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James Murphy and Opinions on Black Eyed Peas

Jim and Greg conduct a career-spanning interview with musician and producer James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.

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Is a fake Louis Vuitton bag the same thing as a shared music file? According to the Department of Homeland Security, it is. Recently they shut down over eighty websites that engaged in pirating or counterfeiting. This mostly included sites related to counterfeit clothing and other goods, but there were also sites that they felt facilitated illegal sharing of music or movie files. These sites were not given prior warning, and Jim and Greg wonder if Homeland Security was asking the right questions before the crackdown.

A few years ago MySpace was the place to connect with people and discover new music. And, while it's still a valuable tool for bands to post their tunes, its business pales in comparison to Facebook. For that reason, Rupert Murdoch and News Corp are considering selling the site. They raised eyebrows when they first purchased MySpace for $580 million in 2005. It's amazing what changes five years can bring.

Kid Rock is pissed. The Detroit rocker is angry about the business practice of those in the secondary ticket market. Because of scalping, $50 tickets for his birthday show in his hometown sold out in nineteen minutes and then went on to resell for $900. While Jim and Greg applaud his passion, they wonder why he's so confused about the issue. Kid Rock should look no further than fellow rocker Trent Reznor for a new business model that better protects his fans.

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James Murphy

As the frontman of LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy has made some of Jim and Greg's favorite records of the past decade. They thank him for that, as well as for getting everyone to dance again, despite not being your traditional lead singer. The regular ol' guy started as an indie rocker, but later fell in love with dance music, which he says has a point: to get you to move. He co-founded the DFA, or "Death From Above", record label with Tim Goldsworthy, and their roster would go on to include The Juan Maclean, The Rapture, and Hot Chip, among others. After LCD Soundsystem released some buzzworthy singles and 12 inches, the band put out three critically acclaimed albums: the self-titled debut in 2005, Sound of Silver in 2007 and This Is Happening, which became a Billboard Top 10 hit this year. Jim and Greg talk to Murphy about getting older in a business that values the young, and how he could have taken an entirely different path: as a writer for Seinfeld.

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The Black Eyed Peas The Beginning

The Black Eyed Peas are one of the best selling artists of the past decade. And now they're starting over with The Beginning. But Jim and Greg can‘t see what’s new or better. Jim is an admitted Peas fan, but what he loves about them – the humor, the pop pleasure – is lost on this album. So is singer Fergie, who Jim imagines must be saving her best stuff for another solo release. It breaks his heart, but Jim gives The Beginning a Trash It rating. Greg never understood the appeal of the Black Eyed Peas, but admits their songs are appropriate for rousing crowds. On this record, though, rapper/producer will.i.am is more of a hack than ever. He gives sampling a bad name, and doesn‘t even bother with the hooks. Greg seconds Jim’s Trash It.

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Featured Songs

  1. Norah Jones, Chasing Pirates, The Fall, Blue Note, 2009
  2. Tom Petty, Free Fallin', Full Moon Fever, MCA, 2009
  3. Kid Rock, Born Free, Born Free, Atlantic, 2010
  4. LCD Soundsystem, All I Want, The London Sessions, DFA, 2010
  5. Bill Lynch, This is the Theme to Garry's Show, It's Garry Shandling's Show, unknown, 1986
  6. Jonathan Wolff, Seinfeld Theme, Seinfeld, unknown, 1989
  7. LCD Soundsystem, Movement, LCD Soundsystem, DFA, 2005
  8. LCD Soundsystem, Losing My Edge, LCD Soundsystem, DFA, 2005
  9. LCD Soundsystem, Too Much Love, LCD Soundsystem, DFA, 2005
  10. LCD Soundsystem, Give It Up, LCD Soundsystem, DFA, 2005
  11. The Stooges, Loose, Fun House, Elektra, 1970
  12. LCD Soundsystem, Beat Connection, LCD Soundsystem, DFA, 2005
  13. LCD Soundsystem, Daft Punk Is Playing At My House, LCD Soundsystem, DFA, 2005
  14. LCD Soundsystem, Tribulations, LCD Soundsystem, DFA, 2005
  15. The B-52's, Rock Lobster, The B-52's, Warner Bros., 1979
  16. LCD Soundsystem, North American Scum, Sound Of Silver, DFA, 2007
  17. LCD Soundsystem, New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down, Sound Of Silver, DFA, 2007
  18. LCD Soundsystem, All My Friends, Sound Of Silver, DFA, 2007
  19. LCD Soundsystem, Home, This Is Happening, DFA, 2010
  20. The Black Eyed Peas, The Time (Dirty Bit), The Beginning, Interscope, 2010
  21. The Black Eyed Peas, xoxoxo, The Beginning, Interscope, 2010
  22. Exray's, Hesitation, Ammunition Teeth, Howell's Transmitter, 2010
  23. Ciara, Pick Up The Phone, Goodies, LaFace/Shonuff, 2004
  24. Teenage Fanclub, It's All In My Mind, Man-Made, Merge, 2005
  25. Christina Aguilera, I Hate Boys, Bionic, RCA, 2010

Footnotes

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