Gary Numan makes a surprise appearance on stage with Nine Inch Nails for a performance of his song "Metal," live in London, UK, July 15th, 2009.
This performance continues with "Cars".
Filmed by Rob Sheridan with the Canon 5d Mark II. Audio mix by Blumpy.
Gary Numan makes a surprise appearance on stage with Nine Inch Nails for a performance of his song "Cars," live in London, UK, July 15th, 2009.
This performance is a continuation of "Metal".
Filmed by Rob Sheridan with the Canon 5d Mark II. Audio mix by Blumpy.
But we already knew that.
This is the best one so far today:
Nine Inch Nail's new album "STROBE LIGHT" produced by Timbaland.
1. intro skit
2. everybody's doing it (featuring chris martin, jay-z AND bono)
3. black t-shirt
4. pussygrinder (featuring sheryl crow)
5. coffin on the dancefloor
6. this rhythm is infected
7. slide to the dark side
8. even closer (featuring justin timberlake and maynard james keenan)
9. on the list (she's not)
10. clap trap crack slap
11. laid, paid and played (featuring fergie of the black eyed peas and al jourgensen)
12. feel like being dead again
13. still hurts (featuring alicia keys)
14. outro skit
And the album cover is so win: http://nin.com/pub/strobelight/images/
And if you enter your email address to order, you get the Blue Screen Of Aprl_Fls.
I'm sorry, Aeri, i haven't gone to bed yet. Soon, though.
Been a while, huh? This will be incoherent and nonchronological.
Talking to Aeri quite a bit lately. That makes me happy beyond words. And speaking of, i'm relearning the power words have. -s-
Had/have been having a bit of a panicky time of things. I get paranoid about certain people. Why they're there Now, and may be very distant Later. I wonder if it's personal, if they found something better to do, if it is just the simple explanation of being busy, etc. But it becomes hard for me when that's not communicated *to* me. I feel a bit abandoned. It sounds worse than i acutally feel, but it's a smallish, anxious thing i deal with. I *understand*, but i can't quite relax unless i'm reassured, "no, i haven't fogotten you".
So, filling that void is books and games. I had beaten .hack//G.U. Vol. 2: Reminisce, but found a billion things to do afterwards (mostly gathering items, gaining prizes, finishing up a few things, maxing out levels, etc.). I still had some of my favortie events happen after the game was "finished" (Pi's measurements! Age! Real name!). I'd been reading a novel (".hack//AI Buster") and finished it one morning, and in the game that evening, the monster that became a focal point of the entire novel appeared in the game. I was so happy that i read the book, and finished it before that, otherwise it wouldn't have been so cool.
But then, the game was pretty much over. And i found myself facing Lots Of Time On My Hands. Sometimes i have things to do, people to talk to... Sometimes those things dry up, people get busy. understandable. But me, with no one to talk to, and nothing UltraExciting to occupy myself with = that anxiousness i mentioned before. So i was kinda dreading the prospect of getting done with that game, and for various reasons, not being able to get the next one for a week or two.
Luckily i got some books from the library. Dragon Ball Volume 5, Tenchi Muyo!: Sasami Stories, so super cute, with a bunch of 4-panel manga at the end, and .hack//Legend Of The Twilight, the manga that follows after the novel, and takes place in the same universe as the games i'm talking about, just earlier in time. I love manga, and i read a lot, but these books are so good i really look forward to reading them, rather than simply having something cool to read if i have nothing else to do.
(Told you this was going to be all over the place.)
