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LCD Soundsys­tem turned back on, The Hor­rors’ V, The Na­tional, Kelley Stoltz, Mog­wai, Son Lit­tle, Ringo Starr and more.

Amer­i­can Dream was “beefed up” in Lon­don at the stu­dio of Hot Chip’s Al Doyle. “My wife was tak­ing classes in Lon­don, so we just packed up the fam­ily and moved there,” says Mur­phy. “The Eng­land that’s seeped into this record is from my child­hood. It was a myth­i­cal place that I vis­ited in 1986 and was shocked to find that ev­ery­one was not lis­ten­ing to the same things I was. I didn’t know any­thing about the lad cul­ture – the pub, punch-uppy style that was also part of Eng­land in the late ’80s. As far as I was con­cerned ev­ery­one was The Smiths and The Cure – it was a real eye-opener to get off the plane and be like, Oh, that is not what it’s like”.

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