Entries tagged with: James Murphy
As mentioned, James Murphy headed up a project for IBM that turned real-time data from the 2014 US Open into music. That music was mostly random bleeps and bloops but he then took that and shaped it into something still bleepy and bloopy but with more form:
James Murphy used the IBM Cloud and a custom-built algorithm to turn data points from more than 400 hours of tennis play (data like serve speed, number of aces, etc.) into music cues, generating real-time soundtracks for each match. Using those tracks as soundboards James remixed his favorites to create the 12-track album you see here.You can stream Remixes Made With Tennis Data in its entirety, below...
James Murphy @ CBGB's Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You may remember that IBM hired James Murphy to help create music based on data from US Open tennis matches. The project was called The US Open Sessions and resulted in over 400 hours of music. Muphy went through it all, picked some of his favorite pieces and gave them a little more structure. Those will now be released as an album titled Remixes Made with Tennis Data which will be out this Friday (12/19). You can stream a bit of one of those remixes, "Match 176," below.
Last week James Murphy DJ'd at Output with his old pal Tim Sweeney -- anybody go to that?
James Murphy at CBGB Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy hasn't let the dissolution of his old band slow him down. He's hitting Brooklyn's Output on December 11 with frequent collaborator Tim Sweeney to DJ the club's weekly INPUT party. Tickets are on sale.
James Murphy has been a busy guy in the past few months, drumming for the recently-reunited Dungbeetle, starring in Arcade Fire's recent horror flick, DJing a Star Trek event and turning tennis data into music.
Other recently-announced Output DJ sets include Chromeo on 12/30 (tickets), DJ Koze and many more on New Year's Eve (tickets), and Bonobo on 2/5 (tickets). James Blake's DJ set at Output is this Wednesday (12/3) and tickets are still available.
Watch James Murphy's 2012 Boiler Room set below...
LCD's final bow at MSG, 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, Saturday (11/22) at Le Poisson Rouge is the release party for the new issue of Radio Silence which features Stephin Merritt, Tanya Donnelly, Matthew Friedberger, readings by Greil Marcus, Rick Moody and more. One of the more interesting performers is a reunion of late-'80s NYC art-punks Dungbeetle whose frontman Sam Lipsyte is now an established author. We noted that one of their biggest fans was a pre-LCD James Muphy who ended up as their sound guy. Well on Saturday, he'll be playing with them as their drummer. Murphy hasn't done much (any) non-DJ performing since LCD Soundsystem's MSG farewell. Tickets are still available.
It's Halloween and the horror short films keep coming. First Avey Tare, and now Arcade Fire have put one out called Festi. The band gives the following description:
Festi, an Arcade Fire production.It was directed by "Noreen Bauble" and stars the members of Arcade Fire, James Murphy, Fleet Foxes, The National, ZZ Top, Slash, Peter Gabriel and more. Watch the full spooky thing below...
In association with people in Austin.
A look back at the Arcade Fire summer festival tour, 2011.
NY Super Week, the lead-up to NY Comic Con, is almost upon us, running from October 3 - 12 at places all over NYC. Since we last posted about it they've added a LOT more events. Among them:
--James Murphy and Pete Tong at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 7 (tickets): Coffemaker James Murphy and famed UK DJ Pete Tong will trade sets after a conversation with Endgame: The Calling author James Frey.
--"Rock Comic Con" at Webster Hall's Marlin Room on October 9 (tickets): High-concept geek-friendly bands Kirby Krackle, Harry & The Potters, and Math the Band play songs about comic book characters, Harry Potter and...math.
--Cast Of Star Trek: The Next Generation Moderated By William Shatner at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 10 (tickets): Jean-Luc, Geordie, Data, Q, Troi, Dr. Crusher...pretty much everyone except Whoopie Goldberg and Will Wheaton.
