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MGMT / Re: Random MGMT Thoughts
« on: November 05, 2014, 02:55:26 AM »
  Also, this happened in Lima

MGMT / Re: Random MGMT Thoughts
« on: November 05, 2014, 02:39:56 AM »

Lima got Indie Rokkers and an otherwise stellar setlist.

The Show / Re: The Ryman Crew in Nashville=LEGENDARY
« on: November 04, 2014, 04:17:21 PM »
Last year was incredible. This year has been beyond my wildest dreams.  However, there is just something about this night that will always be special.  I think it's because of the people  :-* :-* :-*

MGMT / Blikk Fang is finally happening! (Andrew and Kevin Barnes)
« on: October 29, 2014, 09:53:00 AM »
Wow so after a five yearish (I think) tease, this project is actually happening!!!

Polyvinyl Records will be including a 7” single from Blikk Fang (Andrew VanWyngarden & Kevin Barnes from of Montreal) as part of this year’s 4 Track Singles Series. This single will be pressed on colored vinyl, limited to 1,000 copies and only available to those who subscribe to the series. Get the full details at:

The Internets / Re: ♫ We love you in Glacial Ways ♫ (II)
« on: October 25, 2014, 10:41:34 PM »
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MGMT / Re: Photos and Graphics
« on: October 25, 2014, 10:36:51 PM »

 Vodacom In the City | Johannesburg
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Mexico City

MGMT / Re: Random MGMT Thoughts
« on: October 24, 2014, 11:39:10 PM »
apparently they are in a psychedelic surf movie together. andrew and conan that is

Apparently there isn't a lot of info about this.  Hopefully someone will post about it when we know more.  I'm a horrible googler.  What happened to all of our good googlers?
they're on tumblr lol

No, we had some that would've had every detail of this movie a month ago and they've moved on to other interests. I'm thinking of two specific bishes that live in the UK. Ahem.

MGMT / Re: Photos and Graphics
« on: October 24, 2014, 08:31:42 AM »
I've been sick and then in the Caribbean and no one has kept up with this thread.  Surely there are some new photos from Mexico?

After Party at Jimmy Woo

MGMT / Re: Random MGMT Thoughts
« on: October 24, 2014, 08:22:50 AM »
apparently they are in a psychedelic surf movie together. andrew and conan that is

Apparently there isn't a lot of info about this.  Hopefully someone will post about it when we know more.  I'm a horrible googler.  What happened to all of our good googlers?

MGMT / Bazaar Teens featuring original prints by Andrew
« on: October 23, 2014, 01:52:04 PM »

The work is now for sale.  Check it out at the above link!

