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[Moving Mondays] LCD Soundsystem’s final show in full

Posted in Features, Stream with tags , , on 4 April, 2011 by Chapperdeemus

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There is no bigger video on the internet at the moment. Watch the full set from LCD Soundsystem’s emotional fair well to the World, as they bow out in style with a stunning 4 hour set at Madison Square Gardens.

They will be sorely missed, having brought such energy and innovation to the dance and indie scenes across the last decade.

If you have time, watch the whole thing, it is awe inspiring.

Someone Great has gone!

 

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The Muppets ‘dance thmselves clean’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 25 February, 2011 by Chapperdeemus

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This is one of the best fan made videos I have seen for a long time. Yes, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy sounds like Kermit the frog, it’s a well known fact, as we have seen in this video of ‘New York I love you, but you’re bringing me down’.

But it doesn’t get old, and now a group from Brighton have made one to 2010’s track of the year, ‘Dance Yrself Clean’. Have a look below, and wait for the inevitable mental bit around the 3 minute mark.

Seeing this is really making it hit home that LCD Soundsystem are breaking up. Sad times.

Hotcakes’ Albums of 2010

Posted in Features with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 24 December, 2010 by Sim.R

2010 is all but up and what a year of music it’s been. The bakers at Hotcakes have been putting their collective toques together and these are our favourite albums of the year:

 


1. Beach House – Teen Dream
This album came top by a country mile, which just goes to show how exceptional it is. Regardless of your tastes and genres, it is so hard to not be bowled over by all ten songs, right from the first riff of ‘Zebra’ all the way to the looping chorus of ‘Take Care’. The duo have been at the forefront of all lists and on the lips of all bloggers since they released Teen Dream all the way back in January this year.

Often, an album that gets released in January loses its freshness and appeal by the time decision time comes around in December. It takes something really special to maintain a love for an album through twelve months, through all seasons, through all moods. Animal Collective managed it last year. And Beach House have proven themselves in the same league this year.
words: Chapperdeemus

 


2. Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here
At the age 61 and recent resident of New York state penitentiary, it seemed unlikely that Gil Scott-Heron would make such a stunning
comeback let alone has completely reinvented his sound. With the fusion of jazz, soul and blues and his proto-rap style replaced
with a brooding, dark, electronic Scott-Heron has broken completely new ground, amazing considering the distinguished career he has had.

The ominous electronics recall the trip-hop of the 1990’s and suit the lyrical subject matter perfectly. I’m New Here finds Gil self-reflective and confessional, and his poignant, moving and honest poetry is spoken through and cracked, rich and distinctive tone. When Heron moves away from the powerful spoken word pieces, he produced some of the tracks of the year, covering blues standard ‘I’ll Take Care of You’, an incredible reimagining Robert Johnson’s ‘Me and the Devil’ and the brilliant ‘New York is Killing Me’.
words: Olivier

 


3. Caribou – Swim
For many people, Swim came out of nowhere. Sure, the Canadian-born producer had released a whole host of records as both Caribou and Manitoba, but this year’s release was a sure-footed step out of the obscurity and into the bright lights of the nightclub. Yes, this is a dance album and one of the highest calibre.

The man behind Caribou, Dan Snaith, previously stated he wanted to make dance music that sounded more like water than metal and it is his voice that provides that elemental fluidity. You find yourself lulled into a molten world of softly spoken, repetitive lyrics set against intense synths and beats that flow from one track to the next without hesitation. ‘Odessa’ will likely be the album’s high point for many people but all nine tracks form 43 minutes of the smoothest, most atmospheric and enjoyable dance music there is.
words: Sim.R

 


4. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs [review]
The Suburbs takes the listener through a journey that anyone can relate to. Only a band of Arcade Fire’s calibre can make such a creative and inspiring album out of such a mundane subject. The album opens with a track that feels like you are drawing the curtains yet again to another rainy morning, and closes with the same track in reprise as though your head is hitting the pillow at the end of a long day. Everything in between flows so perfectly that the over-hour-long record flies by.

Win Butler et al have proven themselves real all time greats with their third album. When you have a band so revered in both cult and mainstream realms these days, you know you have something unique.
words: Chapperdeemus

 


5. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening [review]
Despite how high this album is in our chart, This Is Happening was a slight disappointment. That just goes to show how incredible some parts of this album are. But being only eight songs long, there can be absolutely no room for filler or mistakes, especially from such a seasoned pro like James Murphy. But the album is pulled down by ‘Somebody’s Calling Me’ and lead single ‘Drunk Girls’. And ‘One Touch’ is a bit boring.

