James Murphy has made it his craft to understand the exact rock’n'roll affects to avoid, which ones to indulge and which one’s to smartly avoid by acknowledge whilst indulging. Which is why the trailer for LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up And Play The Hits might manage to give you chills, even if you know that your emotions are being wisely manipulated.
Ranking the top artists of the past 365 days is a tricky proposition. What seemed like a simple enough question when we asked you to rate 100 top artists becomes a labyrinth of questions regarding the state of music in 2011. Is dance music really taking over the American landscape, or does hip-hop still rule the minds of music fans? Is it fair to nominate an act that didn’t release a proper record this year, when the internet has made the act of releasing albums virtually obsolete? Did some acts hustle hard for voters while others sat back and let the votes come in? …MORE
You didn’t think LCD Soundsystem‘s final show at Madison Square Garden would fade into memory quickly, did you? Directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace will be premiering a film about the concert at Sundance next year, described as, “A documentary that follows LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy over a crucial 48-hour period, from the day of their final gig at Madison Square Garden to the morning after, the official end of one of the best live bands in the world.”
Hans-Peter Lindstrøm is back with a new album, Six Cups Of Rebel, scheduled for Feb. 6 of next year on Smalltown Supersound. And if the first cut, “De Javu,” is any indication, it seems as though the nu-disco auteur has decided to up the funky quotient quite a bit. The tune features Lindstrøm’s incomprensible vocals (except for the end when he let’s us know he “can’t get no relief.”) and some gnarly trombones that remind us of our favorite bit from LCD Soundsystem‘s 45:33 (“Part 4″). And that is a HIGH compliment.
Rick Ross vs CSS / Tag Team vs LCD Soundsystem / Ghostface Killah vs Beirut /M.I.A. vs Vampire Weekend / The Cool Kids vs The Dodos / and more recently /Wallpaper vs Genesis / Tune-yards vs Rihanna / Little Dragon vs Kelly Rowand
It boggles the mind of what these two mad geniuses can create. I didn’t even know these two songs can mash up but they do and it’s amazing: it’s dance-crazy, it’s rock-crazy, it’s wickedly crazy. That is why I call them the “Kings of Mash-Ups;” and hey, I might even go as far and say that they are the Kings of DJs (I might… but I won’t).