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LCD Soundsystem (2002)

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LCD Soundsystem was a prominent American dance-punk band from New York City. It was fronted by American singer-songwriter and producer James Murphy, co-founder of record label DFA Records. The group released three critically acclaimed albums, with 2010's This Is Happening charting in the Billboard Top 10.

On February 5, 2011, a statement was posted on the band's website that announced its disbandment following a farewell concert, which took place on April 2, 2011, at Madison Square Garden. Their last live televised performance was on February 14, 2011 on The Colbert Report.

  Biography  

  Early singles and self-titled album (2002–2005)
LCD Soundsystem gained attention with its first single, "Losing My Edge". Described as "an eight-minute, laugh-out-loud funny dissection of cool over a dirty electronic beat"; the single became an underground dance favorite. This was followed by other well received singles "Give It Up" and "Yeah".

LCD Soundsystem released a double disc set simply titled LCD Soundsystem in February 2005 to critical acclaim. The first disc contains the album and the second contains re-releases of previous singles. The opening track "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House" quickly gained popularity and entered the UK Top 40 in March 2005 and was later featured on several video game soundtracks like SSX on Tour, Forza Motorsport 2, Burnout Revenge, and FIFA 06. The band toured with M.I.A.

In June 2005, the band covered a Siouxsie and the Banshees song, "Slowdive" for the B-side of "Disco Infiltrator".

On December 8, 2005 the group received nominations for two Grammy awards in the Electronica category for their self-titled album and in the Dance category for "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House." This album was also chosen as #94 of Amazon.com's "Top 100 Editor's Picks" of 2005.

  45:33 and Sound of Silver (2006–2008)
In October 2006, James Murphy released a track entitled "" as part of a promotion with Nike for download from iTunes. Despite its name, the track is 45 minutes and 58 seconds long, and was claimed to "reward and push at good intervals of a run". However, it was later revealed that this was not the case, but that Murphy merely wanted the opportunity to create a long piece of music, akin to E2-E4 by Manuel Göttsching.

LCD Soundsystem's second album, Sound of Silver, was released on March 12, 2007, to near universal critical acclaim. Praise included Mixmag awarding it the title Album of the Month, a 9.2 score from Pitchfork Media and a 5-star review from The Guardian. The album release was preceded by the single "North American Scum".

LCD Soundsystem's subsequent single "All My Friends" included a cover of the song by both Franz Ferdinand and former Velvet Underground member John Cale. The digital download "All My Friends" EP also includes a cover of the early Joy Division song "No Love Lost". In September 2007, the "A Bunch of Stuff" EP was released and the band went on tour with Arcade Fire. Late in 2007, the band released "Someone Great" as the third single off of Sound of Silver and re-released on CD and vinyl through DFA Records. In December 2007, there was a release of a 12-inch record containing b-sides from European singles for the North American market entitled "Confuse the Marketplace".

Also in December 2007, the band received a nomination for the Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance Album. The album was also named the best album of 2007 by publications such as The Guardian, Uncut and Drowned in Sound.

Time magazine named "All My Friends" one of The 10 Best Songs of 2007, ranking it at #4. Writer Josh Tyrangiel praised the "magic" in the song, saying that the song's "straightforward repetition of the same guitar, keyboard and bass lines, combined with lyrics about life without regret, and life with all kinds of regrets pays off with a punch about what we lose as we get older." The track was later named the second best song of the 2000s by Pitchfork Media. The album was also nominated for the 2007 Shortlist Prize, where it lost out to The Reminder by Feist.

After finishing touring for Sound of Silver the band recorded and released a song entitled "Big Ideas" on the soundtrack of the film 21. This song was ranked number 63 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.

  This Is Happening (2009–2011)
On November 18, 2008 Al Doyle seemed to suggest in an interview with 6 Music that the band would soon be discontinued. However the following day both Doyle and James Murphy quashed this rumor, with Murphy indicating a new LCD Soundsystem album was on the way. Murphy began recording in the summer of 2009 in Los Angeles. Possible song titles mentioned at that time included "Why Do You Hate Music?" and "Love in LA." For the 2009 Record Store Day the band released a cover of Suicide member Alan Vega's song "Bye Bye Bayou".

