Dean Martin plays at their house, apparently. LCD Soundsystem has announced an upcoming streaming special, “The LCD Soundsystem Holiday Special,” which will open with a 90s-style sitcom parody, featuring actors portraying band members and their crew, followed by a live concert. special, presumably featuring the real band. Produced by Amazon Music, it streams on both Prime Video and Amazon Music’s Twitch channel on Dec. 22 at 9 p.m. ET/6 PT.
Musicians starring in their own arch/retro Christmas sitcoms aren’t a completely new wrinkle — see “The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show,” which premiered on Prime Video two years ago — but there’s certainly something new in one that has avatars for the ostensible stars in the form of recognizable actors. “All My Friends,” the sitcom-within-a-special, is named after a 2007 LCD Soundsystem single and even has a TV instrumental version of the song as its theme song (see opening credits above ).
Eric Wareheim of “Tim & Eric” fame directed the special and also stars in the sitcom portion as LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy. Other cast members include Macaulay Culkin as Drummer Pat Mahoney, Christine Ko as Keyboardist Nancy Whang, Tony Cavalero as Synthesizer Nick Millhiser, Cory Loykasek as Guitarist Al Doyle, Aparna Nancherla as Synthesizer Abby Echiverri, Jon Daly as bassist Tyler Pope, Rex Lee as band manager Brian Graf, and Luenell as band tour manager. Synthesizer Korey Rickey is represented by a puppet in the series.
The special will begin with the fake sitcom, followed by a “career-spanning set” complete with the first-ever live performance of the band’s 2015 single “Christmas Will Break Your Heart.”
“I’m also stunned that someone would let us do this,” Murphy said in a statement. “At least we can finally use our Korey puppet.”
“I can’t believe Amazon Music lets us do this,” Wareheim said in an equally amazed mode. “I’ve already conquered cinema, James has conquered music, but we haven’t conquered sitcoms yet – the upper art form. We’ve been working on this project for 15 years, and for this show, we’re unveiling a unique emotional perspective on the holiday sitcom universe – provided by one of the greatest bands of all time and my dear friends, LCD Sound system. ”
LCD Soundsystem is more than halfway through a 20-night residency at Brooklyn Steel, which ends Dec. 21, representing the first shows in three years for the band, which officially broke up in 2011 but have since split. reunited a few years later. The band’s latest new studio album, “American Dream”, was released in 2017.
Concert footage for the new holiday show is from a custom performance filmed and arranged for the special.
The band will be featured in 2022, likely on the festival circuit, as LCD Soundsystem has just been announced as one of the headliners (along with the Strokes) for an inaugural “This AIn’t No Picnic” festival in front of the Rose Bowl in California. August 27 and 28.