LCD Soundsystem - American Dream - 9/1/17

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Cuz you know it's gonna be decent. Maybe even...more than decent???

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

frogbs, Thursday, 3 August 2017 04:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink


Gaspard de la Nuit: III. ScarJost (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 3 August 2017 04:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink


Gaspard de la Nuit: III. ScarJost (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 3 August 2017 04:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ok I got it fixed

frogbs, Thursday, 3 August 2017 16:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

outlets are reporting that this is the cover art, but i hope that it's a prank

rock and roll tucci coo (voodoo chili), Friday, 4 August 2017 14:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Album art clearly designed for digital player screens.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 4 August 2017 15:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ugh I hate ironic album covers, keep that shit in your lyrics.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Friday, 4 August 2017 16:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I suppose it's an Infinite Jest copy/parody?

Either way terrible album cover, which is a shame because if the album is good it'll suck for me because I'm so superficial that I can't justify buying a vinyl with bad artwork.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Friday, 4 August 2017 16:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Seriously, I know it's ridiculous but this infuriates me. Their past albums all have good artwork and they were consistent in the use of black and white. Even the letters on a white background would've been boring but at least it wouldn't be so offensive.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Friday, 4 August 2017 16:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I realized about six months ago that I've enjoyed every LCD Soundsystem release less than the previous, if you go by "album" releases. All the way from the early singles disc packaged with the first album being more enjoyable than the first album, all the way to now :/

mh, Friday, 4 August 2017 16:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

if it's the actual album art, then it's the worst album art i've ever seen

joshywinty (josh), Friday, 4 August 2017 17:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i suspect this is going to be v embarassing

Οὖτις, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm sure Murphy feels there's a lot riding on this record, given how it's basically his excuse for digging up a band that he'd not too long ago declared had played its last ever show. I would think he'd obsess over every detail here as he's done in the past. So yeah, it is rather odd.

frogbs, Friday, 4 August 2017 17:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I realized about six months ago that I've enjoyed every LCD Soundsystem release less than the previous, if you go by "album" releases.

I am the exact opposite of this; I've liked each subsequent LCD release more than the previous one.

this iphone speaks many languages (DJP), Friday, 4 August 2017 17:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

you're in a good position

mh, Friday, 4 August 2017 18:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I dunno, This Is Happening was pretty terrible, so I'm not holding out much hope for this.

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 4 August 2017 21:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I love This is Happening, but I'm still sort of filling this away with Sleater-Kinney as a band I used to love and saw live lots and was resigned to never see again coming back and, good new music or no, much to my surprise just not being something I want right now.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 5 August 2017 01:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This band retires like Brett Favre

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 5 August 2017 01:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i liked the shortened versions of the new singles they played on SNL more than the full-length versions which doesn't make me too optimistic about this

ufo, Saturday, 5 August 2017 02:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I like them but honestly, their whole career revolves around stealing (not sampling) other artists songs as a backbone and passing it as hommage if caught red handed.

It's a win win situation for them; If you don't catch it they come off as a very talented and creative electroclash band and if you do catch it, it makes it seem like they have excellent taste in music and they know all the references and it's all so motherfucking meta.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Saturday, 5 August 2017 08:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I think the whole reunion is a bit lame but fuck it, this band are one of the best bands of recent years and an incredible live act.

everyone has their knives sharpened and ready to slice into their new music itt

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Saturday, 5 August 2017 09:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Because if you throw yourself a farewell party at Madison Square Garden, film it and release it as a movie, disband for like a minute during which you pursue stupid ass whims like an espresso line, then reunite to fill the coffers through a strict diet of lucrative festival dates, you better come back with something exceptional, because you have a high hurdle of hubris to pass.

Looking to see what else he's been up to beside that dull Arcade Fire album, I saw this:

Subway Symphony

James Murphy has been attempting to change the sound of the New York turnstile beeps since 1999. Murphy has described the current turnstile sound as of 2014 as a “dissonant rubbing-Styrofoam-on-glass squeak” that is “horrible”. Because the Metropolitan Transit Authority plans to update the system by 2019, Murphy has proposed his turnstile plan that would have each turnstile harmonize with others by emitting three-to-five note sequences. Installing new sound chips will be an easier task during the renovations. Murphy feels that the more pleasant sounds will also help people's attitudes toward taking the subway. He believes that people will "feel a nostalgia" for certain destinations when hearing its unique melody. Murphy is completely prepared for the responsibilities if the idea is green-lit by the MTA and would be “broken hearted (if it doesn’t happen)”.

