Three years after LCD Soundsystem called it quits with a nearly four-hour concert, the group will be issuing the concert as a five-LP box set. Available on Record Store Day, April 19th, The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden will feature every note the group played that night. The band will also release the set digitally on May 20th.
The group’s founder and frontman James Murphy produced and mixed the set differently from the audio track to Shut Up and Play the Hits, the film version of the concert that got a theatrical release two years ago. Mixing The Long Goodbye was a lengthy, painstaking process that Murphy described to Rolling Stone as a “comedy of errors.”
“The film is mixed for your eye and the record is mixed for your ears,” Murphy said. “The film is mixed digitally, because you have to watch it in a theater and make little adjustments all the way through for a four-hour film, whereas the record is just mixed analog to tape, the way I normally do. But it took forever, because I’m not really on a label anymore. We had to do artwork, and I was away, and I had to get clearances for everything.”
Murphy told Rolling Stone that now that LCD Soundsystem is done, he is building a recording studio where he will record his own songs and mix other people’s music. In the meantime, he’s been working on making the New York City subway system a little more musical. This month, he launched a petition to change the sounds that the transit system’s turnstiles make when a commuter swipes his or her MetroCard. “Each turnstile emits its own beep, all of which are slightly out of tune with one another, creating a dissonant rubbing-Styrofoam-on-glass squeak in stations all around New York City,” he wrote. “It’s kind of horrible.”