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[Listen] Holy Ghost! Stream New Song "Teenagers In Heat," Co-Produced by James Murphy

Holy Ghost! have dished out a new song called "Teenagers In Heat," an upbeat cut that was co-produced by James Murphy. It pulses along with bouncy synthesizers and echoing bells as vocalist Nick Millhiser croons about teenage love in the city. The song is an outtake from the band's recording sessions for Dynamics, their upcoming sophomore album. It will be released on its own both digitally and as a 7" vinyl.

Speaking of Dynamics, more details have surfaced about the album. It will be released on September 10th through DFA Records, and pictured above is its aggressive artwork, done by artist Robert Longo. The record also includes eleven tracks, the titles of which you can check out below.

Dynamics Tracklist:
01. Okay
02. Dumb Disco Ideas
03. Changing of the Guard
04. Dance a Little Closer
05. It Must Be the Weather
06. 1 for Edgar
07. I Wanna Be Your Hand
08. Bridge and Tunnel
09. Don’t Look Down
10. In the Red
11. Cheap Shots

[Watch] James Murphy Discusses His Life and Career with Red Bull Music Academy

Red Bull Music Academy has been curating a lot of exciting things in New York this month, but among the most exciting was a 90-minute interview with James Murphy. In front of a 60-plus audience of students Murphy discussed various aspects of his life and career, including the history of DFA Records, his favorite songs and influences, his personal style, his DJ sets and more. Watch the full interview below, and trust me it's worth it.

In other James Murphy news, he recently spoke with Rolling Stone about his role on Arcade Fire's new album. He revealed that the band had been recording at DFA Records' studio in March, and that his role was more along the lines of suggesting ways to approach or fine-tune aspects of the record. He then said, "I think it’s going to be a really great record, actually. I’m eager to see it come out."

Once again teaming up with Red Bull Music Academy, Murphy recently performed a DJ set in New York celebrating DFA Records' 12-year anniversary (also see RBMA's related short documentary). Stream his full set below.

[Watch] Red Bull Music Academy's Short Documentary on DFA Records

This year marks the 12-year anniversary of the James Murphy, Jonathan Galkin and Tim Goldsworthy-founded DFA Records, one of the definitive record labels of the dance-punk scene over the last decade. Red Bull Music Academy has released a rather fascinating short documentary in honor of the occasion. Titled 12 Years of DFA: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic, the film chronicles the history of the label and its founders, as well as its artists (including Murphy's now defunct LCD Soundsystem). Watch it below.

[News] James Murphy Confident LCD Soundsystem Won't Reunite

Just over two years ago, LCD Soundsystem performed their farewell concert, a moment that saddened fans but celebrated the life of an amazing band. Last year James Murphy considered reuniting the band to record a song, but it seems he has changed his mind. With all of the former band members busy with their own projects, Murphy contemplated the possibility of a reunion. He recently took to the LCD Soundsystem Facebook page, saying:

pat is in the studio working on his new thing, al is on tour with hot chip and making new things as new build, tyler is off in berlin being tyler and dj’ing and making music and mixes, nancy is dj’ing in europe and working on new music with the juan and others, gavin and matt are touring and making things in the crystal ark, DSS just did that crazy beck sound and vision 360 thing, and i’m home moving furniture and cleaning up today after a stint of doing some dj’ing and producing. all in all it’s pretty good.
i fully respect and appreciate that people miss us as a band–it’s a huge compliment–but i also realize that we the band are just friends and we make things together and eat food together, and STILL ALL GO OUT AND DO THINGS, just not all together as LCD.
some come see us do our various things and say hi! it’s been so nice to get to know a bunch of really good people in a totally different context to the “big-ish band getting bigger” way we were a little stuck in.
thanks to everyone for being so amazingly supportive and nice to us.
i guess that’s my candy-assed thought for the day… now back to unpacking kitchen stuff.

Seems like a LCD Soundsystem is highly unlikely, at least for the time being.

[News] Yeah Yeah Yeahs Announce Fourth LP

Yeah Yeah Yeahs will return later this spring with a brand new album, their fourth studio LP and the follow-up to 2009's It's Blitz!. Titled Mosquito, the album was produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek and will be released on April 16th. After squashing rumors that he was producing the whole of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' latest work, James Murphy will at least be producing one of the tracks on the upcoming release, which will feature Dr. Octagon (otherwise known as Kool Keith).

When speaking on the album with Pitchfork, frontwoman Karen O said:

We have this little shitty studio downtown [in New York] that belongs to us, so we wrote songs and recorded demos whenever we felt inspired; it was kind of like how we did Fever to Tell and our first demo. And emotionally, it’s been a rollercoaster– being back in New York is intense for me. I’ve gone through an identity crisis. It’s been very emotionally intense for Nick, too. He was going through a break-up while we were making the album. It was just all kind of down."

Below, you can watch footage of the band debuting material from Mosquito during performances this past weekend. As well, the artwork for the album is pictured above, with the crazy visual feast being a creation of animator Beomsik Shimbe Shim.

[News] James Murphy Squashes Rumors that he's Producing New Arcade Fire and Yeah Yeah Yeahs Albums

Rumors have been circulating about James Murphy's involvement with the new albums from Arcade Fire and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, where it was thought he was serving as producer. The former LCD Soundsystem frontman spoke with The Huffington Post, where he addressed the recent rumors:

We don’t work like that. Because I work with friends, if I have time and they’re doing something and I’m on the East Coast, then we can do something. But also they don’t need a producer, in a way. They produce themselves. When I was making my record, any number of people came and spent a couple weeks or a week hanging out and being involved in the process."

 He went further to address his recent in studio time with Yeah Yeah Yeahs member Nick Zinner:

I just did a little fun stuff. Nothing really big; I don’t have time and they don’t have time. I think they’re done with their record now, I was just fussing around. I didn’t make their album. They’re just friends."

[Watch] James Murphy and Nick Zinner Tinker in the Studio

James Murphy has been keeping himself busy since the disbanding of LCD Soundsystem, from coffee shops to DJ sets on the S.S. Coachella. Today, though, we see the DFA cofounder back in the studio with none other than Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. In a London loft-turn-studio, the pair tinker with various instruments and audio machinery. The footage makes sense, given Murphy previously stating he was planning to record with the band. Check it out below to see Murphy and Zinner as excited as a couple of kids on Christmas morning.

[News] Coachella Cruise Announced, Brings Hot Chip, James Murphy, Pulp, and More Along for the Journey

Less than an hour ago, we reported on rumors that Goldenvoice, the people behind The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, would be announcing a Coachella-themed cruise, which would set sail in December. It appears the rumors are true.

In December, Coachella will be hosting two separate cruises (they have to keep up with their recent foray into dual weekends), the first being a three-day cruise to the Bahamas starting on December 16th, and the second being a four-day cruise to Jamaica starting on December 19th. Both cruises will sail out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Prices for the cruise start at $500 per person, which includes cabin, entertainment, and food.

The biggest selling point, though, has to be the lineup, and Goldenvoice have brought in some major talent for their seafaring adventure. Headlining the cruise are Hot Chip, Pulp, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, James Murphy, and Sleigh Bells, with other acts including SKOA favorite El-P, Simian Mobile Disco, Killer Mike, Grimes, The Rapture, Black Lips, Cloud Nothings, DJ Z-Trip, The Gaslamp Killer, and more.

Let us know your thoughts on Coachella's ocean adventures.