Of Montreal, MGMT, Grand Buffett @ The Avalon, 11/09/07
Friday night marked the final performance of Of Montreal's LA stint and it will never slip from my memory. I felt like I was tripping on acid. I had the worst cold I've contracted in years, surely that didn't help, and random imagery (Dave Navarro, grizzly bears, cartoon heads, and iTunes-like visualizers) was in full effect throughout the night. Between MGMT's psychedelic, synth-laden set, Grand Buffet's abrasive, hilarious antics, and the filming Of Montreal's unreal production, I was completely discombobulated.
As you may remember, I saw MGMT twice at CMJ and I came back with nothing but rave reviews. However, it must be noted that there was a prevailing sense of "home advantage," as they say in the sporting realm. I watched them play to the masses on their field, and thus I experienced MGMT in their prime. LA, however, just didn't get MGMT. Something was lost over the 2,700 some odd miles they traveled to get here. I can't exactly pinpoint the reason why, but there was an aura of misunderstanding. Despite the awkward motions, MGMT hauled through a solid set comprising of expected Oracular Spectacular hits like "Electric Feel", "Time To Pretend", "The Handshake" and "Weekend Wars". It was disappointing to witness such an uneasy introduction and, much to my chagrin, no "Kids" included in the set list. I'm certain that the next time they come through LA they'll be more well-received.