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MGMT / Re: Random MGMT Thoughts
« on: September 04, 2014, 07:51:09 PM »
I was listening to the latest album earlier and I couldn't help but notice how much more I enjoy Your Life is a Lie now than when it was first released.  At first I found it kind of simple and a little bit annoying to be honest, but the more I heard it the better and more layered it got for me.  It's crazy for me how each time I listen to an MGMT song, I find something new in it or hear it in a completely different way than I had in the past.  I had the same experience with Alien Days.  I thought it was just alright when I first heard it, and now it's one of my favorite songs by MGMT.  It takes true musical genius to make music that is that rewarding, and that is why I love this band...just thought I'd share.

I feel exactly the same way about both songs. I needed to hear YLIAL within the context of the album. With Alien days, it took hearing it without the distortion of the original shitty recordings. I listened to it a few times and just stopped listening because I quite honestly hated it. I was really distraught. Then I heard it live at Osheaga and fell in love. Now it's one of my favorite songs.

MGMT / Re: Hangin Brain with simon o'conor
« on: September 02, 2014, 07:35:31 PM »

"Hangin' Brain: Episode 3" is out on iTunes and SoundCloud!!!!

MGMT / Re: MGMT are so polyinstrumental
« on: September 02, 2014, 05:11:00 PM »
aah~ I miss Pete on here.
peter member used to be on the forum?

It was great.  He'd tell us all kinds of shit that he wasn't supposed to.
that so awesome! i wish i was on this back then! what kind of stuff

He posted pics from the Malibu sessions and gave us great, detailed stories. He let it slip about the fan club. I mean loads and loads of stuff. He PMed me one day and asked me how to post a picture. It was the longest, but most rewarding half hour of my life, lol. It was all lost in the forum crash.

MGMT / Re: MGMT are so polyinstrumental
« on: September 02, 2014, 07:33:33 AM »
aah~ I miss Pete on here.
peter member used to be on the forum?

It was great.  He'd tell us all kinds of shit that he wasn't supposed to.

MGMT / Re: MGMT are so polyinstrumental
« on: August 30, 2014, 04:09:53 PM »
I was referring Pete saying "Recording" on Siberian Breaks.

If I remember correctly there was an interview in which andrew talked about pete doing this weird glitch thing with this old reverb machine. Every time you turned it on or switched a setting it made a weird noise/click and they all thought it was the coolest shit. I think the part of the song it happens in is the transition at 6:00
Correct.  And they actually left Pete's "vocal" in the final product.
yeah that is what the article is saying  :D

Oh my god! I tried forever to figure out what that vocal was saying. I imported the song into logic and tried slowing it down, reversing it, and a whole bunch of other stuff and couldn't figure out what was being said. I can now die in peace

When in doubt, ask lala BB  :-*

MGMT / Re: MGMT are so polyinstrumental
« on: August 29, 2014, 05:15:29 PM »
I was referring Pete saying "Recording" on Siberian Breaks.

If I remember correctly there was an interview in which andrew talked about pete doing this weird glitch thing with this old reverb machine. Every time you turned it on or switched a setting it made a weird noise/click and they all thought it was the coolest shit. I think the part of the song it happens in is the transition at 6:00
Correct.  And they actually left Pete's "vocal" in the final product.

MGMT / Re: MGMT are so polyinstrumental
« on: August 29, 2014, 07:30:26 AM »
I was referring Pete saying "Recording" on Siberian Breaks.

MGMT / Re: MGMT are so polyinstrumental
« on: August 28, 2014, 09:38:01 PM »
Now for some positives:

Wow I didn't know Will played Bass on Flash Delirium

What is the "glitch" that Sonic Boom did?  Is it that little transition part right before the "I hope I die before I get sold" part?

