MGMT: Aftermath II

Lessons Learned:
1. That was a really awesome show because of that last song they played.
2. Wesleyan’s policy regarding registered event termination times is absurd, verging on ludicrous. A 2am moratorium on fun doesn’t make any sense, and nobody likes it. The PSafe officers graciously gave the MGMT 10 extra minutes due to technical difficulties, but the policy they are required to enforce is just stupid.
3. If you put your head onto the weapon of a police officer, they will shove it violently away.
4. Does anyone feel like writing a pitch for some kind of COPS: HIPSTER HIJICKS television program where obese, laughably southern-accented Law Enforcement Officers beat down tight-panted noncompliant rock bands singing “fuck the police”? I think it would be great.
5. Would the MGMT have had a better music video if they’d bit the bullet and not complied with the Law Enforcement Officer and been arrested? The music video ends with the lead singer getting Tased and forced into the back of a police vehicle while crying undergrads paw at the windows. It’s all about authenticity. Also, Columbia Records might foot the legal bill.
6. How totally sweet was all the music that we did get to hear?

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30 thoughts on “MGMT: Aftermath II

  1. Max

    I’ve sorta been waiting for someone to bring that up. My biggest regret about the whole show was the way we went about distributing tickets. In fact, it’s pretty much my only regret. This was due mostly to miscommunication and poor planning. Like I’ve said in my last two posts, these things happen. Putting on shows is fucking hard, and a lot of things go wrong. I spent most of Friday night and pretty much all day Saturday running around and selling tickets to mostly strangers who had heard my name and number through the grapevine. I handed out tickets to people in the order that they got in contact with me, which means there were plenty of freshmen who called me Friday night who got tickets over friends of mine who called me Saturday afternoon (btw, thanks to everyone for waiting until noon to start calling). It was a stupid, flawed, fucked up system which I tried my hardest to make as fair as possible given what I had to work with. This was the first time Zach and I had ever put on a show together, and the first show I’ve done this year. I assure you we won’t be selling tickets like that ever again. Also, if it makes you feel any better, we didn’t get any money from the WSA and the show was paid for pretty much exclusively through ticket sales. Also, I’d like to state for the record that I’m not a member of Eclectic. I’m in a group called ICBM that co-sponsored this show with Eclectic. This is the third show we’ve put on in their house (we also did Akron/Family last February and the Books in March of ’06) and we keep coming back because, for better or worse, it’s the best place on campus to put on shows. We’ve done shows at Psi U a couple of times (Immortal Technique and Cloud Cult in September and November of last year), but they charge you a bunch of money to use their house and that sucks. Same deal with Crowell, Fayerweather, etc. Plus there are lots of weird administrative hoops that you have to jump through to get a venue that’s owned by the campus. This shit is way more complicated than most people realize. While there are definitely those who can be pretentious or elitist at times, some of the nicest people I know are members of Eclectic. Of course, that’s a moot point, since most of the society had NOTHING to do with the planning / execution of this event. It’s unfortunate that they’re gonna be taking shit for this, since they host more successful events than any other house on campus.We’re already talking to MGMT about coming back in the spring, and hopefully we’ll get them to play in Fayerweather and we’ll sell tickets through the box office and it’ll be fucking great. Oh, and they probably won’t be playing “Kids.”

  2. Max

    I’ve sorta been waiting for someone to bring that up. My biggest regret about the whole show was the way we went about distributing tickets. In fact, it’s pretty much my only regret. This was due mostly to miscommunication and poor planning. Like I’ve said in my last two posts, these things happen. Putting on shows is fucking hard, and a lot of things go wrong.

    I spent most of Friday night and pretty much all day Saturday running around and selling tickets to mostly strangers who had heard my name and number through the grapevine. I handed out tickets to people in the order that they got in contact with me, which means there were plenty of freshmen who called me Friday night who got tickets over friends of mine who called me Saturday afternoon (btw, thanks to everyone for waiting until noon to start calling). It was a stupid, flawed, fucked up system which I tried my hardest to make as fair as possible given what I had to work with. This was the first time Zach and I had ever put on a show together, and the first show I’ve done this year. I assure you we won’t be selling tickets like that ever again. Also, if it makes you feel any better, we didn’t get any money from the WSA and the show was paid for pretty much exclusively through ticket sales.

    Also, I’d like to state for the record that I’m not a member of Eclectic. I’m in a group called ICBM that co-sponsored this show with Eclectic. This is the third show we’ve put on in their house (we also did Akron/Family last February and the Books in March of ’06) and we keep coming back because, for better or worse, it’s the best place on campus to put on shows. We’ve done shows at Psi U a couple of times (Immortal Technique and Cloud Cult in September and November of last year), but they charge you a bunch of money to use their house and that sucks. Same deal with Crowell, Fayerweather, etc. Plus there are lots of weird administrative hoops that you have to jump through to get a venue that’s owned by the campus. This shit is way more complicated than most people realize.

    While there are definitely those who can be pretentious or elitist at times, some of the nicest people I know are members of Eclectic. Of course, that’s a moot point, since most of the society had NOTHING to do with the planning / execution of this event. It’s unfortunate that they’re gonna be taking shit for this, since they host more successful events than any other house on campus.

    We’re already talking to MGMT about coming back in the spring, and hopefully we’ll get them to play in Fayerweather and we’ll sell tickets through the box office and it’ll be fucking great.

    Oh, and they probably won’t be playing “Kids.”

