For the most part, 2008 musically passed with the grandeur of an oboe solo for me: nobody noticed or cared, except for the occasional court-awareness, awe-struck moment of, “Whoa, hey! There’s an oboe solo going on right now.” [Read more...]
I’m not sure at what point we stop talking about the delivery medium and start refocusing on the actual music, but I’m thinking we’ve got to be approaching it. Nine Inch Nails have been one of the frontrunners in the big-name band digital download revolution. Freed from his recording contract, Trent Reznor released Ghosts: Volume I-IV earlier this year to general praise and applause for the quantity of music he allowed users to download for a nominal price. Later in April, Reznor released the single “Discipline” for free download. And on May 5th, the second contract-less album, duty free, entitled The Slip. The album was released as a free download for one and all as a thank you to the fans for supporting them. So clearly there’s a buzz about the freedoms that come with bands freed from the contractual shackles with record companies. But the dust around this approach has to be settling soon and when it does, will the buzz around The Slip last?
I think it’s safe to say that if it’s a new week, you can just assume Trent’s going to give you permission to download something else. Hot on the heels of the free single release of the song, “Discipline,” which was hot on the heels of the contract-free album Ghosts: Volume I-IV, Nine Inch Nails have put together a new album titled, The Slip. The album is being offered in its various download formats for completely free for one and all as a thank you to the fans.
Motley Crue put their hairspray soaked heads together and came up with an idea for a festival. This summer, the Crue, along with bands like Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Trapt and Nikki Sixx’s other band Sixx a.m., will hit the road in the cleverly titled “Cruefest.” Says Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx,
“Well, we were looking for bands that first of all had hit songs. That’s important to us. That the bands aren’t just run-of-the-mill bands but they have amazing songs. We’re also looking for bands that live the rock and roll lifestyle because that’s what we’re taking around the country is rock and roll and the lifestyle, and these bands all stand for that. They all look and smell and I’m sure some of you will find out, taste like rock stars.”
Motley Crue will be promoting their upcoming album, rumored to be titled The Dirt. The album is led by the single “The Saints of Los Angeles” which hit radio stations on Tuesday, April 15th.
Between this tour and the Poison tour (featuring Dokken and Sebastian Bach?!) what’s a boy to do?! I mean, besides pretend to be excited about this.
Check out Ultimate Guitar’s blurb about the tour here!