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Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

Governors Ball is less than a month away, and the fest has now released the daily schedule. They've done a pretty good job with not too many giant conflicts -- though there's a few like Grizzly Bear vs Beirut, Bloc Party vs The xx, Erykah Badu vs Beach House, and Nas vs Guns N Roses. Check out the daily line-ups across their four stages below.

Continue reading "Governors Ball announces set times"


Squarepusher is coming to the NYC-area for Camp Bisco, which goes down this year from July 11 to 13 at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, NY with Passion Pit, Animal Collective, Toro y Moi, El-P & Killer Mike, Baauer, Ryan Hemsworth, Dan Deacon, Danny Brown, and more. Right before that though, Squarepusher will play his own show in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on July 9. It's a much more intimate show than his 2012 show at Terminal 5, and tickets for it go on sale Friday (5/3) at 10 AM with a LPR member presale starting Thursday (5/2) at 10 AM.

Tickets for Camp Bisco are still available. Updated lineup, a list of upcoming Squarepusher (mostly festival) dates, and the video for "Dark Steering" from his 2012 LP, Ufabulum, below...

Continue reading "Squarepusher playing Le Poisson Rouge before Camp Bisco (dates & updated lineup)"


As mentioned, Moogfest is taking 2013 off and will return in Spring 2014 in Asheville, NC. There will be, however, another festival in Asheville filling its old fall time period this year: Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit which will happen from October 25 - 27. (It's also run by AC Entertainment who were, until recently, the producers of Moogfest.) The initial inaugural line-up has just been announced and it's pretty impressive: Nine Inch Nails AND How to destroy angels_, the newly-reformed Neutral Milk Hotel (their first show back, and an evening that includes opening sets from Daniel Johnston and Half Japanese), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Animal Collective, Disclosure, Bosnian Rainbows, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Gary Numan, Chromatics, Rustie, Jessie Ware, Zola Jesus & JG Thirlwell, Tricky, Jacques Greene, and The Bug.

Weekend passes to the fest go on sale Thursday, May 2 at noon EDT. Flyer below...

Continue reading "new Asheville, NC fest Mountain Oasis reveals initial line-up (NiN, Neutral Milk Hotel, Godspeed!, Disclosure + more)"


The next in Daft Punk's "Collaborators Series" videos is up and this time it's Animal Collective's Panda Bear. While we don't get to hear any of the Random Access Memories track he sang on (just more "Get Lucky"), he does get into how it happened and what it was like to work with them. Check it out below.

Daft Punk's Random Access Memories is out May 21.

Continue reading "watch Panda Bear talk Daft Punk collaboration in new video"

photos by Charley Gallay/WireImage

Dan Deacon @ Sonos Studios, April 4, 2013
Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon has been branching out lately into all sorts of other media. His iPhone and Android apps have become a large component of his live shows, and he now has collaborated with filmmaker Tom Kuntz on an multimedia exhibition titled "Bugs," which is currently on display at Sonos Studios in Los Angeles till May 5:

"Bugs" is a multimedia installation featuring a bizarre band of insects brought to life by filmmaker Tom Kuntz in collaboration with electronic musician Dan Deacon. Six large monoliths containing TV screens positioned in a circle immerse visitors in the visual and aural show. Kuntz designed the bugs, Deacon composed a wealth of loops for each, and then The Mill LA worked their magic with animation and created software to generate randomized playback for the ensembles' many loops. The final result is a perpetually changing installation with literally millions of variations. It is at once bizarre, comedic, and utterly fascinating, just like the team of collaborators. Each Bug comes to life via SONOS PLAYBAR, the ultimate conduit merging video and sound, conveying the rich musical soundscape that accompanies intricately rendered visuals.
The opening party for "Bugs" happened on April 4 and pictures from that are in this post. You may remember that Dan did the score for Francis Ford Coppola's experimental thriller, Twixt, which still has yet to be released theatrically or on home video in North America. Those with an all-region DVD player can order abroad.

As mentioned, Dan will be in NYC soon, playing a sold-out show at Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 27. You can, however, still get tickets to the official after party at 285 Kent later that night that Dan will be DJing. He's also opening for Animal Collective's upcoming rescheduled North American dates.

And lastly, Dan's got a Record Store Day release as well, a limited edition, hand-numbered 7" single featuring two versions of "Konono Ripoff No. 1"  as performed by two sets of dual drummers: Kevin O'Meara and Jeremy Hyman on Side A; Denny Bowen and Dave Jacober on Side B. You can stream the A-Side and check out more pictures from the "Bugs" opening party below.

