A friend of mine (Hi Jayne!) heard this on the radio and wanted to share it with me. I'm not an expert on LCD Soundsystem, but I really appreciate James Murphy's work. A lot of his music sounds like a parody of something you've already heard, a bit of post punk, a bit of New Wave, but it's so well put together that it's fresh and irresistible. I find the humor and vulnerability in his work very endearing.
Murphy speaks in this interview on how he experienced a life of failure before going into psychotherapy. He forgets to mention how he turned down an invitation to write for Seinfeld just before it became a global phenomenon; that was a biggie. But eventually he was able to play Madison Square Garden with his band, before he broke it up. In typical fashion, he thought that was perhaps a big mistake, after the fact, of course.
James Murphy on failure:
Here's the song that he refers to in the interview: "Losing My Edge":
Let's watch the band as they start their day when, later that night, they will be playing at what appears to be the Bowery Ballroom (I think this really captures the ambiance of downtown):