Trent Reznor, Tom Waits, My Morning Jacket & More on Bridge School Vol. 4

Not sure if this is true or not, but the story goes that when Trent was asked about performing at Bridge School in 2006 he was not aware that everyone had to play acoustic. Instead of pulling out, he got some friends together and played live acoustically for what I believe was his first and only time. I was there to witness it and was thoroughly moved. It’s probably one of my favorite moments from the Bridge School Benefits. This year was the first one I missed in 7 years, I think.


When a bearded Trent Reznor played his surprising unplugged set at Neil and Pegi Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit in 2006, many people, myself included, were hoping he would bring the string quartet and piano into the studio for a Nine Inch Nails record. Well that never happened, but two songs from his set, which wooed NIN fans and detractors alike, will be included on Bridge School Collection, Vol. 4, available Tuesday on iTunes.

Tegan and Sara, who also have two tracks on the live compilation, posted a news update on their site with the full track list and it looks like we have yet another charitable release to look forward to (Seattle GIVE, Preservation, etc.).

Also included on the album are Tom Waits & the Kronos Quartet’s “What Keeps Mankind Alive” and “The Part You Throw Away,” Regina Spektor, John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, Norah Jones, Ministry, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Mellencamp, and one appearance by Neil Young himself, albeit jamming with Josh Groban for an operatic version of “Harvest Moon.”

Check out the full track list here.