@ZackTeibloom I’ve seen LCD Soundsystem open for Arcade Fire at the Hollywood Bowl. I was there when LCD played “Daft Punk is playing at my House” before Daft Punk played right after them at Lollapalooza 2007. I was there when LCD played Coachella in 2010 between Them Crooked Vultures and Jay-Z. None held a candle to last night.
It was a pantheon performance by LCD Soundsystem. One that made you feel alive. If you were there. I reviewed the whole show doing a slight variation on “Losing My Edge.” I’ll also debut the new rating system Shore came up with. Excuse all the “I was there” lines. I’m not rubbing it in for those of you who weren’t. Just listen to “Losing my Edge” while you read and it will all make sense.
“If it’s crowded, all the better.”
A sticky, sweaty, swaying sold-out sea of citizens saw it go down at Stubbs.
“I’m not at Bonnaroo this week. I’m losing my edge.” But I was there in 2010. I was there. James Murphy came out last in his trademark white T for “Us vs. Them.” The mob erupted as the lights went down and the disco ball shone like a 90’s Vanna White dress. He was the first one to play “Daft Punk” to the rock kids at S-T-U-B. He danced. I was there recording it.
On the way there I played a compilation CD of every good song done by anybody that’s playing at ACL ’10. Every good song by the Flaming Lips. Every good song by Yeasayer. All the Miike Snow tracks. Every seminal LCD Soundsystem hit. Songs that LCD won’t play live. I pumped the bass for “Dance Yrself Clean” as I drove passed Stubbs. It was the only time they’d hear it tonight.
“The kids are coming up from behind.”
Actually, the kids’ parents wouldn’t let anyone come up from behind. I was there when two curly haired boys, no older than 8, were consistently unimpressed from the third row as their dads attempted to shield them from moshers whose footsteps they could hear.
“We all know what you really want”
@Supercooleric wished for a million dollars so he could burn down Stubbs. I’ve never had that big a problem with it. Maybe I’m losing my edge. James told us to put the cameras down. Told us it would sound like shit. That we should just be there. I recorded him saying it.* I was there. I deleted it. Made me feel foolish. Realized my camera only had one minute of recording space. Recorded this “All my Friends” anyway.
After getting seven seconds of video in, the mosh pit for “Daft Punk is Playing at my House” hurtled me to the second row, center. I could read the tattoo on James’ arm. “This is our Music.” I saw the gray in his beard. I was there. I was there.
“Us and them over and over again”
Before the encore we chanted “LCD! LCD!” over and over again. I was there. I started a round of encore clapping. The long drone of “Someone Great” opened the encore. They held it extra long and kept it vague for a few minutes. I was there. I held my camera up as James sang the first words.
The crowd surfers came hard during “Losing my Edge.” I took a picture. I put it on Facebook. I couldn’t type. Too sweaty. I was in a pit. I didn’t need to stand. I could just lean. Or jump. I WAS THERE!
“But you’re bringing me down.”
Zoe Cordes Selbin cried during “New York I Love You.” It was her first time seeing them. Four nearby strangers put their arms around me and we swayed with watermelon smiles. I was there. They teased “Empire State of Mind.”
“When someone great is gone.”
I hear James and his band are quitting after this album. I was there when James Murphy said they’ll tour this fall & next summer but this is the last album. He said they’ll play until there’s a Facebook group begging them to stop. He wants to make a yazz record. Until then, I’ll be there. I. Was. There. I’m not losing my edge.
- Us v Them
- Drunk Girls
- Yr City’s a Sucker
- Pow Pow
- Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
- All My Friends
- I Can Change
- Someone Great
- Losing My Edge
- New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down
- Empire State of Mind (Jay-Z cover)
Scoring: We’re unveiling a new scoring system that @Andyshore came up with. A 5-part way to break it down so it’s not quite as subjective. Let’s see how LCD did.
Performance: 19/20 What more can I say? From the second James Murphy stepped on stage, it was a blistering dance party. He even held off the rain. “Yr City is a Sucker” was the only minor disappointment, but it was damn near perfect. My shirt was soaked, and not from rain.
Crowd Engagement: 10/10 Crowd surfing, chanting “LCD! LCD!”, funny banter and telling us to put away our cameras so we could be a part of it made this an easy 10.
Ambiance: 5/5 Some people hate Stubbs. I find it intimate for how big the bands are that come through. The kids around me were wasted, but friendly. Good, fun crowd ready to dance especially on a Tuesday night.
Set List: 8.5/10 It pains me that they don’t play “Dance Yrself Clean” or “Sound of Silver,” but it’s a great mix of songs. The fact that they play the same set all tour is worth taking a point off.
Misc: 5/5 I never mentioned how wild it really was in the pit. You couldn’t fall down if you tried. You’d just lean and be swept away in it all. It was so damn hot. Milk would have been a bad choice.
Total: 47.5/50 or 9.5 on old scoring system.