Posted in music | pictures on April 9, 2010

photos by Tim Griffin, words by Bill Pearis

LCD Soundsystem

"There's good news and bad news. The good news is we're here. The bad news is I'm wasted." James Murphy, who claimed to be swilling his "special drink" (champagne and whiskey) all night, kept trying to set the bar low for last night's LCD Soundsystem show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, the first the band has played in three years... a fact that he kept hammering into the crowd. "This is the longest we haven't played in the history of the band. It's not really a 'show,' it's a live rehearsal."

He was right, technically. Not only was it the live debut of new material from LCD's upcoming third album, This Is Happening, but also the first for the new six-piece (at times seven) version of the band, still anchored around the core of Murphy, keyboardist Nancy Whang and drummer Pat Mahoney. All of Murphy's hemming and hawing was for nought. This is contender for show of the year. LCD Soundsystem blew the lid off the joint for almost two hours.

The band mostly ignored the new album. "I made a conscious decision not to play too much of the new stuff in the early part of the tour," Murphy said. "I remember being a kid taking the train two hours just to hear 'This Charming Man' only to get 'Panic." (Of all the things to be jealous of, Murphy also saw the Smiths.) Instead we were treated to a cavalcade of hits including "Your City's a Sucker," "Tribulations," "All My Friends," "Losing My Edge," "Yeah," "Someone Great," and show-closer "New York, I Love You."

Only two new songs were played. The VU-meets-Bowie first single "Drunk Girls" and what will surely be the second single, "I Can Change" that is more Gary Numan or Eurythmics (you can hum "Love is a Stranger" to it). The latter was more successful, though I think "Drunk Girls" is gonna turn into a big summer single once people hear it spun in a club at maximum volume. I wish they'd have played a couple more tunes, especially the Roxy/Eno-ish rocker "All I Want" but we'll get those in time.

Seriously, no complaints at all. The crowd was going mental for the last half of the 90-plus minute set, especially during "Yeah" and "Someone Great." Maybe too mental. After an early attempt at a mosh pit, Murphy and Whang put the kybosh on such behavior. "If you're dancing and not within two people of a girl," Whang explained. "You're doing it wrong." Murphy added, "Dance up and down!" In addition to the crowd, the stage was packed on the side like a hip hop show, including Hot Chip's Al Doyle who was LCD's touring guitarist on previous excursions.

Murphy must've reminded us ten times that this was LCD's first show in ages and they were under-rehearsed. (Though I heard they used MHoW as a practice space all week.) But clearly New York had missed LCD Soundsystem. And they missed playing. Three years was definitely too long. But, thankfully, absolutely, they haven't lost their edge.

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Editor's notes:

Light Asylum were a great opener and sounded booming on the Music Hall sound system. Bill said they're like a goth Yaz. I just wish they would showcase Shannon Funchess's frontwoman abilities more. She used to shine when she was on stage with !!!. She later joined LCD for a bit during "Someone Great", but mostly just in the background. Before she left the stage James gave her a great big bear hug.

Other LCD band members included Dave Stone, who as Murphy told the crowd, plays with the Melvins and many others, and Gavin Russom, who, as Murphy told us, can be found at gavinrussom.com.

Murphy pointed out that he was 40 years old "which means every show I saw had Fishbone opening". That was a nice intentional-or-not intro to "Losing my Edge".

The crowd really was moving all night. The closest thing to a mosh pit came during the punk rock "Movement", and there was a bit of a fight near the stage earlier in the night (I think because someone thought people were being too rowdy).

The lasers all over the walls and ceiling during "Yeah" were the coolest thing I ever saw visually happen at Music Hall.

Though the band took an encore break before "Someone Great", James announced before leaving the stage that it wasn't an "encore" because in NY aka home, we don't have encores. They're for "other places". Nancy moved from her keyboard to a piano for the show-closing "New York I Love You".

Definitely the show of the year (so far). Stay tuned for the announcement that they're playing another one at Webster Hall on Monday (ANNOUNCED AND ON SALE). You can also catch them twice at Terminal 5 and at other places. More pictures and the full setlist from Music Hall below...

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thx NYCgal or the setlist pics!
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Tour dates HERE.

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Comments (74)

Monday will be better.

