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MGMT / Enter to win tickets to MGMT DJ Set at Bar Standard in Denver
« on: June 21, 2016, 10:13:48 AM »
http://www.westword.com/promotions/free-stuff/enter-to-win-tickets-to-mgmt-dj-set-at-bar-standard-8025477#!

Lipgloss is celebrating 15 years of sharing dance parties in Denver and, to celebrate, MGMT is joining them for an exclusive DJ set!

It's this Friday, June 24.  You can click above to enter to win tickets.

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MGMT / Re: 4th album recording could start as early as February!
« on: May 20, 2016, 09:56:43 PM »
"DeMarco has apparently visited the studio to work on something, as evidenced by a photo that surfaced on Yuki Kikuchi's tumblr page of photography. DeMarco and VanWyngarden are both holding guitars in the same attic space, facing a mixing board."

http://exclaim.ca/music/article/mgmt_working_with_mac_demarco_in_home_studio?utm_source=facebookpage&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=fbpwall


It wasn't for their project

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MGMT / Re: Photos and Graphics
« on: April 28, 2016, 07:08:55 AM »


Wow.  Since this thread began, this is the first time that someone posted in and got the 120 day warning.  So sad.  Well since there's nothing newsworthy going on right now, here's a pic of the peeps involved in Simon Doom's EP and you can read all about it in the music section!


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MGMT / Re: Random MGMT Thoughts
« on: April 28, 2016, 07:05:30 AM »
Simon Doom is Simon O'Connor's (Kuroma guitarist, European festival crowd riler during Kids, and all around super nice guy) project that he's been pouring his heart and talent into over the past couple of years.  I got to see him play in Brooklyn last year in a tiny venue and they splattered my brain all over the ceiling! They reminded me so much of an 80's band called Let's Active which was producer extraordinaire Mitch Easter's project.  Anyway, the EP drops tomorrow and you can read hear about all of the MGMT connections and take a listen here.  http://www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/chatter/week-in-pop-young-fathers-yalls-writer-neighbors-purses-plazas-simon-doom-my-favorite



SIMON DOOM


Introduce yourself to NYC new’s pop icon in the making—Simon Doom; an alt-rock Adonis image ripped from the silver screen, and high-throttling through your stereo-speaker. Known as the lead guitarist in Kuroma, who also works in the touring groups for MGMT & Craig Finn; Simon gifted us the following premiere listen to the forthcoming EP Negotiate With The Monkey available April 29 from Axis Mundi Records, engineered by Ayad Al Adhamy (Passion Pit, Team Spirit), and produced by MGMT’s Ben Goldwasser. The result is the sound of what sounds like a mythic group imagined from the celluloid style of cinema filmstar heroes that rocks & rolls with festival ready savoir faire with the sensible ability to emulate historical pop eras by way of osmosis. The result is like little you will be prepared for.

Negotiate With the Monkey begins with the title track that kicks off like the opening credit roll of the best counter culture film not-yet made. All levels of frequencies are tapped into like experiencing a big glamorous arena-style live set by a big fest headliner that commands the stage and crowd like a shepherd lording at the center of the heard’s gaze & attention. Such matters of idolatry & narcissims are further entertained on the quick-wheeling fuzz guitar gauntlet “To Be Admired” that deals head on with that beautiful face reflecting back in the mirror. Then the surf-storming “Roseate” saturates the scene in rose tinted hues of good fortune, guided by the thundering frenetic & frantic shouts & shakes that send everything speeding & sprialling to a head twisting conclusion. Join us after the following listen to Simon Doom’s new Negotiate EP, for an interview with the group’s fearless leader.



Bring us to the very beginning from when you first began your own solo creative ventures.

Well, as the only member of Kuroma who does not double as a touring member of MGMT, I found myself at home, with nothing to do, quite often in 2013-14 when all my dudes were out promoting MGMT’s last record. So I started writing and recording songs.

