Sunday, December 1, 2013

james murphy

I rarely go to clubs or shows anymore. I think there is some sort of rebellion happening in my body that I resist any interest in the music scene. Example: Every year a good friend of mine offers industry passes to SXSW. Every year I simply don't go. 

That being said, sometimes I still go out. So, I arrived at It'll DO in Dallas. James Murphy was scheduled to play. Why did I find this relevant and worth my time? The answer arrives in two parts.

Part I:

James Murphy is DFA records. I like DFA records. You may know him as being a the maestro of LCD Soundsystem or a part of The Juan Maclean. He has had an interesting life and he fascinates me. I will share two interviews with him that I think outline the reasons why he intrigues me.

In the first interview, he talks about how he wants to create a turn-style generated subway music experience. Which to me, would be a gift to the minds of any worth while New Yorker.



The second interview is about what he went through in his personal evolution.


Part II:

I wanted to dance and I knew that James Murphy came from a similar background that I did. I too was involved in the electronic music scene. I knew he wouldn't disappoint me by playing crap. 

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What were my thoughts on the event? My thoughts were mixed. (Ignore the pun.)

The show started with the house DJ, DJ Red Eye. He played for a while and I felt his set was weak at best. Although he had some excellent track choices and even played LNR's Work it to the Bone. (Which I haven't heard at an event since 1996.) His transitions were horrific.

James Murphy's set was well thought out and definitely worth the time. I have one complaint Mr. Murphy. You played a version of, "You make me feel mighty real". It wasn't the Sylvester original or the Byron Stingily house cut. It was however torture -- because the lyrics were cut out. SHAME ON YOU!

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