Dancing on Film
LCD Soundsystem and the Chemical Brothers
release movies of live shows
by Joshua P. Ferguson
By now, news of LCD Soundsystem's Shut Up and Play the Hits documentary and its imminent release isn't a groundbreaking story for most of you. That's the type of news bit that sends every music blogger on the interweb into a frenzy to beat competitors at the twitter race. At the same time, the film is something worth getting excited about, and besides, I have LCD Soundsystem lyrics tattooed on my arm, no joke. Therefore I couldn't not get in on the conversation.
The film mixes footage of poetic frontman James Murphy in the day leading up to the band's farewell show, the show itself, and, in a stroke of Sophia Coppola-esque style, the come down on the day after. As Murphy so eloquently put it, "look around you, you're surrounded, it won't get any better." I see the words on my forearm daily, but they could also be the tagline for the band, it's final show and, assuming it's any good, the film.
See the preview—with narration from Chuck Klosterman—for yourself, so that you too can 1) Be envious of the fact that you weren't there in person and 2) Get amped at the opportunity to live out the experience in glorious hyper-reality.
It certainly hasn't gotten the press that LCD has in the social media flutter of the last 24 hours, but it's also worth noting that prolific U.K. dance act The Chemical Brothers are also releasing a film that documents its mind-numbing live show.
Entitled Don't Think, the film captures the big beat duo's performance at Japan's Fujirock festival in front of 50,000 ecstatic fans. Directed by the Chem's longtime visual collaborator and brother-from-another-mother Adam Smith, it's a 20-camera-heavy full-on view into an electronic live show to beat all live shows. I witnessed it first hand two summers ago here in Chicago and can honestly say I've never seen anything as visually impressive since.
The movie is being treated as a concert event, airing one night only in select theaters around the U.S. on Wednesday February 1 at 7:30pm local time. Check Fathom Events for info.