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LCD Soundsystem at MSG in 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
LCD Soundsystem

There's already been quite a few chances to catch screenings of LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits in NYC, and now while we await the DVD and Blu-Ray release (10/9), we've been given yet another chance to see the film. It will screen on the 25 ft screen at new outdoor Brooklyn venue The Well this Saturday (9/15) and it's totally free. The screening is being presented by Rooftop Films, NYC & Company, and Flavorpill and there will be a special guest DJ set from Dubspot before the screening. Doors are at 7 PM and entry is 18+. The flier for the screening is below.

The Shut Up and Play the Hits screening is one of the three remaining Rooftop Films screenings of the season, including the free IFB Labs Showcase Screening at Solar One on Monday (9/17) (on the pier at 2420 FDR Dr.). That showcase includes excerpt screenings of multiple films. You can check out the full list HERE. Doors open at 7:30 PM, there is live music TBA at 8:30, and the screenings begin at 9. There will also be a Q+A with the filmmakers.

Rooftop Films will also be presenting a screening of Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best, which we just presented a screening of at Knitting Factory, and whose fictional band turned into a real band that played Cake Shop last Tuesday (9/11). The screening happens this Tuesday (9/18) at Open Road Rooftop (350 Grand St above New Design High School) Solar One. This one's free too but RSVP to brooklynbrothers@rooftopfilms.com is required. Doors are 7:30 PM, the band Brooklyn Brothers will play at 8:30, and the screening begins at 9.

Meanwhile, speaking of The Well, where Shut Up and Play the Hits screens, there's still only a few live shows scheduled there. Peter Murphy just played last month and the next upcoming live show is Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees on September 22 with K-Holes and DJ Jonathan Toubin. Tickets for that show are still available.

Flier for the Shut Up and Play the Hits screening is below..

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James Murphy

James Murphy, having conquered the music world, is now turning to film. The former LCD Soundsystem frontman is one of five "celebrity directors" involved in the second-annual Project Imagination, an online short film project from Ron Howard and camera/tech conglomerate Canon. Using pictures submitted by the public as inspiration, the five directors will then make short films under the mentorship of Howard (maker of Splash, Parenthood and A Beautiful Mind, amongst others). The other directors besides Murphy are Eva Longoria, Twitter mogul Biz Stone, Jamie Foxx, and Georgina Chapman.

Meanwhile, the LCD Soundsystem movie Shut Up and Play the Hits will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 9.

For more on Project Imagination, check out a video with James Murphy below...

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LCD Soundsystem at MSG (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
LCD Soundsystem

As mentioned, the LCD Soundsystem documentary, Shut Up and Play the Hits, will screen at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday (7/27). Advance tickets for that screening have sold out, but more tickets will be available at the door. They've since added another screening, which happens at Brooklyn Bowl on August 1 with a "special guest DJ TBD." Tickets for that screening are on sale now. The DVD of the documentary is also now up for preorder.

In other DFA news, Juan Maclean will DJ in Brooklyn on August 24 at Cameo Gallery with Brooklyn Bass. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In somewhat related news, DFA released a white label 12" with remixes of The Rapture's "In The Grace Of Your Love" by Poolside (who play NYC TONIGHT and Friday) and Pional (who plays NYC with John Talabot in September). You can stream the Poolside remix HERE and the Pional remix below.

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Shut Up and Play the Hits

If you missed the many "one night only" screenings of the LCD Soundsystem concert doc Shut Up and Play the Hits last night (7/18, did you go?), those in NYC still have a few more chances to see it. The Landmark Sunshine has 7PM and 10PM screenings on both July 25 and 26, unfortunately they're all sold out. However, Brooklyn Bowl will hold a screening on Friday, July 27 with the added bonus of LCD drummer Pat Mahoney DJing as well.

