MGMT

MGMT

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MGMT is an American psychedelic rock band founded by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. After the release of their first album, the members of their live band, Matthew Asti, James Richardson and Will Berman, joined the core band in the studio. Formed at Wesleyan University and originally with Cantora Records, they signed with Columbia Records and Red Ink in 2006. On October 5, 2007, Spin.com named MGMT "Artist of the Day." On November 14, 2007, Rolling Stone pegged MGMT as a top ten "Artist to Watch" in 2008. The band was named ninth in the BBC's Sound of 2008 Top Ten Poll. They were also named as Last.fm's most played new artist of 2008 in their Best of 2008 lists.
MGMT's first album, Oracular Spectacular, debuted at No. 12 on the UK album chart, No. 13 after 34 weeks in the New Zealand RIANZ charts, number six on the Australian ARIA Charts, and hit number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. It has also been named the 18th best album of the decade by Rolling Stone magazine. It was named the best album of 2008 by NME. MGMT also appeared prominently in Australia's Triple J Hottest 100 2008, coming in 2nd with "Electric Feel", 5th with "Kids" and 18th with "Time to Pretend". MGMT was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, and their track "Kids" was nominated for Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals. These are the first Grammy nominations for the band. At the 2009 Grammy Awards, the Justice remix of "Electric Feel" won the Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. Their second album, Congratulations, was released on April 13, 2010. In January 2011 they began work on their third album, which will be called MGMT.
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MGMT Discography

Albums

MGMT Oracular Spectacular (Album) Columbia, Sony BMG Music Entertainment UK 2007 Sell This Version
MGMT Congratulations (Album) Columbia Argentina 2010 Sell This Version
MGMT MGMT (Album) Columbia, Sony Music Europe 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MGMT Time To Pretend (EP) Cantora Records US 2005 Sell This Version
MGMT Weekend Wars (Single) Sony BMG Music Entertainment Europe 2007 Sell This Version
MGMT Electric Feel (Single, EP) Columbia Ireland 2008 Sell This Version
MGMT Kids (Single) Columbia Europe 2008 Sell This Version
MGMT Time To Pretend (Single) Columbia UK 2008 Sell This Version
MGMT Metanoia (Single) Columbia 2008 Sell This Version
MGMT Of Moons, Birds And Monsters Lost In Records US 2008 Sell This Version
Kid Cudi Featuring MGMT & Ratatat Kid Cudi Featuring MGMT & Ratatat - Pursuit Of Happiness (Single) Universal Motown UK 2009 Sell This Version
MGMT Flash Delirium (Single) Columbia 2010 Sell This Version
MGMT It's Working (Single) Sony Music 2010 Sell This Version
MGMT Congratulations (EP, Single) Columbia UK 2010 Sell This Version
MGMT Siberian Breaks (Single) Columbia UK 2010 Sell This Version
none MGMT Qu'est-ce Que C'est la Vie, Chaton?(5xFile, AAC, EP, 256) Columbia none France 2010
MGT54 MGMT Funzone Welcome Package(7", Ltd) Not On Label (MGMT Self-Released) MGT54 US 2011 Sell This Version
MGMT Your Life Is A Lie (Single) Sony Music Europe 2013 Sell This Version
88883708294 MGMT Alien Days(Cass, Single, Ltd, Whi) Columbia 88883708294 UK, Europe & US 2013 Sell This Version
GPS100 Spectrum (4) / Spacemen 3 / MGMT Spectrum (4) / Spacemen 3 / MGMT - Split 7"(7", Ltd) The Great Pop Supplement GPS100 UK 2013 Sell This Version

Compilations

MGMT Oracular Spectacular / Congratulations (Album) Sony Music, Columbia, Columbia Europe 2011 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

MGMT LateNightTales (Comp) LateNightTales UK 2011 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none MGMT BBC Radio 1: Christmas Gifts(File, Promo, MP3, 128) Not On Label (MGMT), BBC Radio 1 none UK 2008
none MGMT All We Ever Wanted Was Everything(CDr, Promo) LateNightTales none UK 2011 Sell This Version
none MGMT We Hear Of Love, Of Youth, And Of Disillusionment(4xFile, MP3) Daytrotter none US 2011

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JacktElder

JacktElder

August 10, 2013
Favorite band
restless

restless

November 6, 2010
edited over 6 years ago
MGMT are two charming American hobgoblins who surfaced to the world in late 2007 with a stunning first album named "Oracular Spectacular", following on spring 2010 by a more leftfield and experimental one entitled "Congratulations".
Miles above any concurrence for their ability to write songs and harmonies, but also lyrics with meaning and a genuine, quite profound poetic touch, the duo also excels at more or less hidden musical citations and are therefore a treat for music lovers who will spot delightfully a wink to obscure references, generally from the 60's, 70's or 80's pop misfits vaults.
They are in this sense quite representative of a generation that had the ability to dig instantly on very obscure and varied music from all around the world, and mix all these eclectic influences without "levelling" the cool from the uncool, courtesy of the 2000's internet facilities and lack of self-consciousness.
The band had to face two handicaps or misunderstandings so far : 1/ their unability to properly join any "scene", play the "indie game" and therefore being held as 100% credible and "cool" by the tastemakers of their times (ie Pitchfork etc) and 2/ being quite shy and "maladjusted" on stage (but so were The Beatles...).
In my book, these two minor flaws should not prevent their exceptional talent to blossom even further and confirm them as some of the pop geniuses of their time.

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