Tag: Trent Reznor
“Completely surreal” is how composer Trent Reznor describes his best original score nom for “The Social Network,” adding that he almost missed the announcement thanks to some technical difficulties at home. “It was panic this morning because somehow my internet and TV had a complete media blackout at the crucial moment, but it turned out all was well in the end,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Given the dark, industrial work he’s known for with his band Nine Inch Nails, you might expect Reznor to dismiss something as mainstream as an Oscar nom, but such is not the case. “I’m just very proud to be involved with a film of this caliber and working with these people. We got so close to this film – I’ve seen it hundreds of times and I still really love it. I didn’t realize it would resonate with people as much as it has. It’s been amazing and flattering to see what’s happened.”
You can read the whole article here.
“I’m happy to finally announce the re-issue of the first Nine Inch Nails record “Pretty Hate Machine,” releasing worldwide 11/22. UMe and Bicycle Music Group managed to locate the original mixes, so I went in the studio with Tom Baker and remastered it for a greatly improved sonic experience. In addition, Rob reinterpreted Gary Talpas’ original cover to make for a fresh new package.
It’s been an interesting trip watching the fate of this record float from one set of hands to another (a long and depressing story) but it’s finally wound up in friendly territory, allowing us to polish it up a bit and present it to you now. We had fun revisiting this old friend, hope you enjoy.”
Pretty Hate Machine is available for pre-order here.
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A music writer can spend two to three nights a week in clubs and venues watching artists and musicians perform. We write about what we saw, so that you the reader can find out what you missed because you didn’t go to the show. For the most part, show reviews tend to be good if not fair. Trying to entice you off your couch, out of your house, and into the venues to see the artist the next time they come through town.
Sometimes they can be very critical, everyone has a bad day, artists and musicians are no exception. Sometimes they have bad shows, from equipment problems, to PA problems, to health problems. But very rarely will you see a show so bad that you will write what may become the quintessential worst (read BEST) show review ever.
There are only two or three artists who could ever warrant such a review, because there are only really two or three artists that could have such a complete meltdown on stage. Fiona Apple (already happened), Oasis (already happened), and of course Courtney Love.
David Malitz of The Washington Post witnessed the latest on stage meltdown by Ms Love, and wrote what in my opinion may become the greatest show review ever.
From David Malitz at the The Washington Post:
“Imagine a Hole concert that doubles as a complete Courtney Love meltdown. Not too hard to do. Now imagine it being 10 times more disastrous than that — we’re talking one incomplete song after another, offensive and rambling stage banter, exhibitionism, a mass exodus of paying customers. Now imagine it being nearly three hours long. You can start to get a picture of the epic train wreck that was Hole‘s Sunday night show at the 9:30 Club.”
“She took the stage nearly an hour past the advertised 9:30 start time, smoking a cigarette and rambling about how she was late because, allegedly, she had just been hanging out with a senator friend. (She left the friend’s identity a mystery.)
She also introduced an assistant, Lisa, who was onstage for the entire show filming Love on an iPhone. Not on the side of the stage. Not filming a few songs. The entire show, onstage, often directly in front of Love.”
Still not sure this is the best review ever?
Please check out the entire enterview at The Washington Post
I leave you with this last excerpt:
“When Love did get around to singing, her voice sounded as if something had died in her throat. Love has a blood-curdling howl, by far her most effective asset as a performer. She should have used it more on Sunday. During the choruses of “Miss World” and “Violet” — two of her best and most popular songs — she turned the microphone to the crowd and didn’t bother singing. Other times she skipped lines in order to cough or take a sip of water or just . . . not sing. Of the nearly 30 songs (or song fragments), not even a handful were completed without some minor disaster.
Love took a request for “Rock Star” despite admitting that she didn’t remember how to play it. She stumbled through half the song without strumming one correct chord. She played a new song, “Pretty Your Whole Life.” It was bad. Half an hour later, she played it again. It was worse.”
Take 10 minutes and follow the link to the full review at The Washington Post. You’ll be glad you did.
FILTER – The Trouble with Angels
Rocket Science Ventures
Richard Patrick first gained attention as the guitarist for NINE INCH NAILS. His only recorded material with them was on the end of ‘Sanctified’ off Pretty Hate Machine, but he toured/performed with NIN from 1989-93. He left NIN forming FILTER and released Short Bus in 1995. More rock than industrial, FILTER took off in a big way, but it wasn’t until their second album Title of Record that they gained huge commercial success with the single ‘Take a Picture’.
A full studio album and greatest hits compilation not to mention a plethora of soundtrack singles round out Filter’s studio work.
FILTER is back now with a new studio album The Trouble With Angels and from what I’ve heard of the new album so far (giving it a 2nd spin as I write this), the album is harder, heavier, more electronic than anything since Short Bus. Gone is the commercial gleam, and slick sound that permeated later FILTER albums.
The Trouble with Angels starts off with static laced am radio sounding vocals that kicks into a gritty guitar riff and the lyrics, ‘Come along Sally let’s have a break down’. This is ‘Drug Boy’, and it is as dirty and gritty as any back street dime bag shooting alley you can imagine. The demonic reverberated screams throughout the bridge would bring any fiend to his knees begging for sobriety and sanity instantly. A straight forward rock riff over laced with pulsating drums and a bass line that makes your blood simmer in your veins lends itself very well to the melodic chorus that FILTER has been known for. But this is no ‘Picture’ ballad. This is balls out FILTER at their best.
For the radio rock “we must have a ‘Take a Picture’ ballad” folks out there. FILTER offers up ‘No Love’ to you, but again, this is no overly produced slick sticky sweet ballad. Once the chorus kicks in, and the scream of ‘No Love’ rings out the teeny boppers out there might just switch the station. But that would be doing FILTER and this song a grave disservice. Sit back, give it a listen, and let the music and message sink in. You’ll thank me for it later.
‘No Re-Entry’ is a psychedelic tripalicious love scorn ballad complete with noise/muse rock keyboards filling out and flowing out (of) the song nicely.
Overall the album has a much heavier electronic feel than albums past. Drum loops, noise loops, and wicked vocal effects layers each song, making it impossible to get the full effect even after multiple listens. This is why this album works so well. You can’t get it all immediately. It takes several listens for you to get everything that happens in each and every song. This makes the album last. This is what makes a great album. Every time you put it on, you hear something new. The songs never get old, because you constantly are introduced to something missed in prior listenings.
I was a little hesitant when I first put this on as Short Bus was the pinnacle of FILTER for me. But I’m here to tell you that The Trouble with Angels may actually be two steps better and beyond their debut!
The Trouble with Angels will be released August 17th.
How To Destroy Angels, the brand new project featuring NINE INCH NAILS mainman Trent Reznor and his wife Mariqueen Maandig (ex-WEST INDIAN GIRL) along with frequent NIN collaborator Atticus Ross, has made its self-titled debut EP available as a free digital download at their official website www.howtodestroyangels.com.