I loved Children of Desire, And Become What You Are was one of my favorite songs of 2012. But I kind of hate this. Didn’t like the singles at all, and was hoping the album would have some better jams, but not really. These dudes have no hooks. That new Literature album is a much much better 80′s homage record this thing. Too bad, I really thought this record was going to be epic.
I actually remember the very first Quit Your Day Job. I believe it was Blood on The Wall??
He’s not trolling us. He really just has god awful taste in music. Take a look at his best songs of 2008 list he did when he was at Pitchfork below:
>> Tom Breihan
1. Young Jeezy [ft. Kanye West]: Put On
2. Hold Steady: Lord, I’m Discouraged
3. Lil Wayne: You Ain’t Got Nuthin
4. Jordin Sparks [ft. Chris Brown]: No Air
5. Gary Allan: Watching Airplanes
6. B.O.B.: Generation Lost
7. Mary J. Blige: Just Fine (Treat Em Right Remix)
8. Cut Copy: Hearts on Fire
9. Pink: So What
10. Big Boi [ft. Raekwon and Andre 3000]: Royal Flush
11. Trace Adkins: You’re Gonna Miss This
12. Gaslight Anthem: That ’59 Sound
13. Vampire Weekend: A-Punk
14. Sugarland: Already Gone
15. Lil Wayne: A Milli
16. Hotstylz: Lookin’ Boy
17. B.O.B.: Fuck You
18. T.I.: No Matter What
19. Taylor Swift: Love Story
20. Hercules & Love Affair: Blind
21. Usher [ft. Young Jeezy]: Love In This Club
22. Raconteurs: Old Enough
23. Kanye West: Love Lockdown
24. Santogold: Lights Out
25. Bun B: Damn I’m Cold
I was really excited when you came on to Stereogum, mostly because you wrote at Tiny Mix Tapes and loved Saint Pepsi, and I mosly aways agree with you. But Coldplay is awful. This isnt some “God” given talent. Song writing I mean. Chris Martin is laying up with an actress who may be th eworst human being on earth. Going to award shows. Dressing like a scumbag. Basically just being a huge asshole. Apposed to someone like lke Ariel Pink or Noah Lennox who are probably listeing to records all day, and being awesome. Between this post and the rest of your obnoxious week in pop post you have let me know you nothing about music or records, And that you’re an awful person. You’re a know nothing asshole and I’m going to fuck your mother if I ever meet her.
Is anyone going to mention that the last two minutes of this song are a cover of Purple Rain??? Jesus Christ Breihan get on your shit!! I thought you were the R&B/Rap Guy?????
GET A GRIP!!!!!!
Considering that her parents are both actors, and actors are quite possibly the most awful people on the planet, she she should actually be commended for not becoming a model, or an actor or herself. But instead making pretty rad music. I actually liked her more when I found that out, and I absolutely hate all actors. The fact that two of them could make a pretty cool kid is astonishing to me.
I liked the first Girls record, but Father Son Holy ghost and Lysandre were just lazy, tuneless, terrible records. I was telling everyone who would listen that this guy couldn’t write a good melody to save his life, and Lysandre proved it. This song is absolute garbage as well. What JR Chet White has done after Girls has been way better. This dude is terrible and always has been. And all his melodies sound the same, except the the beach boys one he borrowed for Honey Bunny, which was great for obvious reasons.
Even his choice of covers are just god awful.
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.