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Birth nameJames Murphy (electronic musician)_header_cell_0_2_0 James Jeremiah MurphyJames Murphy (electronic musician)_cell_0_2_1
BornJames Murphy (electronic musician)_header_cell_0_3_0 (1970-02-04) February 4, 1970 (age 50)

Princeton Junction, New Jersey, United StatesJames Murphy (electronic musician)_cell_0_3_1

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Years activeJames Murphy (electronic musician)_header_cell_0_7_0 1988–presentJames Murphy (electronic musician)_cell_0_7_1
LabelsJames Murphy (electronic musician)_header_cell_0_8_0 DFAJames Murphy (electronic musician)_cell_0_8_1
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WebsiteJames Murphy (electronic musician)_header_cell_0_10_0 James Murphy (electronic musician)_cell_0_10_1

James Jeremiah Murphy (born February 4, 1970) is an American musician, DJ, singer, songwriter, and record producer. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_0

His most well-known musical project is LCD Soundsystem, which first gained attention with its single "Losing My Edge" in 2002 before releasing its eponymous debut album in February 2005 to critical acclaim and top 20 success in the UK. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_1

LCD Soundsystem's second and third studio albums, Sound of Silver (2007) and This Is Happening (2010) respectively, were met with universal acclaim from several music review outlets. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_2

Both albums have also reached the top 50 in the Billboard 200. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_3

LCD Soundsystem was named one of Rolling Stone’s New Immortals—"currently active (or relatively recently defunct) artists who [they] think will stand the test of time." James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_4

In 2011, it was announced that LCD Soundsystem would disband with a final show on April 11, 2011 at Madison Square Garden. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_5

In the following years, Murphy continued to pursue other artistic projects: some music related, others not. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_6

In early 2016, the band announced a reunion as well as an appearance at the 2016 Coachella Festival, with their fourth album American Dream and respective tour following afterwards in 2017. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_7

In May 2018 LCD soundsystem were headliners at All Points East festival in Victoria Park, London. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_8

Early musical projects James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_0

Murphy was born and grew up in Princeton Junction, New Jersey and graduated from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in 1988. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_9

He has cited his influences as Liquid Liquid, The B-52's, Talking Heads, The Fall, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Velvet Underground, Yes, David Bowie, Daft Punk and Can. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_10

Murphy was a member of Falling Man from 1988 to 1989, Pony from 1992 to 1994, and Speedking from 1995 to 1997. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_11

He was also the sound engineer for Sub Pop band Six Finger Satellite. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_12

(Former Six Finger Satellite member John Maclean is now on Murphy's record label as The Juan MacLean.) James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_13

Murphy attended New York University, where he was an English major but later dropped out. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_14

At age 22, Murphy was offered a job writing for the sitcom Seinfeld which was then little-known. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_15

He did not expect the show to be successful and chose to continue with music instead. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_16

DFA Records James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_1

Starting in 1993, Murphy used the name Death from Above when DJing, a nickname that was given to his signature PA setup while he was the sound setup for Six Finger Satellite. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_17

Murphy engineered Northern Irish DJ David Holmes’ album Bow Down to the Exit Sign and was introduced to the record’s co-producer, Tim Goldsworthy (formerly of UNKLE). James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_18

Goldsworthy and Murphy would DJ together on the Lower East Side, doing so with diverse genres of music. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_19

They went on to found DFA Records with Jonathan Galkin in 2001. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_20

The name "Death from Above" led to a dispute with a two-man Canadian band also using the same name. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_21

In response to a legal threat, the Canadian group changed their name to Death from Above 1979. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_22

LCD Soundsystem James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_2

Main article: LCD Soundsystem James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_23

LCD Soundsystem James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_3

In 2001 Murphy started the electronic dance-punk band LCD Soundsystem. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_24

The band first came to attention with its first single "Losing My Edge". James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_25

The band released its self-titled debut album in 2005 to critical acclaim. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_26