In June 2015, he partnered with Heineken to launch the project, branded as the “Subway Symphony.” However, the MTA has completely denied any possibility of the project happening, as the standard turnstile beep is a necessary ADA-compliant tool for the visually impaired.

Somewhere in there is a neat metaphor, the auteur coming up with a clever riff on Eno's (lucrative) Microsoft start sound without once considering that the existing turnstile sound is there (by law) to assist blind people and not to entertain New Yorkers bummed by urban ennui.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 5 August 2017 13:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

disband for like a minute

six years: lol, u old

Doubtless they are toss. (sic), Saturday, 5 August 2017 15:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Lots of bands take that long in between albums. This whole thing has been such a joke.

flappy bird, Saturday, 5 August 2017 15:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

without once considering that the existing turnstile sound is there (by law) to assist blind people and not to entertain New Yorkers bummed by urban ennui.

lol otm. when not peddling masterfully marketed ho-hum indie rock this guy does come across as a wannabe Eno w none of the talent

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 5 August 2017 15:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I do think Murphy is talented (and almost exactly five years older than old me). But the band's final show was April 2011. Reunion rumors began and were shortly confirmed after early fall 2015. New music arrived by December. He couldn't even wait 5 years.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 5 August 2017 16:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I had actually been looking forward to him working as a producer, but after that crap Arcade Fire album my interest faded fast.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 5 August 2017 16:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

His remix of Bowie is great, but again, the greatness is directly related to theft (Reich homage, Bowie samples).

brotherlovesdub, Saturday, 5 August 2017 16:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I think the subway idea is great and the ADA compliance thing sounds like a dodge.

how's life, Saturday, 5 August 2017 18:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

TBF I don't think anyone could have polished that dull AF album.

campreverb, Saturday, 5 August 2017 18:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I think two tracks released so far rule and everyone is too cool for school.

Don't really like the album art but hey we're post Napster so...

yesca, Saturday, 5 August 2017 19:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Hmmm this recording sucks but still, here is...

yesca, Sunday, 6 August 2017 14:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Lol @ ppl caring about "theft" in this day and age

Οὖτις, Sunday, 6 August 2017 14:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i don't really care all that much one way or the other but for real i don't get why this isn't a *james murphy* solo album instead of LCD, since he's the one who made such a huge deal about their final show, but then again i'm not a mover and a shaker like *james murphy* is so what do i know

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 6 August 2017 14:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

?? LCD Soundsystem has always been a James Murphy solo effort.

yesca, Sunday, 6 August 2017 14:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

not in name. calling this *james murphy* i or whatever would be an easy move to preempt bitching about *LCD Soundsystem" performing its *final* show however many years ago

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 6 August 2017 15:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

but i'm guessing he's inviting / baiting backlash?

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 6 August 2017 15:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Maybe he lost his edge.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Sunday, 6 August 2017 16:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Probably because his desire to use his well-known brand to market his shit so he can keep making art and make a little money too was worth more to him than getting buy-in on perception on a few message boards.

yesca, Sunday, 6 August 2017 16:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i first hear LCD from a DFA mix a long time ago. he was producing all those bands and they all sounded really good. what is the best of the stuff he has produced for others since then?

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 6 August 2017 16:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

no one would have bought a *james murphy* solo album, for sure


reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 6 August 2017 16:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

shouldn't be necessary to do so much second guessing wrt the moniker, murphy's been pretty straightforward abt it:

so i asked pat and nancy to come over to my apartment for coffee and told them: ‘i’m going to record some music. should i make up a band name, or make a ‘james murphy’ record, or should it be ‘lcd?’ we all thought a good amount about it. we have had lives for the past 5 years, which has been nice, and those guys have made amazing music with museum of love, the juan maclean, and all sorts of other things. i’d managed to do a bunch of fun, dumb stuff which mostly annoyed people who were into the band because, well, subway turnstiles and a coffee aren’t lcd, basically.

