Daft Punk Lights Up Keyspan Park, Coney Island, New York, 08/09/07

okay, that’s a ref to the LCD Soundsystem song of same name. They weren’t actually at my apt.

But Daft Punk DID finally play NYC with their stupendous stage and light show. it is like

The French, who gave us Guy DeBord and Society of the Spectacle and all that good shit — Damn, do they like their SPECTACLES.

Daft Punk, the ne plus ultra French electro house disco duo puts on mind-blowing shows. I’d been waiting for this one for MONTHS.

Basically, they wear spaceman/robot costumes

and sit in the middle of a giant light-up pyramid

in front of a whole phalanx of lights, between two huge grids of struts, flanked by two giant-ass video screens.

The pyramid turns blue

and green

and red

While the crowd freaks out and dances. Sound silly? Yeah. Is it fun? Fuck yeah. DP tend their synths and digital turntables like benevolent insects, controlling the pulse of the crowd as if they they were so many happy ants, or bees, or a bunch of really, really happy people throwing glow sticks at the stage like crazy.

Starting off with “Technologic” with its invocations to Buy It, Touch It, Hit It, etc. – w/ a little Busta Rhymes sampled in there, they segued into the monster dancefloor anthem “Around the World” from their first album, HOMEWORK. to a “Harder Faster Stronger,” to some kind of massive “One More Time” edit (later I heard that’s the Aerodynamic edit) that just pretty much blew up Keyspan Park.

And onto “Da Funk,” and “Human After All,” with actual photo images of the insides of people, faces, eyes, etc.. Sampling themselves like mad thruout, they mashed it up into into the encore, in which their robo/insect suits lit up in outline,

and the crowd went apeshit, basically.

There is almost NO WAY to appreciate the whole effect of Daft Punk’s kind of music on the tiny circuit between the two plugs of your iPod. Maybe one head is too small. A stadium full of pulsing, breathing bodies synched to a big-ass eye-candy show and ear-candy beat extravaganza is the only way it makes sense.

Hey, it made sense to me.


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