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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.

Things I Learned While Eating Poutine With Pat Kiernan

Poutine with Pat Kiernan at Pomme Frites

Friday evening , I got to meet NYC’s favorite morning news anchor, Pat Kiernan, over poutine. If you’re looking for some sort of a reason why, follow these links in order. Longtime readers may remember my professed love from 2004, which did not go unnoticed. The group of six – three “winners”, two Gothamist staff, and Pat – spent two hours talking about practically everything. A condensed list of things worth mentioning:

* Poutine is a “delicacy” of Eastern Canada; Pat, being from Calgary and Edmonton prior to moving to NYC, has no particular attachment to the dish.
* Pat began working for TimeWarner at Pathfinder, which may have been one of the first major dotcoms to implode in the mid-90s. Pat’s primary project on the site – the Fortune Business Report – was brought to NY1, where it still regularly airs.
* Because Pat’s Papers hadn’t quite launched yet when I posted about it, I appear to have given Pat’s Papers its first inbound link, which caused it to finally appear in Google’s search results.
* The sleep schedule of someone who has to be in to work at 4AM can only be described as a meticulous science.
* I actually like poutine. I always find chili overpowering on fries, but a splash of gravy works pretty well. The cheese curds also give you a little more control over the cheese/potato ratio than standard cheese fries. That said, the bottom of the cup does get kind of congealed.

Possibly the world's first 'poutine toast'.

Gothamist has more.

(Photos in this post mostly taken by Tien Mao.)

Strictly Business

Les Freres Corbusier present their latest show, the world premiere of Dance Dance Revolution, created by the company, directed by Alex Timbers, and featuring original songs by Gary Adler and Phoebe Kreutz.

Les Freres transforms the Ohio Theater into a fully immersive, bombed-out discotheque as it fuses unmerciful Japanese rave music with deeply regrettable sophomoric comedy in the futuristic dance spectacular, Dance Dance Revolution.

Riffing on fizzy dance musicals like Flashdance and death sport movies such as Rollerball, the show is set in an Orwellian society where dance is illegal. A group of local street toughs harbor no hope of overthrowing the fascistic no — fun government — until a mysterious dance prophet named Moonbeam Funk arrives.

Inspired by the wildly popular video game of the same name, Dance Dance Revolution is like Footloose set in the future — but much scarier, and with 40 really attractive, barely-clothed young actors as well as free beer!

Paley Center Fall Schedule

I hold three museum memberships within the city; the one I hold most dearly is my membership to the Paley Center for Media, formerly the Museum of Television and Radio. They just announced their fall schedule, and the events are worth looking at.

(Ticket prices are listed with member prices first, and non-member prices second. Ticket on-sale dates differ depending on a few factors, so check the website if you’re interested.)


Media as News & Views

Includes three seminars: Beyond the Anchor Desk: The Rise of Citizen Journalism , Extraordinary Work: A Conversation with the IWMF Courage in Journalism Honorees, and Truth and the Iraq War: Frank Rich Converses with Television Journalists. Notable panelists and guests include Andrea Mitchell and Dan Rather. Series is $35/60, individual events are $15/25. [link]

Media as Entertainment 1

Includes four seminars: An Evening with Mary Tyler Moore, An Evening with Glenn Close, An Evening with Angela Lansbury, and An Evening with Kyra Sedgwick and The Closer. I don’t think I need to tell you who the guests are. Series is $85/100, individual tickets are $25/35. [link]

Media as Entertainment 2

Includes three seminars: Upright Citizens Brigade, Fun Facts, Top Tens, and Stupid Humans: The Writers of Late Show with David Letterman, and Scrubs: The Farewell Tour. Guests include all four members of the UCB and seemingly all major cast members of Scrubs. Tickets are a steal: $35/60 for series, $15/25 individual. [link]


This year’s docfest includes some notables: To Die In Jerusalem, Larry Flynt: The Right to be Left Alone (Larry Flynt appearing for Q&A), and Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who, where Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are scheduled to attend the event. Many ticket configurations are available, so check the site. [link]


(Yeah, I don’t live in LA, but I always get jealous at their festival schedule.)

