People who don’t like candy are awful human beings. I really dislike this chick.
Before I even clicked on this post, I knew it was Chris Deville. Dude is singlehandedly making Stereogum a great place to visit again. I picked up that Hang On To life 7″ a few weeks ago. Its easily one of my favorite singles of the year. So yes. I love Mexican Summer!
What I found so interesting about this article, is that I’m not sure if you forgot or just never knew, but MGMT were not like this big blog hype, critically loved internet band when Oracular Spectacular came out in “08. There was nothing being written about them the way there was when like Vampire Weekend, or Animal Collectives MPP came out. In fact the first I remember ever hearing about them was in a really short Pitchfork review of CMj and they basically just said something like, ” This band is terrible, and this is evidence as to why major labels are failing.” Shortly after they gave their album a pretty low rating, and that was it for a while. The didn’t become popular until long after the record was released.
All the big blogs of that time period Hipster Runnoff, Brooklyn Vegan, Idolator, Gorilla vs Bear. I don’t remember any of them really mentioning them. Even Stereogum didn’t really have much to say about them. During the time period MGMT was blowing up. The internet was busy writing about bands like Vampire Weekend, and Vivian Girls, Hercules and Love Affair was huge around that time. If you were just reading those blogs that I mentioned, you would have barely known that MGMT existed. I think Time to Pretend was was only ranked like 30 or something in Pitchforks year end single list. I don’t think there was any mention of the album in the year end list.
The first time I remember blogs actually start writing about them was after they became big. And it was more along the lines of “This band sucks, how on earth did they become so big?” I remember reading post after post like this on Hipster runoff and Brooklyn Vegan especially. Drowned And Sound and some post like this. Tiny Mix Tapes certainly didn’t like them.
My point being that if MGMT had kept going with the sound from the first record, I imagine the band they would most resemble would probably be Panic At The Disco. And i’m not exactly sure what you mean by taking over the world, but I don’t think of a band like Panic At The Disco as “ruling the world.” I think their best case scenario would be to be like a band like Coldplay, or Mumford and Sons, but even those bands I don’t think of as Ruling The World. I think you have to have some sort of critical admiration as well mainstream popularity to rule the world. I would say Nirvana ruled the world, but certainly not Kid Rock or Limp Bizkit.
In my opinion MGMT has always wanted to be liked by critics the way bands like Animal Collective and Deerhunter are. And I think with this album their probably a lot closer to that, than if they would have made something that sounds like Passion Pit. I also just don’t think they listen to the kind of music that would allow them to make songs like kids anymore. If I had to guess, they probably spend a lot more time reading sites like Tiny Mix Tapes or Ad Hoc, than they do Stereogum.
Which makes their case even more interesting because I would imagine most of the people who spend time on those sites still think of MGMT as “that joke band who had those cheesy synth pop hits” When they are the ones who would probably appreciate this stuff, and the people who liked Kids shouldn’t even be attempting to listen to this.
I must have posted on here a half dozen times last year about how amazing that Mediafired album was. I’m glad you guys are now kind of covering it. Carly Rae is also my song of the year so far, but its not as good as my song of the year last year, which was Mediafired- Pixies!
This is my favorite list that you guys have done so far, though If I Needed You would be in my to 5 for sure. With that said this is mostly pretty great. Can you please do a Jerry Jeff Walker best of next!!!!
I don’t really like when people try to hide their bad taste in the disguise of opinion. Its like if some dude was trying to tell you that in his “opinion” bird shit taste way better than Peter Lugers. Thats fine I guess, but it what really tells me is that he has terrible taste. And thats what your comments tell me about your musical taste. And I guess that’s why I commented, because I don’t really like when people with bad taste “geek out” over music. Just as I imagine you wouldn’t really want to be sitting at a table with a bunch of people “geeking out” about how great the last Katy Perry record was. And that’s how I feel when I read your comments, like I’m in a bar being lectured by a bunch of guys about how great the John Mayer deep tracks are on Your Body Is A Wonderland.
The best album since In Rainbows? How many albums have you heard since then? Three? Person Pitch came out around the same time and absolutely dominated it. With that said. Bloom isn’t even in the top 25 best albums of the decade so far right now. Both Ariel Pink albums are much better. That Mediafired album kills it. Oneohtrix Point Never’s Replica is better, Caribou’s Swim is better, The Dreams Love King is better, Destroyers Kaputt is far better, Gang Gang Dance’s Eye Contact, That Grouper record. I could really go on forever.
And also Master Of None is their best album. This band is fine, but not even close to one of the best of the decade. GET A GRIP dude.
If you think that Monomania is a better song than Spring Hall Convert, than your ears aren’t working correctly. Also, I’m not quite sure why no one wants to talk about the fact that Lockett Pundt is a much better songwriter than Bradford Cox is.
Not sure how many r and b records you’ve heard in your life, but the opening of this song sounds like Jodeci Diary of A Mad Band era, and the verse kind of sounds like H-town or Silk. And the chorus sounds almost identical to the pre Chorus to Forever My Lady. Basically this song is the shit, and The Weekend has nothing on The Dream.
No one in Williamsburg really reads this site anymore bro. Nor does this sight really cover that many bands from there anyway. And most Brooklyn bands live in Bushwick not Wiliamsburg these days.
Well he did say this was currently the album of the year. That was pretty stupid.
Agreed. That Marnie Stern album is fantastic. Phosphorescents new album is much better than this as well. Also, as far R and B goes. Shy Girls’- Under Attack is better than anything on this record. With that said, the end of Strawberrry Bubblegum is fantastic.
A while back this girl I work with who is the worst walks up to me and ask me if I like Frank Ocean, because she loves him. I say not really (to be nice, I actually hate him.), and then I say, ” I like How To Dress Well though.” She’s never heard of “them” but will check them out. Another girl that I work with who is awesome looks at me and says, “I bet she hates How To Dress Well.”
