Happy Birthday Trent Reznor

I got into Nine Inch Nails in the 8th grade when I heard Johnny Cash’s cover of Hurt on 89X. As I ran over to hit record on the radio, my sister told me that the song was originally by NIN. From there I dived into The Downward Spiral, Pretty Hate Machine, The Fragile and Broken. I soon became borderline obsessive and had to own every Halo, bootleg and live recording I could get my hands on.

The audio clip (Non-Entity) is from the very first NIN show I attended, the With Teeth tour at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Michigan. I went with my friend Cory who loves them almost as much as me. We bought tickets at the venue, on the day of, and wound up near the middle of the THIRD row. It was an incredible show to say the least.

As many other people will tell you, there is nothing like a live NIN show. I’ve been lucky enough to see them 7 times, but it’s no where near enough.

There are few things in life I wouldn’t and couldn’t live without. Trent’s music is one of them.

Happy 50th birthday, my favorite musician.

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Econoline Crush – Surefire: The Best of

I discovered this band last week, and have since dived into all of their releases. My personal ‘Best of’ would include Surefire, I’m Afraid, Stay With Me, T.D.M., You Don’t Know What It’s Like, All That You Are, and tons of others.

Econoline Crush is based in Vancouver. Apart from Nine Inch Nails or Oasis, right now there isn’t another band I’d rather see in concert more than these guys. The chorus in each song is pure awesome and I’d love to hear them at a live show.

On the real cover for Surefire: The Best of Econoline Crush, the bullets are long, pointed and silver. I know these rounded gold ones look puny in comparison, but they are the only bullets I had on hand.

Disclaimer: Every piece of music-inspired artwork on this site is an original new creation. I am not affiliated with nor do I own the rights to any of the Original music artwork that has inspired me to create the new artwork found on this site.

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Flyleaf – Flyleaf

The cover for Flyleaf’s debut album is just plain cool. While I’m not the biggest fan of their tunes, the whole girl lead singer with a bunch of guys playing the instruments is a really neat thing in my book. And singing/screaming I’m So Sick while playing Rock Band is a blast and half.

My interpretation of the cover is more fiery than the original. I love birds, and I wish we lived in a world where they could carry you away from natural disasters on strings.

Disclaimer: Every piece of music-inspired artwork on this site is an original new creation. I am not affiliated with nor do I own the rights to any of the Original music artwork that has inspired me to create the new artwork found on this site.

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American Hi-Fi – American Hi-Fi

I love that this album cover features a tape. Back in the day, whenever a song I liked came on 89X, I’d run over and hit Record on my sister’s radio. I had quite the pile of mix tapes. In a way, I really miss them. There was way more fun hard work involved in it than creating a mixed CD.

American Hi-Fi put out their 5th album last year, Blood & Lemonade, which I’ve been listening to a lot lately. They also debuted a new website last year… but I must say I’m not happy with it. It freaking doesn’t feature any of their old music, hasn’t had new News since September, and their ‘Store’ doesn’t have any actual band merch. However, their lackluster website did let me know that they are touring this summer. Which is exciting! Hopefully a girl can buy a shirt at a gig…

Favorites off their self-titled debut include I’m A Fool, My Only Enemy, Surround, Blue Day, A Bigger Mood, Hi-Fi Killer, and Flavor of the Weak.

Flavor of the Weak has to be one of the best relationship songs in the history of the world.

Disclaimer: Every piece of music-inspired artwork on this site is an original new creation. I am not affiliated with nor do I own the rights to any of the Original music artwork that has inspired me to create the new artwork found on this site.

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Band Shirts I Saw at Disney World

People wear a lot of nice things to Disney World. But when I saw my second Pink Floyd shirt during my six-day Disney trip, I knew I had to record it. What an awful thing to wear, let alone to a park where the images taken will probably last a lifetime. So I bought a notebook from China in Epcot and began tallying every band shirt I saw.

My expectations were low, and rightly so. Too many Floyd shirts can make a girl shudder, even in the Florida sun. I started marking down Pikachu shirts to make myself feel better. And then, I came upon a guy sporting a shirt for my favorite band.

I met Colby during my last day at Disney while a Magic Kingdom parade was taking place. As soon as I saw the signature ‘NIN’ shining in the dark, I bounded over to him and exclaimed my happiness. I was wearing my Figment hat with my Figment shirt; I probably looked a bit loony, but we had a small conversation and he graciously allowed me to photograph the moment.

Which brings me to another note for today’s post: In case you’ve been wondering, my favorite band in the entire universe is Nine Inch Nails. Friends who read this blog keep asking when NIN posts will be surfacing. The truth is, I’m extremely nervous to reinterpret the work of my favorite musician. If I’m going to post anything Trent related, it has to be great.

Here’s the image I snapped of Colby (wish I had taken more than one) along with my tallies.

Totals for the trip, in ABC order:

  • 5 Seconds of Summer – 1
  • AC/DC – 1
  • A Day To Remember – 2
  • Alkaline Trio – 1
  • Arcade Fire – 1
  • The Beatles – 3
  • Blink-182 (concert shirt from the Honda Civic tour) – 1
  • Bob Marley – 5
  • David Bowie – 1
  • Fall Out Boy – 1
  • Grateful Dead – 1
  • Hall & Oates – 1
  • Maroon 5 – 1
  • My Chemical Romance – 4
  • NIN – 1
  • Nirvana – 2
  • Panic! At The Disco – 1
  • Phish – 1
  • Pink Floyd – 5
  • The Police (a hat) – 1
  • Ramones – 1
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – 1
  • The Rolling Stones – 1
  • Taylor Swift – 1

P.S. My apologies to fans: I realize that I didn’t spell Oates correctly on paper! I’ll never make that mistake again.

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