What’s This Playlist All About? For their 2018 tour with The Jesus and Mary Chain, Trent Reznor and co. have given us a peek into the ins and outs of the show with a mix of all the music playing in between sets. According to Reznor himself: “Hit shuffle and consider drinking an overpriced beer out of a plastic cup for enhanced effect.” Always the jokester.
What You Get: A predictably dark and ominous ambiance filled with moody atmospherics from Reznor and Atticus Ross’ own brilliant film scores, as well as the NIN frontman’s other project How to Destroy Angels. There’s also a lot from once collaborator and touring partner David Bowie, plus classic post-punk and synth-rock gloom from Soft Cell, New Order, Bauhaus, and Killing Joke. He also throws in a good deal of glorious electronic dance and doom from this century by greats like Liars, Beak>, and Oneohtrix Point Never.
Best Surprise: The wistful whistling and haunting harmonizing of “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” from vocal Western wonders Sons of the Pioneers. Oh, and The Flamingos’ wonderfully dreamy doo-wop gem “I Only Have Eyes for You.”
Which of These Bands Should NIN Tour With Next? We have to admit that a shared bill with Radiohead—represented here with their gorgeous elegy “Daydreaming”—would be pretty amazing. And let’s add Liars to that line-up, too (we know Thom loves them as well!).