Posted in music on December 18, 2009

Animal Collective @ ATP NY (more by Ryan Muir)
Animal Collective

So how the hell did Merriweather Post Pavilion-- an album closer in spirit to the sub-aquatic psychedelia of 2005's Feels and Panda Bear's 2007 solo Person Pitch than its predecessor-- wind up in the Billboard Top 20 and outsell both the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand's most recent albums in North America? That mystery is ultimately the most wonderful thing about the album. Unlike so many indie-rock crossover artists before them, Animal Collective did not breach the mainstream by cleaning up their act, or adopting classic-rock conventions, or scoring a strategic soundtrack or iPod-commercial placement. And, above all, they did little to formalize their defining mercurial quality. [Pitchfork]
Pitchfork posted their Top 50 Albums of 2009.

Pitchfork also listed their Top 100 Tracks of 2009, and the Top Albums of the Decade.

Animal Collective is DJing the Museum of Natural History in January.

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Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 8:26 AM

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Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 8:40 AM

Can someone explain why people like that Girls album? I really don't mean to come off as a dick but it's just the most unmemorable collection of songs sung by someone who sounds completely disinterested in what's he doing. Any help here?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 8:45 AM

wow can't believe Animal Collective are No. 1

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 8:46 AM

Where the F is GWAR?

Posted by TXn | December 18, 2009 8:48 AM

Who fucking really cares what pitchfork thinks is top! I think we can make up our own fucking mind to what is good, and what isn’t ourselves. pitchfork take a fly fuck while you get paid off.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 8:56 AM

Animal Collective is "mainstream"?

Posted by John | December 18, 2009 8:58 AM

shocker.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 8:58 AM

Pitchfork is for those people who want to listen to "cool" music but have know idea what they really like. Therefore, they look to Pitchfork to tell them what is cool and acceptable.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 9:00 AM

Where is sunset rubdown?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 9:02 AM

I know this is totally subjective, but Neon Indian ranked at 14? Really? I really think Atlas Sound should've been higher up on the list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 9:10 AM

That Girls album does not deserve top 10

Posted by penisface | December 18, 2009 9:19 AM

At least Baroness and Sun O))) made it

Posted by metal dude | December 18, 2009 9:30 AM

Converge "Axe to Fall" should have been #1....so sick of hearing Animal Collective.

Posted by Jonny Greenwood is the man | December 18, 2009 9:31 AM

I wonder if Grizzly Bear was knocked down a few spots for appearing on the Twilight soundtrack. Twilight tax!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 9:31 AM

Only album that deserves top 5 is Embryonic. and Girls is horrible

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 9:36 AM

bat for lashes is a lil' overrated on both lists

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 9:42 AM

Where is sunset rubdown? x2

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 9:44 AM

where is wavvvvvvvvvvvvvves?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 9:46 AM

no wind's poem, but neon indian is #14.

jfc.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 9:47 AM

"where is wavvvvvvvvvvvvvves?"

Basically chillwave became cool later in the year, and knocked all the lo-fi sensations off the list

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 9:49 AM

the Antlers should have gotten higher.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 9:49 AM

"At least Baroness and Sun O))) made it"

!!!!!METAL LIVES!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 9:52 AM

Top 10 is a clusterfuck this year. Also some of the shittiest descriptions of albums ever.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 9:54 AM

No Camera Obscura? Are they on crack!?!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 9:56 AM

How on earth did Handsome Pheasants not make this list? Camera Obscura were also screwed big time.

Posted by Rocky Napoli | December 18, 2009 10:02 AM

No daft punk? f*** pitchfork

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 10:16 AM

SUNN O))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 10:18 AM

It's a good thing this list doesn't really matter, otherwise I'd be pretty pissed off!

Posted by dill callahan | December 18, 2009 10:23 AM


Dam-Funk's album should be on there

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 10:32 AM

None of these fuckin lists matter. I don't know why people care so much.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 10:35 AM

Grrr... how did they give Isis' "Wavering Radiant" an 8.5 when it was released then not include it in their top 50 or their Honorable Mention. Top ten is pretty expected... I dislike the Dirty Projectors and Girls albums, but I'm totally stoked at the love for Flaming Lips. That's my #1 this year.