Doors are at 11:30PM with the screening starting at midnight boasting "full concert sound" which probably mean "really really loud" which is probably the optimal viewing experience. Tickets are on sale now. If you're wondering if this film is any good, here's what The AV Club had to say:

James Murphy didn't direct Shut Up And Play The Hits, the documentary about the last concert performed by his band, LCD Soundsystem, at Madison Square Garden in 2011. But the film is a product of his magpie record-collector's aesthetic. The idea to throw a big farewell bash with friends (including Arcade Fire and comedian-musician Reggie Watts) is cribbed from The Last Waltz. The film's elegiac, end-of-an-era tone comes from Woodstock. The framing device for Shut Up And Play The Hits--the ecstatic performance footage is cut with morning-after scenes of a pensive, bored-looking Murphy struggling to come to terms with what he's just done--is reminiscent of Gimme Shelter. The obvious difference is that there's a lot less at stake in Shut Up And Play The Hits: Nobody died at LCD Soundsystem's final show, apart from the group identity Murphy created a decade earlier.
Meanwhile, The Creators Project has put together four little documentaries featuring Aziz Ansari, Reggie Watts, bandmembers and others sharing memories of the LCD salad days, which you can check out below.

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For those NYCers who didn't get tickets to any of Wednesday (7/18) night's one-night-only screenings of LCD Soundsystem's Shut Up & Play the Hits documentary around the city are in luck, the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria will now also be showing it as well at 7PM and 9:30PM, and tickets are still available as of this posting.

If you've never been to MMI, it's one of the nicest public screening rooms in the five boroughs, and the museum is pretty cool too. The MMI theater's "See It Big" summer series is worth checking out too, with a great line-up of classic films shown big (the way you should see them), often on restored 35mm prints. The schedule includes Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now and One from the Heart; Powell & Pressburger's The Red Shoes and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp; Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief and Vertigo (on an original Technicolor 35mm print); Taxi Driver, Blue Velvet, Brazil, 2001: A Space Odessey, The Searchers and more.

Updated list of screenings below...

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Cloud Nothings at Central Park last Saturday (more by Chris La Putt)
Cloud Nothings

today in NYC
* DIIV @ The Hester
* Andy Statman @ Barbes
* Guards (DJ) @ Ace Hotel
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Charles Perry @ Joe's Pub
* The Spanish Donkey @ The Stone
* Stevie Nicks @ Mohegan Sun (CT)
* Erika Spring @ Ivana Helsinki
* Cloud Nothings, DIIV @ 285 Kent
* The English Beat @ The Bell House
* Dusted, Happy New Year @ Cake Shop
* Booga Sugar @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Loser's Lounge @ Midsummer Night Swing
* H2O, 7 Seconds, Tournament @ House of Vans
* Dan Deacon, John Maus, Roomrunner @ Pier 84
* Shemekia Copeland, NRBQ @ MetroTech Commons
* Young Empires, The Suzan, Humans @ Glasslands
* New York Philharmonic @ Cunningham Park in Queens
* Matt Darriau's Yo Lateef meets Nigun @ Barbes
* Filter, Fuel, Slunt, Static Summer @ Irving Plaza
* Start Making Sense (Talking Heads cover band) @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Steve Baczkowski, Bill Nace, Chris Corsano @ The Stone
* Chicha Libre, Karikatura, People's Champs @ SOB'S
* Spoek Mathambo, Pegasus Warning @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Nouvellas, Fletcher C. Johnson, The Waivers @ Union Pool
* George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Rockefeller Park
* Paperhead, D. Watusi, Turnip King, Strip Mall @ Death By Audio
* Five O'Clock Heroes, Eytan & The Embassy, Basik @ Bowery Electric
* Hop Along, Norwegian Arms, Savages (NYC) @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* DJ Chuck Chillout, DJ Uncle Ralph, DJ Sucio Smash @ Public Assembly
* Grandfather, The Hobs, Chumps, Man Made Sun, Mandy Lee, Ashtree @ Pianos
* Steve Earle, Rachael Yamagata, The Wood Brothers, Allen Toussaint @ City Winery
* Neko Case, Charles Bradley, He's My Brother She's My Sister @ World Financial Center
* Gloria Gaynor, The Village People, The Trammps, Rose Royce @ Seaside Summer Concerts
* Vast Aire, OutofaWhole, Kenyattah Black, Kev Bars, Warlock Asylum @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Island Twins, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Pale Lights @ Shea Stadium
* Madam Robot and the Lust Brigade, Pants Velour, Your 33 Black Angels, The Sanctuaries @ The Paper Box
* Miho Hatori's New Optimism, Zs, Bachanalia, JG Thirlwell (DJ), Ann Liv Young @ Secret Project Robot
* The Bj Rubin Show, American Liberty League, Sexy Thoughts, Moppa Elliott's Tragedy and Statistics @ Zebulon
* Seth Faergolzia, Berth Control, Alyson Greenfield, You Scream I Scream, NYBD (New York Bike Dance) @ Knitting Factory

"To Kill a Mockingbird" screens in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

"Fantastic Mr. Fox" screens for free in Tompkins Square Park.

