I Went to James Murphy’s New Wine Bar and All I Got Was More Confused About the State of the Music Industry

Perhaps more memorably, Murphy was in the house when I arrived on a Tuesday evening last month, holding court with his wife Christina Topsoe (also a partner in the wine bar) and celebrity friends (no names, folks, this ain’t TMZ). It would indicate Murphy is settling into the role of New York high-profile bar/club/restaurant owner. It’s what they’re supposed to do: host VIP friends at their place, “inconspicuous” yet anything but, as a kind of passive promotion. (It’s New York, so patrons pretend not to notice.) Front of house ended up seating me so close to his table, I couldn’t not hear him prognosticating openly about the music industry: the pitfalls of Apple Music for artists and a speculated-upon proprietary Beats plug/jack to replace Apple devices’ current 1/8″ universal standard.

via Pitchfork.