The newly remastered edition of Trent Reznor / Nine Inch Nails’ groundbreaking industrial dance debut, Pretty Hate Machine, is available now on CD and digital download, with vinyl coming December 7th (I bet it sounds amazing). Visit Pretty Hate Machine Dot Com for Pretty Hate Machine videos, themed wallpapers for the desk top and cell phone, assorted links – including a live photo archive from the PHM/Broken era – and purchase options.
I was first introduced to the British metal band Hawkwind way back in the eighties when I was in College, and you were probably just an egg. The song I like best from that era of the band is called “Psychedelic Warlords Disappear in Smoke,” because I love song titles that are complete sentences on their own. “Psychedelic Warlords” – besides having one of the best titles ever – is also like the most mind-blowing acid trip to listen to. If you haven’t already heard the song, you will just have to take my word for it.
A lot of metalheads know about Hawkwind only because Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead was in the band at one point in the group’s 41-year history. In order to be a true, self-respecting headbanger you do really need to have that fact in your hipster cache of useless knowledge. But not everyone knows that the band is actually still recording. In fact, Hawkwind has a new CD due for release on August 10, 2010 (on Plastic Head Music) called Blood of The Earth, and it is just insane.
Blood of the Earth is the band’s first new album in five years, contains eleven songs and features special appearances from violinist Jon Sevink (The Levellers), BBC personality Matthew Wright and a posthumous performance from the band’s late keyboardist Jason Stuart. I cannot stop listening to this album.
Confirmed track listing for Blood of the Earth is as follows:
2. “Blood Of The Earth”
4. “Green Machine”
5. “Inner Visions”
6. “Sweet Obsession”
7. “Comfey Chair” (note: I am hoping this title relates to the punch line from that great Monty Python Skit)
9. “You’d Better Believe It”
I am not fronting when I say that the songs on Blood of The Earth will appeal to all genres of metal, prog and hard rock fans of bands as varied as Zodiac Mindwarp, Hendrix, The Pretty Things, Yes and Nine Inch Nails. Blood of the Earth will be available for North American fans on compact disc and limited-edition 180-gram, clear, double vinyl that includes a vinyl-only bonus track. Hawkwind are planning to tour later this year in support of Blood of the Earth. You know you gotta be there!
For rocking hard enough to crack a skull, The Worley Gig Gives Blood of the Earth Five out of Five Stars!
The world’s happiest Birthday Boy, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails was born on this day, May 17th, in 1965. Remember back in the nineties when Trent was all hot and sexy and everyone wanted to bang him? What happened? Answers in the comments section, please.
“Trent Reznor has had it with Twitter. The microblogging service let the singer give fans a peek into his personal life; that turned out to be not such a good idea. A great number of celebrities have found Twitter is a great way to communicate directly with the public, without filtering by the news media or a record company. In Reznor’s case, his fan base consisted of a few too many angry, depressed people to make Twitter a pleasant experience. It turns out the industrial rocker’s fans weren’t too happy when he started Twittering about the joys of being in love. And so he warned that he was going quit the Internet: “You are right, I’m not the same person I was in 1994 (and I’m happy about that). Are you?” Rather than fade away as Dave Matthews seems to be doing, Reznor followed up on his threat by just cold deleting his account sometime within the past few days (he posted as recently as July 17). This is especially startling since Reznor has been a pioneer in using the internet to distribute his music and connect with fans. He’s now discovered that it’s possible to connect too closely — and unlike internet fameballers trying to convert online fame into real celebrity, he doesn’t have to pretend otherwise.”
Dr. Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesizer, and a man without whose influence bands like Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode would certainly be doing something else these days, was born on this day, May 23rd, in 1934. Find out how to correctly pronounce his name at This Link!
Mr. MichaelTrent Reznor, born May 17th, 1965, is forty-four years old today. I used to be such a rabid devotee of Reznor’s back in the Downward Spiraldays. These days, not so much. Still, I’m very thankful to Trent for reminding me during a period where I was going through what you might call a “Dark Night of the Soul” that there were people around who were considerably more miserable than me! Happy Birthday, Trent!
This all too brief snippet of Nine Inch Nails (circa 1991 is my guess) performing “Down In It” on cheesy TV dance show Dance Party USA is just so priceless. I just wish it were a clip of the entire song!