Posted by panopticon | December 18, 2009 10:35 AM

So Grizzly Bear makes the Best of the Decade list but drops considerably down to #6, but the albums that came in higher between #5 - #3 didn't even make the Best of the Decade list yet are still better than Grizzly Bear? Well, that makes sense...

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 10:42 AM

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Yes, and they are constantly mentioned on Pitchfork, a mainstream music publication, let alone in Rolling Stone, Spin, et al.


Bill Callahan should be way higher than 24, and there are a bunch of great records that didn't even get noticed by those clowns.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 10:47 AM

it's just pop

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 10:58 AM

If it's just pop, how can you even begin to justify Pitchfork's existence?

I liked it better when it was only rock n roll

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 11:04 AM

Every year Pitchfork puts out one of these lists, people complain about it. It's pretty tiring. Pitchfork is but one of many reference points out there for new music. I check it out because I only have so much time and money, and it can help me to focus on certain albums that sound interesting based on an author's review (and, once I check out the album, like it and find that I have similar tastes to the author, I start to follow the author as well). If Pitchfork and two other music reference sources place an album in their top 20, and I don't have it, chances are I'll pick it up. Personally, this is how I learn about music.

But it is what it is. I guess it's fun to bash Pitchfork and exercise your creative writing skills, but at least there's something out there to bash in the first place.

By the way, I think they are spot on by placing Dirty Projectors, xx and Flaming Lips in their top 5. Those albums are special.

Posted by josh | December 18, 2009 11:14 AM

agreed on sunset rubdown.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 11:46 AM

sunset rubdown please...iran, anyone?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 11:49 AM

no HEALTH?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 11:56 AM

When I'm listening to HEALTH in ten years, I'll think to myself, "Man, Pitchfork really dropped the ball on that Top 50."

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 12:00 PM

No MAstodon?!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 12:02 PM

11:14 aka Josh is the man!! Thank God someone has half a brain on this site.
Of course albums were missed on this list and ever other list for that matter. Music is a preference which is based upon prior listening experiences which gauges how much one likes or dislikes an album/song. In closing I think Sunset Rubdown & Handsome Furs should have made this list, they both made my list but i dont work for pitchfork.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 12:02 PM

I like Pitchfork, as a married Dad with two kids it is, along with this site, one of the ways I find out about new music, but their list was SO predictable this year. Animal Collective and Dirty Projecters, wow, couldn't have seen that coming. And both bands are SOOOOOOOOOOOO overrated. But, as others have said, it's all subjective, so who really cares...

Posted by brian roach | December 18, 2009 12:14 PM

This does not come as a surprise to me. Pitchfork has a huge mega boner for Animal Collective. This list needs more Mastodon, HEALTH and The Horrors.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 12:18 PM

agreed on how shitty the album descriptions are. my favorite:

bitte orca NUMBER TWO

One of the most heartening-- and least expected-- success stories of the year was Bitte Orca's fearsomely complex, occasionally grating, and way-beyond-arch prog-pop, with its nods to twee glee club harmonies and rigorous avant-composition managing to impact the NPR-ified indie rock landscape of 2009. It helped, of course, that Bitte Orca contains a handful of the Dirty Projectors' most accessible songs yet, offering predictably tweaked but still recognizable takes on R&B and folk. Sure, there's always Dave Longstreth's literally and figuratively cracked falsetto and the band's jones for out-of-control ululations, both of which mean DPs will probably always remain at least a little divisive. But Bitte Orca is whimsical (and gorgeous) enough to make the "difficult" bits seem less like work than glorious play. --Jess Harvell

"way-beyond-arch prog-pop"

"twee glee club harmonies"

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 12:24 PM

I hereby dub this comment board Bitchfork

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 12:32 PM

i agree. the descriptions of the albums are really horrible. especially the one for phoenix

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 12:34 PM

true. Phoenix and YYYs and Pains of Being Pure at Heart writeups are especially bad.

no way was the YYYs one written for "It's Blitz"-it's an anthology of cliched sentences from "Show Your Bones" reviews.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 12:52 PM

animal collective is so good that its almost an injustice to put them number 1 because next year some other band not as good as animal collective will be number 1. They should create a new number to only be used to describe animal collective.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 1:16 PM