That’s probably because no song has a chance when it follows ‘Dance Yrself Clean’. It is nine minutes of sheer brilliance, that the rest of the album has trouble bettering. But it damn well gives it a go; with ‘All I Want’ and ‘You Wanted A Hit’ proving that Murphy and Co. have still got it.
words: Chapperdeemus

 


6. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles II
What a preposterously good second album. The awkwardly titled Crystal Castles (II) has easily avoided the sophomore slump that strikes down so many bands (*ahem* Klaxons *ahem*). Ethan Kath and Alice Glass have grown up a bit in this album, and with the exception of ‘Doe Deer’, have tidied up their production values. Yet, the album is still great fun, full of speaker destroying bad boys and mental vocals.

Despite using cleaner beats and samples to their debut, they’ve also managed to steer clear of the annoying dance anthem that pollutes the top 40, with ‘Celestica’ the only track on the album that could really be considered a chart song. If only the charts were full of more songs like it.
words: Chapperdeemus

 


7. Sleigh Bells – Treats
The highest place debut record on our chart is evidence of just how Sleigh Bells stormed onto the scene this year. Sleigh Bells exploded onto everyone’s speakers in April with the release of album opener and absolute barnstormer ‘Tell ‘Em’. The song was so brilliantly catchy and so damn loud it was impossible to not sit up and take notice. And when Treats was released in mid May, one listen was all that was needed to realise ‘Tell ‘Em’ wasn’t a one off.

Treats is 12 awesome tracks of distorted, dance-punk that could only be made from a meeting of the former guitarist of post-hardcore band Poison the Well and the vocals of a former member of teen-poppers Rubyblue. It shouldn’t work but the cheerleader chant of Alexis Krauss’s vocals are incredibly addictive, and the dirty guitar lines of Derek Miller are huge. This album is impossible to ignore!
words: Olivier

 


8. Four Tet – There Is Love In You
Four Tet was a pioneer in the early part of the decade in the move away from trip-hop and 2010 has seen the release of his fifth
album, his best since 2003’s Rounds. It starts as it means to go on with the opener ‘Angel Echoes’ – the higher tempo and looped vocals takes a step towards Kompakt-esq techno while fuzzy synths and crackling samples feature as a reminder of his collaboration with Burial last year; however this is achieved without sacrificing the warmth and intrigue found in his previous, slower and more melodic releases. It really is a thing of beauty.

This is probably Four Tet’s most dance orientated album yet but having seen him perform live I can say that it definitely isn’t a dance album in the physical sense of the word; there’s simple too much happening at any one time to be a club success. However that actually sets it apart from both club music and bedroom electronica. The ability to uniquely transform all the vast array of separate parts and the shear number of ideas contained within each track into a lucid whole is something Hebden has always excelled at but has never been more evident than in There Is Love In You.
words: Sim.R

 


9. Wild Nothing – Gemini
Gemini’s top-10 placing on the list proves that 2010 well and truly picked up where 2009 left off. Last year’s indie scenes belonged to the kind of lo-fi, shoe gaze sound which edged Pains of Being Pure at Heart to the top of 2009’s end of year lists. Wild Nothing is the moniker of Virginia native Jack Tatum, who’s crafted an album of beautifully dreamy pop gems.

Tatum’s fuzzy, guitar pop brings to mind recently popular shoe gaze acts, Wild Nothing’s debut full length definitely owes a tip of its hat towards classic indie pop acts like New Order or Cocteau Twins. However, it’s not all imitation or revivalism, there’s more than enough evidence of originality and authenticity on the album, especially on stand out tracks like lead single ‘Summer Holiday’ and opener ‘Live in Dreams’.
words: Olivier

 


10. Yeasayer – Odd Blood
For an experimental rock band to appear in this list is perhaps a surprise but then Brooklyn-based Yeasayer’s second full length album is an album that is full of surprises.

Although Odd Blood is certainly a step towards the mainstream when compared to their debut effort, it is in no way a pop album and the variety of songs on sure keeps you entertained right from the off. Track two, the advice-laden ‘Ambling Alp’, is Yeasayer at their most pop-influenced and one of the tracks of the year. The other singles, ‘O.N.E.’ and ‘Madder Red’, arguably form two other highlights but it would be unfair to just single out individual tracks for praise. The entire self-produced album is the best example this year of an amalgamation of left-field rock structure and song-writing together with everything that’s great about pop music.
words: Sim.R

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LCD Soundsystem set to release live album

Posted in Downloads with tags , , , on 6 November, 2010 by Chapperdeemus

Following on from Gorillaz last month, LCD Soundsystem are the latest band to announce a live studio album.