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A few weeks back, Chief Keef made his NYC debut at SOB's. While he was here, he made a video of his promo run through the city. Check it out below.

Mariachi El Bronx covered The Decemberists' "Los Angeles, I'm Yours" for AV Undercover. Watch the video of that below.

Check out a video below of Aziz Ansari, Reggie Watts, Nick Kroll, Jason Woliner, and more discussing LCD Soundsystem for LCD + THE HITS, the second in a four-part series surrounding LCD's new documentary, Shut Up and Play the Hits, which premiered in NYC this past Tuesday (7/10), and gets a national premiere on Wednesday, July 18.

In related news, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy was on 'Fallon' last night to talk about the documentary, jam with The Roots and more. Watch a video of that below.

Azealia Banks' Fantasea mixtape is out now. Download it for free at her twitter.

Faith No More covered Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas in Paris" at a recent live show. A video of that is below.

tUnE-yArDs made a mix for okayafrica of primarily East African music which has influenced her own. You can stream it or download it for free below.

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Shut Up and Play the Hits

The LCD Soundsystem concert film/documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits makes its one-night national theatrical run on July 18. Screenings on that date are sold out in NYC except for the recently-added 9:30 screening at Clearview Chelsea, and you can grab tickets for a recently added screening happening at Sunshine at 10pm on July 26.

The film's official NYC premiere, however, is Tuesday, July 10 and you can't buy tickets to that, but we've got two pair of tickets to give away to this invite-only event. The premiere happens at 7:30 and winners will receive theater location.

Details on how to enter are below, along with a list of all theaters showing the flick.

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)UMO

today in NYC
* Rob Curto @ Barbes
* Gary Jules @ Joe's Pub
* Neil Diamond @ Jones Beach
* Howard Fishman @ Barbes
* Lana Del Rey @ Irving Plaza
* Vinicius Cantuaria @ The Stone
* W4 New Music @ 92YTribeca
* DanceNOW [NYC] @ Joe's Pub
* Harper Blynn, Beca @ Mercury Lounge
* Little, Big, My M.O., Wazu @ Union Hall
* Moon Hooch, Inky Jack @ Knitting Factory
* Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Muck, Dog Day, Plastic Gods @ Cake Shop
* Los Straitjackets, Eilen Jewell @ City Winery
* Totem, Y/Y, Body Building, KNTRLR @ XPO 929
* Erotic City (live tribute to Prince) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Internet Xplorer, RAVVES, Getawolfpup @ Glasslands
* The Cult, Against Me!, The Icarus Line @ Terminal 5
* Witch Mountain, Pilgrim, Lord Dying, Bezoar @ Saint Vitus
* Jan Jelinek, Andrew Pekler, Dan Friel @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Mode Moderne, Plastic Flowers, Night Vision @ Shea Stadium
* Zomby, $hayne, Grayson Revoir, Johnny Misheff @ Santos
* Darmstatdt 2012: Music of Gordon Mumma @ Issue Project Room
* Jangula, Otis Heat, Yellow Dogs, Phone Home @ Mercury Lounge
* Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Doldrums, Field Mouse @ Glasslands
* Chordashian, Paul Raffaele, Kid Color @ Le Bain at The Standard
* Southern Culture On The Skids, Labretta Suede and The Motel 6 @ Maxwell's
* Rhett Miller & The Serial Lady Killers, The Spring Standards @ Bowery Ballroom
* DIIV, Mac DeMarco, MINKS, Life Size Maps, Crinkles, Turnip Kings @ 285 Kent Ave
* Peanut Butter Lovesicle, Clear Plastic Masks, The Click Clack Boom @ Cameo Gallery
* Grand Rapids, Darlings, Evi Antonio, Daytona, The Doozies @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* The Prefab Messiahs, Spectre Folk, Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders, Weyes Blood @ Death By Audio
* The Psyched, The Jigglers, Moonmen On The Moon, Man, Organs, The Thing with Two Heads @ Public Assembly
* Jen Urban & The Box, Alyson Greenfield, Beautiful Small Machines, Indiggo Twins, Luxe Pop, Run For Cover @ Pianos

