James Murphy talks new LCD LP (& cover art), Bowie & more on ‘The Best Show’ (listen)
LCD Soundsystem honcho James Murphy was the guest on Tom Scharpling‘s The Best Show on Tuesday night (8/8) for a nearly three-hour, freewheeling conversation. Topics included getting the band back together after holding a “funeral” for them (he says they lost a fortune at MSG), the band’s new album, American Dream (it’s sprawling and dark), the album cover which is a painting, not a photo (“People were really mad at the cover, did you see that?”), being humiliated by Bleecker Bob’s clerks when he went to buy a Smiths single in junior high (Murphy asked for “The Smith Brothers”), working as a bouncer at legendary Jersey punk club City Gardens, meeting Bowie, the early days of LCD, and lots more. Murphy also gets pulled into some funny Best Show call-in bits, too. You can listen to the whole thing over at The Best Show.
The Best Show will celebrate 20 years of “Rock Rot & Rule” with two shows at Brooklyn’s Mumrr Theatre on October 21 (tickets still available to the late show); LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream is out September 1 and they wrap up the year with 10 sold-out shows at Brooklyn Steel.