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+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolations
+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
+ Minimum Chips - Lady Grey
+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
+ The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls Together
+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
+ Supersilent - 7
+ Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
+ Dudley Perkins - Expressions
+ Growing - Color Wheel
+ Red Carpet - The Noise Of Red Carpet
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+ Espers - II
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Nothing is hidden here: James Murphy's record collection is on display via the influences so easily discernible on his debut album as LCD Soundsystem. The sound is all bare wires, exposed workings, pre-dissected for maximum accessibility. And yet... it retains its maximum coolness throughout. It's hipper than hip, a swinging conflation of hollowed-out post-punk noise driven by a sleek, minimalist, future-funk engine. And yet... it bites the hand that feeds it by being as much a commentary on the mores of obsessive-hipster, underground record collectors as it is itself more fuel for these same obsessives.

LCD Soundsystem's sonic emissions are a series of enclosing parentheses with their contents blatantly on display: insistent Krautrocking machine-funk; squelchy retro-disco grooves; jabbering post-punk basslines and spindly guitars. It's a mercurial succession of mini-tableaux, perfectly composed selections of captured influences, occasionally turning into outright pastiche: the sneering Mark E Smith voice of "Movement"; the thickened, jive-talking vocals of "Thrills" (every bit as camp and mannered as Jagger's on the Rolling Stones' "Hot Stuff"); the "Dear Prudence" descending melody on the bleakly empty "Never As Tired As When I'm Waking Up."

What does all this amount to? "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House" kind of says it all — it's at once a bold musical statement, a piece of self-conscious absurdity, and an infectious, irresistible groove. Whatever the post-modernist machinations implied by Murphy's contradictory stance, the resolution comes via the pulsating, compelling momentum the music generates. It's as if Murphy asks the question, then says "Aww, forget it," as the funk kicks in. It's a classic case of debut album as faux anthology of musical influences, but it's also a successful collection with a marked sense of individuality, massively helped by Murphy's dry sense of humor, which demonstrates a willingness to embrace the contradiction at the heart of his musical personality. The overall effect is only slightly diluted by appending the early LCD Soundsystem singles on an additional bonus disc, so while 2002's mighty "Losing My Edge" has something valuable to contribute to Murphy's discourse, it appears as a kind of footnote instead of a key element.


by Tom Ridge




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