The music world and the film world are holding hands again. Grimes penned a love letter to Star Wars, Dr. Dre will release a new album inspired by Straight Outta Compton, and Radiohead may have written the new James Bond theme. But wait, there’s more! A Keith Richards documentary is on the way, New Order shared a new song, Fiona Apple made a surprise appearance during The Watkins Family Hour, Deafheaven shared details for their next album, and Angel Haze dropped a catchy new single. Music news has us fallin’ in love again!
Like most of us, Grimes loved Star Wars since before she could walk. In a new issue of LOVE magazine, the electronic musician wrote a love letter to the film franchise, praising their camerawork (“they smeared peanut butter on lenses to make the cars look like they were floating”), costumes (“Chewie definitely seems like an actor in a suit, which I find less jarring than a CGI character”), casting (“Gwendolyn Christie and Lupita Nyong’o are two of my favourite actresses, and neither made her name doing something overtly feminine or sexualised”), and more.
“Rewatching the movies as an adult, C-3PO’s stuttering humanity is a great foil for the violence and intensity of the films,” she writes. “Almost any scary or violent scene is mitigated by a worried awkward robot complaining about safety. And, as with Artoo, you are never really sure of C-3PO is male or female–and with programming he or she could really be any age. There’s a lot of room for the audience to project onto either droid, which is probably another reason why the films have such broad appeal.” Well said, Claire. Well said. [NME]
This will be the biggest rap news of the year. In a way, it already is from the headlines it’s made so far. The N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton drops August 14, and Dr. Dre is planning a brand new album inspired by the film. “It’s mega, it’s Dr. Dre, it’s what everybody’s been waiting for,” Ice Cube explained in a radio interview. “It’s definitely a dope record, and he’s dropping it all on the same day.” Prepare yourself. It’s really happening. [Nerdist]
The new James Bond film, Spectre, will be flashed before us onscreen in under three months, but we still don’t know who wrote the movie’s theme song. One UK bookmaker placed a £15,000 bet that it will be Radiohead, causing William Hill to suspend betting. No one risks that much (over $23,400!) on a hunch. If you think about it, they’re no less giant or random to write the hit as Jack White, Madonna, or Adele were. So… who wants to place a bet? [Consequence of Sound]
In a little over a month, Keith Richards: Under the Influence will appear on you Netflix homepage. The documentary highlights The Rolling Stones‘ guitarist Keith Richards as he set out to record his first solo album in over 20 years. It’s heartfelt, intimate, and, of course, pretty rockin’–especially since Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) directed it. Head here to learn more. [Nerdist]
Dance anthems of the ’80s are back. New Order are dropping their first full-length in a decade, Music Complete, which drops in September. In anticipation of the release, they’ve shared opening track “Restless”, a beautiful, atmospheric, bright number that ushers in a very welcome return. [Rolling Stone]
Newport Folk Festival was full of surprise guest apperances from My Morning Jacket to Lucius, but no appearance was as sweet as Fiona Apple‘s. The singer-songwriter joined The Watkins Family Hour for “When I Get Low, I Get High”. Apple absolutely kills it, reminding us why she’s one of the ’90s best singers, gender aside.[Stereogum]
Deafheaven saw major success after the release of Sunbather in 2013. Their follow-up five-song release, New Bermuda, will drop October 2. It harps on “a new destination in life, a nebulous point of arrival, and an unknown future where things get swallowed up and dragged into darkness,” a theme very well-represented in the beautiful cover painting by Allison Schulnik. [Pitchfork]
Angel Haze is teasing her upcoming In The Winter of Wet Years EP, and we’re one step closer to finding out its release date with “Impossible”. Her new single is sharp, quick, and full of witty retorts. The girl’s on fire. [Stereogum]
John Legend will be executive-producing the forthcoming WGN America show, Underground, about plantation slaves who must survive the extreme circumstances of their hardship. Given Legend’s involvement with and Oscar for Selma, this seems like an ideal fit for the musician.
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