LCD Soundsystem could’ve spent the week after they played the Glastonbury Festival kicking their feet up. Instead, they holed up in a London studio to record the live-in-studio LP The London Sessions.

This album has it all, songs ranging from This is Happening all the way down to their self titled album, LCD Soundsystem.

Even though they basically make electronic dance music, LCD refuse to replicate any of their sounds with computers; you won’t see a laptop onstage with them. Instead, they bash things out the hard way. James Murphy, as I’ve previously stated is “the man”, it will be sad to see this great project come to an end but all is not lost as Murphy will carry on producing and remixing other amazing bands.

The digital release November 9 via DFA/Virgin. This LP will be exclusively available through iTunes until December 6.

tracklist:
01. us v them
02. all i want
03. drunk girls
04. get innocuous
05. daft punk is playing at my house
06. all my friends
07. pow pow
08. i can change
09. yr city’s a sucker

lcd soundsystem – the london sessions

…rowan

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Okay so it’s time for another bulk load of ep’s. Now some of these were released awhile ago. Basically this is just a bulk post because I couldn’t be bothered posting these one by one when they were released/leaked, haha enjoy.

deerhunter – revival

tracklist:
01. revival
02. primitive 3d

download:
deerhunter – revival

here is also 3 bonus demo tracks:
deerhunter – 3 bonus demos

japandroids – younger us / sex and dying in high society

tracklist:
01. younger us
02. sex and dying in high society

download:
japandroids – younger us / sex and dying in high society

klaxons – echoes

tracklist:
01. echoes
02. echoes (instrumental)

download:
klaxons – echoes

lcd soundsystem – i can change

tracklist:
01. i can change
02. you wanted a hit (soulwax remix)
03. i can change (tiga remix)
04. i can change (stereogamous remix)
05. i can change (stereogamous inlovestrumental)

download:
lcd soundsystem – i can change

menomena – double

tracklist:
01. taos (edit)
02. let me know
03. five little rooms (edit)
04. copious

download:
menomena – double

wild beasts – we still got the taste dancin’ on our tongues

tracklist:
01. we’ve still got the taste dancing on our tongues
02. through the iron gate
03. two dancers (ii) (jon hopkins remix)
04. devil’s crayon

download:
wild beasts – we still got the taste dancin’ on our tongues

…rowan

Shit! A new Soulwax remix and it’s of an Lcd Soundsystem song. What more could you ask for. I have been waiting in anticipation for anything from Soulwax in a loooonnnng time and then a Lcd remix comes out of nowhere. If you didn’t know Soulwax are the world’s best remix dj’s (in my opinion), any song they remix a lot of the time is either better than the original or on par with it. Anyway have a listen and a download below.

lcd soundsystem – you wanted a hit (soulwax remix)

…rowan

So it looks like my blog is getting a few views these days so I have decided to drop my stupid ‘no uppercase’ gimmick (except for headings), thanks for bearing with me.

1. lcd soundsystem – this is happening

Lcd Soundsystem are amazing and I’ve said it before that James Murphy can do no wrong. Listening to This Is Happening has changed my first impressions somewhat, the album is getting better with each and every listen. I recently realized the album has a lot more depth and feel if listened to through a pair of good noise canceling headphones, you just seem to pick up so much more little additions to each song. Tracks to check out: ‘Home’, ‘Dance Yrself Clean’ and ‘You Wanted a Hit’.

2. foals – total life forever

I was never the biggest fan of Foals album Antidotes, and so I didn’t think Total Life Forever would be any better. To my surprise I was wrong. This sophomore album is a lot less funky and I feel that they have definitely found their “sound”. Songs like ‘This Orient’ and ‘Miami’ and stand out tracks and are songs to check out if you want a preview of how good Total Life Forever is. A good 2010 album!

3. delphic – acolyte

I only discovered this band a couple of days ago and so far have liked what I’ve heard. the band reminds me of a mix between Miike Snow and Klaxons, very electro poppy. I feel I will have to give the album a few more listens before I discover any real stand out / lovable tracks. The band formed in 2009 and released their first single ‘This Momentary’ in 2009 which went on to be nominated for 3 UK Music Video Awards and the band was also nominated for the “BBC’s Sound of 2010 list” in which they came third.