  3. Max

    Hey anonymous, if that is your real name, why’d you fork over the $5 if you only wanted to hear one song? There were lots of other people who really wanted tickets and you could just as easily have stayed in your room and listened to “Kids” on repeat from 10-2 am. You can’t bitch about your cake and eat it too. I didn’t like charging for tickets, and I fucking hated telling people we had run out. But that’s sorta how it goes with these things, because these bands need to get paid (not just MGMT, but Bear Hands and Chairlift too) and that money has to come from somewhere. You saw 4 great bands for less than the price of a panini from Red and Black. I think that’s a pretty great deal, but if you disagree feel free not to take us up on it next time. There are plenty of other people who would have.

  4. Max

    Hey anonymous, if that is your real name, why’d you fork over the $5 if you only wanted to hear one song? There were lots of other people who really wanted tickets and you could just as easily have stayed in your room and listened to “Kids” on repeat from 10-2 am. You can’t bitch about your cake and eat it too.

    I didn’t like charging for tickets, and I fucking hated telling people we had run out. But that’s sorta how it goes with these things, because these bands need to get paid (not just MGMT, but Bear Hands and Chairlift too) and that money has to come from somewhere. You saw 4 great bands for less than the price of a panini from Red and Black. I think that’s a pretty great deal, but if you disagree feel free not to take us up on it next time. There are plenty of other people who would have.

  5. Anonymous

    they were only planning on playing 6 songs. they played 4. big fucking deal.they were never going to play kids.please set up a show with a great band everyone wants to see, make sure its totally free, and don’t let anything go wrong.also, don’t use eclectic as a space, and figure out how to run sound without using the sound co-op.in conclusion, eat a dick.

  6. Anonymous

    they were only planning on playing 6 songs. they played 4. big fucking deal.

    they were never going to play kids.

    please set up a show with a great band everyone wants to see, make sure its totally free, and don’t let anything go wrong.

    also, don’t use eclectic as a space, and figure out how to run sound without using the sound co-op.

    in conclusion, eat a dick.

  7. Anonymous

    you charged us money and started the main band precious minutes before your event was supposed to end. You knew what had to be done to run the show. The band should know when the concert is supposed to end, they should have played the only song anyone wanted to hear once they realized they wouldn’t have time rather than than mocking the crowd. If you aren’t the bowery ballroom then you’d better not charge us money for a show you can’t run.

  8. Anonymous

    you charged us money and started the main band precious minutes before your event was supposed to end. You knew what had to be done to run the show. The band should know when the concert is supposed to end, they should have played the only song anyone wanted to hear once they realized they wouldn’t have time rather than than mocking the crowd. If you aren’t the bowery ballroom then you’d better not charge us money for a show you can’t run.

  9. Yale

    Let’s also protest people who have no idea how a 300 person concert full of drunk undergrads and an entire video crew is run OR sponsored and apparently have no respect for the incredible number of people that spent an incredible amount of time and energy making a show happen for their ungrateful over privileged asses. You would know that the sound checks were not absurdly long if you’ve ever been to a concert in your life, and that’s with a whole compliment of workers, not two. Eclectic is not the Bowery Ballroom. If you think you have something to add or can do it better then we’d love your help, otherwise fuck off and make your own music. Major thumbs up to Zach and Max and all those who worked hard to make this happen and all those who know how to make their own fun and don’t expect it to be handed to them on a silver platter.

  10. Yale

    Let’s also protest people who have no idea how a 300 person concert full of drunk undergrads and an entire video crew is run OR sponsored and apparently have no respect for the incredible number of people that spent an incredible amount of time and energy making a show happen for their ungrateful over privileged asses.

    You would know that the sound checks were not absurdly long if you’ve ever been to a concert in your life, and that’s with a whole compliment of workers, not two. Eclectic is not the Bowery Ballroom. If you think you have something to add or can do it better then we’d love your help, otherwise fuck off and make your own music.

    Major thumbs up to Zach and Max and all those who worked hard to make this happen and all those who know how to make their own fun and don’t expect it to be handed to them on a silver platter.

  11. Max

    it’s not anyone’s fault. things got fucked up because it’s a wesleyan concert and things always get fucked up at wesleyan concerts. and to be honest, p-safe was a lot more laid back about how things went down than some of the guys in the band, to say nothing of some of the more, um, excitable eclectic members. if you have some sort of constructive criticism (“MGMT SUX” does not count), I’d really like to hear it because this show, like every show, was a learning experience, and I’m hoping the next one will be even better. seriously, you can email me at mhorwich@wesleyan.edu if you want. but if you’re just going to be a dick, at least don’t do it anonymously. lesson 7: will tomlinson is the fucking salt of the earth. thanks for all your help friend.

  12. Max

    it’s not anyone’s fault. things got fucked up because it’s a wesleyan concert and things always get fucked up at wesleyan concerts. and to be honest, p-safe was a lot more laid back about how things went down than some of the guys in the band, to say nothing of some of the more, um, excitable eclectic members.

    if you have some sort of constructive criticism (“MGMT SUX” does not count), I’d really like to hear it because this show, like every show, was a learning experience, and I’m hoping the next one will be even better. seriously, you can email me at mhorwich@wesleyan.edu if you want. but if you’re just going to be a dick, at least don’t do it anonymously.

    lesson 7: will tomlinson is the fucking salt of the earth. thanks for all your help friend.

  13. Anonymous

    Can we save the posts that make vague hints at something happening but don’t say what it is for Livejournal?

  14. Anonymous

    Can we save the posts that make vague hints at something happening but don’t say what it is for Livejournal?

  15. Anonymous

    let’s protest eclectic starting their shows hours late after absurdy long sound checks and mockery of the crowd. They knew when P-safe would come and they strung it out anyway.

  16. Anonymous

    let’s protest eclectic starting their shows hours late after absurdy long sound checks and mockery of the crowd. They knew when P-safe would come and they strung it out anyway.

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