So word on the interwebs is that the new HOORAY FOR EARTH album True Loves sounds like MGMT. Or it’s simply what Congratulations should have sounded like. Or even simpler, that this new record from our dearly departed former-Boston, now-NYC band is some weird fucked up combination of all things MGMT, Passion Pit, some more MGMT, a bit more Passion Pit.
NPR's got the new MGMT album Congratulations streaming for the next three weeks: set your audio-ripping plugins on stun. We here at the Phoenix have to decide in the next few hours whether it's good enough that you'll want to vote for it in a month. So stream some more tracks after the jump -- and then speak up, or else this'll be banished to the Best Music Poll 2011 bracket.
MGMT's 2008 debut album Oracular Spectacular was quite good. But an unfortunate by-product of that album's polished catchiness was that the band generally and the song "Kids" in particular were basically inescapable for, like, two and a half years. So you'll forgive some of us if we're looking forward to finally hearing something new from these guys, something that might boot "Kids" from being constantly stuck in our heads for at least a little while.
Most of you were probably too busy personally livetweeting last night's Grammy Awards to actually watch the performances or pay attention to what pop stars said about the show via Twitter, so we've compiled a highlight reel for both:
Anything you can do, Beyonce can do better -- she covered Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" last night.
Yesterday, Beck Hansen announced via his official site that he was going to begin working on a series of full-album covers, recorded in a day with little-to-no pre-planning, with the results being posted on his site. The first installment of this series launched today with Beck and friends (including his brother-in-law) taking on The Velvet Underground and Nico
Our friends at WFNX just peed a little in excitement over this one: Weezer does radio staple "Kids" live at some T-Mobile-sponsored show, followed by a bit of Lady Gaga's "Pokerface."