Continue reading "Dan Deacon played "Bugs" opening in LA, readies #RSD13 single ++ other news (pics, stream, updated dates)"

slasher flick

Shortly after Animal Collective's appearance at Governors Ball festival in June, Avey Tare (who's currently resting his vocal chords) will be playing some shows as part of a trio he's calling Avey Tare's Slasher Flick. He explains further:

A group of three hippies on a road trip through the backwaters of 2013s rural music scene fall prey to a murderous cannibalistic band making, including a leather-masked, guitar-wielding Avey Tare (Himself, Animal Collective), his knife-wielding keyboard player Angel Deradoorian (Deradoorian, Dirty Projectors), and their cannibal chief drummer and decaying grandfather Jeremy Hyman (Ponytail, Boredoms, Dan Deacon).
Most of these shows are in the UK, leading up to the Deerhunter-curated All Tomorrow's Parties. But they'll warm up for those shows in NYC at Glasslands on June 17. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/12) at noon.

All tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Avey Tare's Slasher Flick (w/ Angel Deradoorian) playing shows, NYC and ATP UK included (dates) "

Animal Collective at Terminal 5, Dec 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Avey Tare

To all of the AC fans out there. I feel its best you hear it right from the horses mouth. It kills me to have to postpone all these shows and it's something I could never even have imagined happening. I'm positive that we were as excited as you all to visit all of your towns and have a good time together. But because of the strain on my voice that's being caused by an intense case of strep throat, I am unable to play any of these shows. Unfortunately, I wasn't diagnosed soon enough and haven't been able to kick this in the right amount of time. We promise you all that we are doing everything we can to reschedule all these shows asap and we will be visiting your cities. We hope you can all understand and sympathize with the situation. It's been really fun for all of us to be playing these days and the energy you all give us makes us want to take it further and further with you and give it right back. Hopefully, we can continue to do this together soon. Until then. Stay Well.

-Avey Tare

Animal Collective's March dates didn't hit NYC but the band will play here for the 2013 Governors Ball festival in June. The band's European tour, which starts in May, is still on. All dates -- postponed and not -- are listed below.

Continue reading "Animal Collective postpone March North American tour"

Killer Mike in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Killer Mike

Atlanta rapper Killer Mike spent a great deal of 2012 on the road in support of that year's excellent R.A.P. Music album, and though he doesn't have a 2013 tour scheduled at the moment, he does have a bunch of festival appearances coming up. He'll head to Texas this March for 35 Denton followed by SXSW, and will also be at Sasquatch!, Bonnaroo, Primavera Sound, the Black Hippy-headlined Paid Dues Festival in San Bernardino, the just-announced ten-day Ottawa Bluesfest (he plays on 7/10 with Weezer, Passion Pit, Animal Collective, El-P and others), and he will be near NYC in July for Camp Bisco. Bisco tickets are still available.

However, if you want to see him actually in NYC and much sooner than that, you can enter Scion A/V's Twitter/Instagram contest (instructions and details HERE) to get into the Killer Mike show Scion is presenting on March 20 at Public Assembly with Two-9 and Morri$, as part of the same series that A$AP Rocky just played. Entering Scion's contest is the only way to gain access to the show.

All Killer Mike dates are listed, along with the Public Assembly show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Killer Mike playing festivals & other shows -- 2013 tour dates"

Passion Pit at MSG earlier this month (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Passion Pit

Camp Bisco is known for a long history of booking jam bands and dance music, but has branched out in recent years. This year's lineup has an especially interesting slew of non-jam. The festival goes down from July 11 to 13 at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, NY and features Passion Pit, Animal Collective, Toro y Moi, El-P, Killer Mike, Baauer, Dan Deacon, Com Truise, Ryan Hemsworth, Flosstradamus, Bear Mountain, Free Energy, RL Grime, VHS or Beta, and others, including of course The Disco Biscuits, who run the festival.

Camp Bisco happens about a month after Passion Pit and Animal Collective both play Bonnaroo in Tennessee, Passion Pit plays Firefly in Delaware, and AnCo plays Governors Ball in NYC.

3-Day general admission passes for Camp Bisco are on sale now. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Camp Bisco 2013 lineup & tix (Passion Pit, Animal Collective, Toro y Moi, El-P, Killer Mike, Baauer, Dan Deacon & more)"

Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...

With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.

Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.

