Dr. Dre and company aren’t finished with the police yet. Straight Outta Compton, the N.W.A. biopic released this summer, will get a special second soundtrack release in a couple of months. If you’re looking for some music news that’s a little more low key (or high key), read on: Justin Bieber dies in the Zoolander 2 trailer, Pussy Riot filmed a video for refugees in Banksy’s Dismaland, Bon Iver announced a tour, the Too Many Cooks director filmed !!!’s new music video, Julia Holter wanders through her home in a new video, and Junior Boy’s new track has us dancing through our homes.
Express yourself with some fresh compositions this winter, dude. N.W.A.‘s biopic Straight Outta Compton was one of this summer’s must-see flicks. Once 2016 arrives, the film will be dropping two soundtracks. The first is stacked with remastered versions of their classic hits. The second release, titled Straight Outta Compton: Original Motion Picture Score, will be made up of original music composed exclusively for the film by Joseph Trapanese. Both will be available digitally and via CD through Universal Music on January 8. [Rolling Stone] [Featured photo courtesy of Jamie Trueblood/Universal Pictures]
It’s been 15 years since Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald taught us how to model in Zoolander. With the film’s follow-up set to drop February 12 comes an updated look at the two–and an updated look at the times. Trained assassins are trained to take out beautiful people like Usher and Miley Cyrus. As such, we get to sneak Justin Bieber‘s death in the trailer, a sight some of you may have (jokingly) been hoping for for a while. [Nerdist]
Pussy Riot quickly transitioned from a Russian feminist protest group to social justice warriors worth standing behind in support. Banksy let the group take over Dismaland recently to film a video for new song “Refugees In”. At his bemusement park, the women protest for refugees to be let in to other countries at this time of crisis, urging for governments to accept the humans stuck in transit. [Consequence of Sound]
Bon Iver lied. The Grammy-winning folk act led by Justin Vernon said they wouldn’t be touring or releasing a new album in the future. Lo and behold, several months later and here we are staring at a list of Asian tour dates for early 2016. With them on the road in February and March, it’s reasonable to assume they will be topping festival bills like Coachella and Primavera, too. Welcome back, guys! [Pitchfork] [Photo by D.L. Anderson]
“Too Many Cooks” will never die as long as Casper Kelly is alive. The viral clip’s director has taken a hold of the reigns yet again in a music video for !!!‘s “Ooo”. The dance punk act blend their sound perfectly to his intergalactic visuals, or rather the other way around. It’s hard to remember which came first when both crews create some truly mind-melting material. [Rolling Stone]
Oh, to be as joyfully inventive as Julia Holter. The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter creates dreamy orchestral pop adventures with the mind of a deviant child. This year’s excellent Have You in My Wilderness is underrated (Yes, it did get positive reviews, but it’s worth even more praise), and with that comes single “Silhouette”. In the song’s new video, she wanders through her house and nearby fields, jotting down lyrics, and staring into the camera’s fuzzy, warm, soft lens. In other words, it’s perfect. [Pitchfork]
Junior Boys are plotting their return to the scene after 2011’s It’s All True. Their upcoming album, Big Black Coat, drops February 5th, but you can hear new single “Over It” in advance. It’s a quick, airy number that enforces subdued disco beats to draw you out to the dance floor. If you’re looking for a single to groove to that won’t leave you with a headache, play this one again and again and again.
That’s it for today’s Music Dispatch! Be sure to keep your ears alert for a new one this Friday!