The Girl With the Dragon TattooAs promised, Trent Reznor last night provided the complete details for his three-hour-long 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' score, and as an added bonus, the Nine Inch Nails frontman offered up a six-song sampler as a free download. The six instrumentals run the spectrum of all the different moods Reznor and Ross had to tackle for the film: Calm, ambient, foreboding, intense, visceral, and terrifying, each delivered in a way that showcases Reznor's uniquely dark electronic signature.Read More »from Download Six Tracks From Trent Reznor’s Compelling ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Score
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Guns N' Roses' "November Rain," the epic music video by which all epic music videos are measured, clocks in at just over nine minutes, or roughly the same amount of time for Lady Gaga to actually start singing in her new "Marry the Night" video. For eight minutes and 47 seconds, Gaga once again takes her Little Monsters on a bizarre tour of cut-and-paste dialogue, otherworldly fashion, quick glimpses of borderline nudity, and too many post-modernistic pop culture references to list. Except this time, Gaga herself directed the video, so there's really no filter telling her to turn the volume down on her weird and ambitious vision.
"Marry the Night" starts off with Gaga, strapped to a bed in a mental hospital, providing audio commentary to her own music video, telling the viewer who designed the nurses' uniforms (it's next year's Calvin Klein) and why they wear berets to the side. Next comes a long scene where Gaga, "the morphine princess," tells her nurse, "I'm gonna make it… I'm gonna be a star… You know why… 'Cause, I have nothing left to lose…" And then, finally, the music starts at the four-minute mark. Except it's a piano concerto and not "Marry." It'll be another four minutes before the 'Born This Way' single turns up.Read More »from Watch Lady Gaga’s Epically Long ‘Marry the Night’ Video
- Joseph Brannigan Lynch | Amplifier – Thu, Dec 1, 2011 5:27 PM EST
Ever since they captured international attention three decades ago, a curmudgeonly minority has complained about U2's music, frequently citing Bono's allegedly whiny voice. Today we learned that shockingly, the U2 frontman actually sympathizes with his detractors.
Appearing on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" via satellite to raise awareness of World AIDS Day, Bono admitted that he has a hard time listening to his own music.
"If I hear our songs on the radio, I tend to turn them down, not because I don't like them or believe in them, but actually my voice annoys me. I always think I could have sang it better."Read More »from Bono Tells ‘Ellen’ He Hates His Girly Singing Voice
All those Black Friday presents get unwrapped on December 25th, but for fans of the Killers, the band has made it an annual tradition to celebrate Christmas on December 1st. Since 2006, Brandon Flowers and his Vegas crew have posted genre-bending Xmas-themed music videos in the name of charity, since today is World AIDS Day. This year, the band has traded in their tight jeans and leather jackets for ten-gallon hats and spurs on the spaghetti western "The Cowboys' Christmas Ball." It's sort of like 'Cowboys and Aliens," except here, those two are allies in a Christmas battle with a pack of Grinch bandits.
Outside of a few one-off gigs, the Killers have been on hiatus since the release of 2008's 'Day and Age' and its tour, so it's great that the band just to keep their tradition alive; they also recently got together in the studio to begin work on their next album. Both the song and the video are available now on iTunes, with all proceeds benefiting the (RED) charity.Read More »from The Killers Celebrate Christmas the Cowboy Way
- Joseph Brannigan Lynch | Amplifier – Thu, Dec 1, 2011 3:53 PM EST
Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesHaving recently announced they'll be unleashing their own brand of beer, Hanson have unwittingly made their first culturally relevant move in 13 years: They're now part of the ever-expanding musicians-shilling-alcohol universe.
