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LCD Soundsystem

"In the 3 years since I've seen the band, they've become an even tighter and more powerful live act. Even songs I was not really a fan of on their records were delivered with such focused abandon that it was impossible to not shake a head or foot in timed unison. Stylistically, the songs and band seamlessly weaved in a rich cross-section of record geek "hip" subgenres (disco, electro, hip hop, no wave, new wave, post punk) with a decidedly nyc flair. Murphy takes his talking points in the definitive "Losing My Edge" as both an ironic critique of "hipster" authenticity and a genuine sonic blueprint for his own music and artistic influences" [In This Game a Minute]
LCD Soundsystem and Holy Ghost! finished up their four-night run at Terminal 5 in NYC last night (5/23). They played the venue Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (there was also an official afterparty at Highline Ballroom on Saturday night). Pictures from the first night, are HERE (where you'll also find Holy Ghost's setlist). Pictures from night two are in this post.

The LCD setlist was exactly the same all four nights. According to Anon 4:33, James "commented on wanting to change up the set list for Sunday, but then said 'fuck it' and didn't. ok." That setlist is below.

And the (UK) numbers are in:

For the first time in 16 years, the Rolling Stones top the U.K. album chart, after their reissued 1972 album "Exile On Main St" (Polydor/Universal) hit No. 1. U.S. hip-hop artist B.O.B. debuted at the singles summit with "Nothing On You" (Rebel Rock/Grand/HustleAtlantic/Warner Music) featuring Bruno Mars...

...long-running favorite dance act, LCD Soundsystem, got a No. 7 debut with "This Is Happening" (DFA) and Alicia Keys' "The Element of Freedom" (J/Sony Music Entertainment) raced 21-8. [Billboard]

Those numbers are not to be confused with the U.S. Nielsen Soundscan numbers - a contest The National scored #3 in, one week earlier. This week's U.S. chart coming soon.

No rest for LCD Soundsystem right now. The band, along with Holy Ghost!, are already playing their next show in Montreal tonight (5/24). This summer they'll hit festivals all over the world. In the U.S. it's Sasquatch (next weekend), Pitchfork, Bonnaroo, and ACL. All dates, more pictures from Friday, videos (including one of the balloons dropping) and the setlist, below...

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photos by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Holy Ghost! - Say My Name (MP3)

"Good luck trying to find a better live show than the one LCD Soundsytem just put on at Terminal 5." - Jon Cohen


Holy Ghost! played their 2nd live show as a full band last night at Terminal 5 in NYC (5/20) (they went on at 8:30). Their six song set included a guest appearance by Penguin Prison, "Say My Name" (download it above, get it on their new EP) and "Jam for Jerry". Their full setlist is below.

Holy Ghost's first-ever show was a private show Saturday night at Under 100. Their third is tonight (Friday, 5/21), again at Terminal 5, and again opening for LCD Soundsystem. In fact, they open every LCD show from now until June 9th, and for Hot Chip at Summerstage. All dates below.

LCD Soundsystem went on at 9:30 and played for two hours, long encore included. The encore included a cover of Empire State of Mind - that's when the balloons came down, which they tacked on to NY I Love You.

The bands seemed to be having some technical difficulties. James said it's nice to be able to sleep in his own bed before each of the four NYC shows they're doing at the venue through Sunday.

More pictures, a video, setlists and more dates below..

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LCD Soundsystem @ Webster Hall in April (more by Ryan Muir)
LCD Soundsystem

"New York likes art stars. When I was in DFA, we were seen as these crazy guys throwing these drug parties connected to some fashion show. That was cool to people. Now I'm just a guy in a band. I suppose what happened is that I spent my whole life wanting to be cool, but eventually came to recognise the mechanism of how coolness works. So it's not really that I don't want to be cool any more - it's more like I've come to realise that coolness doesn't exist the way I once assumed."
[says James Murphy to Chuck Klosterman]

LCD Soundsystem kick off their four-night Terminal 5 run tonight (Thursday, 5/20). All four shows are opened by Holy Ghost! and are/were sold out (you can check Ticketmaster as they always release tickets to shows). We have one pair to give away for tonight. Details below.

LCD's new album "This is Happening" is out (you can get it at insound and iTunes). AT iTunes you get a a bonus track - a cover of Paperclip People's "Throw". Reviews range from Best New Music to "LCD Soundsystem can do, and has done, much better" to "You wonder how he could share lyrics so half-baked" to "Despite occasional flashes of brilliance this is a patchy, derivative work."

