In April, LCD Soundsystem announced a five-night residency at the newly-opened venue Brooklyn Steel. After anxiously waiting for an hour in the “pre-waiting” room online for tickets, getting in the moment they went on sale, receiving the “sold out” error message, immediately calling my ex who I knew would also be on the site, getting him to buy me a ticket, I eventually made it to the concert for their final show. And, damn, am I happy that I did.
As I found myself standing next to Win Butler (the lead singer of Arcade Fire and a friend of the band) and watching James Murphy get drunk on stage and Nancy Whang inconspicuously dominating the performance, I felt the band and their music perfectly personified the city in my eyes. At times exhilarating and at times gloomy, a sound drawing from innumerable genres and influences.
Since breaking onto the scene in the early 2000s, the Brooklyn-based band headed the dance-rock genre and has become one of the biggest influences in music today. After three albums, a highly-publicized break-up, they are coming back this summer with a new album (they’ve already dropped a couple of songs including “Call the Police” and “American Dream”). During their seven-year hiatus, the band further wove themselves into the New York scene (Murphy even tried to change the sound of the subway turnstiles into music) and reached for outlets beyond music. If you need some more LCD Soundsystem in your life while you await their fourth album, like me, in New York or elsewhere, here are a couple of suggestions.
In 2015, James Murphy opened a Williamsburg wine bar and restaurant, The Four Horsemen. Specializing in natural wines, the restaurant has become a staple for Brooklyn foodies and wine connoisseurs. You also may recognize the bar as the location where Dev in Master of None takes all of his dates in the episode “First Date,” proving further that it’s a must-hit spot. In addition to enjoying great food and wine, make note of the curated music, as the space was designed like a recording studio for perfect acoustics.
In collaboration with Google and interactive designer Jonathan Puckey, LCD Soundsystem is creating a VR music experience for their new song “Tonite.” The experience, being dubbed “Dance Tonite,” which garnered a lot of attention at the Google developer conference last month, will be released this summer along with the song and music video. Prepare for a virtual dance party.
While taking some time away from the band, Murphy joined forces with fellow Brooklynite, Director Noah Baumbach, to score two of his films, Greenberg and While We’re Young. In addition to great soundtracks, which show a different side of Murphy, the comedies (starring Ben Stiller) are two of my favorites.
Written by Jill Netzel
Feature image via DIY Magazine