Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Disclaimer*: Your Semi-Regular You-Know-Who Update

Posted By on Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Congratulations album cover
  • "Congratulations" album cover
We here at the Flyer are caught in a catch-twentysomething when attempting to cover the electronic-psychedelic rock music group MGMT. On the one hand, one of ’em is from Memphis (band member Andrew VanWyngarden graduated from White Station High School) and the band is growing into a worldwide sensation. Seems a natural to write about them as the cause arises.

*On the other hand, Andrew is the son of Bruce VanWyngarden, editor of the Memphis Flyer.

So we're embracing the disclaimer when we share noteworthy news about the band. And right now there's a lot of noteworthy stuff going on with MGMT.

First, did you know they have a new album coming out? They do, called Congratulations. It drops April 13th.

Except that it's actually available now. Piratical anarchists or some such types leaked the album last weekend. So, postempting the leak, MGMT has began streaming the album on their website. You can go listen to it there right now.

Or you can go listen to it right now on NPR. Congratulations was selected by NPR for its First Listen album-preview program and had been scheduled to be available streaming beginning Monday anyway.

Are you listening yet? Good. While the surf/late British Invasion/psychedelic/new wave of the first track, "It's Working," penetrates your brain, here's some more stuff:

Billboard has a writeup of the current status of the band, Congratulations, and its reception by their label, Columbia.

MGMT does SNL: The band will perform on Saturday Night Live on April 24th. The host of the show has not yet been announced.

Letterman: MGMT will also return to the Late Show with David Letterman on May 11th. The band performed "Time to Pretend" on the show back in January 2008 in advance of their debut album, Oracular Spectacular.

Festivals: MGMT will perform at Coachella in April, and, in May, at the Bamboozle Festival in New Jersey and the Sasquatch Festival in Washington.

Here are a couple clips of songs from Congratulations, performed live at Memphis' Minglewood Hall in 2009.

"It's Working"

"Song for Dan Treacy"

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