Monday, October 08, 2007

Nine Inch Nails Goes Indie

"08 October 2007: Big News

Hello everyone. I've waited a LONG time to be able to make the following announcement: as of right now Nine Inch Nails is a totally free agent, free of any recording contract with any label. I have been under recording contracts for 18 years and have watched the business radically mutate from one thing to something inherently very different and it gives me great pleasure to be able to finally have a direct relationship with the audience as I see fit and appropriate. Look for some announcements in the near future regarding 2008. Exciting times, indeed.
posted by Trent Reznor at 10:45 AM."

The change in the business Trent refers to is actually a reflection of change in life in general. We are in the new digital age and the old models of doing business do not work as well as they used to. Trent is jumping on the train of individuality and self-direction, and, as the campaign for "Year Zero" demonstrated, he is willing to try new forms of marketing to get the word out and he will succeed. I look forward to hearing NIN's next CD (in whatever form it might take) and watching Trent navigate unchartered waters to take the band to new heights.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

High School Musical on Ice

High School Musical on Ice Cast
Originally uploaded by Jodante
The other night I escorted a young friend to see Disney's "High School Musical on Ice at the Staples Center. Although the music in the show is not exactly my cup of tea, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the show was very entertaining. Slickly produced and professionally choreographed by Chucky Klapow and Cindy Stewart, the rapid pace of the show held the audience's attention, especially the many children who were present and were captivated by the production. At first, it was startling to hear a chorus of 3 year olds singing along to every song and pre-teens screaming at every movement of the Zac Ephron lookalike on the ice. Then it was amusing (for a while, anyways).

The young cast of skaters was quite talented, especially the leads, Lane Walker ("Gabriella"), Jordan Brauninger ("Troy"), Sandy Rucker ("Sharpay"), Peter Bonard Muck ("Ryan"), Simeon Hanks ("Chad"), Tetona Jackson ("Taylor). A standout performance was delivered by featured skater Girade Jackson, whose big smile and infectious enthusiasm delighted the audience.

As a sidenote, it was amazing to see the amount of merchandise that Disney moved. $16 snowcones in "souvenir" plastic cups, $12 for cotton candy that came with a green plastic hat, souvenir cups and buckets of popcorn...seemingly every possible opportunity to sell branded merchandise was used, and it was flying off the shelves. My recommendation? Feed the kids before you leave home, and spend your money on the glossy program or the other, more durable, souvenirs.

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