Shut Up and Play the Hits, a film documentary by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace of LCD Soundsystem's final live performance at Madison Square Garden in 2011, shows at the Cinerama for one night only, Wed. July 18. I saw LCD Soundsystem play live three times and each show was incredible, including Coachella in 2007. (Check the YouTubes for proof.) In a live context, LCD SS were so much more powerful and mesmerizing than on their records, which are very good, so this climactic event for the defunct New York band should be a thrill to experience cinematically.
Trailer and press release after the cut. Tickets are on sale at Cinerama now.
On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza did just that, moving the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with New York Magazine calling the event “a marvel of pure craft” and TIME magazine lamenting “we may never dance again.” SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS is both a narrative film documenting this once-in-a-lifetime performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.