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21 Songs/Artists The CIA Uses To Torture People

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(PCM) According to the San Francisco Chronicle, newly released documents show that these 21 songs are put on 24 hour loops and used by the CIA to torture people:

“Dirrty” by Christina Aguilera


“The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem

“Zikrayati (My Memories)” by Mohamed el-Qasabgi

Playing the Meow Mix commercial jingle


“I Love You” by Barney the dinosaur

“Babylon” by David Gray

The “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack

“Take Your Best Shot” by the band Dope

“We Will Rock You” by Queen

“The Beautiful People” by Marilyn Manson

“F— Your God” by the band Deicide

The Tupac Shakur album “All Eyez on Me”

“Bodies” by the band Drowing Pool

Songs from “Sesame Street”

“Baby, One More Time” by Britney Spears

“Enter Sandman” by Metallica

“March of Pigs” by Nine Inch Nails

Songs by the band AC/DC

Songs by Prince

Songs by the band Red Hot Chili Peppers

Songs by the band Aerosmith

We are sure that there are plenty of other songs that could have made the list, especially those that act as an ear worm getting relentless stuck in your head. PCM has even complied an ever growing list of songs that constantly get stuck in your head, which you can view here. We couldn’t even begin to imagine the torture of being forced to listen to some of these songs on repeat 24/7.

While it is not the songs themselves that are necessarily torturous, it is the fact that the prisoners are often confined to incredible small spaces, sleep deprived and held in stress positions and forced to listen to the tracks on repeat. It would without a doubt be enough to start driving anyone crazy after a while.

The Senate Intelligence Committee recently released a 500 page summary of a classified report that reveals many of the often barbaric techniques that the CIA has put to use to interrogate and torture prisoners. At the top of the list was the use of music and loud noise as a way to disorient and break a prisoner down.

 

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Soundgarden Gear Up For Co-Headlining Tour With Nine Inch Nails

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(PCM) Soundgarden are internationally recognized as one of the world’s most influential rock bands. With a laudable career and GRAMMY®- winning catalog, the Seattle four-piece started a transformation in rock music that inspired a generation. The band is supporting the reissue of its seminal album, Superunknown via A&M Records/UME on June 3rd, 2014.

In our opinion Superunknown is one of those album’s that does more than just inspire a generation. The album was a major part of defining the generation at that time and continues to have the very same effect on listeners to this day.

We could not ask for a better pairing of artists to co-headline a summer tour run than both Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails. Together it is going to be on insane evening of rock!

Summer Co-Headline Tour Dates with Nine Inch Nails

7/19 Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood

7/21 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

7/22 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

7/24 Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

7/26 Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre

7/29 Mansfield, MA @ XFINITY Center (Boston)

7/30 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center (New York)

8/1 Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre

8/2 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

8/4 Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live (DC)

8/5 Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

8/7 Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion

8/8 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood

8/10 West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre

8/11 Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

8/14 Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater

8/16 Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

8/17 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion

8/19 Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater

8/21 Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre

8/22 Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

8/24 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

8/25 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

8/27 Wheatland, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre

8/29 Ridgefield, WA @ Sleep Country Amphitheater

8/30 Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre

 

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Nine Inch Nails And Soundgarden Announce Co-Headlining Tour

NIN2(PCM) There has been a ton of exciting touring announcements being revealed for this summer and now we have just learned that Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden will be embarking on a co-headlining run starting this July.

Death Grips will support on all dates and the tour will kick off July 19th in Las Vegas, NV and wrap up on August 25th in Hollywood, CA.

Soundgarden1What makes this tour all the more interesting is that this year marks the 20 year anniversary for both Nine Inch Nail’s iconic album “The Downward Spiral” and Soundgarden’s “Superunknown”

Tickets will go on-sale to the public on March 21st and a full list of tour dates can be found below:

07-19 Las Vegas, NV — Planet Hollywood
07-21 Morrison, CO — Red Rocks Ampitheatre
07-24 Tinley Park, IL — First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
07-26 Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre
07-27 Toronto, Ontario — Molson Canadian Ampitheatre
07-29 Mansfield, MA — XFINITY Center
07-3o Camden, NJ — Susquehanna Bank Center
08-01 Wantagh, NY — Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
08-02 Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
08-04 Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live
08-05 Virginia Beach, VA — Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
08-07 Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavillion
08-08 Atlanta, GA — Aaron’s Ampitheater at Lakewood
08-10 West Palm Beach, FL — Cruzan Ampitheatre
08-11 Tampa, FL — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Ampitheatre
08-14 Austin, TX — Austin360 Ampitheater
08-16 Woodlands, TX — Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
08-17 Dallas, TX — Gexa Energy Pavillion
08-19 Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Ampitheater
08-21 Chula Vista, CA — Sleep Train Ampitheatre
08-22 Irvine, CA — Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre
08-24 Mountain View, CA — Shoreline Ampitheater
08-25 Hollywood, CA — Hollywood Bowl

 

 

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Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2013 Recap, Highlights, And More!

