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LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening. “Drunk Girls” live.

LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening. “Drunk Girls” live. (photo)

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July of ’02 was aimless and drunken, a typical summer in the Midwest where I was then, doing my thing and DJing every weekend. Wearing out my needles as it were. That’s not a drug reference. I had shed a former life as a well dressed broker douche bag and was momentarily just living off savings, buying new records with DJ money and hanging around with drunk girls.

I hadn’t been that broke but content in 2 years, and never “cooler.” The DJ is instantly cool – I mean real vinyl DJ’s not that ipod bullshit, or laptops. That’s Namby Pamby stuff man. You gotta be hauling records, dropping needles. You don’t have to beat match or be a genius, just have a touch of class and know how to move a crowd. Good taste is all you realy need, you can learn good timing as you go.

I remember picking up LCD Soundsystem’s “Losing My Edge” single at a place called Atomic Records which no longer exists. I had just rediscovered Brian Eno and was listening to a ton of The Fall and it just blew me away. I listened to it once and played it out later that night at a little club and it lit the floor up hard. And no one had heard it yet. It was mine, all mine! And oh, I made those girls move. Man there’s no feeling like it. You DJ’s know what I mean. But what fleeting glory… always, the kids are coming up from behind.

I love this quote from LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, now 40 and even more self-aware I’m sure.

“When I was DJing, playing Can, Liquid Liquid, ESG, all that kind of stuff, I became kind of cool for a moment, which was a total anomaly. And when I heard other DJs playing similar music I was like: ‘Fuck! I’m out of a job! These are my records!’ But it was like someone had crept into my brain and said all these words that I hate. Did I make the records? Did I fuck! So, I started becoming horrified by my own attitude. I had this moment of glory though. People would use me to DJ just to get them cool. They’d be like ‘It’s the cool rock disco guy’ and this was really weird. And to be honest I was afraid that this new found coolness was going to go away and that’s where ‘Losing My Edge’ comes from. It is about being horrified by my own silliness. And then it became a wider thing about people who grip onto other people’s creations like they are their own. There is a lot of pathos in that character though because it’s born out of inadequacy and love.”

True. LCD Soundsystem’s new album This Is Happening is out now on EMI.

There’s a huge DFA bash/LCD Soundsystem afterparty at HighLine Ballroom saturday night, with about everyone in the band DJing in case you’re in Manhattan and want to get sweaty.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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