View Full Version : in which we discuss Of Montreal

11-21-2009, 05:03 PM
MMMK. Did a search and there's a lot of 'small' threads, but not an 'official' one i don't think.
What does everyone think about these bunch of brilliant freaks?

This is the place to discuss Of Montreal!

11-21-2009, 05:03 PM

Devin the Dude
11-21-2009, 05:05 PM
the new album ruined them. Hissing Fauna.. is amazing, Sunlandic Twins is life-changing. the other albums are all very good pop music. aside from this new one.. it's chit.

11-21-2009, 05:24 PM
The new album grew on me. It's not a Hissing Fauna or Sunlandic Twins, but it has some moments of gold in it.

11-21-2009, 05:26 PM
Sunlandic, Hissing Fauna, Satanic, and The Gay Parade are all stellar. I have not been able to get into their new one, and isn't supposed to be Barnes' alter ego....?

11-21-2009, 07:08 PM
Throw these pussies and Animal Collective in the fucking garbage.

11-21-2009, 07:17 PM
That's an unfair grouping, Malc. Check out Sunlandic Twins, you'd actually dig it.

11-21-2009, 07:18 PM
I just wanted to say something controversial. Both of those groups have their moments.

11-21-2009, 07:19 PM
Animal collective has some good tracks but Of Montreal has never done anything for me. That's not for a lack of trying either. I've listened to a number of their albums, especially Hissing Fauna, a number of times and still nothing.

11-21-2009, 07:20 PM
They clearly need more "warp" sound effects.

11-21-2009, 07:20 PM
I honestly like 4 or 5 Of Montreal songs and I've heard what I believe to be their entire library. I like Hemssdfhsjdfak like a Promethean Curse.

11-21-2009, 07:21 PM
Fuck you Dale, you drunken bastard.

11-21-2009, 07:24 PM
I don't really dig any of their stuff all that much except for Sunlandic disc one for some reason. But that shit rules.




11-21-2009, 07:35 PM
Ever since I was a kid I've been a brooding basket case.

I love Hissing Fauna and Sunlandic Twins...don't have the newest record, so I can't weigh in on it.

11-21-2009, 07:40 PM
Hissing Fauna is one of my fave albums of all time. It's just amazing, esp. the past is a grotesque animal. satanic panic is great too. the newest one was really lackluster. tried hard to like it but just couldnt.

11-21-2009, 08:25 PM
They clearly need more "warp" sound effects.


11-21-2009, 10:35 PM
Skeletal Lamping was so aggravating for me because every song had at least one fantastic moment in it that would have been amazing to hear fleshed out into a full song. However they chose to flush each of these into the psych-shithole after about 45 seconds on average.

11-22-2009, 01:30 AM
I really need to see this band live, is there live performance the mind fuck that I want it to be? Lie to me if need be.

11-22-2009, 01:45 AM
I really need to see this band live, is there live performance the mind fuck that I want it to be? Lie to me if need be.

I've seen them five times over the years and every time has been fucking amazing. The costumes and strange plays they seem to put on are completely worth it, I had never seen anyone birthed out of a dragon on stage before. When next they tour get the hell on that.

Science has shown us that Kevin Barnes as his cross dressing black shemale alter-ego Georgie Fruit is responsible for creating 1/8th of the homosexual community.

11-24-2009, 07:48 PM

'SMELLS LIKE DICK AND TAINT IN HERE'-of montreal bassist

11-24-2009, 08:06 PM
Kevin Barnes is responsible for one of my favorite lyrics: "You fucked the suburbs out of me." :)

11-24-2009, 08:14 PM
Saw them at coachella had a great time, have none of their albums...and last night went on a cd library spree and sunlandic twins is one of my check outs...I liked enough to listen to it 3 times in full and want to here more...

11-24-2009, 09:39 PM
They definitely keep you entertained when you see them live. Wasn't so sure about the Nirvana and Franz Ferdinand covers at the end though.
Would have never thought the lead singer is married with a child.

09-20-2010, 05:41 AM
Sneak preview: Ann Powers on Of Montreal's wild new show (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2010/09/sneak-preview-of-montreals-wild-new-show.html)

When word got out last spring that the Athens, Ga.-based glam collective Of Montreal would be touring with Atlanta's rising soul goddess Janelle Monae in September, fans of freaky independent culture jumped for joy. Two sets of indie pop's most daring time-space continuum travelers, already known for collaborating on psychedelic funk jams and sharing Christmas dinners, would be pushing each other toward ever greater heights of spectacle, showing clubgoers that you don't have to be Gaga (or, to cite Kevin Barnes' stated current influence, P-Funk) to bring a universe alive onstage.