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At the cineplex, cigar lover and filmmaker Ridely Scott returns to science fiction in Prometheus, the "non-prequel" to Alien which Roger Ebert gave four stars. Watch the trailer below.

Or go see documentary Paul Williams Still Alive at Angelica with a post-screening Q&A with the man himself. He wrote "The Rainbow Connection," you know.

Speaking of movies, the July 18 NYC screenings of LCD Soundsystem's Shut Up and Play the Hits are sold out, but you can watch a clip from it -- "Dance Yourself Clean" -- at the bottom of this post.

Dirty Projectors made a strobe-happy video for "Gun Has no Trigger" which you can watch below.

Peaking Lights just posted a stream for their gurgling, meandering "Beautiful Son" from new album Lucifer which is out June 18. Listen to it below.

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LCD Soundsystem at their final MSG show (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem's career-concluding documentary, Shut Up and Play the Hits, which debuted at Sundance earlier this year, will hit theaters for one night only on July 18. It will be in a number of US theaters that day including three in NYC: Brooklyn's BAMcinematek and reRun, and Manhattan's Landmark Sunshine. The full list of participating theaters is below, and if it doesn't come to your city, you can "tell Shut Up and Play the Hits where to come" via Eventful.

The film is being distributed by the late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope Laboratories. Oscilloscope teamed up with Creators Project to run a contest where one lucky winner will win a trip to NYC, two nights at Ace Hotel New York, two tickets to the NYC screening of the film, and a meet and greet with James Murphy. More details on that contest are HERE.

Full list of theaters and the trailer below...

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Shit Robot opening for LCD Soundsystem @ T5 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Shit Robot

DFA beatmaker Shit Robot (aka Marcus Lambkin) released a new 12" on DFA, the first of three in his Green Machine series to be released throughout 2012. You can stream both sides -- "Teenage Bass" and "Space Race" -- at the bottom of this post. Shit Robot is touring select cities throughout the summer, kicking things off here in NYC with a DJ set tonight (5/24) at Hudson Terrace with Juan Maclean/LCD's Nancy Whang and Sean Glass. Doors are at 10PM and it's FREE till Midnight with RSVP. Nancy sang on Shit Robot's single "Take 'Em Up" so chances of cross-pollination seem likely. If the weather doesn't improve, the Hudson Terrace has a retractable roof so you won't get wet.

A list of all Shit Robot tour dates, plus the stream of that new single and a couple videos, are below...

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James Murphy

"I make a lot of coffee," James Murphy told NY Mag in an interview after the movie's premiere. "For my birthday, my girlfriend got me a training course with the world champion. That's what I'm going to do when I get back to London."
Yet another one! Joining Wilco, David Lynch, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, and Starfucker in the coffee business is former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.

Most recently done by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy with his limited edition "Bonny Billy Blend" from Kona Rose Coffee (available for purchase via Drag City), Murphy is planning on reiterating the trend with his own espresso blend.

According to Murphy himself, he plans to "just go to a roaster who lives near me and just start tweaking beans and temperatures," for the fun of it.

He loves coffee so much, he's releasing the hits, "Never As Tired As When I'm Waking Up (Without Coffee)", "Disco Percolator", and "Bean Connection."

Well, not really, but James is keeping busy in the art world too. The LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22. Billboard reports:

The film is reminscent of Martin Scorsese's "The Last Waltz" (1978), about rock group The Band's final show, in that it documents an influential group's guest star-laden final live performance and largely focuses on the frontman (in "Waltz's" case, Robbie Robertson). When asked during a post-screening Q&A about trying to best Waltz, Murphy joked: "I was just like, 'that chump Robbie Roberston, I'm gonna take him --'"

Going into the project, Murphy said he was aware of the thematic similarities with "Waltz." "We all talked about it. Knowing that it is there, you can't not deal with it," he said.

