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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Watch Sound City the Film

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.

Pre-order How to destroy angels : Welcome Oblivion

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I Dream Of Wires: Hardcore Edition Trailer

I Dream Of Wires, modular synth documentary

I Dream Of Wires, a forthcoming documentary about modular synthesizers, featuring interviews with luminaries such as Chris Carter and Trent Reznor, has released an official trailer for its extended cut, ‘Hardcore Edition.’

This juicy 12-minute hardcore synth porn clip is but a sliver of the full 4-hour version of the film, which is available for pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD at

Also for sale on their site is the exclusive IDOW edition batteryACID, a voltage controlled analog distortion module by

batteryACID,, I Dream Of Wires

batteryACID is “loosely based” on the classic MXR Distortion Plus guitar pedal circuit. What makes this unit special for modular enthusiasts is that it comes in eurorack format, so it can be integrated right into a modular rig, and distortion can be modulated using a control voltage from another module. It also has a built-in compressor to keep those clipped peaks in check, which can be disabled if desired, or used on its own with distortion bypassed.

And now without further ado, here comes the trailer. Keep your pants on y’all.

“I Dream Of Wires (Hardcore Edition)” – 2013 official trailer.

“I Dream of Wires” (IDOW) is an upcoming, independent documentary film about the phenomenal resurgence of the modular synthesizer – exploring the passions, obsessions and dreams of people who have dedicated part of their lives to this esoteric electronic music machine. Written and directed by Robert Fantinatto, with Jason Amm (Ghostly International recording artist Solvent) serving as producer and co-writer, IDOW is set to receive it’s festival premiere, May 2013.

Preceding IDOW’s official theatrical release, we will be releasing this special, extended cut: “I Dream Of Wires (Hardcore Edition)” (IDOW-HE) will be released independently on BluRay / 2xDVD, and shipped to all IndieGoGo and pre-order customers, June 2013. IDOW-HE is for the hardcore modular synthesizer and electronic music fanatics, and will run approximately 4 hours long (!).

IDOW-HE is a strictly limited-edition item, available to order exclusively through from 2/11 – 5/31, 2013. It’s bound to sell out in pre-orders, so don’t sleep…
IDOW-HE BluRay / 2xDVD is available to pre-order now:

“Themogene (I Dream Of Wires theme)”, from the forthcoming IDOW original soundtrack album by Solvent, is available to listen/download in its entirety via Ghostly International on Soundcloud:

Additional music/sounds featured in this trailer: Container, Jack Dangers (Meat Beat Manifesto), Richard Devine, John Elliott (Spectrum Spools/ex-Emeralds), Gert Jalass (Moon Modular), Richard Lainhart, Solvent, Jon Sonnenberg (Travelogue), Keith Fullerton Whitman.

“Who said that?” (in order of appearance): Brad Garton, Dean Batute, Maggie Payne, Bernie Krause, William Maginnis, Terry Pender, Jack Dangers (Meat Beat Manifesto), Benge (John Foxx and the Maths), Vince Clarke (Erasure), Daniel Miller (Mute Records), David Kronemeyer, Jon Sonnenberg (Travelogue), Carl Craig, James Holden, Richard Devine, Luke Abbott, Tony Rolando (Make Noise), Flood, Trent Reznor (NiN/How To Destroy Angels), Dieter Doepfer, Dominic Butler (Factory Floor), Paul Schreiber (Synthesis Technology/MOTM), David Kronemeyer, Eric Barbour (Metasonix), George Mattson, William Mathewson (WMD), Tony Rolando, Eric Barbour, Daniel Miller, Drew Neumann, John Elliott (Spectrum Spools/ex-Emeralds), Andreas Schneider (SchneidersBuero), Eric Barbour, Scott Jaeger (The Harvestman), Andreas Schneider, Dieter Doepfer, Chris Carter (X-TG/Chris & Cosey), Charlie Clouser, Danjel Van Tijn (Intellijel), John Tejada, Drumcell, Legowelt, Alessandro Cortini (SONOIO/ex-NiN), John Foxx, Deadmau5, James Husted (Synthwerks), Paul Barker (Malekko/ex-Ministry), Container, Cevin Key (Skinny Puppy), Robert A.A. Lowe, Trent Reznor, Gur Milstein (TipTop Audio), Gary Numan.

How to destroy angels: New Videos

HTDA, How to destroy angels, Welcome oblivion, glitch

I’ve been on a music video binge for a while here, but I somehow missed not one but TWO new videos from Trent Reznor’s band How to destroy angels. I’ve written about them a bunch on this blog, and everything they do continues to be artistically stunning.

This video is for the song ‘How Long?’ from their forthcoming LP Welcome Oblivion, due March 5th. Directed by Shynola, the visuals are an extremely dark, cinematic, post-apocalyptic meditation on life and death, while the music features bitcrushed beats cut with pretty poppy vocals.

The second video is for ‘The Loop Closes,’ from last year’s An Omen EP. Here, hardcore lo-fi glitchy video sputters out into spectrum shards of color. Rob Sheridan and HTDA have truly outdone themselves with this clip!

HTDA will be making their live debut this year at Coachella.

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Download How to destroy angels_: How Long? – Single

QOTSA Frontman Josh Homme in the Studio and Live with Pearl Jam

Josh Homme, Queens of the Stone Age, QOTSA

News of the next Queens of the Stone Age album has been floating around lately – Dave Grohl is on it, as well as former bassist Nick Olivieri and Trent Reznor. Now we can catch a glimpse into the QOTSA studio via this mockumentary “Secrets of the Sound,” directed by Liam Lynch. Keep your eyes peeled for the custom microphone made from a human ear, “so it sounds like you’re hearing it.”

