Tag Archives: LCD Soundsystem


16 Jun

If This is Happening is truly the swan song of James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem project…bravo sir. A truly amazing album. This isn’t an introduction to a new decade music, but a nostalgic gaze upon the great musical influences in James Murphy’s life. Eno, Bowie, Byrne, Bush Tetras, Liquid Liquid etc etc etc.

Anyway the song “All I want” is James’ homage to Brian Eno (think Heroes with Bowie). It’s a 7 minute long track that hits from the beginning and barely builds through the piece. I liked it. Hopefully you will too.


LCD Soundsystem – “Drunk Girls”

6 Apr

This man is just cool.

I love LCD Soundsystem. I first caught James Murphy and his crew in the fall of 2007 @ a Randall Island concert in New York with Arcade Fire, Les Savy Fav, and Blonde Redhead. This guy just makes good music. This is the new single from the upcoming LCD Soundsystem album. Danceable beats, clever lyrics, blasé attitude. Punk Rock.


Coachella 2010! April 16-18

20 Jan

looks like fun

If somebody asked me to list the greatest (current) music festivals in the United States, I’d probably give them the following five in no particular order: Virgin Festival, SXSW, Lollapalooza, Sasquatch! Music Festival, and Coachella. Given that I will not be attending 4/5 of these events, pardon me while I gush about the one I will.

Welcome to Coachella 2010. A three day music fest located in sunny Indio California. From April 16-18, for the price of $269, you can rock your socks off, shake your groove thing, dance like a maniac, or sway awkwardly from side to side. The choice is yours! Currently in its 11th year, the show is bringing a solid mix of rock/indie/electronic/classic/contemporary/mellow/upbeat moods to the sunny April weekend. But what’s so special?

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New LCD Soundsystem Single “bye bye Bayou”

23 Oct
beards. silver beards.

beards and guyliner...win

Hey all, the new LCD Soundsystem single, “Bye Bye Bayou” is available for download (for free). Listen Listen Listen. How do you get it?

Step 1. Just head on over to http://lcdsoundsystem.com/

Step 2. Throw down your email address for the mp3.*

*The File is about 17 mb

Step 3. Groove

The Phenomenal Handclap Band: Music and tour dates

6 Oct
The Phenomenal Handclap Band, I mean what can I say that hasn’t already been said. These guys are burning up the underground scene with a live instrument funk fusion set. Yeah that’s right I just threw those words at your face like a wet cat. Know what it means? Well they basically sound like an electronic group, except they bust out the Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene real instrument schtick (I know, that’s so 2003,2004). But trust me, it works. Electronic dance music with instruments? That’s craziness right,  it’s like we’re seeing the future or something. Wait, i guess that would just make it dance music from the 70s and 80s. Oh right.

Eye of the Chromeo

24 Sep
nice legs

nice legs

Where art thou Chromeo?

If you don’t know them already, Chromeo is a fantastic electropop duo that has been rocking the neo-80s sound for the better part of the last decade. Clearly they’re not alone, but as a part of this 80s revival dig, they’re doing a damn good job. They have two albums out; She’s in control (2004) and Fancy Footwork (2007) with the latter being a much stronger expression of their pop sensibilities. Probably best known for their songs “Momma’s Boy,” or “Needy Girl,” they write in a catchy first time listen and like style that’s widely appreciated.

What do they sound like?

Well, Chromeo has always been described to me as electrofunk. Now, I’m not disagreeing with the label completely, but I view them more as a synthpop group with elements of electrofunk in some of their more dance friendly tunes. The reason I make this distinction is due to the fact that most of the source material that inspires Chromeo isn’t really electrofunk at all; it’s actually the complete opposite. You see Chromeo sometimes uses that modern electrofunk sound as a backbone similar to other modern groups (think LCD Soundsystem*), but I’m really not convinced that’s the source of their inspiration. No, they draw from a much broader range of popular music and I think it’s more accurate to say that they’re more grounded in the 80’s New Wave. You can hear elements of songs from acts like The Cars, Yazoo, Survivor, and Corey Hart in Chromeo’s music.

*I’m not saying LCD Soundsystem is exclusively electrofunk, but they’re a pretty well known example

Why is it important to know what sound a group/artist is shooting for before you listen to them? I.E. Dude, why should I care?