In the film, Murphy is often shown "crouched by an espresso machine," depicting his love of coffee, and inspiration for his blend.

And, "Shut Up and Play the Hits" was just one of two movies Murphy was involved with at Sundance this year. He also stars in The Comedy along with Bonnie Prince Billy's Drag City labelmate Neil Hamburger, Tim Heidecker (of Tim & Eric who also premiered another movie at Sundance), Eric Wareheim (of Tim & Eric who also premiered another movie at Sundance), Matador-signed comedian Jeffrey Jensen, Will Sheff (of Okkervil River), and many more. The film was directed by the Jagjaguwar-signed Rick Alverson, and the indie label is also involved with the film. Check out a clip with James,Tim & Eric below...

Continue reading "like Bonnie Prince Billy, James Murphy is making his own coffee (and he's in 2 new movies too) (1 with Tim & Eric)"

DFA
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Just saw that tweet for the first time via Hot Chip while looking for info on Hot Chip's new album. As you know, Lana Del Rey played SNL this past weekend (Hipster Runoff has since renamed his website in her honor). Bon Iver will hopefully do better on February 4th. Maybe LCD Soundsystem will get to play SNL if they ever reunite. For now we can make due by watching them in the documentary about their last show ever.

As mentioned, Al Doyle's new band New Build have two shows coming up at Mercury Lounge, one of which is on AmEx presale now (the other is sold out).

Hot Chip at Highline Ballroom in 2010 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Hot Chip

We just mentioned that Hot Chip/LCD Soundsystem side project New Build added a second Mercury Lounge show (3/14) happening one day after their sold out NYC debut at the same venue (3/13). Tickets are on AmEx presale and go on sale Friday (1/20) at noon. These two shows are now part of a longer tour that the band will be on in March, but they are still the only two North American dates. All dates are listed below.

New Build just announced their second release on their own Lanark Recordings, a limited edition 12" single (they're only pressing 500 copies) called "Do You Not Feel Loved?" with remixes by Dominik Eulberg and Juju & Jordash. You can pre-order the single now and stream it along with its b-sides below.

In related news, as producer Mark Ralph reveals on twitter, he just finished producing the new Hot Chip album which the band said they had one song left to record for about a week earlier. As Fact points out, Hot Chip seem to confirm the news (that the album recording is complete). Hopefully that will see a release date this year.

Updated New Build dates and stream below...

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New Build

New Build, the new project featuring Hot Chip members Felix Martin and Al Doyle (who was also in LCD Soundsystem) and engineer Tom Hopkins, announced last month/year that they'll be making their NYC debut at Mercury Lounge on March 13. That show has since sold out and they've since added another show happening one day later at the same venue (3/14). Tickets go on sale Friday (1/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/18) at noon.

In related news LCD Soundsystem is releasing a documentary called Shut Up and Play the Hits. Watch the trailer if you haven't already.

Updated New Build dates below...

Continue reading "New Build sells out Merc, adds 2nd show"

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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New Build

New Build is a new project from Hot Chip members Felix Martin and Al Doyle, who was also a member of LCD Soundsystem, and they are joined by engineer Tom Hopkins. They put out the limited edition "Misery Loves Company" 12" on November 28, which you can stream below and purchase at bandcamp. The b-side has a track called "Guitar Man," which features Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem on drums and a remix by DFA labelmate Planningtorock of another track called "Finding Reasons," which also features vocals from Planningtorock.

New Build played their first show the day after the 12"'s release (11/29) in London. They are now planning a full length for 2012 and a tour in support of it which will come to NYC on March 13 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/30) at noon. The NYC show is the only one we know of at the moment but a full tour announcement will come soon.

Meanwhile, Al Doyle and Felix Martin's Hot Chip bandmates have been involved in other projects this year. Alexis Taylor has been playing as a member of About Group, which also features members of This Heat and Spiritualized. They released their debut album, Start and Complete on Domino Records this past April.

