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As Austin City Limits gets ready for a rare television appearance by Nine Inch Nails this coming weekend (check your local PBS listings), the audience can prepare with an interview with Trent Reznor about the reëmergeance of NIN, or with a preview of the ACL performance with this clip of Satellite, from the most recent NIN album.

Austin City Limits is available on most PBS stations, and the show will be available to watch online for a limited time after it appears on television.
posted by hippybear (35 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
For more old-school NIN fans, here is a clip of Sanctified, from Pretty Hate Machine, performed by the current live line-up on ACL.
posted by hippybear at 8:19 PM on April 3


yessssssss

related: ...but does anyone else think it's kinda weird that NIN and Soundgarden are touring together?
posted by raihan_ at 8:31 PM on April 3


Speaking as someone who, at least for one lengthy period of his life, wore almost nothing but NIN and Soundgarden t-shirts (under the same couple of beat up plaid flannels) I'm going to say "no?" ^_^
posted by trackofalljades at 8:35 PM on April 3 [7 favorites]


does anyone else think it's kinda weird that NIN and Soundgarden are touring together?

No, not at all. Check out the documentary Pearl Jam Twenty. It is very clear that the music scene in Seattle during the early 1990s was full of mixing and blending and that many of the players in various bands were not only friends but roommates at various points. The members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam aren't foes at all, but long-standing friends who have collaborated many times across the decades.
posted by hippybear at 8:43 PM on April 3


I like how the first link has Reznor speaking exclusively into the left audio track, while a Minecraft zombie putters around in the distance on the right track.
posted by belarius at 8:43 PM on April 3


Those clips are interesting to me if only because it's weird seeing any even remotely modern incarnation of NIN as a live band perform without an intensely fancy light show.

Unsurprisingly, they don't really need the fancy lights!

(but they should never stop doing fancy lights)
posted by sparkletone at 8:49 PM on April 3 [2 favorites]


I saw them do their thing in Portland, OR last November with Explosions in The Sky(Who were aaaamaaaazing). Pretty decent show, even up in the stand. I'd been listening to the new album in the weeks leading up to going so I was a little disappointed at NIN's part because of how much of the concert revolved around old stuff. Still good mind you, but I was pretty hyped at to see/hear the new stuff.

Then Closer was rendered into some kind of weird Industrial-Bossa-Nova-thing and most of the older stuff got little extra pizazz from there. For that, it was worth the money. I'd love to have a good recording of that rendition to point to so I'm hoping that's in the set.

Think Hurt should be abandoned though. Even seeing it live I still feel Cash stole that one out from under him.
posted by ThrowbackDave at 8:51 PM on April 3 [2 favorites]


(but they should never stop doing fancy lights)

Oh, they have plenty of fancy lights. Just not for this particular performance.
posted by hippybear at 8:51 PM on April 3


Nice diaeresis!

I've seen a lot of live music, and NIN is the most disappointing live band I've ever seen. Twice! I thought they couldn't top themselves!
posted by mr_roboto at 9:04 PM on April 3 [1 favorite]


Also, consider this:

We are as far in time from Pretty Hate Machine as Pretty Hate Machine was from Introducing... The Beatles.
posted by mr_roboto at 9:09 PM on April 3 [28 favorites]


My parents were big country music fans in the '80s, so I can remember occasionally watching it with them when i was a kid. I haven't seen much of it since then...but based on what I did see I can honestly say I never, ever thought I'd see Nine Inch Nails play Austin City Limits.
posted by The Card Cheat at 9:20 PM on April 3 [1 favorite]


Oh, they have plenty of fancy lights. Just not for this particular performance

Oh, I know. It's rare for bands/artists to bring their own lighting on a TV show. The only person I can think of that does it regularly is Kanye when he decides to do SNL the last bunch of times he has. Actually, it looked like the lights for ACL had been beefed up somewhat compared to normal, or maybe they just upgraded in the last year or two? The last one I watched was radiohead, and they just had the standard functional, but flat ACL lighting. NIN seemed to have slightly more here but still nothing like the crazy shit they do on tour.
posted by sparkletone at 9:24 PM on April 3


We are as far in time from Pretty Hate Machine as Pretty Hate Machine was from Introducing... The Beatles.

Oww, my age hurts.
posted by Foosnark at 9:37 PM on April 3 [12 favorites]


"Satellite" is basically an 80s electro-funk song with industrial samples. I'd love to hear Cameo cover it.
posted by borges at 10:35 PM on April 3 [2 favorites]


My parents were big country music fans in the '80s, so I can remember occasionally watching it with them when i was a kid. I haven't seen much of it since then...but based on what I did see I can honestly say I never, ever thought I'd see Nine Inch Nails play Austin City Limits.

So ACL used to be mostly a showcase for country/western acts, but they always let Austin's own Willie Nelson on. He was kind of a hippie compared to a lot of the stuff they showed. Sometime in the early nineties (I think?) ACL started putting on decidedly more non-country acts.

Interesting fact: due to rights issues, it is difficult for them to replay old shows on the air, and they generally won't sell copies either. I have a friend who used to work in the ACL archives. Their most-requested performance? Tom Waits.
posted by nushustu at 12:28 AM on April 4


We are as far in time from Pretty Hate Machine as Pretty Hate Machine was from Introducing... The Beatles.

