Saturday, October 5, 2013

Live Show Review: James Murphy - 10/4/13

James Murphy
Date:  October 4, 2013
Venue:  930 Club, Washington, DC

LCD Soundsystem founder and retiree James Murphy played a late DJ set at the 930 Club last night.  Despite a posted midnight start time, Murphy didn't man the decks 'til close to 1am (DJs, always late amiright?).  Maybe he was waiting for the room to fill up a little, as attendees seemed to trickle in pretty slowly.  Though the crowd seemed a little thin, the uncharacteristically warm and humid October weather did lend an appropriate atmosphere of "summertime dance party" to the event.

James Murphy (top left)
Perched high above, off-stage on a balcony typically reserved for VIPs and band entourage, Murphy played a set of quirky disco b-sides you swear you know (no, you don't - that track you thought would morph into Madonna's "Holiday" never does) with the occasional Afro-pop or vintage Caribbean jam mixed in - but nothing too syncopated, lest anybody get overexcited on the dance floor and split a seam in their skinny jeans.

At one point Murphy got on the mic and sheepishly explained that he didn't want to perform on the usual stage because people should dance and not stare at the DJ - to a crowd of fans below who continued to stare at him.  Regardless, Murphy dropped a few big tunes including an extended club version of Paul Simon's "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" and an absolute banger from 1970 called "Exuma, The Obeah Man" (yeah, I had to Shazam that) by Bahamian artist Exuma.  Just goes to show, you don't have to "shut up and play the hits" to rock a DJ set.

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