LCD Soundsystem are my favorite.
They heavily influence my songwriting and production style.
They have some new shit just around the corner and I, for one, am VERY excited!
Also when I was living in Los Angeles, I recorded an album for a band that rented out a mansion (that was usually used for shooting porn) to record in. It was awesome and I totally agree with James Murphy about recording where you live. It is the way to go.