MGMT talk about ‘Meow Meow’ drug’ The electronic duo claim that the recently banned drug “meow meow” is “bad for you”. The drug was made illegal and given class B status today (April 16), allowing prison sentences for possession or dealing. However, Andrew VanWyngarden claims it’s not an expeirence he’d like to try, “It doesn’t sound like something I’d want to do,” he told The Shortlist. “They’re going to come out with something to show it’s really bad for you physically, and people will stop doing it.” When challenged by his bandmate Ben Goldwasser that reports of negative side effects didn’t stop people taking ecstasy, Andrew claimed: “But ecstasy isn’t really bad for you.”
Some things about Coachella are obvious. The headliners deliver, and this year they’re particularly pro: rap’s Warren Buffett, Jay-Z, and stadium rock saviors Muse, pictured, plus the multimedia blitz of Gorillaz. The bill’s middle is packed with great stuff that you will miss because you’re standing in line to recycle your water bottles. One night, you will happen upon a mostly empty tent and from it will pour music that changes your life. As for specifics, here are all on this year’s thick lineup that I wouldn’t miss.
Friday, April 16th
Saturday, April 17th
Sunday, April 18th
MGMT have announced they will be back in the UK in September, playing their biggest headline tour to date. With the release of their hotly-anticipated second album, ‘Congratulations’, fast approaching on 12th April, and with many critics already declaring it a masterpiece, these live shows are set to be some of the most in demand of the autumn. The band have recently played sell-out show in New York and across Europe, showcasing the new tracks, mixed with some old favourites to thrilling effect. These headline shows are set to see the band take things even further. ‘Congratulations’ is a huge step forward from ‘Oracular Spectacular’, the band’s debut record. It’s a fully-formed, rich tapestry of sound that is much more than the sum of the band’s influences. Co-produced by Sonic Boom and the band, it’s the vital record of 2010. Tickets are on sale to the fan club, via the band’s website/mailing list from 7-9 April, and on general sale from 9am on 9th April.
Thu 16th Dublin, Olympia
Mon 20th Glasgow, Barrowlands
Thu 23rd Birmingham, O2 Academy
Fri 24th Bournemouth, O2 Academy
Sun 26th Manchester, Apollo
Wed 29th London, Brixton O2 Academy
Thu 30th London, Brixton O2 Academy
MGMT’s, GZA and The Strokes appear in Devendra Banhart video. Devendra Banhart’s new video ‘Baby’ features guest appearances from MGMT’s Andrew Van Wyngarden, The Strokes’ Fabrizio Moretti and former Wu-Tang rapper GZA. The sexual innuendo is striking as a phallic spaceship flies into a planet’s hole where GZA hosts an intergalactic party with animated aliens. The clip is directed by Ron Winter, who has worked on clips by The Rapture, Babyshambles, LCD Soundsystem, TV On The Radio and he also animated the opening titles to ‘James Bond: Quantum of Solace’. Cool, hey? Give your comments!
Grammy Nominated MGMT is finally releasing their new studio album titled “Congratulations” this upcoming April. This new album is the follow up to their debut album that put them up on the music map and made them one the of the best indie/experimental artists out right now. Congratulations is a collection of nine individual musical tours de force sequenced to flow with sonic and thematic coherence: “It’s Working,” “Song for Dan Treacy,” “Someone’s Missing,” “Flash Delirium,” “I Found a Whistle,” “Siberian Breaks,” “Brian Eno,” “Lady Dada’s Nightmare,” and “Congratulations.” The album will be out Tuesday, April 12th and I promise to keep you guys updated with singles, videos and details for this upcoming release. Congratulations will be available for pre-order on the band’s website: whoismgmt.com
Today’s electronic dance culture is due for a melodic transcendence from the shadowy, industrial electro that has been hammering away at the scene. As dance floors begin to buckle under such weighty beats, the Belgium-based band aptly named Aeroplane is dedicated to elevating its fans toward a higher musical space undefined by standardized genres. They reach for freedom from constraints of predictability, weaving currents of psychedelic guitars, pop keys, disco beats, catchy bass lines and melancholic waves into a singular connection of modern beat-driven music.
At the controls of Aeroplane are Stephen Fasano and Vito Deluca, a duo whose combined experience gives life and emotion to the music. Vito brings with him a producer background that pulsates the hands and heart of Aeroplane, and Stephen’s DJ roots vibrate the eyes and soul. Their unique collaboration of sound and purpose is channelling appreciation from among the biggest DJs and producers around, and the 2007 release of their first 12” entitled “Caramellas/Aeroplane” (Eskimo Recordings) has generated a jet stream of increasing momentum. Subsequent releases have kept their ring tones looping with remix requests from artists like Cobra Dukes, Das Pop, Lindström, Cut Copy, Grace Jones, MGMT, Bloc Party, and Friendly Fires. Projects like these reinforce the integration of electronic music into the omnipresent indie scene. Blends of Cosmic Nu Disco, Psychedelic, Balearic, Emo, etc. are forming a new era of musical hybrids, and explorations are officially under way. After all, machines are human too…
The lineup is out for this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The event, held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, is scheduled for April 16-18. Every year, music fans all over the country wait to find out who will be listed on the festival’s lineup. And here it is:
•Friday : Jay-Z / LCD Soundsystem / Them Crooked Vultures / Vampire Weekend / PiL / Grizzly Bear / Echo and the Bunnymen.