Performance gives the final breath of life to the musical visions of Barnes, who creates Of Montreal's recordings on his own and then fleshes them out with longtime collaborators. Of Montreal's 10th album, "False Priest," represents a new phase in Barnes' music-making process. He recorded the album on his own, then took it to Los Angeles-based music wizard Jon Brion; the two men worked with ace drummer Matt Chamberlain to give new cyborgian form to Barnes' melodic creations.

The result is music that's body-infectious and mind-ticklingly elaborate: the perfect soundtrack to a disco-punk extravaganza featuring mutant fish people, winged seductresses, caged cavewomen, headless eyeballs and a very large stuffed God.

Last week, I was lucky enough to witness a full dress rehearsal of the new Of Montreal show in a rented warehouse in Athens, where the band lives and works. It was the final night before the costumes would be packed up and readied for transport. Scattered throughout the space were fiberglass heads and iridescent bodysuits, making it look like a mythical battleground where all manner of exotic creatures had fought and fallen. Barnes' brother David, who serves as Of Montreal's concept artist (you can see him playing Kevin's final adversary in the crazy caveman epic that's the video for the new single "Coquet Coquette") advised band members and various friends as they worked to perfect these intricate homespun ensembles.

Then the show began -- I was delighted that they'd planned to run through the entire set, giving me a front row seat to what turned out to be a relentlessly stimulating, yet still organic-feeling parade of imagery from the depths of the Barnes brothers' psyches. Four dancers -- David, along with the group's tour manager Michael Wheeler, his sister Liz, and his partner Nikki Martin -- transformed themselves into characters that alternately attacked and seduced Kevin as he performed, with an expanded band churning out soul-power dance rock in a semi-circle behind him.

"Mostly it seems to be a show about rituals," said Martin during a break. "Every time we come out, we're a new tribe. The Builders, Fire Heads, the Silver Checker Heads. All the past Of Montreal shows have been very loose, but this one is more structured."

The performance will appeal most strongly to those who've familiarized themselves with "False Priest." Though there's no obvious narrative (as both Barnes brothers pointed out in a post-show interview) the parade of beings Kevin Barnes encounters evoke the tantalizing, dangerous seducers who haunt his new songs.

"We try to avoid any obvious connections to the lyrics," said Kevin, huddled on the warehouse's side staircase with his wife, Nina, and David after the performance.

"If you have that temptation -- if you think, oh, that's easy, it writes itself -- you know it's not the right idea," added David. "We lean more toward the emotion, the feel of the song. Or toward the music. Leaning toward the drumbeat, say."

The show also features an array of arresting video images, including portions that have Kevin standing offstage before a green screen so that he appears to be a disembodied head, and a short film directed by Nina that recalls Canadian auteur Guy Maddin's eerie surrealist cinema.

There's also a politicized moment or two -- especially at the show's climax, which features that massive deity, which resembles an overstuffed toy voodoo doll.

"It's making God say, 'All that stuff I said in the Old Testament? I made a mistake. You don't have to worship me. Worship each other.' Basically, it's setting the audience free," explained Kevin.

The singer serves as the center of the whorl of action around him, a task that, even for this high-energy fabulist, proves daunting. "I'm the James Brown in a way -- which is a heavy trip for me," said Kevin, invoking one of his many funk heroes. "I need to be dancing and really energetic the whole time, really pushing it. Luckily we're touring with Janelle, and she's going to hype us up. She'll raise the bar so high that if I don't want to look like a fool, I'l have to put some energy into it."

Of Montreal is collaborating with Monae's Wondaland Arts Society during the tour, sharing the stage on various songs throughout the set. The entourage brings the show to New York this weekend, but has time to work out the inevitable kinks in its grassroots extravaganza before bringing it to Los Angeles. Look for more on the show and on "False Priest" closer to the band's Oct. 30 Hollywood Palladium date.

-- Ann Powers

09-23-2010, 05:59 AM
The full 10 min Michael Jackson encore from Terminal 5 on Sat night.


11-30-2010, 09:54 AM
I've been LOVING the new Of Montreal album.



11-16-2012, 04:50 PM
The band is trying to finish up a full length documentary and have taken to Kickstarter for help. Needless to say, the gifts which go along with the higher pledges are fairly ridiculous - and for only $1,000 you can own the 10 ft. dress worn at Coachella:

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