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Shut Up and Play the Hits
The Very Loud Ending Of LCD Soundsystem
On April 2nd 2011, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM played its final show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. LCD Frontman James Murphy, disbanding one of the most celebrated and influential groups of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensured that the band would go out on top with the biggest concert of its career. The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza featured special appearances by Arcade Fire and Reggie Watts and moved the crowd of thousands to tears of joy and grief. SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS both captures this once-in-a-lifetime event with stunning visuals and serves as an intimate portrait of Murphy as he navigates the 48 hours surrounding the show. Woven throughout is an honest and unflinching conversation between Murphy and author Chuck Klosterman as they discuss music, art, aging, and the decision to call it quits while at the top of your game.
I knew I was disappointed that I would never see LCD Soundsystem live, but now I'm fucking devastated.
Shut Up and Play the Hits is a film that documents the final concert by LCD Soundsystem at Madison Square Gardens. Directors, Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern, follow the shows buildup as well as interview band founder, James Murphy. In truth I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more appropriate title for a film as it was exactly what I was shouting at the screen every time the documentary drifted into introspection rather than focusing on the exhilarating gig.
I consider myself a fan of LCD Soundsystem and this film is most successful when simply focusing on the music. The concert footage throughout is excellent, capturing the energy both on stage and in the crowd as the group play an…
Por fin me decido a ver este documental que tanto os gustó y que también a mí me ha gustado mucho. He disfrutado y me he emocionado, pero me he distraído un poco, porque no he podido evitar pasar todo el rato pensando que Shut Up and Play the Hits es el reverso perfecto de otro rockumentary muy chulo: el de Metallica.
I'm glad I got to see LCD Soundsystem live right before their farewell tour
James Murphy the musician
The look and editing
James Murphy the person
All the hugging
I am completely unable to be objective about this one. I saw LCD Soundsystem on their final tour in Detroit (with Hot Chip opening) with a girl I was mad for at the time.
This film, recorded at LCD's final shows at Madison Square Garden documents the prep for the concert, the shows themselves, and briefly, the aftermath. There's a heartbreaking scene of James Murphy a day or a few days after the show, caressing a piece of the concert gear and breaking down in tears. That feeling--of something wonderful and rare having passed before its time--suffuses the whole film. A dedicated LCD Soundsystem fan like yer pal will probably get more out of this than a casual viewer, but it's still probably one of the greatest concert joints I've ever seen.
Daft Punk está tocando en mi casa.
I'm so glad they're back together. I have to see them live. Preferably before their next album.
While interesting that the premise for the documentary has changed, it did not engage me. I'm unfamiliar with the band, and their lead singer, and the worship of them does not resonate with me. Maybe it's for fans, only.
When first I loved Shut Up And Play The Hits, I'd seen few documentaries; I'd never seen a rock star cry. Now, with age, all I can love in this sludgey, generic documentary is the concert film that comes alongside. It manages to feature voices from two geniuses and make them generic, and it ignores other people who might actually give insight. Five minutes is enough.
Really emotional and poignant documentary about the ending(not really) of one of the greatest contemporary bands. Truly awesome and super emotional for someone who has listened to their albums thoroughly.
"It’s interesting to revisit this film with the knowledge that James Murphy would eventually get the band back together to take on 2016’s summer festival circuit. When asked by Klosterman what the biggest failure of the band was, a week before that Madison Square Garden show, Murphy reveals a pretty big crack in his resolve when he confides that breaking the band up too early might be that thing he’s going to regret. While the shows last weekend at Webster Hall officially brought an end to LCD Soundsystem’s self-imposed five-year hiatus and taking a bit of the punch out of Shut Up and Play the Hits, it still stands up as an incredible document of a guy wrestling with his decision to stop doing something he loves, however momentary it might have ended up being."
Covered for the Watch The Tunes column over at the Vinyl Me, Please blog: blog.vinylmeplease.com/watch-the-tunes-shut-up-and-play-the-hits/
It's a little sad that they are coming back because this brilliant documentary will lose a bit of what makes it great. That being said, them coming back does not make me sad at all. This documentary turned into a fantastic concert movie. I'll probably watch it a few more times still just because of the amazing performance and the surprisingly good camera work. Sadly, this is probably leaving my favorite movies list pretty soon.
este año por mis santos cojones que les veo en directo.
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