Miles Davis Improvising on LCD Soundsystem


“New York, I love you, but you’re bringing me down.”

When we still called dear New York home, over any pitiful laments while meeting up for a drink, my oldest and dearest friend, Blake Royer, would soft-launch into the chorus of the closing track on LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver. I’ll always fondly recall his wavering pitch, in attempt to match singer-songwriter James Murphy’s.

While I was not affected by Sandy, I know plenty of you were. I was very nearly waylaid in Virginia the Sunday Sandy touched down, but thankfully, my parents re-routed their drive back from the East Coast through Chicago, and I tagged along. I was even allowed to deejay — a rare treat in my family, rest-assured. As we pulled out of the District of Columbia, on our way to the Windy City via Primanti Brothers and a late-night Pricelined Holiday Inn — and the ensuing line of my mother’s bed bugs queries — I played this tune, a subtle tribute to the people of my former home.

My father, driving, goes, “Who’s this?”
LCD Soundsystem. They were a dance-punk band popular in New York when I lived there.”
“What is Dance-punk?”

He asked, and then, forgetting his question, he and I proceeded to sing the chorus together. In the back seat, my mother was either asleep or unimpressed.

And then, this weekend while traveling for work in Boston, I met a men’s clothing store-owner whose close friend was Miles Davis. He told several tall tales, in particular a classic involving Mr. Davis and a velvet collar. I asked him what Davis solo, if any he could listen to, and he mentioned this one.

And this morning, by strange coincidence, Lizz Kannenberg posted this video to Facebook.

Cosmic.

Lizz, I echo your sentiments. I love the internet.

Related: Seek out Shut Up & Play the Hits. By any means necessary.

Comments

  1. So beautiful to read all these little stories crossing their lines around the world. So magic how i can be reading all this now, by googling what people is saying about that little video experiment of mine.
    Yes, I love the internet too.

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