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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 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 in 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 29 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. While the effort did not materialize that year, LCD did deliver a pair of songs in May 2017, "Call the Police" and "American Dream." They proved to be the first singles from American Dream, the band's fourth proper album. Featuring Murphy playing most of the instruments, with help from live bandmembers multi-instrumentalist Al Doyle, vocalist Nancy Whang, keyboardist Gavin Russom, bassist Tyler Pope, and drummer Pat Mahoney, the record was released in September of 2017 by the band's new label home Columbia. It was their first album to reach the top of the Billboard Charts and the song "Tonite" won a 2018 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. While the band was out touring the world behind the album, they stopped at Electric Lady Studios in New York to record part of their live set (along with covers of Heaven 17's "(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang" and the Human League's "Seconds") for posterity under the title Electric Lady Sessions. The LP was released in early 2019 by DFA. ~ Andy Kellman & Tim Sendra
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Top Tracks

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  2.   Daft Punk Is Playing at My House
  3.   Someone Great
  4.   I Can Change
  5.   Tribulations
  6.   North American Scum
  7.   All My Friends
  8.   Losing My Edge
  9.   Dance Yrself Clean
  10.   Drunk Girls
  11.   Watch the Tapes
  12.   Call the Police
  13.   Get Innocuous!
  14.   Disco Infiltrator
  15.   Time to Get Away
  16.   Yeah
  17.   Us V Them
  18.   tonite
  19.   American Dream
  20.   New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down
  21.   emotional haircut
  22.   i used to
  23.   All I Want
  24.   how do you sleep?
  25.   other voices
  26.   Sound of Silver
  27.   You Wanted a Hit
  28.   change yr mind
  29.   Oh Baby
  30.   Seconds
  31.   Home by Annie Mac
  32.   Movement
  33.   I Want Your Love
  34.   Give It Up
  35.   Oh You (Christmas Blues) by James Murphy
  36.   Big Ideas
  37.   Pow Pow
  38.   Beat Connection
  39.   Great Release
  40.   black screen
  41.   Christmas Will Break Your Heart
  42.   Starry Eyes
  43.   Out in Space
  44.   No Love Lost
  45.   Slowdive
  46.   Tired
  47.   (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
  48.   pulse (v.1)
  49.   Ships Talking
  50.   You Can't Hide/Shame on You
  51.   45:33 Intro
  52.   Jump into the Fire
  53.   Throw
  54.   Yr City Is a Sucker
  55.   Somebody's Calling Me
  56.   One Touch
  57.   Bye Bye Bayou
  58.   Starry Eyes Original
  59.   45:33
  60.   Freak Out/Starry Eyes
  61.   Yr City's a Sucker
  62.   Thrills
  63.   Never as Tired as When I'm Waking Up
  64.   Too Much Love
  65.   On Repeat
  66.   45: 33, Pt. 1
  67.   Live Alone
  68.   Tired/Heart of the Sunrise
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