Posted in To Do | music on January 5, 2009

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Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavillion is out on vinyl this Tuesday January 6th. Listening parties will be held the same day in many different locations around the country. NYC's is at Other Music who say, "We're throwing a listening party in the shop that night from 6 to 8PM, with free pizza and beverages, plus raffles and give-aways galore. See you Tuesday!" Pitchfork returned from vactation today and gave the album a 9.6.

Tour dates HERE.

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Comments (57)

Pitchfork's rating is terrible...they're so biased

I listened to this on vinyl over the weekend and it is so overhyped....definitely not Sung Tongs or their earlier stuff at all

but hey hipsters seem to be riding the bandwagon of spending over $100 to see this band so they must be doing something right....

I'm guessing their next NYC show will be Terminal 5....

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 10:06 AM

pfork is a fucking joke. 9.6? my bile sounds better than MPP.

Posted by wembley | January 5, 2009 10:12 AM

i think this album is awesome, one of my favorites of theirs. i always end up skipping over a couple of songs when i listen to other albums by them but this one i didn't really have a problem listening all the way through, but that's not to say i love every song on it (daily routine is eh).

everyone thinks it's so damn cool to love or hate this album but that's because they're tools. fuck what pitchfork has to say, i could care less.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 10:17 AM

If you could care less, then care less.

I COULDN'T care less.

Posted by Rajah of Rehab | January 5, 2009 10:27 AM

If you like this album then you like Pitchfork.

Screw Pitchfork!

Let's not like this album.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 10:39 AM

This album is fucking good.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 10:39 AM

couldn't* my mistake. i've always had that same thought when i see people write that. misconceptions got the best of me.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 10:43 AM

Bashing Animal Collective is so 2009...

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 10:46 AM

To preface this, I like Animal Collective a lot and hopefully this release will do justice for their long overdue success on a wide scale. Strawberry Jam was a pretty big commercial flop. I remember the first tour dates they did in support of that album were pretty weak in terms of ticket sales (Not sure about NYC area, but Boston was far from sold out with the no line even forming at any point before or after doors opened.) Now people are willing to pay $100 to see them. I bet this 9.6 will generate an Arcade Fire "Funeral"-like mass mainstream buzz since thats the last new release to be given such a high score on Pitchfork, and the yuppie kids who shop at Insound eat that stuff with a spoon.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 10:57 AM

lulz everything after spirit was trash.

seriously it's their ninth fucking album and by far the best.
they deserve everything they get after this.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 11:10 AM

hey boston guy know how do you know so much about the lines? why didn't you go in to enjoy a pre-show cocktail instead of watching the lines?

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 11:37 AM

Actually, Daily Routine is my favorite track. As for the rest, I think I like Strawberry Jam more. I don't get the talk about this being accessible pop music. Sounds kind of monotonous to me. Still good though.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 11:48 AM

@ Anon 11:37am

I was going to a Sox game (disclaimer: not a Sox fan) and the venue they played at was located on the same street as Fenway Park. I was enjoying some pregame food outside the venue they played at with friends before getting a drink at a bar on Landsdowne and before heading into the stadium. The line never grew the entire time.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 11:49 AM

"Strawberry Jam was a pretty big commercial flop. I remember the first tour dates they did in support of that album were pretty weak in terms of ticket sales (Not sure about NYC area, but Boston was far from sold out with the no line even forming at any point before or after doors opened.)"

This is just not true.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 11:49 AM

seriously guys, pitchfork's incessant sucking aside, animal collective hasn't been any good in a long time now. i hope they make a buck at it, because i like them and i am a loyal fan, but their descent into drivel has long been complete.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 11:50 AM

"This is just not true."

If it isn't, go talk to someone who works at the label. They'll tell you Strawberry Jam did pretty poorly in sales.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 11:54 AM

" 'This is just not true.'

If it isn't, go talk to someone who works at the label. They'll tell you Strawberry Jam did pretty poorly in sales."

yup and domino upped the ante this time by enlisting web sherriff to stop the album from being leaked on blogs which should make better sales. album still leaked tho.

Posted by barry | January 5, 2009 11:58 AM

I love this album but it's not a 9.6

IF it was an album of all My Girls, maybe, but it's definitely not.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 11:59 AM

Web Sheriff LOL

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 12:01 PM

i dont get it...

i thought only hipsters wrote on this site...

why do you all bash other hipsters?