Originally, they were all songs I was writing for Kuroma, but after I recorded a couple demos, I kind of didn’t want anyone else to sing them. They were pretty personal. I was used to writing songs for other people to sing because I never considered myself a singer… which, I imagine, has something to do with me not being allowed to sing in my first band (Thulsa Doom) because I hadn’t gone through puberty yet.

As the lead guitarist in Kuroma, with members who also play with the touring bands for folks like Craig Finn, MGMT, etc; how in the hell do you all find the balance to focus on Simon Doom?

The key is to be chill and respectful of other people’s schedules. Chill vibes. No overplaying. Beers. Queso. Make sure there are new songs to learn so we don’t get bored… if it’s FUN people will make time for it, ya know?



Take us through what it was like for you in developing all the songs found on the analog tape fizz & fuzz of your heavy EP Negotiate With The Monkey?

Unlike the previous EP, all the tracks on the Negotiate record were recorded and played by me, without the band. I just got a new recording/demoing setup and wanted to try it out, so I quickly busted out very simple versions of the first three Simon Doom songs I wrote (which had yet to be recorded). I sent the tracks to Ayad just to see what he could do with ’em, and what he sent back sounded super full and impressive. He ran every individual track through a tape machine to tone down the digi quality of my initial recordings and really gave each tune character.

Get wild with Simon Doom; photo courtesy of the band.
Get wild with Simon Doom; photo courtesy of the band.

Can you elaborate too on how you and all were able to be able to really hone in on that sound working with Ayad Al Adhamy, Tommy Stinson, and as previously mentioned from MGMT, Ben Goldwasser? How did you all even begin to go about finding those sorts of deep frequencies?

Ben was one of the first people who suggested that Simon Doom become a real project after hearing the initial demos. He and I had worked together on the last Kuroma record, so I was really excited to have his help recording the first EP.

Tommy Stinson heard about us through a mutual friend and invited us up to do a semi-live EP recorded in his house in Hudson, NY. We put one of the tunes (“Punk Problems”) on the self-titled EP and the rest will be released later this year. Total dream come true because we are all HUGE Replacements fans.

But, like I said earlier, only Ayad was involved with Negotiate With the Monkey.

What else is good right now in NYC that the world isn’t paying attention to?

I dunno man. It’s hard to discover things before the internet does. I would say my favorite new local band is, Glyph City. They are the real thing. Definitely wanna give props to Collapsing Scenery. That’s an experience. Everyone should go to Frankel’s Delicatessen whenever they can. I do think most of the cool shit is actually going on in Australia.


What’s exciting everyone in the Simon Doom camp right now?

I would say that the number one most exciting thing is the SIMON DOOM ALBUM we are working on. We just finished tracking at Axis Mundi’s studio in Bushwick and everything is feeling great. We got both Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Vanwyngarden helping out with production duties, Ayad is in the mix, so many people coming out to help with this record. It’s really communal and groovy. It’s like the final episode of Seinfeld except, instead of all the characters from past episodes suing us, they are helping us make a great record. Also, it will hopefully be received better by critics and fans alike.

Simon Doom’s Negotiate With The Monkey EP will be available April 29 from Axis Mundi Records.

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Music / Simon Doom
« on: April 28, 2016, 07:05:03 AM »
Simon Doom is Simon O'Connor's (Kuroma guitarist, European festival crowd riler during Kids, and all around super nice guy) project that he's been pouring his heart and talent into over the past couple of years.  I got to see him play in Brooklyn last year in a tiny venue and they splattered my brain all over the ceiling! They reminded me so much of an 80's band called Let's Active which was producer extraordinaire Mitch Easter's project.  Anyway, the EP drops tomorrow and you can read hear about all of the MGMT connections and take a listen here.  http://www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/chatter/week-in-pop-young-fathers-yalls-writer-neighbors-purses-plazas-simon-doom-my-favorite



SIMON DOOM


Introduce yourself to NYC new’s pop icon in the making—Simon Doom; an alt-rock Adonis image ripped from the silver screen, and high-throttling through your stereo-speaker. Known as the lead guitarist in Kuroma, who also works in the touring groups for MGMT & Craig Finn; Simon gifted us the following premiere listen to the forthcoming EP Negotiate With The Monkey available April 29 from Axis Mundi Records, engineered by Ayad Al Adhamy (Passion Pit, Team Spirit), and produced by MGMT’s Ben Goldwasser. The result is the sound of what sounds like a mythic group imagined from the celluloid style of cinema filmstar heroes that rocks & rolls with festival ready savoir faire with the sensible ability to emulate historical pop eras by way of osmosis. The result is like little you will be prepared for.

