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Video of the Moment #2897: LCD Soundsystem

 
By on Wednesday, 10th October 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Brooklyn electro-rock band LCD Soundsystem came back from the dead, so to speak, following their 2011 breakup, with their fourth studio album ‘American Dream’, released in September 2017. (You can read editor Mary’s Live Gig Video preview of that album back through here.) Now, a year on from the Grammy-nominated LP’s release, James Murphy and company have shared a new promo video for album opener ‘oh baby’, which features a similar and striking theme of potential resurrection.

Directed by American filmmaker Rian Johnson and starring actors Sissy Spacek and David Strathairn, the video for ‘oh baby’ is equal parts science fiction and existential romance. Its dramatic course of action follows the musical evolution of the song through a slow and intriguing rising action to a climactic peak and a determined final scene of resolution, which is left open to the viewer’s interpretation. Without giving away the twist, I’ll simply say that both the music and the visual treatment are riveting from beginning to end, and the character acting over the short course of the promo video is exquisite. Watch and listen for yourself just below.

TGTF’s previous coverage of LCD Soundsystem can be found right back here.

 

Live Gig Video: LCD Soundsystem preview new ‘American Dream’ album with ‘Tonite’

 
By on Monday, 21st August 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

LCD Soundsystem broke up in 2011, and we thought that was going to be in from James Murphy and co. Whether you believe his story that David Bowie provided the impetus to put the band back together or not, if you’re a fan of theirs by any means, you’ll have a reason to celebrate next Friday. ‘American Dream’, their fourth album and the follow-up to 2010’s ‘This is Happening’ will be released on Columbia / DFA Records. Last week, they released this live video of the band, playing LP track ‘Tonite’ while the stage underfoot rotates and the wonky backbeat wubs bounce. LCD Soundsystem always did their own thing, so this video not being an exception isn’t a big surprise. Watch it below. We haven’t written much here on LCD Soundsystem but I never felt they really needed our help, but what we have written about them can be read through here.

 

Kodaline / February 2013 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 11th December 2012 at 4:15 pm
 

BBC Sound of 2013 and MTV Brand New in 2013 entrants Kodaline will be touring the UK in February 2013. Grab your tickets to their tour now. They’ve also just released a new video for their cover of LCD Soundsystem‘s ‘All My Friends’ (watch it after the tour date list).

Kodaline’s debut album ‘In a Perfect World’ drops on the 18th of March 2013; it is preceded by the ‘High Hopes’ EP, out on the 11th.

Thursday 7th February –2013 – York Fibbers
Friday 8th February –2013 – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Saturday 9th February 2013 -– Coventry Kasbah
Monday 11th February 2013 -– Brighton Green Door Store
Tuesday 12th February –2013 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Wednesday 13th February 2013 -– Oxford Jericho Tavern
Thursday 14th February –2013 – London Camden Dingwalls (NME Awards show)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yemmh3bSWfE[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: LCD Soundsystem perform ‘Dance Yrself Clean’ at their final live show at Madison Square Garden in April 2012

 
By on Monday, 11th June 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Influential DFA dance band LCD Soundsystem played their final show ever at New York City’s Madison Square in April 2011, and how convenient: it was all filmed not just for posterity but so it could be turned into a motion picture called ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’. The film will be premiered at a select group of American movie theatres for one night only on the 18th of July but a worldwide release is expected in late summer. To get people excited about the film, they’ve released this performance of ‘Dance Yrself Clean’. Enjoy it below.

I feel pretty lucky I got to see them once at Roskilde 2 years ago; you can read about that experience here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUecSR_kCQs[/youtube]

 

In the Post #86: Gorillaz featuring James Murphy and Andre 3000 – Do Ya Thing

 
By on Tuesday, 6th March 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

Outkast’s Andre 3000, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Blur’s Damon Albarn are all in one room. Genius ensues yes? Need I write more? Yes. It would be rude not too.

‘Do Ya Thing’ is upbeat and full of quirkiness. No, it’s not a ‘Clint Eastwood’ or a ‘Dare’, it’s more of a ‘Stylo’ (review here) in my eyes. No, it hasn’t got Bobby Womack in his immense coolness, but it has got a rhythm that will have your toes tapping at an alarming rate. “You wanna do it / but you don’t know what you doin’ baby / A-a-a-a-aha / you wanna feel it / but you don’t know what you’re feeling tonight!” What an epitomization of the wild party that Gorillaz seem to be post-‘Plastic Beach’, with Andre 3000 giving an extremely Outkast touch to the proceeding with his ridiculously quick lyrics.

The synths are classic Gorillaz: they manage to be exciting without being exciting in the slightest. However, the level of effort seems to be low at best. It’s as if the three of them just sat in a room, got a repeated beat and did their thing (excuse the pun.)

Not anything special by any stretch of the imagination, but something to be cherished seeing as it is Gorillaz and a pair of other A-listers.

6/10

This song is available free for download from this Converse link. Oddly, this song appears to be directly linked to a campaign for a Gorillaz-themed, limited edition series of Converse Chuck Taylor trainers (see more here).

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcfETdUEVN4[/youtube]

 

Video(s) of the Moment #679: LCD Soundsystem

 
By on Friday, 13th January 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

LCD Soundsystem is, if you recall, now defunct. (I think I know some people who are still in the red after going up to see them play Madison Square Garden one last time in 2011.) However, that didn’t stop them from finally making a video for their cover of Franz Ferdinand‘s ‘Live Alone’, a song they recorded for a special Record Store Day release. Trust James Murphy to make this sleazy song even sleazier. To help you recall the original, I’ve also embedded below Franz’s live performance of the song at Oxford Street HMV in 2009. (Yes. That was over 2 years ago. Yes. Where have all the years gone? We are getting old.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPxLv8ZLnJU[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT3xeo9uNE4[/youtube]

 
 
 

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