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MGMT released a thoroughly confusing trailer for their self-titled third LP. The trailer samples six tracks from the upcoming album while playing footage that tells a nutty story involving a possum, the NSA, and what appears to be a little girl transforming into a reptilian monster.
In a series of vignettes, the band members encounter one strange occurrence after another: Lead singer Andrew VanWyngarden is attacked by a possum in his bathroom and Benjamin Goldwasser discovers a beetle-turned-listening device in a speaker. Oh, and there’s a scale-covered monster watching the NSA, who’s watching MGMT, prompting an NSA agent to say, “The Reptoids have heard the new MGMT album.”
“They know how good it is,” the other agent replies. But who are the Reptoids? And why is the NSA watching MGMT?
Who knows? There are no answers in the trailer — the band leaves on a bus, while a little girl with snake eyes scrutinizes them — but watch below and see if you can find any clues.
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We all know MGMT have a fame-and-fortune complex: When F&F beckoned, they responded with the snidely-titled Congratulations, which our then-critic called an “odd little sonic onion … [that] studiously avoided any obvious pop hook.”
Their third album, which comes out September 17, is self-titled, so it could be about anything. “Alien Days,” a space-out from the album that was released as a Record Store Day cassingle (LOL), suggested we were in for more of the same. But their bracing new single, “Your Life Is a Lie,” hints at an MGMT under new management.
Two minutes long and rather rude, “Your Life Is a Lie” is more or less the sound of a band pulling its head out of its ass. It’s got a gnarly, looping garage-rock drive, and more niceties than you’d expect from such a quickie: cowbell, an almost comically buzzy high-end, some kind of something solo that you could (yes) call spacey, and a magnificent hook.
A Fleetwood Mac tribute album featuring covers by Best Coast, MGMT, and the New Pornographers, among others, will arrive Aug. 14.
Randall Poster, who also organized the Buddy Holly tribute album Rave On Buddy Holly, is producing the album. Covers slated for the release include Antony Hegarty’s version of “Landslide” and Lykke Li’s take on “Silver Springs.”
This isn’t the first time Best Coast has covered Fleetwood Mac. The band, who released a video for Golden State romp “The Only Place” last week, debuted a “Storms” cover on BBC Radio in late April. On the upcoming tribute, they’ll take a crack at “Rhiannon.”
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MGMT go to work.Last night, an assortment of New York’s cool kids and dweebs piled into Radio City Music Hall to see Brooklyn-based band
But before leading men Andrew Wells VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser took the stage, former Wesleyan University schoolmate Francis Starlite opened with his ’80’s pop/funk collective Francis and the Lights. Often dancing into the dark crevices of the stage—arms flailing and legs twirling in ways that’d make James Brown smile—Starlite left the audience in awe. The band’s 30-minute set of pensive jams like “Strawberries,” “Darling, It’s Alright,” and “For Days” more than warmed the stage for MGMT.
The frail twentysomethings of MGMT hit the stage just after 9—bed-headed VanWyngarden in a tee shirt and skinny jeans, Goldwasser with an untucked shirt and blazer, as if he was interviewing for a managerial position at 7-Eleven afterward. Sprayed by primary-colored lights, they started with “Pieces of What” and transitioned to “Brian Eno,” their ode to the famed English producer. They strangely followed with one of their biggest hits, 2008’s synth pop winner “Electric Feel.” Usually such a smash would be reserved for the conclusion. But as I’d learn, they had no intention of saving the best for last.
“We’re glad to be in NYC, our hometown,” said VanWyngarden before launching in to their surfy “Flash Delirium.” Psychedelic images of overlapping eyeballs and geometric figures projected on the stage while fans waved their neon glow sticks to the beat.
Next up was the first track off of their latest album, Congratulations: “It’s Working.” Then they performed another big hit, the bouncing “Time to Pretend.” About an hour in, fans had spent the entire time on their feet. But that soon changed when they broke into “Siberian Breaks.” The audience used the lengthy song to rest. Butts fell to chairs, as did heads to palms. MGMT’s music teeters towards soft rock at times, and with wind chimes twinkling ever so lightly, they’d slowed the show down to a snail’s pace.
Life was revived when “Kids” and its throbbing synths dropped. But it fizzled quickly as the group attempted to end the show with “Congratulations.” They left after, but screaming for more, the fans didn’t move for the exits. Instead, they screamed for more.
What followed was a lengthy, obnoxious encore filled with ear-busting guitar solos and murky album cuts like “Something Missing.” Really, they could’ve done without it. Many became dejected, like they regretted their encore request. It was a dreadful ending for what was great show overall. Understanding that VanWyngarden and Goldwasser were excited to play Radio City, maybe they should’ve let the fans leave a bit earlier.
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It was a slow week on the chart: Bieber’s World is the lowest-selling album in the top spot in almost a year. The last to hold that dubious distinction was Chrisette Michele’s Epiphany, last May.
Psychedelic rockers MGMT‘s sophomore album, Congratulations, is the chart’s biggest debut, landing at No. 2 with 66,000 sold. It’s the best chart showing of their career, Billboard noted. Oracular Spectacular, their last album, never sold more than 17,000 in a week, but its steady sales have led it to a 606,000 total in the U.S.
The chart’s second-highest debut is Coheed and Cambria’s No. 5. ranking for their Year of the Black Rainbows, which sold 51,000 copies. It’s a step down from their last album, 2007’s No World For Tomorrow, which bowed at No. 6 but sold 62,000 units.
And Justin Bieber’s first installment of My World falls two spots No. 10 with 30,000.
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MGMT, the glam-psych duo who went from dorm-room hotboxing to platinum-selling poncho glory in the span of mere months, have unleashed (and that really is the right word) the first single from their upcoming sophomore album Congratulations, due April 13.
Stream the choogling, operatic Moby Grape-in-disco-boots “Flash Delirium” below, and tell us what you think of their first post-Oracular follow-up. Spectacular, or not so much?
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