don't you tell me how i feel.

flashback friday: “i do not want this” by don't you tell me how i feel.
November 15, 2013, 7:15 am
Filed under: trent

After three-plus years of opining, showgoing, flashbacking and photographing misguided graffiti, this is the end. BEAUTIFUL FRIEND.

Seriously, though. Thank you for reading.

Also, this:



steele & v


mr. self destruct by v

photo-13Teeny tiny Trent & co. from the top of the Barclays Center

I’m ashamed to admit I hadn’t gotten around to buying the new Nine Inch Nails record until yesterday, on the heels of their Hesitation Marks-heavy Barclays Center show on Monday night in Brooklyn. Yes, I saw them less than a month ago at Made in America in Philly, but a greatest-hits festival performance this was not. Instead, it made clear to latecomers like me that the recent singles hardly scratch the surface of Marks, which apparently comes complete with soulful female backup vocalists (a first!) and Trent’s version of a slow jam. But the new stuff also had its share of familiar moments — “Find My Way” finds Mr. Reznor “whoooaing” over that now-classic eerily clear psycho piano.

Of course, they played all of the old standbys: “Terrible Lie,” “March of the Pigs,” “Wish,” etc. The big surprise for me was song two of the encore, which was preceded by Trent expressing his amazement that the band has lasted this long…then explaining that he didn’t want to get “too positive” before launching into “Even Deeper” off of The Fragile. Haaa.

All of this was accompanied by an elaborate light show that was quasi-visible from our perch at the very top of the arena (although I assure you that Trent’s arm definition remains discernible from the nosebleediest of nosebleed seats).

red, white and beyonce by v

Beyonce, larger than life

Last weekend’s Made in America festival was clearly designed to appeal to the ladies of DYTMHIF, with unlikely co-headliners Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails capping off two sweaty days of music in Philly. Here, the quick roundup of the awesome and the less so.

The scene: Scads of scantily clad women and more patriotic garb than expected, not to mention men in tutus, an appearance by Spiderman, and more than one set of Deadmau5-inspired rodent ears. It also became clear that “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” is the T-shirt slogan of the summer. Can someone explain this?

The good: A solid set by Public Enemy, including a surprisingly coherent Flavor Flav. A skirt-wearing Wiz Khalifa shouting out his fellow potheads and bringing his lady Amber Rose onstage at the end of a solid set. Thomas Mars of Phoenix crowd-surfing like a boss.

Flav introduces his grandson

The not-so-good: Queens of the Stone Age, who managed to be simultaneously cheesy, boring and dickish. Ridiculous water lines on day one that apparently resulted in angry chants from dehydrated folk (note: this was resolved by Sunday). Imagine Dragons. Period.

The embarrassing: Oh, Macklemore. A five-minute lead-in to “Thrift Shop” that involved pointing out audience members’ quirky clothing didn’t win you any fans…nor did your reference to cheesesteak. Also, A$AP Rocky’s abridged performance after he showed up 20+ minutes late.

The amazing: This goes without saying, but Beyonce — talk about an electric presence. The lady destroyed, with the aid of seven spangly costume changes, elaborate video interludes, sparks cascading onto the stage and gold glitter blown onto the audience. I have experienced pop heaven.


The other amazing: Trent Reznor, who is rapidly approaching 50, hasn’t been softened by age or fatherhood. The now-hulking Nine Inch Nails mastermind can still tap into an endless reserve of angst onstage, with every line delivered through gritted teeth. The highlight of the night was easily “Somewhat Damaged” off The Fragile — all those layers of furious percussion blasting out across the Ben Franklin Parkway.

Thanks, Jay-Z!

The weekend… by don't you tell me how i feel.
September 2, 2013, 2:33 am
Filed under: badass, Shit I love, Shows, trent, wow | Tags: , ,



…looked something like this.

together at last by v
April 11, 2013, 7:47 am
Filed under: angsty boy alert, badass, do this, Shit I love, Shows, trent, wow, yeah

Yes, you read that right: Nine Inch Nails and Beyonce are sharing a bill at this year’s Made in America Fest. Who knew Jay-Z was so attuned to our needs?

See you in Phillyyyyyyyyyy

Call Me a Hole by Steele

In case you missed this supremely awesome mashup here is Nine Inch Nails’ aggro-industrial masterpiece “Head Like a Hole” remixed with Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” As we’ve come to expect with mashups, it flows incredibly well. Trent has never sounded so dreamy and yearning. As always, Internet, thank you.

If you didn’t know, poppifying Trent Reznor is a grand old tradition. This calls to mind another great Internet find some years back, courtesy of my dear friend Genevieve: “Toxic Trent,” the dance-mania bastard child of NIN’s “The Hand That Feeds” and Britney’s “Toxic.”

something i can never have? j/k! by v
February 27, 2013, 8:24 am
Filed under: angsty boy alert, band breakup, comeback?, gothy shit, Shit I love, tour, trent

Our wristbands from NIN’s Wave Goodbye concert at Webster Hall, which lands squarely in my Top 5 Shows Ever list

Despite talk that the 2009 Wave Goodbye tour might mark his final run as Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor is planning a return to an arena near you. It’s a puzzling move, given his success since the hiatus (How to Destroy Angels notwithstanding), but then again, I don’t think anyone was convinced he was serious. And it stands to reason that sleepless nights spent rocking a wailing baby Lazarus have inspired a whole new strain of angst that must be purged onstage.

As you might imagine, we here at DYTMHIF will be first in line.