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Newish and Noteworthy Music: LCD Soundsystem, Band of Horses and Snow & Voices

James Murphy is LCD Soundsystem
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We hear a lot of music at LAist, and May was a month for a bumper crop for buzzworthy releases. Here are a few that we recommend:LCD Soundsystem: This is Happening
James Murphy is LCD Soundsystem. The NYC-based producer, DJ and co-founder of the dance-punk collective/label DFA, basically does it all on the third full-length studio album This is Happening (DFA/Virgin). He either wrote or co-wrote all nine of the tracks, sang and crafted most of the instrumentation of the CD, and it’s an amazing electro-pop-dance work that grabs the listener from the opening track “Dance Yrself Clean.” The song lulls listeners into thinking its a mellow, lo-fi piece--tempting you to crank up the volume--but then the sonic floodgates open after three minutes for a thoroughly danceable track, leading to the album’s first single, the post-punk inflected “Drunk Girls.”

LCD Soundsystem has never been about creating commercially accessible music, and we have to give Murphy props for that. “You Wanted a Hit” thumbs its nose at tightly polished pop songs with these opening lines--sung more than three minutes into the nine-minute song--You wanted a hit, but maybe we don’t do hits. / I try and try and it ends up feeling kind of wrong.