Entries tagged with: LCD Soundsystem
by Bill Pearis
Hot Chip with David Byrne at Webster Hall 8/5/2015 (photo by Nicky Digital)
Hot Chip played their second of two sold-out shows at Webster Hall on Wednesday (9/5) which was pretty much a non-stop dance party. (It's always a bit disconcerting to feel Webster Hall's floor bounce so much.) Like they did at Webster the night before and Baby's All Right on Monday, Hot Chip finished the night with a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" with a bit of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" at the end. After seeing they had brought out LCD's Nancy Whang on Tuesday, I was wondering who might make an appearance on Wednesday.
I figured it would be Pat Mahoney who was LCD's drummer (and Hot Chip's on one tour) and whose band Museum of Love opened the show. But it turned out to be someone a little more special: David Byrne whose shock-white hair was instantly recognizable from where I was in the balcony before they actually announced him. He held it down on tambourine duty. Johnny Lam, who played with Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor and David Byrne at the William Onyeabor tributes at BAM, was on stage as well playing pedal steel. The crowd went nuts, and even more so when they realized "All My Friends" had kicked in. (James Murphy watched from the VIP area.) You can watch a few short instagram videos below.
by Bill Pearis
Hot Chip @ Webster Hall 8/4/2015 (photo by @biggie_schmaltz)
Hot Chip have been covering Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" for their encore on this tour and, at least in NYC, they've been segueing that into LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends." Hot Chip guitarist Al Doyle, who also played in LCD's live band, has been singing it, and after doing it at Baby's All Right on Monday (8/3) they did it again at Webster Hall on Tuesday (8/4) in a more extended fashion. Also making it more special: they brought out Nancy Whang, making for a bit of an LCD reunion, and Sinkane helped out as well. Video from Webster Hall is below.
Tonight (8/5), Hot Chip play their second sold-out night at Webster Hall. They show is opened by Museum of Love, the current band of onetime LCD Soundsystem (and Hot Chip) drummer Pat Mahoney. Who knows who might come out for Hot Chip's encore tonight?
Hey @CourteneyCox are you around LA on the 11th? Wanna come to our show at the Greek? No particular reason!— Hot Chip (@Hot_Chip) August 2, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Ezra Furman defies easy categorization, actually singing "let's wreck all these preconceived notions" on "Ordinary Life," one of the standout cuts from his new album Perpetual Motion People that dabbles in folk, doo-wop, distorted rock, and hooky guitar pop. (He is also orthodox Jewish and publicly identifies as queer and genderfluid.) The record is worth checking out and you can stream the whole thing via Spotify below.
Copies of Perpetual Motion People sold at Rough Trade come with an exclusive five-song covers EP, featuring takes on Beck's "Devil's Haircut," Melanie's "The Good Book," The Replacements' "Androgynous," The Arcade Fire's "Crown of Love" and an affecting, acoustic version LCD Soundsystem's "I Can Change." That LCD cover makes its premiere in this post and you can listen below.
Ezra and his band start a short US tour tonight (8/5) in NYC at Rough Trade with J. Fernandez and Emily Einhorn. Tickets for that show are still available but if you'd like to go for free we're giving a pair away. Details on that and a list of all Ezra Furman dates are below.
And speaking of LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy will DJ at Output on August 14 with Eric Duncan. Tickets for that are on sale.
photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis
Hot Chip @ Baby's All Right 8/3/2015
As I walked up to Baby's All Right on Monday (8/3) there was a massive truck parked outside on Broadway. A lot of movies film right around there, so at first I thought it was for a shoot but then I wondered if this was for Hot Chip. The door guy at Baby's confirmed and it really hit me that these guys just don't play places this size anymore. (They're at Webster Hall tonight and Wednesday.) In fact I'm pretty sure they haven't played anywhere this small since their first NYC show which was at Rothko in 2005 (with Maximo Park, who was there?).
