Posted in music | pictures on November 14, 2011

photos by Kurt Christensen

MGMT

"MGMT's trippy electronica beats... fit right into the equation, although a lot of the crowd wasn't feeling it. I overheard one (probably Manhattanite) guy complain, "Give me something with a melody, play songs!"

The set was MGMT's debut of totally new tracks that they created specifically for the event and were inspired by the Cattelan installation. While at times the songs were a bit too obvious (one piece with electronic organ sounds was clearly meant for Cattelan's infamous sculpture of John Paul II killed by a meteorite), other tracks had catchy beats and little to no vocals so that one song smoothly blended into the next.

The light show was what really made the performance. Yet it seemed as I looked around and saw people talking amongst themselves and standing still during the show, that this just wasn't the right crowd to really get into it. The event was missing some key elements: dancing, maybe some drugs and actually more hipsters. Taken out of the stiff setting of a gala, MGMT's unique collaboration with Cattelan would have reached a whole other level." -[Hyperallergic]

MGMT played two nights at the Guggenheim Museum (an 11/10 private party, and an 11/11 show open to the public). They focused exclusively on compositions inspired by Maurizio Cattelan: All and didn't delvie into their prior works at all. Those expecting the hits were not stoked.

Videos from the show, a video with more details on the ideas behind the music, and more pictures from the 11/11 show, below...

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MGMT at the Guggenheim 11/10/11



MGMT at the Guggenheim 11/11/11

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Tags: Guggenheim, MGMT

Comments (49)

I was there i enjoyed it. Just wished rhey played lOnger

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2011 11:54 PM

......and these guys still suck. looks like hipster heaven!

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2011 11:56 PM

What a stupid review.

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2011 11:58 PM

whats sad is that 11:56 is a hipster and just doesn't know it

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 12:06 AM

I went to see MGMT at the guggenheim and all they gave me was ART. what kind of fcking museum is this.

Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2011 12:11 AM

how do you say their name?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 12:20 AM

those manahattanites, how dare they to go to manhattan shows!

i'm pretty sure that show's content was fairly explained before tickets went on sale.

Posted by ME | November 15, 2011 12:40 AM

what the fuck is this shit? BV commenters and a privileged crowd hating on MGMT? oh yeah that's right, this is reality, we are all really here. you all have your heads in the sand. MGMT is one of the most exciting musical acts alive. how could you hate on a group that ushered in a new era of music and lifestyle for the cool crowd? why would you not be literally EXCITED to see and hear what they will do next? it really upsets me to see negative comments about this band. just because they didn't play KIDS or your favorite track doesn't mean they're garbage. fuck whoever thinks that. for real.

Posted by frustrated with haters | November 15, 2011 1:43 AM

Looks like the NYPD may finally be clearing the cockroaches from Occupy!

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:57 AM

what are you 15? 12:06? fuckin mgmt sucks balls dude.

fuckin hipster.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 2:40 AM

I can't tell if 1:43 AM is being sarcastic or not.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 3:25 AM

When Ray Kelly's Gestapo are gonna clear up the roaches from this blog's peanut gallery?

Posted by ME | November 15, 2011 4:14 AM

When Ray Kelly's Gestapo are gonna clear up the roaches from this blog's peanut gallery?

Posted by ME | November 15, 2011 4:14 AM

MGMT are a talented band and really nice dudes to boot. Not all the ideas worked or were really developed at this show, but just seeing them try was more refreshing and enjoyable than a whole lot of indie shows I've been to this year.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 4:15 AM

Is that a real horse?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 7:51 AM

I hope that is not a real Horse!

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 7:56 AM

I hope that is not a real Horse!

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 7:57 AM

"The guy (probably from Manhattannite)."

Yeah, Manhattan, that place where YOU (poseur, fauxhemian) came to catch a cool show. And you also mention how you searched and found some people who didn't fit in at the Guggenheim, just like you.

Do you not understand how infantile you sound? You really think Wburg and its denizens are the center of the universe. You are part of a dead cultural movement.