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(PCM) No where in the country do I feel there is a more beautiful nor ideal location to hold a music festival than with in the grounds of the gorgeous City Park in New Orleans, LA. There is just something about the vibe in this city that is seeping with arts, culture, and history that create an intoxicating festival experience. There is an almost magic in the air when you experience the sights and sounds that this festival has to offer and it is certainly the one that we look the most forward to attending each and every year.

Being a veteran attendee of the festival I have note that I was not completely in love with the new festival grounds at City Park, as everything seemed to be a bit more jammed together, creating a lot of sound bleed between the stages and the environment was extremely catered to the VIPs, many of whom appeared to be spending more time partying and drinking within their compound than out watching the band’s they forked over such a  hefty sum to see. That being said, the beauty of music was celebrated gorgeously during this historic 15th ritual of Voodoo Music + Arts Experience and the few minor snafus that the organizers may have overlooked can certainly be forgiven and are sure to be worked out in time for next year’s festival.

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The 15th ritual of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience boasted an incredible line-up of artists, probably one of the best that I have seen in the recent years and each and every artist delivered absolutely outstanding performances that without a doubt exceeded many of my expectations. Headliners for the weekend were Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, and The Cure, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Calvin Harris, Paramore, Bassnectar, and Kid Rock rounding out some of this year’s top placement billing.

Another aspect of Voodoo that I adore is that each and every year there are a few artists that I may not be as familiar with that absolutely blow me away with their performances. This year, for example artists such as Billy Squier, ZZ Ward, Big Gigantic, Those Darlin’s, Reignwolf, Matt & Kim, Allen Stone, Maxim (of The Prodigy), He’ My Brother, She’s My Sister, Black Cadillacs, and Youngblood Hawke left me in awe with their incredibly engaging and memorable performances during this year’s festival.

Highlights from the weekend are below:

-On Friday night, Pearl Jam were introduced to the stage by former New Orleans Saints player and huge Pearl Jam fan Steve Gleason, who is battling ALS. Rumor has it that the band allowed Gleason to hand-pick some of the set and at one point Eddie Vedder dedicated the song “Inside Job” to Gleason during the set. It was a truly beautiful moment.

- Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor admitting to finding his “salvation” in New Orleans, and witnessing a career spanning set that showcased just how far Reznor has come over the years on a creative level. A good portion of the set was new material off the “Hesitation Marks” album, but closing out with “Hurt” will always be a poignant reminder of the depth of emotion that can be found within the Nine Inch Nails catalog. It was an appropriately haunting way to end on Saturday night.

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- Kid Rock as usual. put on quite a show for the Voodoo crowd. While I am a fan of EDM and many of the artists from that genre that were present at Voodoo, it was refreshing to take a bit of a break with some good old fashioned rock n’ roll, to which Kid Rock was the perfect relief. It felt fantastic to rock out to hits such as “Cowboy”, “All Summer Long” and of course set closer “Bawitdaba”.

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- We could not have asked for a better festival closer than The Cure. Front man Robert Smith’s voice still sounded amazing and their set was chock full of the band’s melancholy hits such as “Fascination Street”, “Just Like Heaven”, “Pictures Of You” and more. I was screeching with glee when they broke into “Burn” best known from The Crow film soundtrack and one of my personal favorites from the band and not often played live.

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- Paramore’s Haley Williams was a ball of energy as she bounded onto the Voodoo stage. With her adorable neon orange bob hair cut and black stripe across her eyes, Williams along with the rest of the band captivated the audience, and majority of the teenage girls in attendance with their fast-paced and catchy pop-punk melodies and overall their performance was a great deal of fun to behold.

- Soulful Ruby Amanfu sharing  her trouble with “boys” with the Voodoo crowd. Ruby Amanfu without a doubt has one of the best voices out there and is certainly going to be an artist to keep on your radar in 2014.