Negotiate With the Monkey begins with the title track that kicks off like the opening credit roll of the best counter culture film not-yet made. All levels of frequencies are tapped into like experiencing a big glamorous arena-style live set by a big fest headliner that commands the stage and crowd like a shepherd lording at the center of the heard’s gaze & attention. Such matters of idolatry & narcissims are further entertained on the quick-wheeling fuzz guitar gauntlet “To Be Admired” that deals head on with that beautiful face reflecting back in the mirror. Then the surf-storming “Roseate” saturates the scene in rose tinted hues of good fortune, guided by the thundering frenetic & frantic shouts & shakes that send everything speeding & sprialling to a head twisting conclusion. Join us after the following listen to Simon Doom’s new Negotiate EP, for an interview with the group’s fearless leader.



Bring us to the very beginning from when you first began your own solo creative ventures.

Well, as the only member of Kuroma who does not double as a touring member of MGMT, I found myself at home, with nothing to do, quite often in 2013-14 when all my dudes were out promoting MGMT’s last record. So I started writing and recording songs.

Originally, they were all songs I was writing for Kuroma, but after I recorded a couple demos, I kind of didn’t want anyone else to sing them. They were pretty personal. I was used to writing songs for other people to sing because I never considered myself a singer… which, I imagine, has something to do with me not being allowed to sing in my first band (Thulsa Doom) because I hadn’t gone through puberty yet.

As the lead guitarist in Kuroma, with members who also play with the touring bands for folks like Craig Finn, MGMT, etc; how in the hell do you all find the balance to focus on Simon Doom?

The key is to be chill and respectful of other people’s schedules. Chill vibes. No overplaying. Beers. Queso. Make sure there are new songs to learn so we don’t get bored… if it’s FUN people will make time for it, ya know?



Take us through what it was like for you in developing all the songs found on the analog tape fizz & fuzz of your heavy EP Negotiate With The Monkey?

Unlike the previous EP, all the tracks on the Negotiate record were recorded and played by me, without the band. I just got a new recording/demoing setup and wanted to try it out, so I quickly busted out very simple versions of the first three Simon Doom songs I wrote (which had yet to be recorded). I sent the tracks to Ayad just to see what he could do with ’em, and what he sent back sounded super full and impressive. He ran every individual track through a tape machine to tone down the digi quality of my initial recordings and really gave each tune character.




Can you elaborate too on how you and all were able to be able to really hone in on that sound working with Ayad Al Adhamy, Tommy Stinson, and as previously mentioned from MGMT, Ben Goldwasser? How did you all even begin to go about finding those sorts of deep frequencies?

Ben was one of the first people who suggested that Simon Doom become a real project after hearing the initial demos. He and I had worked together on the last Kuroma record, so I was really excited to have his help recording the first EP.

Tommy Stinson heard about us through a mutual friend and invited us up to do a semi-live EP recorded in his house in Hudson, NY. We put one of the tunes (“Punk Problems”) on the self-titled EP and the rest will be released later this year. Total dream come true because we are all HUGE Replacements fans.

But, like I said earlier, only Ayad was involved with Negotiate With the Monkey.

What else is good right now in NYC that the world isn’t paying attention to?

I dunno man. It’s hard to discover things before the internet does. I would say my favorite new local band is, Glyph City. They are the real thing. Definitely wanna give props to Collapsing Scenery. That’s an experience. Everyone should go to Frankel’s Delicatessen whenever they can. I do think most of the cool shit is actually going on in Australia.


