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Day 332: LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

26 Jan

Drunk Girls

I was listening to my (now-massive) Swole Ear iTunes library the other day, when a track by LCD Soundsystem came on.  Remember Day 62?  Remember how bad of a writer I was?  Granted, I’m not much better now, but I reread that post while prepping for today’s, and it actually caused me physical pain.

It’s not just my writing that is extremely flawed—I discovered that my opinions were as well.  I’ve changed my mind, and decided that Sound of Silver is an awesome record. I feel that I need make up for that terrible post, and that I should try to write some wrongs.  Get it? Oh man, I should go jump off of a bridge for that one.

All terrible puns aside, LCD Soundsystem’s final record, This Is Happening, clicked with me immediately.  James Murphy’s voice has gone from whiney and annoying to unique and endearing in my mind, and I now appreciate his ability to work commentary, humor, and great lyrics—a rare triple threat—into many of his songs.   For proof of this, I direct you to the nine-minute-long “You Wanted A Hit,” a song with lines entirely about Murphy’s issues with the music industry and humanity as a whole. Looking at the lyrics now, it’s hard to find a few lines that work well out of context…you’ve got to trust me on this, though—it’s quite a song.

On second thought, you may be a little hesitant to trust me, given my track record with things like this.  For that reason, I provide you with a link to the song—hear for yourself.  James Murphy, I’m sorry that I wronged you.

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Day 62 – LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver

1 May

Us v Them

I have a weird relationship with LCD Soundsystem.  I had only ever listened to a single song of theirs before this, but I still feel as if I have a connection to the band.  I read about all of the drama that went on with their farewell show last month, which was pretty intriguing to me.  In case you missed it, James Murphy—the mastermind behind the group—put together the band’s final show at Madison Square Garden, which sold out in a matter of seconds.  He then went on a few amusing anti-scalper Internet tirades, which you have to love.  He then did the cool thing, and added five Terminal 5 shows leading up to the big one at MSG.  Murphy just seemed like a cool guy, and I felt a tie between LCD Soundsystem and me (“and I?” No, “me” is correct here I think) even though I had no idea what they sounded like.  I even felt a bit sad that they were calling it quits.

 I almost wanted to avoid their music completely, just to make sure that I didn’t ruin this special tie I had to the band.  I know, I’m weird as hell.  Plus, the main thing that I love about music is going to concerts, so if a band has just had their final show, I have less reason to check them out than, say, other bands on the Lollapalooza lineup.

I probably should have stuck with what I originally intended to do—never listen to their music.  Sound of Silver is really boring.  It’s pure, unadulterated, uncompromised, unabridged, dance music.  Because of this, the songs are extremely repetitive, and go on for way too long.  It took a lot to get through the whole record, which is almost an hour long, even though it’s only made up of nine songs.  Suddenly, I care about the group’s breakup a lot less.