SO. Brings me to today. Had errands to run, trip to the bank, trip to the store, blah blah. Get up after like no sleep, run to Wal-Mart. Grab some soda, some candy (OMG STRAWBERRY WHOPPERS?! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! YOU ARE HEREBY APPOINTED A NON-SPECIFIC SLOT IN THE LIST OF TOP FOUR BEST CANDIES EVER! KTHX!), a fresh sketchbook which seems to be waiting to be filled with a few ideas i already have, 100 blank dvds (don't have to worry about hard drive space for a while), and HOLY CRAP WTF Wal-Mart has .hack//G.U Vol. 3: Redemption?! And it costs the same as it would online, with shipping?! :O :O ::Buys.:: No waiting for new debit card to arrive in the mail, no waiting for ordering and shipping. No two-to-three weeks without a game i REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY want to play all the time. I HAD IT IN MY HANDS (well, after waiting half an hour to find someone who could let it out of the case -.-;). Game is mine. Now you gotta see me type out ".hack//G.U Vol. 3: Redemption" a million times, instead of ".hack//G.U. Vol. 2: Reminisce".
Was so excited to find the game, that i forgot to look for/at a few things, but oh well. Went to the bank. Came home. Finished a few things in .hack//G.U. Vol. 2: Reminisce, FLIPPED OUT, and played .hack//G.U Vol. 3: Redemption, talked to Aeri, YAY, and OMG DARLA FROM JAPAN I'M SO JEALOUS. SO yeah, Darla's there, and she can get online, so, awesome, and it sounds like she really loves it. So, win. Oh, and then i talked to Aeri some more, and played .hack//G.U Vol. 3: Redemption some more, and got the really risque/dirtyish/don't-let-your-mom-see desktop picture of Pi that Darla had told me about. I left it on my TV. It's on there right now. Pi is awesome. Also: very large in the chestal region (as you can see in my icon).
And i suppose that gets us up to now, in which i am sleepy, and hungry-but-can't-be-botered-to-eat, and making a post instead of going to sleep.
We have weather. 75 yesterday, 18 tomorrow, straight drop from one to the other over three days. Ice. Snow. Thunder. Win.
And now i'll post this and sleep. I hope.
ALSO: P.S. nine inch nails released a new 36-song instrumental album out of nowhere last night. Go download it. It's what Trent wants.
Shame on us, we knew from the start. May god have mercy on our dirty little hearts. Shame on us for all we've done, and all we ever were... just zeroes and ones.
Nine Inch Nails' "Year Zero" has been leaked. It rocks.
Strawberry Cheese Danish Pop Tarts own.
I've got things to say, but i'm not feeling like it right now.
Nine Inch Nails has been doing this thing lately. If you're familiar with what they call "alternate reality games", you'll know what it is. If not, i'll explain:
Alternate reality games are promotional campaigns for something, usually video games, or movies, consisting of elements that leak into "real life", like websites and email, phone calls, etc. For example, a url for a website may be somewhat hidden in a commercial. The website seems completely unrelated to the product being advertised, but it seems to have been hacked, and is defaced. Upon investigating the html code, or editing an image file, a phone number is revealed. Calling the number, there is a recording of a man who souds like he is in danger, quickly relaying a url to yet another website, which contains a video clip. The video clip has further information and secrets to be revealed, and so on. It's sort of an interactive advertising campaign. Games like this in the past have gone so far as to call participants in the middle of the night with new clues to the game, or require one participant in the game to be at a certain pay phone at a certain time to recieve a phone call that continues the game. They tend to be quite elaborate.
I won't get into the full details here, there are websites all over you can find if you want to know everything (and there is a LOT to know), but Nine Inch Nail's "alternate reality game" promoting their next album "Year Zero" began with a t-shirt sold at one of their concerts. The listing of dates of shows on the shirt had some letters highlighted. When read in order, the letters spelled out "iamtryingtobelieve". This lead people to find the website "iamtryingtobelieve.com". The site is slightly scrambled, sort of ugly, and contains information and scans of news clips about a drug that the government has been putting in the water to make people safe from bioterrorism attacks. But some poeple are starting to believe that the real purpose of the drug is to dull the minds of the citizens in order to make them complacent.
Songs from the album get "leaked". USB drives found in bathrooms of venues Nine Inch Nails are playing contain MP3s, and sometimes image files. The images lead to more websites, message boards, email addresses, and phone numbers with recordings, featuring various infomation about government wrongdoings, violent police actions, terrorist attacks on major US cities, etc. And these lead to more phone numbers, audio files, websites, and on and on.