Sound of Silver James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_4

Murphy's second LCD Soundsystem album, entitled Sound of Silver, was released on March 12, 2007. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_27

In its aftermath, he quipped to Mojo: "You don't have to work very hard to write an article about us. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_28

"Just use the words 'unlikely frontman', 'bear-like', 'unshaven', 'Talking Heads', blah blah blah..." James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_29

In October 2009 Pitchfork Media named the track "All My Friends" off Sound of Silver, the second best song of the decade, and a week later, Sound of Silver was ranked at #17 in The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s list. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_30

He also has a CD in the Fabriclive CD series, Fabric Live 36, made in collaboration with LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney, released in October 2007. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_31

In late 2008 Murphy also announced he is to play bass guitar in Free Energy, a classic rock band, with LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney and friends Scott Wells and Paul Sprangers, although this was later refuted by Murphy as a misinterpretation. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_32

This Is Happening and disbandment James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_5

In late 2009 Murphy moved into film scoring, writing music for Noah Baumbach's film Greenberg. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_33

The soundtrack was released on March 22, 2010. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_34

LCD Soundsystem's third album This Is Happening was released on May 17, 2010 in the UK and May 18 in the US. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_35

The album was recorded over the course of 2009 and early 2010 in the Mansion. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_36

April saw the release of the first single "Drunk Girls" with an accompanying music video directed by Spike Jonze. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_37

The album is dedicated to Jerry Fuchs (1974–2009), who had performed drums live with the band on occasion as well as having a big part with other associated DFA acts. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_38

Murphy announced his retirement from LCD Soundsystem with the release of This Is Happening, and made his last television appearance under that name on February 14, 2011, on The Colbert Report. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_39

His last concert at Madison Square Garden was simulcast streaming on Pitchfork Media's website on April 2, 2011. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_40

In July 2012, Shut Up and Play the Hits, a documentary film about James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem's final concert, received a limited theatrical release in the US and subsequently in UK cinemas and on Blu-ray and DVD. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_41

The film follows James Murphy over a 48-hour period, from the day of the band's final gig at Madison Square Garden to the morning after the show. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_42

The film also features intermittent segments from an extended interview between Murphy and pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_43

Reunion and American Dream (2015–present) James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_6

In October 2015, over 5 years after the band's third and previously final album, Consequence of Sound reported that "multiple sources" confirmed LCD Soundsystem's reunion in 2016 by headlining multiple "high-profile music festivals in the US and UK". James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_44

The report was also confirmed by Billboard the same day, but quickly after these rumours, DFA Records label manager Kris Petersen denied the reunion of the band, with DFA co-founder Jonathan Galkin seconding the denial in a Pitchfork article. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_45

However, on December 24, 2015, the band contradicted these denials by releasing a new single, "Christmas Will Break Your Heart". James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_46

After the new single, on January 4, 2016, LCD Soundsystem confirmed that they would be headlining the 2016 Coachella Festival. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_47

The day following on January 5, 2016, Murphy confirmed a new studio album in 2016 in addition to other unspecified appearances. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_48

On May 4, 2017, Murphy announced two new LCD Soundsystem singles entitled "Call the Police" and "American Dream" were to be released at midnight, coinciding with their performance on Saturday Night Live. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_49

He also said that the album was nearing completion. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_50

American Dream was released on September 1, 2017 through DFA Records and Columbia Records. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_51

Other projects James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_7

After the disbandment of LCD Soundsystem (between 2011 and 2015), James Murphy pursued other artistic projects including remixing, directing, developing his own espresso, producing, and putting out footage and audio from LCD Soundsystem's final show. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_52

Murphy has stated that dissolving LCD Soundsystem has made it possible for him to experiment with other projects. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_53

"So [these projects] [become] possible, which is incredible. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_54

I get to do all this crazy shit – and if I ever wanted to be in a band again, I can probably figure that out." James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_55

He has also stated how much time the creation of an album takes and that time can be spent doing other activities. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_56