Hot Chip maybe weren't expecting quite such a small place either. The band are touring as a seven-piece, with former New Young Pony Club drummer Sarah Jones and longtime auxiliary member Rob "Grovesnor" Smoughton helping out. As we mentioned ealier today, there was so much gear onstage, there was almost no space for opener Georgia and her band to set up, so she only was able to play two songs solo with a small drum kit. They also had two mixing desks taking up up some of the floor's real estate. It was a lot of stuff.
Little of that mattered once Hot Chip hit the stage at 10 PM, and they seemed energized by being this close to their audience. Having a great new album (my favorite since The Warning) doesn't hurt either and neither does having the extremely talented Jones and Smoughton behind them. We got a 90-minute show that featured the best of the new record, plus most of the singles from their older records. It was a hitfest. Old songs got new arrangements, and the've worked out clever transitions between songs so that it was a fairly seamless show, with guitarist Al Doyle occasionally taking a moment to introduce members of the band. Highlights for me were new songs "Easy to Get" and "Started Right," which were stitched together, and the heartfelt "Alley Cats" from One Life Stand.
For the encore we got "Look at Where We Are," "Boy from School" and then a pretty great cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" which got even better when Doyle, who spent time in LCD Soundsystem, turned the song into an ad-hoc cover of "All My Friends." It was a great moment. Pictures from the night, including ones of Georgia's brief opening set, are in this post.
This was a private show for members of Jukely, a concert subscription service where you pay a monthly fee for access to select show, as well as special events like this. Hot Chip play tonight (8/4) at Webster Hall with Georgia again and then Wednesday (8/5) with Museum of Love, both of which are sold out. More pics from the Baby's show, below...
While he's been busy with his Four Horseman wine bar/restaurant, James Murphy hasn't given up on his dream to change the sounds subway turnstiles make into something more symphonic. He's even got backing for it now: Heineken, who are producing videos about the "Subway Symphony" project, and they are apparently developing prototype turnstiles.
But what they don't have, is any support whatsoever from the MTA. The Transit Authority's spokesman Adam Lisberg told Gothamist, "I am familiar with James Murphy's proposal, and while I would never refer to him as 'just a musician,' I can say confidently that it is as creative as it is unworkable" and said that when the MTA gave Murphy permission to film one of his promotional videos in the Subway, the agreement included the following language:
Licensee and Agent hereby acknowledge that the MTA has informed the individual depicted in the advertisement that the concept presented in the advertisement involving the turnstiles of the New York City subway system cannot be implemented.Murhpy, however, told Gothamist that Lisberg is "not a policy maker, he's the press guy, so I wouldn't expect him to know what our project is." Lisberg responded, saying the contract's language "seems pretty black and white."
Even if Heineken or some other benefactor was willing to pay for "Subway Symphony" to be fully implemented, the tones actually serve a specific purpose beyond annoying straphangers like Murphy:
"The tones are an ADA element for the visually impaired, and we won't mess with them--much less take turnstiles out of service and risk disabling them for an art project. (It would be a very cool project, don't get me wrong, but we can't mess with turnstiles that handle 6 million customers a day for it.)"Murphy remains politely tenacious, with a new promotional video being released this week which you can watch below.
When a prominent chef heard that James Murphy had decided to open a wine bar in Brooklyn, he nudged Mr. Murphy to compose an online journal about the process.James Murphy's new wine bar is called Four Horsemen (as in "of the Apocalypse"?) and is located in Williamsburg at 295 Grand Street which some of you maybe remember as the address of vegan fast food spot Foodswings. Of the venture, which he's undertaking with wife Christina Topsoe, Murphy says "I need something with really low margins, high risk, brutal hours and which I have no experience at."
Mr. Murphy mulled it over, at least for a moment.
"I thought I would call it 'the Worst Idea Ever,' " he said the other day with a flick of the self-effacement that became his hallmark as the brain behind the dance-punk band LCD Soundsystem.
No pearls of prose ever materialized, though.