Latino Media

Two events: Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna & Pablo Cruz on Cinema, Politics, and Mexico’s New World View, and Raising Cane: Behind the Scenes. Prices are $25/43 for the series, or $15/25 individually. [link]

Media as Entertainment 1

The most mainstream of the four Entertainment schedules: Two and a Half Men: 100th Episode Celebration , American Masters Premiere: Carol Burnett, Inside the Creative Process: Tom Selleck on Jesse Stone, and ER Celebrates the Big 300!. Series is $50/85, individual tickets are $15/25. [link]

Media as Entertainment 2

Here comes my jealousy: Inside Robot Chicken (Seth and Matt and others to appear), Lovin’ Las Vegas, A Night in Hell’s Kitchen (Gordon Ramsay appearing), and the duality of Scrubs: The Farewell Tour. Series for $50/85, individuals for $15/25. [link]

The Subject Is Media

Just two, and not what I had anticipated: Smoke and Sympathy: A Toast to Mad Men, and Back in Circulation: A Lou Grant Reunion. Can’t go wrong with Ed Asner. $25/43 for both, or $15/25 individually. [link]

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.)

24 Hours Of Human Giant

It’s been a long time since I’ve been interested in something MTV is doing, but here we are.

Aziz [let the world know](http://azizisbored.com/2007_05_01_azizisbored_archive.html#3307280048934096074) a few days ago:

> Last week, MTV told us we could get 24 hours on MTV and MTV2 to do whatever we want. So this Friday at noon – we’ll take over both channels for a full day and will host live from MTV’s Times Square studio. They’re literally letting us do whatever we want – we can program whatever shows we want, have guests, bands, music videos, anything! We just have to stay up for 24 hours and get a million hits on our website.

It is, perhaps, the smartest movie MTV has made in ages. Someone deserves a raise for taking the chance on programming rather than airing another day of *My Super Sweet 16* meta-shows.

For whatever it’s worth, I am scheduled to be in the audience from 5AM Saturday morning through the end of the ordeal. That’s right, I am getting up at 3 AM so I can go sit in the MTV studio for seven hours.

If you’re up tomorrow morning, tune into MTV. Watch me squirm uncomfortably live on cable!

Otherwise, there are clips up on the [MTV Human Giant site](http://humangiant.mtv.com/).

SIAS Invades Union Hall

“Sexual Intercourse: American Style” failed to tie “Gemberling’s” record for “longest-running [Channel 102] show,” but it set another: “longest-running show to never reach #1.” And perhaps nothing sums up “SIAS” better than that. It was a niche show, with a core of devoted followers who kept it going for a long time, but it lacked the mass appeal to catapult it into “Shutterbugs” territory. But sometimes, that’s what characterizes true art. And “Sexual Intercourse: American Style” is art.

Mitch Magee’s brilliant Sexual Intercourse: American Style played out over seven Channel 102 screenings, from April of 2006 to January of 2007. Starting off with a light-hearted tone, SIAS quickly veered into uncharted waters around episode 3. It was sublime.

But then, tragedy struck. With every intention to self-cancel at the eighth episode, SIAS was resoundingly canceled by the largest crowd that Channel 102 had ever seen. Many of them were drunk.

This Thursday night, this blight on humanity will be corrected. The finale of SIAS will finally happen.

This Thursday
Union Hall
Park Slope, Brooklyn
9:00 (plus another show at 10:00)
702 Union Street @5th Avenue

All seven episodes will be screened, followed by the epic finale. I hope you’ll be there.

If you can’t make it, you can always watch the seven original episodes on the 102 site.

This Is What You’re Doing Friday Night

Bootie – the “Best Mashup Party In The USA” (as per Complex Magazine) – is coming to NYC for a second go-round. I didn’t even know they had been here the first time – but now I do!

And what’s more, the man they call [PARTY BEN](http://partyben.com/) is guest DJing.

Need more info? [Here you go.](http://www.bootienyc.com/) Make sure you RSVP for the discount.

Thanks to [A+D](http://www.rebeldjs.com/) for giving me the heads up. You folks are too nice. (And I’m going to be rocking out to [Beethoven’s Fifth Gold Digger](http://www.rebeldjs.com/AplusD_BeethovensFifthGoldDigger.mp3) for the next month.)