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March 4, 2008

Dusters: a dichotomy

Filed under: General — Tom @ 10:40 pm

Funny enough, considering I used to employ a color scheme like this, but I found reading a random site today that featured white text on a black background just about one of the most unpleasant things to happen since I got vommed upon this weekend.

The subject line? Comment spam, as usual, just re-edited for punctuation.

I took the plunge: I’ve got my copy of the deluxe edition of Ghosts I-IV reserved and I’m still kind of stunned. I’m not quite sure what to do with my FLAC download at the moment. Part of me wants to just wait for the set to arrive and enjoy it like a normal album. The other part says “screw it, you paid, listen!” This is the part that went ahead and downloaded a preview yesterday and basically heard the whole thing anyway . . . better to buy knowing what I’m parting with $75 for than dive in blind and be disappointed. No disappointment here – it is beautiful. Easily the best stuff Trent Reznor has done in a long time. It’s time to put your lyric-writing pen in the drawer, Trent. Instrumental music is your thing, and we’ve all known it for a long time. Now: burn my FLACs and rip for Ipodization or wait? This is a burning issue.

“Daddy, you wanna start the tub?” This coming from our 30 month old daughter this evening in preparation for her bath. She picks up – and repeats – the most amazing things. It will be important to remember this.



  1. An instrumental Trent record might be my entry point. I read your great article over at BC about what he did with this release and you’re right: he got it right everywhere Radiohead didn’t.

    Comment by Josh Hathaway — March 5, 2008 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

  2. This would be a good one to check out, Josh. Very dark and moody, and it just expands where his previous instrumental whetted the appetite. It seems like it should feel very, very long, but I didn’t get that feeling of being worn out by it, which is a surprise. It’s definitely not “short attention span theater” stuff, and that’s where the complaints are going to come, if they do. I think it’s a tremendous success, musically. (Definitely worth a $5 investment to get the FLACs, if not $10 for the CDs themselves.)

    Comment by Tom — March 5, 2008 @ 10:44 pm | Reply

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