--'Harmontown Live' at 92 Y on October 10 (tickets): The creator of Community (and writer of cult pilot Heat Vision & Jack), Dan Harmon will record a live edition of his popular Harmontown podcast featuring roleplaying games with special celebrity guests TBA.
--"Ask Me Another" at 92 Y on October 10 (tickets). The popular WNYC show (a mix of gameshow, music and comedy) tapes live with special guest Neil Gaiman.
--The Karate Kid 30th Anniversary Cast Conversation and Screening at 92 Y on October 11 (tickets). Has it really been 30 years since The Karate Kid? Join Ralph Macchio, William Zabka ("Sweep the Leg" Johnny), and Martin Kove (Sensei Jon Kreese) as they talk about the making of the film after a screening.
Super Week also boasts the Nickelodeon reunion with Polaris, Startalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman and Malcolm Gladwell, and and a whole lot more Super Week. The full schedule is here.
After dabbling in film and coffee, James Murphy has finally gotten back to making music. Sort of. Murphy has teamed up with some big brains at IBM to generate music based on game data from 2014 US Open matches which is happening as we speak out in Forest Hills, Queens. (Did they pick him for his fondness for wearing white?) The project, called The US Open Sessions, uses every point, ace and foot fault to create bleeps and bloops coming out of your speakers. (It's very bleepy and bloopy.) Some 400 hours of it will be generated by the end of things on September 8. It's being generated live, so if you're watching on TV and want a soundtrack to it, here you go. The matches' music is archived as well. For more on this, a short video of how this all came about can be watched in this post.
In related news, we weren't able to get James to sit on our City Gardens Q&A panel at AMC Loews Village 7 tonight (8/28), but we do hope he comes to watch the documentary about the club he once worked at as a bouncer.
US Open Sessions video below...
James Murphy at LCD's final show (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
LCD Soundsystem/DFA Records honcho James Murphy has a few DJ dates coming up including one in NYC happening on May 28 at Output. It's with Eric Duncan, who he's DJed Output with before. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, LCD Soundsystem's loooooooong goodbye is continuing with their interactive exhibit at Rough Trade NYC which is underway and continuing through May 7 (free and open to the public, 11AM - 11PM nightly).
List of all currently known James Murphy dates below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Lotsa Coffee Drippin': Murphy's blend
Producer/DJ/director/man about town James Murphy may never see his plans to turn NYC subway cacophony into pleasant soothing xylophone sounds come to fruition, another long-brewing idea has now come to a boil. Esquire reports that the espresso blend Murphy's been working on for a while has now hit the market. It's called "House of Good" and was developed as a collaboration between Murphy and Blue Bottle. It's descibed thusly:
Its flavor profile - dried cherry, cocoa, meyer lemon - is a harmony between the voluptuous and the austere: It's akin to the second movement of Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 3 - or, perhaps, to that buzzing, syncopated synth line from "Dance Yrself Clean."You can buy it online right now at $26 a pound and is available at the Boerum Hill location of Blue Bottle coffee (which opened today), for the next month in its espresso drinks.
For those keeping track, Murphy's been working on his coffee blend for about two years. You also may remember that "House of Good" is the name of the not-yet-realized store that the ex-LCD Soundsystem frontman plans to open in Brooklyn, which he told the NY Times will sell "cheap Chinese sneakers, whimsical socks, candy from Denmark" and luggage designed by Murphy, among other things.
"House of Good" isn't the only indie-rock edible out there -- Bonny Prince Billy made a coffee, too, and how could anyone forget Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks' "Cinnamon and Lesbians" ice cream flavor at Momofuku Milk Bar?
James Murphy getting on the Bedford L (clearly at an off hour)
The subway sounds quite brutal, and there's a missing opportunity at the turnstile. At the moment there's this kind of unpleasant beep. Given that there's already this information in the turnstile, why don't we make it a nice sound, just make it pleasant.The idea really came to spark when Murphy heard that the MTA were planning to switch to a tap-and-ride from the old swiping system, he saw his chance with new turnstiles. "There's already going to be a thing that makes a sound, why can't it make the nice sound?"
