Shut Up And Play The Hits And James Murphy's Legacy: A Friendly Chat

Nick Murray: So we're here today to talk about Shut Up and Play the Hits, the new film (out tomorrow and tomorrow only) that captures LCD Soundsystem's final concert and follows the band's frontman, the inimitable James Murphy, as he embarks on what his British, kind of corny manager might have at one point described as the next chapter of his life. Turning to you, Luis, there's a lot we could potentially talk about here—the band's music, their legacy, what Murphy means by whimsical socks—but let's start with the basics: What did you think of the film? And were you at that Madison Square Garden show?

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Matzo Balls And Disco Balls: Pairing Great GoogaMooga's Food And Music Offerings

This weekend Prospect Park will host Great GoogaMooga, a festival that brings together some of New York's best restaurants and musicians from New York (disco technicians Escort; bouncy Brooklyn rockers Fort Lean) and outside the city (Saturday's headlined by the hip-hop polyglots The Roots, while Sunday will be closed out by Daryl Hall & John Oates). How should you plan your day so that your foodstuffs are well matched to the on-stage entertainment? Here's the Sound of the City/Fork in the Road guide to suggested pairings for this weekend.

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Great GoogaMooga Announces Initial Food Lineup: Prepare To Salivate

This morning the organizers of Great GoogaMooga—the "amusement park of food and drink" set to take place in Prospect Park on May 19 and 20—announced the first chunk of the food lineup for the festival, and not to kill a cliché or anything, but it looks like the park's greenery will be transformed into a garden of culinary delights for the weekend. The weekend—to which admission is free, but ticketed—will host some 75 food vendors (organized into pavilions like Hamageddon and the UrBARN), 35 brewers, 30 wineries, and 20 musical performances by still-to-be-named acts. (Perhaps Coolio, whose YouTube channel will be represented, will break into song at one point?)

Those who feel like their festival experience isn't real unless they pony up some cash for it can buy tickets to the VIP iteration, "ExtraMooga," which will be held in a wooded section of the park and have its own slew of entertainments, including a DJ set by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and a "performance" by culinary enfant terrible and sorely missed presence on Top Chef Anthony Bourdain. The current lineup of participating restaurants, many of which are Voice-critic-approved, below.

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Here Is The 13-Minute Version Of (And Lyrics For) "DoYaThing," The Gorillaz/James Murphy/André 3000 Song

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Apparently the release of the Converse-sponsored collaboration between Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, and the fleet-tongued André 3000 wasn't the end of that song's release cycle; last night a 13-minute version of the track, with Three Stacks going bonkers about being the shit (no, really) over a fuzzed-and-spaced, throbbing beat before things get a tad more somber (but, you know, in a fun way), hit the web. Clip below, along with the lyrics, as lovingly transcribed by SOTC pal Andy Hutchins.

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Hear The Gorillaz/James Murphy/André 3000 Collaboration "DoYaThing"

The Converse-funded collaboration between the Damon Albarn/Jamie Hewlett futurepop collab Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, and 2011 Best Supporting Player André 3000, "DoYaThing," has leaked, and it's a goodie, a wobbly bit of futureshock pop that has Albarn laying down a verse in his blasé Gorillaz guise and André tossing off straight fire, with a verse that, amidst a ton of tongue-twisting, takes on those people who says he doesn't rap enough for both their criticisms and their inferior skills. The song will be available through the sneaker company's web site tomorrow, but a radio rip (via Listen Before You Buy) can be heard below. (And apologies for the guy asking "CAN WE GET AN OUTKAST ALBUM NOW?" over and over again at the end, trying to sound like he's part of the song, too. DJs!)

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What Should James Murphy Call His New Store?

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Local Businessman James Murphy

Sound Of The City associate Ryan Dombal has an interview with former (sigh) LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy over at Pitchfork. It's a good read, filled with all kinds of intriguing hints for what we can expect from the multi-hyphenated Murphy in the future.

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James Murphy, Wylie Dufresne, And Others To Headline Le Grand Fooding's Campfire Session Next Month

On September 17 Le Grand Fooding will host what it's calling the Campfire Session at the Elizabeth Street Garden downtown; there'll be dishes designed by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and WD-50's Wylie Dufresne, DJ sets by Nancy Whang and DJ Mehdi, and performances by Sondre Lerche and Hanni El Khatib. Tickets don't go on sale to the general public until September 1, but thanks to a Sound of the City presale you can get an early-bird ticket through the Le Grand Fooding site. Tickets are $50 and include food and entertainment, as well as three half-sized cocktails; $15 from each ticket goes to Action Against Hunger International. The full lineup is below.

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Live: James Murphy And Pat Mahoney Spin For James Franco And Other Beautiful People


Special Disco Version (James Murphy and Pat Mahoney)
Museum of Modern Art
Monday, May 23

Better than: Watching James Franco's "Actors Acting" clip over and over (and over and over) again.

It wasn't too long ago that James Murphy said his goodbyes as the frontman of LCD Soundsystem. According to him, it was time to move on before "we're all too fucking old"--at least that was how he put it during band's string of farewell shows. Murphy is likely too classy (and stubborn) to put together a reunion show in the next decade, but the dance outfit's remnants are still around. Last night, Murphy and former LCD drummer Pat Mahoney (together they're Special Disco Version) helmed a set of turntables on the edge of MoMA's sculpture garden during a cocktail party celebrating the museum's newly contracted two-year partnership with Volkswagen. Judging by the suit he wore and the never-empty champagne glass he toted, semi-retirement is suitng Murphy just fine.

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LCD Soundsystem Farewell Week: Frontline Reports from Terminal 5 Night Two

And the grand-goodbye continues. LCD Soundsystem played their second of five farewell shows, or their fourth-to-last show ever, last night at Terminal 5. Monday saw a Reggie Watts guest appearance, rude dudebros, and ultimate catharsis. Last night apparently featured a very similar set list and so much Tweeting that James Murphy had to reprimand you all, suggesting "maybe put down the phone" and "maybe just be here." You didn't, of course. And here's what you said.

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LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy Is Doing a Surprise Halloween DJ Set Tonight at Le Bain

One more addendum to our already overstuffed slate of Halloween-related nightlife insanity: the great James Murphy will be DJing tonight at the Standard Hotel's Le Bain, flanked by pals Rub-N-Tug and Gavin Russom's the Crystal Ark. For free. 10 p.m.-4 a.m., and wear a costume, of course. Flyer right here:

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