Trent Reznor is a genius, but boy does his music sound even better when a member of the Foo Fighters is drumming on it. Now we know why Nine Inch Nails’ new EP sounds so dang good. Guess what? That’s not the only shocking music news we learned recently. It turns out John Williams has never seen a single Star Wars film, Bon Iver has an entire concert you can stream in full, Spoon will drop a new album in barely three months, and Speedy Ortiz frontwoman Sadie Dupuis has a Christmas jingle you’ll sing with glee this holiday season.
Nine Inch Nails‘ new EP is exciting for many reasons. First of all, it exists, marking it as their first release since 2013’s Hesitation Marks. It’s the first release where Atticus Ross is now considered an official member. But the best news may be something a little more out of the blue. It turns out Not the Actual Events sees Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl behind the drums for “The Idea of You.” He brings the track to intense levels, elevating what’s already an intense Nine Inch Nails song on an intense EP. Give it a listen above as well as the rest of the EP. Oh, and one more thing: Nine Inch Nails have two more releases planned for 2017, so there’s plenty more goodness to come. [Consequence of Sound]
Arguably the most famous part of Star Wars is not its characters, but the music. People recognize Darth Vader’s theme instantly, the opening credits score, and even the jubilant jazz of the Cantina Band. John Williams is the mastermind who made that magic happen. As it turns out, he did so without ever watching the movies… and apparently hasn’t seen a single Star Wars movie since. He told The Mirror, “I have not looked at the Star Wars films and that’s absolutely true. When I’m finished with a film, I’ve been living with it, we’ve been dubbing it, recording to it, and so on. You walk out of the studio and, ‘Ah, it’s finished… Now I don’t have an impulse to go to the theater and look at it. Maybe some people find that weird, or listen to recordings of my music very, very rarely.” Now excuse us while we pretend we never learned this fun fact. [Consequence of Sound]
On December 4th of this year, Bon Iver took the stage at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY. It’s an artful space that aims to widen an understanding of oneself and the world simultaneously. There, Justin Vernon tapped into those with his new album, 22, A Million. Don’t feel bummed you missed it: NPR recorded the entire show’s audio and visuals, and now viewers can check it out in full. We suggest turning off the lights, plugging your HDMI cord in to screen it on the TV, and getting cozy. This is one live show that you don’t need a ticket for, but it will have an impact on you as if you were there all the same. [NPR]
Welcome in the finer feelings: Spoon is ready to return. The indie rock giants announced their ninth studio album will be out in March of next year, and with it comes a tour. No, the follow-up to 2014’s incredible They Want My Soul has no name yet, but it did see them teaming up with producer Dave Fridman with “multidimensional jams that showcase textured guitar riffs, warm keyboards, oddball studio effects, and [frontman Britt] Daniel’s sandpaper-rough croon,” according to EW. It’s also the band’s first time working with Matador Records since their 1996 debut, Telephono. New Spoon just in time for summer? Maybe 2017 really will be a great year. [Consequence of Sound]
The holidays aren’t always as merry as we want them to be. In the year of an election, talking politics with family can feel inevitable, and, sometimes, that’s a good thing. In her newest Christmas single, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz wants to Make Christmas Great Again with “MCGA.” The song is like an extension of her Sad13 solo debut, but with slower guitars and fuller reverb. “Will we ever have a conversation where you disavow conversion therapy, stand for prison abolition, or free and unrestricted abortion rights?” she wonders in the song. “And holding sexual predators accountable and not electing them into the most powerful office in the country?” Well, leave it up to your family members to answer those questions. [Pitchfork]
Enjoy the holidays! We’ll see you back here next Friday.
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