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LCD Soundsystem: A Music Geek Makes Good

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New York-based DJ and multi-instrumentalist James Murphy (a.k.a. LCD Soundsystem)

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With a sound that combines dance, electronic and punk music, New York-based DJ and multi-instrumentalist James Murphy (a.k.a. LCD Soundsystem) has made being a music geek sound cool again.

As a co-founder of the much-lauded DFA label and production team, Murphy has produced and remixed the likes of Le Tigre, Nine Inch Nails and The Chemical Brothers before releasing his first single as LCD Soundsystem in 2002. Titled "Losing My Edge," the track offers a tongue-in-cheek look at the DJ culture that catapulted Murphy to underground fame. But it wasn't until 2005 that he released his debut full-length, the double-disc LCD Soundsystem. Heavily indebted to indie heroes like David Bowie and Gang of Four, the disc earned Murphy critical praise — including two Grammy nominations — and commercial success, with the lead single. Murphy's new album, Sound of Silver, seems far sleeker than his debut, with a refreshingly direct quality that allows his songwriting to shine through.

This segment originally aired on Aug. 3, 2007.

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