Shut Up and Play the Hits (Pulse)
Reviewed by Chase Hoffberger, Fri., Dec. 21, 2012
LCD SoundsystemShut Up and Play the Hits (Pulse)
Four hours, three encores, an endless slew of guests, and one dress code – black and white and nothing in between. I was in attendance at LCD Soundsystem's Madison Square Garden curtain call in April 2011 and can say with some certainty that the only thing I wanted by the time James Murphy began "New York, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down" was two slices of pizza and a warm bed. Imbibing that whole marathon from the comfort of my couch played out a whole lot more sane. Directed by British newbies Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, the 108-minute documentary weaves between concert footage, snippets of James Murphy's excellent Guardian interview with Chuck Klosterman, and vignettes from the first day of the artist's post-LCD life ("I really like making coffee," he tells Klosterman), with the filmmakers making every effort to highlight the New Yorker's self-awareness and keen attention to detail. Discs two and three rehash the night's mayhem in its entirety. If you're trying to do both in one night, you'll likely need to make a cup yourself. Go on and "Dance Yrself Clean."