Posts Tagged ‘Nine Inch Nails’

Happy New Year (where every day is exactly the same)

January 2, 2010

I thought I would be resting today, but somehow….

I forgot I have two articles due at the end of today, so I am busily writing those, while indulging in my favorite procrastination tools: eating, a quick little blog post and organizing other portions of my life. [I walked 4.9 miles on the way home from the New Year’s Eve Party this morning. It only took me 3.8 miles to walk it yesterday. I stopped for coffee on the way home today and could only assume that the Starbucks in Little Tokyo that normally opens at 4 am would be open after 6 am on a holiday. I was right. It was full of law enforcement officers also getting their morning coffee. I walked 7.1 miles on Wednesday when I was feeling restless. But now I know where Tribal Cafe is in relation to L’KEG, as I usually have a point to my meanderings. And Starbucks on Union and Wilshire was closed already at 10 pm that night.)

The dirty dishes are filling the sink right now, which makes it difficult to fill pots with water for cooking or rinsing. I have to get to my storage unit by 8 tonight (when hopefully I will be done with my articles) to claim a new smaller unit, so I can consolidate and organize. I’m supposed to be meeting a friend tonight, but after we both agreed we needed more sleep from our respective parties last night, I haven’t heard anything further.

Tomorrow I plan on buying racks, bins and boxes to put in my storage unit, so I can begin transferring the items that need re-packing into the new unit. But I also need to spend a few hours doing the paperwork I need to submit in order to get paid. The program didn’t mention we had until January 4th to submit paperwork (since the post office is only open one day preceeding that), so I’m assuming January 2nd is the only day that I can mail it in and not be technically late. I also plan on finishing painting that damn closet I have been working on for a week or two. I already went and bought the extra paint I am afraid I will need. So tomorrow is a busy day of obligations.

And I am currently listening to the perfect song that epitomizes all of this: NIN’s Every Day is Exactly the Same. Who better to get you down on a new day of a new year (of possibly a new decade if you count that way) but Trent Reznor.

Here it is:

Okay, so I’d never seen that video before. Way more depressing than I was trying to express. Just listen to the lyrics and ignore the video. Or just read the title and leave it that. Or here, just watch this one instead, recorded in the studio, no video interpretation at all.

(Look at that! Trent’s not wearing all black, nor wearing short sleeves!)

Here’s to the new year, and may my first two days and its necessary obligations not be a predictor of the remaining 363 days. May they merely be precursors to my new organized life to enjoy spontaneous fun and opportunities as they occur!

Because those dishes will not be washing themselves….

So much to say, so little time!

June 16, 2009

I have plenty to say, but I am waiting for all the photos I took to download. Sheesh!

I am sunburnt and happy. Well, not happy about the sunburn, but you know….

Because of the sunburn, I did not go and see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform. My body was tired. And by the time it was about the time for Nine Inch Nails to take the stage at 1 am, I had fallen asleep. But Trent and crew woke me up, and I could hear perfectly well from within my tent at my campsite. So it was not a total loss.

Felt much better the next day, was able to make a full day of it in the Tennessee sun, and did make it to see Phish’s second show, and who should show up to be a guest performer, but the Boss.

Turns out that Trey Anastasio as a 12 year old went to his first concert ever, and saw The Boss, and thought all concerts lasted three hours and were such high energy shows. So here was Trey performing with Phish, with the Boss, his shining role model of how concerts are done, performing with him.

Made me think, that you never know who you will have an impact on in your life, whether known or unknown. And how we all do impact one another, every day. Such a beautiful example….

More to follow…. just passed through another storm in Corinth, Mississippi and the sky was the most amazing color. Apparently Memphis was hit by a storm over the weekend, knocking out power and causing other problems. But there is electricity where I am, and internet access, what more do I care?

Sasquatch Recap Day 2

May 30, 2009

Day 2 Sunday (5/24/09). The neighbors further down were playing Eminem. Continuously. They were frat boys and girls and seemed hell bent on staying drunk the entire weekend.  Listening to Eminem, I wondered what band was of any interest to them.  They were also usually at their campsite, no matter what time of day it was. Did they actually ever step foot in the festival? I saw some of them inside on Monday, so I guess yes.

Sunday was an awesome day, including several bands I had never heard before that I thoroughly enjoyed. These included Fences (despite technical difficulties), John Vanderslice (peppy alt rock), Hockey (peppy fun), The Wrens (energetic and wide ranging musical stylings), and M83 (a French, uncategorizeable band). I also saw the Walkmen, whom I had heard others enthuse about, and found them a great band to not pay any particular attention to, a good thing to relax to. I was reading Charles Bukowski’s book Women that day, so I needed bands that I did not have to work hard to listen to. Fences had a devoted, reverent audience who were silent throughout the performance. Love these audiences!








I also saw the Submarines, who did one of the Apple ads, and played a glockenspiel, always a plus in my book. Street Sweeper Social Club (with Tom Morello on guitar) and Murder City Devils I merely made the note of loud. St. Vincent, whom I had seen back at Austin City Limits a couple of years ago, was now much more confident and rock driven than previously, so I will have to take a closer listen to her music now, since it has changed. The Builders and the Butchers were very energetic country/folk/bluegrass? I love energetic bands, it is so easy to catch their infectious spirit.

Airborne Toxic Event, The Dodos, TV on the Radio and finally, NIN ended the day for me. I missed Of Montreal (whom I heard had wookies and other special guests on stage with them, and I found confetti on the ground by that stage the next day) and Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, because they both conflicted with Nine Inch Nails. I caught a bit of Deadmau5 as I walked out, waiting to see his fantastical headpiece, but he was not in costume. No Jane’s Addiction for me. Besides, the night before we found that we could hear the main stage just fine from the campsite, where we were not subjected to winds and cold, and could eat and drink freely what we had.