BAZAAR TEENS happened September 23rd 2104 for the 1st time When the teens hosted a two weeklong art show in a retail space in the east village of New York City font titled after one of the magazines featured in the teens’ collective memory of magazines, presented large-scale paintings and small-scale paintings on canvas on wood on other surfaces including walls and bricks and smaller works and photographs and paper closely related to the teens’ understanding of the war on terror and other terrors (9/11-ongoing). The BAZAAR TEEN projects insecurity with value, insecurity w/ seeing (selfies and glasses!), hand motions that project ambiguity and sounds that are also ambigious. BAZAAR TEENS was begun with the ISIS beheading of James Foley who in declarative sentences for example said All in All I Wish I Wasn’t America (but I am Amercia) and thinks about on internet anticapital affirmations about internet people (“Internet Are The Root Of All Evil”) and continues today with various other objects works thoughts and words assigned to different sections of BAZAAR TEENS dot COM where intelligible yet not reducible to a simplistic meaning is the Teens’ thoughts ’bout supernatural, theoretical and praxis—What Is a Girl?
The works are titled after the manner of the artist’s discretion and is inscribed on them in an index or show catalogue that was never actually made because the Teens are about talking and not doing, when it comes down to it. Because the Teens are aware that the people who accomplish what they set out to accomplish—have forethought, cunning and so on—are sociopathic. Having goals is sociopathic etc
The works referencing James Foley and the smaller works referencing Golfing Obama, golf, and Princess peach and Evanston IL. In a short video the teens set footage of Obama golfing over an image of Princess Peach weeping (Astraea, innocence also Persephone the teens are not well equipped in their allusive ambition ) and to the right on the screen driving footage of Evanston IL. IA Richards theory of metaphor literally applied. BAZAAR TEENS project was created “to interact with propaganda/value/meaning/politics” at the level of the “the internet mixed message,” where people say two or three things at the same time” this is irony, which the Teens like as well as jokes. The paintings in BAZAAR TEENS bear little paint. One is composed of holes by Andy Cahill. Carefully arranged. Another is a skewed flag. Another painting is actually a picture printed onto peg board. An out of focus pyramid scene into which pegs have been placed by Artist Daniel Kent on which have been hung various objects—a fly swatter, a DVD, a bottle cap—each item, in focus functioning slogan-like in a way that is at times decipherable, and at others obscured by the gestural abstraction of the entirety of the gestures, the show included.
Some words about the show are clearly decipherable yet unintelligible, such as Why is it the stuff parents say isnt make snse. The text is inscribed in white lettering with heavy weight accents over red bright paint on the top half of a postcard that served for a long time as the show text. The bottom half of the card featured the featured artists in the BAZAAR.
Elsewhere are puns that work visually but not aurally. For example, the viewer of BABY FED (food agent), will recognize “Duchamp” as the visual mother of “the half piece sculpture pegboard,” but then realize another aspect of the work the faux cracked glass of the Bachelor (because it is reprinted badly as a photographic picture) is doubled by the cracked glass of an iPhone screen on the obverse side which bears a critical text written by artist Mike Caputo who also has in the show a piece that references the piece being discussed. Hanging from the cracked glass side of the work are crunch candy bars, krackle candy bars. On the Duchamp side of the piece into which a peg has been inserted into the peg board hang pictures of the complete bride stripped bare by her bachelors piece hang Gerber Baby Spoons, literally spoon feeding the viewer The Art History Joke. A richard prince print hangs opposite this work, beneath a picture of richard prince taken by a fan at a richard prince book signing. The picture isn’t particularly well photographed. Prince is centered in the frame. The image is watermarked with a line of copyright, black text, which sits beneath Prince’s pocked and bulbous schnoz defaces prince’s face a la LHOOQ These visual puns, not present in the title, are not clearly legible within the works either; on the contrary, they belong to where the overall effect is closer to gestural abstraction, as is the case with the two other phtoographs in the show, the Heads placed on Teen stars bodies, photoshopped decapitations.
The same variations can be observed in the performance video, the decapitated child’s vanity, with INDIGNATION veering toward almost total abstraction A Blonde Girl in Leather Jumper Putting Sticks On Hot Dogs,
The teens state that the “primary interest is the visual aspect of language as performance of value, intention and desire to be other, and that this is vanity and ego.” Here the head is lost, the mabrles are lost and sunk in head.  traces of the body’s action on losing its head losing its language losing its ability to use  language in present in the physical act of speaking to Speak Oneself Out of Danger, the failure to communicate meaningfully what one means before one days ALL IN ALL I WISH I WASNT AMERICAN
Who dropped those bombs that killed all those people John? The works blur the already ambiguous and absurd ISIS message, the humor present in the words often deformed by pictorial gestures. Additional objects such as Teddy Ruxpin displayed on specifically designed plastic buckets made to interfere with the stairs and disrupt the visitors’ sense of nostalgia. The head of the ISIS cow hangs above the stairs above a fake brick wall, labels are nowhere to be found. This is the mischievous way of conflating commodity, language, nation and abstract expressionism into one container.

The Internets / Re: ♫ Your blood is all around you now ♫ (II)
« on: October 21, 2014, 10:02:25 PM »
This is meant to be an article about Foxygen, but the author got a bit sidetracked.  I figured it was worthy of a post.

Foxygen’s "...And Star Power" isn't necessarily the album people want, but it’s the album we need.

In early 2013 Foxygen released their breakthrough record “We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Love and Magic”, a brilliant neo-psychedelic/stoner rock album that brought nostalgia to an era the lead singer Sam France (24) and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Rado (24) never lived. The two have been playing music together since their early days of high school, making various EP’s which often came out sounding like a pre-pubescent mix of Captain Beefheart meets Guided by Voices. The most prominent of these was “Jurassic Exxplosion Phillipic” an album that has 36 tracks, none of which go over 3:26. In May of 2011 they released “Take the Kids off Broadway”, which was re-released by Jagjaguwar in 2012 as their studio debut (although some will argue “Exxplosion” was their first Full-length). “Broadway” brought the revival of the late 60’s and early 70’s most prolific Rock N’ Roll tenants. Echoes of Mick Jagger, The Doors and Pink Floyd, had they been modern DIY artists, bled through the duos songs. Foxygen’s moderate hype train picked up momentum heading into early 2013 when “21st Century” was released to favorable reviews, and alluring write-ups from some of the world’s biggest music blogs. The band started to develop a sufficient amount of buzz; unfortunately it also came with its negative aspects as it so often does. A now former band member (as well as ex-girlfriend of France) Elizabeth Fey blogged about the bands fractured relationship online. Claiming there was resentment between Rado and France, due to Rado’s predominant behavior, among other things. There also were on-stage meltdowns from France, including one that resulted in a major injury. Yet after a turbulent year the band was able to put things aside. Whether there truly was exhibited tension or whether Fey had developed a bit of a Yoko Ono Syndrome, has stayed ambiguous, but none-the-less the group continued forward and on October 14th released their newest LP. After the success of their prior release the band could’ve gone right for the mainstream, but instead bowed out to take listeners on the transcendental mind fuck that is “…And Star Power”

This wasn't the first time in recent history a band with accessible tunes failed to continue in that trend. Back in 2010 the Neo-Psychedlic/electro-pop duo from Brooklyn MGMT released their sophomore album “Congratulations” to a widely disgruntled and, for a lack of a better word, confused audience. Over the previous two to three years MGMT had exploded onto the music scene with freakishly catchy electro-psych-dance songs. Songs such as “Time to Pretend” and “Kids” were everywhere from motion picture trailers to sports stadiums, from Williamsburg hipsters, to Tempe frat boys. So when the band ditched the sound that made them the most popular buzz band of the late 00’s to become a five piece rock band making a more visceral release then one that appeased the masses, it was bashed by critics and audiences alike. People expected MGMT to follow up with their Grammy nominated sound, but instead they made a self-indulgent “rock” album.

