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Review of LCD Soundsystem’s London Sessions

Photo By Ruvan WijesooriyaRuvan WijesooriyaThough James Murphy warned us even before This Is Happening was released last Spring, the LCD Soundsystem victory lap has run for so long and through so many gigs that the idea that the band as we know it is coming to an end in a little over a month – at a final Madison Square Garden show will apparently be attended solely by scalpers – is a bit surreal. But anyone thinking that that final LP was the last word from the band should definitely look for the London Sessions live postscript released digitally late last year and physically this year.

Recorded last Summer at south London’s Pool/Miloco Studios, the hour-long Peel Session-ish document functions both as a live album and best-of compilation. It captures the band sounding tight, lean and pretty much the peak of their live powers while running through a pretty good selection of their most essential tracks, adding occasional embellishments like the Joy Division-ish guitar parts on “All My Friends” and Murphy’s hilarious ad-libbed lyrics on “Pow Pow”, but largely staying true to the originals.

But rather than make London Sessions redundant, this faithfulness makes it all the more essential – those who only know the band from the albums might well assume that they’re a largely studio creation, but those who’ve had the privilege of experiencing them in a live setting know that they’re all hellaciously good musicians and Murphy is a completely riveting frontman, even though objectively speaking he doesn’t do much on stage. Even though there’s not the crowd noises and interaction you’d typically get from a live album, there’s still plenty of live-wire energy captured and the fact that the band are doing this off the floor – there are presumably no overdubs – makes London Sessions almost as essential a component of the LCD discography as anything else they’ve done.

London Sessions was released on CD in late January and will be out as a double-LP on April 26. The Vine has an interview with James Murphy.

Video: LCD Soundsystem – “Pow Pow”
Video: LCD Soundsystem – “Drunk Girls”

Billboard talks to Death Cab For Cutie bassist Nick Harmer about their new record Codes & Keys, due out May 31.

James McNew of Yo La Tengo discusses the band’s ongoing “wheel of fortune” tour with The Vancouver Sun.

Ted Leo talks about striking out on a solo tour with The Los Angeles Times.

Ra Ra Riot have released a new video from The Orchard. There’s an interview with the band at The Victoria Times Colonist.

Video: Ra Ra Riot – “Too Dramatic”

NPR solicits a Tiny Desk Concert from Local Natives.

The Black Keys are going to be at the Molson Amphitheatre on July 7. Tickets $50. Fifty. Plus fees. Yup. Presale today at 10AM.

Video: The Black Keys – “Tighten Up”

Magnet Q&As Gary Louris of The Jayhawks in advance of turning over the editorial reins to he and Mark Olson this week.

NPR is streaming a studio session with Iron & Wine.

Washington City Paper talks to Mike Cooley and The Chicago Tribnue to Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers. Their new record Go-Go Boots is out today.

Aquarium Drunkard has an interview with Lucinda Williams, who will be at Massey Hall on March 4 and 5 opening up for Levon Helm and promoting her new record Blessed, out March 1.

By : Frank Yang at 8:39 am
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