Hold on to your saddles. The soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight is now available on Jack White‘s record label. If you’re not ready for something that dramatic, though, kick your feet up and read about The Violent Femmes’ first album in 16 years, M83’s plans for next year’s LP, PJ Harvey’s trailer for her new album, David Bowie’s incredible TV performance through a different body, a surprise release from Balam Acab, and a gorgeous improvisational performance between Jon Hopkins and Nils Frahm.
On Christmas, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight hits theaters in all its 70mm glory. If you’re eager to hear what violence and classic songs sound like, pick up a copy of the film’s soundtrack a week in advance. Ennio Morricone’s work here marks the first time he’s worked on a Western film in over 40 years. That’s a long time, folks! Third Man Records, a.k.a. Jack White’s record label, has the album up for sale in their store right now. If you’re thinking what we’re thinking, you’ll grab it right this instant before it’s gone. [Image courtesy of Third Man Records]
The Violent Femmes are responsible for one of the happiest songs ever written about, err, pleasurable times. The alt-rock act is back after 16 years to share a brand new album, We Can Do Anything. They’ve been silent ever since 2000’s Freak Magnet. However, once March 4th hits, we can hear a 10-track album of brand new material from them, maybe this time about life’s other pleasures. [Billboard] [Photo courtesy of Getty Images for Coachella]
If you’re still bumping “Midnight City” in hopes that a new electro-pop dance song will help you ring in the new year in style, wait just a little bit longer. M83‘s Anthony Gonzalez announced that the follow-up to their 2011 album is on the way. In 2016, the “very epic” album (as yet untitled) will see the light of day. Heads up: Gonzalez says it’s “quite different” from their previous work. [Billboard] [Photo courtesy of Robin Little/Redferns for Getty Images]
The ’90s rock goddess is back: PJ Harvey‘s long-awaited new album is finally set to come out in 2016. The follow-up to 2011’s Let England Shake was recorded in a month-long public “recording in process” residency at the Somerset House in London where fans could watch her work with her band and producers. According to those who saw it in the making and this new teaser trailer, it will be quite the angsty, intense sound we have grown to love from Harvey over the years. Score. [Rolling Stone]
Leave it to David Bowie to change the way we view live performances. On CBS’s Late Show, Bowie embodied a new persona altogether. “Hello. It’s me, David Bowie. Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, and now, in my most outlandish persona yet, acclaimed actor Michael C. Hall,” Bowie said in a teaser video. “Don’t recognize me? Well, I’ve had a plastic surgeon make some ch-ch-hanges.” Then, on live TV last night, Hall brought the cast of Lazarus onstage at Colbert to perform the musical’s title-track. Well played, Bowie. [Nerdist] Four years ago, Alec Koone seemingly came out of nowhere to release his excellent debut LP, Wander / Wonder, where swishy electronics and soupy beats swirled together perfectly under the moniker Balam Acab. This week, he shared Child Death, his first album since then, on Bandcamp. Swing over here to pick up a copy. The five-song LP is a Christmas treat come early. [Pitchfork]
In October of last year, downtempo electronic musician Jon Hopkins and composer Nils Frahm teamed up to perform an improvisational set at Berlin’s Admiralspalast. The six-minute encore was a beautiful thing to witness live that, unfortunately, pretty much the whole world wasn’t there to see. Thankfully it was professionally recoded. Check out the footage above of the two laying down one of the most gorgeous sets we’ve ever seen. [Pitchfork]
It’s safe to say all of this music news will keep you busy for a while. Enjoy the holidays and swing back here next Friday for another Music Dispatch!
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