My Musical Adventures

LCD Soundsystem @ Mezzanine, 4/30/07

LCD Soundsystem has received a lot of buzz for being one of the best live acts today. You could tell they were riding high off of their performance at Coachella, where Rolling Stone’s ‘reporter’ claimed that LCD was ‘best of the fest’

Mezzanine was packed, especially for a Monday night. This dude called YACHT opened for them. Initially, it reminded me of The Gray Kid, so I though it could be cool. But it was far from that. At some point during his set, I told my friend “I feel like I’m peeking in on someone’s 12 year old brother jamming out to some music in his bedroom”. It was weird, not in a good way.

One of the allures of LCD is that they look like a band of misfits. Even with their current members- the guitarist form Hot Chip and the drummer from The Juan McLean, they just are atypical. James Murphy just looks like a guy that would work in the cube next to you, and then there’s the unassuming Asian chick keyboardist. I guess you could say that I haven’t come to terms with musicians who don’t wear their music on the outside.

Unfortunately, while I love Mezzanine, I find that when I have seen the band perform somewhere else, I usually prefer that show. I think the number one factor is the tiny stage- when I saw LCD at The Fillmore almost 2 years ago, they did this cool visual effect where they had a live video feed behind them with some sort of treatment- like a live music video. Can’t do much with that tiny stage. The second thing is the people- Mezzanine is full of drunken amateurs. A girl hopped up and down in front of me through 4 songs. Now that is just downright disrespectful.

While I find their debut album better than Sound of Silver, it did round out their setlist nicely. ‘Daft Punk is playing at my House’ is always a favorite, but my main tunes are the darker ‘Tribulations’ which was played, and ‘Too Much Love’, which I didn’t catach unless they played it at the very end when my old self had to leave. I love the old school looking mic that Murphy uses, and I’m sure I’m not alone saying that I absolutely love it when he plays the cowbell. He’s a really good cowbeller.

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