At the end of December, Nine Inch Nails returned with the self-described "unfriendly, fairly impenetrable" Not the Actual Events EP. Only digital copies were available at first, with a mysterious future “physical component” promised in Reznor-ian fashion.
This week, people have started receiving it. And it's full of an ashy black substance that’ll smear all over your hands like Russian dressing out of a good Reuben. The packages are introduced by Nine Inch Nails like such:
“To be read IN ITS ENTIRETY before opening. Actions have consequences! N.T.A.E. may contain subversive elements that produce feelings of euphoria and may be harmful and unsettling to the consumer. Likewise, this physical package may lead to unrealized expectations or unexpected results upon opening. Caution should be exercised with both. AND THIS IS IMPORTANT… This will make a mess. By opening this envelope in any way, you assume all risks to your person and/or property, and waive any claim against The Null Corporation, any of its subsidiaries or affiliated entities from any and all damages or harm you incur.”
Here's exactly what Not the Actual Events purchasers have been receiving from NIN:
There are a variety of pages, making this look like a zine that came apart being pulled from the rubble of a building collapse.
Any guesses as to how the reissue of 1999's The Fragile, coming this spring as a 150-minute, four-disc vinyl billed as The Fragile: Deviations 1, will arrive in physical form?