It only makes sense for rockers and rappers (and still-soldiering '90s boy bands) to attach their name to a brand of booze. Sure, singers endorsing sodas might fizzle because they're clearly shilling (Exhibit A, Exhibit B), but an artist connecting their cachet with beer or liquor is a win-win. Diddy isn't just cashing a paycheck when he name-checks Ciroc—he's trying to help you get your party on! (And if you refuse to party with his brand of vodka, he will ice you).Read More »from Hanson’s Beer Joins List of Strangest Musician-Endorsed Alcoholic Products
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Thu, Dec 1, 2011 2:45 PM EST
Lester Cohen/WireImage.comThis week was supposed to be mark Van Halen's triumphant return: The group, with David Lee Roth back up front, recently signed a shiny new record contract with Interscope, Eddie Van Halen made the Top 10 on Rolling Stone's Greatest Guitarists list, and the band was scheduled to finally confirm their first studio album together in decades at last night's Grammy nominations concert. Only they didn't, even though the Grammys promised the reunion in the least subtle tweet of all time. Between the time Lady Gaga opened the show with "Marry The Night" and closed it with Sugarland, there was no sign of Diamond Dave, Eddie, Alex, or Wolfgang, despite the Grammys promise that we would all "jump" and "dance the night away." So, what happened?Read More »from Unfair Warning: Van Halen Were No-Shows at the Grammy Nominations
R.I.P.The relationship between music and the Internet is in a constant state of evolution as the record labels struggle to survive in the face of free streaming, decreased albums sales, and illegal downloading. Just a day after Spotify -- potentially the record industry's greatest digital bridge for reconnecting its product with the consumer -- announced a handful of new apps to help solidify the social experience of listening to music, today it was revealed that Napster, the program that first threatened to completely destroy the music industry when it burst on the scene in 1999, will cease to exist.Read More »from Today Is the Last Day of Napster’s Life
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Thu, Dec 1, 2011 11:05 AM EST
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' film will hit theaters on December 21, which means we're also just three weeks away from the follow-up of Trent Reznor's Oscar-winning 'The Social Network' score. The Nine Inch Nails frontman previously promised to unveil all the soundtrack information tomorrow, but a few key details have emerged. Like, Reznor's score is roughly three hours long, which is longer than the film itself (two hours and 40 minutes runtime, says Rotten Tomatoes) and more than the two hours he already had recorded in January 2010. In fact, Trent and his collaborator Atticus Ross created so much music for the film, they needed six records for the score's upcoming vinyl release. You could probably read Stieg Larsson's entire "Millennium" trilogy in less time than it will take to listen to Reznor's 'Dragon Tattoo' score.Read More »from Trent Reznor’s ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Score Is Longer Than the Film
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Thu, Dec 1, 2011 9:17 AM EST
This year's oldest Grammy nomineeAs expected, Adele, Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Radiohead, and Bon Iver all scored multiple nods at last night's Grammy Nominations concert, but as with all Grammy Awards, there were a bunch of nominees that no one could have predicted. Last year, it was Woody Allen, Cyndi Lauper, and a 40-year-old Beatles song that were the Grammy's biggest oddities, and this year is even stranger. Like two nods for the creator of 'Family Guy', a folk nomination for a grunge icon, and a Spoken Word category packed with stars that you wouldn't associate with "Music's Biggest Night." You've seen who's up for the awards, you've heard all about who was snubbed, and you were shocked that the Grammy voters actually take Skrillex seriously. Now, check out The Amp's list of the 10 Grammy's strangest nominations:
1) Seth MacFarlane: The 'Family Guy' creator was nominated in not one but TWO categories: Best Song Written For Visual Media for the cartoon's "Christmastime Is Killing Us" and, more surprisingly, Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his album 'Music is Better Than Words'. In the latter category, the man of a million voices will compete against legit singers like Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, and Susan Boyle. That's even more unbelievable than a talking, boozing dog and a murderous baby with a British accent.Read More »from The 10 Weirdest Grammy Nods: Seth McFarlane, Val Kilmer, Eddie Vedder and More
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Thu, Dec 1, 2011 12:12 AM EST
Jakubaszek/Getty ImagesGoing into tonight's Grammy Nominations show, no one could have predicted that Lady Gaga, the biggest artist on the planet and the singer who both opened and closed the nomination concert, would receive fewer nominations than Bon Iver, a bearded pack of folk rockers from rural Wisconsin. Entering this evening, the biggest honor ever bestowed on the band was when Milwaukee named July 22, 2011 "Bon Iver Day."
However, a look at the final scoreboard reveals that the Fame Monster only scored three nominations, while Bon Iver nabbed four: Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Holocene," Best Alternative Music Album for 'Bon Iver' (called it!), and Best New Artist, even though 'Bon Iver' is the group's second album. So here's the question every rock fan's mother will be asking them tomorrow: Who are Bon Iver?Read More »from Bon Iver: From the Wisconsin Woods to Grammy Favorites
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