Posted by I am dumb and so are you | April 9, 2010 8:43 AM

Great time! Thanks James and Co!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 8:51 AM

it was a great time indeed. nice shots.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 8:56 AM

Tickets up for Monday fuck yeah I got it in

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 9:07 AM

Easy ticket 2 times in a row! Thanks LCD!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 9:08 AM

just got 2 tix to the STUDIO at webster hall show monday!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 9:13 AM

Agreed on the review. Show of the year thus far. My ears are still ringin...

Posted by wdp | April 9, 2010 9:14 AM

yay. got 2 for monday night :) cant wait.

Posted by Gabe | April 9, 2010 9:16 AM

YOU CAN GET WEBSTER HALL TICKETS RIGHT NOW PEOPLE!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 9:16 AM

Best show of the year last night.

Lets do it again monday.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 9:19 AM

Tim, these rule!

Posted by Brian | April 9, 2010 9:21 AM

Not the Studio..its the main room.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 9:21 AM

@9:13am - Where does it say this show in in The Studio?

Posted by I am dumb and so are you | April 9, 2010 9:25 AM

LCD absolutely killed it last night! The entire crowd was having a great time the entire night despite the late start time.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 9:31 AM

unfuckingbelievably good show last night. def. show of the year. losing my edge??? what!!!!!!? already got my tickets for monday.

Posted by James Murphy for president | April 9, 2010 9:31 AM

awesome show. they haven't lost it one bit.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 9:32 AM

i heard the rumor that its at the studio in webster hall. WHO KNOWZ?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 9:33 AM

i hope it's in the studio...Webster is a pretty big place

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 9:50 AM

give me a break with the Studio crap

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 10:00 AM

show just moved to arlenes grocery!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 10:06 AM

Fun Fact: BOTH Terminal 5 shows now appear to be sold out

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 10:22 AM

i hate witless people who say "fun fact"

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 10:29 AM

i just farted

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 10:32 AM

No new material?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 10:32 AM

I took someone yesterday who doesn't do a lot of shows because I figured she'd think it would be fun. She left after the opener....LOL!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 10:36 AM

^^fukken n00bs

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 10:48 AM

wonder how many of these there were last night:

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/lcd/mhow/73.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 11:04 AM

I love that pandabear Nancy! mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 11:05 AM

"I took someone yesterday who doesn't do a lot of shows because I figured she'd think it would be fun. She left after the opener....LOL!"

this cant be true

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 11:07 AM

but where are pictures of the awesome lasers???

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 11:07 AM

spot the black guy in the crowd

BOOM pic #67

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 11:07 AM

Loved this show. Loud, (seemingly) genuinely passionate performance, people moving to music (believe they call this dancing?). It's been a while since a show made me forget that it was 1:15 a.m. and work is in the morning.

Posted by Ben | April 9, 2010 11:16 AM

I see him! And it looks like he's stealing that guys wallet!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 11:17 AM

here's some good video from the show last night:
http://tumblr.com/x6j8eoum4

Posted by Matt | April 9, 2010 11:21 AM

"Other LCD band members included Dave Stone, who as Murphy told the crowd, plays with the Melvins and many others, and Gavin Russom, who, as Murphy told us, can be found at gavinrussom.com."

no he didnt.. he said plays "with melvins"

made that very clear thats how you say it if youre hip

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 11:23 AM

@Anon11:17 - Huh? You're an ass.

Posted by blackhat | April 9, 2010 12:18 PM

right before lcd went on a security guard (guarding the stage left backstage door) grabbed a kid smoking a joint and dragged him out. it sucked in general to have that happen and the way the guard handled it was awful. that's very un-bowery presents like and really shouldn't go down. come on bowery presents, make sure they know not to physically harm or even eject the marijuana smokers!

that said, amazing show, good to see so many people having a great time.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 12:40 PM

12:40 - you and some other may like the smoke. But not everyone does. Smoke up outside - no one will bother you there. Would you be OK with some guy smoking a big fat cigar right next to you?

Security at the Bowery Ballroom did a great job the other night handling some drunk, obnoxious customer. The guy was standing stage front talking (loudly) the entire show. Some people asked him to lower his voice - he proceeded to verbally abuse those people. This included a woman, alone, who was about barely 5 ft. tall. Security was notified and kept an eye on the guy. Security first came over and spoke to him and let him be. When he continued with his provocation (long after folks asked him to be quiet) the security came over a 2nd time and dragged him out. Then they gave the woman being harassed a pass to meet the band backstage after the show.
Great and measured response from Bowery security.

