The Spaghetti Western is back and it tastes like victory. Last night’s Golden Globe Awards show had its fair share of GIF-able drama and comedic jabs, but amidst all that, 87-year-old composer Ennio Morricone won Best Original Score for his work on The Hateful Eight. While he’s busy polishing his award, a handful of other musicians are gearing up to make their best work, too. Florence and the Machine announced a North American tour with Grimes, Explosions In The Sky have a new album on the way, The Last Shadow Puppets returned with a dramatic video, Courtney Barnett shared a new single about ramen, and Tame Impala finally have a tour lined up in support of last year’s fantastic LP Currents.
The 73rd Golden Globes took TV by storm last night. Ennio Morricone, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Brian Wilson, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, and Wiz Khalifa were all in the running to win for either Best Original Song or Best Original Score. While Sam Smith’s less than appealing song for James Bond film Spectre won the prior, it was a delight to hear Ennio Morricone’s score for The Hateful Eight won Best Original Score. At age 87, Morricone is more than a legend, but unable to be onstage to accept the award. Quentin Tarantino stepped up in his place, leaving us to wonder what it would have been like to hear the master of Spaghetti Western soundtracks himself say thanks. [Variety]
Friendly reminder: girls run the world. Florence and the Machine announced another tour in support of her magical album How Big How Blue How Beautiful. Her opening support on said tour is split with Grimes opening on half of the dates and Of Monsters and Men opening the others. It’s bound to be evening after evening of incredible music that strikes up a spirit within your bones. [Pitchfork]
Post-rock veterans Explosions in the Sky are returning to earth. On April 1, their sixth studio album, The Wilderness, will hit store shelves thanks to Temporary Residence Ltd. It’s their first album in half a decade. Before you get too caught up in how long its been since we’ve last heard new music from them, give single “Disintegration Anxiety” a listen and revel in the math-rock groove beneath stormy guitars. [Rolling Stone]
It’s been eight (!) years since Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys last released material with his side-project The Last Shadow Puppets. Turns out he and Miles Kane are working on a new record, but there are no details quite yet. What we do have in the meantime is an eerie music video for their new single “Bad Habits.” It’s full of red lighting, lo-fi silhouettes, and more Ben Chappell-directed goodness that sees the two raising hell. [Pitchfork]
Courtney Barnett keeps busy. After touring the entire world several times, the Australian singer-songwriter has shared a witty new single about ramen. “Three Packs a Day” hears her tackle food addiction in the most charming of ways. You can grab a physical copy on Valentine’s Day when it comes out as a part of a compilation on her Australian label Milk! Records. [Brooklyn Vegan]
If you live in a lucky city, you were able to catch Tame Impala when they tackled their first tour in support of Currents. Now the psych rock giants are hitting the road once more, this time visiting a series of places they skipped over as well as other European countries they love. Unfortunately, only five US states get shows, but given the gaps between dates (like Maryland in June and Colorado in August) it seems the band will be doing some unannounced business in the states. [Pitchfork]
Go forth and have a very musical Monday! We’ll see you on Wednesday for another Music Dispatch!
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