"I've never done it because I'm overwhelmed," he said. - [New York Times]
Also helping the couple (who are due to have a child any minute) is Justin Chearno, the onetime Pitchblende/Turing Machine guitarist who has been a fixture at Williamsburg's UVA Wine Shop almost since its inception. There will be food too ("We keep calling it a wine bar because we want to underpromise and overdeliver") and he's worked hard on the acoustics, "mounting noise-soaking burlap on the walls and cedar slats and sound-absorption panels along the ceiling so that conversations can proceed at a civilized cadence." It all sounds very grown up.
Four Horsemen is set to open in early June.
by Bill Pearis
We posted yesterday about James Murphy's score for Noah Baumbauch's upcoming comedy, While We're Young, and the soundtrack includes his cover of David Bowie's "Golden Years" and that has now been released. It's definitely an original take on the cut and you can stream it (via The Dissolve) below...but just don't get too excited. You can stream Bowie's original below too if you're feeling undernourished.
by Bill Pearis
Ad-Rock in 'While We're Young'
James Murphy has made some non-Tennis-based new music, scoring Noah Baumbach's film While We're Young, which will be out March 27 in the US. He also covers David Bowie's "Golden Years" for the soundtrack, which also features cuts from Psychedelic Furs, A Tribe Called Quest, HAIM, Survivor and more. Full tracklist is below and it's out March 23. One piece from Murphy's score will be on the official soundtrack, a moody synth piece titled "We Used to Dream" which is in the Vangelis/Tangerine Dream style. You can stream that below.
As for the film, While We're Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as an uptight 40-something affluent couple who become friends with a 20-something Bushwick-type couple (GIRLS' Adam Driver and Big Love's Amanda Seyfried). Hilarity and soul-searching ensues. The film also stars Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz and an out-of-retirement Charles Grodin. While We're Young was shown at both the Toronto and NY Film Festivals last September? Anybody catch it there? It's gotten pretty good reviews. You can watch the trailer below.
James Murphy, who previously scored Noah Baumbach's Greenberg (also starring Ben Stiller), headlines the Slingshot Fest in Athens, GA later this month.
LCD's final bow at MSG, 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, Saturday (11/22) at Le Poisson Rouge is the release party for the new issue of Radio Silence which features Stephin Merritt, Tanya Donnelly, Matthew Friedberger, readings by Greil Marcus, Rick Moody and more. One of the more interesting performers is a reunion of late-'80s NYC art-punks Dungbeetle whose frontman Sam Lipsyte is now an established author. We noted that one of their biggest fans was a pre-LCD James Muphy who ended up as their sound guy. Well on Saturday, he'll be playing with them as their drummer. Murphy hasn't done much (any) non-DJ performing since LCD Soundsystem's MSG farewell. Tickets are still available.
by Bill Pearis
Museum of Love
As mentioned, New Build (Al & Felix from Hot Chip's other band) are playing NYC in December -- 12/3 at Mercury Lounge and 12/4 at Rough Trade -- and tickets are still available. As it turns out, those are the first two dates of a short North American tour and all dates are below. The band's second album, Pour it On, is out this week and you can stream it in full, below.
Joining them on tour will be Museum of Love, the new band from LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney (and old DFA cohort Dennis McNany). They're on the Mercury Lounge show but not the Rough Trade one, apparently. MoL have only played one proper NYC show -- DFA's "Summer Soiree" at The Wick -- but the live incarnation, which is a full band, seemed to have it together. I thought they were really good. If you haven't checked out the Museum of Love album yet, you can stream it via Rdio.
This could be an interesting tour, as both Al and Pat were in LCD's live incarnation (and Pat played drums for Hot Chip on at least one tour). Maybe there will be some cross-pollination at shows? We shall see.
Tour flyer, all dates and album streams below...
Aughts-era NYC music scene survivors Anton Harmony (aka Radio 4's Anthony Roman) and Mod (of Elefant) have formed a new project called Orange Cassettes whose debut single "Go In The Light" is out this week via R.T.A. (Ring the Alarm), a new arm of White Iris. The record also features help from Phil Mossman (LCD Soundsystem), Jim Orso (Holy Ghost!) and Luke Jenner (The Rapture), so as you can imagine its very much in the dancefloor-friendly post-punk mode. Stream it below.