A few days, later she comes back and says she didn’t really like them, but she loves Bon Iver. And I have thousands of stories like that. In fact I would say 90% of the time if a person has shitty taste in music they suck. And I’d say if they have great taste in music, there is about a 90% chance they are awesome.
As to what is wrong with being straight edge. You should never ever trust someone who can’t sit down and have a cocktail like a gentleman.
Have you ever thought that people who like this kind of music are actually cool? i generally have very similar music taste to my friends or the people I become friends with. And I almost always have the exact opposite musical taste as the people I meet who I think suck.
Michael_ may be a lot of things, but I think the one thing we can all agree on is that Michael_ is not cool. He’s a straight edge whiny pussy who throws hysterical hissy fits on the internet. And thats fine I guess, but it is certainly not cool. Its awful, and I would say, that if you agree with him on a lot, it probably means that your kind of awful as well.
So If you don’t like synth bands, or don’t like Wampire that’s fine. But just know that it most likely just means that you’re not very cool, and probably tattled on people who cheated on test in high school.
Michael you have such shitty taste in music. This is one of the best bands Stereogum has posted about in months. Way better than nonsense like Waxahatchee. I usually try to ignore you, but your taste is just so awful it kills me.
Thank you Stereogum. You guys are doing much better lately. A little post on Heather Woods Broderick and we will be good.
(She’s really good too Michael, though I’m sure you’ve never heard of her.)
Well, I meant specifically just the track Rosie Oh sounded like Congratulations. But I get what you mean. Panda Bear and MGMT certainly don’t sound the same normally. But I will say that they both are kind of “psychy” and have some wildly great vocal melodies. And yes. The DOM Ep was okay, but this is hot garbage.
I couldn’t disagree more. Most people I know hated MGMT’s first record and loved Congratulations. As did I. This shit sounds like Passion Pit, and they suck. MGMT’s last record sounded more like what Panda Bear did on Rosie Oh. I guess it just depends on who you like more. Panda Bear or Passion Pit.
That’s kind of misleading.
Taylor Swifts first two singles were co written with Max Martin.
Katy Perrys first two singles from her last album were co-written with Max Martin.
Christina Aguilera’s first single from her last album was co-written with Max Martin.
Kesha’s firs two singles from her last album Warrior were co-written with Max Martin.
Avril Lavignes first two singles from her last album were co- written with Max Martin
Britney Spears first two singles from her last album were written by Max Martin.
I like Taylor Swift just fine, but Im not really sure how you can say that she is so much different than the rest of the pop star girls??
Melody is generally all I’m concerned with. Its why I like say Ariel Pink, but don’t like Frank Ocean. So yes. I’m saying they don’t have one good melody that I’ve heard at least.
Baby no, But I would listen to Biebers As Long As You Love Me over both of those songs. The only Kings of Leon song I’ve ever heard that was any good is Fans, but its still not as good as Biebers- As Long as You Love me, Beyonce’s- Love On Top, Katy Perry’s- California Girls, or Taylor Swifts Our Song.
Also, this article shouldn’t be that surprising to anyone. Tom simply has bad taste in music. He wrote a 3 page article about how terrible Animal Collective was years ago. I bet this is genuine and not just for controversy. He really doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
I’ll tell you why their is so much massive hate towards this band and the Kings Of Leon. Because their songs suck. I personally don’t care if they write their own songs, I don’t care if they play “real instruments”, or don’t use autotune. I only care about what the songs sound like. And to my ears, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and Justin Bieber all have much better songs than both bands. Mumford and Sons are Creed and Nickelback status as far as I’m concerned.
I’m with stereogum on Beyonce, Crazy in Love is brilliant, and Love On Top is fantastic as well, Taylor Swift is ok but she’s not nearly as good as some people have tried to make her out to be. But Mumford and Sons is where I get off the train. I’ve never heard even one good melody come from these guys, let alone a good song.
*”A small circle with no new niggas”
I actually think this song is influenced by Lil Reese and Chief Keef. Its super repetitive like all their songs, and the “no new niggas” line is definitely taken from Lil Reeses Us, when he says “A small circle with no niggas.” That was actually my favorite line of any rap song that came out last year. Drake also was on the remix for the song as well.
Also I really like this song and I detest Kendrick Lamar, so I’m gonna go out on limb and say he this is probably his attempt to make his own version of a Chicago Drill song, than it is a Kendrick Lamar song.
You should have picked up on this Breihan. Your slippin.
Yeah man. I was there that day. Wasted. And it was great! And everyone was freaking out, as was I. But it was mostly because she’s like 5 feet tall and adorable. Had she been fat and black. Nobody would have really given a shit. I’m just sayin.
I actually kind of hated this. Dave’s voice was distractingly off key. And they didn’t really do anything different with the song. The song is great, so I guess any faithful version will be ok. But even Ambers voice. I mean its fine and all, but If you get excited over every cute white girl with a good voice, then you should be shitting your pants over American Idol every week. Overall. pretty terrible version of an otherwise great song.
In other news, that White Noise song by Disclosure is insane!
What the hell are you talking about? Milo goes to College is 22 minutes long. And its awesome! With that said. This album sucks, and it shouldn’t be a big surprise. This guy has always been a weak songwriter. The shoegaze part on hellhole rat race and the beach boys background vocals on Laura were able to distract from it. But for the most part he has a terrible sense of melody. And making his vocal melodies the center of songs the way they did on this one was a terrible decision. I mean I thought that Holy Ghost record sucked too, but this is just beyond even that. Hopefully now that people are calling him out for what he is, which is a lazy songwriter, with an obviously very limited record collection, he’ll go back and work on his craft a little bit.