NINE INCH NAILS Release Two New Albums For Free, ‘Ghosts V’ And ‘Ghosts VI’

NINE INCH NAILS have surprise-released two new albums: “Ghosts V: Together” and “Ghosts VI: Locusts”. Consisting of 23 new instrumental tracks, they are decribed on NIN‘s web site as “two different records for two different mindsets. Download now for free. Stay safe!”

NINE INCH NAILS collaborators Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross stated about the records: “Friends- weird times indeed…

“As the news seems to turn ever more grim by the hour, we’ve found ourselves vacillating wildly between feeling like there may be hope at times to utter despair — often changing minute to minute. Although each of us define ourselves as antisocial-types who prefer being on our own, this situation has really made us appreciate the power and need for connection.

“Music — whether listening to it, thinking about it or creating it — has always been the thing that helped us get through anything — good or bad. With that in mind, we decided to burn the midnight oil and complete these new ‘Ghosts’ records as a means of staying somewhat sane.

‘Ghosts V: Together’ is for when things seem like it might all be okay, and ‘Ghosts VI: Locusts’… well, you’ll figure it out.

“It made us feel better to make these and it feels good to share them. Music has always had a way of making us feel a little less alone in the world… and hopefully it does for you, too. Remember, everyone is in this thing together and this too shall pass.

“We look forward to seeing you again soon.

“Be smart and safe and take care of each other.

“With love, Trent & Atticus

“Ghosts V: Together” track listing:

01. Letting Go While Holding On
02. Together
03. Out In The Open
04. With Faith

05. Apart
06. Your Touch
07. Hope We Can Again
08. Still Right Here

“Ghosts VI: Locusts” track listing:

01. The Cursed Clock
02. Around Every Corner
03. The Worriment Waltz
04. Run Like Hell
05. When It Happens (Don’t Mind Me)
06. Another Crashed Car
07. Temp Fix
08. Trust Fades
09. A Really Bad Night
10. Your New Normal
11. Just Breathe
12. Right Behind You
13. Turn This Off Please
14. So Tired
15. Almost Dawn

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All New MKULTRASOUND PodCast Coronavirus Lockdown: Yvette Lera and Alex Zander via Phone from Chicagopocalyse 3/25/202

AZ and the new co host of the MKULTRASOUND PodCast after only one episode do a call in due to the statewide lockdown and social distance law and talk about the state of things and the loss of drummer Bill Rieflin and film maker Stuart Gordon the day before. Yvette brings and old song titled “Red Skies” to close the show.

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As Heard on Tonight’s Abbreviated Episode of the MKULTRASOUND PodCast

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Stuart Gordon, Cult Classic Horror Director, Dies at 72

SOURCE: VARIETY with Additional Filmography Information by AZ

Stuart Gordon, best known as the filmmaker behind such cult classics as “Re-Animator” and “From Beyond,” has died, his family confirmed to Variety Tuesday night. He was 72.

Although best known for his seminal work in independent horror, Gordon had a varied career that included founding the Organic Theater Company with his wife, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon. The Organic premiered such prominent works as David Mamet’s “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” and “Bleacher Bums,” which starred Dennis Franz and Joe Mantegna. He was a co-creator of the “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” franchise, for which he shared a story credit, and produced the film’s sequel and directed an episode of the TV spin-off. In 2005, he directed a film adaptation of Mamet’s “Edmond,” starring William H. Macy. Other films include “Fortress,” “Castle Freak” and “King of the Ants.”

In recent years, Gordon was active in L.A. theater, finding success directing the solo show “Nevermore…An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe” starring his “Re-Animator” star Jeffrey Combs. He also directed and co-wrote the book for “Re-Animator: The Musical,” which won several awards and was praised by a Variety critic, who wrote, “not since ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ has a screamfest tuner so deftly balanced seriousness and camp.”

Gordon also won a Stage Raw Award for directing “Taste,” a two-person drama that premiered in 2014, based on a true story where one man agrees to be eaten by another.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, daughters Suzanna, Jillian and Margaret Gordon, four grandchildren and his brother, David George Gordon.

Gordon had this to say about working with Disney in an interview with Digitally Obsessed back when Dagon was hitting the festival circuit:

They were kind of nervous. It was after Re-Animator had come out, and our kids were complaining that they couldn’t see these movies that we were making. We came up with the idea for Honey! I Shrunk the Kids, and took it to Disney. They liked it, and we developed it for them. We got Ed Naha, who wrote Dolls, which we had done together, to write the script. I was going to direct, and did all the planning and worked out the special effects, and two weeks before it started shooting I got sick and couldn’t do it. They got Joe Johnston to direct the film, and I was pretty pleased with the results…It’s funny. When people talk about [Honey! I Shrunk The Kids] they say, “It’s so different.” Really, it’s not that different than Re-Animator. It’s about a mad scientist and an experiment that goes wrong, and so forth…the potential for severing some heads was there, when you have a giant ant coming at you with those big mandibles. Who knows what could happen?