On February 23, 2010, the official LCD Soundsystem website announced that the album had been completed. The first single was set to be "Drunk Girls" and on March 25, a stream of the song was put on music site One Thirty BPM. The title of the album and the cover were revealed on the DFA site on March 30. The album, titled This Is Happening, was released in the UK on May 17, 2010 and in the US on May 18, 2010. Prior to the release Murphy promised that it will be "definitely better than the other two." Murphy also stated that it was likely to be the last LCD Soundsystem album.

The band performed two secret gigs in New York on April 9 and April 12, 2010, at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall in New York respectively. James Murphy made an impassioned plea with fans and industry attendees at the New York gig not to leak the album to the internet in advance of the May 17 release date. It was reported in the NME that Murphy went down on his knees onstage and stated:

"If you got a copy of the record early and you feel like sharing it with the rest of the world, then please don't ... We spent two years making this record and we want to put it out when we want to put it out. I don't care about money – after it comes out, give it to whoever you want for free but until then, keep it to yourself."

For the 2010 edition of Record Store Day, the band released 1000 copies of a single-sided 12" single of This Is Happening track "Pow Pow." When speaking to The Quietus in August, Murphy insisted that LCD Soundsystem would continue to record music, stating: "We’ll do some 12”s and things like that. I just need to get away from it being a big thing."

The first single released from This Is Happening was "Drunk Girls" featuring a video co-directed by Murphy and acclaimed director Spike Jonze. This was followed later in the year by "I Can Change". On the 8th November 2010 the band released a "live-in-studio" album called The London Sessions, designed to invoke the spirit of Peel Sessions. In addition to this they released a vinyl single of longtime live cover "Throw" by Paperclip People on Carl Craig's Planet E label.

On February 8, 2011, LCD Soundsystem announced on its website that it would be playing its last show ever on April 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The band also announced that it would play four warm-up shows March 28–31 at New York's Terminal 5. According to the Web site, "We are retiring from the game. Gettin’ out. Movin’ on." When tickets went on pre-sale and official sale, there were widespread problems with availability and online ordering, and the show became sold-out suddenly. Murphy pointed the finger at scalpers, writing on his Twitter account: "i will try to figure a way out to fuck these fuckers. NO MATTER WHAT WE DO, IT IS NOT WORTH THAT KIND OF MONEY TO SEE US!" and "1500 for a single ticket? Fuck you, scalpers. You are parasites. I HATE you." The final song performed by LCD Soundsystem at the farewell show was "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down". The show lasted almost four hours with appearances by Arcade Fire, Reggie Watts and others. This officially marked the end of LCD Soundsystem.

On April 12, 2011 James Murphy confirmed via the LCD Soundsystem's Facebook page the release of the final show on DVD, with a better quality than the stream who offered Pitchfork, and is expected to be released early on 2012.

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  Albums 

  Tracks  

Name Duration Released
Drunk Girls 03:42 17/05/2010
Throw 10:01 17/05/2010
Dance Yrself Clean 08:56 17/05/2010
Home 07:53 17/05/2010
Somebody's Calling Me 06:53 17/05/2010
Pow Pow 08:23 17/05/2010
You Wanted a Hit 09:06 17/05/2010
I Can Change 05:55 17/05/2010
All I Want 06:41 17/05/2010
One Touch 07:45 17/05/2010
Oh You 03:51 17/05/2010
Freak Out/Starry Eyes 12:20 28/05/2007
Time to Get Away 04:11 03/2007
Get Innocuous! 07:11 03/2007
Sound of Silver 07:07 03/2007
Watch the Tapes 03:55 03/2007
Us v Them 08:29 03/2007
All My Friends 07:37 03/2007
Someone Great 06:25 03/2007
North American Scum 05:25 03/2007
Hippie Priest Bum-Out 00:00 26/02/2007
45:33 45:58 17/10/2006
Slowdive 04:12 13/03/2006
Yr City's A Sucker 05:30 13/03/2006
On Repeat 08:01 01/2005
Never as Tired as When I'm Waking Up 04:49 01/2005
Movement 03:04 01/2005
Tribulations 04:59 01/2005
Too Much Love 05:42 01/2005
Daft Punk Is Playing at My House 05:16 01/2005
Great Release 06:35 01/2005
Disco Infiltrator 04:56 01/2005
Thrills 03:42 01/2005

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