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Reznor and Ross release free tracks from “The Social Network” soundtrack

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Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and the English producer Atticus Ross have released five tracks off the upcoming soundtrack for “The Social Network” for free online.

Included are five tracks:

1) Pieces Form the Whole

2) Eventually We Find Our Way

3) On We March

4) The Gentle Hum of Anxiety

5) Soft Trees Break the Fall

The ambient tunes are part of a 19 track album available now for download or the physical album will be available in October.

“The Social Network,” which premiers Oct. 1, is the story of how Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg created the popular social networking site and the controversy surrounding his success.

Reznor included the following message with the free download:

“This is what Atticus and I have been working on for the last few months. We had a great time working with David Fincher on this and the film turned out excellent – something we’re very proud of. It opens in theatres Oct 1 and you should check it out.

Musically, this all came out of our secret laboratory – electronic in basis, but mostly organic sounding. Lots of experiments and emphasis on sound fraying around the edges while focusing on the proper emotional tone for the various scenes.

Regarding the purchase options, sorry about the “clunkiness” of not offering the full record digital download pre-sale (and having to visit Amazon). My agenda was to be able to offer this for the lowest possible price and this was the best way to achieve that. Amazon has been a great partner with past projects and I appreciate your understanding.”


Written by David Young

September 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Ki:Theory offers free new album download

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You can’t beat free.

Wednesday I was watching the trailer for “The Road” by Brandon Gust, which featured the song “The Smallest Piece” by Ki:Theory as the soundtrack.

Liking the song I instantly Googled the band and found their respective webpage page. There I was prompted to enter my e-mail address for a free download, which I did.

I anticipated getting one track, so I was surprised when I opened the download to find the entire “Arms For Legs (Autumn Edition)” album. I immediately cued it up and listened to what is a great progressive album.

Ki:Theory can be describe as an ambient melodic band that composes such harmonious songs that you can’t help but hum along to.

From the band’s blog:

“Ki:Theory (a.k.a. Joel Burleson) lives in Richmond, VA by choice. He makes glitchy cut-n-paste songs and sings along to them. He did not go to school for this. He and his band (Ash Bruce) have toured nationwide US, Japan and Korea. He’s done remixes for Ladytron, UNKLE, Sasha, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Brazilian Girls. He continues to make music that he likes to hear in hopes of creating something that others might like to hear.”

Check them out for yourself here.

Written by David Young

November 12, 2009 at 6:19 pm

DJ Hero features Daft Punk, DJ Shadow and more

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I suppose it was just a matter of time.

I mean Guitar Hero was such a raging hit with the kids, adults and especially the musicians who watched their sagging record sales soar, that MC’’s wanted their slice of the pie.

Thus we have DJ Hero – a delightfully tacky new Freestyle Games creation complete with a faux turntable and tunes from Eminem and Daft Punk.

The premise for the video game, set to hit stores Oct. 27, is akin to its predecessor Guitar Hero and Rock Band where the player takes on the persona of a DJ with a control in the shape of a turntable instead of a guitar or drums.

The turntable is complete with 360 degree rotation and three buttons, two for records and one sample. Then there is a cross fader and effects and “euphoria button.  The player is given the opportunity to “spin” by correlating the three buttons and fader with a predetermined pattern playing during a song on the screen in three separate timelines.

So for the good part – music – the game boasts more than 102 songs and unique mixes. The list is impressive.

DJ Hero just seems like another way to waste time mastering something that is pointless. However DJ Hero skills may actually transfer to real turntables a bit more than Guitar Hero as the game teaches basics of mixing tracks.

And what’s next? Keyboard Hero, Tambourine Hero, Harmonica Hero or even perhaps Accordion Hero?

DJ Hero Artists:

