Yesterday was grey and today is too, but forget it; we’re in love. The Cure detailed their upcoming North American tour for 2016 and the details have us too giddy to frown this Wednesday. Meanwhile, an unreleased demo of N.W.A.’s “Fuck tha Police” surfaced online, Erykah Badu dropped her first song in years, there’s a snippet of David Bowie’s new music floating around, Daft Punk released the best merch yet, Michael Stipe of R.E.M. performed onstage, and Jose Gonzalez will tour with a chamber group soon. See? We told you we’re in love for good reason.
The last time The Cure toured America was in 2008. Now that they’re planning to tackle North America again in 2016, they’ve decided to go big. The post-punk legend scheduled a 27-show, 22-city tour for May and June. During that time, they will “explore 37 years of Cure songs.” Yep, that means they’re breaking out deep cuts, unreleased tracks, and all your favorite hits. To make things even better, The Twilight Sad will open. [Rolling Stone] [Photo by Debi Del Grande]
Following the blockbuster storm of biopic Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A. have been celebrating in style. Leave it to the internet to uncover something cool in the wake of that film’s release. A demo version of “Fuck tha Police” has surfaced online in which Ice Cube handles the mic alone, and adds a verse while doing so. Apparently the uploader says there’s two other verses we have yet to hear, but until that person shows us the audio, we aren’t so sure if we believe them. [Consequence of Sound]
Erykah Badu shared her first new song in years on November 10. The song, called “Phone Down”, is off of Badu’s new mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone. It follows “HOTLINE BLING BUT U CAINT USE MY PHONE MIX”. Badu says the mixtape will be out Thanksgiving weekend, meaning your family will get to hear more smooth trap-like hits then.
David Bowie already shared an extract from “Blackstar”, the title track of his forthcoming album, but now we get to hear a two-minute preview of the song since Sky Atlantic, the company behind TV show The Last Panthers, uploaded that version to the web. It’s dark and smoky. In other words, it’s the creepy version of Bowie we missed so dearly. [Nerdist]
Daft Punk went vintage on us with 2013’s excellent LP Random Access Memories. Now they’re tripping back in time again. Their new line of merch is rolling out with sweet advertisements reminiscent of the ’70s and ’80s. It’s nostalgia for the past — like we’ve stopped spinning their album since it dropped two years ago. Please. [Nerdist]
R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe hasn’t graced the stage since the band broke up in 2011. For lucky fans at Patti Smith’s show at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on Tuesday night, Stipe was the surprise opening act at the show. He played through a set of all covers, including songs by Neil Young, the Velvet Underground, John Lennon, and David Bowie. That’s why you always go early for the opener, folks. [Consequence of Sound]
Let’s wind things down with something quiet. Folk mastermind José González will embark on a 2016 tour with chamber group yMusic. That means the singer will perform new arrangements of his songs with the NYC sextet. Talk about swoon city. See the full list of tour dates here. [Consequence of Sound] [Photo by Chad Kamenshine]
That’s it for today’s Music Dispatch, but check back here on Friday for another roundup of news!