Magazine article The New Yorker

HIP REPLACEMENT; Pop Notes

Magazine article The New Yorker

HIP REPLACEMENT; Pop Notes

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About five years ago, indie rockers began to rediscover the pleasures of rhythm. Punk funk, as it was called in the seventies and early eighties, made a return, and New York bands like the Rapture and their production team, the DFA, started making tense, repetitive dance records that drew from both disco and rock. In 2002, James Murphy, half of the DFA, released a record under the name LCD Soundsystem called "Losing My Edge," a comic monologue told from the viewpoint of a hipster who knows too much about music for his own good. "I'm losing my edge to the Internet seekers who can tell me every member of every good group from 1962 to 1978," Murphy sings. "I'm losing my edge to the art-school Brooklynites in little jackets and borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered eighties." While the DFA started getting big commissions--including an unfinished collaboration with Britney Spears--LCD Soundsystem became a real band and started playing live. And something funny happened: LCD Soundsystem turned out to be more than a joke.

Live, LCD Soundsystem is sweaty and aggressive, anything but ironic. Murphy shouts his catchphrases and plays a cowbell as if he's dreamed since boyhood of being the world's best cowbell player. …

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