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Bardak Calendar December 4, 2007
Interview with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem
That's the face a musician makes when all his groupies are 30-something male nerds

There are at least seven bad things about our age of the internet, and one of them is the shitty email band interview. Its way too easy for tour-weary musicians to bang out lazy one-sentence answers to questions, even when they are softballs tossed by the media partner for their Moscow show which happens to be the mighty eXile. If some kid with a little Pitchfork buzz doesnt like a question, hes free to ignore it. Gone is the satisfaction of getting hung up on.

Then again, maybe its our email questions that suck. Whos to blame for the following lame q&a with James Murphy? We leave it up to U to decide.

To be honest we were expecting a little more from Murphy, the mind behind seminal NYC dance-punk act LCD Soundsystem and the DFA record label and production team. Murphy has arguably created some of the best music of the new millennium. You may also remember him for getting in a huge legal spat with Death From Above 1979 over their name. He won.

On November 23, Murphy visited Moscow to DJ the Nokia Trends Lab party at the Production Pavillion. And while it would have been nice to have the full LCD show that was originally advertised, by the time Murphy finished his three-hour set, nobody was complaining. It was a clouds-parting, hand-of-god-coming-down American house set of a kind you rarely get in this town. It endeared us to the man for at least another ten years, even if he does give the shittiest email interview ever.

Have you been to Moscow? If not, expectations?

Nope. I don't know what to expect. I like going in with an open mind.

Highpoint of the tour so far?

The stopping.

Low point?

The middle!

Favorite three cities after NYC and why.

Glasgow, Dublin, Tokyo.

What can we expect from the next LCD Soundsystem?

Garbage! Oh, I don't know. I hope it's really good. Better than the one I just did. Maybe really different, or more of the same. I can't tell yet.

Describe the typical LCD groupie?

Some 34-year-old record nerd guy.?

Any three acts at your next house party?

No one! I don't want people at my house making a mess.

What's the best act you've discovered on the road this year?


You wrote on the last track of the last album, "New York is still the one pool where I'd happily drown." It looks like climate change may make that a distinct possibility. Were you in town for the Brooklyn Hurricane? As an old man, will you flee the island when the waters start rising, or sink with the ship?

I was not in New York during the hurricane. Not sure if I'll leave when we sink or not. Where would I go?

Favorite donut?

Marble cruller.

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