LCD Soundsystem may be no more, but former frontman James Murphy, 43, is as busy as ever: He's DJ'ed, designed an actual sound system for McIntosh Laboratory, and made a short film with Ron Howard—all while overseeing DFA Records (home to bands like the Rapture and Holy Ghost!). This month, you can hear his handiwork on Arcade Fire's new album, which he produced, and on Broadway, where he scored the revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz. Here, we ask the eclectic impresario where his own tastes lie.
"Delectable, a wine app. You take a picture of the label and it tells you all the information you need to know, then you can use it to order the wine later."
"Grand Designs is a British TV show where this guy, Kevin McCloud, travels around and follows people in the process of building crazy homes. You're watching people who are optimistic and insane, and they make mistakes, and then you feel fulfilled because they made their house."
Dream Art Collection
"It's tough, because the pieces that I have the strongest relationship to I would never want to remove from their place. When you see [Joan] Miró's The Birth of the World (shown above) or Paul Klee's Letter Ghost or Mask of Fear at the MoMA, you know they're where they belong."
Last Book Read
"The posthumous collection of essays by David Foster Wallace, Both Flesh and Not. It was a bittersweet thing to read. I'd read Infinite Jest when it came out, and I saw he'd lifted a couple of things from William Gaddis' The Recognitions, so I wrote Wallace off out of bitterness. Then I started reading it again and noticed how beautiful it is. He killed himself when I had probably 100 pages left to read, and I was personally devastated in a way I never am when famous people die."