  • 2 Pac
  • 50 Cent
  • 88 Keys
  • Aceyalone
  • Afrika Bambaataa
  • Beastie Boys
  • Beck
  • Bell Biv DeVoe
  • Benny Benassi
  • Billy Squier
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Blondie
  • Bobby “Blue” Bland
  • Boogie Down Productions
  • Cameo
  • Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers
  • Classics IV
  • Common
  • Connie Price & the Keystones
  • Cut Chemist
  • Cypress Hill
  • D-Code
  • Daft Punk
  • David Axelrod
  • David Bowie
  • David McCallum
  • David Penn
  • David Penn
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • DJ AM
  • DJ Demo
  • DJ Grandmaster Flash
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff
  • DJ Kool
  • DJ Shadow
  • DJ Yoda
  • DJ Z-Trip
  • DJ Z-Trip ft. Murs
  • Eminem
  • Eric B. & Rakim
  • Eric Prydz
  • Evidence
  • Fedde Le Grand
  • Foo Fighters
  • Foreigner
  • Freedom Express
  • Gang Starr
  • Gary Numan
  • Gorillaz
  • Grandmaster Flash
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Hashim
  • Herbie Hancock
  • InDeep
  • Isaac Hayes
  • J. Period
  • JAY-Z
  • Jean Knight
  • Jurassic 5
  • Justice
  • Kid Cudi
  • Kid Sister
  • Kool Moe Dee
  • KRS-1
  • Little Richard
  • LL Cool J
  • M.I.A.
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Masta Ace
  • MC Hammer
  • Mobb Deep
  • Motörhead
  • Murs
  • N.E.R.D.
  • NASA
  • No Doubt
  • Noisia
  • Paul van Dyk
  • Paula Abdul
  • Pharrell
  • Public Enemy
  • Q-Tip
  • Queen
  • Rakaa
  • Reel 2 Real
  • Rick James
  • Rihanna
  • Sandy Rivera
  • Scratch Perverts
  • Shlomo
  • Street Sweeper Social Club
  • Tears for Fears
  • The Alchemist
  • The Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra
  • The Jackson 5
  • The Killers
  • The Mad Stuntman
  • The Trammps
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Tiësto
  • Vanilla Ice
  • Wale
  • Weezer
  • Wild Cherry
  • Young MC
  • Zombies
  • Zakk Wylde

Written by David Young

October 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Passion Pit remixes Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Heads Will Roll"

Passion Pit is hot off its recent release Manners, and the Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ are riding high on It’s Blitz! so combining the two can only make for a stellar project.

That project is personified in today’s release of YYYs “Heads will Roll” a selection of four remixes of “Heads will Roll” off of It’s Blitz!

Considering it is a pretty spectacular song to start with, once Passion Pit gets its synth saturated hooks in it it makes for a must listen.

Also included are remixes by Tommie Sunshine, Little Vampire and James Iha. All good, but all fall short compared to the Passion Pit version.

While all have a similar sound, each has its own distinct beat and cadence to them.  Although it’s hard to beat the original version.

Written by David Young

July 14, 2009 at 5:28 pm

The Black Ghosts Album Hauntingly Good

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black-ghostsAnything Damon Albarn touches seems to turn to gold. Gold records that is.

That being said, when listening to The Black Ghosts for the first time a week ago, I had no idea Albarn was on a track and was thoroughly impressed by it.

The Black Ghosts are the a recent punk/electronic duo to emerge from the United Kingdom, and the fact that they have Blur/Gorillaz frontman making a cameo on the track “Repetition Kills You” says volumes.

Theo Keating and Simon Lord, formerly of Simian, comprise the band that traverses a wide range of musical tastes on their self-titled debut.

“Repetition Kills You,” is by far the catchiest song on the album filled with a poppy chorus and grand synthesizer beats. Other songs, such as “It’s Your Touch” and “Anyway You Choose To Give It,” are much more dance oriented and fall in line with the techno genre.

The there are songs on the EP like “Some Way Through This” and “Full Moon” that exhibit the guitar skills and song writing capabilities.    

In an interview with Lord described “Some Way Through This” as a “bombastic modern torch song” saying it deals with love in a passionate psychotic way. He noted the album was meant to have a different feel as listeners make their way through it.

“We want it to be like an emotional roller coaster. There are all sorts of moods atmospheres on the album, we’re not a one trick pony, we’re a thorough-bred race horse capable of a full range of emotion a bit like Mr. Ed… though it must be said that we don’t ashy away from the dark side,” Lord said in the interview.

Despite a self-proclaimed affinity for the macabre and somewhat dark theme, the album is full of enough energy to rattle anybody’s bones.

Written by David Young

January 17, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Justice vs. Daft Punk

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Daft Punk

On the surface Justice and Daft Punk may seem like they are two electronic bands cut from the same wire. But listen closely, these Frenchmen are anything but brothers in beats.

To really understand the two Parisian dance duos one must look to their roots. Daft Punk is more based in rock beats and guttural bass riffs. Firmly rooted in house dance, Daft Punk upended the British club scene with “Da Funk.”

Enter Justice more than a decade later raised on an entirely different diet of music. Rather than acid house, punk and hip-hop, Justice’s sound is much more pop oriented and sweeter sounding. There is an almost playful whimsical feel to Justice’s trippy tunes.

Just compare Justice’s debut hit,  “D.A.N.C.E.” to Daft Punk’s first major hit with “Da Funk.” The two songs are starkly different and poignantly highlight the fundamental differences between the two groups.



Also, keep in mind Daft Punk is going on two decades of producing quality club hits, while Justice is still reveling in its success from its smash debut Cross.

Needless to say both groups are phenomenal electronica duos braving new sonic ground. With that it is up to you the reader to pick the better band:  

Written by David Young

January 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm

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