How to Destroy Angels
An Omen EP
It is still not completely clear where Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Mariqueen Maandig (Reznor’s wife) are taking their How to Destroy Angels project. In 2010 when they first released their first self-titled EP, and it was very average, I thought maybe Reznor was just throwing his wife a bone by producing some music for her admittedly nice vocals. Then, when realizing that the 2010 EP was basically average-ish NIN songs with a female vocalist, I thought Reznor may be looking for a new twist on his production style with a female vocalist.
A full album from HtDA still hasn’t come out, and the timing, new information, and what Reznor/Ross did in between EP’s has just created more questions. Reznor is apparently working on new NIN material, set to release a HtDA LP in 2013, and produced two exceptional film scores with Ross (The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo). The man is working his ass off, so if some of his work is average I completely understand. That being said, An Omen EP is interesting enough to get me excited about future releases.
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Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack
LxL’s love for Trent Reznor, and in particular Nine Inch Nails, has been well-documented during our short ~5-month existence. My own personal infatuation started around the first time I heard “Closer” on the radio and loved how much airplay a song with the f-word in the chorus was able to get, and how obvious the missing word was to the listener. It was one of those “they may as well just not edit, because it’s so obvious what is going on” moments in radio history. Following Trent Reznor’s career arc after that was sometimes awesome, sometimes frustrating, but always rewarding. And while I am sad to have seen him put a halt to the NIN portion of his career, the fact that he has been able to remain so visible with his soundtrack work on David Fincher’s last two films has been a welcome post-NIN endeavor. Beginning his soundtrack career with the Academy Award-winning score for Fincher’s The Social Network, Reznor and partner Atticus Ross are back at it again with the score for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
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Sure we are a music blog, but we figured one more day deviating from the formula wouldn’t be so bad, so here are our favorite movies of 2011, since we like those too. Movies are a little harder to decide on since we are unable to see many of the best movies since most of the best movies come out during the holiday season to limited audiences. There was also movies each of us enjoyed but the rest of us didn’t get a chance to see like Hanna, Warrior, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Moneyball, so these movies either missed everything all together or landed on our just missed lists.
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