I’ve been deeply in love with Stardew Valley for many months now. I had been hearing a song that reminds of Wumpscut. I went looking last night to try and match the songs up. Mostly to make sure I wasn’t completely crazy.
I had my wife listen to both and she confirmed they do sound similar.
I love Nine Inch Nails. I don’t hide this fact. I remember listening to The Downward Spiral as my anthem of teenage angst and anger. I grew up in a tiny town (2,000 people) in a high school of 550. I felt like a freak and a weirdo. Nine Inch Nails was the music I lived on. I’ve had the privilege of seeing Trent Reznor perform live five times. This music is the soundtrack to my life and today I fell into a hole of cover songs so I thought I’d share a few of them with you. There are many, many more online but these all stood out to me.
Going to see Nine Inch Nails live is as close to a religious experience as I’ve felt. The crowd and the emotions and the music washing over me is one of the best feelings in the world. I always come home hoarse, sweaty and exhausted. But feeling so energized and amazing.
Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie performing Hurt
This song gives me chills. Bowie and Reznor’s voice are amazing together.
Johnny Cash covering Hurt
The Best Cover Song Of All Time. Cash takes Reznor’s words and comes to them from a vulnerable place and gives the song a whole new, incredible meaning.
Sevendust covering Hurt
Hurt is an incredible song and it’s nice to see another version of it. This one by stripped down and live on stage.
Linkin Park covering Wish
Wish is a great, if not forgotten song. This is a fun, live cover.
Flyleaf covering Something I Can Never Have
I remember Reznor saying years ago he wanted to work with a female vocalist. It finally came to fruition with How To Destroy Angels. I love Reznor’s music with a female vocalist. This is a great cover of a beautiful song.
Corey Taylor covering Something I Can Never Have
The lead singer of Slipknot’s acoustic take on a haunting track was meant to be performed acoustically. Taylor has an amazing voice.
AFI covering Head Like A Hole
Early NIN sounds like electronic punk. AFI’s cover of this old NIN track fits perfectly.
Kawehi covering Closer
Closer is a song I don’t listen to much because it got so much play when it blew up in the 90s and I got tired of it. It became a party anthem for it’s “I want to fuck you like an animal.” But Kawehi’s cover is a rare and unique take on the track so I included it. The best part of Closer remains the piano at the end.
I just figured out how to rate songs in it tonight. You click the artist/title and it swaps to ratings. There’s nothing to give a hint that it’s there. There’s no way for me to find it unless I click random things in the interface. Which I did tonight out of frustration.
My wife asked me, “How can I play all the songs by a certain artist?” You used to be able to select an artist, and play everything you had by them. Now, the best we came up with is to add all the songs to up next. But it still doesn’t pay anything. You have to select a song, then Music will ask if you want to add X number of songs to your Up Next list. Which I already asked it to do.
Her solution was to go out and buy Cesium, a third-party music app just to regain a function she lost in the upgrade. It’s how she listens to music and Apple Music broke how she listened to it before. My solution was to continue using Groove.
Apple Music was clearly built for people who stream music. We are not those people.
But this got me to thinking about Apple. I stopped reading Apple blogs last year. Much of this coincided with moving to a job where I support a single application and no longer service computers for a living. So I didn’t need to be up on every latest move by the company.
Now, I don’t read anything regularly by Apple bloggers. I will dip a toe into the Apple stream periodically but I’ve found that if any of the heavy hitters writes something particularly good, I’ll find out about it another way.
I’ve crowd-sourced my Apple news.
This accomplished my goal of not seeing every news story about Apple blogged 15 times. Someone pointed out in a Slack room I hang out in today it was Apple Earnings Day. I had no idea. And I consider that a win.
Since I went on my Apple diet, I no longer read all the explanations of Apple’s new software. It’s been over a year and I no longer read through the long pieces on every change and tweak in the new versions of Apple’s software. So many of the little tips, tricks and hidden parts are lost on me.
The things I used to be able to answer without a second thought now lead me to Google. Did Apple’s software “Just Work” or did it only work if you were part of the club?
I honestly don’t know. But looking at it from outsider’s eyes, Apple Music is a convoluted mess of an application.
I want that feeling of walking into an independent record shop, if there are still any that exist, like Amoeba [Records], and being delighted by the choices and the way music is presented to you with love and care. It’s exciting. And you leave with stuff you wouldn’t have dreamed you wanted and you’re excited to listen and share it and experience it.”
I am curious about Apple’s Radio experiment. I’ve not used any of the streaming services more than the occasional background music.
I’m not lining up to tune into Apple Music or Beats 1 either. I am excited to see what artists will do with their Connect pages. Reznor mentioned something very cool he’s doing once the service launches.
Rolling Stone: How soon will you, as an artist, be putting new music up on Apple Music’s “Connect” or on Beats?
Reznor: When the service goes live, the first thing I’ve put up is something I couldn’t have done or wouldn’t have done anywhere else, which is the entire album The Fragile as an instrumental-outtakes compilation that plays like a regular album but sounds very different without my voice in the way. And there’s different arrangements to certain songs and oddly that makes for a different, complementary music experience. So that’ll be there as soon as you download the app, you’ll see that in, on my Connect page.
I’ve always been excited with what Nine Inch Nails (Trent Reznor) has done with music. It’s not just putting music out or putting it out free years after the records were released. It’s not just offering remix albums but there are interesting things like this.
I will get my hands on it as soon as I can, because I love that album and want to hear it in a new way.
Struggling to keep 150+ demos — all with RDJ’s obtuse naming conventions — straight? There is now a multipage Google Document detailing not only the demos, but also RDJ’s discography, song list and gear. We’re told it comes via the intrepid folks over at We Are The Music Makers — big thanks.