I guess you shouldn’t let it affect whether or not you like them, but I generally think it’s important to know where a band’s sound comes from before you can truly reflect on the music they’re making (I personally reflect on their music in between bouts of furious dancing under neon lights).  I say this now because, in my opinion, Chromeo is a great example of a band that’s more enjoyable once you understand what they’re aiming for. They’re aiming to get into your head and stay there, and we’re all happier because of it. These guys can write a catchy tune.

But I digress…

The real reason i’m writing this whole article is because my friend who’s up in Baltimore all by his lonesome and planning on taking over the world…sent me Chromeo’s new single releasing on Mountain Dew’s label. Yes. It’s about time Mountain Dew made a recording label. The song is called “Night by Night.” I like it. I’ve included a couple of links to various things…HypeMachine, MegaUpload, and the Mountain Dew label site.

So go listen and keep on making me dance Chromeo. keep on making me dance.

Hype Machine


Buy the song here.  Listen to Chromeo, support Mountain Dew. Live life to the limits. Oh and if you’re feeling up to it, take a listen to this, and then listen to Survivor. Rock.

My friends suck, we never walk down the strip to an abandoned warehouse to jam.

Is it just me or does the synth guy’s shirt get more colorful

as the video moves forward…

that's a ton of chest hair for an asian man, I would know.

that's a ton of chest hair for an asian man, I would know.

Oh, and if you’d like to enjoy it, here are a few tracks from Chromeo presented by Mark Dacascos. What, you don’t know who Mark Dacascos is? He’s kind of a big deal. He’s on Dancing with the Stars now but more importantly he kind of played the Chairman on Iron Chef America; yeah he’s a badass. I hear he could cook better than all the contestants if he wanted to. But that’s beside the point, the MOST Important detail of all is that he was he was in this little movie that came out about 8 years ago called Brotherhood of the Wolf. It was an awesome movie. You can probably find it under Le Pacte des Loups. Do it now. Stop reading.

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microKORG XL first impression

17 Sep

I really want this guy to be my friend.

So what’s he so excited about? Only the spiritual successor to one of the most widely used synth/vocorders out there (that and he just seems to be that kind of guy…which is awesome). Don’t believe me? Ask LCD Soundsystem, The Killers, The Handsome Furs, Soulwax, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Royksopp, Justice, Chromeo, The Crystal Castles…you get the idea.  They all used the microKorg in recording/live sets/battling dragons.

So, the microKORG has been around for about 7 years and the XL launched this spring rocking some very chic neo-vintage styling. I love that description by the way. More stuff needs to fit a neo-vintage design standard. I am calling to design people everywhere, give me more neo-vintage! Anyway, the new microKORG is getting rave reviews and with the $500 dollar pricetag it’s not horribly overpriced, but there are cheaper options no doubt.

Hmmm, impulse buy? Maybe.

Go listen to some Handsome Furs…right…now.

YDP in the know: YACHT, not Yacht

26 Aug

Do you know who Jona Bechtolt is? I do. Sucker.

I first learned about him back in 2006 when he was all up in The Blow, a stripped down electro pop duo with Mikhaela Yvonne Maricich. She still uses the moniker. I actually copped their gangsta tunes back in 2007 on ‘Paper Television,’ no joke, it’s a fantastic album. Back in the day I tried to get my hands on a their 7″ single Parentheses but I still don’t own it. Sad Face.

I’m just kidding you silly goose, I own it. It’s on my shelf next to my Jason Webley EPs. Lots of happiness in that section, I sometimes move an Elliot Smith LP over there just to bring it down a few notches. But seriously, wonderful minimal pop qualities album..but that’s not what this post is about.

So monsiuer Bechtolt moved on from The Blow in 2007 and decided to crank out an EP last year (Summer Song EP) and finally a full length album this year. Sweet mother thank you. See Mystery Lights is pure electronic music hotness. This was released on DFA records and as you would expect it’s very upbeat. Much like the rest of the DFA lineup, this is pure funky electro pop with a hint of disco fun. It’s fresh, it’s retro and the LCD System/Murphy influence is completely obvious from the first few tracks (most notably on Summer Song but that was intentional according to a Pitchfork review). But that’s not the whole picture. Reviews have seemingly breezed right past one of the most obvious influences, ska. I’ve seen mentions of the island sound reggae organ and beats, but I can’t help but see the distinct 60’s ska influence on this record, seriously Desmond Dekker is oozing out of this album. Quite an enjoyable listen if I do say so myself.

My favorite song on the record, “Psychic City,” sounds like the perfect blend of his work with The Blow and the LCD Soundsystem influence. Ah, happy heaven 2009. You’ll like this if you like: LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, …and all other releases on DFA.

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