There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2013 lineup announcement underway"

Animal Collective at Terminal 5, Dec 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Animal Collective

Animal Collective have released a new video for "Applesauce" directed by controversial filmmaker Gaspar Noé that is best "viewed in complete darkness for maximum effect." Word. While not as seizure-inducing as the opening credits to Noé's film Enter the Void, it's a flashy video nonetheless and should be avoided if you have a distaste for that.... but then again you might avoid AnCo for that altogether anyway.

As discussed, Animal Collecitve will appear at the 2013 Governor's Ball in NYC, one of several dates scheduled for the band both here and across the pond (like Primavera). All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Animal Collective show us their "Applesauce" video, heading out on tour (dates)"

Primavera 2013

Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...

Continue reading "Primavera Sound 2013 line-up announced"

Governors Ball

Governors Ball, which started as a small NYC festival on Governors Island and moved to the larger Randall's Island last year, keeps getting bigger and bigger. This year's fest takes place June 7th, 8th & 9th, and tickets go on sale Friday. Check out the full lineup, in list, video and flyer format - one unannounced headliner included, below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2013 lineup (Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Grizzly Bear, xx, Cut Copy, Kendrick, Anco, Beach House & MUCH MORE)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Animal Collective @ T5, 12/4/2012
Animal Collective

Animal Collective wrapped up a two-night run at Terminal 5 last night (12/5). You've already seen the setlist from the first night and you can check out the setlist from night 2 at the bottom of this post. It's slightly different than night 1, exchanging "Rosie Oh," "Honeycomb," "Pulleys," and "Cobwebs" for "Crimson," "Mercury Man," "Father Time," and "Also Frightened." Are you upset that you went to night 1 and not night 2? Or vice versa? Or are you just bummed/happy you stayed home?

Traxman opened night 1 and pictures from that show are in this post. Highlife opened the second night.

More pics from Tuesday and the setlist Wednesday are below.

Continue reading "Animal Collective played 2 nights at Terminal 5 (night 1 pics, night 2 setlist)"

Animal Collective at Terminal 5 - 12/4/12 (via Ryan Bakker)
AnCo T5

Animal Collective played their first of two Terminal 5 shows last night (12/4) (rescheduled from their one Williamsburg Park show). They focused their set on playing most of 2012's Centipede Hz, but also included two tracks off Merriweather Post Pavillion, and a few others. You can check out the full setlist from last night below.

Traxman opened last night's show, and AnCo will do it again at T5 tonight (12/5) with Highlife opening. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Continue reading "Animal Collective played Terminal 5, do again tonight (setlist)"

by Andrew Sacher

SPIN top 50 2012

SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.

The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.

Continue reading "SPIN names their Top 50 Albums of 2012 (Frank Ocean is #1)"

art basel

From December 6 through 9, Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 11th edition of Art Basel, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks.

In addition to the official events of Art Basel in Miami, there are loads of parties going on throughout the city, including a Kurt Cobain tribute at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts on December 6 that includes an appearance by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and a 15 minute live dance performance based on the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video. More info is here.

Other music artists playing shows during or around Art Basel include Chromatics, Prince Rama, Nicolas Jaar, Purity Ring, Twin Shadow, Brenmar, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Dan Deacon, Hundred Waters, ITAL and Jacuzzi Boys. Paper Mag has a pretty good guide to some of it.

Some of those artists were set to play the UR1 Festival which was to run concurrent with Art Basel but was cancelled.

If you're going to Miami, we'd like to point out that BrooklynVegan photographer Dana (distortion) Yavin will be showing more than 26 prints of her mostly-BrooklynVegan concert photography (including Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple, Snoop Dogg, Madonna and more) in two different galleries, LMNT and OVERTURE, from December 4 - 9. A flyer for the show below has more details.

Continue reading "Art Basel begins soon in Miami, many bands & Dana (distortion) Yavin photo show included"

Animal Collective

As mentioned, Animal Collective, who recently told us what they've been digging in 2012, and who are also ending up on other people's lists for their album, Centipede Hz, will be playing two nights at Terminal 5 (12/4-5) next week to make up for their cancelled Williamsburg Park show, which would have happened in October. Tickets for both shows are still available, but we're also giving away a few pairs for each show. Each pair comes with the show poster, which was designed by artist Andrew Kuo and Avey Tare's sister Abby Portner (who also worked on some of the AnCo album covers). That's the poster above and the contest details are below.

Continue reading "win tix & a poster to Animal Collective's Terminal 5 shows"

Animal Collective

As mentioned, Animal Collective are playing two nights at Terminal 5 (12/4-5) to make up for their cancelled Williamsburg Park show. The first night (12/4) is with Traxman, and no opener has been announced yet for the second night. Tickets for both shows are still available and a portion of the proceeds will go to The American Red Cross to help Hurricane Sandy relief.

