Posted in dance | music | tour dates on August 5, 2008

"People hear that word disco, and they see bellbottoms and 'That '70s Show.' No, no, no," says Murphy. "This is real liberation music for people who know where to go. This is the real deal."

Special Disco Version @ MoMA (more by Ryan Muir)
Special Disco Version

"The frequently overlooked and undermined period of American musical history resulted in some of its richest material, inspiring Murphy as he built DFA; and creating the role of the DJ and structure of the nightclub as we now know them. With bands like DFA's own Hercules & Love Affair snagging critical and fan praise all over the world, the air is rife for a second disco revolution.

'Special Disco Version' is an old term for a dance interpretation of a pop song, now known as a remix. It was frequently printed on a circular sticker and slapped on the record's sleeve, left for Murphy and Mahoney to discover 30 years later as they plumbed the bins at New York record stores. SDV the party will bring back such gems - some of which are more rock than dance, and more minimal than orchestral - to curious dance floors, and mix them with new material. The fresh blend will rock the party in unprecedented ways, and offer LCD fans a new perspective on the musical roots of their favorite band.

'With SDV, I can keep experimenting with remixes that we're working on, I can keep playing new stuff, and I can keep finding old records,' says Murphy.

SDV's disco is The Bee Gees' 'You Should Be Dancin',' but not the original: The unreleased dub version. It's not Studio 54: It's The Loft, a NYC venue open at the same time, where the music was so much the focus that DJ David Mancuso would let songs finish in silence, rather than mix them into each other, so each could be appreciated on its own. It's Francis Grasso, the New York DJ who would blend Led Zeppelin and Aretha Franklin during marathon, 12-hour sets, and reportedly lived in his DJ booth at West Side club Salvation. 'How punk rock is that?' says Murphy."

Six upcoming Santos dates and other dates other places in the world....

Special Disco Version - 2008 Tour Dates
Aug 7 San Francisco @ Mighty
Aug 8 Vancouver @ Celebrities Club
Aug 9 Los Angeles @ 647 Lamar St.
Aug 10 Los Angeles @ Roosevelt Hotel
Aug 13 New York @ Santos
Aug 14 Chicago @ Smart Bar
Aug 15 Montreal @ Coda
Aug 16 Toronto @ Wrong Bar
Aug 22 London @ Fabric (Pat only)
Aug 23 Brighton @ Beachdown Festival (Pat only)
Aug 24 Birmingham @ Custard Factory (Pat only)
Aug 27 New York @ Santos (SDV ft. Tim Sweeney/Beats in Space + guests)
Sept 10 New York @ Santos
Sept 18 Lisbon @ Lux (James only)
Sept 19 London @ Fabric (James only)
Sept 20 Glasglow @ Better Days (James only)
Sept 24 New York @ Santos (SDV ft. Tim Sweeney/Beats in Space + guests)
Oct 3 Rio de Janiero
Oct 8 New York @ Santos
Oct 10 Seoul
Oct 11 Tokyo
Oct 22 New York @ Santos (SDV ft. Tim Sweeney/Beats in Space + guests)
Oct 25 London

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Comments (16)

Why are these parties on Wednesdays? That sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 1:03 PM

u cant go out on a wednesday?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 1:06 PM

"'How punk rock is that?' says Murphy."

Yes, because nothing is more punk rock than... disco?

/head explodes

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 1:08 PM

^^^^ underground disco - late 70's, early 80' - produced some of the best American pop music ever. Don't think Studio 54 or the Bee Gees, think the underground dance equivalent of indy punk rock labels. The same street ethos was going into dance music then. In the 80's, the music inspired bands like New Order to move towards a dance sound. Then techno came along and much of the white rock crowd jumped aboard.

Murphy, et al, know their sh*t.

Posted by drewo | August 5, 2008 1:37 PM

i'm unfamiliar with these shows, how do i get tickets?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 1:40 PM

so glad the loft was mentioned in this. a friend introduced me to some recordings of these sessions, which were mind-blowing. this is some really heady dance music... expansions-type stuff, not disco-sweets. find some comps and take a listen.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 1:42 PM

Lay off the pies Murphy, you fat ass

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 2:02 PM

@ Anonymous | August 5, 2008 1:47 PM


Drop The Lime >>>>>>>>>>>> Lime

and fuck DFA

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 2:53 PM

he's not fat. he just has drinkers bloat.

lay of the Champagne Murph!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 2:54 PM

"how punk rock is that!"
um, its not punk rock at all.
im embarassed for him for even saying that whack phrase.

Posted by samC | August 5, 2008 3:27 PM

What is the difference between:

Aug 27 New York @ Santos (SDV ft. Tim Sweeney/Beats in Space + guests)
Sept 10 New York @ Santos

What is the deal with the NY dates that don't have SDV listed afterwards?

Posted by Bill Shakespeare | August 5, 2008 5:23 PM

21+?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 5:32 PM

anyone know how to get tix for the montreal show???

thanks

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 8:42 PM

tickets are for loosers. just blow the bouncers, duh

Posted by jamie | August 5, 2008 9:34 PM

santos party house? fuck! wish this was at studio b. santos party house staff are fuckin dicks

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2008 3:14 PM

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