"I wouldn’t have a record coming out in April if I had done all [these projects]. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_57

It’s impossible. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_58

And if I had a record coming out in April, I would have been fucking invisible for two years.” Though Murphy has illustrated a great freedom with his spare time after the band, he also “miss[es] it a lot [at times]”. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_59

Britney Spears James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_8

In 2003, Murphy worked with pop singer Britney Spears on her album In the Zone, but the collaboration was unsuccessful. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_60

According to Murphy, "She seemed eager to please, but it went nowhere. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_61

She went to dinner and just never came back." James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_62

Reflektor James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_9

Murphy worked on Arcade Fire's fourth studio album Reflektor. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_63

A Win Butler interview conducted by Rolling Stone revealed that he thought of LCD Soundsystem "like New Order and the B-52's". James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_64

He continued to state that Arcade Fire are influenced by bands that have also influenced LCD Soundsystem. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_65

A collaboration between Arcade Fire and James Murphy has been intended since Arcade Fire's sophomore album Neon Bible, however time conflicts prevented such a collaboration. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_66

Though Murphy has regularly stated in interviews that he "didn't do that much" to help Arcade Fire, he has said that he worked the most extensively on the song Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice). James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_67

Butler predicts that the band and James Murphy will collaborate again in the future, as he feels "like [they] have more work to do". James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_68

Despacio James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_10

Together with David and Stephen Dewaele of 2ManyDjs and engineer John Klett, Murphy designed Despacio: a formation of eight McIntosh speakers stacked to eleven feet. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_69

The idea for the system came from Murphy and the Dewaele brother's dissatisfaction with the evolution of DJ culture and how DJing has become more of a “show-spectacle-type scenario” and has departed from the days of people dancing in the dark with little attention to the DJ. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_70

The design is “designed for really immersive listening”. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_71

The reason behind creating and performing with Despacio is to encourage DJs to implement a similar sound system, altering the course of DJ culture to its dance roots. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_72

Subway Symphony James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_11

James Murphy has been attempting to change the sound of the New York turnstile beeps since 1999. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_73

Murphy has described the current turnstile sound as of 2014 as a “dissonant rubbing-Styrofoam-on-glass squeak” that is “horrible”. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_74

Because the Metropolitan Transit Authority plans to update the system by 2019, Murphy has proposed his turnstile plan that would have each turnstile harmonize with others by emitting three-to-five note sequences. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_75

Installing new sound chips will be an easier task during the renovations. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_76

Murphy feels that the more pleasant sounds will also help people's attitudes toward taking the subway. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_77

He believes that people will "feel a nostalgia" for certain destinations when hearing its unique melody. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_78

Murphy is prepared for the responsibilities if the idea is green-lit by the MTA and would be “broken hearted [if it doesn’t happen]”. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_79

In June 2015, he partnered with Heineken to launch the project, branded as the “Subway Symphony.” However, the MTA has denied any possibility of the project happening, as the standard turnstile beep is a necessary ADA-compliant tool for the visually impaired. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_80

2014 US Open Remixes James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_12

Collaborating with IBM, James Murphy “remixed” the 2014 US Open matches. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_81

Murphy composed an algorithm that generated pieces from the sounds and occurrences, such as fault, point and ace for example, of the actual matches. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_82

Murphy cut his favorite moments from the pieces and created 14 remixes from them. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_83

The remixes were created in real time during the matches on US Open's website. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_84

The pieces are titled by their match number and are viewable on the website with visual accompaniment denoting points scored. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_85

The website categorizes the pieces by men's’ matches, women's’ matches and Murphy's 14 remixes. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_86

David Bowie James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_13

On November 5, 2013, Columbia Records released The Next Day Extra, a three-disc expanded edition of David Bowie's album The Next Day. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_87

On the expanded edition, Murphy remixed the track "Love Is Lost". James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_88

The title of the remix is “Love is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Remix)". James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_89

