The upcoming documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits focuses on LCD Soundsystem’s last days, but DFA ringleader James Murphy has an equally compelling origin story that includes a job offer in one of comedy’s finest writers rooms. (Hint: it rhymes if Feinseld. Also, it’s in the headline.) Watch the video below to see him discuss that and other tribulations on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon:
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A few weeks ago, EW chatted with Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn about his latest tag-team collaboration with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and OutKast lyric spitter Andre 3000 for Converse’s recurring “Three Artists. One Song” campaign on the one-off single “DoYaThing.”
The full song, a spastic four minutes of psychedelic funk, is now available as a free download at Converse’s official website. (The four limited-edition Chuck Taylor All-Stars designed by Gorillaz collaborator Jamie Hewlett are also now available.) And it’s a seamless marriage of the three men at the helm: Albarn’s head-trippiness, Murphy’s beat science, Andre’s lightning-tongued lyrical attack.
Good news for fans of Damon Albarn, LCD Soundsystem, OutKast, simians, dancing, spaced-out funk, and sneakers: All those things are coming together.
In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn talks about the latest installment of Converse’s ongoing “Three Artists. One Song” project — past participants include Kid Cudi, Santigold, the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, members of Vampire Weekend and Best Coast, and more — which put him in a studio for three days with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and OutKast’s Andre 3000.
The result track, a head-tripping masterpiece called “DoYaThing,” will be available for free download on the official Converse website on February 23.
“I had spoken to James a couple times, but previously I knew only [his and Andre's] work,” Albarn told EW. “I love that level of spontaneity. I look for it all the time. It doesn’t always arrive on my doorstep, but it’s something I aspire to.”
“DoYaThing” also serves as the launch point for a quartet of Chuck Taylor All-Stars custom-designed by Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett (he also created a video for the clip, complete with new animated avatars for Murphy and Andre, pictured above). The shoes, which borrow designs from various Gorillaz-related projects, also go on sale February 23.
Check out the music section of this week’s issue of EW – there are naked TV vampires on the cover! — for more on “DoYaThing,”and stay tuned for more developments from the mind of Albarn.
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Where Are These Albums?
If you were not amongst the thousands who were black and white and freaked all over for the last blowout night of New York dance-rock scene kings LCD Soundsystem’s Long Goodbye—or even if you were—it’s not too late to relive it.
From the opening notes of of 10 cc’s velveteen-rock classic “I’m Not In Love” (which I, in my all-black excitement, first mistook for Hall & Oates’ “She’s Gone”) and coverage of nearly all the “hits,” as it were (“Daft Punk Is Playing at My House,” “Get Innocuous!”, “Tribulations,” “Losing My Edge”) to an incendiary guest spot from singer/comedian Reggie Watts (on “45:33″), somewhat more demure appearances by members of Arcade Fire (“North American Scum”), and near-religious renditions of “Someone Great” and finale “New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down,” complete with a white-balloon weather system swirling down from Madison Square Garden’s cavernous ceiling, it was—in nearly every sense of the word—an epic undertaking.
Below, Pitchfork.tv has uploaded all three hours and 40-plus minutes of extended rave-out space-jam bonanza (minus openers Liquid Liquid). Go ahead and clear out a four-by-four foot space in your cubicle today, and, with the power of the skip button at your disposal, dance yrself clean: READ FULL STORY
LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy discusses retirement on 'The Colbert Report': 'I'm 41. At a certain point it gets embarrassing'
LCD Soundsystem head honcho James Murphy appeared on The Colbert Report last night to perform “I Can Change” and talk about his recent announcement that the band’s forthcoming Madison Square Garden show will be their last.
Is it really such a hassle to be in a perennially hip and critically acclaimed rock band? Apparently so. Just last week The White Stripes announced that they are calling it quits. Now LCD Soundsystem have posted a message on their official website declaring their imminent retirement from the live circuit.
“good people of earth,” begins the message, “lcd soundsystem are playing madison square garden on april 2nd, and it will be our last show ever. we are retiring from the game. gettin’ out. movin’ on. but for just one more night, we will be playing with friends and family for nearly 3 hours–playing stuff we’ve never played before and going out with a bang. and we’d like you to be there. if you would, we’d love it if people all came in white. or black. or black and white. and come ready to have fun, please. and come early, as the festivities will be opened by our favorites, liquid liquid. yes: liquid liquid. if it’s a funeral, let’s have the best funeral ever!!!”
You can check out the LCD website for ticket info.
Will you be attending this funeral party? Or do you have a favorite memory of seeing James Murphy and crew? Let us know!
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Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 136,000 albums sold. The re-release of the Rolling Stones’ 1972 album Exile on Main Street debuts at No. 2 with 76,000 sold.After earning their first No. 1 album with The Power of Madonna last month, Glee‘s latest installment,
Four other albums also debut in the top 10 this week. The Black Keys’ Brothers comes in at No. 3, selling 73,000 copies. With 62,000 units sold, last week’s chart-topper Justin Bieber drops three spots to No. 4. Nas and Damian Marley’s rap-reggae hybrid Distant Relatives sold 57,000 units and debuts at No. 5.
Band of Horses’s Infinite Arms gallops to No. 7, selling 45,000 copies, and LCD Soundsystem’s This is Happening rounds out the chart at No. 10 with 31,000 copies sold.
Lady Antebellum‘s Need You Now continues its reign in the top 10 at No. 6 with 46,000 copies sold. Usher’s Raymond v. Raymond sits at No. 8. He sold 41,000 copies. AC/DC Iron Man 2 soundtrack lands at No. 9 with 32,000 albums bought.
Surprised team Glee beat the Stones’ classic album? Did you think Nas and Damien would sell more? Let us know.
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Who is this harassing the innocent members of LCD Soundsystem? Apparently, it’s Asshole Pandas Gone Wild in the Spike Jonze-directed video—throwing frontman James Murphy into involuntary lady-drag, urinating on each other, egging the place, and generally unleashing frat-bear mayhem. Watch the marginally NSFW clip after the jump: READ FULL STORY
Coachella 2010 Friday: Jay-Z fills the desert with fireworks and diamonds, plus a surprise from Beyonce, LCD Soundsystem, Grizzly Bear, and more
a rumor. The whispers going around Indio, Calif.’s Empire Polo Club Friday held that Dr. Dre would debut the first single from his extremely delayed Detox during Jay-Z’s headlining set on the opening night of Coachella 2010. This sounded plausible enough: We know that this single exists, features Jay-Z, and is called “Under Pressure.” Even so, Dre didn’t show. In retrospect, perhaps we should have known the story was too good to be true.In the end it was just
But who’s complaining? Not me. What Jay-Z did give us was an absolutely stellar evening with an entertainer like no other. Nor did his performance lack surprises. There were fireworks. There was an unannounced cameo from Beyoncé. There were shout-outs to indie bands who had played earlier like “Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear, and Yeasayers.” (Yes, Jay-Z randomly pluralized Yeasayer, but let’s not hold that against him.) And of course there was an entire day full of said indie bands before Jay took the stage. Read all about it after the jump.
Frontman James Murphy tells Pfork that the song is about “about drunk people and fun things and the fact that all of the boys of the L.A. mansion we recorded at were called ‘the girls’ by our chef. We were the ladies of the mansion.” (Private chefs? L.A. mansions? Life sounds nice for Lady Murphy).
Stereogum is also hosting a track from the record, the punchy, onomatopoeiac “Pow Pow.” But if you can’t wait until May 18 for the full-release, Murphy’s more intimate, less strobe-lit soundtrack for the Ben Stiller life-crisis dramedy Greenberg makes for an excellent stop-gap.
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