Could things be looking up at the majors? Some pretty fierce acts have been signed at Columbia under Rick Rubin's tutelage, including the lovely Nicole Atkins, and sonic chameleons MGMT, who just released my favorite record of the moment, Oracular Spectacular. The band's duo, Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, have produced a very indie sound on a very major label, without a bit of artistic integrity lost (they just joke about it on the song, "Time To Pretend.") MGMT manages to occupy territories all across the musical spectrum,
conjuring up Ziggy Stardust
MGMT - Weekend Wars
funk and disco in the song "Electric Feel"
and space rock with "Time to Pretend"
My faith in the big music money machine has partially been restored.