After the T5 show on Saturday there's an after-party with DJs James Murphy, Pat Mahoney and plenty of friends at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are on sale. More details in the flyer, with the contest details and the new video for "Bye Bye Bayou" below...

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ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)

October 8-10, 2010 | Zilker Park, Austin, TX

"The Austin City Limits Music Festival began as a modest, two-day event and now, as it enters it's 9th year, has become a perennial American music experience. Taking place at the heart of Austin, Texas in the legendary Zilker Park, ACL Festival has grown to 3 days, 8 stages and over 130 bands."

Tickets go on sale today. The 2010 ACL lineup is below...

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record store day @ Permanent Records in Greenpoint (autovac)
Record Store Day

Hi everyone...

We at Permanent Records just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you so much for making this year's Record Store Day the unbelievably huge success that it was. You all helped make it the biggest weekend we've ever had, and we sincerely thank all of you for your continued support of our little record store. Hopefully you managed to get most (if not all) of the Record Store Day exclusives you were looking for. If you'd like to see photos from the big day (which, if you were at the front of the line that morning, you are probably in), click here.

We do still have some of the Record Store Day exclusives in stock... so if you haven't made it in to check out some of these limited new releases, it's still not too late! They're on display, right in front of you as you walk into the store.

So, since we're still recovering from the mayhem of this weekend, we're taking a break from our New In Stock / Back In Stock mailer this week. Rest assured, we have plenty of new records available this week, but if you wanna know what they're are, you'll just have to come in and look for them. You know, like old times.

Thanks again everyone. We truly appreciate your business.

-The P-Recs Staff

Mystery of Two were the house band at Permanent Records on that day. The Drums and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart performed sets at Other Music. Billboard reports (via) that "this year's Record Store Day was, again, a success when measured by awareness, turnout and sales."
- Other Music had their best single day in their 14 year history.
- The Sound Garden had their busiest day in years, outpacing Christmas sales for the past couple of years.
- Vintage Vinyl sold more stuff on RSD than any other day in the stores' history.
- Twist N Shout reported the best sales they've ever had in a single day.
- RSD 2010 was Sonic Boom's single biggest sales day in their 12 year history.
- Silver Platters' sales on RSD 2010 were up 80% from last year (which were up 20% from the year before).
- Exclusive Company's RSD 2010 sales increased 102% from RSD 2009.
- Dimple did twice as much in sales from last year's RSD event.
And those numbers don't even count the RSD records that (some) stores are (allegedly) just throwing right on eBay.

Record Store Day video interviews and performances and stuff, some taped at Coachella, below...

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LCD Soundsystem @ Coachella (more by Rachel Carr)
LCD Soundsystem

5/20 - sold out
5/21 - sold out
5/22 - sold out
5/23 - ON SALE NOW


Holy Ghost! opens all four dates.

photos by Rachel Carr

Coachella 2010 Outtakes

"An aggregate 225,000 people bought tickets to see a [Coachella] roster headlined by Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz during the April 16-18 event at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio.

The previous attendance record was set in 2007, when the headliners included a reunited Rage Against the Machine. Final figures are still being tallied, but AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips said the gross will exceed $20 million.

Phillips said the future looked bleak for AEG Live's nascent All Points West festival, which took place in 2008 and 2009 across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J.

"We're probably going to kill it," said Phillips. "As beautiful as (the site) is, it's very hard to get New Yorkers to cross that river. All Points West is an experiment that just didn't work." [Reuters]

The 2010 edition of Coachella actually began excactly one week ago today, and we already posted full picture sets from: DAY ONE, DAY TWO and DAY THREE. Now here is one last group that contains unposted outtakes from all three...

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photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer

Jay-Z, Beyonce & Johnny Rotten
Coachella 2010
Coachella 2010

This year, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival reveals that tattoos are more ubiquitous among social scenes than ever before. A walking museum of quotes and legendary faces from Jesus to Michael Jackson decorates the backs, shoulders, calves and fingers of people fashionably reliving their favorite historical decades at this heat-stroke inducing music marathon.

