When NIN news is slow, we can always count on Chris Vrenna to swing by with a brief distraction. Chris is going to join the backing band for Gnarls Barkley at Coachella this year, along with Beck's bassist Justin Meldel Johnsen & Holly Palmer on backing vox.
Gnarles Barkley is a collaboration between Danger Mouse & Cee-Lo Green, and the single off their first album was the first digital-only single to hit #1 in the UK charts. There are going to be a lot of good bands at Coachella (duh), but I recommend checking these guys out if you get the chance.
And now back to... well, nothing's going on right now. Don't forget to check out The Tool Hotline if you're bored.
Fleischkopf wrote in to inform us that what appears to be a rough cut of the scrapped video for "Every Day Is Exactly The Same" has been leaked onto YouTube. Looks like another grip is about to be unemployed.
Finally, some concrete information on what's going on with the Japanese DVD release of Closure. Wes E. wrote in with the following email he apparently received from Tower Records Japan concerning the status of his pre-order, which looks to have been cancelled or else indefinitely postponed:
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The music video for Nine Inch Nails' single "Only," directed by David Fincher, has been nominated by the Music Video Production Association for awards in the Rock, Animated, Direction of a Male Artist, and Special Effects categories. You can read the entire nominee list here, and some more information about the MVPA here. Thanks to Steve for the info. The NIN Hotline does not currently plan to attend the MVPA award ceremony on NIN's behalf.
Over the last few days, we've rolled out our first couple of contests on the NIN Hotline's myspace page: to show us your best NIN-inspired photo, and to make your own music video for Every Day Is Exactly The Same. You can find more information about rules, deadlines, and prizes on our profile. Typically the prizes will include a spot on our top 8/16/32/etc. list and - sometimes - NIN promotional material that we've got lying around.
Since he put it all together so well, I'm basically going to copy and paste what 0818 posted on ETS:
Billboard obviously counted the EDIETS CD as a single, not an EP, and because of that, it debuts at #56 on the Hot 100 - second highest debut of the week... beaten out by the new Red Hot Chili Peppers at #24 (mainly due to downloads of "Dani California".)
The CD was also the best-selling single last week, debuting at #1 on the Hot 100 Singles chart at Billboard. On a related note, the recent re-release of the Head Like a Hole maxi-single is curently at #12 on that same chart. (Thanks to Brandon for the update)
On a related note, I'll put aside our no-rumors mandate because we haven't posted much of anything lately, but there have been some posts on various boards saying that the video for Every Day Is Exactly The Same got canned. Nothing official yet, just rumors.
There's also a photograph being passed around that is supposedly from the set of the video, but not being able to confirm the source, I'm going to spare some grip his job and not post it here.
While messing around with our awesome new myspace profile, I noted the following bulletin from Keith Hillebrandt. (For those of you who are relatively recent fans, Keith Hillebrandt did sound design for NIN on the Fragile; you can read more about that on his myspace profile.) The EP's only $3.99 and in my opinion, having given it a spin just now, it's well worth it. So check it out and support a good cause:
Keith Hillebrandt Flood is a new 4 song, download only, EP, with all the proceeds going to the Tipitina's Artist Relief foundation. Through the 504 Musician Fund, all money goes to help musicians affected by Katrina and to help them bring back the soul of new Orleans.
Anyone who knows anything about me, knows of my love for the people and culture of New Orleans. The 6 years living there and working with nin were some of the best times of my life. I wrote these 4 tracks when I returned for the first time, after the storm, in January. They are my reflections of the despair and sorrow, hope and frustration that Id had since Katrina. The tracks are moody and disjointed, with a distant glimmer of hope.
The noticeable silence of the music of New Orleans led me to release these tracks to help the displaced and hurting musicians. Its also important for people to know that just because time has past, and Mardi Gras went down, New Orleans still needs help. For anyone who has ever enjoyed this town its up to you to not let others forget that the rebuilding has just begun.
We at the NIN Hotline decided to give this "MySpace" thing a try, since it seems to be somewhat popular these days. The NIN Hotline has always been about riding the waves of the latest trends at the crest of their popularity.
Word up to all my Japanese homies: the Every Day is Exactly the Same single will be released in Japan on May 24, 2006. Our good friend Commie from The Perfect Drug sent along a note that, in addition to the standard tracklisting seen on the American and UK releases, the Japanese single will contain two bonus tracks: The Hands That Feeds (Dub Instrumental Mix) and Love Is Not Enough (Live at Rehearsals). You can find more information here and here. Thanks also to Siva and Erik Pemberton.
Jerome Dillon's project, nearLY, will be performing live in Los Angeles at the end of this month. The band is currently rehearsing and features Claudia Sarne (12 Rounds) and Ryan Waters (Sade). Other members include : Leopold Ross (Error), Mike Fonte (Big Milk), Vanessa Freebairn-Smith (Sonus Quartet) and Eva Gardner (The Mars Volta). The three shows are scheduled at various small clubs in and around Hollywood and are the first in support of nearLY's debut release, reminder.
Saturday, April 22, 2006 Acoustic Show @ Hotel Cafe, 10:30 PM 1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028 (323) 461-2040 Buy tickets
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 Molly Malone's, 10:30 PM 575 S. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 935-1577 Buy Tickets
Thursday, April 27, 2006 Spaceland, 11 PM 1717 Silver Lake Blvd. Los Angeles, CA (323) 661-4380 Buy Tickets
An email just arrived in my inbox to let us know that the new NIN single is in fact being released in the UK - but only online. Bearing in mind that the current #1 single in the charts is based on download figures only (it has yet to be released as a CD), and there's a strict limit on the length of UK singles, this makes sense.
So if you're in the UK and you're interested in any of the additional songs available as b-sides or you just want to see how far EDIETS can crawl up the UK charts, you can purchase it directly from the Island Records shop for 99p (which is infinitely cheaper that buying it from your local HMV). If you want the import hard copy, you can always grab it from Amazon.
If you pre-ordered your copy of Every Day Is Exactly the Same, your copy should be arriving soon, if it's not already in your mailbox. If you're the immediate gratification type, you should be able to drive to your local (North American) music retailer and pick up a copy. The CD features a number of remixes that, while available overseas or on promotional releases, have otherwise not been domestically available. And it's only $6.99 at the moment, so it's a fairly good deal.
Best Buy is selling the EP for $4.99 a pop. Jake writes in to mention that "all [Best Buys] got in at least 20 copies because Interscope bought NEW RELEASE endcap space for it. According to the sticker they're marketing it as the With Teeth Remix EP" a la Further Down the Spiral and Things Falling Apart.
Last weekend, Nine Inch Nails was awarded the prestigious RMS Music Society Award for Album of the Year. Since Trent Reznor and crew were in Louisiana that night, a few of us went on behalf of the band.
Drunkpoet had been out drinking booze until 5am that morning, I'd been out drinking Mt Dew until 3am, Tony had been working at the paper until 4am, and Meathead never really sleeps, but we still decided to get up at the ass-crack of dawn and meet in Philadelphia before making our way to Sicklerville, NJ, where the awards were held. After hitting a Korean BBQ and walking around a wet South Street for a while, we barely found our way to the place, and met up with the elusive Walter.
Afterwards, attendees reviewed the songs they heard and shared their opinions -- despite the wide range of music and the variety of listeners, a great majority agreed that the tracks played from With Teeth were the best of the lot.
Since Trent could not be there, he sent a letter to Meathead to read to the crowd on his behalf. Cue the hot multimedia action...