Wednesday, 10/23/19

Trent Reznor taps Mike Garson for Watchmen

Over on Twitter, pianist Mike Garson - who you may remember from his contributions to David Bowie's Aladdin Sane and Nine Inch Nails' Just Like You Imagined, among others - shared this tidbit about contributing to the music in HBO's Watchmen, along with the clip he scored:

Monday, 10/21/19

Watchmen score to be released across three volumes

Watchmen Volumes 1, 2, and 3

Remember when it was hard to come by details about NIN releases? As fun as the hunt sometimes was, I really appreciate how gets right to the point these days, so I'm going to just quote them here:

The score will be available in three unique volumes, released at strategic times over the rollout of the series. The only physical media will be 180g vinyl.

Created in collaboration with the show’s writers, each LP features the score from Academy Award Winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, as well as artwork and packaging exclusive to this vinyl release that explores the culture of Watchmen America and provides revealing insights into the saga’s mythology and mysteries

The artwork for each volume will be revealed as each volume is reelased, and the official store actually links to a special Amazon pre-order page, where each vinyl album is $25.98. It's worth noting that while the artwork is unique for the vinyl releases, what you pre-order is going to be the same as what becomes available in stores later this year.

Release dates are November 4, November 25, and December 16, and have 15 tracks, 13 tracks, and 11 tracks, respective to the order of release.

Tuesday, 10/15/19

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fan vote

Nine Inch Nails​ is in the running once again for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020. Fans can vote for nin here up to five times daily.
Tuesday, 10/08/19

Damon Lindelof on the music for The Watchmen on HBO

Paul Guyet got in touch, having finagled his way into a press seat at the New York Comic Con last week. Not only was the first episode debuted - with an opening that Guyet describes as "THE BEST pairing of Reznor and Ross' music with imagery that I have ever seen", but during the talkback and Q&A, an audience member asked about the score. Lindelof replied, and I'm quoting:

I have a rule about composers, that they're different from show to of the things that I didn't know about Watchmen was what it was going to sound like and every time I imagined what it would sound like, it sounded like Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. So I called HBO and said "these guys have never done TV before but do you think we could take a shot at them?" and Francesca Orsi said "that is so weird, Trent and Atticus' manager called this morning and they were asking about Watchmen".

One of the first things Trent said was "so...are you doing the squid?" and I was like "oh this guy is all the way in". They wrote a lot of this music and sent it to Nikki (director of some of the episodes) and I before we started shooting. They said "we read the script and these are some of the things we were thinking". I'd say close to 80% of the music they wrote before we even shot is in the pilot. We were just trying to make stuff worthy of those guys, they're amazing.

Sounds like we have a lot to look forward to with this one, and with any luck, maybe we'll see an original score made available in the not-too-distant future. Thanks again, Paul!
Tuesday, 10/01/19

Oh, and one more thing.

"I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face and, the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply evil."

- Doctor Loomis, Halloween, 1978

Sacred Bones Records quietly sent out an email to folks on their distribution list informing them of October releases centered around the John Carpenter, and quietly tucked away with the reminder that the deluxe edition soundtrack from last year's Halloween movie, posters, and a preorder for a Big Trouble in Little China vinyl was an announcement that they were selling all of their remaining stock for last year's vinyl release of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' version of the Halloween theme. Here's a link to purchase either the black or orange versions which, at this time, are both in stock.

Now, I'd likely wager that this is for the corrected version and not the accidental first release that included a WIP version of the theme. BUT, and this is a big but, if you were bummed that you missed this either time around, now is your chance to get this sucker on vinyl. The b-side is the original theme, BTW.

New music from Telefon Tel Aviv and Alessandro Cortini

Beeps. Boops. Stutters. Ethereal voices. Synths. Pulsating synths.


Last Friday saw the release of two new albums - the first being from Josh Eustis under the Telefon Tel Aviv banner called Dreams Are Not Enough. This is the first major follow-up to 2009's Immolate Yourself. This is a wonderful record that recalls everything I've always enjoyed about TTA, but also moves into new territory that I'd like to think was influenced by Josh's other band, The Black Queen. Check out a sample below and order the album here.

The second of our mentioned releases comes from Alessandro Cortini under his solo banner entitled Volume Massimo. The natural evolution of Cortini's sound post-SONOIO, this album has really reminded me of a mixture of Stranger Things influence with his signature Buchla sounds. Like much of his other solo work, it's been fun listening for new things and allowing myself to kind of drift away and fade into the music. Again, check out a sampling below and order the album here.