What people failed to realize was that MGMT never intended to be rock stars, there aesthetic while catchy and colorful, were also completely satirical of contemporary pop music. “Congratulations” is an incredibly underrated release; it hasn't exactly reached cult classic level like some people initially thought it might, though it’s still a benchmark in the sense that it showed a popular rock band, signed from their college dorms to Columbia records, could still have integrity. Even with the constant pressure from their label to make more commercially inclined music.

Foxygen’s situation is not nearly as extreme. They haven’t been so universally coveted; they aren't on a major label and though exoteric, probably weren't being played at your local Sigma Chi house last summer. Although they easily could’ve sold-out and made incredibly catchy pop songs. The kind that you'd find  during a montage on some CBS comedy. So instead they differed and went completely bat-shit out of left field. Redeeming that pre-pubescent Neo-Beefheart sound from “Exxplosion”, and by adding bits of Todd Rundgren, Iggy Pop, and The Kinks to the mix you have “…And Star Power”. “Star Power” is a 24 track extravaganza that seems to contain every ounce of material France and Rado have drawn up over the last two years. Upon first listen it’s a bit of a mess. The band holds together quite well for the first five tracks before breaking off into a series of instrumentals that all almost seem like they were demos that never got completed. The grooves are killer, but you wish they would've been a little more anthropomorphic. This happens a few more times, “Hot Summer” has a Carousel ride from hell feel too it, as the band does its best Suicide impression and tracks “Can’t Contextualize My Mind” and “Talk” feel like they were uncompleted cuts for The Stooges during the “Fun House” era. As with arguably every double album, aside from maybe The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main St.”, there are a few straight-up throwaway tracks, “Cold Winter/Freedom” is a terribly un-captivating 6:14 you could do without and there certainly is no need for a mini sequel in “Freedom II”.

Despite a few songs that drag a little beyond necessity and an album that as a whole feels like a Kandinsky painting, there are some absolute gems. “Coulda Been My Love” with its female choir backed harmonies and soothing guitar shriek fills, is the slow dance at a prom in a parallel universe. It’s followed by the brilliant opiate induced love song “Cosmic Vibrations”. The band also has its fair share of high tempo jams as well, “Matress Warehouse” feels like the opening title montage for a seventies buddy cop film and “Brooklyn Police Station” starts out sounding like a Roky Erickson jam that eventually breaks down to a Haight-Ashbury afternoon in the park, where everything seems to be passing you in slow motion. On first listen, or even on the first four listens it is quite overwhelming (it has taken me a week since its initial release to get a firm grasp), but if you give it some time the fluctuation between pop songs and odd instrumentals find a way to coexist.

Much like MGMT’s “difficult” second album, Foxygen will likely not be greeted well by critics, and they will be snubbed by some fans of their previous releases. The album has some disappointing moments, some songs you wish they would've inflated individually rather than the track list itself, but i'd be hard pressed to find a release these days that doesn't. Also “Star Power” serves as an important reminder to music fans that musicians are still willing to make daring pieces of art. With so many artists arriving on the scene at rampant paces audiences can often be overwhelmed, and attention spans can desecrated. In this era it’s quite easy for a band to have one unappealing release and forever fall into a bit of a purgatory. Foxygen’s album is undoubtedly self-indulgent, yet it feels that word is too often looked at with disdain. Self-Indulgence has led to some of our greatest records, “Pet Sounds”, “Kid A”, “In Utero”, David Bowie’s “Berlin” era, the list goes on. It would be hyperbolic to compare “…Star Power” to these classics, but the point is that artists should never shy away from making self -indulgent albums no matter how intense the pressure comes from fans and label heads. Some of the greatest works in audio have been made in that mindset. Foxygen’s France and Rado are two young dudes, both in their early twenties and while the ideas on this album seemed to be pulled from various terrains, they all serve as anticipation to see where this band, who've already been at it for a decade, go next.

MGMT / Re: Random MGMT Thoughts
« on: October 21, 2014, 09:59:37 PM »
So just heard Cool Song No. 2 playing in a Qdoba....did not expect that at all. But a wonderful surprise.

Now that is cool!!!!  Thanks for posting!!  :-*

MGMT / Re: Hangin Brain with simon o'conor
« on: October 15, 2014, 06:33:30 PM »
Episode 5 is ready with special guests Pond!!!

The Internets / Re: ♫ We love you in Glacial Ways ♫ (II)
« on: October 13, 2014, 02:30:20 PM »
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The Internets / Re: ♫ We love you in Glacial Ways ♫ (II)
« on: October 13, 2014, 02:25:18 PM »
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