at any rate, they both said ‘let’s make an lcd record’. you see, if they didn’t want to, which i’d half assumed, then there’s no such thing as lcd. imagine this: me making a record, calling it lcd, and then you go to the show and there’s just some guy playing drums over there, or some other person playing keyboards. horrifying. then imagine this: i make a ‘james murphy’ record, or, i don’t know, an ‘everteen’ record, or whatever made-up name i come up with, and there’s pat playing drums, and nancy. maybe al isn’t too busy with hot chip so he comes to play. what the fuck is that? here were our choices: 1. make music with your friends and call it something else, which seems hilarious (everteen) or egomaniacal to the point of sociopathic (james murphy solo record). 2. make music, but willfully exclude your friends because of the horrors in option 1. 3. make an lcd record with your friends, who want to make said record, and deal with whatever fall-out together. 4. don’t make music, to avoid the horrors of all of the above. 5. make music and, like, hide it somewhere.

niels, Sunday, 6 August 2017 21:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

makes sense. still a really bad look when you threw yourself a going away party at Madison Square Garden 6 years ago. album better be fucking great (idc either way, never got into LCD), or the vultures will feast.

flappy bird, Sunday, 6 August 2017 23:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Does anyone really think anybody cares? The Last Waltz wasn't really the last waltz either.

Frederik B, Sunday, 6 August 2017 23:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Does anyone really think anybody cares? The Last Waltz wasn't really the last waltz either.

No, they don't. Good or bad, LCD will make a lot more money touring and get properly compensated as artists so they can live happy productive lives as artists as they should.

yesca, Monday, 7 August 2017 01:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

All well and good. But i doubt the music will be interesting if the first two songs are anything to go by.

Οὖτις, Monday, 7 August 2017 01:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

God forbid someone change their made and go back to doing something they love

BrianEmo, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 19:48 (six days ago) Permalink

*mind, not *made

BrianEmo, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 19:48 (six days ago) Permalink

btw i really enjoyed 'before and after science class'

nomar, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 20:23 (six days ago) Permalink

Why listen to Murphy's latest take on Harry Nilsson/Bowie/etc/etc when you can just listen to the original? These new songs are shit

mickcsmith (micarl), Wednesday, 16 August 2017 22:24 (five days ago) Permalink

pretty subtle track but diggit.

Still enjoy Call the Police the best.

yesca, Thursday, 17 August 2017 01:17 (four days ago) Permalink

idk, i really can't be mad at the new single. actually it's pretty fucking awesome xp

davey, Sunday, 20 August 2017 03:58 (yesterday) Permalink

Surprisingly into tonite, it's a good single.

MikoMcha, Sunday, 20 August 2017 11:32 (yesterday) Permalink

This meme unfortunately is stuck in my mind now... :/ You know, glad that jams is returning to music after his stint in the Trump administration.

MikoMcha, Sunday, 20 August 2017 11:34 (yesterday) Permalink

Tonite is great. Easily the best of the three songs out there.

kitchen person, Sunday, 20 August 2017 15:16 (yesterday) Permalink

He is kinda underrated as a vocalist. The ability to both hit the notes, switch falsetto off and on, and still sound like you have no idea what you're doing. That takes practice.

Frederik B, Sunday, 20 August 2017 15:49 (yesterday) Permalink

The vocalist thing is interesting because it's reminding me about how he would pick these very idiosyncratic references on each major release and really go to town on them. Specifically:

Mark E. Smith on the debut
Heaven 17/Bowie + Eno on 'Sound of Silver'

I'm not sure if there was some particular thing he was trying on the last one or now (or at least I haven't heard something obvious to me?)

yesca, Sunday, 20 August 2017 17:46 (yesterday) Permalink

I recommend Lizzy Goodman's Meet Me in the Bathroom oral history for any fans, there's a lot of LCD & DFA stuff in there. There's an amazing story about Murphy taking ecstasy for the first time.

flappy bird, Sunday, 20 August 2017 20:42 (yesterday) Permalink

yea I think he's underrated too. which is why I never bought into the "some unshaven schlub just decided to make a record" mystique. he tries to hide it but he's got legitimate vocal talent, given the sort of shouty and yelpy sort of music he's in

frogbs, Monday, 21 August 2017 13:35 (twenty-eight minutes ago) Permalink

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