I'm flying to New York today to see one of LCD Soundsystem's last-ever shows, and in this morning's pre-coffee fog, trying to figure out what to post on Reverb for the day, I briefly considered doing a top-10 list of LCD Soundsystem songs. Seemed appropriate, and everyone loves a list, right? Only as soon as I started going through them in my head, I realized I'd have a hell of a time narrowing them down to, like, 20, and at that point, given that you're talking about a band with just three full-lengths and an awesome string of singles, you're more or less talking about an entire catalog. Handy, then, that the fine folks over at Pitchfork (full disclosure: I also contribute to that site) have put together a package re-evaluating EVERY SINGLE SONG LCD Soundsystem ever recorded, right down to the Harry Nilsson cover. Read it here.
I'm reading the entry for "All My Friends" right now, the turning-point song that revealed the band as being as capable of straight-ahead emotional outpouring as they were of more subtly genuine wise-assery, and honestly I'm a little let-down by Pitchfork's summary. It's clear and accurate and all, but it's just so damn level-headed. This song makes me want to write embarrassingly breathless prose. It makes me want to explode. It makes me want to call up old lovers. It makes me want to make every mistake I've ever made over again and do it all exactly the same. You know, that sort of thing.
I guess it's probably for the best that leveler heads prevailed. Still, the distance in feeling between reading about "All My Friends" and what I expect it to be like when the band plays it tomorrow night, for what will be my last time, is a vast chasm. Worth a read, though, and you can expect my (sure to be breathless) report back from tomorrow night's show here on Wednesday.