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Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel

LCD Soundsystem | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

LCD Soundsystem isn’t having a bad year for a band that’s been dead for the better part of a decade. Last night in Brooklyn, they played the 5th show of their 2nd New York residency this year. With a world tour culminating in a 3rd, 10-day stand at new venue Brooklyn Steel, they’re really laying it on thick. All told, that’s 22 shows at the venue that the christened back in April, with the original 5-night run. I have yet to meet a single person in real life who’s mad that LCD is playing so many shows — and why would they be? This is a band that was an absolute standardbearer for the oughties fledgling indie/dance/whatever-core scene that they now reign over as ensconced legends. Continue reading →

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Death Song: The Black Angels LIVE, new Girlpool, Big Thief and LCD Soundsystem on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The Black Angels | Photo by Alexandra Valenti, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight with what is by far our spoooookiest live session yet! Listen starting at 11pm ET on WXPN (that’s right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, you know) for a full two-hour show that’ll feature an in-studio performance from Austin psychedelic masters The Black Angels. The group just released a new album, Death Song, and stopped by to play some of the new tracks in a special, semi-acoustic set. It’s a session that’s not to be missed! Also be on the lookout for a spotlight on Powerplant, the second album from the (former) Philly (former) duo Girlpool. And we’ll do a little survey of bands who’ll be coming through town between now and our next show. You’ll just have to listen to hear those! Or you could preview some of them below…

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch LCD Soundsystem perform new songs, & see David Byrne and Angélique Kidjo sing Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime”

LCD Soundsystem | still from video

LCD Soundsystem is readying their first new album since 2010’s This is Happening, and on Saturday Night Live this past weekend James Murphy & crew performed a couple of new tunes: “American Dream” and “Call the Police.” Watch the performances below. Continue reading →

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Soft Sounds: Froth LIVE, new LCD Soundsystem, Japanese Breakfast & Perfume Genius on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Froth | Photo by Jeff Fribourg, courtesy of the artist

Each week, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is allotted a mere two hours to fill your brain with new and exciting sounds. While that might seem like a short amount of time, a lot is accomplished in that span. For example, on tonight’s show (starting at 11pm ET on WXPN, shortly after Making Time RADio with Dave P), we’ll hear a new studio session, the grand return of a beloved band, and a few spotlights on newly released albums. First up, the live session: Los Angeles dream poppers Froth recently came through our studio to perform songs from their new album, Outside (briefly). If you dig walls of guitars mixed with ear-popping melodies, don’t miss this live set. Perhaps the biggest news in the music world is the resurrection of LCD Soundsystem. We’ll hear both sides of their comeback single in the mix tonight. And what would an IRHP be without an Album Spotlight or three? So much new stuff came out this week, we’ll dig into new records by Perfume Genius, Cayetana and The Black Lips in the second hour of tonight’s show. Preview a few of the new things below…

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Free at Noon guest Ezra Furman covers LCD Soundsystem’s “I Can Change”

Photo via http://ezrafurman.com/
Photo via ezrafurman.com

This week’s Free at Noon performer, Ezra Furman, just shared his cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “I Can Change” – a great song from their final album This Is Happening. The recording is part of a five-song covers EP Furman released alongside his latest release Perpetual Motion People; also featured is Beck’s “Devil’s Haircut,” The Replacements’ “Androgynous” and Arcade Fire’s “Crown of Love.” Continue reading →

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Link Roundup, 2/23: G. Love’s publicist, LCD Soundsystem ticket conspiracies, cover songs, Weird Al to play the Keswick

G. Love’s Publicist Continues To Earn Pay “Having conquered (and maybe single-handedly resurrected) JC Dobbs already this week, the pride of Old Pine, G. Love, will be on Conan O’Brien’s webcam thing at 3:30PM today. It’s all in the service of his new record, Fixin’ To Die, and, well, it worked on us at least: We took in the track “Milk & Honey” and were surprised to find that it sounds like… Hoots & Hellmouth! Or is that the other way around? Figure it out for yourself after the jump.” (philebrity.com)

Conspiracies Abound Regarding LCD Soundsystem Ticket Issues “After the tickets for LCD Soundsystem’s finale in New York City’s Madison Square Garden disappeared from Ticketmaster within seconds, only to reappear on resale site TicketsNow, James Murphy got very, very angry. But maybe he was mistaken. Then again, maybe he wasn’t. Let’s explore both sides, starting with Ticketmaster.” (pastemagazine.com)

Quality vs. Convenience: Apple May Upgrade Sound Quality – But Will Enough Users Care? – hypebot “For a second time, Apple may pursue upgrading the quality of the song files they sell. The goal is to offer downloads that more accurately reflect their original recordings, perhaps at a higher price. It’s a long road ahead of them, but executives like Jimmy Iovine, known for his criticism of the sound quality of song files and involvement in the Beats Audio line of headphones, is helping to push the initiative along. He believes that the war on music piracy and the degradation of sound quality hold the same level of importance. Of course, not every excutive agrees with Iovine.” (Hypebot.com)

Cash for Covers: 3 Easy Ways to Make Money from Cover Songs on Digital Stores “It’s no secret Justin Bieber’s ascension to pop superstardom started with a cover song (a version of Ne-Yo’s “So Sick”). Could he have achieved an “underdog to celebrity” rise without one? Maybe, but Bieber performed a new spin on a decades-old formula readily available to any recording artist looking to acquire new fans and make additional money from their recordings.” (musicthinktank.com)

Weird Al announces U.S. tour dates, playing the Keswick “The perennial spoof-songwriter has announced 2011 U.S. tour dates in May, as well as a couple of dates in September. Weird Al Yankovic will tour Australia in March before kicking off a short U.S. tour on May 19th in New Jersey. The next night, Weird Al will stop in Glenside for a show at the Keswick Theatre. Ticket info is yet to be announced, so stay tuned.” (theswollenfox.com)