Is it referring to "Recording" in Siberian Breaks?  I haven't read the notes.  Just seeing this  :-\

The Internets / Re: ♫ Your blood is all around you now ♫ (II)
« on: August 17, 2014, 06:52:06 AM »

Music will grow with you and you can't stay the same: MGMT
Nikita Ramkissoon | 14 August, 2014 11:09

Call their sound synth-punk, electro-pop, or Cynthia. MGMT don't give a bleep, writes Nikita Ramkissoon

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Music will grow with you and you can't stay the same: MGMT
Nikita Ramkissoon | 14 August, 2014 11:09

DEEPLY FLOORED: Ben Goldwasser, left, and Andrew Van Wyngarden
Call their sound synth-punk, electro-pop, or Cynthia. MGMT don't give a bleep, writes Nikita Ramkissoon

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In 2007, Facebook and MySpace changed the science of music marketing forever. That year, the American duo MGMT - keyboardist Ben Goldwasser and singer-guitarist Andrew Van Wyngarden - were among the first bands to surf the social-media wave with their hit debut album, Oracular Spectacular .

MGMT's rapid rise to indie fame was an early textbook example of the power of the viral music video - though they say it was a phenomenon beyond their control.

" When we found out that this was how people were discovering our music, we didn't have a clue how it worked - but it did, " says Goldwasser, on the line from Croatia.

The band's third album, simply titled MGMT, was released last year. In October they will tour South Africa, playing Vodacom In The City at Johannesburg's Mary Fitzgerald Square, and Rocking the Daisies at Cloof Wine Estate in Darling, Western Cape.

On subsequent albums they were joined in studio by band members Matthew Asti, James Richardson and Will Berman.

The big hits on Oracular Spectacular - Kids , Time to Pretend and Electric Feel - are still dancefloor fixtures in South African clubs.
"We've changed a lot since then" says Goldwasser. "But those songs still ring true to what we were at the time."

In 2010, the boys from Connecticut released their second offering, Congratulations. "Writing a follow-up to something so successful is hard," says Goldwasser.

"You are going to be judged. People are anticipating what you're going to do, wondering what's going to follow. The critics are armed and ready, and it's easy to get caught up in the critical backlash - so we needed to follow our gut on the next one."

Congratulations, although not as commercially successful as Oracular Spectacular, was critically acclaimed. Goldwasser attributes this to not sticking to a formula.

"We don't have a style," he says. "It's rock, synth, indie, pop. Whatever it may be, the important thing is that it is its own beast.

"We grow as musicians and as people, so naturally - if you're writing from a place of honesty - the music will grow with you and you can't stay the same.

"I've got some punk influences - the fringe of punk, really. Not Ramones punk. I also like electro like Aphex Twin.

"There's no distinction between genres when I listen to music, because what sounds good to me sounds good to me.

"I draw from what I know, and I'm sure it's the same for the rest of the band. We've got no interest in honing in on any specific style.

"It's not like we're trying to be obscure or anything. I guess MGMT just wants to challenge what's acceptable in music."

"We're so excited to be coming to South Africa," says Goldwasser. "We've wanted to for so long ." LS

Dan's Dear friend, TexasBob has given me this very happy pic to post

Update:  So here we go here we are in the midst of the most Depressing,Distressing,Draining,Tragic Heartbreaking Nihilist Apathetic Cynical Narcissistic Times living in in Recent History( cant even pick up the paper or switch on the telly,Shudder to Think)  ... So what we all need now is a bit of Sparkle Magick and Hope..So many have been sweet and caring to Daniel asking how he is? If a Picture could tell a Thousand Words then Here it Is... Heres our Dear Daniel our brother playing guitar and us working on indication of his improvement bit by bit... This is What we All need more Than Ever Now.... Is Hope and Love...  —
TexasBob Juarez  :-*

MGMT / Re: Flaming Lips Sergeant Pepper tribute featuring MGMT
« on: August 05, 2014, 04:04:28 PM »
so cool!!!!!! :D I'm so glad they did it with foxygen!!!!

I wonder if Sam actually sang, or if he just posed.

