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David Bowie

Last week, David Bowie released the really great title track off his upcoming album '★' (pronounced "Blackstar") and now a new feature on Rolling Stone reveals more details on the album. LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, who remixed a song off his last album, plays percussion on two tracks on this one. He was going to be one of the producers at first too, but it never came to be:

LCD Soundsystem founder James Murphy plays percussion on two tracks, though his role on the album was originally going to be much more significant. "At one point we were talking about three producers for the album: David, James and myself," says Visconti. "[Murphy] was there for a brief time, but he had his own projects to go off to." Adds Guiliana, "His role was never really defined. He brought in some synths and some percussion and had a ton of ideas."
Longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti also reveals that Kendrick Lamar was an influence on the record. He said, "We were listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar. We wound up with nothing like that, but we loved the fact Kendrick was so open-minded and he didn't do a straight-up hip-hop record. He threw everything on there, and that's exactly what we wanted to do. The goal, in many, many ways, was to avoid rock & roll."

The article also reveals that he recorded the album with saxophonist Donny McCaslin's jazz quartet (featuring bassist Tim Lefebvre, drummer Mark Guiliana, and keyboardist Jason Lindner). Bowie went to see play a club in the West Village in 2014, and later that year they played with him on his single "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)." Jazz guitarist Ben Monder plays on a song too (album closer "I Can't Give Everything Away").

This album is sounding pretty exciting. Read more here and check out the '★' video below...

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photo: LCD Soundsystem's final (?) show (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
LCD Soundsystem

It feels like that "final" LCD Soundsystem show was just yesterday (maybe because they keep milking it?) but they might already be set to reunite. There's no official announcement, but Consequence of Sound says:

Multiple sources have confirmed to Consequence of Sound that LCD Soundsystem are planning a comeback in 2016. As we hear it, the band will headline at least three high-profile music festivals in the US and UK, with an official announcement expected soon.
Could this be true? It doesn't really seem like James Murphy's style. We shall see.

UPDATE: Reputable music biz trade mag Billboard are also saying that a "well-placed source" confirms to them that LCD are "definitely reuniting" in 2016. DFA employees are denying it, but we're also hearing that it's true!

In other news, Murphy DJ'd National Sawdust's opening night last week.

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Nico Muhly / Philip Glass / Tanya Tagaq @ National Sawdust 10/1/2015
National Sawdust Opening Night: Volume 1
National Sawdust Opening Night: Volume 1
National Sawdust Opening Night: Volume 1
National Sawdust Opening Night: Volume 1
National Sawdust Opening Night: Volume 1

Years in the planning, new not-for-profit, artist-led venue National Sawdust finally opened its doors on Thursday night with two disparate "discover the space" inaugural shows. A former actual Williamsburg sawdust factory, the space has been radically tranformed into a very unique space. The entrance and bar occupy a narrow, but tall space with shiny black walls jutting at odd angles. When the door to the main space opened, it revealed a chamber hall, all white with geometric pattern on the walls which can be used as a movie screen (or to project names of the performers). It looks kind of like the Death Star.

It's also smaller than I was expecting. (Official capacity is less than 200.) There's no stage and it feels a bit like a recording studio (which it will double as). The early show, featuring Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, Chis Thile, Nels Cline, Canadian inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, NS artist in residence Glen Kotchke, and NS curator Jeffrey Zeigler, was seated. But the late show -- Cibo Matto (with Nels Cline and Sean Lennon), a collaboration between steel drum composer Andy Akiho, Zeigler, and poet Roger Bonair-Agard, and a DJ set from James Muphy -- was standing room only and felt more like a DIY show where bands play on the floor. (Albeit a DIY show where people were dressed to the nines and tickets were $100.) There's a balcony across the back of the chamber hall as well. Sound was great and both the Roger Bonair-Agard and Cibo Matto sets were really fun.

A show like that, for me, is where this space's potential really becomes evident. You get intimacy as well as acoustics. While watching Roger Bonair-Agard my mind immediately went to Kate Tempest and thinking how incredible it would be to see her at National Sawdust. Something like Majical Cloudz, who play the venue on October 21 (tickets only $15 for that one), should be interesting too. Most of the programming is of the BAM/Ecstatic Music Festival variety, definitely something Williamsburg hasn't had too much of before. It will be interesting to see how programming goes forward -- but if there's a performer you like playing here, it will mostly likely be a unique experience.

