LCD Soundsystem

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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11 Great ’00s Bands We’d Love to See Reunite

Having missed the chance to see Sigur Rós live, only to hear that they were going on “indefinite hiatus,” we spent a reasonable amount of the last couple of years cursing ourselves for our foolishness. But happily, the band sent word earlier this year that it was reuniting, and this week sees the release of the new album Valtari. It seems that wishing really hard can make your dreams come true, because apart from Sigur Rós, some of our other favorite ’00s bands — namely At the Drive-In, Death from Above 1979, and Grandaddy — have all announced in recent months that they’re getting back together. This has all put a sizable dent (albeit a very welcome one) in our list of dream ’00s reunions. But there are still plenty more that we can fantasize about, so here’s a selections of 10 such daydreams — let’s all hold hands and pray together, eh? … Read More

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10 of Indie Rock’s Finest Summer Anthems

The new Beach House record is out this week, and while we’ve always thought the band’s name was more wry irony than genuine summeriness — Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally’s music evokes the atmosphere of boarded-up resorts and empty beaches, as far as we’re concerned — we’ve got no doubt that Bloom is gonna be the soundtrack to many, many people’s summers. And, indeed, every summer needs a good soundtrack, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to take a look at some of our favorite indie summer anthems — songs that celebrate the sun, or just do a fine job of capturing the atmosphere of the season in all its complex, sweaty glory. … Read More

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10 of Music’s Unlikeliest Buzzbands

Boys & Girls, the debut album by Flavorpill faves Alabama Shakes, is out today. The band’s rise to prominence has been one of the more heartening stories of 2012, and not only because their music is great and entirely deserving of all the acclaim that’s been showered upon it. No, we’re also delighted to see Alabama Shakes somehow achieving full music industry buzzband status, with their decidedly un-hip rock ‘n’ soul sounds turning up in the most unlikely places (like MTV’s Buzzworthy blog). They join the ranks of similarly incongruous buzzbands from over the years, musicians who’ve ridden a wave of hype despite being unfashionable, unmarketable or just plain unlikely candidates for success. We’ve selected some other such bands after the jump — who did we miss? … Read More

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First Glimpse: James Murphy in ‘The Comedy’

Back in December, we learned that James Murphy, released from his LCD Soundsystem voice-of-a-generation duties, has taken up acting. In some total no-brainer casting, he stars alongside Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim in The Comedy, a film about bored, aging Brooklyn hipster dudes. Although the movie doesn’t have a release date yet, director Rick Alverson has posted an early clip, giving us a chance to check out Murphy’s chops. Well, sort of. While Murphy is sitting between Tim and Eric in a cab as they mercilessly mock the driver, he doesn’t exactly say anything. He does do a pretty nice job chuckling along, though! … Read More

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