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After being out of print for the past several years, Nine Inch Nails' 1989 album "Pretty Hate Machine" will be reissued Nov. 22 via Rykodisc. The set was originally issued by TVT, which auctioned it off during an asset sale earlier this year.

NIN leader Trent Reznor has made no secret of his dislike for his former label over the years. He recently wrote on the band's Web site that he hoped "to eventually release a deluxe version" of "Pretty Hate Machine" at some point, but that it required "the additional hassle of dealing with TVT Records."

"Pretty Hate Machine" has sold 3 million copies in the United States since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. The album features such NIN staples as "Head Like a Hole," "Terrible Lie" and "Down in It."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Yep Roc Records' comprehensive Billy Bragg reissue series is back on the schedule for a Feb. 21 release.
As previously reported, the label had expected to put out expanded versions of the singer/songwriter's "Life's a Riot With Spy vs. Spy," "Brewing Up With Billy Bragg," "Talking With the Taxman About Poetry" and "The Internationale" in September, as well as box them together with a bonus DVD.

Less than a week after the label announced the plan, the artist pulled the plug, stating that he wanted to be sure he could "fully support these releases on both sides of the Atlantic" upon their release. Bragg has only played a handful of dates in 2005, but is expected to mount some level of touring behind the Yep Roc re-releases.

Earlier this month, a trio of songs Bragg co-wrote with patients facing life-threatening illnesses as part of a project known as Rosetta Requiem were released as downloads via iTunes and on CD through Townshend Records. Details of the project can be found on the artist's Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Bassist Zak Sally has exited veteran indie rock band Low and will be replaced by Matt Livingston. "I sincerely hope that someday we can sit in the basement and make music together, but for now, there are more important things than music," Sally said in a statement.

Low plans to tour in 2006, but the lone show on its schedule for now is a Dec. 9 holiday concert in Minneapolis. The group's most recent album, "The Great Destroyer," was issued by Sub Pop in January and debuted at No. 13 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.

As previously reported, Sally appears with Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters leader Mark Kozelek in the fictional band the Hot Tears in the new Steve Martin film, "Shopgirl."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.