On the one-year anniversary of LCD Soundsystem’s final show at New York’s Madison Square Garden, James Murphy’s band is back in the news again. Shut Up and Play the Hits, the film documenting the band’s final days, will get continent-wide distribution this summer via a series of “special one-night-only engagements” thanks to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, whose four-year-old film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories will be handling the release.
“Perhaps having grown up in a band for most of my life — a band that formed when I was 16 years old — and having released our first record when I was still in high school, this film addresses so many questions,” said the now-45-year-old Yauch in a statement. “For instance, it can be pretty clear when a band starts, but perhaps less so when it ends, or how it should end. In that sense, it’s brilliant of James to end it in such a definitive way.”
For reference, Oscilloscope is the company responsible for the recently unsettling Tilda Swinton/Ezra Miller flick We Need to Talk About Kevin. On the other hand, the filmmakers for Shut Up and Play the Hits, which debuted at Sundance earlier this year, did an awesome interview recently about their unlikely experience. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, you can watch it here; we also recommend reading our magazine editor-in-chief Steve Kandell’s review of the show here.