I'll be your Lawler.
Totally on-point Jukebox-y interview with James Murphy over on the Pitchfork today. Some choice exerpts:
We were working with Automato at the time, they were all like 20, 19. Really young. And they were all like, "Killing" is the best song ever. And they're all hip-hop kids. They're like what America's filled with: White kids who grew up listening to hip-hop and didn't think twice of it as black music-- and they also like Radiohead. They're a good cross-section, and they love music and they loved that song.
I have to say that I do like this about the kids today.
It takes me a really long time to get accustomed to music. The first song I really like. I think the lyrics are really good. When did that come out, nine months ago? And now I can say I like the first song on the Arcade Fire record. It's really disconcerting to me because all my relationships with music are really immersive. And you can see when I have 12 records of a band, that's when I had a lot of free time. Listening to everything, over and over. But I really don't have time to do that anymore. Most stuff that hits me immediately is dance music.
First of all, yeah. I relistened to the AF record about a month ago and was surprised at how much I dug the first couple of songs. And then I put it away again.
I have 12 Beastie Boys records.
As for Trent [Nine Inch Nails], I like him, I think he's a really interesting guy. I don't know if the stuff he makes is for me. I don't think it's supposed to be for me. I think it's for somebody else, and for somebody else it's a lifeline. It's not my lifeline, [but] I think it's lifeline music. That kind of heavy just goes by me. I just don't quite get it.
Nails it. Har.
I don't like scenes. Scenes are always filled with terrible music. I don't like the noise scene, I like Black Dice. I like Avey Tare and Panda Bear, I like Animal Collective. I'm not looking for a scene, but that's partially because I'm 35. I'm not looking to make friends. I'm looking to buy records that I like, and listen to them.
No wonder "Losing My Edge" is so effing awesome. Murphy is us with this stuff. A 30 year-old music dude.
Anyhow, go read the rest. Tons more stuff for you to nod your head to.