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New MGMT video: Little Dark Age

Video: MGMT – “Little Dark Age”

From Little Dark Age, due 2018 on Columbia Records.

One of the reasons I love MGMT is because their music makes me feel young. That’s what good pop music does, right? It makes you tap into those long buried feelings of excitement and anticipation–for what, you don’t even know–and yes, even anxiety.

When I was 14 I had my first job at a hot dog joint in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I was a busboy and dishwasher and had to have a special work permit signed by my parents to work there before I was 15. But we are midwestern and a good work ethic is instilled young so getting the signature was no problem. I spent early Saturdays and Sundays delivering scalding hot silverware out to the bins, fresh from the dishwasher I also ran. I’d skip off to the freezer on occasion to steal pickles and sliced turkey prepped for the lunch crowd. I’d also steal looks at the waitresses who were maybe a year or two older than me.

I did this all with a soundtrack blasting through my Walkman made up of mixtapes from friends. The song that most represents this time for me is “Bring on the Dancing Horses” by Echo and the Bunnymen. It was the kind of pop song that evokes those feelings described above. It made me a little sad, but also a bit excited that there were melodies out there that could confuse and confound in the best ways.

This MGMT video reminds me of Echo and the Bunnymen.

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New MGMT video: Congratulations

Video: MGMT – “Congratulations”

These two really aren’t the most subtle guys in the world, are they? We get it, dudes: you’re afraid Big Music Biz is going to kill your dream/art/vision. This is the third video from this album, and all three have been about the same thing. Nevertheless, this is still a great song and an affecting video. Directed by Tom Kuntz and shot in the Mojave Desert, our heroes follow and nurture a bald Tauntaun as it slowly dies. “Out with a whimper, it’s not a blaze of glory…”

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Lollapalooza 2010, Day 3: Where’s the Skateboards?

LollapaloozaI had really wanted to sleep in on Sunday. But at 6:30, my three-year-old demanded my attention. “Papa! PAPA! PAH PUHHHHHH!” And with that, my day began. Not atypical for a Sunday morning, but most of my Saturdays these days are not spent running ten miles back and forth across a park all day while pounding beers and falafel.

So we got the idea to bring my kid down to Lollapalooza for a couple hours. We figured we could eat some breakfast, get dressed, and get down there by noon, hang out in the “Kidz” area for a while, take a quick peak at Johnny Marr’s latest band at 2pm, and then head home, drop him off with the sitter, and head back in time for Erykah Badu at 5pm. Perfect plan, right?

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New MGMT video: It’s Working

Video: MGMT – “It’s Working”

This is the least weird music video MGMT has created to date. The premise is straightforward: Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden build a contraption that gives them everything they want (girls, ice cream, a band), but it eventually grows too large and starts to crush them, so they try to destroy it. Not the most subtle metaphor for a major label record deal, but it works.

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Sales: MGMT Moves 66,000

MGMT - CongratulationsDid you know that MGMT‘s Oracular Spectacular has sold 606,000 to date and continues to sell “at least 2,000 copies per week”? Me neither. I wonder how this new album will end up doing. It start out strong (relatively): MGMT’s Top Debut on Billboard 200:

1. Justin Bieber – “My World 2.0” – 92,000 (down 10%)

2. MGMT – “Congratulations” – 66,000 (debut)

3. Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now” – 65,000 (up 15%)

4. Usher – “Raymond v Raymond” – 64,000 (down 31%)

5. Coheed and Cambria – “Year of the Black Rainbow” – 51,000 (debut)

6. “Now 33” compilation – 45,000 (down 15%)

7. Lady Gaga – “The Fame” – 32,000 (down 3%)

8. Ke$ha – “Animal” – 31,000 (up 39%)

9. Monica – “Still Standing” – 30,000 (down 21%)

10. Justin Bieber – “My World” – 30,000 (down < 1%) More sales data below... Continue reading Sales: MGMT Moves 66,000

Vampirish – Silent Sound & Slycho remix

Ever since our obsession with MGMT sparked a while back I have been listening to more dance-pop. I don’t know if that’s what anyone else calls this music, but it’s what makes sense to me. Phoenix meets the description.

Like their countrymen in that French dance-pop powerhouse, Vampirish have a thing for keyboards and disco beats. These dudes definitely get crazier on the freak-out sounds that have been wigging club kids out for the last 15 years or so, but there’s still a bit of pop sensibility here to keep my attention. Throw on some headphones and let the trippin’ begin!

Vampirish – Silent Sound & Slycho remix by LilacLondon

MP3: Vampirish – “Silent Sound & Slycho” remix (via Soundcloud)

Twitter Roundup #13

Tweet tweetBelow are the things we’ve posted to Twitter recently. In reverse chronological order, just like Twitter… We’re reposting 121 tweets this time with a total of 80 links to stuff that (mostly) didn’t end up on GLONO.