Like Amanda Palmer, Animal Collective just spoke to us about their top 10 things of 2012, some of which were albums, like the one by their tourmates Micachu & The Shapes and the new Madlib-produced Georgia Anne Muldrow album, whereas other things on the list were restaurants they had memorable dinners at and British sketch comedy shows. You can check out the whole thing below.

Continue reading "Animal Collective's collective 2012 year-end list"


The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.

By the way you can still get tickets for the December 15 show at Cameo that Sharon curated with She Keeps Bees and Speck Mountain and "Special Guest."

A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.

Continue reading "'The Fly' magazine's Top 50 LPs of 2012 (Sharon Van Etten #1)"

Animal Collective

Animal Collective have scheduled make-up shows for the Williamsburg Park that got cancelled last month due to Avey Tare's laryngitis. They will play two nights at Terminal 5 on December 4 and 5. The band's only other upcoming U.S. tour date is playing the UR1 Festival in Miami on December 10.

Tickets to the T5 shows go on sale Friday (11/9) to the general public but there will be a presale for those who purchased tickets to the Williamsburg Park shows, details of which are still TBA. The band will also be donating a portion of the proceeds from the shows to the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts of The American Red Cross.

Meanwhile, AnCo have a new single, "Applesauce," that is being pulled from Cetipede Hz and will be out next week (11/13). You can stream its b-side, "Crimson," below.

Continue reading "Animal Collective reschedule NYC show, playing two nights at Terminal 5 in December; part of proceeds going to Sandy relief"

Lou Reed at Tibet House benefit 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lou Reed

Lou Reed will be on tour in Europe this month doing photo exhibits and book readings/signings, and upon returning to the US he'll play a NJ show at Englewood's Bergen Performing Arts Center on December 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Right after that show, he'll head to Miami for UR1 Festival, which goes down in Bayfront Park on December 8 and 9. In addition to Lou Reed, performers include Kanye West, Jane's Addiction, Dead Can Dance, Animal Collective, Peter Murphy, Flying Lotus, Slash, Zola Jesus, Wild Nothing, and many more listed below, plus more TBA. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

The UR1 Festival is timed to happen simultaneously with Art Basel, which happens from December 6 - 9 in Miami Beach with "more than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries."

A list of all Lou Reed dates and the UR1 Festival lineup below.

Continue reading "Lou Reed playing NJ show before UR1 Festival (dates, lineup)"

Afghan Whigs @ Bowery Ballroom, May 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Afghan Whigs

today NYC
* Wild Belle @ Zebulon
* Ute Lemper @ Joe's Pub
* Allah-Las @ Union Pool
* Jay-Z @ Barclays Center
* Norah Jones @ Sir Stage 37
* Bassam Saba Trio @ The Stone
* Tori Amos @ (le) poisson rouge
* Punch Brothers @ Gramercy Theatre
* The Denzels, Gunfight @ Legion Bar
* Dosa Hunt @ Nitehawk Cinema
* Todd Barry @ Eastville Comedy Club
* James Iha, Milagres @ Mercury Lounge
* Melvins (Lite), Tweak Bird @ Maxwells
* Sergei Tcherepnin @ Issue Project Room
* Silver Apples, CFCF, WIN WIN @ 92YTribeca
* Young Boys, Suburban Living, SISU @ Pianos
* Lefty Loosey Righty Tighty @ The Paper Box
* Girl Unit, Dubble Dutch, Nadus @ Grasslands
* Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull @ Beacon Theatre
* Girls & Boys w/ Peaches (DJ Set) @ Webster Hall
* Greg Laswell, Katie Herzig @ Highland Ballroom
* Sleigh Bells, AraabMUZIK @ The Capitol Theatre
* Oneohtrix Point Never, Nate Boyce @ The Kitchen
* HITS, Slam Donahue @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Flosstradamus, DJ Sliink, Messkid, Yamez @ 285 Kent
* Mister Lies, Evenings, Beat Culture @ Cameo Gallery
* Moon Duo, Royal Baths, Degreaser @ Knitting Factory
* The Afghan Whigs, Eagles of Death Metal @ Terminal 5
* Neil Halstead (Slowdive/Mojave 3), Jim Hanft @ Union Hall
* The Raveonettes, Melody's Echo Chamber @ Webster Hall
* Anthrax, Testament, Death Angel @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Aeroplane, Catz n Dogz, JDH & Dave P @ Highland Ballroom
* White Arrows, Family Of The Year, New Cassettes @ Grasslands
* Mannequin Pussy, Earthquake Party!, Brabazones @ Shea Stadium
* Buck Gooter, Guardian Alien, I Love You, The Dreebs @ Big Snow
* Dispatch, Good Old War, Parkington Sisters @ Radio City Music Hall
* Psychic Blood, Heaven's Gate, Parquet Courts, Jeremy Smoking @ Dead Herring
* Island Twins, Grand Resort, Celestial Shore, Butter The Children, Lazyeyes, O-Face @ 171 Lombardy
* Micachu & The Shapes (DJ Set), DJ Rezzie, No Glow, Evan Michael, Judge Wise, T'Angelo @ Cameo Gallery

