Published Dec 11, 2013LCD Soundsystem's last-ever show in 2011 has already spawned a concert film/documentary called Shut Up and Play the Hits, and soon it will be turned into a live album as well. This is according to frontman James Murphy, who said that the album is mixed and ready to go.
The live album will document the entire show at New York's Madison Square Garden, which was a three-and-a-half-hour marathon with three sets, plus two encores.
"I mixed it significantly differently than the film, because the film is mixed for your eye and the record is mixed for your ears," Murphy told Rolling Stone. "The film is mixed digitally, because you have to watch it in a theatre and make little adjustments all through for a four-hour film, whereas the record is just mixed analog to tape, the way I normally do. But it took forever, because I'm not really on a label anymore. We had to do artwork, and I was away, and I had to get clearances for everything. It was a real comedy of errors. I finished mixing it over a year ago, so I've been like [whistles]."
By the sound of things, the project has been has been excruciating work, since Murphy said, "Jesus, the fucking live album. It's killing me. That's been just murder."
As for a possible release date, he explained, "I thought it was going to come out in March, but now I don't think it's going to make it for this year. It's probably going to be beginning of next year. It's infuriating."
While LCD Soundsystem's output is now limited to retrospective releases like this one, it seems that Murphy has new music in the works. Not only is he continuing to score a Broadway production, he plans to work on new solo music once he finishes building his studio. The studio won't be complete "until at least June," so we probably won't hear any new material soon.
He's also working on a project that will bring musical turnstiles to the New York subway system and has various projects editing and mixing other artists' music.