When they first broke out two years ago, MGMT became beloved by the critic and blog crowd thanks to their catchy music and quirky antics on stage – such as performing in capes. Focusing on the latter, the Brooklyn trippy hippie group didn’t need any gimmicks to make it big. Their debut, Oracular Spectacular, was a huge smash in the UK and hit us in the states with infectious songs like “Time to Pretend,” “Kids,” and “Electric Feel,” the latter of which is quite possibly the best song ever. If you don’t believe me, ask God.
The Grammy-nominated band’s long-awaited follow-up “Congratulations,” drops next week (although it’s currently streaming on their web site), and sadly (and ironically), there’s little to cheer about – at least upon the first couple of listens. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and this is not necessarily a bad review.
The nominees for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards were announced last night and of course – Beyonce and Taylor Swift led the pack along with Jay-Z and Lady Gaga. Aside from ho-hum nods to Black Eyed Peas (I gotta “feeling” I’m sick of that song) it was nice to see MGMT nominated for a pair, Hall & Oates for one, and Silversun Pickups for Best New Artist. Kings of Leon also finally got their due. Here are my predictions for a couple winners…
Record Of The Year
“You Belong With Me”
Album Of The Year
I Am… Sasha Fierce
Song Of The Year
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
Best New Artist
Some other predictions: Lady Gaga will pick up two gold record thingys, Beyonce will score – overall- four, and MGMT will wear capes again.
They should release this as a single. Let the Rivers Cuomo run, Carly Simon.
SUNBEARS! may have the best name for a group ever. I mean I’m just singing Duran Duran’s “Wild Boys” in my head, and just replacing it with Sun Bears. It’s fun – try it. Anywho, this indie electro pop duo from Jacksonville, FL (Black Kids country) are swell. Their EP “Dream Happy Dreams” is loverly. Check out “I’m Alive” off that album here.
I hate when critics go on and on with their reviews so I’m just going to simply give you the top ten albums in my book with the best single off the album (in my opinion obviously). 2008 was a very strong year for music despite what The Grammy nominations might suggest. In any event – here’s the list. Download these if you haven’t already. Continue reading
The Cool Kids are just that. The guys are riding high off their Green Label Sound debut release. Here’s their second video – “Delivery Man” – directed by Ray Tintori – arguably best known for his MGMT videos. Listening to The Cool Kids makes me feel cool even if it’s for three minutes. I’ll take it.
By Jon Chattman
Back in 1994, I opted not to go to the Woodstock reunion. I don’t remember why but pretty much it was because I was more concerned with how I was going to get there. Five years later when they did another reunion show and all hell broke loose (riots, fire, groping dopes), I wasn’t impressed with the lineup. Maybe it was because back then there were no meaning to most of the music. Zoom in now to present day…seven years removed from 9/11, a lame duck two-term jackass of a president mocking up the country, and two candidates running for his office and, well sorry, I’m not leaping for joy with anything either has to say as of now. Change. Yes. But how?
In any event, what all this rambling comes down to is I really think it’s time we had another Woodstock. Make it organic like the first one, not commercial like the others. Invite artists, use the Internet to get word out that it’s happening, and screw sponsors. That last line won’t ever happen. Ever. But seriously if ever there was a time to unite for something it’s now. There are so many artists now who have something to say. Plus, there’s a ton of new and old musicians who can move us with their music or at the very least, get us to rock, make, and trip out to. With that, I present my full roster for Woodstock ’08 – something that should’ve happened, never did happen, but still could happen. Oh, f-it it ain’t happening but look at acts below and tell me in this summer of festivals that this wouldn’t have been incredibly kick ass – oh and keep in mind – this is a three-day festival in my head. Show opens with Richie Havens as always…
It’s been an amazing couple of months since The Book of ‘Bert’ was released. Between writing it, promoting it, and sleeping, breathing, and eating it, I’m ready to finally write a bit – well, other than posting sarcastic comments on celeb photos and writing up interviews and mustache-inspired content. Here’s what’s on my mind now… quick blow through my right ear and see if it goes through to the left. Continue reading