Trent and Nine Inch Nails

Trent and Nine Inch Nails









Sunday night, the girls next door determined, was to be a party night, to make up for the lack of partying the night before, and their leaving early Monday night. I walked back to my camp and saw two young men I did not recognize lounging on their cooler, but the girls nowhere in sight. Odd, I thought, since I knew full well they had put the cooler in their car before heading off to the festival. So the girls were somewhere about, and these guys must be someone they knew? I looked at them quizzically, trying to figure out who they were. And they noticed me looking at them, and started including me in the story that was being told. Collin was recounting a really strange trip he had had, whilst on ‘shrooms and heroin, if I understood correctly, and how a figment he created who looked like Tom Morello but had Collin’s eyes, told him to believe in himself and no he was not gay, despite all the people in his hallucination telling him he was. So of course we the listeners had to ask, are you? And he said no, he wasn’t. But so far, he had only had a partially homosexual experience, and was looking to be rid of his virginal status.

At this point, since some of the girls had returned, and his friend the other guy Chris, turned to me and asked would I be willing to take on the task of deflowering poor sincere, cute Canadian Collin?

Uh? I needed to eat first, before I could even consider this proposal. I asked one of the girls why not her, and she said she was in a committed relationship, otherwise she would. There was also an assumption I might perhaps be more experienced. I needed a drink. And in the midst of all these preparations to even begin to assess this Collin, he wandered off, not to return. I hadn’t said no, as I hadn’t even had the chance to get to know him. Oh well. Here’s wishing Collin got his desire fulfilled that weekend, and had a wonderful first experience.

In the meantime, Chris’ friend Buster showed up, and it was decided that all of us would go over to their campsite. Which turned out to be in the VIP section. Far, far away. A long trek away. Even longer when you had to go to the far side to sneak in through the hole in the fence, since security was actually checking for VIP wristbands at the main entrance to the VIP campground. But once in, we discovered the portapotties were luxurious flushables, and there was water and soap waiting once one was done. Ahh, soap! The first soap I had found so far! As long as the trek was, the VIP residents actually don’t have to experience it, since they get to be bussed to their own entrance to the festival. The perks of VIP. I couldn’t tell, but it almost seemed as if they had unlimited in-out privileges.

Drinking and smoking ensued, and listening to music through Buster’s mini Cooper’s sound system.  Eventually all us girls lay down on an inflatable mattress with Buster, to better watch the shooting stars and satellites passing by in the sky. There were far less lights in VIP than our camping section, so the full Milky Way was visible. We also watched the blinking red lights to prevent planes flying into the windmills on the nearby hills. We were waiting for Chris to come back from visiting another campsite.

Chris came back, and about the same time security came by to let everyone know that the portapotties we were using had rattlesnakes. So be careful. Wow, VIP had so many more amenities than regular camping, including rattlesnakes!

More took place that evening, more wanderings, mentions of pterodactyls, bleeding fingers, bonfires and the sounds of a riot taking place on the other side of the VIP fence. We even came across a circle of people kicking a single soccer ball, chanting something no one could make out. And we chilled in a canvas circus tent, under the pirate flag. We returned to our campsites, and looked back where we had been, and noticed the sky getting lighter, the sun thinking of rising. It was 4 am when we all crawled into our tents.

Outside Lands Festival Lineup Announcement Monday

April 10, 2009

How is it that a festival not taking place until the end of August (August 28-30 is Outside Lands in San Francisco) can announce its lineup in four short days, while a festival taking place three weeks earlier (August 7-9 is Lollapalooza in Chicago) still won’t announce its lineup until a week and a day after then?

And come on, if Jane’s Addiction is rumored to be headlining (not difficult, considering Lolla is Jane’s Addiction’s front man Perry Farrell’s baby) and Jane’s Addiction is touring this summer with Nine Inch Nails, calling themselves the NIN/JA tour, what do you suppose the chances are that Nine Inch Nails might also make an appearance at Lollapalooza? I’m just guessing, but that seems kinda likely, don’t ya think?

But in the meantime, we will have to wait for the official announcement.

Twitter, Schmwitter

March 11, 2009

Got this on myspace the other day:

From: nine inch nails
Date: Mar 10, 2009 12:46 PM
Subject: NIN on Twitter
Body: If you use Twitter, you can now follow NIN at http://twitter. com/nineinchnails for official news updates and other information.

All the band members also have Twitter accounts:

Trent Reznor: http://twitter. com/trent_reznor
Robin Finck: http://twitter. com/robinfincktwits
Justin Meldal-Johnsen: http://twitter. com/justinmj
Ilan Rubin: http://twitter. com/IlanRubin

And NIN’s art director Rob Sheridan is at http://twitter. com/rob_sheridan

Perhaps you know, if you have read numerous of my posts, that I perhaps like Nine Inch Nails just a little?

And, I have been on the fence as to twitter. To twitter, or not to twitter. Certainly don’t need it. But would it be fun to have an account, to use? Or would it be mere vanity and more access to time-wasters, something I definitely don’t need any help with? With a 140 character limit per tweet, would it help me hone my writing to get to the point sooner? Perhaps all of the above. But now I could follow Trent and his tweets. (Sounds like a band from the 60’s: Now featuring: Trent & The Tweets!)

Still on the fence, but Trent being there as something to look forward to may push me over the edge. I think it humorous that they included not only the band, and their individual accounts, but their art director too. Time for trivia!