Orange Cassettes will play their first-ever show which happens at Baby's All Right on November 12 with Ludwig Persik and Cathy on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale now.
Flyer for the show and song stream, below...
After dabbling in film and coffee, James Murphy has finally gotten back to making music. Sort of. Murphy has teamed up with some big brains at IBM to generate music based on game data from 2014 US Open matches which is happening as we speak out in Forest Hills, Queens. (Did they pick him for his fondness for wearing white?) The project, called The US Open Sessions, uses every point, ace and foot fault to create bleeps and bloops coming out of your speakers. (It's very bleepy and bloopy.) Some 400 hours of it will be generated by the end of things on September 8. It's being generated live, so if you're watching on TV and want a soundtrack to it, here you go. The matches' music is archived as well. For more on this, a short video of how this all came about can be watched in this post.
In related news, we weren't able to get James to sit on our City Gardens Q&A panel at AMC Loews Village 7 tonight (8/28), but we do hope he comes to watch the documentary about the club he once worked at as a bouncer.
US Open Sessions video below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
It's not just you: Over the last five years, there's been a seismic shift in the way we engage with music. We tweet, tumbl, stream, and share our favorite songs; we scour dead links and navigate obtrusive pop-ups for the newest mixtapes; we watch our music videos on Youtube and Vevo. We watched the explosion of EDM, the birth of drill, the rise and fall of chillwave. We debated how to pronounce FKA twigs, whether the album was dead, and where Bobby Shmurda's hat went. We met Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Grimes, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Miguel, and Charli XCX. We saw LCD Soundsystem break up, Neutral Milk Hotel reunite, and My Bloody Valentine release a new album--a shooting star if there ever was one. [Pitchfork]By the end of this year it will be halfway through the current decade, and to mark that, Pitchfork is posting lists of the best tracks, albums, and videos of the decade so far, this week. Today, they put out their list of the top 200 tracks. Like most of Pitchfork's 'top tracks' lists, it ranges from big names to underdogs in indie, electronic, hip hop and more, plus a few huge radio-pop songs sprinkled in. Can you guess what made #1?
Check out the full list HERE and browse the top 20, below...
by Bill Pearis
While James Murphy has been more into film and coffee since closing the book on LCD Soundsystem, drummer Pat Mahoney has formed a new group, Museum of Love. Named after a Daniel Johnston song, MoL is a duo with old friend Dennis McNany (aka Jee Day who has toured with The Juan Maclean and founded Run-Roc Records) as the other half. After two singles on DFA last year, Museum of Love will release their eponymous debut album on August 19. It is perhaps a little more soulful than LCD fans might be expecting, and at times reminds me just a little of Wild Beasts. The album's first single is "In Infancy" and you can stream that, along with previous singles and a surreal album trailer, below.
The Juan Maclean also have a new album and DJ dates coming.
Flyer for the Cielo show, Museum of Love album art, tracklist and streams, below...
photos by Chris La Putt; by Bill Pearis
David Byrne / the Lidaju Sisters & Alexis Taylor / finale with Dev Hynes, street dancers
The music of Nigerian musician William Onyeabor was celebrated over the weekend with the two-night "Atomic Bomb" concerts at BAM. Part of this year's Red Bull Music Academy, it featured David Byrne, Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, the Rapture's Luke Jenner and Nigerian singers the Lidaju Sisters singing Onyeabor's songs, backed by a tight band (who knew how to hang loose) led by Sinkane's Ahmed Gallab. (The band also included Money Mark, LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney and more.) Saturday night's show, at least, was a fun, joyous time with as much dancing in the aisles as would be allowed.
Perhaps a tip of the hat to Onyeabor's current born-again Christian status, the night opened with street preacher Rufus Cannon wheeling his portable speaker down the center aisle, shouting testament to God and Jesus on his way to the stage, and at the end of the show a variety of street performers were brought on stage as well, giving the evening a distinctive NYC flair. The music was great, hitting most of the highlights of last year's Who is William Onyeabor? compilation, and the Lidaju Sisters performed a couple of their own songs mid-set. Both Taylor and Byrne were onstage most of the evening as part of the band when they weren't singing.
