Friday, November 10, 2006

Listening to...

I recently rediscovered the pure musical genius of Nine Inch Nails. My first memory of listening to their stuff was Chris Eidse's Pretty Hate Machine tape back in 1991, and it was a bit of a revelation -- I dubbed it from his original cassette and played it to death. I've only collected 20 or so songs since then, but they're unbelievable -- harsh, abrasive and challenging, but also beautiful and intricately crafted. Time to dig into the entire canon, methinks.

Also getting lots of airplay on my headphones lately: Radiohead and Thom Yorke.

4 comments:

Garth said...

I haven't listened to NIN in while but clearly Hurt was one of Trent's best songs...until Johnny Cash took it to an entirely different place! Interesting article on wikipedia on Hurt: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurt_%28song%29

Jeremy said...

Yeah, I love the Cash version -- I heard on Axis of Justice that Trent Reznor and (I think) Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine were in the studio while he was recording it and they had one of these tearful moments before realizing they were supposed to macho metal guys or whatever. Powerful stuff. Thanks for the link, too -- some interesting tidbits.

BobbyRisigliano said...

Hey Jeremy,

I saw NIN in concert this past summer in Washington @ The Gorge during the Sasquatch festival. They put on a pyrotechnics show that rivaled the 4th of July! I also saw them in Cowtown during The Fragile tour. Trent is just one of those artists nowadays that are few and far between. I do include him in the Big 3: Yorke, Maynard, Reznor. Billy Corgan used to be in there somewhere? Anyways enjoyed your enthusiastic post. Check out T.V. on the Radio :Return to Cookie Mountain or the new Sparta

Jeremy said...

Sweet, Richard -- that Gorge show must have been fantastic. You'll have to devote a post to the NIN discography and your concert experiences. I must admit that I've always been a bit skeptical about NIN live because of the amount of sampled stuff they use...but I guess it all comes down to whatever Trent Reznor is doing on stage.

Maynard in the Rock Trinity, eh? Tool and A Perfect Circle are two bands I should love -- I've liked every song I've ever heard, but for some reason never actually went out to get their stuff. I even saw Tool way back in '93 (I think) and thought they were amazing.

I've been listening to a lot of Corgan and Yorke lately -- apparently I've initiated my own personal '90s music revival or something. Not sure if you've seen it, but I sometimes post about the new indie stuff I'm listening to on my song blog and on my Webjay playlists. Might be a few things you'd enjoy enough to download there.