Here’s your #TapeTuesday! Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral (1994)

Here's your #TapeTuesday. Nine Inch Nails with their second full length album The Downward Spiral. Released March 8th, 1994, The Downward Spiral helped catapult Nine Inch Nails into the alt-rock stratosphere, eventually selling over 4 million copies worldwide. Catching Trent Reznor at his nihilistic, abrasive peak (or low point), the recording began in earnest after Reznor moved into 10050 Cielo Drive, the house where Sharon Tate was murdered by the Manson Family in 1969. Trent was already knee-deep in bad vibes, splitting with his first label TVT, a recent tour ending with interband turmoil and Reznor's own alcoholism. Rebranding the Tate house "Le Pig" after the message scrawled on the front door by Tate's murderers, Reznor bought a large recording console and Macintosh computers set up with an early version of Pro Tools and began slowly dismantling the radio friendly sound of the first NIN album Pretty Hate Machine. Adrian Belew recorded shards of noise guitar which he would record, then sample and further treat with effects creating a guitar sound that barely resembled an actual six string. Lyrical concerns on the album reflected the skinny, depressed, tortured young artist, far from the sober, well-built, tech-mogul Reznor we know in 2017. One day Sharon Tate's sister Patti met with Trent and asked him if he was exploiting her sister's death to sell records. At that point Trent woke up and realized the atrocity of what the Manson Family had commited, giving Trent a push to finish the complex album. Complete with the Russell Mills painting "Wound" as cover art & an interesting slip case packaging, the album was released to a confused Interscope with it's dark sound considered commercial suicide. However with the dark, minimal funk of "Closer" catching heat as well as a pay-per-view of their Woodstock '94 performance being watched in 24 million homes, the album eventually eclipsed its predecessor as NIN's biggest album. 8 years later country music icon Johnny Cash released his cover of the Downward Spiral's closing balled "Hurt" to massive critical and commercial success mere months before his passing. A testament to the power of The Downward Spiral.

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Jay Porks Podcast – Episode #199: Get Shortey

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GET SHORTEY

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Coming to you straight out of the rugged lands of Shaolin comes a brand new season of the Jay Porks Podcast! Former waiter turned educator who doubles as the Social Media Director for punk legends the Meat Puppets, Jay Porks brings his unique views to the Derer Network every week. Music headlines, Live Music News and Reviews, dealing with the political zeitgeist, big ol’ slices of the cake called life and so much more. There is no mind that works like this one and we’re glad Jay Porks rocks exclusively on the Derer Network.

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Check out my updated Writing Portfolio!

While I was bummed to hear the news that Chicagoist was closing for business earlier this month, I am happy to see that all of my articles are back up on their site. Here is my updated writing portfolio featuring all of my work for Chicagoist, the Connecticut-based Empty Lighthouse and my own website containing dozens of articles I wrote the past few years covering the wide world of contemporary music. If any emerging websites need a rock writer drop me a line!

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Jay Porks Podcast – Episode #198: Moore Sexual Deviance

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MOORE SEXUAL DEVIANCE

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Coming to you straight out of the rugged lands of Shaolin comes a brand new season of the Jay Porks Podcast! Former waiter turned educator who doubles as the Social Media Director for punk legends the Meat Puppets, Jay Porks brings his unique views to the Derer Network every week. Music headlines, Live Music News and Reviews, dealing with the political zeitgeist, big ol’ slices of the cake called life and so much more. There is no mind that works like this one and we’re glad Jay Porks rocks exclusively on the Derer Network.

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Here’s your #TapeTuesday! The Beach Boys “Kokomo” (1988)

Here's your #TapeTuesday. The Beach Boys with their final #1 hit song "Kokomo." The song was used for the 1988 Tom Cruise-starring film Cocktails and the single release coincided with the movie's premier. The song was written by the long-tormented John Phillips, Scott McKenzie (of "San Fransico – Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair" fame) along with the Beach Boy Mike Love and California super-producer Terry Melcher. The mastermind of The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, did not contribute to the writing or recording of the song. "Kokomo" references many exotic locales like "Aruba, Jamaica, Bermuda, Bahama, Key Largo, Montego Bay" etc, however "Kokomo" itself is a fictional place dreamt up by the frequent Caribbean party animal John Phillips. The song was an instant smash, and despite the Beach Boys ubiquity, it was actually their first #1 hit in America since 1966's game-changer "Good Vibrations." The song remains an irresistible, though slightly light-weight piece of Island pop. From my Dad's cassette collection. #BeachBoys #Kokomo #Cocktails #JohnPhillips #MikeLove #ScottMcKenzie #TerryMelcher

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Jay Porks Podcast – Episode #197: Indict City

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INDICT CITY

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Coming to you straight out of the rugged lands of Shaolin comes a brand new season of the Jay Porks Podcast! Former waiter turned educator who doubles as the Social Media Director for punk legends the Meat Puppets, Jay Porks brings his unique views to the Derer Network every week. Music headlines, Live Music News and Reviews, dealing with the political zeitgeist, big ol’ slices of the cake called life and so much more. There is no mind that works like this one and we’re glad Jay Porks rocks exclusively on the Derer Network.

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RIP Chicagoist!

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Sad to hear that Chicagoist will be closing for business. Had the pleasure of writing freelance music reviews for them for the past few years. I am disappointed to see that they have completely erased everyone’s hard work from the internet and hoping that this will be just a temporary scrub. However, I’d like to thank everyone there for including me and letting me expand my music knowledge with lots of concert tickets and downloads. Seems like another reason for me to bring back The Andy Derer Show.

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