Post by lordrockinhood on Dec 30, 2009 21:33:15 GMT -5
Makes me so happy and proud to have been a part of this one, it was the best non-bonnaroo night of the year
MY MORNING JACKET MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY DECEMBER 31 / JANUARY 1
The Southern band kicked off the year in style, donning suits and bow ties, covering songs by Curtis Mayfield, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, and Kool and the Gang, and ripping through originals like "Off the Record" and "Gideon" with spirited precision. Reported SPIN"s Larry Fitzmaurice: "'Remember how this is -- how it feels to be alive?' frontman Jim James asked the crowd. By the night's closer, the barn burning 'One Big Holiday,' it seemed impossible that anyone in attendance would go into 2009 feeling otherwise.
^ MGMT 2008 far better than 2009. With the exception of their crowd pleasers (i.e. Electric Feel, Time To Pretend) their set was a total snoozer. I was excited to hear them playing some new songs but they didn't go over well at all. Not surprising the release of the new album appears to have been delayed indefinitely. Back to the drawing board on a couple things...?
They also said that MGMT was the number one show to see at Bonnaroo 2009.
saw them both and enjoyed MGMT better, but not by a whole lot. I think Animal Collective on teh Which Stage during the day was a bad place for them. Plus there performance was dull. A late night setting would have helped them I think (and the audience)
MGMT at night was just ok in 2009. The new songs feel flat. That show was helped by the crowd and timeslot. IMHO, there were a ton of other shows that weekend that were better.
Post by summerteeth214 on Jan 2, 2010 18:08:42 GMT -5
I wasn't at MGMT (NIN, FTW), but from what I heard, it wasn't a great show. Just mediocre. There were easily several other sets that were better. Wilco, Beastie Boys, TV On The Radio, Ted Leo, Crystal Castles, Phoenix, David Byrne, Dirty Projectors
-When I Hear My Name -Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground -Blue Orchid -Passive Manipulation -Red Rain -Death Letter -My Doorbell -Hotel Yorba -Same Boy You've Always Known -Lovesick -Little Ghost -We're Going to Be Friends -The Hardest Button to Button -Black Math -The Nurse -I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself
Encore: -Ball and Biscuit -Seven Nation Army -Screwdriver
I can see Phish, but not MGMT. I didn't attend the MGMT show, but the board had pretty much agreed this was one of the most disappointing shows of roo along with Animal Collective.I think if they were going to go with an "in" band, they should have went with Passion Pit or Phoenix since this pick seemed to be based on popularity.
I thought I was going to die for the better part of MGMT's show. Most of the time was spent standing on other people's feet because there was no room for mine or just generally trying to keep from falling down from the weird crowd crush going on. That being said, it was sensory overload and when the struggle stopped it was pretty cool, and they sounded good where I was (even on my crappy camera videos -- but my friend bailed halfway through and later said they sounded "not great" from the outskirts of the tent. I wasn't at '08 to compare the two.
(The Animal Collective experience was disappointing in that I'm pretty sure the only thing that kept me from passing out due to heat stroke was the insane bass shaking me back to life).
Post by notdarkyet on Jan 11, 2010 12:10:17 GMT -5
Animal Collective's set was my first for the day and was feeling a little dehydrated from the intense heat and morning rituals at camp beforehand but got some water just before it started and thought they were terrific. I could see how a better time slot would have improved upon the experience but couldn't fault the performance itself. As for MGMT I also am among those who wasn't at the 08 performance but couldn't get into the 09 one due to the insane crowdedness & apparent lack of activity on stage. There was about a 3 song stretch where it came alive but otherwise I was very underwhelmed.
Post by questionablesanity on Jan 11, 2010 14:46:41 GMT -5
I wonder how they even rated these. Were they at the shows? Did they attend every show in the country on every date? I think not. I tend to not pay attention to best of lists unless it's comnig from a peer. Peers a little more credible imo.
A Thieve's Parade 2/24 Conspirator 2/26 Kevin Smith 3/11 Keller 3/17 Papadosio 3/18 JJ Grey 3/25 Bela Fleck/Edgar Meyer 3/26 Toubab Krewe 3/27 O'Death 4/11 Budos Band 4/22 EOTO 4/28 Summer Camp 5/6-29 All Good
I saw Phish at bonnaroo and then again in November in Philly and was blown away by each of their performances and I think they definitely deserve a spot on that list. I can't say the same for MGMT though. When I saw them at roo I was really disappointed by their performance and the lack of energy they displayed, so I dont really understand how they made the list.