Unfortunately it's probably not going to happen. WSJ points out that Murphy is not the first to have this idea and, more importantly, the MTA is just not that into it. MTA spokesman Andy Lisberg told the Journal, among other things, "we don't really care." Still, Murphy is not giving up on the idea and has set up a website and an online petition for the project. You can read Murphy's plea and can hear what his "nice sounds" might sound like in that video, below....
UK art rockers Klaxons are finally set to follow their 2010 album, Surfing the Void, with their third full length this spring. Release date and title TBA, but ahead of that they'll put out a new single, "There Is No Other Time," on March 23 via Akashic Records. Produced by Gorgon City, the new single sees the band heading in a synth-poppy direction, and you can hear it for yourself, below.
The new album is set to feature Tom Rowlands (Chemical Brothers), Erol Alkan and James Murphy.
Lee "Scratch" Perry @ LPR during RBMA 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Remember when the Red Bull Music Academy "took over" New York City for most of May 2013, bringing in such luminaries as Brian Eno, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Giorgio Moroder, Kim Gordon, James Murphy, and many more to play and talk about music? You can relive that month -- or get a taste of what you missed -- in a new documentary, What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music:
What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music explores the challenges that a life in music can bring. Shot with hand-held cameras in a cinema verité style at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York by award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg, the film seeks to go beyond music, and ask questions about life itself.The film will screen in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit on February 17 and then be released on the internet for free on February 18. Trailer for the documentary is below.
Additionally, there is a coffee table book too titled For the Record: Conversations with People Who Have Shaped the Way We Listen to Music which pairs artists with journalists and music industry types and lets the discourse flow. Nile Rodgers, Sly & Robbie, Erykah Badu, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Modeselektor and more are featured and all the pairings are listed, along with the book art, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
There's already one video, made on the cheap, for the James Murphy remix of David Bowie's "Love Is Lost," and now, like James/David's pals in Arcade Fire did with "Reflektor," a second video has been made. This one, directed by Barnaby Roper (Futureheads, Moby), came out today (via VICE) and it can be watched below. It's on the NSFW side, mind you.
In other news, James Murphy wants NYC subways to be a little more musical. Reports Huffington Post:
In an interview with Chicago radio station WBEZ, Murphy explained a little about his thought process and why he thinks that incorporating music into the already very noisy subway is so important. "I want to make every station in New York have a different set of dominant keys," he said. "So that people when they grow up, later on in life, will hear a piece of music and be like, 'Oh that's Union Square.'"Watch the new Bowie video below...
Murphy wants a note to play every time a commuter walks through a turnstile.The most musical parts of the day would of course be rush hour when large crowds of people are walking through the turnstiles, causing many different chords to echo through the stations.
"Each line would be a piece," said Murphy. "The green line would go through different chords and when they intersected with other lines that would change that station."
You may remember that last year, James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem, DFA Records) was picked by Canon to make a short film as part of Project Imagination. Using pictures submitted by the public as inspiration, he made it under the mentorship of project head Ron Howard. He was also busy working on Arcade Fire's Reflektor, which came out this week, and now his film, titled Little Duck, is out as well. Murphy shot the film in Japan back in March with cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro who did Lars Von Trier's Melancholia. The 15-minute film tells the story of a man who must leave New York and go back to his Japanese hometown when his estranged brother gets into some trouble. Watch it below...
That expanded edition of David Bowie's The Next Day (which just lost the Mercury Prize to James Blake's Overgrown) is due out on Tuesday (11/4), which features the James Murphy's "Hello Steve Reich" mix of "Love is Lost" (which cribs a little from "Ashes to Ashes"). Bowie just released the video for that song which, appropriately for today, features some scary monsters. Specifically, some puppets from Bowie's own collection. Check it out below...