I defy anyone to find a single idea (or a single non-cliche) in this

Baroness' second album isn't remotely "experimental," and you'd never mistake any of its 12 tracks for indie rock. Instead, the guitars mix furious power-prog melodicism with the gut-punch force of old fashioned Southern sludge, and the grot-lined vocals are anthemic rather than tortured into incomprehensibility, a pleasant reminder of the days when extreme metal bands managed to be catchy without sacrificing an ounce of essentialist brutality. --Jess Harvell

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 1:25 PM

jared's fag comment cost the Black Lips.

also Girls writes awesome pop, theres not a bad song on that record retards.

it doesnt suprise Animal Collective has outsold Arctic Monkeys, just because NME thinks their god's gift to the world and the next fucking Beatles doesnt mean they sell records. this band hasnt done shit cuz they suck. period. no one cares about them. they exist to get big and they didnt. END ALREADY. Animal Collective exists to make good music, they do. Result? success.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 1:49 PM

As a suburban father of 4, i don't have time to frequent all of the music venues in a big city, so I always like to check out pitchfork or brooklyn vegan for the latest new music.

Sometimes I like to call hot 99.5 and request one of the less well-known bands and then snicker to myself when the dj doesn't know who I am talking about. I feel so in and different and unique, similar to that fleeting feeling of timelessness being in my 20's once did.

Sometimes I even switch on lala.com from the pitchfork site while at my desk at work at IBM. I don't even need headphones because I have my own office (i run a team of 23 now) and can blast dirty projectors as I head bob along.

Even for a 43 year old, I find animal collective trite, overplayed, and not that original. My girls does rock though; I don't care what anyone says, even my two youngest boys who love 'brothersport'

Posted by Suburban Dad | December 18, 2009 2:30 PM

Suburban Dad FTW

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 2:49 PM

Jared's comments didn't cost the Black Lips...the fact that their record was shit (unlike the one before it) was what cost them.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 2:50 PM

the record aint shit

Posted by wanna step outside | December 18, 2009 3:28 PM

all of the descriptions are accurate

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 3:42 PM

Whats this FTW thing you kids are always talking about?

Posted by Suburban Dad | December 18, 2009 3:51 PM

Suburban Dad- It's an acronym for "Fixed The Washer."

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 3:55 PM

...yeah Camera Obscura really did get stiffed... . it got 8.3 and best new music yet it didn't even get honorable mention....

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 4:19 PM

Hey suburban dad,

Don't knock that lifestyle, son. I'm a 42 year old suburban dad who still gets to my fair share of shows (including ATP NY X2 and Pavement ATP in UK next year). Having a steady job, some savings in the bank and a stable life ain't that bad kiddo.

Give it a few years, you'll figure out that PBR really isn't that great, and those thrift store tees aren't that flattering. Until then, laugh all you want at us suburban dads, we'll continue to see who we like, read what we want and enjoy ourselves.

We'll see you around the mailroom, sport.

Subsandwich Dad

Posted by Subsandwich Dad | December 18, 2009 4:44 PM

chipotle = drivethru of the decade

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 5:23 PM

You will see me nailing your wife in the mailroom...
I will be wearing a thrift store shirt too, sport.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2009 11:25 AM

why doesn't anyone else like casiotone for the painfully alone vs. children?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2009 11:28 AM

11:28 That is on my list for sure. I would say number 2 after Winds Poem. That album in incredible as is most Casiotone albums.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2009 11:49 AM

Suburban Dad

+2

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2009 1:21 PM

raekwon at #5...a joke? anyone else agree that pitchfork does not hold rap to the same standards that it does rock/indie/whatever? still the only genre where you can still talk mindlessly about bitches, guns, and drugs and pitchfork will still give you a good review.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 5:11 PM

i posted about pitchfork's inconsistency on the board for their top songs. i basically think that pitchfork can have whatever opinion they want without anyone really complaining, but i just think it's stupid how they change their minds for the end of the year list by excluding things they supposedly love and highly ranking things they were not so excited about previously. in the song rankings, "while you wait for the others" originally got a perfect 10, yet failed to make the top ten of the list, falling behind songs that got worse reviews originally like two weeks (#6 i think) and my girls (#1). i thought that was pretty stupid.

from the albums part, take the xx. granted, they got BNM, but not long before that they posted this about them in a track review:

"We at the 'Fork can't profess to be quite as taken with recent Young Turks signees the xx as beaucoup bloggers, but the British foursome's sterile percussion and bone-dry arrangements are, if nothing else, a blank canvas for remixes."

also, the write-up for the neko case album argued that it was "arguably her best" even though it didn't even get BNM. i think pitchfork needs to be a little more consistent for it to become a more legit source of music review, but that's my opinion. as long as they do that, i don't really have the right to complain about what they like/dislike.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 6:16 PM

I think the fluctuations give the site character and make year-ends interesting.

