Nov 102011

We’ve posted tons of MGMT covers over the years. Covers of “Kids,” “Time to Pretend,” and “Electric Feel.” All these songs have one thing in common: they hail from the band’s acclaimed debut Oracular Spectacular. Last year’s sophomore follow-up Congratulations was met with critical confusion and no such cover love. Until now. Continue reading »

Sep 292011

As expected, last night’s Pink Floyd tribute on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon dug a little deeper than the previous two (here and here). MGMT, a band who seem like they’ve seen The Wall a time or two, dug out “Lucifer Sam.” The Syd Barrett-penned tune first appeared on Floyd’s 1967 debut The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and hasn’t been heard much from since. Continue reading »

Sep 152011

The LateNightTales mixtape series rarely disappoints. The premise (get an artist to compile a set of songs they love) is a good one and the kicker (make said artist record a new cover for the occasion) is even better. We’ve already heard Midlake cover Black Sabbath and Trentmøller cover Chris Isaak for the series this year and now we’ve got a third. It’s MGMT, who covered Bauhaus’ “All We Ever Wanted Was Everything” for their installment. Continue reading »

Aug 012011

As you would expect from a band featuring “seven ukeleles, an accordion, and a box,” Californian collective the Ooks of Hazzard has a very distinctive sound. The Ooks’ cheerful cover of MGMT’s “Kids” has racked up hundreds of thousands of YouTube hits, making them a verified cover-vid phenomenon. This week they returned to YouTube to release a short documentary detailing their creative process in shaping covers, offering a glimpse of several tracks in the process. Continue reading »

Apr 082011

This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.

This week’s Bandcamp spotlight goes back to the basics on a set of (mostly) classic songwriter covers. I say mostly, because one of the five is an MGMT song, and another is only sort of a Bob Dylan cover. Still, it’s hard to argue with the revered status of the other three tackled: Neil Young, Nick Drake, Chris Bell. Continue reading »