Former frontman of LCD Soundsystem James Murphy talks about his latest projects: A new revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, and producing Arcade Fire's upcoming album Reflektor.
In this episode: Former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy discusses his latest project: composing music for the Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's drama "Betrayal."
Plus: Nicholson Baker’s new novel, Traveling Sprinkler, is about a man who is having a hard time writing a new book — so he picks up a guitar instead. Baker discusses the book and the real-life companion album he recorded.
And: Sarah Jarosz is just 22, but she’s already made a mark on the folk and bluegrass scene thanks to her deep bluegrass knowledge and exceptional instrumental skills. The Grammy nominated singer-songwriter from Texas plays live.
Back in March, songwriters David Byrne and James Murphy (formerly of LCD Soundsystem) met at Yale to talk about the evolving role of the artist in the digital age. John Schaefer moderated the discussion. Have a listen to a special Soundcheck podcast of the event, which includes discussion of the songwriting process, David Byrne's proposal for an unusual (and potentially deadly) installation, and James Murphy's plans to revolutionize New York City's subway turnstiles.
Recently, songwriters David Byrne and James Murphy (formerly of LCD Sound System) headed up to Yale to talk about the evolving role of the artist in the digital age. John Schaefer moderated the discussion, and we’ll hear excerpts that attempt to explain the songwriting process and how being a musician no longer means just being a musician. You can download our full podcast from the event here.