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In which I jump on a bandwagon [Oct. 13th, 2008|11:12 am]
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Anyone who uses a RSS reader to chew through a pile of blogs has, I'm sure, had a chance to watch MGMT's goofy video for the song "The Youth". Swayed by hearing the song on the video, I bought the mp3s on amazon.com, and I find it to be delicious, if not nutritious.

MGMT seems to pull together aspects of 70s pop music (T Rex, Abba, Bee Gees, Electric Light Orchestra) into a lovely, woozy pop confection. All of the bands I namechecked have a tendency to be annoying, which MGMT so far seems to have avoided. And their songwriting is as good as their delivery.

I'm even willing to forgive them for letting Justice remix them. The Justice remix of "Electric Feel" annoys in all the ways Justice usually annoys, starting with the midrange-scooped 'happy smile' EQ on the mastering. I'm beginning to fear that commercial music is going to all be mastered with a hyped high end to compensate for young people's iPod induced hearing loss...
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From: jscro
2008-10-13 04:41 pm (UTC)
MGMT was easily the biggest band at ACL this year. They played on one of the smaller stages, and had 20-30k people trying to crush each other to see them.

BTW I friended you, and I am assuming you know who this is.
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2008-10-13 04:43 pm (UTC)
Haven't we been mutual friends since forever on LJ? No Homo!
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From: jscro
2008-10-13 04:45 pm (UTC)
I didn't have you in my list for some reason. I thought we were. This isn't the gay hot chat community?
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[User Picture]From: girlsgirlsgirls
2008-10-13 09:50 pm (UTC)
yes.
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[User Picture]From: hypnotyza
2008-10-14 03:35 am (UTC)
confession: i loooooooove justice.
they're daft punk if guy-man and tom could remove the anal-sticks and learn to not give a shit and be hedonistic. but still french.

don't tell tom. or frank. they'll show up at my house and beat me with various copies of UR records that he has doubles or triples of...
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2008-10-14 04:08 am (UTC)
There's so many French artists that I think wipe the floor with Justice. Hell, Mr Oizo kicks their ass.

Then there's

Serge Gainsbourg
Air
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Nouvelle Vague
Laurant Garnier

Everything I've heard from Justice, I could hear exactly what they're doing, and why it appeals to the audience it does. But they lack anything beyond their ability to ingratiate themselves with a certain audience -- which is mostly young kids who don't know where us old folks keep the good shit yet.

No offense to you.
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[User Picture]From: hypnotyza
2008-10-14 01:10 pm (UTC)
None taken. I'm "old", too.

I've dug Oizo since "Flat Beat". (But I thought "Half a Scissor" was a waste.) And I'm a fan of all the other artists you listed...a couple of which rank higher in my opinion. Serge is un-fuck-with-able. Air's first album was a masterpiece of modern "space age bachelor pad" music.

Do I think Justice is the pinnacle of artistry? No. Do I think they're fun party music that sticks a snotty French middle finger up at all the pseudo-austerity? Absolutely.
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