I do wish the keyboards -- which is what makes Onyeabor's music so distinctive -- had been a little louder in the mix. "Good Name," which on record has an almost Kraftwerk vibe to it, was overtaken by the horn section (which included sax great Joshua Redman). But the crowd and everyone onstage seemed to be having a genuine blast with Onyeabor's music.
The Atomic Bomb Band -- which played The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon ahead of the BAM concerts -- head to the West Coast this week for shows in LA and San Francisco. More pics from Saturday's performance below...
LCD's final show, MSG 4/2/2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Well, they didn't call it The Short Farewell. LCD Soundsystem's The Long Goodbye five-LP live album boxset of the group's final show (MSG, 4/2/2011) is being released on Record Store Day (April 19). And that goodbye is getting longer. As a leadup to that, an exhibit about the show/boxset will take over the exhibition room at Rough Trade NYC from April 7 - May 7. (That's the space that just had the Moog installation.) Here's what visitors can expect:
LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye will immerse attendees in the sounds, sights and emotions of the band's historic April 2, 2011 farewell, an epic near 4-hour tour de force hailed by New York magazine as "a marvel of pure craft" and Rolling Stone as a "staggeringly great night." LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye will come alive in multiple dimensions via exclusive video, advance pressings of the album's five vinyl LPs laid out on five turntables, and a massive assortment of 4" x 6" prints of images by longtime LCD photographer Ruvan Wijesooriya, many never before been seen--and all available for the taking and replenished weekly.The exhibit is free and open to the public, 11 AM - 11 PM nightly.
LCD's final show, MSG 4/2/2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
LCD Soundsystem's three-and-a-half-hour final show which happened at MSG back in 2011 is coming out as a five-LP box set for Record Store Day 2014. Titled The Long Goodbye: Live at Madison Square Garden, it will also get a digital and wider vinyl release on May 20.
The show was also the basis for concert film Shut Up and Play the Hits and you can watch "Losing My Edge" from that, and check out the box set art and tracklist, below.
MS MR @ Outside Lands 2013 (more by Paige K. Parsons)
Neon Gold has been putting out 7" singles for five years and their roster has featured the likes of Passion Pit, Haim, Ellie Goulding, and more. The label and party-throwers are celebrating their Fifth Anniversary in NYC with a party on December 18 at a secret location featuring live performances from MS MR, Haerts and Magic Man. No word on if tickets will be on sale but Do-NYC is giving away 20 pairs of tickets.
MS MR, meanwhile, just released a new EP featuring remixes of their track "Fantasy" by Xaphoon Jones, NICITA & Bloc Party's Kele Okereke, plus a cover of LCD Soundsystem's "Dance Yrslf Clean." You can stream that cover and a new MS MR remix by HAERTS, and check out the flyer for the Neon Gold party, below...
There's already one video, made on the cheap, for the James Murphy remix of David Bowie's "Love Is Lost," and now, like James/David's pals in Arcade Fire did with "Reflektor," a second video has been made. This one, directed by Barnaby Roper (Futureheads, Moby), came out today (via VICE) and it can be watched below. It's on the NSFW side, mind you.
In other news, James Murphy wants NYC subways to be a little more musical. Reports Huffington Post:
In an interview with Chicago radio station WBEZ, Murphy explained a little about his thought process and why he thinks that incorporating music into the already very noisy subway is so important. "I want to make every station in New York have a different set of dominant keys," he said. "So that people when they grow up, later on in life, will hear a piece of music and be like, 'Oh that's Union Square.'"Watch the new Bowie video below...
Murphy wants a note to play every time a commuter walks through a turnstile.The most musical parts of the day would of course be rush hour when large crowds of people are walking through the turnstiles, causing many different chords to echo through the stations.
"Each line would be a piece," said Murphy. "The green line would go through different chords and when they intersected with other lines that would change that station."
