Here’s just a simple list of my favourite albums from this year.
In alphabetical order only.
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Bosnian Rainbows - Bosnian Rainbows
David Bowie - The Next Day
How to Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion
Lorde - Pure Heroine
Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks
Queens of the Stone Age - …Like Clockwork
Rilo Kiley - RKives
Rob Zombie - Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
The Uncluded - Hokey Fright
This was a really great year for music, with some of my absolute favourite artists coming out with new material. In 2014, I’m looking forward to new albums from Broken Bells, The Notwist, Imogen Heap, Band of Skulls, Azealia Banks and Beck, to name a few.
I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked - which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.
The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.
Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.
Oh my gods. Please, please, please let there be a New Zealand show!
Today, April 1st, marks the 3rd anniversary of the greatest Nine Inch Nails album ever made, Strobe Light. Produced by legendary musical genius Timbaland and featuring appearances by Bono, Chris Martin, Fergie, and Sheryl Crow, Strobe Light marked a new direction for Trent Reznor. Tracks like “Pussygrinder” and “Coffin on the Dance Floor” remain some of the best songs Reznor has ever written.
If for some stupid reason you haven’t already downloaded this masterpiece, get off your ass and GET THAT SHIT NOW.