Joe Goddard released the Gabriel EP in August via DFA. You can stream that below. He's also been working as a member of The 2 Bears with DJ Raf Rundell. Earlier this week, they put out a winter mix which you can download for free in exchange for your email address at their website. Their debut LP, Be Strong, will be out on January 30 via Southern Fried.

Streams below...

Continue reading "members of Hot Chip (and LCD Soundsystem) formed New Build --- 12" out now, NYC show going on sale soon"

James @ Terminal 5 in March (more by Andrew St. Clair)
James

The annual 'Fashion's Night Out' is this Thursday (9/8), and that means free events at clothing stores all over NYC. One of those events takes place at VPL @ 5 Mercer Street in Manhattan. Running from 6-11pm, the "Mercer x Howard Block Party" will feature a performance (DJ set most likely, though they never speficy) by James Murphy "and more". James will also DJ on 9/10 in Columbia, MD at Virgin Freefest (who also initially advertised the performance as "James Murphy solo").

UPDATE: :Block Party is cancelled.

In related news, Tokyo Police Club have been keeping busy releasing cover songs including "All My Friends" by LCD Soundsystem. Listen below...

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Lick yrself clean

James Murphy

The above pictures is a screen shot from the Virgin Freefest lineup announcement video that they posted to YouTube. The girl behind the words exclaims, "James Murphy solo!" as she reads her piece of the September 10th free MD festival lineup. The full lineup, video, poster and press release is below...

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Terminal 5, post LCD - 4/5/11 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Terminal 5

"In New York City, Terminal 5, a 3,000-person venue, has an advantage over similarly sized local theaters. Because it's owned by a local promoter, Bowery Presents, much of the infrastructure -- stage hands, lighting, sound, security, things a band would have to pay for elsewhere -- is in place. This means, Barger says, bands "can make a higher percentage of the earnings in that one room than in any other room in NYC." So even if your favorite mid-sized band would prefer to play a larger venue, one with different acoustics, or one in a different part of town, Terminal 5 can be difficult to resist." [NPR: "The Concert Ticket Food Chain: Where Your Money Goes"]
Cut Copy play their third show in a row at Terminal 5 tonight. The Hold Steady headline the room on Friday. Tickets are still on sale for the latter.

LCD Soundsystem just played there four times. Bao Nguyen was there at the final one, and he made the special video of the last song, which you can watch below...

Continue reading "Terminal 5 "hard to resist" (and check out the video Bao shot of LCD Soundsystem's final moments there)"

by Klaus Kinski

Reggie Watts on stage @ MSG (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Reggie Watts

On Wednesday 3/30, Reggie Watts took time out of his busy schedule collaborating with LCD Soundsystem at Terminal 5 to headline two shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The early show sold out quite in advance, and if I didn't know any better I'd say the second show sold out as well, judging by the massive line of people waiting to get in to the late show as we were leaving. The night got off to a rocky start for me when none of the bartenders honored their usual happy hour drink specials. It even said there'd be a happy hour on the ticket! Luckily for everyone at MHOW, my wet brain has rendered me rather docile and I was paying full price in seconds. Innnywhoozle, to warm up the primarily seated crowd, opener Mark Normand took the stage. In all my years of seeing comedy, I've never managed to see him. As a matter of fact, the only reason his name rung a bell was because he replies "attending" to every single comedy event I also happen to be invited to on Facebook. I just assumed he was some superfan or something. But, good grief, he is freaking hilarious. I really wish I had seen him sooner. Check out his calendar and try and catch him one of these days. His completely non-musical, non-beat-based comedy will blow your mind.

After a super-brief intermission, Reggie came out to a stage festooned with all sorts of gear; samplers, a computer, a keyboard, and more... a larger arsenal than I am used to seeing him with. But I haven't seen him in a while, so maybe this additional gear is part of an evolution that I've missed a lot of lately. Either way, for over an hour Reggie completely tore the roof off the place. Reggie's sets seem to have a life of their own and their progression feels extremely organic and unscripted. His mixture of humour, skills with a sampler and other gadgets, coupled with is seemingly unending well of Franco-German-Russian-Beat-Boxing-HillBilly-accents makes for a spectacle that I cannot believe is sprung from one man's afroed skull. The guy makes me bust a gut as heartily as he blows my mind with his abilities to create insane music. He is absolutely one of my favorite performers of all time and I cannot wait until we have a chance to see him do another long-form show.

