MGMT at Echoplex, LA 1/26/08
photo by Mary Kim
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is
Kids by MGMT, from the 2008 album Oracular Spectacular on Columbia.
Andrew Vanwyngarden, half of this Brooklyn via Connecticut duo, has said
We make pop music, but pop music that isn’t comfortable. But I beg to differ, as I think Columbia Records must have done in signing these young upstarts. Oracular Spectacular, produced by the sound magician of Flaming Lips fame, Dave Fridmann, is another modern throwback to psychedelic rock, this time to Bowie and the ’70s era. Their traditional rock instrumentation combined with spacey synths has made their debut a hit with hipsters on and off the dancefloor. If anything comes off as remotely uncomfortable, it’s the lyrics, ranging from a parody rock sensationalism (
Time to Pretend) to the apocalypse (
Future Reflections), none of which can overtake the bouncy, whimsical feel Fridmann injects from behind the boards. MGMT (which by the way is pronounced “M-G-M-T” and not “management” as many people insist) perform in our studio @1PM today and will support Yeasayer and Black Mountain @ Neumo’s this evening. Be there or… I don’t know, just get there. Out-of-towners can check out the band’s MySpace page for other tour dates and enjoy this video of MGMT dressed as Hobbits on the David Letterman Show: