(5.6) The last time we crowed about native son Gavin Russom was back in February of 2011 (!) when he and his back-up band LCD Soundsystem were performing on The Colbert Report. The band was on their way to their absolutely final, we really really mean it . . . we’re even making a movie about it, end-of-the-band performance at Madison Square Garden.
Well, we all know how that turned out. James Murphy opened a wine bar in Brooklyn while Russom continued performing and recording as Black Meteoric Star but the band just could not not be together. No matter — the fans are ecstatic and nobody at the MSG show has asked for their money back.
And this Saturday, May 6, LCD Soundsystem will be checking off another box by performing on ‘Saturday Night Live’ for the first time — and that will be Gavin Russom on synth and vocals. (Pitchfork has the promo of host Chris Pine and Kate McKinnon dancing to ‘Dance Yrself Clean.’)
Russom came out of the 90’s Fort Thunder scene having launched psychedelic noise bands Soma with cousin Michael Kelley and Corybantes with Brian Chippendale. His later collaboration with Delia Gonzalez — creating electronic musical works and installations — earned critical acclaim and gained an international following. So it was off to Berlin, and then back to New York City where he hooked up with DFA and Mr. Murphy.
LCD Soundsystem will be headlining at the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago in July. (Quirky international schedule for this summer. Forget the Australia gig — it’s sold out.)
UPDATE: Go here to watch ‘Call the Police’ and ‘American Dream.’ Great new songs and Gavin seems to be having a ball!
LCD Soundsystem, SNL, Saturday, May 6
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“Brevity is the soul of wit” she said to him 44 years ago. I love your version.