And it doesn't look like that wait will be very long because from May 6th through May 22nd Reggie will be at PS122 for a show called Radio Play. Radio Play is the brainchild of Reggie and co-creator Tommy Smith. It is described as follows:

Modeled after radio programs of yesteryear, RADIO PLAY gathers a group of actors, musicians and sound-effects artists to create a surreal sonic entertainment. Songs, stories and soundscapes collide in a comedic mash-up of non-temporal quasi-political pop-cultural tropes.
Even though I have yet to see Radio Play, the basic concept illustrates what makes Reggie one of my favorite performers in the world; he can do a short drop in set at one of NYCs many weekly comedy shows, he can sell out Music Hall of Williamsburg, or he can take the stage and completely dominate a more art-house oriented program. To simply regard him as a 'comedian' is an unfair reduction of one of the greatest performers in NYC.

And if you can't catch him live (or even if you can!), listen to him on CD or vinyl. Reggie released his debut comedy cd/dvd 'Why $#!+ So Crazy?' on Comedy Central Records in May 2010. He has a new album entitled 'Reggie Watts Live at Third Man Records' which became available as a limited edition vinyl in March 2011.

Dates and videos, including one of Reggie talking about his LCD experience, below...

Continue reading "Reggie Watts played 2 shows @ MHOW & 4 LCD Soundsystem gigs, bringing 'Radio Play' to PS122 (and other dates)"

most of the words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

LCD Soundsystem

They played for over 3.5 hours before the sun set on LCD Soundsystem in a cascade of white balloons dropping from the Madison Square Garden ceiling in NYC Saturday night. I wished they played even longer. Everyone I talked to agreed.

But James Murphy and co. gave everything at Madison Square Garden last night (4/2). And the sold-out arena crowd gave in return. For two months - through the initial on-line ticket debacle, the addition of four T5 shows to make up for it, constant hype, and lots of guessing at what guests might turn up (sadly there was no Daft Punk) - it all made this final act in the drama, The Long Goodbye, even more of an event.

People camped on line several hours early to get a coveted spot up front on the floor and most of the crowd adhered to the black and white dress code. Those who didn't stuck out.

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. During the first break, video footage was shown of an interviewer talking to fans outside the venue, Aziz Ansari included.

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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. Liquid Liquid opened the show like they did at the first two Terminal 5 shows. Shit Robot, who opened the second two T5 shows, again made an appearance during the show. Shit Robot and Juan Maclean, for one song, were alien vocalists in mysterious cardboard-looking spaceships that were set up in seats behind the stage (pictures and video below).

Pitchfork streamed the whole show for those who couldn't be there - you could see the cameras all over the place, including on the shoulders of cameramen walking through the GA crowd. Filmmaker Lance Bangs was seen dancing in the crowd and working backstage on the video of the show, and yes the clouds made it to the two screens that were hanging on the sides of the stage.

LCD started with "Dance Yrself Clean" and "Drunk Girls" followed. The first set was breathtaking and included "Daft Punk is Playing in My House." After an intermission, the band tackled most of 45:33. Watts came out for "Part 2" and Murphy spent most of the middle set off in the background letting the band tackle the instrumentals.

The first encore featured a cathartic and riveting "Someone Great" as well as "Losing My Edge" and "Home." For me that block was the highlight. During "Losing My Edge," the video screens featured images of some of the influential bands mentioned. When I looked up I saw The Sonics.

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Their Harry Nilsson cover of "Jump Into The Fire" was part of the final 3-song encore. Murphy, his voice sounding a bit hoarse, paused between songs to thank everyone who came out and everyone who helped put the show together. "Three songs left," "two songs left," and then after saying "this is our last song", and a bit more banter including an admission to his family who was in the audience that he was wearing his dad's watch (as you can hear in the video below), he led the band into their final (ever) number, "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down." It started slow with Murphy even laughing and pausing 'for dramatic effect' but by the end of the raucous outro the crowd was in a frenzy, only for the band to launch back in and cue the balloon drop. As the crowd was preoccupied with balloons of various size descending upon them, the entire band slipped off stage, almost completely unnoticed, and into history.

