Over the years, there have been numerous bands and artists that are as synonymous with their work as they are with New York City, and in recent memory few have been more connected to the Big Apple than LCD Soundsystem. James Murphy‘s celebrated band served as an unofficial soundtrack to the city, the ambition of its youth, the summer nights that blended into the morning, its disappointments and its surprises. As you well know, the band broke up with a helluva goodbye, with a four-hour blowout at Madison Square Garden in February 2011. But the tributes keep rolling in for a band that will not soon be forgotten….
“LCD Soundsystem + NYC,” directed by Lance Bangs (noted music video helmer who put together the visuals for LCD Soundsystem’s final performance), is the first in a four-part series of shorts surrounding the upcoming “Shut Up And Play The Hits” that will honor the group. And it’s a pretty touching little piece. Interviewing folks like Reggie Watts, Nick Kroll, touring members of the band and more, it paints a pretty vivid portrait of the group and how it connected to the unquenchable creative spirt of New York.
Give it a spin below, and if you haven’t booked your ticket yet for “Shut Up And Play The Hits,” do it right now — it plays for one night only on July 18th.