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The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden - Reissue

    The 10th anniversary of a milestone in the history of LCD Soundsystem will arrive August 6, when DFA Records partners with Parlophone / Warner Music to celebrate The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden; a 5-LP vinyl unabridged recording of LCD Soundsystem’s near four-hour April 2, 2011 show at New York’s Madison Square Garden, and released on 3CD for the very first time.

    Produced and mixed by LCD founder and frontman James Murphy, The Long Goodbye is the ultimate audio document of LCD Soundsystem’s legendary — if not quite final — sold-out Madison Square Garden performance.

    The Long Goodbye show was the lengthiest, most career-spanning LCD Soundsystem has played to date. The album finds the LCD core live band of Murphy, Pat Mahoney, Nancy Whang, Al Doyle, Gavilán Rayna Russom and Tyler Pope joined by a choir, string and horn sections — plus special guest performances including Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Reggie Watts, the Juan MacLean, Shit Robot, Planningtorock, and Shannon Funchess of Light Asylum.


    TRACK LISTING

    The Long Goodbye:
    01 “Dance Yrself Clean”
    02 “Drunk Girls”
    03 “I Can Change”
    04 “Time To Get Away”
    05 “Get Innocuous!”
    06 “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House”
    07 “Too Much Love”
    08 “All My Friends”
    09 “Tired / Heart Of The Sunrise”
    10 “45:33 Intro”
    11 “You Can’t Hide (Shame On You)”
    12 “Sound Of Silver”
    13 “Out In Space”
    14 “Ships Talking”
    15 “Freak Out / Starry Eyes”
    16 “Us V Them”
    17 “North American Scum”
    18 “Bye Bye Bayou”
    19 “You Wanted A Hit”
    20 “Tribulations”
    21 “Movement”
    22 “Yeah”
    23 “Someone Great”
    24 “Losing My Edge”
    25 “Home”
    26 “All I Want”
    27 “Jump Into The Fire”
    28 “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”

    Much like 2011's "London Sessions" (a live set recorded in the wake of their triumphant Glasto performance, "Electric Lady Sessions" captures LCD Soundsystem at the height of their powers in the midst of the riotious "American Dream" tour. Taking over New York's Electric Lady studios in January 2018, the band ripped through some of the finest moments from their latest album alongside fan favourites "You Wanted A Hit", "Get Innocuous" and "Home" as well as a trio of cover versions. 
    Incredibly, the group manage to pack the power, precision and loose limbed energy of their live shows onto wax, most notably when the Talking Heads-styled "Home" morphs into a KDJ-meets-Terje take on Chic's ecstatic "I Want Your Love", an ultimate record geek freak out. UK fans will also enjoy the Sheffield synth pop classics which bookend the set, namely James & co's versions of Human League's epic "Seconds" and Heaven 17’s disco-not-disco killer "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang". The best band in the world at their best folks!

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Seconds
    2. American Dream
    3. You Wanted A Hit
    4. Get Innocuous
    5. Call The Police
    6. I Used To
    7. Tonite
    8. Home
    9. I Want Your Love
    10. Emotional Haircut
    11. Oh Baby
    12. (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang

    LCD Soundsystem

    Oh Baby (Lovefingers Remix) / Oh Baby (Lovefingers Dub)

      Reformed, refreshed and reinvigorated, the most important band of the 21st Century (Patch says!) LCD Soundsystem returned last year with the remarkable "American Dream", their finest album to date. Now, Murphy and co pluck a couple of killers from that masterpiece and hand the stems over to a pair of party fiends and friends for a two part remix series. This second serving sees ESP Institute founder Lovefingers putting his own psychedelic touch on sincere synth serenade "Oh Baby". The New York producer and label head adds a rolling house piano and tripped out textures, reworking the original percussion elements and acid tinged fx into a hypnotic shuffler perfect for extended warm ups and post peak euphoria. In time honoured ESP fashion the off-kilter congas come to party while the arpeggios and sequences of the LCD original take on a "Big City" grandeur. Lovefingers drops the vocal just on time, lending the medicated music a mantra for the ages, then twists us out with pitch bent synth riffs and a nagging bassline. I'd go as far as to say this is my favourite Lovefingers production, and the dub version on the flip is the icing on the cake, doing away with 95% of the vocal, and rinsing the rest through the space echo for added cosmic impact. Straight in the bag I should think!

      TRACK LISTING

      Oh Baby (Lovefingers Remix)
      Oh Baby (Lovefingers Dub)

      LCD Soundsystem

      I Used To (Dixon Retouch) / Pulse (v.1)

        Reformed, refreshed and reinvigorated, the most important band of the 21st Century (Patch says!) LCD Soundsystem returned last year with the remarkable "American Dream", their finest album to date. Now, Murphy and co pluck a couple of killers from that masterpiece and hand the stems over to a pair of party fiends and friends for a two part remix series. First up, Innervisions head and Berlin house legend Dixon takes on the broody, pensive and propulsive "I Used To" and opens it out into a clinical club cut. Reshaping the track into a spacious mix down, Dixon allows maximum room for the icy synth tones to stand out, while the clipped rhythm section is perfectly suited to a Funktion One. Stealing the show though is that most wonderful of things, a non album LCD track. Like "Starry Eyes / Freak Out" and "Hippie Priest Bum-Out" before it (amongst many others), "Pulse (V.1)" sees the NYC ensemble wave goodbye to pop songform and say hello to freeform jamming, this time on a punk funk meets minimal techno trip out. The track builds from the icy arps of a techy synth line, through loose live drums and Blank Tapes organs into a bleeping, squelcho bassline breakdown right out of the Maurice Fulton playbook. After five body moving minutes, the track suddenly veers off into new realms, repurposing those elements first as a tense and claustrophobic snapshot of ambient techno, then as an ecstatic and spiritual experience. Edge intact, LCD are back.