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 1:13 PM

You must be new.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 1:21 PM

Web Sheriff??? Is he still around?

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 1:24 PM

anon 11:49, Just in case you were wondering, I still don't believe you.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 1:31 PM

listening party? the whole internet has had the album for like two weeks. web sheriff fails again.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 1:54 PM

Bassssssssss

Posted by Eduardo | January 5, 2009 2:06 PM

Grizzly Bear will top this. Mark my WORDS!


Posted by roadkill | January 5, 2009 2:18 PM

to 11:57
i think you're just a bit mad cuz you really want to go but still have some sense and don't want to pay 100 dollars like the ones who are, when you're trying to find some tickets to buy
LIKE MEEEE

i wish i was rich and could drop a hundred on a ticket without caring
but that's like a day of work after taxes!!!!

but then again if someone was like i will giv you tickets to see animal collective
all you have to do is sit behind a comp for 8 hours and be bored
i'd do in a quick second
so maybe i should just buy the tix

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 2:25 PM

although i love them and this new album, their live shows are seriously lacking without deakin

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 2:27 PM

"If you could care less, then care less.

I COULDN'T care less."


Thank you for calling this out! This erroneous phrase is used way too much.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 2:31 PM

it's actually not as erroneous as it is "sarcasm".
something that is harder to pick up off the internet.
but something that you hipsters are ace at.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 2:53 PM

The album is decent, everyone needs to ease up.

Honestly, this post could be about any band/artist, and as long as there was 1) hype 2) a pitchfork grade of 7.0+ 3) any fan following, it would be trashed. You guys are creating your own formulaic approach to music, just like the ones you attempt to mock.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 3:35 PM

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO HAPPEN TO MUSIC SINCE BOWIE

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 4:01 PM

"The album is decent, everyone needs to ease up. "

Could not be more right. The quality of albums is so subjective. These type of threads, just seethe with the bitter rhetoric of disenfranchised post-fans trashing on a artists who they once championed and compulsively distancing themselves from anything the vile Pitchfork likes.

MPP is a hard to swallow, and not altogether as accessible as Strawberry Jam, but I think they bookend the "dense" content with the very pop-y My Girls and Brothersport, in hopes that you might stick around and give the middle tracks a listen.

Posted by Tteo | January 5, 2009 4:08 PM

the nyc shows are going to be sick...

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 4:11 PM

to 4:08

my girls would be a good bookend, except my girls is the second track. bothers the shit out of me when people say that songs that arent the first and last track are bookends. pitchfork also said evil urges was "bookended" nicely by the two "touch me"s and touch me pt. 1 was the second song.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 4:24 PM

I have an extra ticket for the Grand Ballroom show. Anyone willing to trade his/her Bowery Ballroom ticket for mine? And MPP is fantastic.

Posted by Eduardo | January 5, 2009 4:33 PM

There is no formula here, dude. Simply put, Animal Collective used to be great, challenging, exciting. Their pop was burried under lovely layers of textured noise and various world music references.. and now they're predictable, boring and annoying to listen to. They are a mockery of their former majesty, made even more annoying in the context of all the hipster and non-hipster douchebags who have jumped the bandwagon three or four albums too late.

Accessibility was never what made Animal Collective great. It was that you had to work for the pop payoff, and you had to be able to appreciate the entirety of their sound. And the totality of it was great. Now, accessibility is among the first words you see connected with Animal Collective, and the songs aren't as good anyway.

Most of us agree that Radiohead is amazing. What makes them even more amazing is that, seven albums in, they are still great. If we were to follow the formula you propose, then Radiohead should be panned as Animal Collective is here.

The difference is clear.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 5:05 PM

talking about music is like dancing about architecture

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 5:08 PM

"I have an extra ticket for the Grand Ballroom show. Anyone willing to trade his/her Bowery Ballroom ticket for mine? And MPP is fantastic."

their albums are interesting. theyre live show is absolutely terrible. have fun

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 5:12 PM

From Anon 5:05:

"now they're predictable, boring and annoying to listen to."

"Now, accessibility is among the first words you see connected with Animal Collective"

"three or four albums too late"

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You want to know what's more annoying than the bandwagon jumpers-on you speak of? People who have their head so far up their ass that they can't enjoy music unless they're the only person who has heard of or understands it.

Because otherwise, it's basicaly the same as Britney or Jonas Brothers, right?

