LCD Soundsystem

The 25 Greatest Songs About City Life

Most big cities with any sort of history have a song. If that city’s New York, it has about 1000 of ‘em. But to be a classic of the genre, the song has to speak to bigger themes about city life, be it the hustle, the danger, or the beauty below the filth. Here are the 25 best, from Lou Reed to Nas to The… Read More

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The Best Joy Division Covers

It was 34 years ago this weekend that Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis tragically took his own life. The legacy the post-punk pioneer left behind is unmistakable, despite having only two full-length albums to his credit. His influence is evident in the sound of countless bands who continue to be inspired by his somber lyricism. The number of Unknown Pleasures wannabes is exhausting, but we’ve chosen ten of the best Joy Division covers by artists who uniquely transformed Curtis’… Read More

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Watch David Byrne Pay Tribute to Nigerian Funk Musician Willliam Onyeabor on ‘The Tonight Show’

Nigerian funk musician Wililam Onyeabor self-released eight albums before becoming a born-again Christian and businessman, swearing never to speak of… Read More

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The 50 Best Debut Singles in Music History

The music nerd contingent at Flavorwire central recently got a-talking about our favorite debut single. The list is nearly endless, but once you start to think about it, picking out the best isn’t quite as easy as you might think — “Alison” wasn’t Elvis Costello’s first single, for instance, nor was “Take Me Out” Franz Ferdinand’s debut or “Unfinished Sympathy” Massive Attack’s. Of course, this discussion inevitably led to list-making, and here’s the result: our picks for the 50 best debut singles the world of music has to… Read More

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A Selection of Great Indie Songs About Pop Stars

The world seems to be getting more self-referential with every passing day — the endlessly meta nature of the Internet means that at times it feels like culture is at risk of devolving into one giant in-joke. Still, with all that said, it’s still notable that two of our favorite songs of recent weeks — Priests’ “Lana” and Speedy Ortiz’s “Taylor Swift” — are inspired to varying extents by mainstream pop stars. This isn’t an entirely new phenomenon, mind you; there’s a long-ish tradition of indie bands writing songs that reference their mainstream counterparts, either directly or obliquely. Here are ten of the best. … Read More

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The 50 Greatest Summer Albums, 1963-2013

Summer officially arrives this week, bringing with it afternoons in the park and rooftop parties and beaches. The thing is, though, every summer needs a soundtrack, and while every year there seems to be a rush to anoint a certain tune The Song of the Summer™, Flavorwire decided to go one better and choose a quintessential summer album for every one of the past 50 years, as something of a sequel to last month’s list of the 50 albums you need to own, 1963-2013. Click through and get… Read More

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20 of the Flat-Out Funniest Songs in Rock ‘n’ Roll

In an attempt to save you (not to mention ourselves) from the general Monday-morning awfulness that tends to follow a lovely spring weekend, Flavorwire has compiled a playlist of indie/rock/generally guitar-based songs that are genuinely funny. These are 20 of the flat-out wittiest and most amusing songs we know — and we guarantee that at least one of them will make you chuckle. (Note: we’re discounting actual comedy songs here, so no Lonely Island/Flight of the Conchords/etc.) Keep the hilarity going by adding to our list in the comments. … Read More

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Watch a Fantastic LCD Soundsystem/Miles Davis Mash-Up

God bless the Internet, for it contains all of humanity — including, for instance, a dude who whiles away the lonely nights making a YouTube mashup of Miles Davis jamming along to LCD Soundsystem’s “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.” The gentleman in question, one Alessandro Grespan, posted the video on his YouTube channel last year, but it gained a sudden shitload of attention yesterday when the band discovered it and reposted it to their Facebook page. We’ll leave the final word to LCD themselves: “I love people and the things they do,” the band wrote. “Honestly. This rules and is deeply hilarious.” Word. Check the video out after the jump. … Read More

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Watch Lance Bangs’ Tribute to LCD Soundsystem and New York City

For the past decade, no band has been more closely associated with the spirit of New York City — or Williamsburg, at the very least — than LCD Soundsystem. From late-night debauchery to portraits of aging-scenester pathos to “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down,” James Murphy captured the highs and lows of post-9/11 hipster life so perfectly that when he announced the band was calling it quits, an era ended on the spot. In his five-minute film “LCD Soundsystem + NYC,” music video director Lance Bangs pays tribute to the symbiotic relationship between the band and the city, interviewing folks like Reggie Watts and Nick Kroll and interspersing their words with performance footage. The video is the first in a series of four shorts that accompany the upcoming release of Shut Up and Play the Hits, Dylan Southern and William Lovelace’s feature documentary about LCD, Murphy, and the group’s already legendary 2011 farewell show at Madison Square Garden. Watch “LCD Soundsystem + NYC” after the jump. … Read More

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