A reunited Pulp spent the winter holidays playing shows on a cruise ship called the S.S. Coachella (uhh …) but also got together with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy to record this perfect disco-hopping/shopping track called "After You." And here it is, in all its cheesy-synth-hook droll Jarvis Cocker glory.
"While LCD ranks as one of the most respected acts in music and their most recent record 'This Is Happening' is their strongest commercially, some people may not know their sound. In concert, the band has the energy, the funk and percussion accents of 'Stop Making Sense'-era Talking heads. Yeah, they're that good." —Above, the final LCD Soundsystem show, which is pretty damn enjoyable. Watch it before, like the band itself, it's gone.
Does the tambourine that LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy slides onto his arm in this video of him performing "Yr City's a Sucker" in Ireland last year look like it might hurt? The sharp edges of those little cymbals digging into the soft flesh of his bicep? It probably doesn't. Because of all the laughing, or fake laughing, he's doing while singing the song. A team of scientists led by Oxford evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar recently tested responses to painful stimuli like a super-cold arm wrap, or an increasingly tight blood-pressure cuff, before and after the subjects were made to laugh, and found that pain threshholds were significantly higher after [...]
"To be sure, we all have our complaints. And while there is no other city where I could imagine living, there are many places that, for different purposes, I would rather be. But this too is a very New York sentiment." —The posthumous op-ed from Tony Judt in today's Times reads like a scholarly, world-history-considering version of LCD Soundsystem's "New York I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down." Speaking of LCD Soundsystem, and how mind-blowingly awesome they are live (were we speaking of that? we should have been), they have a live-in-studio album (God, that sounds dumb, but you know what I mean, right?) coming out [...]
You may have heard about this already, but the video just went up on Youtube, so: LCD Soundsystem closed their concerts at Manhattan's Terminal 5 Thursday, Friday, Saturday and last night by incorporating the chorus of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' triumphant anthem "Empire State of Mind" into the beautiful but normally less entirely triumphant anthem "New York I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down." I was at Thursday night's show, and it left me relying on the doofy word "magical" to describe it.
The video for the new song from the National features Jonathan Franzen walking around the remote Chilean Island of Alejandro Selkirk, mourning the loss of David Foster Wallace with the hand puppet from the classic video for LCD Soundsystem's "New York, I love You But You're Bringing Me Down." Oh, wait. I should watch it again. That might not actually be Jonathan Franzen.
Seth Colter Walls: Maura, has it been a good first third of 2010, music-wise? What were the highlights? And what depressed the shit out of you? Maura Johnston: 2010 has actually been a great year for music. So far! And there's more to come!! Seth: Really? Because I've felt slightly… underwhelmed. (Though I'm glad you are confirming that the rest of calendar year 2010 is still to come.) Maura: Well, I know the whole existence of the future has been a cause for worry recently. But I am optimistic!