Posted in music | pictures on June 2, 2007

Even with thunderstorms in the forecast, people showed up....

Animal Collective @ South Street Seaport, NYC - June 1, 2007
Animal Collective @ South Street Seaport

For every person that thought this show sucked, there's someone who thought it was amazing. I thought it was a great time - there's the water, the boats, the air, the beer, the sky, the mall, random tourists, thousands of kids in attendance (some tripping), the occasional baby, Wall St people getting drinks after work, Animal Collective's (trippy) music coming from the stage, and cars going by - well, not the best place for an Animal Collective show - especially one where they played so many new songs, but nice nonetheless. Some more photos of the crowd at my Flickr. An Alabama review, new album info, and more dates HERE.

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Comments (51)

It was a good show. I just wished that more atendees had showered and that less of the abnormally tall people placed themselves right in front of me.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2007 4:29 PM

I thought it was a great show. Anyone who said it sucked must just not like AC in the first place.

Posted by Lee | June 2, 2007 5:01 PM

The above poster just described every show I've seen in the last five years. Bravo.

Posted by j | June 2, 2007 5:02 PM

I thought it was a great show. Anyone who said it sucked must just not like AC in the first place.

Posted by Lee | June 2, 2007 5:03 PM

It did suck, but it's true I don't really care for Animal Collective. Panda Bear is good though.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2007 5:15 PM

An amazing show, definitely, but it was really divisive, and it wasn't just people who didn't like the band who got nothing out of it. I was standing next to a couple of AC fans who absolutely hated the show, just stood there with their arms crossed making snarky comments for an hour and a half.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2007 5:19 PM

i enjoyed the show. but similar to all free shows i ended up next to some people who were talking LOUDLY throughout the entire set.

Posted by youliveandlearn | June 2, 2007 5:57 PM

my 1st reaction: I don't think I'm going to go to as many of those seaport shows as I thought; what a crazy-big crowd...

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2007 6:07 PM

a lot of people were smoking up right next to me.
and it was pretty loud, and some of the new stuff was okay.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2007 6:11 PM

sucked dick. very dissapointing.

Posted by The Delay | June 2, 2007 7:50 PM

I think you really have to smoke A LOT of pot to really enjoy one of these Animal Collective shows...

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2007 7:54 PM

I thought the show was amazing - this is an aside though, art is sometimes a matter of personal preference.

HOWEVER, how many people fucking passed out at the show??? I saw at least four people just faint and fall over...

BV, IF YOU COULD BE ONE KIND OF FRUIT, WHAT WOULD YOU BE??

HOLLAAAA

Posted by Bon Jovi Sucks | June 2, 2007 8:43 PM

i do suck.

Posted by Bon Jovi | June 2, 2007 8:53 PM

Anonymous | June 2, 2007 6:11 PM
...I was prob. the onw smoking right next to you...and the show WAS AMAZING...but i did smoke some really dank weed....so i was really stoned and i can see how people who werent wouldnt be that fond of it...and "We Tigers" was amaazing...u all have to admit

Posted by anon | June 2, 2007 9:44 PM

i only went because it was nearby and free. i hadn't heard much of their stuff before so i didn't know what to expect. i really liked xxxchange but thought danielson and AC were both lame.

i did see kyp malone from tv on the radio there tho, which is kinda cool i guess. plus i ran into a bunch of people that i haven't seen since high school.

Posted by Bart | June 2, 2007 9:46 PM

One more vote for "amazing". Any band that can sound soulful by only using samplers, keyboards, effect pedals, and a handful of drums is deserving of deep respect.

Posted by Dylan | June 2, 2007 10:01 PM

I'm a huge AC fan but I took a pass on this show only because I worked later than I thought i would, it was way too humid and I figured the crowd would be way too big by the time I got there for it to be a truly great show to see. But did anyone catch their show a couple of winters ago at the short-lived Todd P place, Llano Estacado? I think it was N. 11 and Kent. That show was hands-down the best I think I'll ever see AC play. They played mostly the songs that would be on Feels, although it had not been released yet. I remember it snowed hard that night. Man, the memories.

