*[consequenceofsound.net] Charlie Sheen would be proud; Trent Reznor keeps on winning. Moments ago, the Nine Inch Nails figurehead and his longtime co-collaborator, Atticus Ross, were awarded Best Original Score at the 83rd annual Academy Awards for their soundtrack to The Social Network.
Their victory seemed a lock the moment they took home a Golden Globe, but an Oscar for Best Original score is nothing to take lightly. Reznor and Ross now join a winners circle that includes legendary composers like John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Alex North, and Alfred Newman, and judging from their upcoming calendar, it looks like the two will have plenty of work in the future. In fact, as previously reported, Reznor and Ross have already confirmed their next project: they’ll renew their collaboration with Social Network director David Fincher when they score the soundtrack for his forthcoming film, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, due for release December 21st, 2011...
*[consequenceofsound.net] Less than 24 hours after winning the Oscar for Best Original Score, Trent Reznor is passing off the good vibes (yes, he is capable of feeling those) and giving his fans more reason to celebrate. In an interview with Billboard the day before his Oscar win at the Society of Composers & Lyricists’ annual pre-Oscar shindig, Reznor said that himself, collaborator Atticus Ross, and wife Mariqueen Maandig had recently finished the next How to Destroy Angels project. Reznor did not offer much in the way of specifics, but he did claim that it’d be out in the fall and the group would once again release everything online for free at a low bit rate while charging for higher quality recordings. The project should be available just before Reznor’s next score, The Girl With The Dragoin Tattoo, which hits theaters in December.
*[pitchfork.com] Radiohead's "Give Up the Ghost", a highlight from The King of Limbs, is an evaporation song, one that seems to be exiting and entering your consciousness at the same moment. They have a knack for these songs -- "House of Cards" off In Rainbows, was another one. Like "House of Cards", "Ghost" is built on a patiently rocking, palm-muted guitar strum. It's a lulling sound, and it's made even more so by the white noise and bird calls that surround it. Over this luminous haze, Yorke softly repeats a primal sentiment-- "Don't hurt me." The phrase, an echo of a thought that most people carry around with them everywhere they go, slowly melts into the background of the track, becoming part of its heartbeat. A shimmering, reverberant choir of Thom Yorkes pours in, adding new shades to his bare plea-- "Gather up the pitiful/ In your arms." At the edges of the mix, Jonny Greenwood's little patterned finger-picking figures burble away quietly, and the whole song begins to slip subtly, beatifically, out of your grasp, like a conversation half-heard from a far room as you nod off. The second it has shimmered out of view, you lean forward to replay it, convinced that you were a little closer to unlocking its life-affirming point that time around.
*[consequenceofsound.net] After The White Stripes decided to call it a day, Jack White later went on to say he wouldn’t be joining any new bands. But while most of us are getting caught up in the drama of life post-White Stripes, Mr. White himself is just doing what he does best: working on the most random projects imaginable. So, to better understand the man behind Third Man Records and three wildly popular rock bands, NPR is beginning a weekly series of interviews with White called The Flipside.
With the series, the public broadcasting giant hopes to highlight a few things that fans may not have been aware of in regards to their savior. In this week’s edition, along with the mention that he’d be restarting his Third Man Upholstery business he ran before he was famous, the charismatic frontman talked a whole lot about his recent 45 with auctioneer Jerry King. Head HERE to listen to the interview and to check out a transcript.
*[theprp.com] Rival Schools have premiered their new music video for their track “Wring It Out” online below. A digital single for the track is was released on February 22nd; while their new album “Pedals” is set to arrive in stores through Photo Finish Records on March 08th...
*[richtercollective.com] Here it is, the eagerly awaited new And So I Watch You From Afar single, “Search:Party:Animal”, available for free download via Soundcloud...
ASIWYFA - Search:Party:Animal by Richter Collective
*[pitchfork.com] The mere name of Hooray For Earth threatens an exuberance that could conceivably be too much for some people to handle. They certainly played to type on their excellent first single, "True Loves", a reggae sunsplash of chippy major chords and nimble falsetto runs. Which raises a question: Are they capable of acknowledging gloom, let alone embracing it? At first glance, the wildly oscillating synth arpeggio recalls that of the Knife's "Silent Shout", a rare infiltration of pitch-blackness in popular indie circles, and as "Sails" lurches forward, the cavernous production hearkens back to Depeche Mode getting comfortable in arena settings. But the gothic spaciousness gets flipped on itself, fully employed in service of a positive tension that makes "Sails" such an effective anthem. The chorus moves in a manner as surely and powerfully as a cruise liner, total slow-release propulsion dwarfing the encroaching darkness and going ever onward and upward.
*[smother.net] You wonder if the twin brothers Blaze and Reid Bateh and their longtime friend William Brookshire decided to name their band after the beetle, the groundnut, or the ethnic group in Mali. Well however they were inspired to self-identify as Bambara, the group is certain to inspire some indie noise acts out there. “Dog Ear Days” is a manic EP of creepy compositions made up of feedback, distortion, beats, airiness and noise, and lots of delay. Thrilling and suspenseful, each song seems to build on the last further tightening their grasp around your entire body. While everyone else seems to focus first on melody and then build from the ground up, it seems as if Bambara’s approach is more visceral with an intelligent ear honed to crafting a cinematic and moody backdrop and then Lego-ing the various pieces together unlike most of their fellow Athens, Georgia based bands.