Tuesday, June 29, 2010



Pitchfork: So this record feels a bit darker content-wise. Maybe moodier or even a little angrier at times. What sort of stuff do you draw upon when writing?

James Murphy: Really? I guess I don't think of it like that. But it's whatever I'm stuck thinking about usually, that's the problem. Sometimes you get stuck thinking about the same thing for four songs and there's not much you can do. Whatever seems emotionally dense or funny or stupid. More often than not, it's just whatever you're stuck with.

Pitchfork: There's a lot of self-awareness to the music. Do you consider yourself an introspective or self-critical person?

JM: I don't know that I'm introspective or self-critical. But…

Pat Mahoney: Self-obsessed.

JM: Self-obsessed, yeah. Really suck the air out of a room! We're talking about me, right?

More just like, there's a lot of erasure-- and I don't mean the band-- with how we all talk to each other, where everything's kind of balanced. In other words, there's nothing wrong with being a piece of shit or being stupid. So it's not self-deprecating in my mind to say that I'm stupid or a piece of shit because there's no judgment. It just seems normal to me because that's how we all talk to one another.

Pitchfork: But there's some analysis in there too. Are you the kind of person that spends a lot of time thinking about social interaction?

JM: Yes. Yes, I spend a lot of time thinking about social interaction. A ton of it. Always have. I find it endlessly fascinating and gross and awesome.




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