Retirees Rockin’ Hard: Pulp and James Murphy Collaborate

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It’s a collaboration made in rock and roll (or, disco) heaven, with James Murphy, formerly of LCD Soundsystem, taking the helm to produce 90s Brit stalwarts, Pulp. While they have no plans to treat fans with an EP, let alone a full album, they have finished a song they shelved (as well as the band) over a decade ago.


2012 saw their return for an international valedictory tour, and earlier this month they finally finished work on the catchy-as-hell thumping disco rocker “After You,” doing some of the recording on the S.S. Coachella. It’s a fantastic collaboration, highlighting Jarvis Cocker‘s inimitable charisma and resulting in one of 2012’s best songs.


While the future remains uncertain for Pulp, who may be done for good this time, James Murphy’s “retirement” is anything but sedentary, as he busies himself producing for bands that include Arcade Fire and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.