Lcd Soundsystem

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'I don't think there's anything wrong with being a tit.'

For someone who hails from the very epitome of small-town America, James Murphy is extremely partial to a very English insult. Particularly when it's a self-deprecating one. Despite being labeled as a tragically hip super-producer - 'the Pharrell Williams of punk-funk' - the wiseass sarcasm that comes out of his own songs is generally aimed, first and foremost, at himself. The 'tit' reference is provoked by a conversation about Losing My Edge, the 2002 single that launched LCD Soundsystem's recording career, skewered the vanity, insecurity and one-upmanship of the ageing hipster with hilarious accuracy, and remains, thus far, his signature tune. 'It still kinda weighs on me a bit', confesses James, 'because we keep getting better and better at playing it live. It's surprising how long Losing My Edge lingers around, for a dance song. But everyone's silly and shallow and insipid and vain and the more they accept it the less boring records we'll have. This year I made 'Yeah', which pretty much consists of me saying yeah over and over, to try and erase the expectation that it was gonna be another clever diatribe of lyrics. Etched into the vinyl of Yeah is, "Not as good as Losing My Edge". I always try and help people write the reviews.'

Like I said, no-one gets dissed in an LCD song - or a Murphy interview - more than Murphy himself. So, when grabbing a first listen to LCD Soundsystem's first, self-titled album, and clocking Murphy's wry sense of humour, don't be fooled into thinking James Murphy is a jaded cynic. After all, after almost two decades of making music, he's finally in the place where he wants to be: In New York, teamed up with a contrasting but complimentary partner-in-musical-crime in England's Tim Goldsworthy as part of the Death From Above aka DFA label and production team, and touring with his very own rock 'n' roll dance band.

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18th March 2014 -

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25th February 2014 -

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LCD Soundsystem - Manchester Academy, 1st May 2010

4th May 2010 -

 Review

After spearheading a new generation's take on punk and penning the default floorfiller ('Daft Punk.') and, arguably, the single best track ('All My Friends') of the last ten years, the news that LCD Soundsystem's forthcoming...

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9th October 2007 -

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5th June 2007 -

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LCD Soundsystem All My Friends (Franz Ferdinand Version) Video The LCD Soundsystem track, 'All My Friends' has both frenetic refrain and rhythmic precision & it's quickly become both an album standout and live favourite, as...

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9th May 2007 -

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LCD Soundsystem All My Friends Video LCD Soundsystem return with a new single 'All My Friends' on May 28th, taken from the massively acclaimed album 'Sound Of Silver' released earlier this year. With it's frenetic...

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11th April 2007 -

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LCD Soundsystem - North Anerican Scum

20th March 2007 -

 Review

LCD SoundsystemNorth Anerican ScumSingle ReviewRight then.as the ever-prominent electro-indie monster is growing and growing, pillaging our villages and raping our hi-fi's, where are those hints of the monsters good side? You know what I mean,...

LCD Soundsystem, North American Scum, Video

15th February 2007 -

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LCD Soundsystem North American Scum Video James Murphy aka LCD Soundsystem returns with a new single 'North American Scum' on March 5th, the furious and electric first single to be taken from...

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12th September 2005 -

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4th July 2005 -

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