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Band with Hard-to-Pronounce Name Will Release Hard-to-Understand LP in June

“We’re not trying to make music that everyone understands the first time they hear it.”

This just in from Rolling Stone: Andrew VanWyngarden ’05 and Ben Goldwasser ’05, known collectively as MeGa-MeTa or Andrew Wynwasser and The Manage Mints, announced plans to release their eponymous third album in June. VanWyngarden and Goldwasser have reportedly spent the last year holed up in a cabin, tinkering with synthesizers and drum machines and guitars, and free-form jamming long into the night.

The duo’s last effort, the emphatically anti-pop Congratulations (2010), surprised many fans who were expecting a groovy, easily accessible sequel to 2007’s Oracular Spectacular. This time around, consider yourselves warned: MGMT will be “even weirder,” as VanWyngarden and Goldwasser weave patchworks of house-influenced, rhythmically complex, electro-cosmic tracks such as “Mystery Disease” and “Alien Days.” “The recording process was really strange,” confirmed co-producer Dave Fridmann (though Justin Vernon did do a similar thing Forever Ago, albeit acoustically and roughly 815 miles away). 

The People’s Republic of Chinatown now on Bandcamp



IT’S CHINATOWN (that is, Aaron Khandros ’13, Jon Patten ’11, Howe Pearson ’12, and Owen Callahan ’12), whose show this past Friday was cut tragically short by some jokester tripping Alpha Delt’s fire alarm, have just made available their debut album, The People’s Republic of Chinatown, on bandcamp. It’s thirteen tracks of immediate, spontaneous rocknroll, the kind this campus needs — so find it here. Play it loud. Peek through the cowhole. Don’t think you have the time? Forget it, Jake; It’s Chinatown.