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LCD Soundsystem – Brooklyn Steel – December 19, 2017
James Murphy and his LCD Soundsystem lot are all too aware of the hype that surrounds their live performances. The collective that has reemerged from their “breakup” in 2011 in much the same arrangement, and with the addition of some new blood, recognizes the buildup prior to when everyone takes their positions onstage in their stacked pyramid instrumental setup that surrounds the spotlit Murphy, the master of ceremonies. They recognize the level of great expectation and with the poise of players in long-run theater, unflinchingly rise to the occasion. Murphy has essentially admitted that he was fooling himself to think that he could walk away from the life of making music and performing it with LCD Soundsystem. As evidenced at Brooklyn Steel last night throughout the seventh show in a run of 10, he needs that outlet. It’s too much of what he is. As you find yourself moved by the power and grace of his singing voice over primal dance grooves that don’t feel as if they have a discernible beginning or ending, it becomes clear that he was too much of a comet to hide for too long and the crew of old friends are the players that form around him like a solar system.
Putting on a good show is about reps. Any performer would tell you that. To go along with this year’s new album, American Dream, LCD Soundsystem have been getting plenty of them, having put on strings of consecutive shows that have become residencies at their new Brooklyn home. What’s so rewarding is that they have risen to that rarified place of performance where you know what songs are coming and yet when they’re played with that special mix of timepiece precision and instinctive improvisational flair sprung from the raw energy of the moment, you feel like you’re experiencing a favorite song for the first time, like what it felt like to walk through the woods stoned for the first time. Therein lies the unique magic of an LCD Soundsystem show, and why it never loses its vitality even after the second, fifth or seventh time you’ve seen it. The second-nature orchestration of playing parts all churning in sync is well oiled at this point and just takes off. It’s hard to imagine a better tone-setter to begin a night with than “Yr City’s a Sucker.” It holds that raw NYC cold-steel break-loop groove, priming everyone for the party that’s about to ensue.
The sequence of hits that followed was kind of mind boggling: “I Can Change,” absolutely resplendent live, “Get Innocuous,” “Tribulations,” “You Wanted a Hit” all unravel and ascend to their own euphoric peaks, and you’re so wrapped up that you don’t even realize songs like “Someone Great,” “Dance Yrself Clean” and the dizzying rapture of “All My Friends” are still ahead. Tracks from the new album are sprinkled in almost inconspicuously as the ’80s synth romanticism of “Oh Baby” drops the energy down into a beautiful lull. It was one of those shows that still makes you feel cool that you could get into and no matter how big the group’s become, they still extend meaty-jam grooves like basement bands that don’t know how to stop. They are a unique combination of musicians who understand how and when to give the crowd exactly what they’ve come for, a release into the frenzy of their extended plays. Almost right away, you see what all the fuss is about. LCD Soundsystem are the kind of band that snaps you out of the conversation you’re having with the person you invited to get to know, and suddenly you’re both dancing irresistibly with broad smiles. And when you walk away with that buzz that rolls on like one of their live songs, you know it’s an experience you’ll go back for as many times as you can. —Charles Steinberg | @Challyolly
Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com
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We know what you’re thinking: How can I relive my own prom and help a good cause at the same time? That’s easy. Just break out your black-tie duds tomorrow and head directly to Music Hall of Williamsburg to celebrate 826NYC’s The Prom You Were Promised, featuring DJ sets by Vampire Weekend, Pat Mahoney—of LCD Sound System—and Hercules and Love Affair. All proceeds benefit 826 NYC. And to get you in the spirit, we asked Keith Murray, the guitarist and lead singer of We Are Scientists, about his prom experience.
“I never went to my prom. I can’t lie: In high school, I was a nerd. We’re not talking about simple, benign public awkwardness here, either. I was fairly aggressive about my social distance from the popular kids. I was what my current girlfriend cholerically refers to as a ‘righteous nerd’—one who recognizes his own status as such, and who relishes it; who outwardly celebrates it; who tries to use it to punish those who have transcended the designation.
“Appropriately enough, I spent that night making short films with my best friend and frequent artistic collaborator, Joe. Earlier in the week, we had collected the supplies necessary to handcraft a dummy we hoped would pass for Joe. It was just a Styrofoam head and a flesh-tone jumpsuit full of stuffing, but we did have a wig that looked enough like Joe’s hair to make the dummy a useful prop for several classic shorts, including Joe Falls Off Roof, Joe Falls Off Other, Different Roof, and the criminally under-seen Joe Is Hit by Keith’s Mother’s Car. Meanwhile, all of our friends were elsewhere, in formal dress, making out under adult supervision.
“I had a girlfriend at the time of my senior prom and STILL refused to attend. She saw no value in my numerous arguments against the tradition of the prom. She countered my assertion that the event was little more than an administratively sanctioned circle jerk for the cool kids by citing the fact that it ‘seemed like fun.’ Part of the problem must have been that she was, in fact, one of those cool kids. As I recall, she was nominated to the prom court. She may have even been named prom queen. I’m not sure, though. What I do know for sure is that the guy who ended up going as her (supposedly) platonic date was beaten up by total strangers at the after-party. Had I conformed to high school social mandate, that could have been me. I skipped my prom and dodged a bullet. The cool kids got theirs.” —Keith Murray
We know what you’re thinking: How can I relive my own prom and help a good cause at the same time? That’s easy. Just break out your black-tie duds on May 21st and head directly to Music Hall of Williamsburg to celebrate 826NYC’s The Prom You Were Promised, featuring DJ sets by Vampire Weekend, Pat Mahoney—of LCD Sound System—and Hercules and Love Affair. All proceeds benefit 826 NYC. And to get you in the spirit, we asked Shirley Manson of Garbage about her prom experience. (Check back next Tuesday to see what another of our famous friends has to say about prom.)
“My school prom was a superdrag. My best friend and I went with two of the lowliest boys on the hotness scale from our class. We felt deeply humiliated, as we’d arrogantly considered ourselves quite a catch. When they came to pick us up, they gave us stuffed beanbag babies. Mine was a gerbil. I wanted to throw it in his face. I wanted a rose or an orchid. What can you do with a gerbil beanbag baby? We went to the prom. The boys avoided all eye contact and conversation with us. They point-blank refused to dance. We went home early and never talked to those boys again. That’s life—never goes quite how you imagine it. Gerbils unite.” —Shirley Manson
We know what you’re thinking: How can I relive my own prom and help a good cause at the same time? That’s easy. Just break out your black-tie duds on May 21st and head directly to Music Hall of Williamsburg to celebrate 826NYC’s The Prom You Were Promised, featuring DJ sets by Vampire Weekend, Pat Mahoney—of LCD Sound System—and Hercules and Love Affair. All proceeds benefit 826 NYC. And to get you in the spirit, we asked some famous friends about their prom experiences. (Check back each Tuesday before May 21st to see what they say.)
“I went to a small alternative high school in Canada that had maybe 120 students total. So grad, as we call prom in Canada, was a very small affair: The school reserved a few tables at a restaurant in the suburbs, the teachers gave speeches and gave out hand-painted diplomas to the, maybe, 15 of us who were graduating that year. I rented a red-velvet-with-satin-trim evening gown from a vintage place in town, and I dyed my hair fire engine red. My date, Geoff Gervitz, and a few friends and I bailed after dinner and drove to the laser-tag place in the strip mall, played laser tag for an hour and then went home. —Feist