Josh Homme also appears on Pearl Jam’s Christmas gift to Ten Club fans. “In the Moonlight” was originally recorded during the sessions for Binaural, but was only released on the PJ rarities collection Lost Dogs. This live version features JHo harmonizing with EdVed:

Now continue waiting with baited breath for more QOTSA…

Trent Reznor Spills News On NIN and Beats By Dre Collab

Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails, NIN, How to Destroy Angels, HTDA, Black Ops, Beats By Dre, Interscope, Daisy

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?

Dave Grohl: Coolest Dude Ever?

Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters, Sound City

Dave Grohl recently announced that Foo Fighters was going on hiatus. Not too worry, what this has meant in the past is that Mr. Grohl just needs to get a bunch of other projects out of his system. To prove my point, Dave went and drummed on the new Queens of the Stone Age record and MADE A MOVIE.  Just to prove that he’s the best at everything, basically.

And so without further ado, here is the long awaited trailer to the much talked about Sound City, a film Dave directed about the legendary studio where Nirvana’s Nevermind was recorded, featuring commentary from rock royalty like Krist Novoselic, Josh Homme, Trent Reznor, Lars Ulrich, Tom Petty, Rivers Cuomo, Frank Black, Rick Rubin, the list goes on and on. Watch this:

Sound City will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. You can pre-order a DRM Free Download for just $10 and get immediate access to “super sweet stuff to tide you over until the film is available on 2/1/2013” at

Also, LOTS of preview material here:

And now, for all you pre-orderers out there, a few words from Dave himself:

Hey there….

    Thanks for scraping up your hard earned dough and buying the movie

direct from our site! We’re stoked! Hope you love it as much as we do….


     Ummm………Holy shit! I made a movie!


    I started this project a little over a year ago with ONE of my good

old friends (Jim Rota from the band Fireball Ministry). That’s

right….just me, my drinking buddy, and a crazy idea that we should tell

the story of a studio we had loved hanging around for years, and our

heartbreak to see it close. It soon blossomed into something truly epic! I

don’t think either of us ever imagined our little project would become

what it is now. Like all the best things in life, it just…….happened.


     From day one, it was the most incredible experience of my life. I

swear. Sitting down with Neil Young talking about recording guitars, John

Fogerty telling me about the day he decided to become a musician, Stevie

Nicks telling me the story of how she joined Fleetwood Mac, Trent Reznor

schooling me on the world of computers and digital technology, etc etc

etc…..can you imagine? All I had to do was listen…I am the luckiest

man on earth.


    And, being a completely independent film, no one told us how or what

to do! Me and my crew of under 20 people did it OUR way. It was like a keg

party with a camera. WE got to tell the story of a place we all held so

dear. WE wanted to do it justice. And I think we did.


    But, SOUND CITY is only part of the story…..


   What is it that happens when 4 people turn on, plug in, and really

play that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up? What is it

about those moments when you hear something and it immediately puts its

hooks in you, and you feel…..understood? What is it that will inspire

the next generation of kids wanna do what I did when I was a little punk

growing up in Springfield, Virginia? That feeling like, “Wait……I can

do this too…..”


    That’s what I’m talking about. That human connection. That human

feel. That human sound…that isn’t perfect…but it’s sooooo good.


    I really feel like SOUND CITY is my life’s most important work. I

hope you do too. 


    Psyched that you get to see it! Show it to your friends! Get

together, start a band, sound like shit, and change the world. GO!


    Thank you, thank you, thank you………Dave

Albums Dropping Today

It’s not often that this many records I have been lusting for all come out on the same day.

Check out these streams and then GO BUY SOME MUSIC!

Soundgarden – King Animal

Brian Eno – Lux

Deftones – Koi No Yokan

How To Destroy Angels – An Omen EP

Trent Reznor also wrote the theme to the videogame Black Ops, released today

Anything I’m missing?

How To Destroy Angels “Keep It Together” Live Video

How To Destroy Angels, Trent Reznor’s band with wife Mariqueen Maandig and co-horts Atticus Ross and Rob Sheridan, have released a live in studio performance video of their first single “Keep It Together,” from their forthcoming An Omen EP. Hit play below for a taste of somber, pensive, moody music and high quality shots of some really hottt gear.

An Omen EP is out Nov. 13th on Columbia Records

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Trent Reznor Reveals New How To Destroy Angels Info

ImageTrent Reznor released information regarding a new EP from his post-NIN project How To Destroy Angels via his facebook today. The band consists of his wife, Mariqueen Maandig, Rob Sheriden, and Atticus Ross, with whom Reznor worked on the scores for both The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon TattooHere is the message from the man himself:

Sorry for the radio silence lately… I’ve been busy! There’s a number of things to be revealed over the coming months. Some you may expect, others you may not. Patience, my friends.

Today’s news is about my band How To Destroy Angels. I’m happy to announce we’ve formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it’s called An Omen EP. As you may have guessed, it’s an EP. It contains six songs, some of which are from our full-length LP which is coming early next year.
We are making some videos, we are going to be performing live, and that’s all the details I have for now on those matters.

Regarding our decision to sign with Columbia, we’ve really spent a long time thinking about things and it makes sense for a lot of reasons, including a chance to work with our old friend Mark Williams. There’s a much more granular and rambling answer I could give (and likely will in an interview someplace) but it really comes down to us experimenting and trying new things to see what best serves our needs. Complete independent releasing has its great points but also comes with shortcomings.We are all very excited about you checking out the new stuff. Wish I could tell you more, but you know how this works… it would take all the fun out of it!

Stay tuned!

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