# FF @Tommy_Stinson – I hate music. Too many notes. Tommy says so. 6 minutes ago

# RT @Weezer: A little credit, please, for referencing “Never Gonna Give You Up” in “Heartsongs” before the Rickroll phenomenon.–RC 18 minutes ago

# RT @lcdsoundsystem: Wow. That drunk girls video with all the pictures is everything i hate in one thing! Nice. 19 minutes ago

# RT @slicingeyeballs: Video: Watch Robyn Hitchcock’s full 37-minute in-store performance at Amoeba Music http://ow.ly/1u6Wz 21 minutes ago

# WSJ: Prince’s Failed LotusFlow3r Site: An Insider Dishes on ‘Polar Bear’ Decor, Fed-Up Fans: http://bit.ly/bCrHBh about 3 hours ago

# Stream another new song from the Hold Steady, ‘The Weekenders’ ยป http://bit.ly/dsc4lo about 4 hours ago

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MGMT – Congratulations

MGMT - CongratulationsMGMTCongratulations (Sony Music)

Your girlfriend might hate this album. It’s much more for the record collector set than their long suffering and ever patient better halves who delighted in the dance pop of the band’s last effort. More Odessey and Oracle than Oracular Spectacular, the band wasn’t kidding when they said there’d be no “Time to Pretend” or “Kids” this time around. That’s not to say it’s not good, it just means it’ll be good for a smaller number of people and those people are the dorks who actually got that Zombies reference.

The band maintains it’s sense of pop, but this time instead of radio-friendly (what does that even mean anymore?) nuggets of unforgettable melodies and anthemic calls to “fuck with the stars” and “have some fun,” they draw from the roots of conceptual art pop of the mid- to late-1960s. And why not? Just like their forefathers, MGMT was thrust into the void of (indie) rock fame in the wake of a couple of really, really catchy tunes. They got pigeon-holed and expectations mounted for their follow-up. Druggies everywhere rejoiced when it was announced that the dude from Spaceman 3 would be involved only to have those same dreams dashed when we all found out it wasn’t Jason Pierce.

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Twitter Roundup #11

Tweet tweetBelow are the things we’ve posted to Twitter recently. In reverse chronological order, just like Twitter… We’re reposting 195 tweets this time with a total of 108 links to stuff that (mostly) didn’t end up on GLONO.

# RT @seanonolennon: Now they say I’m abusing Lennon fans? Because I’m defending my mother from insults over an advert I had NOTHING to do with!? 3 minutes ago

# How come Paul McCartney never made another album as good or as weird as Ram? about 2 hours ago

# Sad about Haeley. RT @maura: tonight’s ‘american idol’ recap, in which i get to the point: http://bit.ly/csZzTO about 4 hours ago

# “With Paula, you’re never more than a few minutes away from seeing a grade-A display of batshit antics on live TV.” http://ow.ly/1eHYx #idol about 4 hours ago

# Macca to quit touring in 2012; age 70: http://ow.ly/1eI4N about 4 hours ago

# “But yeah, there’s just so many songs about the war,” the one publisher reiterated. “My writers have a bunch.” http://ow.ly/1eHLu about 5 hours ago

# On this day 2001: Glenn Kotche joins Wilco. Ken Coomer out: http://ow.ly/1eHuB about 5 hours ago

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Sasquatch! Music Festival Lineup Announced

Sasquatch Festival 2010 Being relatively new to Portland I am still getting up to speed on the various summer festivals out this way. One that gets the most talk is the Sasquatch Festival, which true to Pacific Northwestern ways includes camping in the Columbia Gorge. Getting in and out of this festival can be a challenge, I’m told, but who cares when you can return to your Westy for a nap and a couple veggie burritos?

This year’s line up looks pretty tasty, by the way, including the recently reunited Pavement, Massive Attack, My Morning Jacket, Ween, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Kid Cudi, LCD Soundsystem, The National, Band of Horses and others.

Marking it’s ninth year, this year’s Sasquatch Festival returns to The Gorge in Quincy, WA May 29-31 (Memorial Day Weekend).

Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 20 at 10:00am through TicketMaster (booo!!!).

Camping is available for May 28, 29, 30 and 31 and can also be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com

Sasquatch Ticket Information

Beginning February 20:

Single tickets, per day / $70.00

Discount 3 day pass / $170 (available on sale weekend only)

February 20—May 23:

Single tickets, per day / $70.00

May 24—May 28:

Single tickets, per day / $80.00

Day of show:

Single tickets, per day / $86.00

Full line-up after the jump…

Our recent Festival coverage:

Lonely at Lollapalooza 2009

Rothbury 2009: Not a Dead Head? You’d Still Have a Blast

Scion Rock Fest 2009

Notes from the Pitchfork Music Festival

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