You knock that perspective crap off right this very instant.
posted by 1adam12 at 1:28 AM on April 4 [6 favorites]


I'm going to see NIN next month.

It's been 20 years since I've seen them last. This is mildly distressing to me.

Meanwhile, my nephew really wants to go to Soundgarden & NIN show. Unfortunately, he is 8. And Auntie Katemonkey isn't there to give him some powerful ear protectors and her old Bauhaus t-shirt so he can rock out. I bet his granddad would take him, but his father is putting his foot down.

He probably won't get to rock out until he's at least 13.
posted by Katemonkey at 3:05 AM on April 4 [3 favorites]


A friend of mine and I are going to the NIN/Soundgarden concert in Atlanta in August. Never mind that it is an outdoor amphitheater in August in Atlanta. We are PUMPED.

NIN is on my list of "bands I have to see before I die or I will haunt venues until I do" so that's good.
posted by Twain Device at 4:09 AM on April 4


>about the reëmergeance of NIN

I will not coöperate with this practice of aping the New Yorker's frightfully affected and precious diaeresis thing, and anyone thinking of trying it, I urge you to reëvaluate your life choices.

I'm not sure where the extra "a" comes from in reemergence, but I hope that's not also A Thing.
posted by kcds at 4:27 AM on April 4


I adore NIN, and that's a nice version of "Satellite".

"Satellite" is basically an 80s electro-funk song with industrial samples. I'd love to hear Cameo cover it.

I like to imagine that Hesitation Marks was NIN's (successful!) attempt to bring industrial rock back around to a WaxTrax sort of thing.
posted by Sticherbeast at 5:04 AM on April 4


WaxTrax

Now there's a name I haven't read is eons....
posted by Mezentian at 5:10 AM on April 4


Now there's a name I haven't read is eons....

Looks like I'm going to be listening to the Black Box at work today...
posted by Sticherbeast at 5:25 AM on April 4 [1 favorite]


Oh, Sister Machine Gun.... I can almost smell the smoke machine and stale beer.
posted by Mezentian at 5:29 AM on April 4 [2 favorites]


headbanging and rocking out over a synth and sequencer still looks dorky as ever 25 years later.
posted by entropicamericana at 5:37 AM on April 4 [1 favorite]


I'm not sure where the extra "a" comes from in reemergence

It's one of the extras from this new-ish NIN song.
posted by hippybear at 5:47 AM on April 4 [1 favorite]


This Is A Trent Reznor Song now has an official video.
posted by Sticherbeast at 6:22 AM on April 4 [1 favorite]


I just realized that my earlier comment about Pearl Jam has no place in this thread at all. This is what happens when you mix beer and champagne in an evening. Learn from this, people!
posted by hippybear at 6:38 AM on April 4


I had kind of forgotten that the show Austin City Limits was a thing! That is great that they have a few full episodes as well as songs and interviews on their website.
posted by mountmccabe at 7:16 AM on April 4


I am eternally grateful to Austin City Limits for introducing me to Explosions in the Sky.
posted by Hutch at 8:03 AM on April 4 [2 favorites]


Hippy - while PJ and Soundgarden may not be each others' nemesis(es?)...While I do like NIN and Soundgarden, I'm pret-ty sure (I can't find it right now) Trent did an interview in Details? perhaps? in the mid 90's where he blatantly says "I fucking hate Pearl Jam." I've been trying to track that quote down for a while now to make sure I did not imagine it, but I have read a stupid amount of interviews with Trent. ;)

So while the Lollapalooza-era bands did a number of cross-pollinating playing and whatnot, I don't think you could say that things were commonly fuzzy bunnies and hugs across the board..
posted by bitterkitten at 12:25 PM on April 4


Also - Katemonkey - here's some great footage of the fall 2013 portion of the NIN tension tour for the young 'un, and anyone else who has not seen the magnificent rock spectacle that this thing is. Not the same as being there, but gives you a pretty good idea. : )
posted by bitterkitten at 12:28 PM on April 4 [2 favorites]


Trent did an interview in Details? perhaps? in the mid 90's where he blatantly says "I fucking hate Pearl Jam." I've been trying to track that quote down for a while now to make sure I did not imagine it, but I have read a stupid amount of interviews with Trent. ;)

It's about halfway down in this reprint of an Axcess Magazine interview from 1994.
posted by cedar at 3:40 PM on April 4


I am eternally grateful to Austin City Limits for introducing me to Explosions in the Sky.

Funny you should say that... Explosions In The Sky opened for NIN on their Tension 2013 tour when I saw them, and it was one of the most exhilarating, astounding musical experiences I've ever had with a band I had never heard before. Made me not just an instant fan, but a bit obsessive for about a month after that introduction.
posted by hippybear at 6:18 PM on April 4


So, Satellite (linked above) will not be part of the ACL broadcast concert.

Another portion of the filmed show that will not be broadcast is Survivalism. (I can't believe that With Teeth is nearly TEN YEARS OLD! OMG!)
posted by hippybear at 7:58 PM on April 4


If you missed the actual broadcast of Austin City Limits last night, you can now watch online until May 3.
posted by hippybear at 7:26 AM on April 6 [1 favorite]


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