VIDEO OF THE ENTIRE SHOW (from the stream), and lots more pictures and the full setlist, below...

Continue reading "LCD Soundsystem played their final show @ MSG w/ Liquid Liquid (and Arcade Fire) -- pics, setlist, video of entire show"

Here are some pictures I took of LCD Soundsystem at Bowery Ballroom in 2005...

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LCD Soundsystem play their final show at Madision Square Garden tonight...

today in NYC
* Ken Filiano @ The Stone
* Gabrielle Coen @ The Stone
* Nellie McKay @ Feinstein's
* Graham Parker @ City Winery
* Toubab Krewe, Lynx @ Maxwell's
* Misstallica, Body Talk @ Union Hall
* First Saturday @ Brooklyn Museum
* Cut Copy, Holy Ghost! @ Terminal 5
* Oneida Japan Benefit @ The Ocropolis
* Peter Murphy, Livan @ Highline Ballroom
* Starfucker, Casiokids @ Bowery Ballroom
* Exitmusic, Zaza, Ancient Sky @ Union Pool
* Prisoners of 2nd Avenue @ Bowery Electric
* The Stepkids, Emil & Friends @ Littlefield
* Amos Lee, The Secret Sisters @ Irving Plaza
* Gold Panda, Bikini, Dam Mantle @ Glasslands
* Assembly Of Dust, Moonalice @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Pierre De Gaillande's Bad Reputation @ Zebulon
* WU LYF, Total Slacker, Wise Blood @ Shea Stadium
* Meta & the Cornerstones, City Billies @ 92YTribeca
* Obits, Sundelles, Tijuana Panthers @ The Bell House
* LCD Soundsystem, Liquid Liquid @ Madison Square Garden
* Big Troubles, Lame Drivers, Harpoon Forever @ Cake Shop
* Boat, MiniBoone, Landlady, Creeping Weeds @ The Rock Shop
* Forgetters, Little Victory, Ruffian Arms @ Public Assembly
* Black Breath, Ken Mode, Clean Teeth @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Eddie Spaghetti of The Supersuckers, Uncle Leon & The Alibis @ Europa
* Project Jenny, Project Jan, Indian Rebound, Poor But Sexy @ 285 Kent Ave
* Daedelus, Samiyam, Shlohmo, Cubic Zirconia @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Horns of Happiness, Conversion Party, Bells, Gordon Withers @ Bruar Falls
* JEFF the Brotherhood, Heavy Cream, Hell Beach, Xray Eyeballs, Colleen Green @ Death By Audio
* Food Stamps, Goferboy, Hellacopter City, The Sweet Lowdown, Charlie & The Sheens @ Silent Barn
* Thomas Giles (Between The Buried And Me), Stephen Brodsky (Cave In), Braveyoung @ Santos Party House
* Luke Wesley, Casey Shea Band, Black Bunny, Great Elk, Rachel Brown, Niall Connolly @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Gunter Muller, Taylor Deupree, Norbert Moslang, Lizzi Bougatsos (Gang Gang Dance), Jason Kahn, Richard Kamerman (Unsound Festival) @ Issue Project Room

After their last Cake Shop party got shut down, QxBxRx have moved the party to Public Assembly where Forgetters will again try to play a set.

If you aren't going to be at LCD Soundsystem's final show at Madison Square Garden tonight, you can always watch it live online.

Rebecca Black did not actually get signed to Universal, but she is apparently hosting some aspect of the Kid's Choice Awards today and Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and surprise guests did cover "Friday" on Late Night last night. Watch that below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Saturday? (LCD Soundsystem's final show)"

LCD Soundsystem

As previously mentioned, tonight's final LCD Soundsystem show will be streamed online exclusively on Pitchfork (who at the moment don't seem to have a clear location as to where - their own ad for it just links to their news story about it which doesn't say exactly where the video is.).

If you're going to the show, opener Liquid Liquid goes on at 8. There will be clouds.

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