Taylor Swift + NIN = High School Forever.

Someone needs to tell Trent Reznor, because this is all kinds of wonderful. It throws that sour, black mood we had at one point or another in sharp relief. Ms. Swift does a brilliant job as a foil to The Perfect Drug from way back when. The punks & gen X’ers know what I’m talking about, but you’ve gotta admit, it looks kind of crazy now. We’ve come far since it was all the rage, and I wonder if Trent is mad or amused by this mashup. Someone find him and show this to him on their phone. You know you want to.

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Hilariously Terrible Hard Copy Segment Involving A Dead Trent Reznor, A Retired Cop & The FBI in 1991.

The year is 1991 and Hard Copy’s boner for cops is on display. NIN was a year old and the cops just couldn’t understand why there was video of his dead body that landed in a corn field in Michigan. This is amazing & why the hell was that artistic dramatization paid for? (via Metafilter)

Trent Reznor’s new project is just ever so positive & happy.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2013/01/30/170687806/trent-reznor-new-band-new-song-new-video-still-terrifying

So Trent’s new project (involving his wife, Atticus Ross & Rob Sheridan and others) will allow you to continue to make the argument that Trent has given up all hope on humanity & its ability recover from the dystopian past it is stumbling down at present. One of his last entrees into the music world was his work remixing Modwheelmood’s “The Great Destroyer,” which was an excellent wail against the machine & I enjoyed the track quite a bit. For those confused as to what I’m talking about, see below:

Nine Inch Nails – The Great Destroyer from DandyJon on Vimeo.

As you can see, this path is long coming, and the new video doesn’t disappoint. In a heart-wrenchingly brutal way, the video tells the story of the post-apocalyptic struggle for survival, and alludes to quite a bit of change on the planet and in humanity. The track is a haunting accompaniment, but almost positive in comparison to the video. It escalates quickly, but returns to its crushing humanity at the end. The tune remains on the synthy-industrial end of the spectrum, one of the spheres of influence Trent has a significant mastery over. This ensures the smoothness of the seemingly out of place industrial samples go with the general groove of the track and amplify the post-apocalyptic vibe it has going.

Great track & video just in case you started off Monday with a swing in your step.