As soon as I saw my news feed blowing up with tweets and posts about LCD Soundsystem’s SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS yesterday, I whipped out my phone, and texted my most reliable music roll dog: ”Dude I wanna go see the LCD doc! IT’S ONLY TONIGHT!! Gonna sell out. Not at a computer. Can you get tix at Arclight??” Low and behold he was on his way to the Arclight to see Spiderman, and snagged us two of the last seats available.
Talk about good timing.
I was lucky enough to see LCD Soundsystem live at the Hollywood bowl a couple summers ago. James Murphy and his self-proclaimed “weird thing” instantly became one of my favorite music acts, and their popularity only seemed to only be growing until they hit us with the break up news out of nowhere–Last show at Madison Square Garden in NYC on April 2, 2011. WTF??!!
I walked into the screening expecting a movie turned dance party like the Chemical Bros’, DON’T THINK, a few months back, but SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS was different. We snuck in a couple of beers and a screwdriver filled water bottle, sat in the front row, and finally found out what the hell happened.
The epic performance and hearing LCD’s hits on whatever “6-track discrete magnetic sound” means aside, I have a lot of newfound respect for the man. When a successful rock star looks in the mirror, and sees the grey patch on his neck, his ability to leave fame in pursuit of love, family and real happiness is breathtakingly admirable.
James Murphy is a legend.
KCRW is putting on some great events in LA lately!
Thursdays – Poolside DJ sets at Hammer Museum’s outdoor courtyard, inspired by the idea of “Made in L.A.”, and representing the wide array of music created in our very own City of Angels.
Saturdays – A series of a three, free summer concerts to accompany the groundbreaking exhibition Who Shot Rock & Roll at the Annenberg Space for Photography. Last weekend Moby brought down the house, and this weekend is Portugal. The Man in live performance with KCRW DJs Dan Wilcox & Gary Calama.
**You can RSVP and get all the info you need here.
Support your public radio ya’ll!
Who needs a stupid plot. This movie’s gonna bring women out in droves. I’m already planning girl’s night out that Friday. Arrrrrrr
This is why I love LA. With NBA playoffs, the Stanley Cup and concerts, the Staples Center has been a crazy busy place the last few weeks. It’s good to see the staff, dancers and announcers still managed to have some fun. Thanks for all your hard work guys!
This is pretty iconic: “To celebrate its 100th birthday, Paramount Pictures assembled 116 of the greatest talents ever to work at the studio.”
Click on the Vanity Fair link below to get the close up.