Last year Jason had raved about LCD Soundsystem, which is basically James Murphy + musicians, but I'd never gotten around to digging into their music. Fast forward to last Saturday when I was preparing to travel, a standard part of which consists of looking on Rhapsody for new tunes. The new album, Sound of Silver*, was being featured so I loaded it onto the handy dandy Sansa Rhapsody Player I so love and hopped on a plane the next day. It's really good stuff: a collision of punk rock and dance music that perfectly melds organic energy, rough edges, and an unstoppable beat. I listened to it over and over.
Yesterday morning I was in a cab leafing through the New York Times. I love the NYT but the Friday edition? Not so much. It's weighted down with all sorts of event listings for things going on in New York and since I can't recall when I was last here on a weekend those listings just taunt me. But there in the corner of one page: LCD Soundsystem, Bowery Ballroom, SOLD OUT. Crap. I dialed the concierge at my hotel to see if they could make some ticket magic happen and she told me she'd put "her girl" on it. I didn't really have much hope in this strategy; if I wanted to see The Lion King, though, I'm sure she'd of hooked me up right away.
I traded business cards with people, ate the chicken served at lunch, and listened to speakers call for the need for mobile advertising standards while I surreptitiously scanned Craigslist on my phone for available tickets. No dice. I resigned myself to a missed opportunity.
But I couldn't help but check Craigslist one more time when I got back to my hotel. There were no tickets for sale but I noticed somebody had posted asking for a ticket. But of course! You don't get what you don't ask for! So I posted: "WANTED: 1 TICKET FOR LCD SOUNDSYSTEM TONIGHT" and wouldn't you know it, three minutes later I had an email from Cara, who's boyfriend had fallen ill and had a spare ticket. Turns out she moved to NYC just six months ago from Seattle, where she lived just down the block from where the Capitol Hill shootings occurred.
Oh, and the show itself? One of the best--and most fun--live performances I've ever seen. My dear peeps on the West Coast . . . LCD Soundsystem is playing in SF on May 1st at Mezzanine and in Seattle on May 2nd at the Showbox. Don't miss them.
*Listen to Sound of Silver for free--you just need the Rhapsody browser plugin.