLACK, INNERPARTYSYSTEM, VALENCIA, IN THIS MOMENT, ALESANA, THE RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS, HORSE THE BAND, MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER

By Jye Smith Sep.26.2008
In: Album Reviews, Opinion
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Jerk: When Pure is Defiled

I just can’t get into this album. Sydney-based industrial metal outfit Jerk is like a band that tried to be like every other band. The result, When Pure is Defiled, is about as meaningful as a brick wall. The overall impression I get from my first few listens is that I’m hearing the offcuts of Powerman 5000, NIN, Mazza Manson and occasionally RATM. Singer Johnathan Devoy screams a good scream and there are some interesting beats, but overall, it’s emotionless, the melodies are contrived and the whole sound is about as original as every Australian television drama series produced over the last ten years. Read the full story

By Jye Smith Sep.23.2008
In: Opinion, Recommended
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Fucking music

You bring a special stranger home from the pub and as you’re pouring them a drink, they wander over to your stereo and hit “play.” Good Charlotte blasts out, you get a punch in the face and end up watching your housemates’ porn before sleeping alone.

This all-too-common tragedy can be cleverly avoided by strategically stocking your bedroom with shag-happy tunes. Read the full story

By Stuart McPhee Sep.8.2008
In: Commentary, Opinion
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All we need is a little patience

Something for the Gunners fans there (and don’t they need it). But while they sit on forums and ruminate as to the epicness of Chinese Democracy, us normal souls are being spoiled by guerrilla tactics from the likes of Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails and now Bloc Party.

The latter’s 3rd album Intimacy dropped online a little over a week ago with very short notice from the band.  The only clue as to its sound were the dancy between album release ‘Flux’ and first single ‘Mercury’. In an era of albums leaking like the entire music industry is run by the Keystone Cops (complete with Suge Knight in the Fatty Arbuckle role) this method of releasing new material will soon become the norm.

The only thing that doesn’t fly with me in the case of Bloc Party is the way they have decided to hold the physical release of the album back about 2 months. I am still a material guy in a digital world so I need to be convinced that what I am getting by clicking on a paid download is exactly what I would receive if I went in to my local record store (sound quality aside). So when it was mentioned that the disc version of Intimacy would contain extra tracks not found on the digital release, I decided to wait it out for late October to purchase the entire box and dice.

Until that time, apart from ‘Mercury’, I will be completely shut off from the album. I do know that it has already divided listeners but after enjoying their first two efforts I will purchase Intimacy on past history alone. It certainly isn’t the first time I have made such a foolish decision and it will not be the last.