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LCD Soundsystem Mixes Rock And Electronic Sounds

Of the Oakland Press

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As a devotee of electronic dance music, LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy is, of course, a fan of Detroit. But he was surprised that his new bassist — Phil Skarich from Detroit’s Deadstring Brothers — wasn’t.

“He’s, like, in rock bands and stuff and didn’t know much about Detroit techno at all,” says the New Jersey-born Murphy, 37, whose new “Sound of Silver” follows his Grammy-nominated 2005 LCD Soundsystem debut.

“We play a Carl Craig song (‘Throw’) in the show, and (Skarich) didn’t know it. It was a funny thing, showing a guy from Detroit a Carl Craig show, but you realize rock and dance are pretty separate scenes.”

Murphy, of course, tries to fuse the two worlds with LCD Soundsystem. His current edition of the band, he says, is “just five people playing music pretty loudly.” And despite the technology he employs the albums, “there’s no laptop on stage, no e-mail-checking chances during the show, putting on a CD and miming to it.

“I think people who come will recognize it as a rock kind of show,” Murphy says. “But there’s not, like, any light show or fireworks. It’s just a 37-year-old guy standing there, trying to remember the words, and his friends.”

LCD Soundsystem performs Monday (May 7th) at the Majestic, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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