The Bored Ape Yacht Club is an NFT collective popular with celebrities like Post Malone and Steph Curry who pay in the millions for the rights to some of the ugliest cartoons you've ever seen. They are also regularly stolen. Yesterday, the Club kicked off ApeFest, a three-day festival exclusive for Ape NFT holders and their friends at New York City's Pier 17 celebrating music and "culture" (I don't know how to make those air quotes bigger). Monday's festivities saw a surprise set by LCD Soundsystem.
Given the overall vibe of the Bored Apes, I would have expected a high-profile holder to be performing, or even some DJ I've never heard of who has a billion streams on a nightcore remix of Crazy Frog. Enlisting one of the highest regarded acts of the blog era is a bit surprising; it's also a little disheartening to see good art performed in celebration of bad art that may be destroying the world. And judging from some of the videos below, spotted by Brooklyn Vegan, the crowd didn't even seem all that interested. I assume that LCD Soundsystem got a big paycheck for this—I just hope they were paid in, you know, money. Watch clips from the show below.