        TRACK LISTING

        I Used To (Dixon Retouch)
        Pulse (V.1)

        LCD Soundsystem

        American Dream

          Deep breaths...headphones on...needle dropped. LCD Soundsystem are back. Seven years after their last long player, and six years since their premature retirement, NYC's era defining, life changing indie-dance/alt-disco/punk-funk legends are back on wax with their fourth LP "American Dream". As the live hats and staccato pulse of "Oh Baby" give way to tender arps, dramatic synth bass and Murhpy's crooning vocals, all seems well in the world once more. Imbued with the same cinematic quality with which "All My Friends" and "Someone Great" stole our hearts a decade ago, this album opener is vintage LCD. One track in and I'm already hooked. "Other Voices" pushes the tempo and picks up the intensity, fusing low slung bass, sizzling 4/4 and buzzing synthwork into the kind of hypnotic, disco-rock groover the world's been crying out for. Backwards guitar solos and strange synth riffs lend a little psychedelic colour while Murphy's vocals, ably supported by Nancy Wang and Korey Richey, retain all the sardonic lyricism of a particularly arch Larry David. Closing the first side out with shimmering synths, slow rolling bass and a moody piano, "I Used To" details a midlife moment of clarity before the squawking guitar, loose groove and Bowie-styled vocals of "Change Yr Mind" bring the punk to the funkshow. Tumbling toms, immersive reverb and distant vocals march around nagging violin and spectral arpeggios on "How Do You Sleep?", creating a gloomy Joy Division ambience which soon bursts into a slo-mo technicolour via chugging percussion and big bass blasts - Far from your average drug ballad, this is gonna bring the house down live! Blasting through the speakers on a tank full of squelching synthbass, snapping electronic percussion and Murphy's trademark half spoken/ half sung vocals, current single "Tonite" picks up the electroid baton from "Yeah" and "Pow Pow" and treats us to relentless barrage of Murphy's needle-point self referencial wit. Hilarious, danceable and deeply on point, this could well be an album standout. Presumeably inspired by his time working on Bowie's "Blackstar", "Call The Police" pairs an achingly sincere, occasionally bleak lyricism with anthemic rock drums and buzzing guitars, relishing in the bittersweet beauty of life. Electro-pop ballad "American Dream" continues the quest for understanding and acceptance in the tough climate of 2017 as Murphy leads us waltzing through the richest synth tones of his career. As we arrive at the final side Murphy et al blitz through the punk inspired rage of "Emotional Haircut", a hair-raiser in the style of early !!! or Outhud, before embracing the existential melancholy of "Black Screen", the medicated lullaby which closes the set with buzzing synth tones and delicate piano. Though this album may lack the immediacy of its predecessors, it offers infinite emotional depth, sincerity and faultless songwriting. Leave your skepticism at the door, this is the best LCD Soundsystem LP to date.


          TRACK LISTING

          1. Oh Baby
          2. Other Voices
          3. I Used To
          4. Change Yr Mind
          5. How Do You Sleep?
          6. Tonite
          7. Call The Police
          8. American Dream
          9. Emotional Haircut
          10. Black Screen 

          LCD Soundsystem

          This Is Happening

            The drip-feed of LCD anticipation ("Bye Bye Bayou", "Pow Pow") is over and "This Is Happening" has finally arrived. A natural extension to previous long player “Sound Of Silver”, this new set contains everything we love about LCD (shouty indie-disco, killer pop hooks, James Murphy's witty musings, big fat electronic noises, proper sing-along anthems and hummable tunes), and is the perfect circle closer on the outfit's trilogy of albums. And if "This Is Happening" is "Sound Of Silver Part 2" (in the best possible way), it is also packed with influences and inspirations from the golden era of music - the late 70s and early 80s (well, that's my golden era anyway!). Murphy's subliminal magpie-like tendencies seep through as Berlin era Bowie and Iggy ("Drunk Girls" and "All I Want" bear more than a passing resemblance to "Boys Keep Swinging" and "Heroes", while "Somebody's Calling Me" hints at "Night Clubbing"), Eno circa "Here Come The Warm Jets", Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra electronics (check that motorik chug on "I Can Change"), disco and classic US new wave radio bands (all skinny ties and drainpipe jeans) all get fed into the LCD song machine. But while other bands might turn out poor one-dimensional pastiches of the music they love, no matter who or what LCD Soundsystem reference, the resulting songs could be by no-one else but themselves. As everyone knows, all the best bands quit while they're still ahead, and as an album that calls time on the LCD Soundsystem idea, "This Is Happening" bows out on a high. As if it was going to do anything else?!


            TRACK LISTING

            1. Dance Yrself Clean
            2. Drunk Girls
            3. One Touch
            4. All I Want
            5. I Can Change
            6. You Wanted A Hit
            7. Pow Pow
            8. Somebody's Calling Me
            9. Home


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