Pop Quiz: LCD Soundsystem

Aidin Vaziri | This is it: James Murphy has pledged to kill off LCD Soundsystem at the end of the year. Not only would that would make “This Is Happening,” the Brooklyn disco-punk outfit’s third and most recent release, its last – it would also mean its headlining set at the Treasure Island Music Festival on Saturday will be the last time you can catch them live. As if you needed one more reason to get out there. We tried to talk Murphy, 40, off the ledge last week when we caught up with him at a tour stop in Boston.


James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem
Q: You’re touring so much this year. Aren’t you worried about going through withdrawal if you stop?
A: No. I don’t think I would ever feel withdrawal from touring. I like it, but I also like not touring.
Q: Is it hard for you to be a front man, considering you don’t really move like David Bowie or Mick Jagger?
A: I never really felt like a natural front man. But I have to do the job. I found a place where it makes sense to me. My job is slightly different from those guys. I tailored it how my personality operates.
Q: You seem so aware of your band’s place in the scheme of music history. Does that put you at a disadvantage compared to, like, the guy from Train?
A: Is Train a band?
Q: You’ve never heard of Train?
A: I’ve literally never heard of them. Are they a big band?
Q: They’re kind of big. They sing a lot of songs about lattes.
A: I don’t have a radio. I have no idea. Maybe the process is complicated for me by not being OK with generic s-.
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