LCD Soundsystem Reunites, Immediately Retires, and Plays Re-Farewell Show

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After years of will-they, won’t-they speculation about their reunion, LCD Soundsystem officially reunited. On Christmas Eve, James Murphy dropped a new song, titled “Christmas, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” (see below for the stream). Only days later, official announcements detailed plans to headline at Coachella and release an album of new material. The band, whose hits include “Dance Yrself Clean,” “All My Friends,” and “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House,” has remained dormant since 2011. Murphy has described the upcoming album to be filled with “songs that fill you with a sense of nostalgia, a sense that the times of now just aren’t as good or as interesting as the good old days.” He also admitted that “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” will probably be re-written before it’s played live again because liking Daft Punk is no longer ironic or hip. Potential drafts have been started for “Cat Stevens Is Playing At My House” and “Daft Punk Is Playing At My Food Truck.”

However, the reunion was not destined to last. Murphy has already announced his plans to re-retire, retreat from the public eye, and muck about in the studio with Arcade Fire, probably. On the retirement, Murphy stated that today’s music scene “just isn’t as good or as interesting as the good old days, not like when we first started.” This announcement came just before tickets to the re-farewell show at Madison Square Garden sold out. Attendees of that second farewell show, which you already missed, claim that the show was highly emotional and that “you just had to be there, man.” Luckily, if you wait another five years, you may have your chance to attend the third farewell show at Madison Square Garden. We will keep you updated as details become available.