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 5:34 PM

"talking about music is like dancing about architecture"
-Anon 5:08


are you a freshman in college?

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 5:35 PM

""talking about music is like dancing about architecture"
-Anon 5:08


are you a freshman in college?"
-Anon 5:35

are you 35-years-old, miserable and sitting at your shitty office job?

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 5:44 PM

5:05 You are right if you don't have to work an listening to an album it is obviously not good...fucking jackass.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 5:46 PM

I love how 5:05 writes this impassioned, articulate post... that only shows what a complete moron he is.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 5:49 PM

""talking about music is like dancing about architecture"
-Anon 5:08


are you a freshman in college?"
-Anon 5:35

are you 35-years-old, miserable and sitting at your shitty office job?"


NOPE!

:D

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 5:55 PM

Is it just me or does dancing about architecture seem completely doable?

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 6:00 PM

ugh, isn't it just like an indie music fan to diss their former favorite bands once they gain some notoriety? Fans of this genre seriously lack loyalty, maybe the music isn't getting worse...maybe you are just becoming more of a douche as you age???

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 6:55 PM

Radiohead is pretty bland now compared to Animal Collective. Yes, you used to have to "work" to get Animal Collective, but now their pop sensibility is a bit more front-and-center, but who the fuck cares? Bands change, and I happen to think this album is great, who knows if I'll still feel the same about it in a few months.

If BV was around in 1993, I'm sure some of the comments on this post would mirror what some people said about Sonic Youth - Dirty haha.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 7:09 PM

"Accessibility was never what made Animal Collective great. It was that you had to work for the pop payoff, and you had to be able to appreciate the entirety of their sound. And the totality of it was great. Now, accessibility is among the first words you see connected with Animal Collective, and the songs aren't as good anyway."

so what used to make AC great for you was that they were a difficult listen? do you carry a rubik's cube on the subway?

the fact is AC make the records they want to make, and every one has a distinct sound and builds upon the successes of the prior. personally i cannot think of a band who progresses with every album in such an organic way, and it's cool to see it happen. i think mpp is a great record for sure. i wonder what they'll play at the nyc shows...

Posted by Paio Laa | January 5, 2009 7:17 PM

MPP is great but it would really be a 9.6 if it came from like... i'm w/ 11:59am on this one.

Posted by ththththhththththth | January 5, 2009 7:38 PM

also their live show at webster hall 2+ years ago was giving ppl acid flashbacks! it ruled!

Posted by ththththhththththth | January 5, 2009 7:42 PM

"The difference is clear."

Finish the slogan or you won't get your royalties.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 8:05 PM

I think MPP is all that and more. Grizzly will come close, though. The Radiohead stuff is nonsense, but I will say I personally get more excited by a new AC album than Radiohead.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 8:30 PM

the first thing i thought when i saw the 9.6 rating was "of course the highest rating pitchfork has given to a new album in 5 years is an animal collective album." but that being said, i love animal collective, haha. certain albums just cant be given a rating, and basically all animal collective albums are such albums. its all about understanding it, and to me, being able to tolerate it.

and also, in defense of pitchfork, even though their heads sometimes get stuck up their own asses (itll be a little while til i forgive them giving best-album of 2008 to fleet foxes) ive discovered so many artists through that site, including twilight sad, girl talk, and way more. so i pretty much always let them slide

Posted by samuelll | January 5, 2009 9:32 PM

AC is the most important band right now because they've totally changed the way music is made. I mean, just try to make an album the way they do. Half of you wouldn't be able to get past just generating samples.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 2:49 PM

the album's good. but not a 9.6, stylistically, more poppy then ever. no curveballs. i like a couple songs, other's i don't. not sure yet...

i miss deakin too, and panda bear on a drum set.

Posted by annie momus | January 6, 2009 6:09 PM

ineffective repetition for me mostly. But I'm still listening.

The new AmbiScience application for iphone does a WAAAAY better job at fucking with your brain waves... and way more repetitious than this record.

We'll see. I saw them at APW and it was cool. Although I was far away laying underneath an art installation (the wood thing) ... pretty high on pot cookies (thanks baby).

Jeez some of you people talk to band "loyalty" thing a little too far. They are people playing instruments..... happens all the time. Take it easy. Or find someone that'll tell you "you're awesome!" every five minutes.


Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 11:11 PM

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