And it raises the ages-old question: why do people go to live music gigs and spend the whole time talking?

Posted by drewo | April 9, 2010 12:52 PM

if someone started smoking a cigar i bet they would be asked to put it out, not physically harmed and kicked out.

but hey, i agree that security at the bowery shows is usually on point. and an obnoxious person, whether high or drunk, is not cool. but come on, you really want them to drag out a kid taking a couple puffs from a joint? that seems extreme and not in keeping with a good spirit of friendly fun. and not to sound all cheech and chong, but there is a big difference between smoking a cigar and taking three puffs off a joint in terms of the amount of smell and how long it lingers.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 1:06 PM

"Smoke up outside - no one will bother you there"

you do realize why that's a silly comment, right? i mean, in all likelihood no one will bother you at 10pm on a side street in williamsburg, but if someone does, you're not getting kicked out of a show, you're spending a night eating bologna sandwiches with the junkies and rapists.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 1:11 PM

i love bologna

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 1:14 PM

"It's been a while since a show made me forget that it was 1:15 a.m. and work is in the morning."

cool you're a schizophrenic

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 1:22 PM

what time did LCD finish last night?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 1:22 PM

what is james doing to that bald/bearded dude with the video camera?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 1:39 PM

What time does Daft Punk Is Playing In My House go on?

Posted by greg | April 9, 2010 2:36 PM

"what time did LCD finish last night?"

1:15ish

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 3:01 PM

thanks 3:01

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 3:07 PM

@11:07 Yes it is true and she still got a clear shot of herself on BV in the first picture!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 3:10 PM

News Flash: Smoking weed is illegal. If you're too fucking stupid not to take the proper precautions while trying to smoke in public or in a commercial establishment, you deserve to be dragged out when you get caught. Fuckin, amateurs.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 3:11 PM

Video of Losing My Edge:
http://vimeo.com/10800151

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 3:58 PM

MHoW is generally pretty vigilant about taking care of people smoking weed in there—i don't think it's nearly as repulsive as cigar smoke, nor do i think it's aeveryone's cup of tea but like it or not, you have to respect a venue's policies.

tip: smoke your weed in the elevator. no one ever bothers you in the elevator.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 4:01 PM

why was this person a"fuckin' amateurs" as you say? he was doing the same thing many other people were last night. i was right in front of him, he was being as discreet as anyone else. and look, yes they are allowed to kick someone out, and i guess they're even allowed to do so with aggression, but its fucking brooklyn in 2010. a dude can't hit a joint at a FUCKING LCD SOUNDSYTEM SHOW? you're not sympathetic to his plight? you're calling him an amateur but you dudes are narcs.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 4:07 PM

@ 3:11 - NOBODY deserves to be dragged out of concert for smoking a fucking joint dude. You clearly must have voted for W. A simple
"PUT IT OUT NOW" is all that is needed. Repeat offenders obviously should be shown the exit.

Posted by I am dumb and so are you | April 9, 2010 4:19 PM

when you kids grow up you'll understand

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 4:28 PM

I saw what happened to that dude with the joint and it was criminal. I was a few rows behind and everyone in our area was smoking ... they shoved him to ground the whole way out ... seriously whatever happened to a simple warning

i dont think this even comes down to smoking a j or not that security was downright unprofessional

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 5:53 PM

I know the guys who were ejected last night. For the record, one of them has a sprained wrist and is in a soft cast. I am surprised that Bowery management would allow that to happen. If you want to kick someone out that is your right (rules were broken). However, no need to get violent.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 5:56 PM

Like it or not... FACT: weed is an illegal drug. It doesn't matter who the fucking band is, it's fucking illegal and you are breaking the law. Live with the consequences you fucking pussies.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 6:09 PM

"you're not sympathetic to his plight?"

No.