In short, the "storyline" of the songs, websites, phone messages, etc. is that in the year 2022, the world is very bleak, and dangerous. It's a vision of what the world may be like if it continues on the path it's on now. 2022 is now "Year Zero", 0000. The government is drugging its citizens in the name of terrorism prevention, killing people who "resist" and are revealing the truth. Website access is very restricted, some sites being authorized to view by only certain citizens with certain licenses, and unauthorized viewing can result in a "reeducation team" coming for you. Internet bandwidth is monitored and audited. Governments promote drug use in other countries in order to destroy whole societies. It's a very dystopian, 1984-like environment. (No coincidence, i suspect... 1984... 0000...) And someone is trying to change things... by sending message to the past, to the year -0015 (2007), in the hopes of altering their present and preventing such a horrible future for us.
The most interesting thing, though, is the reports of "the Presence". A large, ghostly hand that literally reaches down out of the sky in a thunderclap of noise, that irrevocably alters anyone who witnesses it. Is it a mass hallucination caused by the drug the government is putting in the water? Possibly... except there are photos. These very creepy photos are found on the various websites, on the cover of the "Year Zero" album, and the Presence can be seen in a really really disturbing short video promoting the album.
And the Presence appears, most interestingly of all, in the spectrograph analysis of one of the leaked Nine Inch Nails song. The static at the end of one of the songs, when analyzed, reveals an image of the hand reaching down. Another audio file found on a USB drive, when analyzed, reveals yet another phone number. Yes, an image of a phone number was encoded into a sound. This blows my mind, not only because it's an amazing thing to do, but because i actually thought of it a year or two ago. I was musing to my sister, "Wouldn't it be cool if a band would hide images in music, that you could see in the spectrograph?" To my knowledge, no one did it before. Then, one of my very favorite bands actually DOES it. When the whole concept that spawned the spectrograph images is that messages are being sent from the future, and i'd thought of it before NIN did it.. well it's got me a little creeped out.
Anyway. i'm so hooked on this... whatever you'd call it. Promotion, game... One of my three all-time favorite bands, using a story line that combines my very favorite type of sci-fi: dystopian future societies, corrupt governements, electronic messages from the future, giant forces of nature/god/higher powers, along with my previously-documented absolute love and fascination with actual real-world artifacts from fictional people, places, and times... and the actual implementation of a concept i "invented" in the past... I'm just blown away by the whole concept. It's almost as if i got into Nine Inch Nails fifteen years ago just to wait for this thing to happen.
Wait... got into NIN fifteen years ago... Year Zero is fifteen years from now... My favorite sci-fi and love of artifictions... my invention of concepts used in the "storyline"... messages from the future... Nah, i'm reading too much into this.
Or am i? :O DUN DUN DUNNN!
All joking aside, it actually IS a bit creepy if i think about it too much. Too many "coincidences", and i don't believe in coincidences. Anyway, it's all very cool. Yay for Nine Inch Nails for doing something really cool and fun tying in with their new album.
ATTN: Nine Inch Nails fans
RE: Trent before Nine Inch Nails
Here's something some of you might be interested in. It's a video from the local news in Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1986, showcasing Trent's then-band Exotic Birds, including footage of a live performance and an interview with Baby Trent.
Check out that hair.
And, since i'm on the subject, and already did this this for someone, this is an enire bootleg of another pre-NIN band Trent was in, Option 30, that i ripped and posted for your listening (dis?)pleasure. It's a radio interview with Trent and another guy in the band, Todd, and a nice amount of songs - which sound a terrible lot like Police ripoffs - and covers of After The Fire's "Der Kommissar", and Thompson Twin's "Lies", warbled to hell by Trent. It's really painful and awesome to listen to. If the Pre-Pretty Hate machine demos didn't turn you off of Nine Inch Nails, this just might. Just wait til you hear "Equal Rights". And the noises Trent makes during the covers... Holy God. The synth! The synth! New wave/industrial history here, kids.
Here's the link. Enjoy! Or just laugh at it.