LCD Soundsystem Archive

The Monday Set: Shout Out Louds – Los Angeles – 5/23/2013

Shout Out Louds (2 of 4)

Shout Out Louds
El Rey Theater
Los Angeles, CA
5/23/2013

Stockholm’s Shout Out Louds have just finished their US tour in support of the new album Optica with a two-night stand at LA’s El Rey Theater. It was their first visit to the city in three years. If you haven’t heard them before, their music can be described as often bleakly wistful lyrics completely camouflaged by bright, sunny tunes. Over the years, they’ve increasingly polished up their production and slowed down their tempos — originally, they could clearly be categorized as garage-rock revivalists, but now they almost sound like Gran Turismo-era Cardigans in those regards.

This recording is from the first show, which featured a good mix of new and old, with seven songs off the new record, and three each from their killer début, 2005’s Howl Howl Gaff Gaff, 2007’s Our Ill Wills, and 2010’s Work. A real standout was main set closer “Very Loud,” which featured the addition of lyrics from LCD Soundsystem’s classic, “All My Friends.”

Drummer Eric Edman was not present for this tour.

Set list:
1. Sugar
2. Walking in Your Footsteps
3. The Comeback
4. Impossible
5. Candle Burned Out
6. Chasing the Setting Sun
7. Fall Hard
8. Illusions
9. Blue Ice
10. Hard Rain
11. Please Please Please
12. 14th of July
13. Very Loud (includes part of LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends”)

Encore:
14. Destroy
15. Walls
16. Tonight I Have to Leave It

Download: Shout Out Louds – Los Angeles – 5/23/2013 – 445 MB

Sample: Very Loud (Live)

The Wednesday Set: LCD Soundsystem – New York – 3/28/11 (Set 3)

LCD Soundsystem
Terminal 5
New York City, NY
3/28/11

So this was the opening night of the much-hyped “farewell” concert series for LCD Soundsystem. After the villainous triple threat of corporate America, scalpers, and free market capitalism hijacked the ticket sale for the Madison Square Garden show, snatching up all the tickets and exorbitantly marking them up for resale on legal pirate scalper outpost StubHub, James Murphy booked 4 shows at Terminal 5 to amend for the miscalculation. Even this did little to tame the public’s appetite to see LCD Soundsystem one last time, as the T5 shows sold out immediately, but this time with scalper-proof distribution requiring ticket pick-up at 6:30 the day of the show.

I’ve never been big on LCD Soundsystem. I’ve had “Sound of Silver” on my iPod for years, but rarely listened to it. Despite being considered one of the best albums of 2007 (at least that’s what Wikipedia told me), the album just never clicked for me. But after witnessing them live, I have to say that I finally get it. The show was nothing short of a spectacle. There had to be close to 20 people performing both on and off stage including a chorus. I counted at least 13 keyboards in addition to a battery of percussion and the usual guitar/bass/drums setup. The 3 sets ran for about an hour each and consisted of some obvious choices and some deep cuts for the hardcore fans in the house, ending well after midnight. I was pretty exhausted at the end and not looking forward to work early the next morning.

But still, a 3 hour show is pretty fucking cool. I’d like to see more bands with extensive catalogues would do these kinds of special shows. I gotta give it up to Mr. Murphy for giving his musical project the proper sendoff that any true fan would want. At least until 2017, when the reunion shows are announced.

Set 3
1. Us v Them
2. You Wanted a Hit
3. Tribulations
4. Movement
5. Yeah (Crass Version)

Encore 1
6. Someone Great
7. Losing My Edge
8. Home

Encore 2
9. New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

Download: LCD Soundsystem – New York – 3/28/11 (Set 3) – 98 MB

Sample: Losing My Edge (Live)

The Tuesday Set: LCD Soundsystem – New York – 3/28/11 (Set 2)

LCD Soundsystem
Terminal 5
New York City, NY
3/28/11

So this was the opening night of the much-hyped “farewell” concert series for LCD Soundsystem. After the villainous triple threat of corporate America, scalpers, and free market capitalism hijacked the ticket sale for the Madison Square Garden show, snatching up all the tickets and exorbitantly marking them up for resale on legal pirate scalper outpost StubHub, James Murphy booked 4 shows at Terminal 5 to amend for the miscalculation. Even this did little to tame the public’s appetite to see LCD Soundsystem one last time, as the T5 shows sold out immediately, but this time with scalper-proof distribution requiring ticket pick-up at 6:30 the day of the show.

