The best use of technology I’ve seen in a while:
Above, Reznor Facetimes with Andrew Youssef, a photojournalist who has been battling terminal cancer for nearly two years. Youssef would have been at this very gig, but for health reasons could not make it, so Reznor got him there in another, very unique and personal way. Youssef has chronicled his story in his ongoing column at OCWeekly, titled, “Last Shot.”
Update: Nine Inch Nails Superfan Andrew Youssef Dead at 38 - Rolling Stone, Dec. 2. 2013
Trent Reznor Facetimes onstage w/Andrew Youssef, diagnosed w/stage IV cancer. Photo via Consequence of Sound.
I first heard about Youssef in a writeup at Consequence of Sound, who summarize the event and Youssef’s story perfectly:
Whether you’ve followed Youssef’s story from day one or are just hearing about it now, it’s the kind of beautiful, gut-wrenching moment that not only proves the power of music but of a little human kindness.
Youssef replied, “I’m speechless” via Twitter after the performance:
I’ve been into Nine Inch Nails since before I saw them at the first Lollapalooza about a million years ago. I’ve followed Reznor closely ever since, respecting his music and commitment to his craft. Here’s another reason for respect, to both Reznor and Youssef.
What do you think? Have you heard of similar stories? What would you do in this situation? Let us hear from you in the comments.
I was seriously not expecting to like this as much as I do, but holy cow; this really is great. Nine Inch Nails is some of my favorite music ever, and I also enjoy a good pop hook. This combines them both in a crazy, mind-expanding… and extremely catchy way. I’d love to know what Trent Reznor or Carly Rae Jespsen think of this.
Here’s my favorite interpretation so far, via k2b at Gawker:
“First thought – this is a charming combo because it mixes up presumed oil and water in a fun and silly way that makes it hard to take it too seriously. I like fun and silly, and avoid taking things like pop songs too seriously. Second thought – it kind of suits, because I liked NIN as much as anybody in my teens and twenties and still enjoy it from time to time, but not as much, because I am older and do not relate to it so much. And I realized that the mashup doesn’t offend me, because the level of emotional maturity involved in both songs is so similar that the juxtaposition really strikes me as one of style – they are two sides of the same coin. In short: it’s all angsty teenager/YA stuff, even if one is more poetical.”
Image by rsmithing w/pics by Lunchbox LP & ClintJCL via Flickr. Free for use via Creative Commons.
The Connection? The Producer!
Dave ‘Rave’ Ogilvie at The Warehouse in Vancouver, where ‘Call Me Maybe’ was mixed.
Photo: Adam PW Smith via soundonsound.com
The music to Call Me Maybe was produced by Dave “Rave” Ogilvie — industrial music legend, and collaborator of… wait for it… NINE INCH NAILS! Yes, the one-time Skinny Puppy member now uses his musical powers to assail radio with four-on-the-floor kick drums. My jaw literally dropped when I learned this at boingboing.net via user OtherMichael. Absolutely astounding.
Read the mind-boggling, intricate craftsmanship Ogilvie applied to this track.
What do you think? Are you a fan of mashups, Nine Inch Nails or Call Me Maybe? Let us hear from you in the comments.
Are your favorite performing artists underrepresented for their work? Does the mainstream “best of” not reflect your tastes? Then make your own awards. This is my blog, with my completely biased opinions – The Grammys, this is not. That said, the rsmithing.com music awards for the past year go to…
Best Video: Melodysheep, Happy Little Clouds
I interview the mastermind behind Melodysheep, and all-round cool dude, John Boswell, here.
Best Concert: Beats Antique, Cat’s Cradle, May 4, 2012
I recount how I discovered Beats Antique here and document another of their gigs here.
Best New Artist: How To Destroy Angels
It’s atmospheric Nine Inch Nails with a female voice. Totally works.
Best Comeback: Quicksand
The band’s breakthrough album, Slip, is a certified classic.
Best Shoutout to Me: Garbage
One of my favorite bands featured my artwork in a promo video. Full story here.
Album of The Year: Deftones, Koi No Yokan
The Deftones‘ enduring talent surges ever forward.
Best Electronica: Photek, KU:PALM
Photek came back after many years with a sparse-yet-rich new record.
Best Topical Humor: CollegeHumor, Look at This Instagram
Thanks to Sarah Khanna, food blogger at butteredup.com, for turning me on to this. I think.
What do you think? What were your best musical moments of the past year? What other categories would you include? Let us hear from you in the comments.