4. motocade – into the fall

To be honest Im not the biggest listener to New Zealand music, which is quite disappointing because there is a lot of talent coming out of this little country. A friend recommended this ep, Into The Fall, by Motocade to me a couple of weeks ago. Motocade is a four piece indie rock band from Auckland, New Zealand. As I said before I don’t usually give New Zealand music a chance but this ep is going down a treat. I hear influences from bands such as early Bloc Party, The Checks and early Kings of Leon. I have yet to hear the full length album which got released earlier this year and will hopefully have a copy of this in the near future.

honorable mention
1. micachu – jewellery

This album has blown me away! I cannot get enough of it. Micachu has been playing constantly through my iTunes over the last few months. Micachu is the stage name of London based songwriter / producer and composer, Mica Levi. She studies composition at the Guildhall School Of Music & Drama in London . As well as writing more traditional pieces, she writes electronic pop songs, sometimes delivered acoustically. Definitely a band to check out, I highly recommend their full length album Jewellery.

2. the checks – alice by the moon

This album was featured on my “current albums on rotation – 01/10/09” list and has not left. I have been listening to this album solidly for the last 8 months and have not yet got sick of a track. In my opinion it’s by far the best rock album to come out of New Zealand in the last 5 years. The album is a very well presented from their track list order to the album cover. A lot of hard work has gone into the production of this album and it shows. If any readers of this blog have not yet heard Alice By The Moon, I strongly recommend it. The album can be purchased from www.thechecks.net or for a preview visit their Myspace page here

…rowan

ok so, lcd have recently released a brand spanking new album entitled this is happening. i have given it a half-assed listen and so far i’m not too impressed but it is certainly growing on me. i feel that the album is very mallow and the songs seem to just drag on into each other (which isn’t always a bad thing). anyway the first song that slightly tweaked my interest was ‘home’, which happens to be the last track on the album. ‘home’ reminds me of a slow version of ‘it’s time to get away’, possibly even a mix of ‘it’s time to get away’ and ‘new york, i love you’ – anyway good song, check it out.

to be honest i didn’t think this album would affect me, considering the first few times i listened to it their was no real stand-out tracks. that was until i found myself singing ‘drunk girls’ in the shower today, which is very weird as i knew it was the first single so would i always skip it and mainly because i don’t usually sing in the shower. eh, i guess some songs just have a way of roping you in with simple repetition.

after that little episode today i think i will sit down and give this album a bit more of a chance. this album however is no sound of silver, maybe my expectations were a little too high for this release. aside form all this james murphy can do no wrong in my opinion so i spose i was always going to like, maybe not love but like this album.

heres drunk girls:

6.5 / 10
7.5 / 10

…rowan

this is happening is the third album from lcd soundsystem. the album will be released in the uk on may 17, 2010. the first single will be drunk girls.

the album was recorded over the course of 2009 and early 2010 and, according to james murphy, will be the last album he will release as lcd soundsystem (which is very sad).

tracklist:
01. dance yrself clean
02. drunk girls
03. one touch
04. all i want
05. change
06. hit
07. pow pow
08. somebody’s calling me
09. what you need

lcd soundsystem – this is happening

over the last 2 years, booka shade have been my favourite electronica / instrumental group. i had the privilege of seeing them live in auckland, new zealand in late 2008 and to date are still one of my favourite dj / bands i have seen.

‘bad love’ is the first official single to be taken from the bands’ fourth studio album more! which is to be released in the mid 2010.

tracklist:
01. havanna sex dwarf
02. donut (interpretation)
03. regenerate
04. the door
05. teenage spaceman
06. divine [ft. yello]
07. scaramanga
08. l.a. tely
09. bad love [ft. chelonis r. jones]
10. no difference
11. this is not time

booka shade – more!

…rowan

from the mouth of james murphy himself, the new lcd soundsystem album is finished and due to be released on may the 18th thorugh dfa records. james also confirmed that there will be 9 songs spanning over an hour at 65 minutes and that the songs will be more adventurous and have more guitar/synths and melodies.

‘drunk girls’ and ‘change’ are being considered as the first single by the head honchos.

tracklist:

01. dance yrself clean
02. drunk girls
03. one touch
04. all i want
05. change
06. hit
07. pow pow
08. somebody’s calling me
09. what you need

below are some brief “making of” video’s that the band have been releasing. the video’s show the band at work recording the album and just them fooling around, there are also some clips of music.

…rowan

LCD_Soundsystem20

holy snapping duck shit! i didnt even know lcd was in the studio, (i must be slipping in my old age) apparently theres a new album in the pipelines due to be released on march 10th 2010.

‘bye bye bayou’ is a cover of an alan vega (suicide) song from his 1981 debut album. It runs for over 8 minutes and features deep soulful grooves like the lcd soundsystem we have come to know and love. it will be released on november 9th through dfa records and will be released as a 12 inch. ‘bye bye bayou’ will not appear on said third album.

dh9too

bye bye bayou

…rowan

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