Posted by will | June 2, 2007 10:39 PM

The show was otherworldly. It helped that I was really high though (thanks to the kindness of strangers).

And I think I saw Kyp Malone there. Not sure if it was him or not, but I knew I wasn't the only one that thought that.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2007 11:49 PM

I did like it a lot actually. It seems Panda Bear is driving the wheel with their new sound. I need to see them at a smaller venue.

Posted by Eduardo | June 3, 2007 2:20 AM

Was Danielson there?

Posted by Benjamin | June 3, 2007 5:18 AM

I thought the show was so/so. It was my first AC show, and maybe I am naive, but I didn't know it was all pre-recorded with vocals on top. It was a karaoke party with thousands of people. The newer stuff didn't use the power of the layer vocals IMHO. Great performers, but I like to see real instruments being played.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2007 11:08 AM

Amazing. Largest crowd I have ever seen @ the Seaport. Larger than TL&Rx.

Posted by Chris | June 3, 2007 11:15 AM

It was definitely Kyp Malone.

Great show, but way too humid, and way too many 15-year-old-I'm-really-hipster kids. Weak.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2007 11:40 AM

it definitely sounds like panda bears driving their new sound. new stuff sounds great to me. would have liked to hear some more stuff from feels.

Posted by smoking up next to me | June 3, 2007 11:53 AM

I really liked the show. We Tigers was incredible and I am excited to hear the new record. Considering it didn't really rain and it was a free show, I don't see any reason to complain. Also, Kyp Malone was definitely there. It wasn't a figment of anyone's imagination.

Posted by Joe | June 3, 2007 1:49 PM

perhaps my ears are just too damaged from seeing so many shows, but jesus, it seemed much too quiet...especially for an outside gig.


Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2007 2:52 PM

i was stoned as hell, it still sucked dick.

Posted by The Delay | June 3, 2007 4:40 PM

Loved the show. ACs new material was amazing. Would have liked the sound for Danielson to have been much better.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2007 4:42 PM

I guess I don't like AC as much as I thought I did, because I didn't think much of the show. Amazing? To each his own, I suppose. If I was 15 years younger I would have thought it was amazing. Too many truly amazing shows under my belt at this point to use such a word for a show like that. And Danielson...I almost slit my wrists during that set.

Posted by Amazing? | June 3, 2007 7:11 PM

I guess I don't like AC as much as I thought I did, because I didn't think much of the show. Amazing? To each his own, I suppose. If I was 15 years younger I would have thought it was amazing. Too many truly amazing shows under my belt at this point to use such a word for a show like that. And Danielson...I almost slit my wrists during that set.

Posted by Amazing? | June 3, 2007 7:13 PM

I recorded the concert, but since everyone was talking and not really watching the concert, there is just too much audience chatter.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2007 8:53 PM

my roommates and i all really enjoyed ourselves. they took shrooms but i wasn't on anything. my one roommate who had never listened to AC b4 said she thought that if she hadn't been shrooming that she might not have enjoyed it so much but since she was it was perfect. all i can say is AC is the type of band that you must listen to with an open heart and mind without any expectations i think. they don't play to anyone's expectations as much as they do their own excitations. which is why i thought the new stuff they played is what sounded the best. i was enthralled with the new songs, especially two of which came toward the end and which featured Panda Bear singing. the old stuff sounded great too just cause i love it but i think that AC was not as enthused to play it(plus they were down Deacon), if only, to placate the crowd. My other roommate who is an AC fan loved the old stuff too though. Now there were quite a few aggressive types of people(shoving through the crowd) who shouldn't have been there to begin with but then it's a free show in NYC. Seriously, though, all that said, i walked away with a natural high that evening that i'm still feeling today!

Posted by Michael | June 4, 2007 12:57 AM

anyone see sofia coppola there or was i high?

