The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced today that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it will replace its annual live induction ceremony with an exclusive special honoring this year’s inductees. The program will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max November 7 and will replace the live 35th annual Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony that was originally scheduled for May 2 of this year. It was announced in March that the ceremony would be postponed due to the pandemic. The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame 2020 inductee class includes Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex and Ahmet Ertegun Award Honorees Jon Landau and Irving Azoff.
ASCAP gave out their industry awards this week and Nine Inch Nails, a.k.a., Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross continues to rack up awards for the global smash hit remix of Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus track “Old Town Road.” NIN’s production on the sample from Nine Inch Nails’ “34 Ghosts IV” (found on the Ghosts I-IV collection) that wound up on the track.
Inter Arma are releasing their Garbers Days Revisited covers record, recorded in between tours in support of their critically acclaimed 2019 full-length Sulphur English! The band just dropped a phenomenal cover of Nine Inch Nails classic hit “March of the Pigs”, from their album The Downward Spiral. Purchase and stream the track here! Continue reading
Once one of the most anticipated tours of 2020, is now completely canceled. Nine Inch Nails has canceled all 2020 touring plans, which was t be a USA headline tour with an opener, singer JehnnyBeth according to a post to their Instagram account. Instead, Trent Reznor says that “the current plan is to finish up some scoring projects, work on my limited patience skills, deep dive into new NIN material, and hopefully be playing music live for you in 2021.” Continue reading
Brutally Delicious, from metal chef, filmmaker, and podcaster Bruce Moore, is the long-running cooking show where bands cook their favorite dishes at home. The latest episode features industrial noise artist Antimozdebeast, cooking up a dish of “The Pasta of your Dreams” a.k.a. Chicken Pasta and plays a song for fans! Watch the video below and take some notes on the fill ingredients list. AntiMozdeBeast will release their new full-length album, The Red River this spring on Bandcamp and is for fans of Nine Inch Nails, Skinny Puppy, The Body, Author & Punisher, and more! Continue reading
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Nine Inch Nails surprise-released two new albums: Ghosts V: Together and Ghosts VI: Locusts. Consisting of 23 new instrumental tracks, they are described on NIN’s web site as “two different records for two different mindsets. Download now for free. Stay safe!” In addition to this being a great gift to fans in the time of coronavirus, this is a throwback to the Ghosts I-IV era of NIN when the band often surprise dropped albums and tracks to fans, only to sell limited edition physical versions later on. In 2019 NIN won many awards including a Country Music Award, for Lil Nas X’s and Billy Ray Cyrus’s song ‘Old Town Road’, which sampled the Ghosts I-IV album. Continue reading
Bill Rieflin, who had a four-decade career as a drummer across Punk, Alternative Rock, Industrial Metal, and Progressive Rock has died. He was 59. Initial reports of his passing made no mention of a cause of death, but his Wikipedia page reported a battle with cancer, confirmed by his friend, session drummer Kevin Chamberlin. Most recently Bill was the drummer for King Crimson and the news was reported by KC founder Robert Fripp in a very sad and touching memorial via Facebook. Fripp wrote that Rieflin’s wife, Tracy, called him with the news. “Tracy told Toyah (Fripp’s wife) and me that the day was grey, and as Bill flew away the clouds opened, and the skies were blue for about fifteen minutes. Fly well, Brother Bill! My life is immeasurably richer for knowing you.” Rieflin’s career began in his hometown of Seattle, where he drummed with a variety of local acts, notably the punk rock group The Blackouts. The band’s final EP was produced by Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, with whom Rieflin became friends with. Jourgensen recruited the Rieflin to join Ministry when Blackouts broke up, and Rieflin played on the band’s 1988 album The Land of Rape and Honey, an industrial music iconic album in the genre. He continued as a member of the group through the mid-90s, contributing to five of the band’s LPs. Following his departure from Ministry in 1996, he played with KMFDM, New York experimental band Swans and folk group Angels of Light. Rieflin also played on Nine Inch Nails’ 1999 double album The Fragile. Also that year, he released his debut solo album, Birth of a Giant. It was during this time that a publicist introduced him to R.E.M.’s Peter Buck. The drummer would then join and contribute to R.E.M.’s final three albums — 2004’s Around the Sun, 2008’s Accelerate and 2011’s Collapse Into Now. Rieflin had previously collaborated and remained friends, announced that the drummer had joined King Crimson in 2013. Rieflin would tour with the group and appear on five of their ensuing live albums, released between 2015-18. He had been absent from the group since taking an indefinite sabbatical in 2019. Bill was an incredible drummer and kind soul. Not many artists can say they wrote and performed with three Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acts (King Crimson, R.E.M., and Nine Inch Nails) as Bill did. Many artists paid tribute to Bill, including fellow Seattle musician Krist Novoselic of Nirvana. We send out condolences to Bill’s family, friends and many fans at this time. Continue reading
On the new edition of the Podcast, we analyze the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction announcement, and examine who got snubbed and why! Dumb and Dumbest #309 is streaming now and it’s an interview with Chris Van of Dividing The Element Talks Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. The new challenge is about Mastering The Art of Pitching your Band to Labels and Journalists! Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading
Los Angeles-based act Æges is a genre-defying group of guys that are turning heads in multiple music scenes. This budding band has flourished in the last few years because they have a remarkable ability to avoid being pigeonholed. Now, this ear-catching gang is ready to independently release their fourth full-length album, Drømmen (Self-Released). The animation and spirit presented on their last release, Weightless (Another Century), which came out in 2016, is taken to a deeper level on this new record. They are showcasing their exploration of new energy by making some real, heartfelt pieces. Continue reading