By now, everyone knows the story of how LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, utterly dismayed with frustrating illegibility of the cathode ray tube displays and plasma displays he encountered at every venue’s PA system on tour, decided to disband his wildly popular project last year so that he could, in my estimation of what his words may well have been, “concentrate more fully on perfecting a liquid mercury immortality potion and inventing a sound system that is literally covered in liquid crystals!” But before losing his shit completely, Murphy agreed to put on one final, career-spanning show at Madison Square Garden, ensuring that he’d be able to milk the disco ball-pierced tits of the defunct project for years to come. Afterwards, the epic funeral show quickly passed into legend. Legend has since passed into myth, and the privileged few who were there that night struggle to this day to put into words the immensity of that singular, transcendent, once-in-a-lifetime, never-to-be-repeated… oh, wait. Never mind, everyone; no one’s special. There’s a movie.
Oscilloscope Laboratories, the film production and theatrical distribution entity headed by Beastie Boy Adam “MCA Soundsystem” Yauch, announced this week that they’ve “acquired North American rights to Shut Up and Play the Hits,” the LCD Soundsystem film — produced by Pulse Films and directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace — that documents the final days of LCD and their final show at MSG. LCD devotees may recall that the movie had its world premiere at Sundance earlier this year, followed by an encore presentation at South by Southwest last month, where fans and critics gave such rave reviews as “I thought it was cool how you could hear and see everything,” “Jesus, I had no idea that guy was so old,” and of course, “I was happy that there were no new songs that I didn’t know.”
Oscilloscope will be releasing the film in special “one-night-only engagements” in theaters nationwide this summer, and then possibly doing some other stuff with it after that. More details will presumably follow shortly. Or heck, maybe they won’t! Wouldn’t that be hilarious?