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MGMT’s New Album ‘Congratulations’

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

MGMT 'Congratulations' promo

MGMT is far too original to go mainstream, although pop success is theirs to have judging by the success of their first album ‘Oracular Spectacular’. Their sophomore album, ‘Congratulations’, which is officially out today, is far from the indie pop sound that put them on the map. As a warning to their fans, 26-yr-old, Andrew Van Wyngarden says this about ‘Congratulations’:

“It’s definitely going to shock people. We dropped any sort of irony that was on the first record, and Congratulations feels true to who we really are,”

The NY psych-pop duo wanted to change their sound to avoid floating down the main stream and have refused offers with big touring acts to stay true to their originality.

 “We’ve recently been offered support slots with a ton of big bands. Really huge, enormous, big bands – Like Lady GaGa and U2 and Coldplay and Foo Fighters. And we turned them all down. We really didn’t want to do any of that. I think on some level ‘Congratulations’ is a reaction to the success of the first one. I mean, of course we were happy and felt lucky that stuff happened, but it wasn’t really what we were shooting for. I think a lot of people misinterpreted and misunderstood what we were about.”, says Andrew.

You can listen to ‘Congratulations’ in it’s entirety, on their website, which they offered so that their fans could hear the music from them rather than a leaked copy on the inets (hear the whole thing now.) They kicked-off their North American tour at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, last night, which will include Coachella, Bamboozle, and Lollapalooza fests. Their European tour begins in the fall and will end mid December in Lisbon.


04-07 Sydney, Australia – Metro Theatre
04-12 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
04-13 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
04-17 Indio, California – Coachella
04-29 Toronto, Ontario – The Mod Club
04-30 Durham, NH – University of New Hampshire
05-02 East Rutherford, NJ – Bamboozle
05-28 San Luis Obispo, CA – Avila Beach Bowl
05-29 Santa Cruz, CA – Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
05-31 George, WA – Sasquatch Festival
06-01 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
06-02 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
06-04 Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue
06-06 Austin, TX – Stubbs
06-07 Houston, TX – House of Blues
06-08 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
06-11 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks
06-13 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
06-14 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
06-15 Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
06-16 Detroit, MI – Fillmore
06-18 Chicago, IL – Rivera Theatre
06-20 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
08-08 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
09-16 Dublin, Ireland – Olympia
09-20 Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland Ballroom
09-23 Birmingham, England – 02 Academy
09-24 Bournemouth, England – 02 Academy
09-26 Manchester, England – Manchester Apollo
09-29 London, England – Brixton Academy
09-30 London, England – Brixton Academy
10-03 Brussels, Belgium – AB Café / Resto
10-04 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
10-07 Paris, France – Bataclan
10-08 Paris, France – Bataclan
11-29 Dusseldorf, Germany – Stahlwerk
11-30 Hamburg, Germany – Docks
12-02 Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
12-03 Stockholm, Sweden – Berns
12-04 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
12-06 Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
12-07 Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
12-08 Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
12-10 Prague, Czech Republic – Archa Theatre
12-12 Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
12-13 Zurich, Switzerland – Maag Hall
12-14 Lyon, France – Le Transbordeur
12-16 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
12-17 Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
12-18 Lisbon, Portugal – Campo Pequeno

source: Pitchfork

photo: public promo image for ‘Congratulations’

“Mother Afrika” Dies At 76

Monday, November 10th, 2008


Last week the world lost one of the greatest singers that ever lived, Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac.  She was 86 years old when she passed away on November 1, 2008. Yma was famous for her boundless vocal range.

This week, the world lost another singing legend, South African Miriam Makeba, who had been banned from her own country for more than 30 years until Nelson Mandela’s personal urging to return back to Africa. Makeba, known as, “Mama Afrika”, died on stage Sunday night, during her concert in Italy at age 76.

Get the full story here on BBC.

Roisin Murphy Plays The U.S.

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

The cool, lovely Roisin Murphy played her first U.S show in NYC, at Manhattan’s Mansion nightclub, which was formerly Crobar. Roisin tells Arjanwrites that she was a little hesitant to play to a U.S. crowd, uncertain of the turnout, but was pleasantly surprised to find that hundreds of fans turned out to a soldout show.

We’ve followed Roisin over the past several years and she is a master at on-stage performance, evidenced here in her performance of “Overpowered”.

She plans to return to the U.S. after her European tour and will be joining SXSW in Austin, as well as dates in Atlanta, San Francisco and L.A. in March.

Hilary Duff’s New Video “Reach Out”

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Hilary Duff – Reach Out – Official Music Video Premiere

Hilary Duff rips off and violates a Depeche Mode song. Here’s her new video for her song “Reach Out”, which you may notice sounds exactly like Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus”.  Isn’t having the token rapper in your video passe by now?

The lights in the video are so blown out, you can’t even make believe that Hillary Duff‘s sexiness is true, in fact it’s hurting our eyes!

New “Gamma Ray Redux” Video

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Beck – Gamma Ray

New Beck video “Gamma Ray Redux”, directed by Jess Holzworth. The 60’s inspired video is featuring the once blacklisted actress and pop/style icon Chloe Sevigny.

Natasha, the girl that introduces the video is a Beck fan that won the Myspace contest, where she will be interviewing Beck and shooting his show on November 9th at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles for the ‘Beckumentary’… coming in the next few weeks.

Dave Grohl and Wife Expecting Another Baby

Monday, October 27th, 2008


Foo Fighters front man, Dave Grohl and his wife Jordyn Blum are expecting their second child.  Dave talks about how having their daughter Violet, who was born April 2006, changed him, saying it was a struggle to go on tour, leaving the baby behind.


Little Boots

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Little Boots is a promising new act from the UK that is setting music back in it’s place.  She’s innovative, clever, fun, and is creating fresh electro/disco hits.  Here she puts the Tenorion to work for her and spits out a simple little song using Stylophone embellishments and her piano.

New Feist Video For “Honey, Honey”

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Leslie Feist just announced she was going to take a break after a whirlwind of success. She leaves us with this Anthony Seck directed this video “Honey, Honey,” off of her “Reminder” album.

“Meg White, You’re The Bomb”

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

There’s a new soulful tribute coming out called, Gossip in the Grain, but it’s not a tribute to one of the old greats… no it’s a tribute to Meg White of the White Stripes. Ray LaMontagne sings soulfully out to Meg, singing; “Meg White, You’re the bomb”.

How inspired, huh?


Beck And MGMT Play Show Together

Monday, October 6th, 2008

For those of you that like Beck and MGMT, you may have enjoyed their pre-show they played at Martyrs together, before their concert later that evening at Aragon in Chicago. All members were on stage from both bands (about 11 of them total), were playing scaled down versions of both originals and covers, using kazoos, standup bass, banjos, guitars and keyboards.

[source: Stereogum]

Brit’s Workin’

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Here’s Brit, last night in LA, is on her way to shoot a video for her upcoming album “Womanizer”.

All I’ve got to say is that we should be nominating her manager Larry Ruldoph for Prez! This man is a miracle worker.

[image: bauergriffin]

New Sia Video for “Soon We’ll Be Found”

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Sia’s new single, “Soon We’ll be Found”, from her album Some People Have Real Problems , will be released October 13, but here’s sneak premier.