Monday, January 25, 2010

James Murphy on recording + "Greenberg"

In the video below, Grammy-nominated electronic musician James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem) guides us through the creative space he occupied during the recording sessions for his next album, supposedly the last under the well-known moniker. Murphy spent much of the summer writing and recording the as-of-yet untitled album in the Hollywood Hills mansion where The Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded their album Blood Sugar Sex Magik with production guru Rick Rubin, who owns the estate. (via

clip 1 from lcd soundsystem on Vimeo.

Murphy has also been busy providing the musical score to director Noah Baumbach's (The Squid and the Whale) new film Greenberg, starring Ben Stiller. The film also co-stars mumble-core standout Greta Gerwig (often seen in films by Joe Swanberg and the Duplass brothers) and Jennifer Jason Leigh, who shared writing duties with Baumbach. Greenberg looks to be the director's take on aging thirty-somethings, much akin to his debut Kicking and Screaming, which examined the lives of recent college grads cynical beyond their years. The trailer makes good use of the LCD Soundsystem song "All My Friends," itself a bleakly nostalgic take on aging past your party years.

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