New year, new reunions. That’s what they say, or at least in 2016. Only five years after calling it quits, LCD Soundsystem confirmed they’re set to headline Coachella in a few months. Meanwhile, the rest of the music world is busying getting down to business. Kendrick Lamar released a seven-minute short film, R&B singer Natalie Cole passed away at 65, rare demos by the Smiths and Morrissey surfaced, Kanye West dropped a new single, Taylor Swift gets gobbled up by wolves in a music video, and Hundred Waters are scoring a short film we’re eager to see. Ready to dive in?
We’ve suspected it for a while, but now The New York Times have confirmed it as true: LCD Soundsystem are reuniting to headline Coachella this year. The electronic indie rock act will play both weekends of the festival (April 15-17 and 22-24). As previously reported, the band shared a brand new Christmas single in December. Give that a listen above and dream of all the songs you can dance yourself clean to at the festival this April. [Pitchfork]
Wrap up the year of Kendrick Lamar with a brand new seven-minute short film he released called God Is Gangsta. In the film, directed by Jack Begert and PANAMÆRA, various To Pimp a Butterfly tracks play, including “u” and “For Sale? (Interlude)”, while he dances in David Lynch‘s nightclub in Paris. It’s both lavish and gritty – which serves as a decent summary of his music, too. [Pitchfork]
This winter has been harsh to the human heart. R&B singer Natalie Cole passed away on Thursday night at age 65. The cause of death is unreported so far. The nine-time Grammy-winning singer has a long list of hits to her name, including “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)”, “Unforgettable”, “Miss You Like Crazy”,”Our Love”, and more. Put a couple on today and sing along in her memory. Rest in peace. [Rolling Stone]
Morrissey has too many songs to count, even for himself. As such, a pile have been tossed to the recording bin, never to see the light of day. Thankfully, a fan site recently uncovered a handful of unreleased songs by The Smiths‘ frontman, many of which are rare cuts. The earliest demo is a raw version of “Never Had No One Ever” from 1986. Check out the full list of songs they uncovered and uploaded over at this Soundcloud account. [Consequence of Sound]
Happy new yeezy! Kanye West rang in the new year with a brand new single called “FACTS”. He’s hollering about the usual things (fame, oppression, and himself) over a trap beat. Producer Metro Boomin (Drake, Future) has his paws all over this one. Still, Kanye makes it his own, especially when he gives himself a presidential shoutout. [Consequence of Sound]
Taylor Swift won’t stop trying to stay in the spotlight. In her new music video for “Out of the Woods” off 1989, Swift travels through the woods (duh) while a pack of wolves attempt to maul her. She, of course, carries on, marching through ice, fire, and water to survive the pain of heartbreak. It’s pretty literal and far less interesting than her other videos, but worth watching if only to please her slow takeover of the world. [Consequence of Sound]
Ghosting, a creepy short film by Kim Sherman, sees Allison Miller, Chase Williamson, Lilan Bowden, Alex Warren, and Greg Edwards watch a romance turn sour. More importantly, Hundred Waters score the whole thing with gorgeous, unnerving, electro-pop music. Check it out above and head to Ray Ban’s Never Hide Film series to see more from the competition. [Pitchfork]
That’s it for this week’s Music Dispatch. Starting this Monday, we will be covering the news three times a week. See you then!
Image Credit: LCD Soundsystem