Arcade Fire have had no lack of a marketing plan for their new album, Reflektor (due out 10/29 via Merge), which has included SNL, an NBC special, mysterious murals, cryptic videos, and some random shows, including two in NYC during CMJ at 299 Meserole in Bushwick on Friday (10/18) and Saturday (10/19). Not the first time Arcade Fire was the talk of CMJ.
Formal attire or costumes were mandatory for the show, and as you may have heard, the first night began with a little "trick" from the band. Stereogum puts it like this:
[Fans] were let inside shortly after 8 PM and crowded around the small stage set up with some gear, setlists, and a Reflektors logo behind it. Ninety minutes later, "Reflektor" producer James Murphy took the stage with some bad news: "There's been a little snafu. We can only get three members right now. But it's going to be OK. I'd like to introduce the Reflektors!"Later, Win Butler apologized saying, "Sorry we played a trick on you, we just thought it was funny." He then continued saying it wouldn't be the last time they did something to be funny that no one else thought was funny, and some crowd members may have felt that way, when after their 75-minute set, Win returned to the stage to explain their lack of an encore. Via SPIN:
Three people in those familiar papier-mâché masks came onstage to jam awkwardly on bad reggae for a bit. Then, on the opposite side of the room, a curtain dropped to reveal the real, larger stage, where the real, larger Arcade Fire launched into "Reflektor." A chaotic stampede of kids in fancy suits and dresses ensued. Some were not amused.
"We're not playing any more songs," he said. "But we're going to play a bunch of dance music. We're going to come out and dance with you. If you guys want to hang out and dance, that's totally cool. But if everyone just stares at the stage, nothing's happening. So it's super awkward.""Tricks" aside, what Arcade Fire did do is debut more previously unheard tracks from their album, including "Flashbulb Eyes," "Joan of Arc," "Supersymmetry," and "It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)," in addition to playing the other Reflektor tracks that have found their way online in one way or another. Only two older songs -- "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" and "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" -- were played though. Regarding those new tracks, Pitchfork writes:
The audience booed.
"I just wanted to explain it to you so you know that it's happening," he continued over the kvetching. "If that's super a bummer that we're totally going to dance with you and party all night, then I apologize. But otherwise, I'll see you on the dance floor."
[The songs] are darker, more self-aware, dancier, and--yes--trickier than anything Arcade Fire have done before. "We've all got something to hide," yelped Butler on an arena-ready version of "Reflektor", his foot on the monitor and his arm arched up over his head, Bono-style. And then, on the very next song, "Flashbulb Eyes", he sang, "You know I've got nothing to hide." It was a slippery, knowing contradiction from a band more known for stone-faced frankness. There are precedents for this kind of playful rock'n'roll about-face, of course--Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, U2's Achtung Baby, and R.E.M.'s Monster instantly spring to mind--but it's still a viable way forward for bands that have reached the top of rock's heap but aren't ready to call it a day or bask in past greatness just yet.Videos of those four previously unheard songs, the show's setlist, and more pictures from Friday night, below.
The goal is to thread the needle between fresh and familiar in order to keep everyone--band and fans alike--interested, and based on the new tracks shown off at the gig, Arcade Fire have done just that. Along with touching on 80s pop and new wave, their new sound also harkens back to the dance-rock revival of the mid-00s--understandable given Murphy's involvement--bringing to mind names like the Rapture, the Faint, and even Bright Eyes' 2005 foray into electronics, Digital Ash in a Digital Urn.
UPDATE: Zane Lowe also just premiered the new Arcade Fire single, "Afterlife," which you can also hear below.
Arcade Fire posted the above picture with the message: "Brooklyn Friday and Saturday! Dress up and come party with us!"
