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RYAN LEAS

Here Are the James Murphy Deep Cuts That Will Make You Fall in Love With LCD Soundsystem Again

In the years between LCD Soundsystem's premature retirement in 2011—the one with all the fanfare of that goodbye show at Madison Square Garden, later to be documented both in film and on record—frontman/mastermind James Murphy wandered down a few rabbit holes. He was going to open a store called House Of Good that would sell a bunch of random odds-and-ends he liked; he was going to formulate his own coffee brew; he wanted to score New York's subway system. It was almost like a character sketch of the Brooklynite hipster icon drifting through middle age, exploring this or that esoteric inclination.

But who could blame him? In LCD's too-brief first incarnation, Murphy had left behind a small and near-unassailable body of work. There wasn't much else, but that didn't matter: this music had become paradigmatic for a generation. If Murphy wanted to age out into focusing on a series of obscure interests, power to him. He had given us enough.

WHILE IT'S TRUE THAT LCD SOUNDSYSTEM'S COMPACT CATALOG WAS FORMIDABLE, IT FELT LIKE JAMES MURPHY HAD LEFT BEFORE HE'D SAID EVERYTHING HE HAD TO SAY.

That being said: it's damn good to have them back and to have the promise of new LCD material on the horizon. While it's true that LCD's compact catalog was formidable, it felt like the guy had left before he'd said everything he had to say—his intuition and craft were clearly undiminished whenever he did do something musical during those wilderness years.

And that got me thinking: Sure, we all know and love LCD Soundsystem's three albums already, but there's all this other stuff that got lost in the mix over the years. Not just the occasional musical endeavor he took on while LCD was inactive, but also some ephemera from back in the day...


... Read the full article by RYAN LEAS at esquire.com





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