Here is a novel concept: try going to shows for the music and not the drugs.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 6:11 PM

You anti pot smokers are the pussies...as you pound another drink. Fucking hypocrites.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 6:35 PM

hhahhahahha
your complaining about pot smokers at an LCD show and siding with violence to an audience member/fan that wasn't annoying anyone? you belong in rocking chairs, not at concerts.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 6:56 PM

GET OFF MY LAWN!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 7:16 PM

that incident made my night
that guy is staring into space and bam shoved down by a big black guy
didnt know what hit him
mad funny
i bet he doesnt smoke in public again after that

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 7:20 PM

it wasn't funny at all. there are two points here. one is that the security guard acted insane, resorting to violence from the get go. he should be fired. i don't blame bowery presents as an organization, because that isn't their m.o. but they should not let him work for them again. no matter what you think about what the kids did, it is not okay for security to behave in a violent manner, especially when it was a non violent infraction.

the second point is about smoking herb at concerts. this is a pretty standard thing since the inception of rock and roll shows. i frankly am a little surprised that nyc concertgoers would be so offended (and also so vile in their language, tone, and humor - maybe you guys should chill out and smoke a joint). to the guy who said come for the music not the drugs, that's very silly. no one came for the drugs, there wasn't any drugs being sold. they came for the music and instead of drinking some people decided to smoke a little marijuana. yes, it is illegal, but very much socially acceptable:

a) at any non church or work related gathering of people aged 20-35
b) in williamsburg
c) at a rock concert

stop being a...what was it..."pussy" and "amateur" and relax, it's all good, the potheads are not hurting you. the security guards however very well might hurt you and that should not be tolerated.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 9:28 PM

I just want to repeat that smoking dope is NOT LEGAL. No matter how you want to sugar coat it, you don't have a fucking leg to stand on. Grow up, or shut the fuck up. Seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010 11:41 PM

so its okay for the security guard to be violent and drag someone out when they're not resisting?

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2010 12:19 AM

And jaywalking is illegal and gay sex was illegal in many states in the U.S. up until not so long ago. Doesn't mean those laws make any sens or should be obeyed.

The bizarre hard on that some people have for authoritarianism is so fucking confusing to me.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2010 1:23 AM

Here's my thing...I am a veteran recreational drug user and concertgoer. I'm also in my 30s and know a thing or two. I did not see what happened to this kid who was allegedly assaulted at the club, but if you get caught smoking dope at a show, you have every right to get tossed. Is it cool when they don't bother you, shine a light on you and give you the eye, or just tap you and tell you to put it out, instead? Yes. Do they have to do that? No. Is it OK if they're aggressive with you and "overdo it?" It depends. It's not cool, but when you're breaking the law (whether you appreciate and respect that law or not) in their establishment, you are abiding by their rules and they can pretty much do what they want as long as they are not assaulting you. You have to remember that there are repercussions for them when people use drugs in their club.

Let's say the kid goes to the cops to press charges against the bouncer for spraining his wrist or whatever. The cops will ask what caused the altercation. What's he going to say, "Well I was just smoking a joint, minding my own business, when this big neanderthal grabs me by the hair and drags me out of the club."? After all, it's Williamsburg, where everyone is entitled to do whatever they please, right?

I'm not condoning aggression or draconian laws by any means, but if you break the law and don't like the consequences, deal with it instead of complaining about it on a blog site.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2010 11:05 AM

"I just want to repeat that smoking dope is NOT LEGAL. No matter how you want to sugar coat it, you don't have a fucking leg to stand on. Grow up, or shut the fuck up. Seriously."

Paying your mom $5 for a blowjob isn't legal either... but that never stopped anyone.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2010 11:10 AM

I saw LCD open for The Rapture at Bowery in 2003. It was pretty cool.

Posted by Jimi | April 10, 2010 2:34 PM

ck this:

philly's DA is promoting decriminalization of possession of less than an oz. true.

why? court congestion, yeah of course, but mainly because of the overtime bucks the city pays off-duty popos to go to court & testify v. defendants.

cops are reason why my city's considering "legalizing" it.

thanks officer krupke. irony anyone?

Posted by drunkenstepdad | April 10, 2010 5:27 PM

Pot will eventually be decriminalized because the government can make money taxing it like cigarettes. One day, MHOW and other venues will be selling it like they do in Amsterdam. California will probably be first.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2010 8:28 PM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by منتديات | January 22, 2011 8:34 AM

Do they have to do that? No. Is it OK if they're aggressive with you and "overdo it?" It depends. It's not cool, but when you're breaking the law (whether you appreciate and respect that law or not) in their establishment, you are abiding by their rules and they can pretty much do what they want as long as they are not assaulting you.

Posted by ازياء نسائية | February 16, 2011 3:57 PM

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