But I heard that MOMA will be opening a branch on Bedford Ave, opening 2040.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 8:15 AM

LITERALLY EXCITED

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 8:35 AM

THAT IS NOT A HORSE, REAL OR OTHERWISE.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 8:36 AM

it is a real horse, and that is a real pope.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 8:40 AM

Ahh, the irony.
First, BV commenters complain when a band sells out. Then they complain when a band actually makes art. You people suck.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 8:56 AM

1:43,

"One of the most exciting musical acts alive"? Really? The band's ok but pretty much the exact opposite of "Exciting."

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 8:59 AM

I wouldn't say they are "One of the most exciting musical acts alive"... But they did have three of the best-written/catchiest pop singles of the latter part of the last decade.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 9:03 AM

Someone remind me again, what is art?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 9:07 AM

143, nice deadpan

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 9:33 AM

Thanks for posting a bunch of pictures of dead animals on a site called brooklynvegan. It's nice to know you have standards.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 9:47 AM

the show was amazing

haters will always hate.

Posted by Jordan | November 15, 2011 10:22 AM

A horse is a horse, of course, of course.
Wow, the MGMT are just way too psych.

Posted by Brian Eno | November 15, 2011 10:26 AM

White people.

Also, modern art = garbage.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 10:39 AM

I think he's referencing Blur's "Modern Life is Rubbish"

I'm very whyte

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 11:11 AM

this show was epic!

most people were looking to hear kids and electric feel

this was better!!!!

Posted by Jordan | November 15, 2011 11:53 AM

I'd pound that pretentious ass if she would strum my scrote like she does that air guitar.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 12:19 PM

It's not a horse, you jackass.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:37 PM

Usually when BV takes an excerpt of another site's review of a show and it sounds douche-y, it's taken out of context or at least the douche-iest part of the review, but that whole review from Hyperallergic was douche-ariffic.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 4:08 PM

I would have loved to see this. The people griping about not having fun shouldn't have even bought tickets.

Posted by eh | November 15, 2011 5:13 PM

I was there. It was the most beautiful and original show I have seen. MGMT is one of the most talented bands. I don't regret traveling 2,000 miles to see MGMT at the Guggenheim.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 9:00 PM

oral sex

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 9:29 PM

play Kids, Electric Feel & Time To Pretend or get the fuck off the stage, bc your 15 minutes are up and no one gives a damn about any of your shit material other than the hits.

or, write better stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 2:51 AM

douglas knight
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Posted by andyeondyss | November 17, 2011 9:34 AM

1. hater

A person that simply cannot be happy for other peoples success. They make a point of exposing supposed flaws in other people or groups.

Hating, the result of being a hater, comes in many forms of jealous envy ... the hater may not necessarily want to be the person he or she hates, rather the hater wants to knock them down a notch due to their own inner sense of insecurity stemming from a lack of ambition on their own part.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 3:51 PM

I was also there for one of the evenings. It was a uniquely progressive musical offering, curiously experimental in nature. Unlike much of the cookie cut-and-paste music that follows particular recipes for catchy tune success/numbers. It takes nerve to 'tener cojones' break out of the industry's 'plaster of paris'. I hope after their contract is up they ditch Sony/Columbia & branch out on their own in some innovative way. They have the fan base. They don't need to be stifled by preconceptions of what their music should be. You either dig their drift or you don't. No loss either way. Nonetheless, I reckon they will continue to experience/foster artistically supportive collaborative connections within the world's musical community.
Kudos!

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 7:47 PM

Hey check out (and like) an interesting take on artist Maurizio Cattelan's exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum by one of the contributors at Culture Catch Mr. Rubenstein at: http://culturecatch.com/art/maurizio-cattelan

Posted by mISHELL | November 28, 2011 5:29 PM

I HATE the Beatles. Doesn't mean I go around forums talking about how much they suck and how everyone only listens to them because everyone else listens to them (the opposite of hipster?).

MGMT fans probably have MGMT on their top 3 bands list. Saying shit like "are you 15?" for listening to this is pretty dumb and needlessly offensive. Every MGMT fan is ecstatic about this concert just to hear something new, regardless of popularity.

I can 100% see how someone who is not a fan would've hated this show. "Play Kids already, idiots!"

Posted by Consensus | June 13, 2012 3:49 PM

"I HATE the Beatles."

Any sane person stopped taking you seriously right there.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2012 4:49 PM

the horse is cool

Posted by jordon | August 11, 2013 7:08 PM

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