Week In Review (12/19/14)

So Some Guy Named D’Angelo Released An Album?

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And apparently it’s a big deal.

And The Award For The Most Hyped Producer For 2015 Goes To ZHU

And for good reason.

James Murphy Is Making An Album Made Out Of Tennis Sounds.

No, seriously.

Max Frost – “Let Me Down Easy”

So good.

 Will Nothing But Thieves Be The Next Big London Band That’ll Be Featured On Some NBC Drama Commercial?

https://soundcloud.com/nothingbutthieves/graveyard-whistling-2

It sure sounds like it, and in the best way possible.

This Group Of Recent High School Graduates Makes Me Feel Real Old

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Expect great things from Minneapolis-bred Hippo Campus.

 And Your Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Class Of 2015 Is…

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Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett, Bill Withers, and some other famous people. But the real story is who didn’t get inducted.

Is This The Sexist Christmas Song You’ll Hear In 2014?

Or at least the one that sounds the most like the Human League?

Watch Bob Long III Play Inside An Indianapolis Brewery

Thank you Sun King, and thank you My Old Kentucky Blog.

Can’t It Just Be Summer Already?

https://soundcloud.com/forgenevieve/genevieve-colors

I guess I’ll stay in and listen to Genevieve to feel like there’s some sun left.

Anytime An Artist Calls Themselves ‘Indiana’ I Have To Talk About Them

It’s a bonus that this artist actually sounds great.

Male Bonding – “Falling”

Be on the lookout for a new album from these guys in 2015.

Kathleen Hanna aka The Punk Singer Is Back!

This is also the same girl who introduced Kurt Cobain to Teen Spirit.

This Will Be The Last ‘Week In Review’ For The Year!

I’ll be on vacation with the family from Christmas till New Years and I will not be near any sort of Internet. See you in 2015!

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Happy Days: Happy LCD Soundsystem Day!

Tonight at selected theaters across the country, Shut Up And Play The Hits will be playing, and if you can go then go! The movie follows James Murphy and his very last show with LCD Soundsystem at Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2011. Below is the movie’s trailer.

In honor of this special day, let’s us for a second stop to reflect on the awesomeness that is James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem.

The band only released three albums, but they are all great albums that fused punk and disco, and the music helped define what indie music could be in the 2000s. The middle album, 2007’s Sound Of Silver, is the band’s crowning acheivment. A dance record that just about every music fan could love, this nine track effort is a genuinely great record that manages to make you think while you dance, and it makes all the David Bowie comparisons just. Click here to see more of my review of Sound Of Silver.

If you’re not familiar with James Murphy, click here to read an excellent NPR article explaining why you should love LCD Soundsystem.

Below I’ve got some of the band’s best songs, including “All My Friends”, which I consider to be one of the best songs I’ve ever heard (sorry that I’m not sorry for making such a claim).

“Losing My Edge”

 

“Daft Punk Is Playing At My House”

 

“North American Scum”

 

“Someone Great”

 

“All My Friends”

 

“Dance Yrself Clean”

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Classics In The Making: LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver

A dance record for those who don’t like dance music.

In the 80s we had The Talking Heads and David Byrne, and in the 2000s we had LCD Soundsystem and James Murphy.  Murphy’s band blends together the beats of house music but is very faithful to the rock music he loves.  While rock and dance genres don’t normally go well together, Sound of Silver manages to create a sound that both dancers and rockers can move to.  It’s rock music you can dance to!

The album starts off slow with “Get Innocuous!”, and for about about two minutes it seems like the song is going nowhere.  Casual listeners might struggle to stay in the song, but if you wait long enough the vocals kick in, the drums kick harder, and the groove will enter your body and will not come out.  From there the album jumps around great tracks with lyrics of noticeable depth.  Murphy sings about loosing a dear friend (“Someone Great”), getting older and still trying to be cool (“All My Friends”), the love-hate relationship he has with his favorite city (“New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”), and anything else cool people who live in New York talk about.

The most incredible thing about this album is that it’s meant to be listened to as an album – whole, uninterrupted, and revolving around a concept.  There are no weak tracks here, but listening to them individually out of order won’t sound as good as listening to the album from start to finish, a task that might be too much for the mp3 generation to handle.  The only possible exception is “All My Friends”, Murphy’s most accessible song and one of the best songs of the past decade.

So this is rare, in the age of downloading where the emphasis is on an individual track, that Murphy is putting emphasis on the whole thing, and he’s all the better for it.  This is proof that the album is not dead, not yet anyways.

Follow the link to watch a shortened (but still awesome!) video for “All My Friends.”

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