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Video of the Moment #254: LCD Soundsystem

By on Monday, 19th April 2010 at 6:00 pm

Here is one weird promo video for LCD Soundsystem‘s ‘Drunk Girls’.

If men dressed as women, mens’ pants, graffiti, and pandas getting drunk on champagne offend you, then by all means skip this. If however weird is just your thing and you’re in the mood for some shenanigans, we dedicate this to you.


‘This is Happening’ from LCD Soundsystem will be released in the UK on 17 May by EMI. Click here for TGTF’s review of the album.


Album Review: LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening

By on Monday, 19th April 2010 at 2:00 pm

Isn’t the title of ‘This is Happening’, LCD Soundsystem‘s third album to be released in mid-May, a bit cocky, as if a prediction of success at its ultimate destination, the dance clubs? James Murphy hinted to American music magazine Rolling Stone that this will be the last LCD Soundsystem album ever, which could be interpreted as a threat (as in ‘this is the end, catch us while you can my peeps!’) or a graceful bowing out to let the 21st century wave of dance punk wunderkinder shine. After listening to this album, I sincerely hope the co-founder of DFA Records was joking because he and LCD Soundsystem have recorded some fantastic tracks for ‘This is Happening’, indicating there is more ground they could cover in future releases.

‘Dance Yrself Clean’ starts far too mellow. But hang in there, because then the dance groove kicks in, getting your toes tapping. The second track, ‘Drunk Girls’, has received universal kudos but for me it’ll have to be a grower. Maybe the reason I don’t immediately like it has to do with having been on the receiving end of shouty dialogue from pissed boys at gigs who sound eerily like Murphy does in this song. I’m telling you, if you think the ‘Drunk Girls’ single is great, just wait until you hear the rest of the album. Most of it anyway.

The drumming is amazing on ‘One Touch’. If any of these tracks were destined for dancefloor greatness, I think this is it (after it’s been remixed and trimmed a bit). Or possibly I spoke too hastily: the understated but wickedly good groove of ‘You Wanted a Hit’ sounds guaranteed to get hipsters on the floor, booty shaking into the wee hours of the morning. Indeed, while listening to this album I got the distinct feeling that the best way to appreciate most of this music is by hearing it blasted out by an Ibizan DJ and being able to let your hair down with a sweaty dance crowd. And maybe after having one too many mojitos.

‘All I Want’ is swirly goodness, the only problem being the squealing dissonant notes that stick out like a sore thumb above the rest of the rhythm just gently chugging away in the background to Murphy’s dreamy vocals. Similar likeable beats feature in ‘I Can Change’; some people think lyrics to dance tracks are insipid, but this track has the lovely refrain of “I can change, I can change, I can change / if it helps you fall in love”. Lovely stuff to dance to while falling in love with someone under the mirrorball, just classic.

More challenging is ‘Pow Pow’, which features Murphy rapping over a bouncy rhythm, then shouting “pow!” over and over again with female singers (the DFA Celestial Choir perhaps?). I know I shouldn’t find it humourous but I do. This is followed by the quieter ‘Someone’s Calling Me’, which definitely confused me with its fingersnaps, understated instrumentation and overall unsettling, spidery feeling. In the end, Murphy brings things round full circle with the closer ‘Home’, which brings the serious dance beats back into the fold. But surely Murphy and LCD Soundsystem don’t need my endorsement. You know that this album is going to do amazingly well on the UK charts come May.


‘This is Happening’, the third official album by LCD Soundsystem, will be released on 17 May 2010 in the UK on EMI. The album can be streamed through their official Web site and can be ordered through iTunes here.


LCD Soundsystem / April and May 2010 UK tour

By on Wednesday, 27th January 2010 at 9:00 am

The rather fantastic LCD Soundsystem have announced a string of 2010 UK shows for April and May

Friday 23rd April 2010 – London O2 Academy Brixton
Saturday 24th April 2010 – London O2 Academy Brixton
Monday 26th April 2010 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Tuesday 27th April 2010 – Leeds O2 Academy
Wednesday 28th April 2010 – Glasgow Barrowlands
Thursday 29th April 2010 – Glasgow Barrowlands
Saturday 1st May 2010 – Manchester Academy
Sunday 2nd May 2010 – Bristol O2 Academy


MP3 of the Day #113: LCD Soundsystem

By on Saturday, 24th October 2009 at 10:00 am

LCD Soundsystem bbbayou-thmb-mp3Ladies and gentlemen, you have been called back to the dancefloor. James Murphy and his LCD Soundsystem are set to release their third album in March 2010. Ahead of this, the outfit are offering up ‘Bye Bye Bayou’ as a free MP3 download from the forthcoming album. I heard the superb cover of Alan Vega‘s tune on last Thursday’s edition of Steve Lamacq’s Roundtable, with Florence (and the Machine) Welch, former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker,, and Romeo Stodart from the Magic Numbers all giving it their thumbs-up.

Visit LCD Soundsystem’s official Web site to snag this beauty. Hurry: Parlophone, their record label, has only allowed 20,000 downloads. So once they’re gone, you’ll have to wait until 7 November for the vinyl release and 14 November for the digital.


Connect Festival announces more bands for its lineup

By on Wednesday, 18th April 2007 at 5:58 pm

I’d never heard of Connect festival before yesterday, when I saw that their lineup had been announced. Wow. Whilst they don’t have bands who have the mass appeal of the likes of Arctic Monkeys (booo! Hisss!) or Snow Patrol, they do have some truley innovative, exciting and interesting bands that make you have faith in the music industry for once.

On the Friday they have:
Beastie Boys
The Jesus and Mary Chain
The Go! Team
CSS (Boooo! Hiss!!)
Nouvelle Vague
King Creosote
James Yorkston
Alex Smoke
Trashcan Sinatras

On the Saturday they have:
Primal Scream
Teenage Fanclub
The Divine Comedy
Modest Mouse
Sons & Daughters
Rilo Kiley
Vashti Bunyan
The Black Dog
The Only Ones
The New Pornographers

On the Sunday they have:
LCD Soundsystem

Big Star
The Polyphonic Spree
My Latest Novel
Tilly & The Wall
Patrick Wolf

(my favourites in italics, in case you didn’t know!)


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