The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s

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The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010sA decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »

James Murphy opens Daymoves, a coffee lover’s cafe in Williamsburg

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When asked what his plans were after retiring from music, James Murphy of LCD Soundystem’s unfiltered reply was “I like making coffee.” In September, fans of the indie-electronic bigwig can share their enthusiasm of all that is caffeinated at Murphy’s new café in Williamsburg New York: Daymoves.

While Daymoves’ grand opening is making headlines, the café isn’t necessarily the boisterous, attention-grabbing celebrity-run coffee shop one might expect. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Daymoves doesn’t have any signage, and to enter, guests have to walk down a thin corridor, best described as a makeshift alleyway. In short, it’s not the type of café the average person is likely to stumble upon. That’s intentional, however, as everything from the beverages to the décor and even the music played (which will be selected from Murphy’s own vinyl collection) are all designed with the intent of encouraging patrons to take some time to enjoy their coffee and just relax.  

Murphy’s first foray into food came in 2015 with the opening of The Four Horsemen, a trendy wine bar serving delicacies like skate wing roasted on the bone and pasta coperta with tomato confit. Daymoves is run by the same team and is located just next door to the now thriving Williamsburg eatery.

Daymoves is only open during the day, but the plan is to utilize the space in the evening for Nightmoves, an intimate nightclub with a custom sound system built by Murphy himself.

Daymoves opened on Sept. 19 at 295 Grand Street, Williamsburg.

Gavin Rayna Russom – “Heaven’s Highways” (Feat. KC Ortiz)

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The latest song in the Adult Swim Singles series comes from LCD Soundsystem’s Gavin Rayna Russom, who paired up with Chicago rapper KC Ortiz for “Heaven’s Highways,” a track that’s described as “a reflection of the relationship Ortiz and Russom both have to religion as LGBTQ artists.” It’s also quite a bop, a chaotic and … More »

Watch Cherry Glazerr Cover LCD Soundsystem’s “Time To Get Away”

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Cherry Glazerr released their fantastic third album, Stuffed & Ready, earlier this month. Today, the LA garage-pop outfit stopped by SiriusXM Studios, where they covered LCD Soundsystem’s “Time To Get Away” from Sound Of Silver. Their rendition maintains the original track’s minimalist funk, but with fuzzy, lo-fi edges. Clementine Creevy channels James Murphy’s … More »

The Genius Of Nilsson Told Through 8 Memorable Covers (Yes, Including The Russian Doll Song)

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Among singer-songwriters of the 1960s and ’70s, Harry Nilsson may be respected, but is he famous? … More »

LCD Soundsystem jam out on new ‘Electric Lady Sessions’ live album [Stream]

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While LCD Soundsystem‘s 10-minute electronic-tinged rock jams have always been fan favorites, there is something different about the group’s live energy. Marking the third addition to the band’s live canon (they released recordings from their Madison Square Garden performance in 2014 and London Sessions in 2010), LCD Soundsystem have released an album of recordings from the fabled Electric Lady Studios in New York City.

Featuring live versions of tracks from their newest LP, american dream alongside classics like “Get Innocuous!” and “You Wanted a Hit,” the sessions breathe new life into the band’s already exciting catalog. Featuring extensive vocals from keyboardist Nancy Whang, the alterations to their 2017 tracks demand a deeper listen. With new textures and a more loose, overall relaxed feel to the music, LCD Soundsystem once again prove their ability to evolve and invigorate in a live format.

LCD Soundsystem – “Seconds” (The Human League Cover)

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LCD-SoundsystemThe new LCD Soundsystem studio album is not really an LCD Soundsystem studio album in the proper sense. Today, the band releases Electric Lady Sessions, a sort of live album. Murphy recently explained the idea behind the LP in a note to fans: When LCD Soundsystem are tuning up for a new tour, … More »

LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy shares details on forthcoming live album

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Back in November, LCD Soundsystem announced their plans to release an album of live recordings from the famed Electric Lady Studios. Aptly titled Electric Lady Sessions, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy has shared some details and thoughts about the album, which is due out on February 8.

Comprised mostly of tracks from their most recent album, american dream, the album will showcase altered versions of the band’s newer work while peppering in classic tracks like “Get Innocuous!” While these recordings are new, Murphy wanted to clarify that this was not a “new album” per se. Sharing some thoughts on Instagram, he put out the following statement:

“hi there.
there’s a thing we do, or have done historically, where while on tour and in fine fettle as a unit, we go into a studio and just record ourselves live playing a bunch of the stuff we’d been playing on tour for a while, and maybe a cover song. it started with us playing radio sessions at various radio stations, and we often really liked these recordings, as they’re quite different than the records, and then we wound up doing the london sessions in 2010, which we released as a record. so this is one of those.
we recorded this last year at electric lady studios in new york–the big room downstairs–and it was exciting, actually. it’s a good sounding room with a lot of history. hell, lennon and bowie made “fame” there, which was the first 7″ record i (james) bought back in something like 1976.
it has some old songs and some new songs, and a couple of covers from sheffield bands (this wasn’t intentional, but it just worked out that way. we’re not moving to sheffield). nancy sings on one, and al and i do our best phil oakey impressions on another.

to be clear, this is not what i would call a “NEW RECORD”. it’s just a compilation of live-in-the-studio stuff that we like to make and have out a la the aforementioned london sessions for anyone who likes that kind of thing. sometimes the best version of a song happens on those. i might argue that the version of “yr city’s a sucker” is better on the london sessions than it is on the LP.
anyway, this thing is out on the 8th of february. it will be on all of the magical streaming services, and if you like vinyl, you can pre-order it over here at DFA:”

With the album coming shortly and the track list found below, the forthcoming project is sure to be another solid piece in the LCD Soundsystem catalog.

1. Seconds
2. american dream
3. you wanted a hit
4. get innocuous
5. call the police
6. i used to
7. tonite
8. home
9. I Want Your Love
10. emotional haircut
11. oh baby
12. (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang

We’ve Got A File On You: Sharon Van Etten

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Sharon-Van-Etten-Remind-Me-TomorrowWe’ve Got A File On You is a new reboot of an old-school Stereogum franchise. Once called Annotated Media Guide, these are interviews in which artists share the stories behind the extracurricular activities that dot their careers: acting gigs, guest appearances, random internet ephemera, etc. Almost 10 years ago, Sharon Van Etten released her debut … More »