LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem

James Murphy was ever present in New York's rock scene in the 1990s, but his career was mostly a series of failed bands and dead ends (including a botched offer to write for Seinfeld). It was not until Murpy started the LCD Soundsystem moniker, DFA records, that his career took off, and LCD Soundystem's debut single "Losing My Edge" (2002), a sharp satire of aging hipsters, that the band started its path to the head of the dance-rock-revival movement that dominated New York in the early 21st century. Murphy would become legendary for his DFA remixes in the decade's middle half, in particular for his remixes of Le Tigre, M.I.A, Hot Chip and Nine Inch Nails. Subsequent singles included "Yeah" and "Beat Connection," all leading up to the band's long-awaited self-titled debut (2005), which featured all those plus the no-less-noteworthy "Daft Punk Is Playing In My House."

The success of LCD Soundsystem was a bit of a shock for Murphy, now in his mid-30s, and he took a slightly more serious view of aging on Sound Of Silver (2007), a critically beloved album that ended up topping the Village Voice's Pazz N Jop Poll and featured the much-beloved single "All My Friends." Already a blog hero, LCD Soundsystem was now a mainstream band, and Murphy took some time to record his long-awaited third and self-professed last album, This Is Happening (2010), featuring lead single "Drunk Girls." In the meantime, Murphy collaborated with Noah Baumbach for the soundtrack for the movie Greenberg, featuring non-electronic Murphy originals. ~Ethan Stanislawski

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