Apparently they recorded it after their set at Glastonbury back in June, in a studio in London, hence the title: The London Sessions. The tracklisting is looking pretty sweet, although it is missing the one song I wanted to hear above all, ‘Dance Yrself Clean’:

‘Us v Them’
‘All I Want’
‘Drunk Girls’
‘Get Innocuous’
‘Daft Punk is Playing at My House’
‘All My Friends’
‘Pow Pow’
‘I Can Change’
‘Yr City’s a Sucker’

It comes out on November 9th, but Pitchfork are saying that it will only be available for download on iTunes until December 6th. What happens then? It implodes into non-existence and nobody speaks of it again? Who knows.

We have a taster. Check out the live version of ‘All I Want’ below. Just like Gorillaz’ live version of ‘On Melancholy Hill’, it sounds different enough to entice you all over again with its brilliance.

LCD Soundsystem – All I Want (The London Sessions)

LCD Soundsystem FINALLY play Dance Yrself Clean live

Posted in Stream with tags , on 30 September, 2010 by Chapperdeemus

I am gutted. I’ve seen LCD Soundsystem twice recently. I saw them a mere 2 weeks ago. And there was no sign of them breaking in any of the best songs from This Is Happening.

And now, here they are, at the Wellmont, playing ‘Dance Yrself Clean’, ‘You Wanted a Hit’ and ‘Home’, three contenders for song of the year. I have no idea why they have waited so long to start playing their new tracks.

‘I Can Change’ live is quite poor, and ‘Drunk Girls’ is an average song. Apart from ‘All I Want’, they’ve waited months and months, with a large portion of their tour done, to unleash songs that would sound out of this world in a live environment.

If anyone knows why they have held off on playing these songs on the This is Happening tour, let me know. Because I feel cheated.

LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yrself Clean by markafoniBlog

Review: LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , on 16 April, 2010 by Chapperdeemus

It’s a bit dangerous writing a review right slap bang in the middle of this album’s hype period. But here goes.

What James Murphy’s done here is prove that songs don’t have to be cut down to size to become catchy. That’s what these guys excel at. Look at examples like ‘All My Friends’ and ‘Someone Great’. They exceed  7 minutes, but they are neither ridiculously repetitive nor are they frustratingly slow building.

I don’t understand how they consistently do that. Apart from first single ‘Drunk Girls’, the shortest song on this new album is just under 7 minutes as well. But not a single song is boring, not a single one leaves you feeling that they are trying to drag it out.

When they do shorten it, they show they can still party fast-paced with the best. ‘Drunk Girls’ is the young one on the album. Think of ‘This Is Happening’ as a family reunion. All the kids are grown up. Everyone is having a cultured, mature good old knees up.

Then the first grandchild bursts in the room with his action figures and lego and makes all the adults laugh. That grandchild is ‘Drunk Girls’. You can’t have a family reunion without one. You can’t have an LCD Soundsystem album without one.

But the adult songs are what really make the album worthwhile. The opening track ‘Dance Yrself Clean’ takes three whole minutes to kick in, but when it does, you realise why they made those opening three minutes so subdued. That’s the funny cousin of the reunion. You know, the cousin that had ADHD when he was growing up?

‘All I Want’ moves the album briefly away from its dance nature and adds a crashing, gut-wrenching guitar riff which seems to represent the longing in Murphy’s vocals to get what he wants. An uncle in a mid-life crisis, if ever I saw one.

But it’s 9 minute marathon track ‘You Wanted a Hit’ that owns the album. That’s the wise old grandad of the reunion. No one back-chats him, he’s right and you’re wrong and once he gets going, you can’t help but marvel at his experience. The track starts with the bare bones and then fades away into the disobedient bassline that backs up Murphy’s rebellious lyrics:

“You wanted a hit. Well this is how we do hits. You wanted a hit? But that’s not what we do.”

He’s right. This sums up the whole album. You wanted catchy tunes? You wanted to be entertained? Well this is how LCD Soundsystem do it.

78%

‘This is Happening’ is out on May 17th in the UK. You can pre-order or stream the album on their website.

LCD Soundsystem announce album name/artwork

Posted in News with tags , , , on 30 March, 2010 by Chapperdeemus

LCD Soundsystem have announced that their third album is going to be called ‘This Is Happening’. This comes a few days after they showed us the first samples of the album, with ‘Drunk Girls’ and a snippet of ‘Pow Wow’.

That’s the album art above as well with James Murphy looking like an indie scene cool guy skinny tie badge boy.

‘Drunk Girls’ was quite good. Nothing special, but sources say that the album is supposed to be really good, and it’s not really the drunk girlsesque songs that make us want to listen to LCD Soundsystem. It’s the songs like ‘All My Friends’.

Anyway the album itself is out on May 18th, preceded by a YACHT supported UK Tour, to which I have a Birmingham ticket. Nice.

If you’ve not heard the new song yet, here it is, or you can remind yourself of their previous brilliance.

LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous!

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