James Murphy’s decision to wind up LCD Soundsystem with an April 2nd farewell concert at Madison Square Garden sent the ticket scalpers into overdrive, and the band’s followers suddenly found themselves unable to purchase tix to the event through the normal channels. An enraged Murphy posted a saltily worded blog post on the band’s site, and added four other dates to help placate his fan base.
LCD Soundsystem’s last TV appearance was broadcast on February 14th on the Colbert Report, where the group played “I Can Change” and Murphy sat for an interview with Colbert, who seemed incredulous that a 41 year-old man would retire from rock. We’re kind of of the same mind, and will miss the dance band that brought us catchy synth rock numbers like 2007’s “All My Friends”.
Bright Eyes are another group who are packing it in before their time is due. Their 7th album “The People’s Key” dropped on February 15th and they played the single “Jejune Stars” a week later on the Letterman show. We follow up that new track with a bit of “4 Winds” from 2007’s acclaimed “Cassadaga”, to see how the two compare.
Conner Oberst and Mike Mogis will likely fill some of their post Bright Eyes time with Monsters of Folk, the indie-Americana super group they formed with M. Ward and Jim James. With only one album recorded under that moniker, we hope they’ll amp things up a bit – their Austin City Limits performance from last October – “Whole Lotta Losin’” and “Baby Boomer” are featured here – suggests there’s a lot more music to be mined amongst this talented fivesome.
We’ve already received a bit of flak over our decision to include Leo Sayer in this week’s episode, but hey, the man was cool once, as our clip of “Tomorrow” from BBC In Concert in 1974 clearly indicates. And ‘ole Leo also wrote all the songs on Roger Daltrey’s solo debut, including the terrific “Giving It All Away”.
2011 just might be the year that sees Jimi Hendrix’s 1969 Royal Albert Hall concert finally appear on an officially sanctioned DVD. Bootlegs of various qualities have floated around for years, but the rock rumour mill suggests that Janie Hendrix is close to resolving the legal issues that have prevented her so far from releasing the completed 106-minute film. Judging by the clips of “Purple Haze” and the end-of-show melee we sample here, Hendrix fans will not have waited in vain.