MGMT / Flaming Lips Sergeant Pepper tribute featuring MGMT
« on: August 04, 2014, 07:30:58 PM »

Flaming Lips’ Sgt. Pepper’s Tribute Tracklist Revealed: My Morning Jacket, MGMT, Miley Cyrus, Tegan And Sara, J Mascis, More

The Flaming Lips already announced the impending release of With A Little Help From My Fwends, their guest-heavy full-length tribute to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album will include covers of every single song on the Beatles’ original album, and we already knew that it would feature guests like Miley Cyrus, Moby, Electric Würms, and MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden. As it turns out, that was just the tip of the collaborative iceberg. Frontman Wayne Coyne posted the tracklist sprawl on Instagram (see below), and it seems to indicate that the album will also feature contributions from My Morning Jacket, Tegan And Sara, J Mascis, Foxygen, Phantogram, Julianna Barwick, Dr. Dog, the Cool Kids’ Chuck Inglish, Lightning Bolt side project Black Pus, Wilco side project the Autumn Defense, Grace Potter, and Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan. At this point, it’s hard to even imagine what this thing will sound like. But there you have it: It’s happening. It’s out 10/28 on Warner Bros. Here’s the tracklist…

01 My Morning Jacket, Fever The Ghost, J Mascis – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
02 The Flaming Lips, Black Pus, The Autumn Defense – “With A Little Help From My Friends”
03 Miley Cyrus, Moby, The Flaming Lips – “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”
04 Dr. Dog and Chuck Inglish – “Getting Better”
05 Electric Würms – “Fixing A Hole”
06 Phantogram, Juliana Barwick – “She’s Leaving Home”
07 The Flaming Lips, Maynard James Keenan, Sunbears – “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!”
08 Birdflower, Morgan Delt – “Within You Without You”
09 The Flaming Lips, Pitchwafuzz, Def Rain – “When I’m Sixty-Four”
10 Tegan And Sara, Stardeath And White Dwarves – “Lovely Rita”
11 Zorch, Grace Potter, Treasure MammaL – “Good Morning Good Morning”
12 Foxygen, MGMT – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)”
13 The Flaming Lips, Miley Cyrus – “A Day In The Life”

MGMT / Re: Random MGMT Thoughts
« on: July 31, 2014, 05:42:26 PM »

I also think there should be a Hank love thread.

I was actually thinking this a couple weeks ago.

MGMT / Re: Random MGMT Thoughts
« on: July 31, 2014, 04:51:50 PM »
Hunter found this little interview with Will Griggs of Cantora Records.

Interview: Will Griggs Talks Working with MGMT, Using Data to Create Better Music Experiences, and Why You Should Start a Company With Friends
PRESENTED BY COLE HAAN  presented by Cole Haan

Cantora, formerly known as Cantora Records, is a legitimate breeding ground of innovation. The umbrella company has its proverbial fingers in some of the most groundbreaking aspects of technology, as applied to the music industry. The founding members—Will Griggs, Jesse Israel, and Nick Panama—began Cantora as a means of helping to manage and promote super successful electro-pop band MGMT. Since MGMT’s critical and popular success, Cantora has snowballed into a formidable power with a heavy interest in creating personal user experiences for fans during live shows.

We sat down with Griggs to discuss some of Cantora’s latest projects—and it’s some pretty heavy stuff. From products such as biotechnological gadgets geared towards a more personal user experience, to mobile applications powered by Google algorithms, the gentlemen of Cantora are definitely pushing the envelope. Check out the interview to find out more, plus get advice on building your own company from the bottom up in today’s changing digital landscape.

Interview by Zoy Britton (@ZoyMB)

It’s common knowledge that you and Jesse Israel first partnered at NYU in 2005, but what was the impetus that pushed you to form the company?
Well, I’ve always been very hands-on and involved in [various] music scenes. I grew up right outside of Washington, D.C., and when I was in high school I was constantly putting together and booking concerts—whether it was in school cafeterias or kids’ basements or my own garage, so I always played an active role in that scene. Then, when I came up to New York, I took up [similar opportunities] in whatever limited ways I could.

