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The Final LCD Soundsystem Show Is April 2nd

LCD Soundsystem

“just because of a fuck up with some posters, you’ll probably find out while i sleep down in australia (supposed to be announced on monday) that we’ll be playing madison square garden on april 2nd, and that it’ll be our last show. we’ll be retiring as this live band after that.

we’re playing with liquid liquid, and we’re playing, i think, something like 3 hours of music. stuff we’ve never played along with the music we’ve been playing for years now…. i’m really excited actually. we’ve been getting ourselves ready, and hope to play the best show of our lives.”

Cancel your plans, clear our your schedule, and (if you’re not local) get to NYC. This is happening.

You Made Me Realize: APW 2009

This is mud. Three hours of heavy rain shortly after the start of the festival combined with a not insignificant number of feet walking across the grounds combined with the frequent animal visitors to the park (geese / dogs / feral cats / et cetera) yield a unique mud blend that is extremely slick yet sticky and also heavily smells of shit. While the texture will threaten to cause you both to slip and to be stuck, this is temporary and location based. The smell will burn your nostrils for the duration of the festival no matter where you are positioned.

This is how you discover your new favorite band, later.

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All Points West 2009

Girl Talk

This Friday through Sunday is the return of All Points West, the reasonable successful music festival at Liberty State Park in Jersey City.

Bands I am personally excited to see: MSTRKRFT, Flying Lotus, Peanut Butter Wolf, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jay-Z, Trail Of Dead, Crystal Castles, The Ting Tings, Tool, My Bloody Valentine, MGMT, Mogwai, and Coldplay. While I may end up completely thrashed after three consecutive days of 9+ hours of music, the close proximity made the three day passes too tempting. It is quite literally in our neighborhood.

For those attending who prefer electronic calendars, I had transcribed the entire set list schedule into a public Google Calendar, but since the festival has now closed, I have deleted it.

Hope to see you there.

Sing When You’re Winning

Thursday night, we were playing Rock Band, and she was giggling again.

“What?” I asked between a break in the lyrics.

“Nothing, nothing!” Katie smirked as she kept banging on the drums.

But I knew what it was: my vocals were coming through too loudly, and they sounded ridiculous. A quick visit to the controller and my vocals were muted behind the lead vocals, allowing me to avoid being mocked for the time being.

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Three Shows To Catch

“Dude, why didn’t you fucking tell me about that show?! I would’ve bought tickets!”

I may not go to many shows – compared to [some of my friends](http://upcoming.yahoo.com/user/155/), anyway – but I still hear this a lot. The ones I do go to end up inevitably being the ones other people care about – such as the Daft Punk show this past Thursday.

In the grand list of concerts I have been to, the Daft Punk show easily ranks into the top 3, if not right at the top. Ninety minutes of robot music and robot light-show lead to the biggest positive vibe a group of people filling a minor league baseball stadium could have.

So to make it up for those people who missed the Daft Punk show, here are the three major shows I’m hitting over the next two months. If these appeal to you, I recommend you get your tickets **now**.

## Underworld

Long before Daft Punk build their pyramid, Underworld was conquering the world with epic sets and elaborate VJ work. Sure, Darren Emerson has long since left – but if the Sunshine soundtrack is anything to go on, their upcoming *Oblivion with Bells* is sure to please. You know you need to hear Born Slippy.NUXX live – *especially* in Central Park.

Friday, September 14th – 4:30 PM at Central Park [Upcoming] [Tickets @ Ticketweb] [wikipedia/Underworld (Band)]

## The Chemical Brothers

While The Chems have been overly consistent with their albums – they are known for putting on one hell of a party. Even with the lackluster *We Are The Night*, they have enough big beat in their arsenal to shake the floor all night long. Insert obligatory *Block Rockin’ Beats* reference here. If you’re not big on Hammerstein, they’re playing McCarren Pool the next day.

Friday, September 21 – 8PM @ Hammerstein Ballroom [Upcoming] [Tickets @ Ticketmaster] [wikipedia/The Chemical Brothers]

## Arcade Fire + LCD Soundsystem @ Randall’s Island

I am not going to even pretend to be the world’s biggest Arcade Fire fan – but thousands of bloggers and indie rockers most likely can’t be wrong. David Byrne and David Bowie certainly can’t be wrong. If you’re looking for an elaborate show with lots of lush instrumentation and heady lyrics, this is the show to hit.

It is hard to describe how much I love LCD Soundsystem. At the risk of sounding like a complete wanker, I can only offer the following: *Sound Of Silver* is one of only two albums I have purchased on a physical CD this year. And out of those two albums, it’s the only one I loved. LCD’s live show is not to be missed.

Saturday, October 6th – 3:30PM @ Randall’s Island [Upcoming.org] [Tickets @ Ticketmaster] [wikipedia/Arcade Fire]

(Picture credits, in order: Janelle Gunther, mactiste iPons, confusedvision, mediaeater, DFA Records. All photos licensed under Creative Commons.)

Peeping Tom + Gnarls Barkley @ Central Park Summerstage

Mike Skinner & The Band

I Know That Assholes Grow On Trees

St. Elsewhere

Gnarls Barkley Logo

This was the second of six concerts and shows scheduled loosely over the next month. Next up: [Revenge Of The Bookeaters](http://bookeaters.org/).

Both bands impressed me live. Peeping Tom – Mike Patton’s [six year project](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peeping_Tom_%28album%29) – managed to keep the same level of energy shown on the album in a live show. Mike did seem a little exasperated that he couldn’t get the crowd into a complete frenzy, but this may not have been a total shock given the headlining act. Gnarls Barkley, it seems to go without saying, put on an enchanting show, mixing covers (they opened with Another Brick in the Wall) with their album material. I don’t think anyone left disappointed. I have some video recorded of them closing with *Crazy*, but it will have to wait until tomorrow until I can pull it off my unauthorized recording device.

A word about the pictures: Summerstage is not a large venue, but I was probably about as far from the stage as you could be. On the upside, this provided me with the height to get good shots of the stage. On the downside, between having to shoot almost entirely at 300mm and the rapidly decreasing daylight, I only managed to convert just over 10% of my shots into upload-worthy material.

The remainder of the pictures are available as part of my Flickr set, [Peeping Tom + Gnarls Barkley](http://www.flickr.com/photos/remydwd/sets/72157594241479738/)

The End Of The Tour For Two Catalonians, Five Brits, A Jew, A Proddy, And A Catholic

Les Aus and the Recorder & Drum Stick Experiment

The Duke Spirit

Lost In A Song

Last night was the final stop on the tour containing [Les Aus](http://www.myspace.com/lesaus), [The Duke Spirit](http://www.dukespirit.com/), and [Ted Leo/Rx](http://www.tedleo.com/). It contained all the hallmarks of a great Ted Leo show – solid openers, hours upon hours of great music, amusing interludes, and everyone in the audience leaving with a warm glow.

[See the rest of my pictures.](http://www.flickr.com/photos/remydwd/sets/72057594091816107/)

(The title of this post, for those curious, is derived like this: Les Aus are two guys from Catalonia in Spain. The Duke Spirit are four guys and one girl, all from Britain. Ted, while discussing religion, said the band was representative of all religions – “jew, proddy, catholic” – to which Dave immediately stepped up to the mic and reminded the audience that they’re all culturally atheists.)