I thought Wale didn't show up, but later found out that he showed up late. Baroness demonstrated the art of rocking out at least three to five times before each song reached a satisfied climax. Metal can be a real turn on, especially surrounded by sweaty good-looking people. Deer Tick performed an R+B version of "Ashamed" followed by John McCauley caressing his nipples. LA band Iglu and Hartly had enthusiasm, but is this Mickey Avalon without the drugs and prostitutes? Which leaves what? Sleigh Bells began with a booty melting bass line palpable from the VIP section across the field, soon overtaken by hipster hop metal pop for people that like beaches and children. The Avett Brothers made an exciting second Coachella appearance on the Outdoor Stage. Two years ago, the band played Sunday gospel time, all manners and simplicity, but the Bros returned with a full band, and a few thousand people singing every word, stomping to the banjo, and hugging during the sweet parts. The banjo will take over America. Just wait. Country music is infiltrating avant-garde and above ground indie worlds alike.

Standing midway between the big stages, just a few feet from yet another girl with the words "Have u seen my friend Molly?" scrawled on her back, the Avett Brothers' heart-wrenching "January Wedding" got a reggaeton remix from Calle 13 booming on the Main Stage. This Puerto Rican dancefloor marvel used a tea kettle for a mic effect, and taught the audience to say "No me jodas las pelotas" against negativity ("Don't fuck my balls"). Speaking of balls, Yeasayer's crowd went absolutely nuts screaming, but the guys barely seemed aware, transported as they were to some space station cloud. The harmonies rocked like angelic aliens-but, smile, guys. Hockey demonstrated a genuine interest in moving indie rock standards forward, especially attracting the PG-13 festival contingency. M. ward raspy singing "Roll Over Beethoven" during She & Him's set delivered tingly shivers, but Zooey Deschanel's approach to "I Put A Spell On You" did not crumble souls. Her jazzy voice and bouncy energy otherwise made for a good time that elicited repetitive shouts of "I Love You!" from the first row.

Gil Scott-Heron
Coachella 2010

Music should be at least marginally weird or infinitely classic, but Tom Morello's band, Street Sweeper Social Club, brings nothing new to either category and so seems a waste of great musicians. Get weird or the future will never arrive. That being said, the musicians Coachella digs up from history often present the most exciting moments. Rock steady ska pioneers The Specials sent a crispy, warm message to Rudy that every witness appreciated immensely, but it was outrageous that barely any photographers showed up for Gil Scott-Heron's smooth, soulful set [editor's note: ours did!]. The man is partly responsible for getting Martin Luther King, Jr. a holiday, godfathered hip hop, and that doesn't merit attention? A large crowd attended his every word, but the photos won't show it. Later on, James Murphy screamed Gil Scott-Heron's name during "Losing My Edge" as if it were the name of God. Glad he gets it. LCD Soundsystem's first single in 2002, "Losing My Edge" is a historical document worth preserving for the ages, an essence that speaks to what Coachella seems bent on capturing and rewriting every year. Echo & The Bunnymen rode the high-hat zealously-as many have copied since-giving chapped lips sugar kisses. Public Image, Ltd., could not take Jay-Z's audience away from him nor unglue Fever Ray fans from Karin Dreijer Andersson's encompassing fog spell, but I'll be damned if PiL wasn't the best show all day. John Lydon's hair stood on edge and he rolled his rrrr's heroically. His gang of old men put the good junk in post-punk.

As this first 12 hour music summary comes to a close, a few acts remain worth giving a hoot about. Grizzly Bear's hypnotic power hardly needs mentioning and Vampire Weekend knows you love "Horchata." New cool La Roux magnetizes with a disco flavor that Anita Ward might approve. As hoped, Little Dragon's gentle fire breathing soul pop fronted by Yukimi's sexy voice and adorable stage presence comes in as Friday's second favorite. The music's weird enough, bent on discovering surprises. One-woman band Imogen Heap, as well, is the queen of surprises. She moves around her instruments, looping this and dubbing that as if casually mixing a magic potion or prepping a sandwich. Jay-Z's "On To The Next One" is an appropriate theme song for the attention span needed to get your money's worth at Coachella. And then Beyonce came out. We all bowed down before her short shorts.