But the reason why we put together the company was to put out MGMT’s first EP, Time to Pretend. Then they were asked to open for of Montreal on their world tour, so we just tried to help them out in whatever way we could with shows. MGMT didn’t have any official releases or merchandise to sell on the tour so that was the window of opportunity we saw, and that initial project caused us to put the company together. We didn’t necessarily set out to create a record label or even [build] a business plan with outside investors. We scraped together what little money we could, got MGMT in the studio, got some T- shirts, and got them to their first show.

Is it true that each of the founders of Cantora only had $800, and you pretty much put that money together and built up your business?
Absolutely. We were very lucky that we had [a network] that allowed us to get really incredible rates on studio time. The fact that we had access to studios and that the band made almost all the music themselves on their laptops in their dorm room, we were just pretty much spit-shining it however we could from there. The challenge in the music industry right now is that anyone can create music and distribute it so it’s harder than ever to break through the noise.

What advice do you have for young entrepreneurs who might not have the same connections as Cantora or live in a big city where those connections are more accessible?
My advice to anyone who is considering starting a company, especially in music, is to do it with friends—whether it’s just collaboration, et cetera. We didn’t build our company in a vacuum by any stretch; we had tons of friends who supported us when we were just starting out, because in the end, our network could also build on our company and success. In the beginning, we were also doing live events, so any friends who had something going on—whether it was a recording company or the venue they worked at or bringing in bands—could help bring our label up.

We had a really incredible community of designers, producers, pretty much across the board creative folks who were happy to jump onboard and collaborate on our projects, and in turn we did whatever we could to help build their projects. The key is to be active, support the community that you want to be a part of, and more importantly, do what you love. Realize it took years to build Cantora to the point where it was keeping our lights on.

Jumping to Cantora Labs, the developmental technology platforms that you have invested in, how will these technologies help the average person?
Across the board, we’re fascinated with creating active roles for fans, so any way we can create a stronger connection between fan and performer/sponsor/venue through technology, that’s something that we’re always hoping to do. For instance, one of the first tests we did was throwing concerts and creating applications that Sonic Notify powered, and we told the fans that those applications were their ticket in. But our goal isn’t to keep you staring at your phone, it’s to use technology to really reinforce the fan’s experience and bolster their personal relationship with the experience. So, instead of staring at your phone all night, why not create ways to better educate yourself about the performers on stage, or create ways for friends who are the same concert to share their experiences in new and natural ways.


Awesome. How do you feel that these platforms will begin to revolutionize the music industry?
To be honest, our goal isn’t so much to revolutionize the music industry so much as to build a spark for the products that we’re building and investing in within the music industry. You can then find applications for that across all entertainment. For instance, with Sonic Notify we started building data through concerts that we booked and promoted but took that data to New York Fashion Week and Oracle Arena where the Golden State Warriors play. We approached this business with a very diversified approach versus companies that begin and end in the music industry. We’re not looking for the best way to take down Spotify or monetize something that’s just within music, but rather create a spark within our world, within our backyard, and then try and find the broadest applications for those products.

That's understandable, but you have to consider that a product like the Nada Band—which brings data analytics into live entertainment​—is definitely going to revolutionize not just the music industry, but wherever user experience is measured.
Our fascination with biometrics and data is essentially geared towards creating a better experience for everyone—more personal experiences for users and more revenue stream for promoters. To create meaningful and substantive relationships between sponsors and the folks they’re trying to reach. One way to look at it is to take the data and analytics that you see online and find ways to use that and apply it, but we’re definitely taking a more holistic approach in trying to save the recording music industry.

How do you feel your platforms’ synergy will progress with new social media platforms? It’s clear Cantora wants to be a collaborator versus a monopoly, so how do you see this relationship progressing?
If you look at it from the perspective of audience feedback—which is something we really feel could be improved—right now if you are at a festival or concert there are certain ways you can express how you feel about it online or in person from clapping to posting pictures. But we want to find ways to create better feedback between audiences and performers so that they can learn more about their audiences, much faster, and take that data in real-time, eventually, to create better outlets for their creativity. We want to be able to take the physical energy of the audience and tap into that energy through data to create personal experiences—like if you dance more it will affect the performance so that fans really feel like they’re having an impact on the experience without being tied to their phones.

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