Sound City Soundtrack: Grohl+Homme+Reznor’s Mantra

Sound City, Reel to Reel, Dave Grohl

Have you seen Dave Grohl’s film Sound City yet?

The soundtrack is coming out March 12th. It features a ridiculous cast of music legends, including Sir Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear of Nirvana, who debuted their track “Cut Me Some Slack” at the Madison Square Garden Hurricane Sandy Benefit last year. Dave has been playing shows all over the world with different configurations of the loose collective he calls the Sound City Players, which will be making a stop at SXSW March 14th. Grohl is also the keynote speaker of the festival this year.

Watch this sweet behind-the-scenes video of Dave banging the skins, while Josh Homme slappa da bass and Trent Reznor tickles the ivories, as they record the epic 7+ minute ‘Mantra.’ The result is, predictably, a little bit Foo, with a dash of Queens, on a bed of Nails.

This is just the instrumental in its glorious birthing stage. The finished version has vocals on it.

Listen to Sound City – Reel to Reel in full  here.

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Don Buchla Doc [Kickstarter]

Buchla, Buchla Series 100 Modular Electronic Music System, modular synth

This promo video surfaced a while back, giving a short glimpse into the life of legendary synth pioneer Don Buchla:

Now that the film is finally in the crowdsourcing phase, I think it’s high time to get the word out.

Don is the inventor of the Buchla Modular Electronic Music System, the first modular synth of its kind. Buchla’s creation signaled a move away from the traditional keyboard instrument, and opened up a brave new world of bleeps and bloops. It’s amazing that there has never been a documentary on the man before. With the recent resurgence of modular synths, it seems like the perfect moment.

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Don was definitely part of the avant-garde.  He has been called a mad scientist, a genius, an innovator, a recluse, an iconoclast, and has gathered a horde of fiercely loyal admirers by following his own visionary path, and dancing to his own muse.  His name and instruments are known from Indonesia to France.

We have begun to film because there have been performances and interviews to capture that we simply couldn’t pass up, such as Morton Subotnick and Ramon Sender from the San Francisco Tape Music Center, who commissioned Don to build the first Buchla; French composers Jean-Baptiste Barrière and Marc Battier; and performances by Subotnick and Marimba Lumina player Joel Davel, who has assisted in Buchla’s workshop for over a decade.

But now we need to raise production funding to complete the rest of our filming.  Among the other people we will be including in the film are early Buchla composer/performer Suzanne Ciani, analog synth performer/music journalist Gino Robair, Lightning virtuoso Forrest Tobey, synth maestro Alessandro Cortini (of Nine Inch Nails and Sonoio), Marimba Lumina co-designer Mark Goldstein, and, of course, Don himself.  Ideally, we’re hoping you can support us beyond what we’re asking for here so we can also edit and do post-production for the film.

With your help, we will be able to do the legacy of Don Buchla justice.

Let’s get ‘er done folks – kickstart the hell out of this:

Nine Inch Nails Returns To Tour Your Face Off Again

NIN, Nine Inch Nails,

Trent Reznor has announced that he will hit the road with Nine Inch Nails after a four year hiatus. Beginning this summer and continuing into next year, the tour features a new lineup: Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction), Adrian Belew (King Crimson), Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv), Alessandro Cortini (SONOIO) and Ilan Rubin (Lostprophets).

Here is the word from Reznor himself:


Nine Inch Nails are touring this year.

I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked – which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.

The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.

Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.


Trent is also going on a short jaunt with his other band, How to destroy angels. Their debut LP, Welcome Oblivion, is scheduled to drop March 5th and is streaming now at Pitchfork.

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Trent Reznor Spills News On NIN and Beats By Dre Collab

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It’s been an extremely productive time for Trent Reznor lately, with the recent release of his band How To Destroy Angels ‘An Omen’ EP, soundtrack work for the video game Black Ops, and murmurings of new Nine Inch Nails to come. The New Yorker ran a profile on Trent this week that outlines his plans to release a NIN greatest hits record with two new songs, followed by a new record.  And if that isn’t exciting enough for you, it seems he has another project up his sleeve.

Earlier this year, Reznor announced he was collaborating with Beats By Dre, but added mysteriously “It’s probably not what you’re expecting!” He reveals in the New Yorker that the project is actually a streaming music service called Daisy. Like Spotify or Rdio, Daisy uses algorithms to suggest music you might like based on what you already listen to. The difference, according to Trent, is that Daisy has a ‘connoisseur’ curation component, adding a human element he likens to “”having your own guy when you go into the record store, who knows what you like but can also point you down some paths you wouldn’t necessarily have encountered.”

What will be interesting to see is who these ‘connoisseurs’ will be (Toneluster is available for consultation 😉 Get @ me Trent!). Will it be Reznor and Dr. Dre themselves? Or interns at Interscope? Pitchfork? Or will placement go to the highest bidder?