Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
CONTEST – MGMT @ The El Mocambo – February 9, 2008 (and Vinyl)
The most surprising thing to me about MGMT’s debut album wasn’t that it was created by two guys from Brooklyn who didn’t sport big-ass porn star moustaches, nor that it was produced by Dave Fridmann, better known for his speaker-shredding, widescreen space-rock excursions with The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev. No, I was most surprised the fact that Oracular Spectacular was not, in fact, the new album from Australia’s Sleepy Jackson. Andrew VanWyngarden’s falsetto isn’t far off from Luke Steele’s and both outfits share a fetish for over the top paeans to the decadence of the ’70s. If Steele was to trade his Electric Light Orchestra records for some New York City disco, it would probably sound a lot like this.
But it’s not The Sleepy Jackson, it’s MGMT (not pronounced “management”) and it’s these two former art school students who can take credit for the record’s disco moves, sly funk and big pop. It could have been a recipe for ridiculousness, but they’re a bit too goofy to be too cool, a bit too earnest to be too ironic and the Oracular settles into a comfortable balance that’s fun and eminently danceable.
They’re bringing all of the above to Toronto next Saturday night, February 9, for a sold-out show with Yeasayer at the El Mocambo but courtesy of Against The Grain I’ve got two pairs of passes to give away to the show. But wait! There’s more! Courtesy of Sony/BMG Canada, I’ve got two copies of Oracular Spectacular on vinyl to give away. To spread the love (and accommodate those who want to go to the show and don’t have turntables or vice-versa), I’m offering these up as four prizes. If you want to enter the draw for the show, send me an email to contests AT chromewaves.net with “I can has MGMT show?” in the subject line and your full name in the body. IF you want to enter the draw for the LP, send me an email to the same address with “I can has MGMT LP?” in the subject line and your full mailing address in the body. Choose one or the other, not both. Entrants for the show are obviously limited to Toronto-area folks. Entrants for the LP are limited to residents of Canada. Contest closes at midnight, February 5.