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Monday, November 13, 2006

LCD Sound System: The other side of James Murphy

LCD001_smallLCD Soundsystem is the musical side project of producer James Murphy, co-founder of dance-punk label DFA Records. The music of LCD Soundsystem can also be described as a mix of dance music and punk, along with elements of disco and other styles.

LCD Soundsystem gained attention with its first single, "Losing My Edge". Murphy later released a double album simply titled LCD Soundsystem in February of 2005 to critical acclaim. The first disk of the album contains new music and the second contains rereleases of songs previously released as singles. LCD002_smallThe opening track "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House" quickly gained popularity and entered the UK Top 40 in March 2005 and was later featured on several video game soundtracks like SSX on Tour and FIFA 06.

On December 8, 2005 the group received nominations for two Grammys in the Electronica category for their self-titled album and in the Dance category for "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House". This album was also chosen as one of's Top 100 Editor's Picks of 2005.

LCD003_smallIn October, 2006 James Murphy released a track entitled 45:33 as part of a promotion with Nike for download from iTunes. The track is, appropriately, 45 minutes and 33 seconds long, and was designed to "reward and push at good intervals of a run".

James Murphy - vocals, instruments
When performing live, Murphy is accompanied by the following band:

Tyler Pope - bass (also in !!! and Out Hud)
Phil Mossman - guitar, percussion
Nancy Whang - keyboards, synthesizer
Pat Mahoney - drums

Live At Lowland festival 2004


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