For ten years, from 2001 to 2011, producer James Murphy wrote, recorded and performed music as LCD Soundsystem. The band, nearly a one-man show in the studio but fronted by Murphy as a more traditional rock group on stage, played an almost-familiar dance/rock hybrid that could hit euphoric highs even as the lyrics were characterized by a bitter self-awareness. They were pretty big by the time Murphy called it quits last year, capping off his career as a Big Rock Star with a four-hour show at Madison Square Garden that featured a host of indie luminaries as guests.

That final show will soon be released in full on DVD, but there is also a documentary about Murphy, the last days of LCD Soundsystem, and the aftermath of Murphy’s career as a minor rock star. Called Shut Up and Play the Hits, directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, the film will premiere at Sundance, and the trailer is below. Read More »

Looks like MTV likes music videos once more — the company is finally producing them. MEAN Magazine founders have teamed with MTV to create a series of clips called Supervideo that will ” tap buzzworthy music, filmmakers and talent in a high voltage expression of art and music.” The first effort stars Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, Scott Pilgrim vs the World) in a video for ‘Pow Pow’ by LCD Soundsystem. Check it out after the break. Read More »