LCD Soundsystem release two new songs (listen), give update on new LP
UPDATE: Two new LCD songs -- "Call the Police" and "American Dream" -- at midnight on May 5. It's a global release which means if you live in Australia, you can listen to them now. And because it's the internet, you can probably listen to them wherever you are if you look hard enough. Zane Lowe just played them both on his Beats 1 Radio show, and Steve Lemaq played "Call the Police" on BBC 6Music show "Roundtable" where guests rate new records. In this case: Sarah Cracknell (Saint Etienne) and Mark Morriss (The Bluetones). Listen here:
North America has to officially wait for those songs to appear, but the Spotify link is below.
UPDATE 2: Both songs are official out everywhere:
For more info on the new LP, the new songs, upcoming tour plans and more, Here it is straight from the horses mouth:
in other news, we're releasing 2 songs tonight at midnight (and i mean, literally, midnight. wherever you are. so, like, australia first, and so on and so forth) via the digital things that people use now on their devices. these songs are named "call the police" and "american dream". we played them both at brooklyn steel. they're new. i (james) mixed "american dream" DFA Studios, and my friend dave sardy mixed "call the police" at his sweet place in LA last week, and shuttled them quickly to the great bob weston (at Chicago Mastering Service) to master them so we could get them out today.
seriously almost done with the LP. 1 more vocal and 2 more mixes to go. as eager as folks have been for me to get this done, it's got nothing on how much i want to be finished myself. it's been one of the most enjoyable records to make in my life, if not the most fun ever (i think it is, for sure, the happiest i've ever been making a record.) so it will be sad in some ways to see it leave the house etc., but we're really looking forward to not feeling "late" all the time, and being able to do things like plan a weekend to do something fun. or respond to an email about eating with a friend with something other than "i'm sorry! i'm totally buried in the LP! check with me in a month?"
so, to answer some inevitable questions:
Q. but when is the ALBUM coming out!?!! gahh! SERiously!!
A. that's hard to say in specific, but here's some info. i insist that there is vinyl on the day it's released (because... well... because i'm an old person) so it will go like this: finish last mix > get to bob to master > get masters to pressing plant > plant takes X amount of time > records get to distro so that they can go to stores > record released. however long that takes = when the record will be out. i can control the first part, and i'm furiously trying to get everything to bob before shellac goes on tour and that pushes things further back, and then there's the jockeying for position in line at pressing plants, and various other things i don't control nor fully understand, but i've been assured by folks i trust that there are a series of fast runners in sweat wicking clothing waiting at the line for the baton to then bolt forward...
Q. is there vinyl of this release?!?
A. no. see above. time makes that hard. also, these are album versions, so they'll be available on vinyl on the LP. i'm not doing "b-sides" for this, as this is, essentially, a "double A side" release. meaning that there isn't one song i'm like "oh this is THE song" and another song that i'm like "well, this one can go on the other side" with these. it's not a 7", nor a 10" nor a 12", in theory or format for me... these are just 2 songs that we wanted to get out to the lovely and patient (and some less patient, but one assumes equally lovely) people who want new music. there may be "singles" on vinyl of these later, if that seems to make sense and not be dumb. depends on whether there are smart things to put on a b-side. they're not necessarily things i'd want remixes of, so it's more about whatever else would go with the songs. there is a LOT of new music--much more than i usually have, so we're puzzling through all that.
Q. are you guys playing any SHOWS?? near ME??
A. well, that depends on where you live. but our plan is indeed to play shows near where people live. and no, not just festivals. that's all being planned as well. we loved playing the Brooklyn Steel shows, and we're just in a funny place, in terms of understanding what size venues/how many nights we should play in various places. we generally prefer medium sized venues over huge ones, but we also loathe overpriced stubhub bullshit, so we're navigating this as best we can. honestly, a lot of this is down to me (james, still) being difficult when talking to our very lovely and capable managers and agents w/r/t larger venues... i'm always like "that seems insane!" when a properly big venue is proposed, since we've only ever played hollywood bowl, red rocks and MSG, all of which were "special" shows, so it's just hard to get our heads around the fact that maybe many more people that we assumed want to see us perhaps DO want to see us. it's been a very nice revelation, but oh dear it's still hard to make sense of.
what we don't want: us in some mega-dome (looking like we think we belong in some mega-dome) playing to 1/16th of a full room, while someone says things like "well, we can curtain off the balconies so it doesn't look so bad," after telling us "you have to charge $180 a ticket for it to make any sense."
what we also don't want: tickets to our shows being sold for $1000 on eBay, and people who like our band standing outside crying because they bought some bogus barcode from some shit-heel scalper.
what we want: full shows that aren't so big that you feel like you need binoculars to see if pat is actually behind the drums or if it's louis ck or something.
anyway, this has been a communication from the desk of JM. now i need to get some oatmeal and go to work.
As mentioned, LCD Soundsystem are the musical guests on this weekend's Saturday Night Live. (Chris Pine of Star Trek and Wonder Woman hosts.) With the band having debuted new songs at their Brooklyn Steel run, and a new album "almost done," it would figure that at least one of their two SNL songs would be new, and the band have confirmed that on facebook, as you can see above.
Meanwhile, a Redditor points out that new LCD Soundsystem songs "Call the Police" and "American Dream" -- both of which were debuted at Brooklyn Steel -- have been submitted for licensing registration, with "Call the Police" being officially 7:02 minutes long and "American Dream" being 6:13 minutes long. This could indicate we might be hearing something official sooner than later, and it wouldn't be surprising to get some sort of LCD Soundsystem announcement right before or right after SNL.
Watch the this weekend's SNL promo, featuring LCD's "Dance Yourself Clean," below.