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.
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:
NOTE FROM TRENT:
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.
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 idreamofwires.org.
Also for sale on their site is the exclusive IDOW edition batteryACID, a voltage controlled analog distortion module by hexinverter.net.
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 idreamofwires.org 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: idreamofwires.org/order
“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: soundcloud.com/ghostly/solvent-themogene
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.
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.
Download How to destroy angels_: An Omen – EP
Download How to destroy angels_: How Long? – Single
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…
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 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 http://buy.soundcitymovie.com/
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.
Trent 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 Tattoo. Here 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!