LCD Soundsystem Has An Interactive Exhibition Up Now At Rough Trade NYC
LCD Soundsystems‘ posthumous (well, post-break up) release The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden is being supported/immortalized with an interactive exhibition, currently on view at Rough Trade NYC. The band played their last show on April 2nd, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The concert, which marked the end of an epoch, ran almost four hours and was described as “somewhere between a joyous wake and a dance party funeral.” Through images, videos and music the exhibit will display the “sounds, sights and emotions” of the bands grand farewell. Attending the exhibit means viewing exclusive, never-before-seen 4 x 6 prints of images by photographer Ruvan Wijesooriya as well as being able to play advanced copies of The Long Goodbye box set on a turntable in store. Vinyl copies of The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden come out on Record Store Day, April 19th. In an interview with Rolling Stone, LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy spoke about the difference between making the concert film Shut Up And Play Hits and mixing The Long Goodbye.
It’s just the full Madison Square Garden concert. I mixed it significantly differently than the film [Shut Up and Play the Hits], because the film is mixed for your eye and the record is mixed for your ears. The film is mixed digitally, because you have to watch it in a theater and make little adjustments all through for a four-hour film, whereas the record is just mixed analog to tape, the way I normally do. But it took forever, because I’m not really on a label anymore. We had to do artwork, and I was away, and I had to get clearances for everything. It was a real comedy of errors. I finished mixing it over a year ago, so I’ve been like [whistles].
Saying goodbye to LCD Soundsystem really did take a long time, Murphy explained: “It was great, but also, like, shitting hell. It really just refused to die.” Though he spent almost a year working on the bands material post-break up, Murphy is steadily moving towards releasing solo material. The exhibition at Rough Trade NYC will run from April 7th to May 7th and is sure to be an experience catered to true fans of the original hipsters of alternative dance – you don’t want to miss this.