What’s exciting everyone in the Simon Doom camp right now?

I would say that the number one most exciting thing is the SIMON DOOM ALBUM we are working on. We just finished tracking at Axis Mundi’s studio in Bushwick and everything is feeling great. We got both Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Vanwyngarden helping out with production duties, Ayad is in the mix, so many people coming out to help with this record. It’s really communal and groovy. It’s like the final episode of Seinfeld except, instead of all the characters from past episodes suing us, they are helping us make a great record. Also, it will hopefully be received better by critics and fans alike.

Simon Doom’s Negotiate With The Monkey EP will be available April 29 from Axis Mundi Records.

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MGMT / Re: Random MGMT Thoughts
« on: April 21, 2016, 01:46:33 PM »

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MGMT / Re: Random MGMT Thoughts
« on: March 09, 2016, 09:00:47 PM »
Electric Feel will be making an appearance on The Voice again this season :). One of Pharrell's duo's will be performing it.

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MGMT / Re: Random MGMT Thoughts
« on: February 24, 2016, 09:05:32 PM »
Is there anything happier than our boys in the studio?


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The Internets / Re: ♫ We love you in Glacial Ways ♫ (II)
« on: February 12, 2016, 07:20:30 PM »
http://noisey.vice.com/back-and-forth/noisey-back-forth-martin-rev-suicide-mgmt


It's been a long time since we've had something to post in our most beloved thread!

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MGMT / Time To Pretend on Song Exploder plus contest
« on: January 19, 2016, 12:00:52 PM »
Everything you ever wanted to know about the song that got many of us into MGMT back in the day!    http://songexploder.net/mgmt
"
MGMT was formed by Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden in 2001. The song Time to Pretend was one they wrote early in their career. It first came out on their debut: the Time to Pretend EP in 2005. And three years after that, they put out a new version of the song, on their first full-length album, Oracular Spectactular, which was named album of the year by NME and was one of Rolling Stone’s top 20 albums of the decade. It went on to sell over a million copies worldwide. In this episode, Ben and Andrew trace how the song Time to Pretend was made, from its dorm room origins, to its first recording, to re-envisioning it with Grammy-winning producer Dave Fridmann. They also uncover the hidden sounds and easter eggs within the recording.
MGMT is giving away an exclusive white label pressing of the Time to Pretend EP on vinyl, signed by the band. If you’d like to enter to win the record, all you have to do is share a link to this episode, and tag MGMT and Song Exploder in your post. On Twitter and Instagram, their handle is @whoismgmt, and Song Exploder is just @songexploder.
You can buy “Time to Pretend,” from Oracular Spectacular on iTunes. You can also get the EP version of the song."

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MGMT / Re: Random MGMT Thoughts
« on: January 19, 2016, 11:54:23 AM »
Because of Bowie?  :'(
doubt it, they've never really mentioned him.... I thought more of them getting ready for something big!
Andrew has talked about Bowie

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MGMT / Re: Random MGMT Thoughts
« on: January 04, 2016, 02:13:58 PM »
Top story on "The DL with Madison" on Sirius/XM Alt Nation today is that we'll have new music from MGMT this year.  Obviously this comes from the tweet. I'm not posting as news, but rather that it's just nice that there's some excitement. Definitely a lot love out there for the Boys.

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MGMT / Re: 4th album recording could start as early as February!
« on: January 04, 2016, 02:10:44 PM »
That's the goal

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The Internets / Re: ♫ Your blood is all around you now ♫ (II)
« on: December 26, 2015, 09:42:23 AM »
So Andrew tweets and the Internet noticed. My mother used to tell me that it's better to be talked about that ignored. Anyway, NME Had only lovely things to say and are definitely ready to embrace MGMT as their darlings once again.

