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LCD Soundsystem debuted with "Losing My Edge," a single that became one of the most talked-about indie releases of 2002. A self-effacing spoof of the outrageous pissing contests that often occur whenever music geeks cross paths ("I was there at the first Can show in Cologne," etc.) laid over a puttering electronic beat with the occasional bursts of discoid clatter, the track was also one of the first released on the DFA label. Several magazines and newspapers would eventually declare James Murphy, the man behind both LCD Soundsystem and DFA, to be one of the coolest people on the planet. Years of obscurity and the occasional poor decision preceded this. Just before Murphy began to cut his teeth throughout the '90s, first as a member of Pony (an average post-hardcore band with heavy debts to its inspirations) and then with Speedking (a much stronger, more unique band), he passed up the opportunity to write for the popular sitcom Seinfeld. All the time spent toiling in indie rock took a toll on Murphy, but he built his own studio and became increasingly adept at engineering and producing other bands. While working on David Holmes' Bow Down to the Exit Sign, he struck up a relationship with programmer/producer Tim Goldsworthy that developed into a partnership. By the end of 2002, there were several releases on Murphy and Goldsworthy's DFA label, most of which involved the duo in some capacity. LCD's "Losing My Edge," backed with an excellent neo-post-punk dance track called "Beat Connection," was one of them. Murphy eventually scattered three other LCD singles through the end of 2004 and released the full-length LCD Soundsystem in January 2005. At the time of its release, the DFA label was more popular than ever; Murphy and Goldsworthy had remixes for Metro Area, N.E.R.D., Le Tigre, and Junior Senior behind them, as well as failed sessions with Britney Spears that might have benefited from an interpreter. Janet Jackson was another unlikely admirer seeking the duo's assistance, but Murphy didn't bother to follow up on her request. Murphy did respond to Nike, who commissioned him to record a lengthy piece of music as part of a promotion. 45:33, released in October 2006, was aimed at joggers, but Murphy later confessed that he didn't jog himself -- mixed martial arts were more his thing, he claimed -- and was driven by the opportunity to make something in the vein of Manuel Göttsching's early-'80s electronic landmark E2-E4. (DFA would later issue 45:33 on CD, breaking the track into six parts and adding three additional cuts.) The second proper LCD Soundsystem album, Sound of Silver, was released in March 2007. It contained Murphy's most affecting songwriting and peaked within the Top 50 of the Billboard 200. Led by the single "Drunk Girls" and an accompanying Spike Jonze-directed video, LCD Soundsystem's third studio album, This Is Happening, was released three years later. Riding high on the acclaim the album garnered, the band toured the world with fellow dance-pop group Hot Chip for much of 2010. While in London on June 29th of that year, the group recorded a full-band session at Miloco Studio. The freewheeling recording of the show was released by DFA as London Sessions in January of 2011. Right around this time Murphy announced that he was retiring the LCD Soundsystem name. The band played a farewell show at a sold-out Madison Square Garden in New York on April 2, 2011, and released the set the following year as The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden. In the years following, Murphy kept very busy with a variety of projects. He produced Arcade Fire's Reflektor, remixed a David Bowie track, designed special 11-foot tall speakers for DJs, created his own brand of coffee, opened a wine bar, and did the score for Noah Baumbach's film When We Were Young. In late 2015, rumors began circulating that LCD was re-forming, but these were quickly shot down by the band's label DFA. These denials proved to be a smoke screen and the group issued a new single, "Christmas Will Break Your Heart," before the year's end. Soon after, they announced plans to headline Coachella, play a series of live dates, and release a new album in 2016. ~ Andy Kellman & Tim Sendra
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Albums by
LCD Soundsystem

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    27 songs

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    the long goodbye

    16 songs

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    LCD Soundsystem

    9 songs

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    The London Sessions

    9 songs

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    Sound of Silver

    20 songs

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    This Is Happening

    6 songs

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    Bunch of Stuff

    3 songs

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    All My Friends

    10 songs

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    Introns

    1 song

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    Christmas Will Break Your Heart

    1 song

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    North American Scum

    5 songs

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    I Can Change

    2 songs

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    Drunk Girls

    2 songs

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    Drunk Girls

    1 song

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    Bye Bye Bayou

    4 songs

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    All My Friends

    15 songs

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    LCD Soundsystem [UK]

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    45:33

    3 songs

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    North American Scum

    1 song

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    Disco Infiltrator [Remix Digital Single]

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    Time To Get Away

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    Someone Great

    1 song

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    Tribulations [Digital Single]

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    Tribulations (2 Tracks)

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    Daft Punk Is Playing at My House

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Top Songs by
LCD Soundsystem

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  2.   Daft Punk Is Playing at My House
  3.   Someone Great
  4.   I Can Change
  5.   North American Scum
  6.   All My Friends
  7.   Losing My Edge
  8.   Drunk Girls
  9.   Tribulations
  10.   Dance Yrself Clean
  11.   Watch the Tapes
  12.   Get Innocuous!
  13.   Disco Infiltrator
  14.   Time to Get Away
  15.   Yeah
  16.   All I Want
  17.   Us V Them
  18.   New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down
  19.   Sound of Silver
  20.   Big Ideas
  21.   Give It Up
  22.   Oh You (Christmas Blues) by James Murphy
  23.   You Wanted a Hit
  24.   Pow Pow
  25.   Bye Bye Bayou
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