I’ve never been big on LCD Soundsystem. I’ve had “Sound of Silver” on my iPod for years, but rarely listened to it. Despite being considered one of the best albums of 2007 (at least that’s what Wikipedia told me), the album just never clicked for me. But after witnessing them live, I have to say that I finally get it. The show was nothing short of a spectacle. There had to be close to 20 people performing both on and off stage including a chorus. I counted at least 13 keyboards in addition to a battery of percussion and the usual guitar/bass/drums setup. The 3 sets ran for about an hour each and consisted of some obvious choices and some deep cuts for the hardcore fans in the house, ending well after midnight. I was pretty exhausted at the end and not looking forward to work early the next morning.

But still, a 3 hour show is pretty fucking cool. I’d like to see more bands with extensive catalogues would do these kinds of special shows. I gotta give it up to Mr. Murphy for giving his musical project the proper sendoff that any true fan would want. At least until 2017, when the reunion shows are announced.

Set 2
1. 45:33 Part One
2. 45:33 Part Two
3. Sound of Silver
4. 45:33 Part Four
5. 45:33 Part Five
6. 45:33 Part Six
7. Freak Out
8. Starry Eyes

Download: LCD Soundsystem – New York – 3/28/11 (Set 2) – 57 MB

Sample: Freak Out (Live)

The Monday Set: LCD Soundsystem – New York – 3/28/11

LCD Soundsystem
Terminal 5
New York City, NY
3/28/11

So this was the opening night of the much-hyped “farewell” concert series for LCD Soundsystem. After the villainous triple threat of corporate America, scalpers, and free market capitalism hijacked the ticket sale for the Madison Square Garden show, snatching up all the tickets and exorbitantly marking them up for resale on legal pirate scalper outpost StubHub, James Murphy booked 4 shows at Terminal 5 to amend for the miscalculation. Even this did little to tame the public’s appetite to see LCD Soundsystem one last time, as the T5 shows sold out immediately, but this time with scalper-proof distribution requiring ticket pick-up at 6:30 the day of the show.

I’ve never been big on LCD Soundsystem. I’ve had “Sound of Silver” on my iPod for years, but rarely listened to it. Despite being considered one of the best albums of 2007 (at least that’s what Wikipedia told me), the album just never clicked for me. But after witnessing them live, I have to say that I finally get it. The show was nothing short of a spectacle. There had to be close to 20 people performing both on and off stage including a chorus. I counted at least 13 keyboards in addition to a battery of percussion and the usual guitar/bass/drums setup.  The 3 sets ran for about an hour each and consisted of some obvious choices and some deep cuts for the hardcore fans in the house, ending well after midnight. I was pretty exhausted at the end and not looking forward to work early the next morning.

But still, a 3 hour show is pretty fucking cool. I’d like to see more bands with extensive catalogues do these kinds of special shows. I gotta give it up to Mr. Murphy for giving his musical project the proper sendoff that any true fan would want. At least until 2017, when the reunion shows are announced.

Set 1
1. Intro
2. Dance Yrself Clean
3. Drunk Girls
4. I Can Change
5. Time to Get Away
6. Get Innocuous
7. Thrills
8. Daft Punk is Playing at My House
9. Yr City’s a Sucker
10. All My Friends

Download: LCD Soundsystem – New York – 3/28/11 (Set 1) – 82 MB

Sample: Daft Punk Is Playing At My House (Live)

Set 2
1. 45:33 Part One
2. 45:33 Part Two
3. Sound of Silver
4. 45:33 Part Four
5. 45:33 Part Five
6. 45:33 Part Six
7. Freak Out
8. Starry Eyes

Download: LCD Soundsystem – New York – 3/28/11 (Set 2) – 57 MB

Sample: Freak Out (Live)

Set 3
1. Us v Them
2. You Wanted a Hit
3. Tribulations
4. Movement
5. Yeah (Crass Version)

Encore 1
6. Someone Great
7. Losing My Edge
8. Home

Encore 2
9. New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

Download: LCD Soundsystem – New York – 3/28/11 (Set 3) – 98 MB

Sample: Losing My Edge (Live)

LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum (Live Video)

LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum
Lowlands Festival
Biddinghuizen, Holland
9/19/07

LCD Soundsystem sold out three days here in Los Angeles. I was interested in going to see them after all the hype about how great they were and my mild interest in their music. Tickets were way to expensive on Craigslist for a band that hadn’t convinced me of their greatness.

Download: LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum (Live Video)