Who exactly are they talking to though? Tickets for their Brooklyn shows went on sale yesterday, and (not surprisingly), people -- like Gothamist -- are reporting that they're going on eBay and Craigslist for upwards to $500. They're a bit cheaper on StubHub but still around $200. I wonder what their pal/producer James Murphy would have to say about this.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Grizzly Bear / My Morning Jacket in Times Square - 10/12/13
In between the day's coffeehouse-ready beginning and stadium-worthy end, Divine Fits and Grizzly Bear delivered the two most CBGB-worthy sets of the day: It was easy to picture Divine Fits' (and Spoon's) Britt Daniel and Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste in the recesses of a rock club, though the North Stage of the festival, sidled up alongside the Ed Sullivan Theater, felt as natural an arena as any for their straightforward rock stylings and fuzzed-out, exploratory soundscapes, respectively. As the 2013 festival season nears its end, both Grizzly Bear and Divine Fits have hopscotched between the stages of the country's biggest productions, and the two bands made for standout moments at CBGB just as they did at Bonnaroo and Outside Lands before them.We're now in the midst of CMJ, but this past weekend another music marathon took over NYC, CBGB Festival. The fest didn't have much in the way of CBGB-related music (or much at all), but like last year, the main attraction was a big free Times Square show. This year's show started with Lisa Loeb, followed by The Wallflowers, then Spoon/Wolf Parade-related supergroup Divine Fits. People then began really piling in for James Murphy's DJ set, which was followed by Grizzly Bear, and finally My Morning Jacket, who brought out The Wallflowers' Jakob Dylan, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard, Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), and Antibalas (who played two of their own NYC shows that weekend). Despite seeming like a potential disaster, the whole thing actually went over pretty smoothly. Pictures of the whole day are in this post.
My Morning Jacket's grand finale at CBGB was fortified by friends, as special guests hopped on and off the stage for the final moments of the festival. Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and Antibalas collaborated with Jim James for the recently released tribute Fela Kuti compilation RED HOT + FELA, and their performance of "Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am" was as meditative and serene as it was explosive and untethered. Jakob Dylan then joined in for a take on "Don't Do It" from The Last Waltz before My Morning Jacket wrapped up the festival with "One Big Holiday," which relished in its might as a literal and figurative showstopper. [Rolling Stone]
"breaking news! i really like david bowie! (well, that's not news, but...)" - James Murphy
James Murphy, who just collaborated with David Bowie on the new Arcade Fire song and might have picked up a thing or two from him while writing LCD Soundsystem songs, has now continued his love affair for Bowie by offering up a 10+ minute remix of "Love Is Lost," which will appear on the expanded version of Bowie's Mercury Prize-nominated 2013 album, The Next Day (due out 11/4). You can listen to the new remix below.
In related news, Open Book Toronto recently published a list of David Bowie's 100 favorite books (via FACT). Geoffrey Marsh, curator of the exhibit at Art Gallery of Ontario that Bowie is featured in, "describes Bowie as 'a voracious reader' who is reputed to read as much as 'a book a day'." He also spoke about "Bowie's interest in the life of the mind and its power to transcend the rigid class barriers of postwar England, the era where Bowie honed the early versions of his musical and cultural persona." You can browse the full list below.
In NYC this Saturday (10/12), Le Poisson Rouge hosts BowieBall 2013 which features a number of artists paying homage to the artist. Tickets for that are on sale now.
That same day, James Murphy DJs the free Times Square show as part of CBGB Fest with Grizzly Bear, My Morning Jacket, Divine Fits, and The Wallflowers.
Remix stream and Bowie's list of books below...
Cavalera Conspiracy at Irving Plaza in 2008 (more by Lori Bally)
Sepultura's Cavalera bros, guitarist Max and drummer Igor, have been talked into forming a "metal version of the White Stripes" by none other than James Murphy of DFA Records and LCD Soundsystem. In an interview with the Guardian, Igor told the British paper that Murphy suggested that Igor and Max, who perform together in the Cavalera Conspiracy, launch that band as a two-piece instead of a quartet. Murphy further insisted that the brothers record and perform as a duet, much like the White Stripes, and promised that any record they record would be "the heaviest record of [their] careers."
