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Watch: LCD Soundsystem’s “Empire State of Mind” NYC Tribute


LCD Soundsystem just wrapped up a triumphant four-night stand at Manhattan’s Terminal 5 to officially kick off what is rumored to be their last tour ever. I went to a couple of the shows and they were totally epic and worth it and I’m beyond psyched to relive such sensations yet again when the band play this year’s Pitchfork Fest.

A nightly highlight was the finale, which worked a little bit of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ NYC anthem “Empire State of Mind” into LCD’s own Big Apple tribute, “New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”, resulting in an eight-minute musical love fest that all other cities can only dream of. Also, there was a balloon drop. Nobody can deny a balloon drop.

Watch the extra special version of “New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” from Saturday’s show below– the “Empire State of Mind” duet between James Murphy and keyboardist Nancy Whang begins around the 5:40 mark (via The Awl):

BTW, LCD just put out an album we like a bunch called This Is Happening and they’re touring all over the earth this summer. Dates are below– do see them.

LCD Soundsystem:
05-24 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
05-25 Toronto, Ontario – Koolhaus
05-26 Chicago, IL – Metro
05-29 Portland, OR – Roseland
05-30 George, WA – Sasquatch Festival
05-31 Vancouver, British Columbia – Malkin Bowl
06-03 San Francisco, CA – Fillmore
06-08 Austin, TV – Stubb’s
06-09 Dallas, TX – Palladium
06-11 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Festival
06-17 La Coruña, Spain – Sonar
06-18 Barcelona, Spain – Sonar
06-19 Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany – Southside Festival
06-20 Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
06-22 Zagreb, Croatia – InMusic Festival
06-24 Ferrara, Italy – Bands Apart Festival
06-25 St. Gallen, Switzerland – Open Air Festival
07-01 Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
07-03 London, England – Wireless Festival
07-08 Novi Sad, Serbia – Exit Festival
07-10 Lisbon, Portugal – Alive Festival
07-15-16 Mariaville, NY – Camp Bisco
07-17 Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival
08-12 Oslo, Norway – Oya Festival
08-13 Gotenberg, Sweden – Way Out West Festival
09-12 Isle of Wight, England – Bestival
(via Pitchfork)