Music Monday: New MGMT plus a Bad Brains / Fishbone Collaboration

Posted in Music on August 12th, 2013 by Nick

mgmtThere are so many new tracks worth mentioning that this week’s Music Monday is a total two-fer! It’s like finding a 1up mushroom and a star in the same screen! Cha-ching.

First up is the new MGMT single “Your Life is a Lie.” The band released the video for the track a couple weeks back. It’s the latest offering we’ve heard off the upcoming self-titled and third release from the psychedelic indie duo that’s due to hit stores September 17th.

The track’s lyrics are super dark set against a poppy, upbeat clamor of cowbells and synths. And the video…you just have to see it. Since Andrew VanWyngarden wrote the song while tripping hard on acid, I guess it makes total sense.



201030809-bad-x600-1376063704The bonus track this week comes from a ridiculously awesome collaboration of Fishbone and Bad Brains. Angelo Moore of Fishbone joined the hardcore punk Bad Brains for a new version of an older song – “Ragga Dub”. The final result is an amalgamation of reggae and ska – a futuristic feat full of Rasta beats and saxophone sprinkled with punk-dub echoes throughout. It’s heavily instrumental, showcasing a super modern take on the reggae genre. Listen to it over at Rolling Stone.

The original version of “Ragga Dub” can be found on Bad Brains’ 2002 release I & I Survived. The new remix collab will be featured on Dub Rockers Volume 1, a compilation album set to feature famous Jamaican artists and Euro-based reggae acts like Slightly Stoopid, Inner Circle & Capleton, John Brown’s Body, & Peetah Morgan.  According to RS, “The album celebrates the lasting impact and evolving sound of reggae music in the 21st century.”

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2013 Firefly Lineup Announced: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chili Peppers, Tom Petty, The Lumineers, and More

Posted in Check It Out!, Music on February 19th, 2013 by Nick

The Firefly Music Festival has released its 2013 lineup for the upcoming second fest taking place June 21-23 at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Here’s a screenshot of the full lineup as announced this morning:

*Update* Clearer shot of the lineup, released by Firefly.

And here’s the accompanying video:

More than likely, they’re keeping a headliner under their belts for some unknown reason (to be released on Thursday, when tix are on sale?). Tom Petty and the Chili Peppers seem to be older favorites. Perhaps a more modern/relevant headliner will be announced shortly?

Check out TLW’s post from last year’s Firefly shenanigans, and stay tuned for more Firefly news and discussion soon!

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New MGMT 'Congratulations' dropping this spring

Posted in Music on January 20th, 2010 by Nick

With blogosphere praise and two Grammy award nominations under their belt (Best New Artist and Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals), MGMT returns to the scene with their sophomore effort entitled, Congratulations.

The new album drops this spring and follows 2008′s Oracular Spectacular.

Singer Andrew Vanwyngarden told Spin: “It’s definitely going to shock people. We dropped any sort of irony that was on the first record, and Congratulations feels true to who we really are.”

Check out Spin’s interview with Vanwyngarden to find out his opinions on fame, the Grammys, and even Lady GaGa.

Can it beat the success of Oracular? Will they escape the pressure of the sophomore slump like Vampire Weekend [barely] did?

The Winslow certainly hopes so.

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Weezer covers MGMT

Posted in Check It Out! on May 20th, 2009 by Nick

Nice. Really nice. It’s not perfect, but it’s still damn cool (they even throw in a bit of GaGa’s Poker Face at the end too…):

I love Weezer. And I love MGMT. But in no way does this mean I’ll pay to see Weezer play with Blink 182 and Fall Out Boy. Nooooo, thank you! Had to sit through Blink twice during the No Doubt/Blink shenanigans and it was not OK. I’m fairly certain I have some sort of ear damage from having to listen to that noise live. (And they didn’t even play anything off of Dude Ranch! WTF!? That’s like their only good album!).

Anyways – Weezer are recording a new album for a late fall, early 2010 release.

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