Tonight at National Sawdust, Tanya Tagaq will perform her score to silent documentary Nanook of the North at 8 PM (tickets), and then at 10 PM pianist and keyboardist Leo Genovese will present Legal Aliens, "a new set of compositions for a large ensemble comprised of musicians from around the world" (tickets).

Other shows of note:  MatmosJohn ZornRoomful of Teeth, and more on Saturday (10/3) as part of the Terry Riley festival (tickets); Pitchfork/Blackened Music's Tinnitus Music Series with Sunn O)))'s Stephen O'Malley, Glenn Branca Ensemble guitarist Reg Bloor and Psalm Zero's Andrew Hock on October 25 (tickets); and Real Estate's Martin Courtney on November 20 (tickets).

More pictures from National Sawdust's opening night, below...

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National Sawdust

National Sawdust, the former Williamsburg sawdust factory on N. 6th St. that has been turned into a multi-use facility containing a chamber hall, a recording studio, and a restaurant (three years and $16 million in the making), will finally open its doors this week. Thursday's opening night (10/1) features two "Discover the Space" show. The early show (7:30 PM) has Nico Muhly performing a new piece with Bryce Dessner and violist Nadia Sirota, Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, National Sawdust Executive Director and composer Paola Prestini and more (sold out).

Then the late show (11 PM) has Cibo Matto performing with Nels Cline. They're playing a set from "National Sawdust Curators & Artists" which includes steel pan performer and composer Andy Akiho, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, and poet Roger Bonair-Agard, and also a DJ set from James Murphy. tickets are still available and you can save 25% with coupon code: ARTISTLED.

Friday night (10/2) has two shows: Tanya Tagaq (performing a live score to Nanook of the North (tickets); and also pianist and keyboardist Leo Genovese who will present Legal Aliens, "a new set of compositions for a large ensemble comprised of musicians from around the world" (tickets).

There's also the start of the Terry Riley festival on Saturday (10/3) with Matmos, John Zorn, Roomful of Teeth, and more (tickets). Zorn gets his own festival starting next week, and other October events include Hess is More and Low City on 10/17 (tickets), and Montreal's Majical Cloudz and She-Devils on 10/21 (tickets). In November there's producer/remixer/video artist Shura on 11/6 (tickets) and Real Estate's Martin Courtney on 11/20 (tickets) and both of those shows are presented by Billy Jones of Baby's All Right and Elvis Guesthouse.

There's lots more coming up at National Sawdust, check out their calendar for details.

by Bill Pearis

Hot Chip with David Byrne at Webster Hall 8/5/2015 (photo by Nicky Digital)
David Byrne and Hot Chip

Hot Chip played their second of two sold-out shows at Webster Hall on Wednesday (9/5) which was pretty much a non-stop dance party. (It's always a bit disconcerting to feel Webster Hall's floor bounce so much.) Like they did at Webster the night before and Baby's All Right on Monday, Hot Chip finished the night with a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" with a bit of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" at the end. After seeing they had brought out LCD's Nancy Whang on Tuesday, I was wondering who might make an appearance on Wednesday.

I figured it would be Pat Mahoney who was LCD's drummer (and Hot Chip's on one tour) and whose band Museum of Love opened the show. But it turned out to be someone a little more special: David Byrne whose shock-white hair was instantly recognizable from where I was in the balcony before they actually announced him. He held it down on tambourine duty. Johnny Lam, who played with Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor and David Byrne at the William Onyeabor tributes at BAM, was on stage as well playing pedal steel. The crowd went nuts, and even more so when they realized "All My Friends" had kicked in. (James Murphy watched from the VIP area.) You can watch a few short instagram videos below.