Them Crooked Vultures, Passion Pit, Dillinger Escape Plan, Yo Gabba Gabba, and The Whitest Boy Alive also played sets on Friday. The Cribs were among those who could not. Coachella continues for a second day today/Saturday (Record Store Day). More pictures and videos and stuff from the first day, below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

"The LCD Soundsystem show last night at Webster Hall was hands-down, one of the best live shows I've seen in years. Absolutely stupendous." - DJ Bunny Ears

LCD Soundsystem

"floor was literally shaking last night. I felt it and just stood still to see if my mind was playing tricks on me but the floor was taking me up and down on its own. and only the people in the front right were really jumping and dancing. if the entire venue was jumping and dancing i wonder how the floor would have moved." [Anonymous]
If I wasn't having so much trouble keeping my eyes open right now, I would write more about how excellent last night's (4/12) Webster Hall show was. I might attempt to compare it more to the life-changing (don't get mad at me for being overly excited and slightly exaggerating) event that was Thursday's gig at Music Hall of Williamsburg, but let's just say that Webster Hall was also awesome, but different due to the band opening with the new song "Pow Wow" off the new leaked album that a less-drunk (which is a good or bad thing depending on your point of view) James Murphy begged the crowd not to leak (it leaked just a few hours earlier) from the stage. Pow Wow was one of three new songs they played, but the only one they were playing for the first time (they also played Drunk Girls and I Can Change at Music Hall). I almost didn't go to Webster Hall because I didn't want to be disappointed, but then I couldn't resist and I'm glad I did.

Next up for the band is Coachella followed by a tour and then three shows at Terminal 5 (I'm definitely going to at least one of those) (and then more touring). The setlist and more pictures from Webster Hall, below...

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photos by Benjamin Lozovsky

LCD Soundsystem

A post about last night's Webster Hall show is coming, but I just noticed that tickets are on sale for a third LCD Soundsystem show at Terminal 5 (May 22). The first two (May 20-21) are now listed as sold out. Meanwhile a 2nd set of pictures from the Music Hall of Williamsburg show (which I happened to have ready to go), continues below....

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Modest Mouse @ Terminal 5 in March 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse will join Faith No More and Nas & Damian Marley (tickets) as one of the acts set to play at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn this summer. Their Friday, July 23rd show will be ticketed/non-free (like the others mentioned). Tickets go on sale Friday at noon (which is when the just-added Faith no More show goes on sale too).

Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is a week after they play the Pitchfork Festival which recently updated its lineup. New acts playing the Chicago fest include Big Boi, Major Lazer, Neon Indian, Beach House, Free Energy, Local Natives, Robyn & more. Check that out in full below. Single day tickets are still on sale.

Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is one day after they play one in NJ.

Modest Mouse will be reissuing their third album, The Moon & Antarctica, on vinyl for its 10th anniversary, on Record Store Day - this Saturday, April 17th. "The album features restored original artwork and replicates the infinite lock groove found in the original vinyl pressings of 2000. The new vinyl reissue includes a download card for the album." All dates the the P4K Fest lineup, below...

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LCD Soundsystem

As promised, LCD Soundsystem are following up their Thursday night show at Music Hall with a Monday gig at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale!

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.

LCD Soundsystem

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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Drunk Girls

More tickets go on sale at 4pm for tonight's LCD Soundsystem show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. If you don't get in, don't worry I hear there may be another show in NYC after tonight and before Coachella.

There will also be a real video for their first single "Drunk Girls" coming soon. Unhappy with the unofficial video floating around, James Murphy and crew released a trailer for the real one with a note "here it comes. a drunk girls vid that doesn't have pictures of vomiting college girls!" You can watch the trailer (but not the unofficial video because it has been removed from all video sites), below...

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Ticketmaster is being screwy. Some people can get LCD Soundsystem tickets. Some can't. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to why except that I think Ticketmaster screws up when they list a show a few minutes before it goes on sale. When a show gets listed it has to pass through their zillion identical servers and it isn't on all of them yet.

Tickets go on AmEx & "Fan Club" presale at 10am for the Hold Steady show at Beacon Theatre, and I agree, it's weird that they're playing a seated venue.

Tickets go on AmEx & 'Fan Club' presale at 10am for the acoustic Willie Nelson show at Grand Ballroom. This will probably be a seated show (Grand Ballroom can go either way).

LCD Soundsystem

Tickets (which I'm not 100% sure yet will be visible at that link) go on sale at 9am. All dates, many of them announced after the Terminal 5 shows were announced, and including Coachella which is 9 days from the time I'm typing this, below...

