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Nine Inch Nails, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Green Day and More Earn Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations

Pioneering punk rockers Green Day, Joan Jett and DiC faves Nine Inch Nails are just two of the bands that are eligible for introduction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2015. In order to be eligible, artists must have made their first recordings 25 years ago. Green Day’s ‘1,000 Hours and NIN’s influential ‘Pretty Hate Machine were both released in 1989.

Also included on the list of nominees are The SmithsStingBill WithersN.W.A. and the late Lou Reed. Like Sting, who was inducted in 2003 with The Police, Reed already has a spot in the museum with The Velvet Underground, but I think his recent death will earn him a solo spot. I’m sure NIN won’t have a problem getting in either, and it’d be great to see ten time nominees Nile Rodgers and Chic get some much deserved recognition.

The inductees will be announced at the end of the year, with the induction ceremony taking place on April 18th, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. You have until December 9th to add your vote to the “fan ballot” over at RollingStone.com.


How on EARTH can "Pretty Hate Machine" be 25 years old?
How on EARTH can “Pretty Hate Machine” be 25 years old?

I think you know who we’ll be voting for, but who will you be giving the extra push to? Let us know!


Nine Inch Nails: Head Like a Hole (1990) from Nine Inch Nails on Vimeo.

[Ed. Note: Brittani and DivaJulia are expected to be invited to induct our Boo, Trent Reznor into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Just a heads up.] 

Bow down before the one you serve--indeed. Unf.


The Best Music Of September



September was full of great releases, so many that I was a bit overwhelmed with all of the awesome music. We finally got that NIN record we were promised, some punk rockers got their grown and sexy on, and Janelle brought the grooves.

nin hesitation marks


Nine Inch Nails, ‘Hesitation Marks You know that DivaJulia and I are huge fans of NIN, and Trent Reznor, but I can’t say I was anticipating this one. It’s been a long wait for this album, and I think that’s what kind of scared me. Over the past couple of years some of my favorites bands (I won’t call them out) have returned with lackluster, uninspired music that I had to force myself to get into. Luckily, I had nothing to worry about with ‘Hesitation Marks.’ I could see hardcore NIN fans being split on this one. It is a return to the original sound, but songs like “Copy Of A” and the lead single “Came Back Haunted” wouldn’t really fit onto ‘Pretty Hate Machine.’ It is also much different than it’s predecessor ‘The Slip,’ no crunching guitars or get stuck in your head choruses like the songs from ‘With Teeth.’ The angst and anger are still there though. For a guy that is married with kids you’d expect Rez to have a different outlook on life, but on “Find My Way” and the oddly poppy “Everything,” it’s still a dark world for Trent. The pounding, almost hip-hop-ish beats will make this a treat for the audiophiles that brought the enhanced version. While this might not be anyone’s absolute favorite NIN output, it’s still damn good and worthy of a listen. Check it on NIN.com store.

electric lady


Janelle Monae, The Electric Lady’ Janelle Monae is all about aesthetics. Her spunky, punk attitude and black and white uniform are a part of an image that isn’t contrived like the looks of some of her pop peers. It’s like she’s a superhero that doesn’t have an alter-ego. On her third release, Monae continues her Android saga with the help of some famous friends. Prince joins her on “Givin Em What They Love” which has some Rufus & Chaka Khan funk to it. Prince-lite, Miguel lends his voice to the sultry “PrimeTime” where Janelle tells us that she doesn’t want to be mysterious. Though she does have a great singing voice, I love the moments where she drops some rhymes, like on the title track with Solange and Q.U.E.E.N.” with Erykah Badu. The guest stars compliment ‘The Electric Lady,’ Janelle is the star, jumping from R&B to rock like she’s flying over buildings questioning herself and the world around her. Monae is a hard one to peg, and for some people a hard artist to get into, so maybe it’s good that we get to see her without a mask on. This her most accessible effort and a good place to start with newcomers. Check it out on iTunes.



Arctic Monkeys, AM’ The Arctic Monkeys have come a long stylistically, but I wondered how natural of an evolution this was for the band. ‘AM’ doesn’t sound like it’s made by the same band that put out 2006’s ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not,’ and while I thought there was too much of Josh Homme‘s influence on subsequent releases, but they have found a nice balance between their rock roots and new found swagger. The Alex Turner on ‘AM’ could, as they say, “get it,” while the old one would have been laughed at and probably kicked for even looking your way. His lyrics are what make the Arctic Monkeys so interesting to listen to, and here they are sexy and complex without being too try-hard. Citing Outkast and Aaliyah as influences, there are definite hints of R&B on songs like “Do I Wanna Know?” which also has a great clap along beat. “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” and “One For The Road” have a cool, old school rap vibe about them. Homme does make an appearance, vocally, on the album, but this is pure, and new Monkeys, all grown up. iTunes.

Some other goodies to check out:

Drake, ‘Nothing Was The Same’  iTunes

Pixies, ‘EP1′  pixiesmusic.com

2 Chainz, ‘B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time’  iTunes 

MGMT, ‘MGMT’  iTunes

Natalia Kills, ‘Trouble’  iTunes 

New Nine Inch Nails, ‘Copy Of A’ – LISTEN HERE!



The second single from Nine Inch Nails‘ upcoming album hit the web pretty late Sunday night, making my Monday morning a bit more enjoyable. El Rez and the gang have used “Copy Of A” to open their sets at recent festivals like Lollapalooza, so it’s nice to finally hear the studio version. I find it a bit more accessible than “Came Back Haunted” and it gives up a taste of what we can expect from ‘Hesitation Marks.’

NIN played an amazing set at the Outside Lands Festival over the weekend where they played “Copy Of A” and another two other one songs, “Find My Way” and “Disappointed.” You can watch the whole set here if you weren’t lucky enough to be there or didn’t catch the live stream. The band will be playing the Pukkelpop festival in Hasselt, Germany on the 15 and have added an “intimate” gig at London’s Scala on August 20 where they will be for the Reading and Leeds festivals on August 23 and 25. It’s so exciting to see, and hear, them playing live again.

Hesitation Marks’ will be out on September 3 and you know we can’t wait to hear it!