Gordon commented on it in a 2003 interview with Film Threat:

Originally I was going to direct it. I did all the prep work, the story boarding, the set design, got all the way up to casting and I had drop out because I got sick. So it was disappointing…I was happy with it. I think Joe Johnston, who ended up directing it, did a good job.

The film as originally conceived was to be titled Teenie Weenies, named after a comic strip about tiny people. Naha recalled in an interview with Dr.Gore’s Funhouse in 2011:

Stuart and Brian had young children back then and came up with this idea about shrunken kids. They pitched it to Disney and the studio was interested. So, they approached me about working with them and we came up with the story. When I was a kid on the East Coast, there was a comic strip in the Sunday edition of The New York Daily News called the Teenie-Weenies. It was one huge frame showing little people riding around on mice or sitting in thimbles and I just loved that. There was also a little guy or girl that you could cut out of the newspaper and paste on cardboard to play with. So, in a way, I was prepared for this sort of thing ever since I could hold a newspaper in my chubby little hands.

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BILL RIEFLIN, DRUMMER FOR MINISTRY, R.E.M., AND KING CRIMSON DEAD AT 59 The drummer was also known for his work with KMFDM and Swans.

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Drummer Bill Rieflin, best known for his decade-long tenure with industrial pioneers Ministry as well as high-profile stints with R.E.M. and King Crimson as well as Pigface, KMFDM, Swans and others, has passed away at the age of 59 after battling cancer.

The news of Reflin’s passing came from King Crimson founder Robert Fripp, who received a phone call from the drummer’s wife, Tracy. In a post on Facebook, Fripp wrote, “A call from Tracy Rieflin in Seattle. Bill Rieflin flew from this world c. 18.50 Pacific, 18.50 UK. Tracy told Toyah and me that the day was grey, and as Bill flew away the clouds opened, and the skies were blue for about fifteen minutes. Fly well, Brother Bill! My life is immeasurably richer for knowing you.”

King Crimson, who welcomed Rieflin into their ranks in 2013 not only as a drummer, but as a keyboard and synthesizer player, confirmed that the drummer had fought a “long battle” with cancer.

It was in Ministry, though, that Rieflin first made his impact, joining the industrial unit in 1986. He made his studio debut with the band on the pivotal The Land of Rape and Honey and remained in Ministry through 1995, contributing to the classic records The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste and Psalm 69.

He was also a frequent contributor to Ministry leader Al Jourgensen’s side projects, such as Revolting Cocks, Lard and 1000 Homo DJs.

In a farewell message, Ministry wrote, “Today we lost a wonderful artist, tremendous human being and an integral part of Ministry’s developments and success… Safe travels my brother on the way to your next universal gig.”

During his time in Ministry, Rieflin also made time for the indsutrial supergroup Pigface, playing drums on a handful of tracks off their 1991 debut, Gub.

Upon his exit from Ministry, he linked up with electro-industrial outfit KMFDM, which offered a bit of a natural transition. After leaving the band in 1999, Rieflin rejoined from 2002 though 2003 and again for a brief stint in 2011.

Rieflin was generous with his talent, performing on one song off Nine Inch Nails’ Fragile album and made appearances with Swans as well as Swans visionary’s Michael Gira on his solo music and his Angels of Light project. Additionally. the drummer joined American rock group R.E.M. in 2003 and performed on their three most recent studio albums, having left in 2011.

Our thoughts are with the Rieflin family and all of the drummer’s many bandmates throughout the years.

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ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Induction Ceremony Rescheduled For November

This year’s edition of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will take place in November.

The annual event, which was originally scheduled to take place May 2 at Cleveland, Ohio’s Public Hall, was postponed over coronavirus concerns.

The ceremony, which is set to be broadcast live on HBO for the first time, will be held on Saturday, November 7. It will be aired from the Public Auditorium in Cleveland beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Among the artists that are slated to be inducted into the Rock Hall this year are NINE INCH NAILS, DEPECHE MODE, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS, Whitney Houston, T.REX and the Notorious B.I.G.

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the spread of the new coronavirus, which began in China in late December, a pandemic on March 11. More than 395,000 cases have been reported worldwide — including more than 46,000 in the U.S.

A number of acts have canceled or postponed tours globally due to the ongoing outbreak, including METALLICA, PEARL JAM, GREEN DAY, SLIPKNOT, SHINEDOWN, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and others, while festivals such as Sonic Temple, Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville, South By Southwest and Coachella have been called off or moved to later in the year.

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