Of course, this relationship didn't just come out of nowhere. Igor Cavalera and his wife, Laima Leyton, perform and DJ as an electro outfit called MixHell, a project that put Igor into the same world as Murphy. As Igor told DJ Mag once:
"We are proud to have gained the support of the electro scene, but most of all, we are glad to have them as special friends in our lives," Iggor tells DJ Mag. "James Murphy, Erol, Soulwax, Boys Noize, DJ Hell, Justice and others -- besides being supporters -- are part of our family today, and this strong relation we've built is priceless.""More on this developing news at the Guardian
Grizzly Bear at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, the CBGB Music & Film Festival is returning from October 9 to 13 across various NYC venues. It's since been announced that like they did last year, they'll be doing a free concert in Times Square on October 12. The lineup for the show is Grizzly Bear, My Morning Jacket, Divine Fits, The Wallflowers, and a James Murphy DJ set.
by Andrew Sacher
Arcade Fire & David Bowie at Central Park Summerstage in 2005 (more)
Arcade Fire released their awesome new single, "Reflektor," in a crazy interactive video today, and if you were listening and thinking one of those voices sounded like David Bowie... well that's because it is. The Thin White Duke confirmed on Facebook that he "has supplied a brief backing vocal on the James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) produced track (no saxophone though)." You may remember that this isn't the first time Bowie and Arcade Fire have teamed up; they played Central Park together in 2005 (pictured above) and recorded a collaborative live EP that same year.
The single becomes available to purchase tonight (9/9) at 9 PM, and in Bowie's Facebook post, he also revealed more details on that:
The vinyl is a very limited 2-track 12" with an instrumental of the A-side on the reverse and will only be available in stores at 9:00pm at your nearest participating store.That Anton Corbijn video is out now, and can be watched, along with a picture of the vinyl sleeve, below...
The reverse of the sleeve is designed to look like it has an album tracklisting for the upcoming album due on October 29th, but it is in fact just snippets of lyrics from Reflektor.
There will also be an Anton Corbijn-directed video of the song premiered this evening.
In addition to Arcade Fire's own new forthcoming LP, out October 29, the band has created music for the upcoming Spike Jonze film Her, as the Playlist (via Arcade Fire Tube) notes. Check out the trailer below, which cites "Music by Arcade Fire" in the credits. Jonze previously directed the band's short film "Scenes from The Suburbs" in 2011. [Pitchfork]"Her" will get "its World Premiere as the Closing Night Gala Presentation of the upcoming New York Film Festival. The romantic sci-fi satrring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Scarlett Johansson will close the 51st edition of the event, which runs from September 27 - October 13."
The release date of the album, which includes production by James Murphy, was announced back in July along with the picture you can see below. The "Her" trailer and more down there too...
DOWNLOAD: Holy Ghost! - "Teenagers In Heat" (MP3)
Synth pop duo Holy Ghost! will return with their sophomore album, Dynamics, on September 10 via DFA, and they've just released an outtake from the album sessions, "Teenagers in Heat," which was co-produced by DFA co-founder/LCD Soundsystem main man James Murphy. The song won't appear on the new album but it will be released as a 7" single and digitally. Download it above or stream it, along with the video for a track that will appear on the album, "Dumb Disco Ideas," below. Also below is the tracklist, and that's the album art above.
Meanwhile, James Murphy will be DJing in Brooklyn the night after at Williamsburg dance club Output (7/25) for their weekly INPUT party. The show is billed as "James 'DFA' Murphy vs. Eric 'Dunks' Duncan" (Eric is a member of DFA's Still Going). Tickets for that show, which runs from 10 PM to 4 AM, are on sale now, and also available at Resident Advisor.
Song streams and Dynamics Tracklist below...