Video: The Fox Problem Launch

Posted on by Kate Hutchinson

Last night, I went along to the live launch of Gemma Cairney, Georgie Okell and Georgia LA's new Google+ show, The Fox Problem. It's the first Google Hangout of its kind, a fast-paced music and chatshow set in a snazzy, specially-made studio upstairs at The Birdcage pub in Shoreditch – kind of like The Word meets (a younger, snazzier) Loose Women meets T4.

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Video interview: James Murphy

Posted on by Kate Hutchinson

I interviewed the ultimate dude, James Murphy, about life after LCD Soundsystem for Time Out London. Full spiel I wrote on the Time Out blog below.

You may have, like everyone else, thought that LCD Soundsystem had called time on their legendary NYC punk-funk outfit. But as the details of ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ emerged on the internet earlier this year, it seems that here is a chance to see their last waltz on repeat. The new film, from the directors of the stunning Blur documentary ‘No Distance Left to Run’, follows the band’s last – and by all accounts, epic – performance at Madison Square Gardens in 2011. Unlike other live DVDs of their sort, however, the camera continues to follow LCD’s linchpin, James Murphy, around on the day after the show as he comes to terms with life after LCD.

It’s a both sad and uplifting, not to mention beautifully shot, visual time capsule. But, luckily, we Londoners don’t have long to wait until we can see the film in full. ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ premiered at Sundance in Texas in March, and it’s heading here as part of the London arm of the film festival from April 26-29. Cue excitable jigs and air-punching from Time Out’s Music team.

But really the question on every fans’ lips is, after 10 years guiding one of the most provocative electronic acts in history, what will James Murphy do next? Well, let us tell you, he’s been up to a lot, especially DJing, which he’ll be getting stuck into once more at London’s Lovebox festival, where he teams up with LCD member Pat Mahoney for a special disco set.

We caught up with him as part of the Red Bull Music Academy lectures at the start of April – a year since the band ended, almost to the day –  to find out about the new projects up his sleeve and just what he thinks of the film. Watch the interview above.

Interview: Kate Hutchinson. Film: Roman Tagoe. Recorded at the Red Bull Studios, London.

Review: End of the Road Festival 2011

Posted on by Kate Hutchinson

A couple of weeks ago, I went to review End of the Road festival for Drowned in Sound. I was an organisational disaster, but it was a super-lovely weekend in the end, and, best of all, I got to DJ with Anthony Chalmers from God Don't Like It inside a boat suspended above a flashing dancefloor while young children breakdanced. I am currently resisting the urge to say YEAHBEATTHAT. I suppose this is also the part where I tell you that I've been playing the odd record here and there since February and I rather like it.

Anyway, wonderfully, The Guardian have captured a split second of that moment in this short film about the festival.

You can read my review of it on Drowned in Sound here too, if you please. I swooned over Beirut rather a lot.