When Murphy was offered to remix the track, he had not remixed a song in five years, making it “really scary”. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_90

He said “it would have been scary if it was a remix for somebody I had never even heard of, but it was super scary to do that [Laughs]”. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_91

David Bowie is a significant influence on Murphy's music. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_92

Murphy was to be a producer for Bowie's final studio album, Blackstar, but it reportedly fell through. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_93

However, he does make a guest appearance on the album as a percussionist. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_94

"Little Duck" James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_14

Murphy participated in Canon’s Project Imaginat10n, which called for 5 celebrities to direct short films based on pictures uploaded by people around the world to the Project Imaginat10n site. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_95

The result was “Little Duck”, Murphy's first directorial effort. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_96

Ron Howard advised Murphy in his directing. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_97

Shooting took place in Japan, the setting of the film. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_98

The film follows a young man who travels from Manhattan to Japan in order to help solve his brothers’ problems. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_99

House of Good James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_15

In collaboration with coffee company Blue Bottle, Murphy created his signature coffee called House of Good. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_100

It is described as a “syrupy, well-balanced and thoroughly accessible" espresso. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_101

It was developed with help of Blue Bottle founder James Freeman. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_102

Shut Up and Play the Hits and The Long Goodbye James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_16

LCD Soundsystem played their last show until 2016 on April 11, 2011 at Madison Square Garden. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_103

Both a documentary and a complete recording of the show were made. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_104

Shut Up and Play the Hits, directed by Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern, documents the highlights of the show and Murphy's actions after it. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_105

11 cinematographers captured the entire near four-hour show from different angles in addition to three roof cameras. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_106

The documentary screened at select theaters around America for a limited time in 2012 and was later released in a DVD and Blu-ray form by Oscilloscope on October 9, 2012. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_107

The physical form consisted of three discs that contained the documentary and footage of the entire concert. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_108

The Long Goodbye is an audio capture of LCD Soundsystem's last show at Madison Square Garden. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_109

James Murphy mixed the audio, which was different from its video counterpart “because the film is mixed for your eye and the record is mixed for your ears.” Murphy has stated that the work into mixing the audio has been strenuous and “just murder”. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_110

The Long Goodbye was released as a vinyl box set on record store day, April 19, 2014. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_111

It was later released on vinyl and digitally. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_112

Other projects James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_17

He recorded a song with Gorillaz and OutKast's Andre 3000, called "DoYaThing", for their Converse collection. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_113

It was released on February 23, 2012. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_114

He produced a song with Pulp called "After You". James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_115

It was released as a present on Christmas Day 2012 to fans. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_116

Murphy also appeared in The Comedy with Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_117

Murphy was listed as a producer for Yeah Yeah Yeahs' 2013 album, Mosquito. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_118

He also wrote the musical scores for the Noah Baumbach films Greenberg and While We're Young. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_119

Four Horsemen James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_18

Murphy opened a wine bar named Four Horsemen in June 2015 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, selling a range of natural red, white and orange wines. James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_120

Discography James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_19

With LCD Soundsystem James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_20

Main article: LCD Soundsystem discography James Murphy (electronic musician)_sentence_121

James Murphy (electronic musician)_unordered_list_0

With Falling Man James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_21

James Murphy (electronic musician)_unordered_list_1

  • A Christening (1988)James Murphy (electronic musician)_item_1_4

With Pony James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_22

James Murphy (electronic musician)_unordered_list_2

  • Cosmovalidator (1994)James Murphy (electronic musician)_item_2_5

With Speedking James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_23

James Murphy (electronic musician)_unordered_list_3

  • The Fist and the Laurels (2002)James Murphy (electronic musician)_item_3_6

Solo James Murphy (electronic musician)_section_24

James Murphy (electronic musician)_unordered_list_4

  • DoYaThing (2012)James Murphy (electronic musician)_item_4_7
  • Remixes Made with Tennis Data (2014)James Murphy (electronic musician)_item_4_8


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