Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor & Opinions on The Jonas Brothers

Last year Trent Reznor was one of music's biggest revolutionaries. Now he joins Jim and Greg in the studio for a conversation about the record industry, alternative nostalgia and even Chris Cornell.

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In true punk fashion DC concert promoter Seth Hurwitz is rising up against the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster. Hurwitz and his company It's My Party filed an 11-count lawsuit seeking to block the merger and charged that Live Nation has been acting like a monopoly. Or in layman's terms–they're bullies. In an attempt to improve their current PR status, Live Nation has created“No Service Wednesdays.”On those days consumers can purchase tickets without the service fees. It's only one day a week, but it's a start.

A recent examination of ticket sales from Bruce Springsteen's Meadowlands concerts showed that The Boss held back 2200 tickets from being sold. 90% of the best seats were reserved for friends and family of the band, venue employees, record-label executives and their guests. Jim and Greg point out that this is not news and does not make Springsteen complicit with scalping. But, he's helping those scalpers to mark up prices by making the tickets themselves so rare.

Vinyl sales continue to soar. There was a 50% increase this year, and SoundScan predicts sales will hit almost 3 million this year. That's just a blip compared to the 120 million CDs that will be sold, but any good news is welcome for the music industry.

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Jim and Greg are joined by Trent Reznor this week. The Nine Inch Nails frontman is one of the most innovative and inventive musicians out there. He not only created his own“sonic palette,”but his ideas about business are equally unique. In 2007 he released Year Zero, a multimedia experience that was more than just an album. He followed that up with a slew of free and almost-free web releases. He shares with Jim and Greg his frank thoughts about how the record industry is digging its own grave. He explains that this current Nine Inch Nails tour will be his last, and shares what he thinks about the career choices of his former alternative peer Chris Cornell.

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The Jonas Brothers Lines, Vines and Trying Times

Only in the Sound Opinions universe can we move from Nine Inch Nails to The Jonas Brothers. But the sibling trio has hypnotized young listeners and will no doubt be a major presence on the chart this summer. Lines, Vines and Trying Times is the sibling trio's 4th album, and as Jim points out those teen fans have graduated from Harry Potter to the Twilight series. The Jonas Brothers are trying to mature as well, but Greg hears clearly that they aren‘t ready for adulthood. He didn’t mind their juvenile power pop, but thinks they've lost their pep and are trying too hard. Jim goes further and states that he hates the Jo Bros. Despite public vows of chastity, they present contradictory messages about women in the songs. And what was once just annoying is now annoying and pretentious. Lines, Vines and Trying Times gets a double Trash It.

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Featured Songs

  1. Minor Threat, Cashing In, Out of Step, Dischord, 1984
  2. Bruce Springsteen, One Step Up, Tunnel of Love, Columbia, 1987
  3. Pearl Jam, Spin the Black Circle, Vitalogy, Epic, 1994
  4. Nine Inch Nails, The Beginning of the End, Year Zero, Universal Music Australia, 2007
  5. Nine Inch Nails, Only, With Teeth, Interscope, 2005
  6. Nine Inch Nails, Me I'm Not, Year Zero, Universal Music Australia, 2007
  7. Nine Inch Nails, The Warning, Year Zero, Universal Music Australia, 2007
  8. Nine Inch Nails, Meet Your Master, Year Zero, Universal Music Australia, 2007
  9. Nine Inch Nails, 03 Ghosts I, Ghosts I-IV, The Null Corporation, 2008
  10. Nine Inch Nails, Head Like A Hole, Pretty Hate Machine, TVT, 1989
  11. Chris Cornell, Sweet Revenge, Scream, Mosley Music Group, 2009
  12. Nine Inch Nails, Pilgrimage, The Fragile, Nothing, 1999
  13. Nine Inch Nails, Terrible Lie, Pretty Hate Machine, TVT, 1989
  14. Ministry, Stigmata, The Land of Rape and Honey, Sire, 1988
  15. Johnny Cash, Hurt, American IV: The Man Comes Around, American Recordings, 2002
  16. The Jonas Brothers, Paranoid, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, Hollywood, 2009
  17. The Jonas Brothers, World War III, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, Hollywood, 2009
  18. patten,“Version (Test Mixxx),”Kaleidoscope, 2009
  19. Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz, The Telephone Song, Getz Au Go Go Featuring Astrud Gilberto, Verve, 1964
  20. Steve Earle, To Live is to Fly, Townes, New West, 2009
  21. Dave Matthews Band, Alligator Pie, Big Whiskey & the Groo Grux King, Bama Rags, 2009

Footnotes

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