Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT has a new hobby: surfing. “There’s this strange part of my brain that’s been dreaming about surfing for a long time,” he recently told the San Francisco Examiner. He finally got his chance when the Brooklyn duo holed up in a Malibu studio earlier this year to record Congratulations, the follow-up to their breakout debut, Oracular Spectacular, with Spacemen 3 alumnus Peter Kember handling production duties. VanWyngarden hinted at a darker vibe this time around. “It’s us trying to deal with all the craziness that’s been going on since our last album took off,” he says of the title track.
MGMT has been busy lately: they appeared with Beck, Devendra Banhart and others covering Leonard Cohen’s Songs of Leonard Cohen for Beck’s Record Club; they guested on the Flaming Lips’ Embryonic and Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon: The End of the Day; and they may or may not have worked with Jay-Z on The Blueprint 3. Tonight they’re in San Francisco for a surprise show at The Independent. [The San Francisco Examiner]