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- Much the same as Paramore, Matt & Kim put on a fantastic show that was incredibly engaging with the audience. It was refreshing to see people up and moving and you could not help but leave the band’s performance with a smile on your face. The band’s set was chock full of their own hits, as well as, plenty of teaser tracks from other artists. Overall it was just a whole lot of fun!

- If you have not had a chance to see Reignwolf live…you need to go…now! Jordan Cook’s bluesy rock and roll style was phenomenal and he plays his guitar with just intensity and  vigor that it was nearly impossible to look away. His solo version of the Fleetwood Mac classic “The Chain” was definitely a top moment and it was certainly not a performance to be missed.

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- Rock veteran Billy Squier came onto the Flambeau stage armed only with a guitar and certainly did his very best to drown out the sounds of both EDM and hard rock that were pouring forth from the other stages around him. Squier certainly held his own and drew in a surprisingly large crowd despite the other acts that were performing in the same time slot.  Squier battled the sound bleed the way any true rocker would and had the sound guy “Turn it up” before breaking into his set that featured songs such as “Lonely Is The Night”, She’s A Runner”, “Everybody Wants You”, and of course “The Stroke” which was recently prominently featured on Eminem’s new single “Berzerk”.

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- Something many may have missed was an appearance by New Orlean’s highly accomplished Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews who sat in for “Can’t Hold Us” during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s set and again later on in the performance. There was also a fun appearance by Macklemore’s special guest “Sir Raven Bowie” who is really Macklemore donning a feathered wig and a cape for a fun rendition of “And We Danced”.

There are definitely a lot more highlights that occurred throughout our Voodoo weekend and definitely be sure to check out our exclusive interviews with artists such as Billy Squier, Matt & Kim, Maxim (of The Prodigy), A Silent Film, Youngblood Hawke, Black Cadillacs and many many more! We are already geared up and amped for what Voodoo 2014 will have in-store, and it is still without a doubt one of the best music festivals in the country, despite some minor kinks that are sure to be ironed out.

 

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Nine Inch Nails Close Out Budweiser Made In America Festival !

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(PCM) While it was certainly no easy feat to top Beyonce’s phenomenal headlining performance on Day One of the Budweiser Made In America Festival. Nine Inch Nails did a mighty fine job in their own right to close out the 2-day Philadelphia festival.

It was especially great to see Trent Reznor and the rest of the band out and performing live behind their absolutely stellar new album “Hesitation Marks”!

The band played a solid set that ran the span of their career over the years with stand-outs being the new single “Came Back Haunted” and fan favorites “Terrible Lie”, “Closer”, “Wish” and of course closing the set with “Hurt”.

See out photos from the show below:
All photos credit: Mike Sievila

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Nine Inch Nails Posed For A Major Comeback With “Hesitation Marks”

Nine-Inch-Nails1(PCM) This year is shaping up to be a pretty good year for Nine Inch Nails. The band has been receiving rave reviews following their recent performances at both Lollapalooza and Outside Lands and now with their upcoming new album “Hesitation Marks” due out on September 3rd, be prepared to throw out any pre-conceived notions about this band right out the window!

The heart of Nine Inch Nails and their music comes from founder and vocalist Trent Reznor’s fearless approach to creating songs and soundscapes that take the listener on a true musical journey. It is absolutely refreshing to see an artist that is not afraid to take chances, something so few band’s seem to be doing these days.

The new album, which is currently streaming for free via iTunes, prior to its’ release gives fans their only chance to hear the full album prior to the September 3rd release date. It was fantastic to be able to check out the album and without a doubt it is sure to earn its’ place as one of the best of the band’s extensive career.

The lead single “Came Back Haunted” is tearing it’s way up the radio charts and it will surely be follow-up up by additional singles such as “Copy Of A” and “Everything” which in their own right are creating a lot of buzz. This album showcases the more contemplative side of the band, but it is still not without it’s moments of raw aggression and Trent’s poetic and somewhat haunting vocals.

Nine Inch Nails will play an intimate show for fans at the legendary Troubadour club in Los Angeles on September 3, coinciding with the release of Hesitation Marks. “Tension 2013,” the band’s North American fall arena tour, will kick off on September 28.

 

We are gearing up to catch Nine Inch Nails at both the Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philadelphia, PA on 9/1 and Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans from 11/1 -11/3, so definitely be sure to stay tuned to PCM for our upcoming live recaps and photos from the shows.

 

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