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2012 was the first full year without LCD Soundsystem since James Murphy distilled the fleeting essence of cool into seven-some comically heartrending minutes a decade prior. To remind us what we lost when the balloons came down and the lights came up at Madison Square Garden, directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace released Shut Up And Play The Hits, a concert film and documentary about that instant-legend farewell show and its aftermath. As a music movie, it functions as a brilliant sequel to Jonathan Demme’s Talking Heads film Stop Making Sense, capturing not just the thrill of LCD in action but the camaraderie among these musicians, the love they had for each other and for the incredible sounds they made together. As a narrative, it’s far less euphoric, using the non-musical segments to indelicately hammer home Murphy’s apprehension and creeping regret about the decision to end his band in its prime. (And there can be no doubt after watching the movie that LCD Soundsystem was in its prime.) The morning after, Murphy wakes up hung over and stares blankly at his pug. They wander Brooklyn aimlessly together. He visits his manager to contemplate the afterglow. Upon visiting the band’s headquarters, where loads of gear and memorabilia have become instant relics, he breaks down — this after we hear him admit to Chuck Klosterman, whose interview with Murphy is threaded throughout the film, that stopping the band might have been his biggest mistake.
For the final episode of their “Think B.I.G.” series, Gasface talks to former LOUD Records A&Rs Matty C and Schott Free about the time they tried to sign Jay-Z, Wu-Tang, how they got into the A&R game, working with Mobb Deep and more.
Previously: Think B.I.G. w/ Philippe Zdar (Gasface)
For the 4th installment of their “Think B.I.G.” mini-series, Gasface sits down with Grammy winning Engineer Philippe Zdar to talk about the Cassius sample on Jay-Z and Kanye’s “Why I Love You” from the WTT album.
Previously: Think B.I.G. w/ Rik Cordero (Gasface)
In celebration of Jay-Z’s birthday (12.04.1969), Urban Noize decided to revive one of their older remixes, one that some you, may not have heard before.
Song Cry feat. Chris Martin [Urban Noize remix] // download
P.S. watch the short documentary, where JAY Z’s Life+Times takes an unprecedented behind the scenes look at the creation of JAY Z’s Barclays Center opening concerts.