James Murphy to Score Ad-Rock-Starring Noah Baumbach Movie

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 07.23.14 in News

Much has changed since the last time James Murphy scored a film for director Noah Baumbach. When the two first worked together, on the soundtrack to 2010′s Greenberg, Murphy’s indie-dance juggernaut LCD Soundsystem had yet to release its swan song, that year’s This Is Happening. By 2011, of course, LCD had played its last show, at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, which led to the concert film Shut Up and Play the Hits and this year’s vinyl-only live album The Long Goodbye.

The DFA Records honcho hasn’t just been passing the years concocting coffee blends, teaching the subways to sing or developing an actual sound system, though (but he has done all those things, and produced Arcade Fire’s Reflektor, too). Now, Murphy has joined forces with Baumbach again to score the upcoming film While We’re Young, according to The Film Stage, as SPIN points out. And the movie’s cast includes no less an alternative-music luminary than the Beastie Boys’ Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz.

Baumbach’s follow-up to 2012′s Frances Ha will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 4 to 14. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts star as a middle-aged filmmaker and his wife who, as TIFF puts it, “become enamoured of a young hipster artist couple” played by Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver. Charles Grodin also acts in the film.

When Murphy did the Greenberg soundtrack, he told Pitchfork at the time, “Noah and I had a good talk about not making a score but making songs.” And those songs were different from LCD Soundsystem’s music, too; as Murphy said, “The rules were like: Nilsson‘s house, Brian Wilson‘s house, Paul McCartney‘s house, 1973.” Will that songs-not-scores, L.A.-pop approach carry over to While We’re Young? We should find out before we get too much older.

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