It's Christmas 2015, but it may as well be Christmas 2008—both Radiohead and LCD Soundsystem have dropped surprise new tracks for the holidays. First up, listen to Radiohead's gorgeous unused theme song for the last James Bond film, Spectre. Suffice to say, it is much, much, much better than the Sam Smith song which ended up as the theme to the very adequate recent Bond film.
Obviously, all those rumors about Radiohead being asked to write a theme to the film were absolutely true. "Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre," the band said of the song. "Yes we were. It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much. As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you."
Radiohead have previously performed a live version of "Nobody Does It Better," Carly Simon's theme song for the Roger Moore-era Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me; they also worked on a theme song for the 1998 film The Avengers which was a very Bond-ish tune.
Next up: LCD Soundsystem have been dodging and denying all rumors of them reuniting in 2016, but that doesn't mean they haven't been at least a little active. Listen to their new Christmas tune, "Christmas Will Break Your Heart," below.
James Murphy explained the song's long genesis:
so, there’s been this depressing christmas song i’d been singing to myself for the past 8 years, and every year i wouldn’t remember that i wanted to make it until december, which is just too late to actually record and release a christmas song... but this year, al doyle had a short break between hot chip tours where he could be in nyc, and pat and nancy were home, and tyler agreed to fly out from berlin for a few days, so we all recorded this together, reserved a pressing plant slot, and our friend bob weston was available to master it quickly—so that means, less than 2 weeks after we recorded it, there is actually a christmas 7", which feels like something that could only have happened a very, very long time ago.
anyway, for the holidays we give you the previous, very long run-on sentence, and this song: “christmas will break your heart”, which is another one of those songs which had about 75 lines of lyrics, though we’ve knocked down to 8 to keep the suicide rate in check.
Consequence of Sound, the website which first reported (and "confirmed") that LCD would reunite next year, maintains that the band will play shows next year, starting with a show at Coachella: "LCD Soundsystem has yet to formally announce their reunion. However, Consequence of Sound has learned that the band’s festival tour will kick off at Coachella in April."