Posted by lola | June 4, 2007 10:55 AM

No, that was Kyp Malone, not Sofia Coppola.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2007 12:04 PM

I did not attend. But I have been curious as to how the show went. With outdoor shows, I feel the band really needs to captivate you quickly to get your attention. Being by the seaport, there is so much going on around you that you can get easily distracted, especially if they start playing before it gets dark out. The one show i went to last year at the seaport was Hot Chip. That was a great show and the crowd was even bigger. Being a fan of AC, I just dont think the seaport was the appropriate place to see them. However, it would have been cool to see them play at Prospect Park or even McCarren Pool too

Posted by john cole | June 4, 2007 12:07 PM

I did not attend. But I have been curious as to how the show went. With outdoor shows, I feel the band really needs to captivate you quickly to get your attention. Being by the seaport, there is so much going on around you that you can get easily distracted, especially if they start playing before it gets dark out. The one show i went to last year at the seaport was Hot Chip. That was a great show and the crowd was even bigger. Being a fan of AC, I just dont think the seaport was the appropriate place to see them. However, it would have been cool to see them play at Prospect Park or even McCarren Pool too

Posted by john cole | June 4, 2007 12:08 PM

I was so incredibly dissapointed by this show. Maybe I went in with too high expectations as "Feels" and "Sung Tongs" have been a couple of my favorites records of the past few years. I hae the "People" EP as well.

Interesting how most posts above that liked the show don't really talk about the music and how it was the venues, crowds fault. I love their music and thought this show was a boring wank-fest.

It's cool if you're going to jam or improvise but at least make it interesting. The reason most people were talking was because the music wasn't keeping their attention. I'm a fan and was paying attention the entire time but was bored at frustrated by what I heard.

So dissapointing.

Posted by Mark G. | June 4, 2007 1:57 PM

i loved the show and was glad AC played mostly new stuff! i was a little bummed about the low volume for the danielson set but i guess i shouldn't complain about it, the show was free.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2007 3:20 PM

i can't see why people are complaining about this show. wasn't it free? please go grow a pair.

Posted by cranky | June 4, 2007 3:20 PM

I'm a big fan of AC's Feels & Sung Tongs & saw them at Webster Hall back in March for the 1st time ever, only to come away incredibly disappointed. But I went to the Seaport on Friday & came away ecstatically happy. The main difference for me is knowing what to expect at an AC live show. If you listen to AC's albums, they're all these diverse songs that sprawl all over the sonic map but remain tightly focused. All that focus on album falls apart in their live sets, when they just let their music sprawl. Like a jam band with an 808. If you can accept this difference, you'll likely to enjoy their live shows -- they have a great time playing with their harmonies & sound in general. So for me, it was a great show, powerful & abstract, all framed by the Seaport & the Wall St. skyscrapers. Perfect start to the summer.

Posted by nuno | June 4, 2007 4:18 PM

the band in the scouts uniforms really stunk it up. AC was good in the sense that they were improvising alot. I was disappointed that they never reached the anthemic moment but they were solid.

Posted by josh | June 5, 2007 2:42 PM

danielson you ass.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2007 9:11 AM

'danielson' is the name of the scouts in uniform band.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2007 9:13 AM

'danielson' is the name of the scouts in uniform band.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2007 9:13 AM

'danielson' is the name of the scouts in uniform band.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2007 9:14 AM

'danielson' is the name of the scouts in uniform band.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2007 9:14 AM

no matter how many times you name them they still suck

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2007 9:54 AM

a lot is two words you ass.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2007 1:19 PM

hey, im a 15 year old hipster kid
i really did go for danielson, but like some of the above comments i wish their sound had been better
they were fun tho
animal collective really impressed me
im not a very big fan, but they are definitely a better live band
i cant wait for more of the seaport shows

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2007 9:11 PM

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Posted by Elizabeth | August 14, 2007 5:49 PM

this show was fucking awful and animal collective suck

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2007 7:57 PM

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