Sometimes a weekend feels way longer than a weekend. This was one of them. A big slew of music news happened in the last three days, including Ennio Morricone announcing he will score Quentin Tarantino’s new film, 50 Cent filing for bankruptcy, El-P scoring the new Fantastic Four, SyFy dishing some secrets at Comic-Con, Battles announcing a world tour, and Tame Impala streaming their long-awaited album Currents. Well, let’s get to it!
Ennio Morricone isn’t a household name to most, but for spaghetti western fans, he is a god. The Italian composer sits upon a legendary multi-Oscar-nominated career, raking in nods from his work on Once Upon a Time in the West, The Big Gundown, and Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy: A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More; and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. Today’s generation may not be familiar with his work given those are from decades ago. Now, for the first time in over 40 years, Morricone is returning to his spaghetti western roots to score Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight.
The Hateful Eight follows bounty hunters in the Civil War-era who seek shelter in a stagecoach stopped in a blizzard. Considering Tarantino used his music in Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds, and Django Unchained, this isn’t a surprise but a celebration. [Consequence of Sound]
Curtis Jackson makes all of his money off his hip-hop moniker, 50 Cent. Now the 40-year-old rapper is seeing the bottom of a barrel. After sitting on $150 million for several years after records and an investment in Vitamin Water, he’s now looking at a debt ranging between $10-50 million. Get rich or die tryin’… or admit defeat and face the law. There, there, buddy. It will be okay. Selling that massive house in Connecticut is a good place to start. [The Wall Street Journal]
Run the Jewels have been on a long streak of success now. Their sophomore album garnered glowing press worldwide, Killer Mike continues to speak up for the overlooked and underrepresented in American politics, and now El-P is tossing his hat into the ring. He and director Josh Trank have teamed up for the new Fantastic Four film. El-P will be scoring the end credits. Hurry to theaters on August 7th to be one of the first to hear his tough tracks. [Paste Magazine]
Speaking of scores, we’ve got our own scoop on what you can expect to hear in the SyFy sci-fi world. People behind Battlestar Galactica, Sharknado, Dominion, and more gathered at Comic-Con to discuss the collaboration process of creating a score for more enigmatic shows. Read our breakdown of “Behind the Music: SyFy Chills & Thrills” here. [Nerdist]
No one does experimental math rock like Battles. The New York trio last released an album in 2011, and looking at their updated promo photos on Facebook, it seems another is in store. They just announced a world tour that kicks off this August and ends in November. If things go according to plan, expect to see them play more than just Gloss Drop cuts. See the full dates here. [Pitchfork]
At long last, Tame Impala‘s psych rock return, their new LP Currents, is available to stream in full. Stream it directly above via NPR to hear the whole album and its loopy, R&B, dazed take on soulful grooves instead of classic rock. To say the least, we’re in love. [NPR]
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