Nine Inch Nails footage of a cheesy TV appearance made its way online last week. The late-80's incarnation of the band pantomimes along with "Down In It" on a regional music show Dance Party USA. Trent Reznor tweeted about the video:
Many years ago, a young and naive Nine Inch Nails were asked what TV shows they'd be interested in appearing on. As a joke (and likely drunk), they thought of the most absurd choice they could come up with at the time. They were then informed their bluff had been called and were actually booked on said show... They hopped in their Honda Civic touring vehicle (hatchback) and travelled many miles to (I think) NJ for the big show. They had a laugh making fun of the people, their fashion choices and hairstyles. Life was good. Years later, the internet is discovered... There's a moral in there somewhere. Come to think of it, Skrillex may indeed owe me some publishing on that hairdo...
In a time before the Internet, in homes without access to basic cable and MTV, programs like Dance Party USA were one of the only ways to discover new music. Observe the outdated awkwardness and embarrassing hairstyles.
Flaming Lips latest gimmick may owe a debt to KISS. Wayne Coyne says limited editions of the forthcoming Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends LP will be smeared with blood collected by collaborators. Ke$ha is the highest profile name so far, but he hopes to collect specimens from Coldplay's Chris Martin, Yoko Ono, Bon Iver, Nick Cave, and others.
Coyne adds “interested rich Flaming Lips people" would likely purchase the special edition, to be released on Record Store Day (April 21).
Kyuss Lives! and ex-Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri finally commented on his standoff with LAPD and potential 15-year prison sentence from the pending charges. “Basically, at the end of the day I screwed up because I didn’t open the door. I was like, ‘I’m not going to open, I don’t have to open.’ I didn’t think you have to open the door – you have to open the door. A robot came and knocked down my door.” I guess the guns and drugs in his home had nothing to do with the charges.
My Bloody Valentine's short period of musical output will finally be reissued on May 7 via Sony. Details on their two full-lengths and EP collection, including the much-lauded 1991 LP Lovelesshere.
Vandals bassist Joe Escalante hopes to become a Los Angeles County Judge! He's been a volunteer temporary judge for a few years, but now wishes to be employed and compensated for his legal acumen. His election falls in June.
The latest round of revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden expose some of the high-profile targets the agency has monitored — and there are some odd names on the list.