Merry Christmas, fellow nerds! There’s magic in the air and it’s directly related to Radiohead. In the spirit of Saint Nick, they shared single “Spectre,” a song they wrote and recorded for the film of the same name that was never used. If you’re still scrolling for good news, take a moment to enjoy the sweet sounds of other Christmas treats below: LCD Soundsystem shared a brand new Christmas song they wrote this year, Miley Cyrus pouts it up on her holiday single, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz shared a grumpy Christmas demo, Run the Jewels are giving out free merch as a part of their own advent calendar, The Weeknd released a single with Future rappin’ up a storm, and this little band called The Beatles finally agreed to have their music stream online.
We knew we could count on you, Santa!
Remember when we had our fingers crossed certain James Bond theme song rumors were true? A source said that Radiohead recorded their own Spectre theme, and it turns out they really did (and called it “Spectre”). Unfortunately the film turned it down. “It didn’t work out … but became something of our own which we love very much,” Thom Yorke tweeted early this Christmas morning. “As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you.” New music, James Bond, and Star Wars all in one post? It’s almost too much to handle. [Rolling Stone] [Photo courtesy of Radiohead]
It looks like LCD Soundsystem will be making a return after all. After rumors that the electronic indie rock act were gearing up for a series of 2016 performances, the band finally has spoken up, but with a new single in hands instead. The glorious track, bluntly titled “Christmas Will Break Your Heart,” sees quiet bells build into an eruption of lonely yells, shrill strings, and steady drums that make us believe in love again. According to frontman James Murphy, the “depressing” Christmas song was conveniently written when the band’s original members all happened to fly out to New York City, recording the track, reserved a pressing plant slot, and had it quickly mastered — resulting in an actual Christmas 7″. Put simply, they pulled off a true Christmas miracle, and boy does it sound good. [Consequence of Sound]
Of course Miley Cyrus couldn’t help but throw her own original Christmas song out there, too. The singer-songwriter released “My Sad Christmas Song” in the late hours of Christmas Eve. Recorded with the Flaming Lips, the song sees some lonely guitar strums accent lyrics about binge-watching TV shows and staring out the window, all of which is sung with her trademark somewhat-western-style singing. Sounds like Cyrus is bummed Santa didn’t share a couple beers with her. [Billboard]
For the real sad kids out there, your bummer holiday track has arrived. Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz shared a demo version of “Krampus (In Love),” a new “depressing xmas song” that she wrote this year. On it, Dupuis sings snarky lyrics about deception, loneliness, and nostalgia — you know, the key ingredients to a regular lonely Christmas. Given she shared original Christmas songs in 2013 as well as 2011, it seems reasonable to expect another one will be out in 2017. [Pitchfork]
Just because you don’t celebrate Christmas doesn’t mean there isn’t a present or two waiting for you to snag ’em. Run The Jewels launched an advent calendar on their website where fans can win free merch. Over the next 12 days, you can win anything from t-shirts to records by entering your email address and following the instructions on their site. Happy holiday hustling! [FADER]
PBR&B kids and poptimists alike will be thrilled to here that The Weeknd dropped two new songs this week. Check out “Low Life” above, a new cut that sees rapper Future dropping several lines, then head here to hear a remix of Jeremih’s “Pass Dat”. The crooner never sleeps. [Rolling Stone]
You probably don’t need us to break the news that’s been everywhere from music websites to late night news stations, but The Beatles‘ catalog is now available on streaming services. Doesn’t matter if you use Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, Google Play, Microsoft Groove, Amazon Prime, Rhapsody, or Slacker; the fab four’s music is available on them all. If you still haven’t trouble accessing their music, fear not. We’ve heard their music isn’t too hard to come by. It seems like record stores or libraries may have a few CDs on hand that you can check out. Maybe. [BBC Music]
That’s a wrap on 2015! We’ll see you right back here next Friday to kick off a wonderful new year. Happy holidays!
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