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Tickets went on sale at midnight for May 20th and May 21st LCD Soundsystem shows at NYC's Terminal 5. A new song "Drunk Girls", ("the first single from the third and final LCD Soundsystem album. The as yet titled album is due out May 17th on DFA and Parlophone"), can be heard in the video below...

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LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem has confirmed May 18 as the U.S release date of its as yet untitled third album. The record will be released on DFA/Virgin in the U.S. and will consist of the [the songs listed below]:

The record's release will be supported by a world tour beginning with an April 16 penultimate slot at the Coachella festival in Indio CA and continuing with a run of UK/Europe headline dates (several of which have sold out well in advance and necessitated added dates) and further worldwide festival appearances.

One of those other festival dates is the just-announced Camp Bisco. Album tracklist and all dates below...

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We'll get a more complete press release in the morning (and confirm what is listed below is 100% correct), but in the meantime below is a picture of the 2010 Sasquatch poster (that someone Tweeted) and the lineup as read by Bradford Cox at tonight's Atlas Sound show in Seattle (and being listed all over the Internet)....

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Stevie Wonder

After a hectic day of updating the constantly updating Bonnaroo lineup page, the entire thing has been announced. Gwar, Norah Jones, and the rest of the lineup below...

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Pitchfork Fest

the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival will be held at Chicago's Union Park on July 16 - 18. We are pleased to announce the first batch of bands slated to perform, as well as proclaim that tickets are on sale today at 12 PM CST! This year's festival welcomes the highly anticipated return of legendary band Pavement as they make one of their first appearances since reuniting! Pavement will perform on Sunday night. Friday features indie-rock, chart-topping mainstays Modest Mouse, while Saturday and Sunday sees performances by LCD Soundsystem, Raekwon, Here We Go Magic, St. Vincent, Lightning Bolt, Cass McCombs and Sleigh Bells. Stay tuned, as more bands will be announced in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Sleigh Bells will be keeping busy by touring with both Yeasayer and Major Lazer. Pavement's first North American reunion date so far is Coachella. The list of confirmed Pitchfork bands, by date, is below...

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YACHT @ BK Bowl's DFA CMJ Party (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)

Electro-pop duo YACHT will be going on tour this February/March with Bobby Birdman. One of the only announced US dates (vs. Canada) will be at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, March 11th with MNDR. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at noon.

YACHT's 2009 DFA album See Mystery Lights brought them on tour around the world (and to IFC's Dinner with the Band). They made video diaries of most trips - China, South Korea and Brazil are below.

On that same label are LCD Soundsystem, who are playing Coachella and working on a new album. A clip from the making of that (James Murphy is really pleased with his mansion/studio) and tour footage from YACHT's 2009 travels are below...

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Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....

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Daft Punk

Daft Punk's first album had helped refresh house music in the mid 1990s; the second went further, rewriting electronic pop's pleasure principles to such a degree that when it came out a lot of people thought Discovery must be a put-on. They took the joy in the record for irony. Rather, the band had simply plunged into the raw popstuff of their 70s childhoods, from AOR to disco, Buggles to Manilow, rock to robotics. They wanted their listeners to get the rush of context-free delight they had hearing music as kids, and on "Aerodynamic" and "Digital Love" they succeeded wildly, dissolving a decade-plus of dance music good taste. And not all of Discovery looked back. The middle of the album is house music as string theory, with the duo finding dimensions of pleasure coiled within the tiniest loops: "Crescendolls" releases an awesome, gleeful energy by repeatedly triggering one five-second sample.

Discovery was simply the decade's best good-times record, with Daft Punk as pyramid-toting party wizards and the chipmunk Kraftwerk of "Harder Better Faster Stronger" their anthem. But this most celebratory of records has a bittersweet streak, too: Daft Punk know that a rush always carries the risk of exhaustion. Perhaps the album's most underappreciated track is the sad but gorgeous "Short Circuit", a three-minute robot graveyard of crumbled transistors and dying LEDs. But from Romanthony's first blissful, vocoded shout of "one more time!" the dominant emotion on Discovery is joy. A joy that wasn't afraid to be sentimental and funny as well as hard and futuristic, and is all the better for that. When a generation looks back and tries to catch a fuzzy hold of the music that made them happy this decade, Daft Punk's will be top of the list. --Tom Ewing [Pitchfork]

Daft Punk grabbed the #3 spot on Pitchfork's list of the Top 200 albums of the 2000s (now fully announced) (yesterday they were only up to #21). The top 20 are also listed below...

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