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by Bill Pearis

Ezra Furman Perpetual Motion People

Ezra Furman defies easy categorization, actually singing "let's wreck all these preconceived notions" on "Ordinary Life," one of the standout cuts from his new album Perpetual Motion People that dabbles in folk, doo-wop, distorted rock, and hooky guitar pop. (He is also orthodox Jewish and publicly identifies as queer and genderfluid.) The record is worth checking out and you can stream the whole thing via Spotify below.

Copies of Perpetual Motion People sold at Rough Trade come with an exclusive five-song covers EP, featuring takes on Beck's "Devil's Haircut," Melanie's "The Good Book," The Replacements' "Androgynous," The Arcade Fire's "Crown of Love" and an affecting, acoustic version LCD Soundsystem's "I Can Change." That LCD cover makes its premiere in this post and you can listen below.

Ezra and his band start a short US tour tonight (8/5) in NYC at Rough Trade with J. Fernandez and Emily Einhorn. Tickets for that show are still available but if you'd like to go for free we're giving a pair away. Details on that and a list of all Ezra Furman dates are below.

And speaking of LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy will DJ at Output on August 14 with Eric Duncan. Tickets for that are on sale.

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James Murphy Subway Symphony

While he's been busy with his Four Horseman wine bar/restaurant, James Murphy hasn't given up on his dream to change the sounds subway turnstiles make into something more symphonic. He's even got backing for it now: Heineken, who are producing videos about the "Subway Symphony" project, and they are apparently developing prototype turnstiles.

But what they don't have, is any support whatsoever from the MTA. The Transit Authority's spokesman Adam Lisberg told Gothamist, "I am familiar with James Murphy's proposal, and while I would never refer to him as 'just a musician,' I can say confidently that it is as creative as it is unworkable" and said that when the MTA gave Murphy permission to film one of his promotional videos in the Subway, the agreement included the following language:

Licensee and Agent hereby acknowledge that the MTA has informed the individual depicted in the advertisement that the concept presented in the advertisement involving the turnstiles of the New York City subway system cannot be implemented.
Murhpy, however, told Gothamist that Lisberg is "not a policy maker, he's the press guy, so I wouldn't expect him to know what our project is." Lisberg responded, saying the contract's language "seems pretty black and white."

Even if Heineken or some other benefactor was willing to pay for "Subway Symphony" to be fully implemented, the tones actually serve a specific purpose beyond annoying straphangers like Murphy:

"The tones are an ADA element for the visually impaired, and we won't mess with them--much less take turnstiles out of service and risk disabling them for an art project. (It would be a very cool project, don't get me wrong, but we can't mess with turnstiles that handle 6 million customers a day for it.)"
Murphy remains politely tenacious, with a new promotional video being released this week which you can watch below.

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Four Horsemen's vintage McIntosh soundsystem / wine racks (via @fourhorsemenbk)

While James Murphy has his hands full with his new wine bar in Williamsburg, he's not letting it completely rule his life. He'll be spinning at Output on June 19, performing back-to-back sets with Eric Duncan which he's done a few times now. Tickets are on sale now.

Returning to that wine bar -- Four Horsemen opened to the public this past Sunday (6/7). Bon Appetit got a first look at the place which features a lot of blonde wood and a vintage soundsystem:

"You can buy $20,000 speakers, but put them in a room that's not right and it sounds terrible," Murphy said. "If you buy $20 speakers and put them in a room that's tuned right, it'll sound great." The acoustics are serious business at The Four Horsemen--and no wonder given Murphy's background. The cedar slats on the ceiling are absorbent, and the burlap on the walls helps, too. "Imagine the wall was a mirror. If you shone a flashlight on it, the light would bounce right back in your face. If that mirror that was a bumpy, chaotic surface like a disco ball, the light would disperse and go all over the place," Murphy explained.

As for what tunes will be blaring through the sound system, which Murphy purchased on eBay, Murphy said it'll be whole albums. There will be no Pandora or Spotify (he "hates that stuff") and no electronic or dance music. Instead, expect feel-good energetic music, anything from The Monks to Van Morrison.

Four Horsemen is open daily at 5:30 PM, with the kitchen open till 11 PM and wine served later than that. Anybody gone already?

Stream his David Bowie cover from earlier this year below...