•Saturday : Muse / Faith No More / MGMT / the Dead Weather / Devo / the Xx / Tiesto
•Sunday: Gorillaz / Pavement / Thom Yorke / Phoenix / Spoon / De La Soul / Sly and the Family Stone / Sunny Day Real Estate
A three-day pass runs $269, and starting this year, festivalgoers can buy tickets through a layaway program. For more information on the lineup, ticket information, hotels, directions — you name it — visit the festival’s website. My head just exploded. Goldenvoice has finally revealed the Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival offical lineup for their 2010 edition. The lineup is usually announced this time of year, on or around the MLK, Jr. Day holiday, and it comes 87 days before the festival kicks off on Friday, April 16 in Indio, California. Muse was an early rumored headliner, as well as Pavement, due to their recently announced reunion. Well, Muse has been pegged to headline for Saturday — as I predicted — and Jay-Z and Gorillaz are set to head line Friday and Sunday, respectively, with Gorillaz sneaking away that last headline spot from Pavement (most likely due to their over-the-top visuals, which Coachella loves). The rest of the lineup is classic Coachella — plenty of DJs and electro/house acts, the best indie rock bands and an eclectic mix of some older bands, Sly and the Family Stone, for instance. However, there are a few bands playing the 3-day festival that shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise, especially if you are a loyal Up on The Sun reader. My theories on both Yeasayer and Beach House have been confirmed. Yeasayer will have a Friday slot, with Beach House holding down a spot on Sunday. Both bands had tours coming through the Southwest/California around the time of Coachella and both had Los Angeles dates absent from that particular part of their respective tours. Now, it wasn’t rocket science to see this happening, but it took a little intiution to clearly see that — based on their reputation and talents — that Coachella would invite them along. That, or the bands already knew they were playing the festival and simply couldn’t reveal that information until the lineup was officially announced. The 2010 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will take place April 16-18 at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California. Tickets are $269 for a 3-day pass and will be on sale this Friday, 1/22, at 10 AM PST through Ticketmaster. For more information on all things Coachella, head to the festival’s official website. See you there.
Here is the complete line-up:
Friday, April 16th
As Tall As Lions
DJ Lance Rock
Echo & the Bunnymen
Iglu & Hartly
Public Image Limited
Ra Ra Riot
She & Him
The Avett Brothers
The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Whitest Boy Alive
Them Crooked Vultures
Saturday, April 17
2 many DJ’s
Band of Skulls
Coheed and Cambria
Corinne Bailey Rae
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Faith No More
Old Crow Medicine Show
Portugal. The Man
The Almighty Defenders
The Dead Weather
The Temper Trap
Tokyo Police Club
Sunday, April 18
De La Soul
Florence & The Machine
King Khan & the Shrines
Matt & Kim
Sly & The Family Stone
Sunny Day Real Estate
The Big Pink
The Glitch Mob
The Middle East
The Soft Pack
Yo La Tengo
Coachella is April 16, 17 and 18 in California.
The LA based four-piece’s third album, ‘Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky’, was recorded in New York under the expert guidance of Dave Fridmann (famed for his work with MGMT and The Flaming Lips) throughout 2009. If we’re going for a pithy comparison, let’s just say it combines the strut of Prince’s ‘Sign Of The Times’ (or better yet, Beck’s ‘Midnight Vultures’) with atmospheric, euphoria-fuelled guitars alá MGMT’s ‘Oracular Spectacular’. Continue reading →
For all of its high-energy sweetness, Drew Barrymore’s coming-of-age roller-derby tale “Whip It” may be one of the most rock ‘n’ roll flicks of the year. The film packs 75 songs into its 111 minutes, tracking the first taste of independence from Ellen Page’s teenage character, Bliss, with a trail of contemporary music. Staples of teenage autonomy, such as the Ramones’ punk-meets-bubblegum pop
Currently on its 35th series, BBC2’s later live with, Jools Holland remains the unmissable Tuesday night 10pm essential for music fans of all ages backgrounds and tastes. Coupled with its perfectly timed 11.35pm extended version on Friday nights, the show truly exists as the most visible and consistent champion of quality music on the nation’s TVs, a fifteen year institution that has become as valued a friend and resource to the artists and musician featured n the show as for the audience themselves. Like its TV counter-part, ‘Later Live 2, with Jools Continue reading →
MGMT, Silversun Pickups, Against Me! and Major Lazer have been added to the ongoing ‘Soul Collective’ US tour. The 10-city jaunt kicked off on August 20 in Seattle and will hit cities including Phoenix, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and New York. It will conclude in Los Angeles November 5-8. In order to gain access to the free shows, fans must test-drive a Kia Soul on one of the three days leading up to the Sunday-night performance. Other Continue reading →
MGMT to open for Paul McCartney in Boston. Duo will support at two Fenway Park shows. MGMT are set to open for Paul McCartney at his recently-announced shows at Fenway Park in Boston, MA. The dates are among a handful from the duo this summer, including a show at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park this Wednesday (July 1). They are also on the bill alongside Coldplay and Arctic Monkeys at All Points West in New Jersey, which runs from July 31 to August 2.
McCartney has announced a string of massive shows to take place in North America this summer, including three at New York’s Citi Field.
The dates are:
Halifax, Nova Scotia Halifax Commons (July 11)
New York, NY Citi Field (17, 18, 21)
Landover, MD FedExField (August 1)
Boston, MA Fenway Park (5, 6)
Atlanta, GA Piedmont Park (15)