LCD Soundsystem’s Triumphant Return

April 9th, 2010

LCD Soundsystem – Music Hall of Williamsburg – April 8, 2010

(Photo: Jared Levy)

(Photo: Jared Levy)

News traveled quickly that LCD Soundsystem planned to play a surprise gig at Music Hall of Williamsburg. And as soon as the tickets went on sale early Wednesday morning, the greater Internet community swarmed, swiftly selling out the impromptu show. Such is the demand for the music of James Murphy—the DFA Records’ pioneer with a reputation for creating, managing and producing internationally renowned dance music. With a third and potentially final LP, This Is Happening, slated for release next month, Murphy and the rest of LCD Soundsystem, chose to warm up before a long summer of touring begins.

Ambling upon the stage as the band set up their instruments, Murphy fumbled with his microphone before patiently explaining, “I have good news and band news.” The crowd, audibly distraught at the prospect of some limiting factor ruining the performance, braced for the worst. “The good news is we’re here,” he stated. “But the bad news is I’m wasted.” If this insight was intended to disappoint the eager crowd, it utterly failed. For the next 80 minutes, a rapturous audience hung on every slurred lyric.

Repeatedly, Murphy informed those in attendance that this performance was the first since the group’s longest break. This fact hardly affected a tremendous set, consisting of a couple of new songs and established staples. “Drunk Girls” and “Change,” both debated for the upcoming album’s first single, seemed to elicit as impassioned of a response as choice selections from the last album, Sound of Silver. However, during the masterful piano anthem “All My Friends,” a mosh pit formed in the front of the crowd, which made the song necessarily stand out. Further, for an encore, the band closed with “New York, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down.” Regardless of whether LCD Soundsystem considered themselves prepared, the crowd would not dare remember it as less than a triumphant return. —Jared Levy

(LCD Soundsystem plays Webster Hall on Monday.)