11/11/11 – MGMT Performed at the Guggenheim Museum

Posted by The G on November 12, 2011 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

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MGMT at Guggenheim

MGMT at the Guggenheim Museum in New York on 11/11/11

Could there be a better way to celebrate 11/11/11 than by seeing MGMT perform at the Guggenheim Museum in New York?  Doubtful!  Of course, technically, you could kick off the night by running into Michael Stipe (formerly of REM) and Terry Richardson, but I digress.  Before I explain the amazing performance, here’s a little bit of back-story on what is happening at the Guggenheim right now.  Artist Mario Cattelan has a retrospective of his works entitled “All” on display – literally suspended from the ceiling!  The objects range from a stuffed horse to animal bones. You’ll have a hard time wrapping your head around how the exhibit was installed and how it doesn’t fall over as there are easily 50 works suspended from the ceiling.  More and more objects are revealed as you make your way up (or down) the spiraled museum.

Partial view of the Guggenheim Museum (Mario Cattelan exhibit in the centre, MGMT on stage)

MGMT wrote a special 45 minute piece of music inspired by “All” and performed it live for two nights only at the Guggenheim Museum.  The piece was largely instrumental and you could think of it as a long suite similar to their epic songs “Siberian Breaks” and “Metanoia.”  The music had surf, pop and funk sections to it and it was really great!  Fans of “Kids” that didn’t care for the art-rock album “Congratulations” might not have enjoyed it because it was not “commercial” and was extremely artsy, but I loved it!  Every few feet around the spiral of the museum was a strip of lights that lit up every few seconds during the performance and one can only imagine that if you were on LSD, your head might have exploded.

Andrew Van WynGarden of MGMT

Whether or not this piece of music will ever see an official release is uncertain, but I am hopeful MGMT will put it out some day as it was really great!  See the set list after the jump.  Thanks for a great night MGMT!  I’m glad I spent 11/11/11 with you!

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Free MGMT Daytrotter Session Downloads!

Posted by The G on January 3, 2011 under GNN | Comments are off for this article

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Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT

MGMT recorded a live session at Daytrotter in October, 2010.  In addition to playing 3 songs off their brilliant album “Congratulations,” they also played a non-album track called “Only A Shadow.”  You can now download these 4 tracks for FREE!  Click here to download MGMT live at Daytrotter.

The tracklist is:

1. Song For Dan Treacy

2. It’s Working

3. I Found A Whistle

4. Only A Shadow (previously unreleased)

Kuroma live at Bowery Ballroom

Posted by The G on November 19, 2010 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

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Hank Sullivant of Kuroma

November 18, 2010 was a great night for music!  I saw a trio of great live  psychedelic rock bands at New York’s Bowery Ballroom.  The night began with Kuroma followed by Stardeath and White Dwarfs and Tame Impala).  Lead singer Hank Sullivant has previously been in The Whigs as well as a touring member of MGMT before forming his own band, Kuroma.  Speaking of MGMT, MGMT’s lead singer Andrew VanWyngarden was at the show catching all the action.  You can see a spy picture I took of VanWyngarden here.  Kuroma’s music is all over the place but one thing is sure, they rock!  You can listen to their album “Psychopomp” on their official website (link is above) and I highly recommend it.


I met lead singer Hank Sullivant after Kuroma’s awesome set and he was very nice.  You can see a photo of that encounter after the jump.  Thanks again to Hank and Kuroma for turning me into a fan!

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Tame Impala live at Bowery Ballroom

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Tame Impala

I love Tame Impala!  I’ve been wanting to see the Australian psychedelic rockers perform live for a while.  I’ve been listening to their album “Innerspeaker” all summer and I love it.  If you haven’t heard their music, I highly encourage it.  It’s definitely got a Beatles meets MGMT sound, and according2g, that’s wonderful.  Speaking of MGMT, lead singer Andrew VanWyngarden was checking out Tame Impala’s sold out show, the first of 2 nights, at Bowery Ballroom on November 18, 2010.  (see a picture of Andrew after the jump).  The show began at 9 pm with sets by Kuroma and Stardeath and White Dwarfs (more on both bands coming soon) and Tame Impala took the stage just after 11 pm.

Kevin Parker of Tame Impala

Lead singer Kevin Parker apologized to the crowd for feeling a bit under the weather, but you couldn’t tell from the powerful 70 minute performance that Tame Impala delivered to the adoring crowd.  In addition to sounding great, Tame Impala had a really cool projection screen behind them and even if you weren’t feeling the music (but everyone was), you could get lost in the trippy visuals.  Speaking of tripping, lots of people were smoking copious amounts of pot during the show and I saw at least 5 people get kicked out of the venue.  I read that Tame Impala often covers “Angel” by Massive Attack in their live set, but they didn’t do it tonight.  I can imagine it sounding really cool as their live performance is extremely psychedelic.  Their show at Bowery Ballroom on November 19, is sold out, which is a pity if you don’t have tickets because I think the next time they come around, they are going to be playing a much larger venue.  A video of “Solitude is Bliss” will be coming soon as well as a photo with of my encounter with Kevin Parker.  Please be patient.  I am merely one person with tons of experiences.

See a few more pictures (including one of Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT) and the set list after the jump.

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An Encounter with MGMT!

Posted by The G on August 17, 2010 under Encounters with G | 3 Comments to Read

Photos taken with my hand.

Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT and G

I love MGMT so much!  So much that I was actually afraid to meet them.  Not because I was scared of getting tongue tied or anything like that.  I feared that if I met them and they were dicks, I’d hate their music and I’ve spent too many hours loving every note!  Well, I am pleased to report that Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser were not just nice, they were EXTREMELY nice!  They both posed for photos with me and while Ben wanted to beat the heat and go where it was air-conditioned, Andrew VanWyngarden autographed 5 CD covers for me too!  I got both of their albums signed, as well as the “Kids” and “Time To Pretend” import CD singles, as well as the original “Time To Pretend EP” (that has totally different versions of that song and “Kids” on it). VanWyngarden initially said that he would not sign anything in blue sharpie, which is all I had with me, to avoid people selling on Ebay.  As I could never part with my cherished MGMT CDs, I asked if he would personalize them to prove that I would be keeping them.  He gladly did so, and I am so thankful to the guys for making such great music and for being so nice!

Ben Goldwasser of MGMT and G

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