Posted in movies | music on January 11, 2012

LCD Soundsystem at MSG 4/2/11 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem played their final show at Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2011 after a four night run at Terminal 5. BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo, who was at the show, wrote:

From where I was in the middle of the front GA section nobody stopped dancing, or singing along or smiling the entire night. (Save for, like at all four Terminal 5 shows, the couple of awkward, yet brief and deserved intermissions.) Every turn to scan the Garden saw people full-on, in the groove dancing; not just some barely-registered shuffling back and forth. Honestly, everyone who was there should take a bow because they were fantastic.

And no, there was no Daft Punk, but there was Arcade Fire singing joyously along on "North American Scum" (the third set's highlight) and an appearance by Reggie Watts who also played with the band at three of the four Terminal 5 shows. The boys choir featuring members of Mr. Dream was there, as were the two female backup singers, and the horn section that included Kelly Pratt and Colin Stetson. Original LCD guitarist Phil Mossman was back and featured a few times in addition to LCD band members
Nancy Whang, Tyler Pope, Pat Mahoney, Matt Thornley, Gavin Russom, and David Scott Stone.

A documentary of the show, titled Shut Up and Play the Hits, was made and will debut at the Sundance Film Festival this month. It was directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace. Watch the trailer, with more info about the movie too, below...

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SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS is both a narrative film documenting this once in a lifetime performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.

SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS was directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace and produced by Lucas Ochoa and Thomas Benski of Pulse Films (the same team that directed and produced the Grammy-nominated Blur documentary, NO DISTANCE LEFT TO RUN) and James Murphy. The film's executive producer is Christine Vachon (I'M NOT THERE, FAR FROM HEAVEN, BOYS DON'T CRY, ONE HOUR PHOTO, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, etc.), with former LCD manager Keith Wood and The Creators Project.

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Comments (65)

i was theeeeerrrrrrre

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 5:55 PM

Hummus / frohawk / lcd sucks / the strokes suck / james murphy sucks / brooklyn sucks / msg sucks / terminal 5 sucks

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 5:56 PM

will this have an exclusive interview with Frohawk?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 5:56 PM

Ohh lets go for 700!

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 5:57 PM

They should have gotten Yanni, Bjork, Carrot Top, and Karen O up there to make it even more fantastic.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 6:10 PM

That trailer makes it look pretty anti-climatic. Murphy looks totally bored.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 6:15 PM

"That trailer makes it look pretty anti-climatic. Murphy looks totally bored."

or sad?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 6:16 PM

@615 thats why he quit.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 6:18 PM

I love/d LCD Soundsystem. I can't wait for the reunion tour.

Posted by OldBro | January 11, 2012 6:20 PM

does that fat hack ever looked anything but bored or sad on stage? what a zilch. never understood the appeal, and i've tried numerous times.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 6:25 PM

Why would anyone listen to this crap when they can listen to Radiohead?

Posted by Irish Midget | January 11, 2012 6:38 PM

Wait, I thought they were gone, as in FOREVER?

Please, make this stop. It is still horrible

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 6:39 PM

He's sad because Dunkin' Donuts ran out of crullers.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 6:53 PM

Forget Popcorn... Im bringing hummus to this movie!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 6:59 PM

lcdisoverratedtheyonlyhadonegoodalbumtheotherswerehitormissdontbelievethehypeitishipsterbullshit

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 7:29 PM

I see your run-on, and raise you one comma

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 7:34 PM

LET IT DIE - DAVID SANDERSON

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 7:46 PM

i was in ga and it was special.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 7:47 PM

That trailer was special...

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 7:53 PM

nothing to get your panties in a bunch about, me thinks

Posted by Sunskull | January 11, 2012 8:21 PM

excited for this

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 8:41 PM

fuck, that was a fun night. looking forward to seeing this.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 9:06 PM

Finally! This film exonerates me of that crime I was accused of last April. About time.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 9:47 PM

will the doc finally reveal who farted in the pit?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 10:16 PM

Do you think nohawk speaks with a lisp?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 11:01 PM

I heard Frohawk was there eating hummus in the stands.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2012 11:37 PM

Documentary?

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 12:16 AM

bruise*cruise*2

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 12:23 AM

fuck guys like seriously the best.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 12:26 AM

The new Last Waltz

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 12:48 AM

Godspeed > Portishead > Radiohead > LCD

Posted by 2011 shows | January 12, 2012 1:03 AM

Camper Van Beethoven > LCD Soundsystem
I know that's right

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 1:37 AM

Lol, that fucker did 4 nights in a row, some "last show" bullshit didn't win me over.

Anyway, that said, I was the one who let a huge fucking spray of ass let loose at the pit at Pavement's show in Brooklyn last year.

That is all.

Posted by Sam | January 12, 2012 3:32 AM

Do y'all farting in the pit people often times let one loose when the music is fitting? Or just wantonly drop them?
I'm just curious...

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 4:13 AM

I fart when I feel it. It's not random. But there may be an emotional thing brought out by the music that my digestive system reacts to.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 4:25 AM

I wonder if the film makes any mention of how B0wery held back 80% of the tickets from the public onsale and then dumped them on Stubhub, only to re-release them the week of the show, citing "production changes" and "moving cameras around">

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 4:31 AM

never understood the appeal, and i've tried numerous times.