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(via @fourhorsemenbk)

When a prominent chef heard that James Murphy had decided to open a wine bar in Brooklyn, he nudged Mr. Murphy to compose an online journal about the process.

Mr. Murphy mulled it over, at least for a moment.

"I thought I would call it 'the Worst Idea Ever,' " he said the other day with a flick of the self-effacement that became his hallmark as the brain behind the dance-punk band LCD Soundsystem.

No pearls of prose ever materialized, though.

"I've never done it because I'm overwhelmed," he said. - [New York Times]

James Murphy's new wine bar is called Four Horsemen (as in "of the Apocalypse"?) and is located in Williamsburg at 295 Grand Street which some of you maybe remember as the address of vegan fast food spot Foodswings. Of the venture, which he's undertaking with wife Christina Topsoe, Murphy says "I need something with really low margins, high risk, brutal hours and which I have no experience at."

Also helping the couple (who are due to have a child any minute) is Justin Chearno, the onetime Pitchblende/Turing Machine guitarist who has been a fixture at Williamsburg's UVA Wine Shop almost since its inception. There will be food too ("We keep calling it a wine bar because we want to underpromise and overdeliver") and he's worked hard on the acoustics, "mounting noise-soaking burlap on the walls and cedar slats and sound-absorption panels along the ceiling so that conversations can proceed at a civilized cadence." It all sounds very grown up.

Four Horsemen is set to open in early June.

by Bill Pearis


We posted yesterday about James Murphy's score for Noah Baumbauch's upcoming comedy, While We're Young, and the soundtrack includes his cover of David Bowie's "Golden Years" and that has now been released. It's definitely an original take on the cut and you can stream it (via The Dissolve) below...but just don't get too excited. You can stream Bowie's original below too if you're feeling undernourished.

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by Bill Pearis

Ad-Rock in 'While We're Young'

James Murphy has made some non-Tennis-based new music, scoring Noah Baumbach's film While We're Young, which will be out March 27 in the US. He also covers David Bowie's "Golden Years" for the soundtrack, which also features cuts from Psychedelic Furs, A Tribe Called Quest, HAIM, Survivor and more. Full tracklist is below and it's out March 23. One piece from Murphy's score will be on the official soundtrack, a moody synth piece titled "We Used to Dream" which is in the Vangelis/Tangerine Dream style. You can stream that below.

As for the film, While We're Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as an uptight 40-something affluent couple who become friends with a 20-something Bushwick-type couple (GIRLS' Adam Driver and Big Love's Amanda Seyfried). Hilarity and soul-searching ensues. The film also stars Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz and an out-of-retirement Charles Grodin. While We're Young was shown at both the Toronto and NY Film Festivals last September? Anybody catch it there? It's gotten pretty good reviews. You can watch the trailer below.

James Murphy, who previously scored Noah Baumbach's Greenberg (also starring Ben Stiller), headlines the Slingshot Fest in Athens, GA later this month.

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Slingshot Festival is returning to Athens, GA from March 26-28, and this year's lineup includes a DJ set from LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, Jamie xx, Nosaj Thing, Clark, Saint Pepsi, Reptar, Holly Herndon, Glenn Kotche, Prince Rama, Omar Souleyman, Juana Molina, Awesome Tapes From Africa, a DJ set from Washed Out, and more TBA.

There will also be a comedy night headlined by Kurt Braunohler, as well as a Japan Nite with Peelander-Z, TsuShiMaMire, QUORIUM, the fin., BO-PEEP and Zarigani$. Tickets go on sale today (1/22) at 9 AM EST.


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...

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James Murphy @ CBGB's Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
James Murphy

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?

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James Murphy at CBGB Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
James Muphy

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...

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LCD's final bow at MSG, 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
James Murphy

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.

Arcade Fire

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.
In association with people in Austin.
A look back at the Arcade Fire summer festival tour, 2011.
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...

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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...

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James Murphy at LCD's final show (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
James Murphy

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...

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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)

Remember James Murphy's idea to make the NYC subway system more musical? He's still talking about it, and was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal in a short video feature:

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....

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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.

Stream below...

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Lee "Scratch" Perry @ LPR during RBMA 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Lee Scratch Perry

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.

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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...

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