Posts Tagged ‘MGMT’

British pop singer, Sunday Girl, is the total package:  hot with a voice (marketable).  She’s making more noise in the UK, thanks to her covers of Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” and MGMT’s “Time to Pretend”, but with Diplo signed on as her producer, her original songs are Brit-pop good.  Her music videos are just as hot, including the cover song of Laura Branigan’s “Self Control.”  If the music thing doesn’t work, Sunday Girl (real name: Jade Williams) could always do magazine covers.  Check out some of the goods below.

 

Groove Armada is gearing up for their upcoming new release, Black Light (out March 1st), and their first single “Paper Romance” takes a note from the MGMT handbook, so it’s certainly catchy and the video is even better.  Head over to the band’s myspace to stream the entire album this week.  Groove Armada visits NYC’s Webster Hall on March 24th.

The Ting Tings have honestly become one of the best bands in the past few years.   Their album, We Started Nothing, is 100% skip-proof – not one dismal track.  Every single video has been simple yet visually groundbreaking – enough that MTV took notice (their video for “Shut Up and Let Me Go” was up for Video of the Year in 2009).   

This English duo is the best thing that’s happened since Jack and Meg.  And now, they’re up for a Best New Artist Grammy nomination, against MGMT and Silversun Pickups. Not sure who will take home the award this Sunday, but the Ting Tings are well deserving of it.

Check out the new and brilliant video for “We Walk”.  They’re just damn good.

Nominations for the 2009 MTVu Woodies are out  – Passion Pit, Friendly Fires, La Roux, Phoenix, and even Ra Ra Riot get some credit this year.  The event tapes at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom on November 18th, but voting begins today (and runs through November 16th) at woodies.mtv.com.

The nominees for the 2009 “mtvU Woodie Awards” are:

 

Woodie of the Year – (Artist of the Year)

The artists who made the biggest splash on mtvU and the college music scene this past year.

 

Nominees:

Asher Roth (SRC/Universal Mowtown/Schoolboy)

Kings of Leon (RCA)

Drake (Universal Republic/Young Money)

MGMT (Columbia/Red Ink)

Silversun Pickups (Dangerbird Records)

 

The Breaking Woodie – (Best Emerging Artist)

mtvU is where new developing artists are test driven for the first time by the toughest critics around: college students.  One of this year’s newest artists will win the coveted “Breaking Woodie.”

 

Nominees:

Grizzly Bear (Warp Records)

Never Shout Never (Warner Bros./Loveway Records)

Wale (Allido/Interscope)

La Roux (Interscope/Cherytree)

Friendly Fires (XL Recordings)

Passion Pit (Columbia/Frenchkiss Records)

 

Left Field Woodie – (Most Original Artist)

They are genre-busters. They resist classification.  They came out of left field, and we are still not sure what section of the record store to find them.   

 

Nominees:

Amanda Blank (Downtown Records)

Janelle Monae (Bad Boy Records)

Major Lazer (Downtown Records)

Jay Reatard (Matador Records)

Tech N9ne (Strange Music Inc)

 

 

Best Video Woodie  – (Best Video of the Year) 

The music video that is so incredible, we would watch it even without the music.

 

Nominees:

Matt & Kim “Lessons Learned” (Cornerstone/Fader)

The Dead Weather “Treat Me Like Your Mother” (Warner Bros./Third Man)

Death Cab for Cutie “Grapevine Fires” (Atlantic)
Anjulie “Boom” (Hear Music)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Heads will Roll” (DGC/Interscope)

Kid Cudi “Day N Nite” (G.O.O.D Music/Fool’s Gold/Universal Motown)

 

Performing Woodie – (Best Tour) 

For those artists who take to the road and never let up, always giving that memorable live performance. 

 

Nominees:

Green Day (Reprise/Warner Bros.)

Phoenix (Glassnote)

3OH!3 (Atlantic/Photo Finish)

Animal Collective (Domino)

POS (Rhymesayers)

 

The Good Woodie – (Greatest Social Impact)

The award for the artist whose commitment to a social cause has effected the greatest change this year. 

 

Nominees:

John Legend (Columbia Records) – Show Me Campaign 

 John Legend founded the Show Me Campaign to help end poverty through sustainable development at the individual, family, and community levels.  His organization works closely with Millennium Promise and the people of Mbola, Tanzania to implement practical solutions to poverty including clean water, improved health care and education, higher-yielding agriculture, and internet connectivity.

 

Wyclef Jean (Columbia Records) – Yele Haiti

Wyclef Jean has been active in his support of his native country and created the foundation Yéle Haiti to provide humanitarian aid and assistance to Haiti. Yéle Haiti is a non-political organization intended to empower the people of Haiti and the Haitian diaspora to rebuild their nation.

 

Kenna (Interscope Records) – PlayPumps

Kenna began working closely with PlayPumps at the beginning of 2009 in an effort to bring 100 PlayPumps water systems to Africa. PlayPumps’ goal is to provide access to clean drinking water to ten million people. Kenna also started his own organization, called Summit on the Summit, with the intent to promote safe water drinking worldwide and to teach the importance of setting and attaining goals – physically and emotionally – by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and documenting his experience.

 

Jamie Tworkowski – To Write Love on Her Arms

Jamie Tworkowski founded To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

 

Ra Ra Riot (Barsuk Records) – John Ryan Pike Memorial Foundation

When the band’s 23-year-old drummer, John Pike, passed away tragically, his family and the band formed the John Ryan Pike Memorial Foundation, to encourage and promote music and the performing arts. 

 

Alicia Keys (J Records) -Keep a Child Alive/AIDSactivism

Alicia Keys is a devoted AIDS activist and philanthropist. In 2003, she co-founded Keep a Child Alive (KCA), a people’s movement that provides life-saving AIDS medicine and surrounding care to children and families in Africa and India. KCA also provides support to AIDS orphans left behind to keep the most vulnerable children out of harms way.