Posted by Aeronaves | January 12, 2012 6:41 AM

SUNYANNCE FILM TIERSTIVAL

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 7:37 AM

S P I N D O C T O R S

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 8:37 AM

6:41, it's not anything that hasn't been done before. They were just marketed extremely well to the hipsters, and they took the bait.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 9:00 AM

If they announce that this movie will play at Nitehawk Cinemas, people will be camping outside for days.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 9:13 AM

They should have titled it just "Shut Up"

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 9:17 AM

Who wants to bet they'll play a show within two years...

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 9:26 AM

even the Band recorded an album after The Last Waltz

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 9:34 AM

"never understood the appeal, and i've tried numerous times."
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"6:41, it's not anything that hasn't been done before. They were just marketed extremely well to the hipsters, and they took the bait."
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James is an incredible producer, with an extremely eclectic musical background and tendency toward experimentation. LCD's music reflects this. It's got an obvious electronic/dance sensibility, but there are certainly elements of rock, punk, and other genres. To say it's not anything that hasn't been done before is kind of silly and trite.

It's not for everyone, but it appeals to a certain demographic and was certainly associated with a particular scene and ideology common to urban areas, like Brooklyn for instance. LCD has fans the world over, though, and can't really be pigeon-holed that way. If you don't like 'em, you don't like 'em. Everything will be ok!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 9:36 AM

@936 the point is that we do like LCD, but they have become so overhyped that it is ridiculous. i personally didn't give a shit that they were having their last shows; they aren't good enough for me to miss.

sound of silver is a great album; the other two are really just okay. i thought anyone who spent above $150 to go to any of those final LCD shows was fucking insane. they're. just. not. that. incredible.

good, but not great.


and a reunion in <5 years is 100% guaranteed; murph can't pay for his food supply on dj gigs alone.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 9:40 AM

I went for free and it was the best show ever.

Posted by Bah | January 12, 2012 9:50 AM

"and a reunion in <5 years is 100% guaranteed; murph can't pay for his food supply on dj gigs alone."

he doesn't just dj, DFA is very successful now, tons of great artists. but yea lcd reunion will most likely happen

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 10:00 AM

LCD reminds me of the drag queen I saw on the F train 2 weeks ago. A big ruckus of noise, and when he had gotten everyone's attention, then he worked the crowd like it was an episode of Oprah. No one, of course, ascribed as much importance to the experience as our drag queen (I'm sure that if he had the means he would have made a documentary about it as well), and when it was over everyone in the car just kind of silently looked at each other, smirking slightly and knowingly acknowledging that although "you don't see that everyday" it was a mo betta environment for the fact that now it was over.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 10:08 AM

Paid face during the presale and had crappy 300-level tickets.


Loved it.


Wellmont Theater show in 2010 was the best of there's I've ever been to though.

Posted by GW | January 12, 2012 10:11 AM

LCD's music reflects this. It's got an obvious electronic/dance sensibility, but there are certainly elements of rock, punk, and other genres. To say it's not anything that hasn't been done before is kind of silly and trite.

Answer: Liquid Liquid

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 10:14 AM

^^
def influenced by them, but imo, liquid liquid and lcd are pretty different.

also, agree about the wellmont show in 2010. that shit was bonkers.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 10:27 AM

YOU GUYS! NICKELBACK IS PLAYING MSG ON 4/19!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 10:32 AM

Today everything is different. There's no action... have to wait around like everyone else. Can't even get decent food. Right after I got here I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce and I got egg noodles and ketchup. I'm an average nobody, get to live the rest of my life like a schnook.

Posted by Henry Hill | January 12, 2012 10:33 AM

best LCD show was obviously their MHOW show before the string of t5/MSG shows. right after the release of this is happening; but they literally only played songs from the first two albums (and two songs from the new album). incredible energy, people were crying during 'new york i love you' in the end.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 10:51 AM

haha, knew this dude and band can't stay out of the limelight. Bet one more 'reunion' will be played in a year to 'celebrate' the release of this movie. So gay.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 10:56 AM

10:51...and the show was only $20..I picked up tickets days after it went on sale too. Soo much changed so quickly! That show ended at 2am if memory serves me!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 11:10 AM

10:51-Don't lump the T5 shows with the MSG shows. The Terminal 5 shows were much better than MSG. It pays for a performer to have a soundguy to actually TRY to make it sound good there.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 11:56 AM

"The Terminal 5 shows were much better than MSG."

that's funny

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 12:06 PM

1156 i was lumping every other lcd show in a pit against the mhow show, because that show was balls out. pretty sure murphy sang the first half of ny i love you acapella without a mic, just singing out loud. girls cried, men held in their tears. one of the best shows of my life.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 12:25 PM

i watched the msg show in my apt with a slice in one hand and my cock in the other hand.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 1:00 PM

LCD Soundsystem has "hits?"

Posted by M | January 12, 2012 1:06 PM

11:56- Fair enough.

1:06- Who gives a fuck?

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 2:55 PM

haha, knew this dude and band can't stay out of the limelight. Bet one more 'reunion' will be played in a year to 'celebrate' the release of this movie. So gay.

Posted by games | February 23, 2012 4:28 PM

what about quitting

Posted by jordon | August 8, 2013 3:12 PM

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