FEATURING THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF RUVAN WIJESOORIYA
In anticipation of the April 19 Record Store Day release of the 5-LP vinyl edition of The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden (Warner Bros.), Rough Trade Records NYC Gallery will unveil LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye, an interactive gallery experience produced by Melee Media opening 12 noon on Monday, April 7 in the second floor gallery space of the store’s 64 N. 9th St. Brooklyn location.
Stephen Godfroy, Co-Owner of Rough Trade, commented, “The joy of having a record shop is being able to celebrate music as an art form, and over the last decade there have been few artists who’ve evolved music more as art form than LCD Soundsystem. Hosting this retrospective experience is therefore an incredibly synergistic and humbling moment for us, one we’re incredibly excited to share.”
LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye will immerse attendees in the sounds, sights and emotions of the band’s historic April 2, 2011 farewell, an epic near 4-hour tour de force hailed by New York magazine as “a marvel of pure craft” and Rolling Stone as a “staggeringly great night.” LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye will come alive in multiple dimensions via exclusive video, advance pressings of the album’s five vinyl LPs laid out on five turntables, and a massive assortment of 4″ x 6″ prints of images by longtime LCD photographer Ruvan Wijesooriya, many never before been seen–and all available for the taking and replenished weekly.
All told, LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye will provide the most vivid recreation imaginable of that once in a lifetime performance–a priceless experience for those who were unable to attend the instantly sold out MSG show immortalized in the Shut Up and Play The Hits documentary and the aforementioned upcoming live album, as well as for attendees wanting a unique multi-sensory trip through those memories.
The LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye exhibit will run April 7 through May 7 and will be open until 11 pm nightly.
About The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden
Produced and mixed by LCD founder and frontman James Murphy, The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden
‘s 5xLP vinyl RSD release will be followed May 19 by its digital wide release. The album captures Murphy and company going out on top and on their own terms: with the ultimate LCD live performance in both senses of the word. On The Long Goodbye
, the LCD core live band of Murphy, Pat Mahoney, Nancy Whang, Al Doyle, Gavin Russom, Tyler Pope and Matt Thornley is augmented by a choir, string and horn sections plus contributions from both one-time-only special guests and many of the musicians with whom the band has worked over the years for incredible final performances including “North American Scum” with guest vocals from Arcade Fire, “All My Friends,” “I Can Change,” “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House,” “Someone Great,” a full performance of “45:33” featuring Reggie Watts, an epic version of the song that started it all “Losing My Edge” (which can be seen here: http://youtu.be/HmrOHxS_cK0
), and literally hours more.
About Rough Trade NYC
Featuring a curated selection of music (LP and CD, no vintage) and books, a full programme of live events/workshops/screening in a 250 capacity live venue (with balcony and full bar), Five Leave Crate cafe (http://fiveleavescrate.com/), exhibition room (The Room), #TheGuardianGreenRoom (The Guardian digital lounge), Main Drag Music ‘plug and play’ room, table-tennis tables… Rough Trade NYC is a store like no other. As much a community hub and hang-out for culture lovers, as much as it is a place to discover and purchase the most exciting music, Rough Trade NYC is giant epicentre of culture celebration for all ages and tastes to enjoy.
Open 7 days/week, from 9am to 11pm (10am – 9pm Sunday)
Rough Trade NYC, 64 North 9th St, Brooklyn, NY, 11249
5 mins walk from Bedford Ave subway (L) & 4 mins walk from North 6th East River Ferry Terminal
Follow @RoughTrade and @RoughTradeNYC for details.
About Ruvan Wijesooriya
Ruvan Wijesooriya is a photographer based in New York City. After starting a skateboard company, working for fashion stylists and being a music journalist in his first 25 years, Ruvan became attracted to the storytelling qualities of photography. His unique vision consistently and seamlessly blurs the lines between life, art and commerce in subject areas ranging from landscapes to fashion, music to flowers. His photographs tell stories and express sentiment, his approach is immediate, genuine and curious.
Ruvan is known for the interactive and happening nature of his exhibitions. Last Valentine’s Day he and friends plastered an NYC subway tunnel with pictures of kisses, hearts, pets and roses for subway riders to take. He recently made photography as performance in the creation of an advertising campaign for Roberto Cavalli. Ruvan will be making a photo installation at the Foam Photography Museum in Amsterdam this summer as part of a larger exhibition about contemporary fashion photography. His work about the influential NYC band, LCD Soundsystem, is showing at Rough Trade Records, through April, 2014. Ruvan’s prints are collected primarily by other artists and creatives such as Ed Ruscha, Michael Bastian and Doug Aitken.