Cavalera Conspiracy at Irving Plaza in 2008 (more by Lori Bally)
Sepultura's Cavalera bros, guitarist Max and drummer Igor, have been talked into forming a "metal version of the White Stripes" by none other than James Murphy of DFA Records and LCD Soundsystem. In an interview with the Guardian, Igor told the British paper that Murphy suggested that Igor and Max, who perform together in the Cavalera Conspiracy, launch that band as a two-piece instead of a quartet. Murphy further insisted that the brothers record and perform as a duet, much like the White Stripes, and promised that any record they record would be "the heaviest record of [their] careers."
Of course, this relationship didn't just come out of nowhere. Igor Cavalera and his wife, Laima Leyton, perform and DJ as an electro outfit called MixHell, a project that put Igor into the same world as Murphy. As Igor told DJ Mag once:
"We are proud to have gained the support of the electro scene, but most of all, we are glad to have them as special friends in our lives," Iggor tells DJ Mag. "James Murphy, Erol, Soulwax, Boys Noize, DJ Hell, Justice and others -- besides being supporters -- are part of our family today, and this strong relation we've built is priceless.""More on this developing news at the Guardian
You can't throw a stick in this town without hitting something related to the Red Bull Music Academy's monthlong takeover of NYC. One of the most anticipated events is the sold-out DFA 12th Anniversary Party which happens May 25 at the rococco wonderland that is Grand Prospect Hall. In celebration of this -- and the label's dozen years in existence -- they've made a short documentary about how the label came to be. Narrated by Marc Maron, you can watch it below.
Arcade Fire at MSG in 2010 (more by Jonathan Bayer)
Rumors have been floating around for a while that Arcade Fire have teamed up with fellow indie superstar James Murphy to work on their upcoming fourth studio album (expected to be out in 2013), and now Arcade Fire Tube is pointing to a confirmation in Music Week that they are in fact working together. Markus Dravs, who produced the last two Arcade Fire albums, is working on this one as well. In the article, Arcade Fire's manager Scott Rodger is quoted saying:
They're in with James Murphy on three or so songs, plus Markus Dravs who is a long-time collaborator. They write too many songs - that's a good problem to have. There's around 35 songs with Arcade Fire, two albums'-worth for sure.Arcade Fire and James Murphy have a long running relationship, which has included Arcade Fire joining LCD Soundsystem at their final show. A video of the two bands playing "North American Scum" is below.
Welcome to the first in a series of holiday gift guides here on BrooklynVegan. For this one we've partnered with American Express as part of their Points For Presents program. That means I'll run through a whole bunch of my own gift ideas, like I would normally, but then I'll show how you can pay with Membership Rewards points which you might be earning if you happen to have an eligible American Express card. Let's get right into it...
1) Hurricane Sandy Relief
Don't forget about those affected by Hurricane Sandy this holiday season. There are lots of avenues to help. I told my parents not to buy me any clothes this year, but that if they insist on shopping, to buy stuff for hurricane victims instead.
Another way to donate is with Membership Rewards points.
Gift Guide continued below....
still from 'Fight For Your Right Revisited'
To help benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief, Brooklyn Bowl and Oscilloscope Laboratories are teaming up to present a benefit tonight (11/5) at Brooklyn Bowl with screenings of Beastie Boys short film Fight For Your Right Revisited and LCD Soundsystem film Shut Up and Play the Hits with "full concert sound." Admission is pay what you like with a suggested $10 donation. Every $5 donated gets you a raffle ticket for prizes and giveaways from Oscilloscope Labs and Brooklyn Bowl. Canned food and household goods will be collected at the show too. The Fight For Your Right Revisted video and the trailer for Shut Up and Play the Hits are below.
Another benefit you can attend tonight is the open mic at The Bell House, which is back open after being closed due to a blown transformer yesterday. All proceeds (financial donations only) will go to the American Red Cross. The open mic runs from 6 - 8 PM.
Brooklyn Bowl is also hosting a benefit with Gary Clark Jr. on Tuesday.