LCD’s James Murphy Opens Williamsburg Wine Bar

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As 45-year-old DFA Records co-founder and former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy knows better than anybody, even the archest of hipsters has to grow up sometime. Hell, he was hinting at the idea on his band’s very first single. Accordingly, now that he’s no longer storming the stage with LCD, Murphy has gotten into an extramusical project. If anyone is gonna open a wine bar in Williamsburg, it might as well be Murphy, and that’s exactly what he’s gone and done. Four Horsemen is open now at 295 Grand St. in Brooklyn, serving fine wines and food as well.

Murphy is a founding partner in the new business, working with Nick Curtola of Franny’s, who created the food menu and others. Murphy did the sound engineering for the space, and the partners all contributed to picking the selection of all-natural wines.

Question: if you shell out 40 bucks for pork shank with beans, salsa verde, zucchini, porcini mushrooms, and salad, and follow it with an upscale wine, does that mean that you’re losing your edge? As far as Murphy’s concerned, it simply means that he’s finding a new groove for himself. And it goes without saying that the bar’s music will be impeccable.

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Warner Bros. to Release ‘The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden’ in May

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Almost three years after LCD Soundsystem played their final show on April 2, 2011 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Warner Bros. will release the entire concert on May 20. Produced and mixed by James Murphy, The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden will contain the entire set — which some people have had for years via bootleg (ahem!) — in its entirety. The release comes after 2012’s acclaimed documentary, Shut Up and Play The Hits, which chronicled the band’s final days. Good news for vinyl buffs: a five-LP set of The Long Goodbye will be be made available on the release day. Something tells us those copies are going to disappear real quick.

The Long Goodbye Tracklist

Dance Yrself Clean
Drunk Girls
I Can Change
Time To Get Away
Get Innocuous!
Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
Too Much Love
All My Friends
Tired / Heart Of The Sunrise
45:33 Intro
You Can’t Hide (Shame On You)
Sound Of Silver
Out In Space
Ships Talking
Freak Out / Starry Eyes
Us v Them
North American Scum
Bye Bye Bayou
You Wanted A Hit
Tribulations
Movement
Yeah
Someone Great
Losing My Edge
Home
All I Want
Jump Into The Fire
New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

This Isn’t Happening: James Murphy Says LCD Soundsystem Isn’t Reforming

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Despite LCD Soundsystem releasing the celebratory documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits in 2012 chronicling the end of the band and continually maintaining that the famed dance-punk outfit is now forever in the past tense, rumors have been periodically popping up stating the opposite since the New York band called it a day in 2011. Call these rumblings wishful thinking. With DFA Records’ 12-year anniversary party taking place next month in New York City, frontman James Murphy felt it was necessary to take to Facebook last night and nix any scuttlebutt that the much beloved band would be reuniting. Here’s James’ statement in its unedited entirety. Read it and weep.

pat is in the studio working on his new thing, al is on tour with hot chip and making new things as new build, tyler is off in berlin being tyler and dj’ing and making music and mixes, nancy is dj’ing in europe and working on new music with the juan and others, gavin and matt are touring and making things in the crystal ark, DSS just did that crazy beck sound and vision 360 thing, and i’m home moving furniture and cleaning up today after a stint of doing some dj’ing and producing. all in all it’s pretty good.
i fully respect and appreciate that people miss us as a band–it’s a huge compliment–but i also realize that we the band are just friends and we make things together and eat food together, and STILL ALL GO OUT AND DO THINGS, just not all together as LCD.
some come see us do our various things and say hi! it’s been so nice to get to know a bunch of really good people in a totally different context to the “big-ish band getting bigger” way we were a little stuck in.
thanks to everyone for being so amazingly supportive and nice to us.
i guess that’s my candy-assed thought for the day… now back to unpacking kitchen stuff.
-j

LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy Files $93K Lawsuit Against DFA Records Label Partner

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According to DFA.info former LCD Soundsystem/DFA Records co-founder James Murphy (pictured) has filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Civil Supreme Court against DFA Records co-founder Tim Goldsworthy. Murphy is seeking nearly $100,000 from Goldsworthy for allegedly failing to perform services he was paid for, owing outstanding loans, improperly using the company credit card and making unauthorized withdrawals from its bank accounts.
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Stream: Pulp & James Murphy / “After You”

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English alt-rock gods Pulp have capped off their successful reunion year by issuing “After You” online at midnight on Christmas. The track was produced by James Murphy and arrives after he retired LCD Soundsystem last year. Since then Murphy has spent much of 2012 DJing and collaborating with Gorillaz and Andre 3000 on the one-off Converse single “DoYaThing.” According to Pitchfork, the band wrote the song over a decade ago, but the track remained unfinished until the reunited group recorded the song in London last month. Pulp played their most recent shows aboard the Coachella Cruise of the Caribbean, which ran from December 16 to December 23 and also featured sets from James Murphy. Pulp have no additional reunion dates lined up for 2013. Have a listen to the track below and tell us what you think.

James Murphy Collaborating with Ron Howard

James Murphy, of the now defunct LCD Soundsystem, has partnered with Canon for “Project Imaginat10n,” where he’ll pick ten consumer photos to inspire a short film he directs under the mentorship of Ron Howard. Jamie Foxx, Eva Longoria, Biz Stone and Georgina Chapman are also part of this endeavor.

Here’s how it works: Fan upload photos to imagination.usa.canon.com. Canon and Howard will then edit down the images withMurphy and each director will then choosing 10 photos to inspire their films.

In the video below filmed in Brooklyn, Murphy explains the story of his photos and what they mean to him – perhaps inspiring consumers to submit and be part of the process.

Obligatory press gush fro James Murphy: “I like to make things, it doesn’t matter what, so this project makes me really happy. My first camera was a Canon AE1-P that I saved up and bought myself in the 80s and I’ve been a Canon guy ever since. I now have about eight or nine Canon cameras, including a mint 1014XL-S super 8 sound camera that I’ve had modified for crystal sync! I’m excited to direct something narrative, and really looking forward to working with Ron Howard, learning as much as I can.”