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MGMT Are Coming Back In 2016: Here's Why You Should Be Excited
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By Lisa Wright
26th December 2015
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Cast your mind back to 2008. The day-glo drug disco of nu rave is slowly starting to wane as three-day come downs with only the ringing sounds of Shitdisco to keep you company start to become a bit less MDMA-zing. Leona Lewis' 'Bleeding Love' is keeping The X Factor's seemingly unstoppable chart dominancy charging ahead. The concept of the viral Youtube smash is in its infancy and 'Gangnam Style', 'Friday' and the 'Harlem Shake' are but evil glints in the internet's eye.

If you were a fan of aspirational, effervescent, psych-tinged pop bangers, however, then 2008 will mainly be remembered as the year of MGMT. The wonky, parping intro to breakthrough hit 'Time To Pretend' was everywhere and debut LP 'Oracular Spectacular' brought Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser storming into the limelight and to the top of NME's Albums of the Year poll.



The duo seemed unstoppable, but it wasn't to be. The more experimental, odd and wickedly underrated offerings of 2010's 'Congratulations' and 2013's self-titled LP failed to ignite the same commercial flame and MGMT seemed relegated to early evening festival billings forevermore.

Yesterday, however, the band sent out a festive tweet teasing a new record in 2016 and showing the kind of self-confidence that suggests the pair aren't content to sit back on the sidelines any more.



Here's what we want from Album Four and why, if they pull it off, a success could be one of 2016's best comebacks.

Pristine pop vs total weirdness


The beauty of MGMT at their finest (see: 'Electric Feel', 'Brian Eno', 'Kids') is that they splice big, bright, shimmering pop sensibilities with the kind of squelching oddness that Syd Barrett might call out as a bit strange. The tracks that haven't resonated so much with fans are the ones where the balance is off, but if Ben and Andrew can find the perfect middle ground then there's few who can match them.

Curveballs


After Nirvana had achieved ridiculous worldwide success with 'Nevermind', Kurt Cobain set about trying to write a record ('In Utero') that was angry and difficult and cast away the fairweather fans. You could argue that MGMT have followed a similar path: after the enormous success of 'Oracular Spectacular', they set about pushing their experimental, idiosyncratic sides forward and letting their psychedelic pool of influences show. MGMT were not content to just be a happy clappy pop band. Now, however, the biggest curveball they could throw would be to come back with an album full of bangers. They've shown they can write trippy, ethereal gems: now let's see the other side of them again.

Influential prowess


From Swim Deep to Yak to Superfood, you can bet that a large number of this generation's young contenders have an MGMT album or two on their record shelves. A return to form record would be not only hugely welcomed, but timely: we're hoping for somewhere in between Swim Deep's sonic collage of a second album 'Mothers' and Tame Impala's warped psych-dance LP 'Currents'.

Well-deserved recognition


Sure, it might seem like we're gunning for 'Oracular Spectacular mk II' here, but that's only 'cos we're a sucker for a pop hook. Realistically, MGMT haven't made a bad album to date. 'Congratulations' was an exciting, eclectic rattle through so many ideas you could barely keep up; 'MGMT' delved into a Pink Floyd-esque nightmare/ fantasy-scape (depending on the track), flitting between monotone drones and space-age synths with barely a pause. Together, the three records form a body of work that's inventive, playful, rule-breaking and downright fun. It'd be a damn shame if the band were remembered mainly as mid-noughties hype success rather than as a group that constantly evolved and reinvented themselves over time. Come on Album Four – let's help the history books out a bit.







 
Read more at http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/mgmt-are-coming-back-in-2016-heres-why-you-should-be-excited?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mgmt#bpIcabGh2f9giuPF.99

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MGMT / Re: MGMT @ the Guggenheim
« on: November 15, 2015, 01:03:19 PM »
i still wish their was a great quality recording of this.. who knows maybe the fanzine email was to hint at something along the lines of this!

There is a recording, however I'm not sure that they would share it as it was billed as a one time event.  The music is exquisite (I listen to it on the beach when I'm there <3) but it was only a part of the experience.  It stands alone to an extent, but the lights and of course the art installation where such a big part of it.  The DVD could only show so much of the experience :(

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