time to pretend

Jonsi covers MGMT


For a recent live session on the Jo Whiley Show for BBC Radio 1, Jonsi threw in a cover of MGMT‘s ‘Time To Pretend‘.  This stripped down piano version differs greatly from the original dancy version, but its a nice way to start off the week.  Stream the whole session/interview here (along with a performance of ‘Go Do’).

Speaking of MGMT, check out their new record either by heading to their homepage or clicking on the album cover on the right side of this site to stream their new album ‘Congratulations’ on NPR.

Favorite Songs of ’07

This is not my list for favorite albums of 2007. I’m still working on that as we speak.

This list is kind of a 2007 listening road map for me.

*Some songs may have been released in ’06, but I heard them for the first time this year. As well, they are in no order whatsoever.

Fake Empire by The National

Pioneer To The Falls by Interpol. Get it from Your Head’s Not Right.

Down The Line by Jose Gonzalez. Check MOKB.

Bodysnatchers by Radiohead. Check Rocksellout.

Fools by The Dodos

Casualty by Look See Proof. Exitfare has it.

Time To Pretend by MGMT

Superheroes/Human After All/Rock’n’Roll by Daft Punk off Alive.

Bros (Edit) by Panda Bear

Northwestern Girls by Say Hi

Videotape (Acoustic) by Thom Yorke. Get it at Good Weather.

Hljomalind by Sigur Ros. Get it at the Sound Of Marching Feet.

Your English Is Good by Tokyo Police Club

Good To Sea by Pinback. Check Neiles Life.

Phantom pt. II (Soulwax Night Version) by Justice

Strangers by The Kinks

Damnit Anna by The Morning Benders

Lake Michigan by Rogue Wave

Let’s Dance To Joy Division by The Wombats

Pop Rocks by Saturna

Weighty Ghost by Wintersleep

Sandy by Caribou

Forever Heavy by Black Moth Super Rainbow

Hold Your Secrets To Your Heart by Miracle Fortress. Get it from Matt.

It Will Find You by Maps

Collarbone by Fujiya & Miyagi

West Coast by Coconut Records

1 2 3 4 by Feist

Simple X by Andrew Bird

Oh, The Boss Is Coming by Charlemagne

Sing! Captain by Handsome Furs

My Body Is A Cage by The Arcade Fire

Nothin’No by David Vandervelde

Anti-Anti (Stutter remix) by Snowden. Thats a tricky one to find, check iTunes.

Take Your Medicine by Cloud Cult

Music Now by Frightened Rabbit

Winding Watch by Rebekah Higgs

MGMT Material


It was a quick look before. Here’s more of a story about MGMT.

Also known as The Management, MGMT is the name for Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden of Brooklyn. After forming the band at college and touring to support their initial EP Time To Pretend, people took notice. The band started opening for Of Montreal. Sony wanted in. Four albums worth. Currently, their on the road with Fiery Furnaces, Toronto date in a couple days.

Here’s the anthem Time To Pretend. If you check their myspace, you’ll hear the new version for the Sony release. I like the old version from their old label Cantora Records. Reminds me of a mix between TV On The Radio and Maps.

For those of you who feel like dancing, look for Electric Feel off Oracular Spectacular (Oct ’07), a song that really reminds me of the Scissor Sisters fronting Shout Out Out Out Out.

Check out the video here or below. Apparently, you can download a zip file from this site and remix your own video by moving your cursor on different parts of the screen as the video plays.? Couldn’t get mine to work.