Posted in comedy | music on October 26, 2010

words by Jessica Timlin

Avey Tare release party crocodile cake (Pushkar)
Avey Tare

I knew I had followed the obscure directions to Secret Project Robot correctly when I got to the loading docks and found a building dripping of colorful paint and christmas lights. The place was set up for Halloween, but meshed perfectly with the "swamp and death" theme that Animal Collective's Avey Tare had imagined for his album release party (Monday night, 10/25).

Tattered mesh hung from the ceilings with interesting film clips being projected on and through them accompanied by Avey's sister Abby Portner's installation. The installation reminded me of Animal Collective's installation at the Guggenhiem a few months back. By the entrance, they had shirts and of course, the new album "Down There," both on vinyl and cd. As I made my way around, I saw Dave (Avey) chatting with both close friends and fans.

The vibe was very laid back, an interesting scene, and much more casual than I imagined. There were many other familiar faces that showed up, including Deakin from Animal Collective. At about 9:45, the imaginative Avey made his way up to the small stage, thanked everyone for coming and introduced his cousin, comedian Matt Baetz, to tell a few jokes. Matt seemed a bit nervous, standing with a beer in hand, as he spoke to a room that was half-full of people that didn't seem to have a sense of humor - Beyond that, he was very funny, without really trying at all.

The sounds continued with a few people including Brian DeDraw of Gang Gang Dance manning the dj booth towards the back, while Dave cut into a massive crocodile cake - red velvet - and dished out pieces to everyone present.

A while later, Comic and former SNL writer Hannibal Buress took to the stage. I'm a big fan of his current writing for the show, 30 Rock and found him to be hysterical. He commented on the interesting contrasts between the vibes he was getting from the crowd, some laughing with tears streaming and others staring at him with their "Serious Artist" personas. I couldn't agree more; but the set was great. The music returned and people kept on mingling until it came to an end around 12 am. A great experience overall.

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UNRELATED FACTS?: Avey DJ'd a Crocodiles (the band) show at Glasslands in September. Crocodiles' next scheduled NYC-area show was supposed to be tonight (10/26) at Maxwell's, but they cancelled yesterday (the same day as Avey's crocodile cake release party).

Avey's new Crocodile-adorned album "Down There" is out now. Album art and the new crocodile-filed video made by his sister, below...

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avey tare

Lucky 1 from Abby Portner on Vimeo.

Video for the new single off of Avey Tare's record
Down There. Hand Drawn and Created by Abby Portner
Label: Paw Tracks

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Comments (27)

ahh, cannibal hummus is hilarious!

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2010 4:13 PM

"their was crocodile cake"


ick.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2010 4:15 PM

I know this is a blog, not the New York Times, but maybe you should finally learn the difference between there, their and they're.

Posted by Columbia University student | October 26, 2010 4:23 PM

^^ they're they're... do you want a kleenex?

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2010 4:25 PM

" maybe you should finally learn the difference between there, their and they're."

um, yeah whatever you say. fixed, thanks.

Posted by brooklynvegan | October 26, 2010 4:27 PM

"Posted by Columbia University student"

figures...

Posted by chris | October 26, 2010 4:34 PM

Is the "dirt" under the crocodile some kind of chocolate cookie crumble? Yum-o

Posted by not Rachel Ray | October 26, 2010 4:44 PM

fettucini, linguini, martini, bikini

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2010 4:49 PM

Damn, should have gone to this. The album is terrific.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2010 4:52 PM

Dear Columbia U student: perhaps you should refer to any number of writing guides and place your comparative examples in alphabetical order. In this case: their, there, they're.
Dork. Those skinny leg jeans are cutting off cirkulashion to your brayn.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2010 5:15 PM

"um, yeah whatever you say. fixed, thanks."

This kind of dropout attitude is enough to make me stop visiting this site. Bye!

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2010 5:24 PM

^ please don't go, I was really enjoying your grammatical ANALysis.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2010 5:36 PM

poor avey. he releases shit album, nobody cares. He ends up sucking even harder.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2010 8:58 PM

Would love to see Avey do a solo show of some kind. Nothing but DJ gigs for him, what gives?

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2010 9:59 PM

"um, yeah whatever you say. fixed, thanks."
This kind of dropout attitude is enough to make me stop visiting this site. Bye

Whatever.. grow up..

Posted by mr awesome! | October 27, 2010 10:12 AM

anybody have clips of hannibal's set? can u post them on youtube please?

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 10:43 AM

why are posts censored now bv? so misogynistic comments are cool but ones that question you for allowing all them, and being snide when someone corrects your grammar, are not?

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 11:20 AM

i highly doubt BV censors anything (except for maybe on the RIP posts).
correcting internet grammar is annoying in general, but 4:23 was taking it to the next level of annoyingness. (is annoyingness even a word? i'd go check but i'm sure 4:23 will let me know so no need)

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 11:38 AM

what was censored?

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 11:54 AM

nothing was censored

Posted by brooklynvegan | October 27, 2010 12:02 PM

"um, yeah whatever you say. fixed, thanks.""

also, cause I guess that came off the wrong way.

My point was that I KNOW THE DIFFERENCE between there and their (I type both words probably 100 times a day), but occasionally (more than occasionally) I make a typo. And occasionally someone responds to a typo with something especially harsh like "I know this is a blog, not the New York Times, but maybe you should finally learn the difference between there, their and they're." And so I responded. that's all.

Posted by brooklynvegan | October 27, 2010 12:15 PM

i like turtles.

Posted by jonathan | October 27, 2010 12:34 PM

"Would love to see Avey do a solo show of some kind. Nothing but DJ gigs for him, what gives?"

He couldn't figure out a good/engaging way to successfully perform "Down There" live by himself. My guess is we may hear some of the material from this album at full Animal Collective shows in the future.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 12:47 PM

TAAAACCCCOOOOO PEEEEEEEOOOOOOPPPPLLLEEEEE

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 5:24 PM

When a person gets run down trying to deal with eight billion new releases, it is so liberating to wake up one day and realize that you don't have to buy albums like this.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 7:52 PM

I like turtles, too! Wow! Crocodiles eat turtles. Alligators do, too.

Posted by winilula | November 1, 2010 5:58 PM

When a person gets run down trying to deal with eight billion new releases, it is so liberating to wake up one day and realize that you don't have to buy albums like this.

Posted by منتديات | November 2, 2010 1:56 PM

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