LCD Soundsystem bid the world adieu in April 2011 with a spectacular final show at Madison Square Garden that lasted for over three hours. This last set was thankfully captured for the documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits, but now LCD producer and mastermind James Murphy is taking the awesome a step further with his announcement he’ll be releasing a live album from that night.
In a recent conversation with Rolling Stone, Murphy revealed an album from the band’s last show together would be coming out in early 2014:
And finally, Jesus, the fucking live album. It’s killing me. That’s been just murder… I mixed it significantly differently than the film [Shut Up and Play the Hits], because the film is mixed for your eye and the record is mixed for your ears… It was like the concert happened, and then I spent the next year and a half fucking with it. I was like, “I’m done! Ah, shit. I gotta go deal with the fucking movie.” I had to do Shut Up and Play the Hits, and dealing with the live footage, and mixing all the sound for the live footage, and then I had to do the whole four-hour concert and edit all that footage and mix everything. It was great, but also, like, shitting hell. It really just refused to die. I guess somebody else would just have someone else deal with the movie, but I’m an idiot and wanted to mix all that audio.
Considering the vast number of projects Murphy’s completed and worked on this year, it should come as no surprise he’s been toiling away at this upcoming album, as well. So far 2013 has seen him create his own coffee, remix David Bowie’s “Love Is Lost,” design a new soundsystem he’s named Despacio, produce Arcade Fire’s latest LP and begin work with members of Sepultura on forming a metalized version of The White Stripes. Murphy’s had plenty else going on this year, as well, including his filing of a lawsuit against DFA Records co-founder Tim Goldsworthy this spring.
For those still saddened by LCD Soundsystem’s finale a few years ago, however, the promise of a new album is the biggest and best of them all. It hopefully won’t be too very long before the album drops next year.