12.18.2007

Toofer Toosday - MGMT & Yeasayer

I picked these albums recently and I must say, if I had picked them up earlier this year they probably would have been on my favorites list. MGMT is a band that defines what good modern music is. You can hear bits and pieces of techno, indie, folk, funk, pop, rock, and other styles in the music, but one prominent one doesn't particularly stand out. You would think this would end up sounding like a bunch of mish-mash with no real point or style. MGMT defies the notion and brings it all together into an audio feast for the ages. MGMT was started by Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. They met in college and soon found success with their newly founded band. They released an EP in '05 then toured with of Montreal, quickly gaining a following. Their debut full length Oracular Spectacular was released on Sony/Columbia and produced by the famed Dave Fridmann, who has worked with the likes of The Flaming Lips, Weezer, Phantom Planet, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and the up and coming Tapes 'n Tapes album. So what does this all mean? MGMT is a great modern band with a well produced album that everyone should go get right now! Go!

mp3: MGMT - Electric Feel --> website --> buy
mp3: MGMT - Kids

Yeasayer is a Brooklyn band who has a lot of hype swirling around them right now. Usually I'm wary of this and try to avoid them at all cost. Somehow I managed to get a listen and was sold. This band deserves the hype they're receiving. In October they released All Hour Cymbals, an album that, like MGMT, seems to draw from a multitude of genres and seamlessly sew them together into cohesive and stunning music. The band describes their sound as eastern-psych-pop-snap-gospel. I describe it as 'friggin great'.

mp3: Yeasayer - Sunrise --> website --> buy
mp3: Yeasayer - Germs