How boring would it be if the Top 50 were a top-down ranking based on the previously awarded numbers?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 6:36 PM

Really loved Animal Collective…Indie-rock artist make me curious always about their work as I am a great fan of such music. Pitchfork is one of the many hardworking and talented artist. I love almost all tracks out of that top 100 tracks of 2009. This music is a innovation without affecting the originality of the style.

Posted by Colts Tickets | February 8, 2010 1:18 PM

I'm a great lover of music, and rock, pop and high class bass songs I love most. Pitchfork shows are absolutely amazing and great to watch, I love his music and I'm a great fan of his. Some of his music just amazes me quite often.

Posted by Prom Dress | February 8, 2010 1:36 PM

One of my best friends once insisted me to have to go in for a stage program. I was not at all in a mood to drive about 40 miles and go in for a show. But he insisted that I should go with him and after some hours I decided to go for his sake. But when the show started I was actually amazed to see how great Pitchfork performs. From that day I became a hardcore fan of him.

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Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 1:51 PM

One of my best friends once insisted me to have to go in for a stage program. I was not at all in a mood to drive about 40 miles and go in for a show. But he insisted that I should go with him and after some hours I decided to go for his sake. But when the show started I was actually amazed to see how great Pitchfork performs. From that day I became a hardcore fan of him.

Posted by hello kitty accessories | February 9, 2010 5:03 AM

It is surprising to know the album “Merriweather Post Pavilion” have winded up in the Billboard Top 20 and outsell-ed both the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand which are actually the most recent albums in North America.I was amazed when I came to know that the album is closer in spirit to the sub-aquatic psychedelia of 2005's Feels and Panda Bear's 2007. It is this special fact that quite actually what makes this album so special.

Posted by Custom Fortune Cookies | February 9, 2010 5:09 AM

One of the most heartening-- and least expected-- success stories of the year was Bitte Orca's fearsomely complex, occasionally grating, and way-beyond-arch prog-pop, with its nods to twee glee club

Posted by designer clothes | March 14, 2010 3:11 PM

I really like Bitte Orca's

Posted by prom dresses | March 23, 2010 4:45 AM

There are a lot of new bands coming in. I'm sure they are talented. I just hope they have the staying power to keep on standing in the music industry.

Posted by boiler service | May 3, 2010 5:36 PM

Love that you used a picture of Mike. Nicest guy in the band

Posted by ben 10 | May 20, 2010 8:38 AM

Cool! When I'm listening to HEALTH in ten years, I'll think to myself, "Man, Pitchfork really dropped the ball on that Top 50." Thanks.

Posted by тотализатор | August 4, 2010 11:54 AM

It is surprising to know the album “Merriweather Post Pavilion” have winded up in the Billboard Top 20 and outsell-ed both the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand which are actually the most recent albums in North America.I was amazed when I came to know that the album is closer in spirit to the sub-aquatic psychedelia of 2005's Feels and Panda Bear's 2007. It is this special fact that quite actually what makes this album so special.

Posted by wallpaper desktops | August 21, 2010 12:17 PM

It is surprising to know the album “Merriweather Post Pavilion” have winded up in the Billboard Top 20 and outsell-ed both the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand which are actually the most recent albums in North America.I was amazed when I came to know that the album is closer in spirit to the sub-aquatic psychedelia of 2005's Feels and Panda Bear's 2007. It is this special fact that quite actually what makes this album so special.

Posted by 3d games | August 21, 2010 12:27 PM

It is surprising to know the album “Merriweather Post Pavilion” have winded up in the Billboard Top 20 and outsell-ed both the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand which are actually the most recent albums in North America.I was amazed when I came to know that the album is closer in spirit to the sub-aquatic psychedelia of 2005's Feels and Panda Bear's 2007. It is this special fact that quite actually what makes this album so special.

Posted by play super mario game | August 21, 2010 12:28 PM

@ 5:03

I too once went to a stage program at which the pitchfork performed. He (the pitchfork) it performed good it did. From that day henceforward I also was become a the hardcore fan of him.

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