In a magnificent melding of “indie” icons, Rough Trade Records NYC Gallery in Brooklyn will open an exhibition today, April 7th, titled LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye. It is a visual experience companion piece to the eponymous five-LP document of the band’s final 2011 concert series at Madison Square Garden.
The vinyl release is to be timed with the April 19 international Record Store Day event. And so thus, the exhibition offers a thrilling advance teaser for both fanatical fans and hipster historians alike.
Rough Trade’s Stephen Godfrey sees it as an opportunity to “celebrate music as art.” He enthuses that in the preceding decade, “few artists evolved music more as art form than LCD Soundsystem.”
Indeed, with DFA founder and producer James Murphy as LCD’s front- and main- man, the band not only acted as a startling “talent collective” for the post-Electroclash society—they also advanced the very notion of artistic postmodernism by incisively critiquing the very scene that they helped to create. In other words, they knew perfectly well that you just weren’t as cool as you thought you were. Sorry.
The exhibit will run through May 7.