Dum Dum Girls offshoot SISU, who play Wednesday at Glasslands with Royal Baths, play Pianos tonight. Royal Baths open for Moon Duo at Knitting Factory tonight.

Head to your local record store this weekend to pick up AC Newman's new record, free ticket to the Monday show at Rock Shop included.

Speaking of record shopping, The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair is also this weekend. Keep an eye out for Flying Lotus.

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Animal Collective cancelled their Williamsburg Park show tonight but they did play Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night and you can watch video of them doing "Rosie Oh" below.

There's a new Killer Mike video, it's an animated clip for his track "Reagan" and you can watch it below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Friday?"

Animal Collective at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Animal Collective

Animal Collective were scheduled to bring their tour with Micachu & the Shapes to Williamsburg Park tonight (10/5), but have cancelled. The band writes...

Hey everyone,

We really wish we didn?t have to be writing this right now, but after taking Dave to the doctor this morning it turns out that he has laryngitis and unfortunately we are unable to play the show tonight. We are already in the middle of trying to reschedule NY dates in the next couple of months to make up for this cancellation.

Due to circumstances beyond both our and the promoter's control, we are unable to honor the tickets for tonight's show. Fans that have tickets will be able to get full refunds at the place of purchase, and we will let everyone know as soon as we have new dates scheduled. Again, our sincere apologies to fans anticipating this show. We are always psyched to play NYC and will make it up to you.

-Animal Collective

Damn. Feel better Dave!

Micachu & The Shapes were supposed to open, but you can still catch them Monday at LPR. Micachu also DJs at Cameo tonight.

Animal Collective did play Fallon last night though. You can watch below...

Continue reading "Animal Collective cancel tonight's Williamsburg Park show (did play Fallon though)"

Deakin w/ Animal Collective at Prospect Par in 2011 (more by VIncent Cornelli)

Earlier this week, we mentioned that fans were complaining that Animal Collective member Deakin (aka Josh Dibb) never got any of the rewards they were promised by donating to his Kickstarter campaign in 2009. He's since apologetically spoke to Pitchfork about the issue:

"I feel sad, but I've set up a situation where that could be the perception and I understand that", he said. "There are a couple things that are being misconceived."

The primary misunderstanding, Dibb told me, is the belief that he received any of the $26,000. In reality, all of that money has gone directly to TEMEDT, he says. "I think the [Kickstarter] was up for a day or two before I realized that I felt incredibly uncomfortable about the idea of asking people to fund a trip for me to go to Africa... that's why the project turned into a charity thing."

Still, the question remains as to why Dibb failed to follow through on the merchandise promised to donors. Why not just throw together some photos and notes and send them out? The answer can be interpreted as unsatisfyingly simple or as logical and justifiable.

"The gifts were supposed to be based around the music that I had been writing at that time, and when I came back, I personally felt really dissatisfied with it," he explained, and spoke of the struggles he's experienced in recording his first solo record and sticking to his self-imposed deadlines. "For me, as an artist-- whether or not people can be sympathetic to this or not-- it's just been a much slower process to do things on my own than with the band."

What Dibb seems especially apologetic about is his failure to provide donors with regular updates about the project, and to ensure that all the donors have received his messages. "I haven't been the best at updating people in the last two years," he said.

He also mentioned that he sent an update to his Kickstarter donors in August, but that he wasn't sure who actually received the message. The message reads:
I am writing to you once again to thank you for the tremendous support that you all gave back in December of 2009. I am writing you now to deeply apologize for the amount of time it has taken to come back to you with the rewards of your support. I have heard from a number of you expressing deep disappointment in the way that I have handled this project...

I also want to be clear so that all of you know that none of the money you donated was used for my trip. Nor is it being used to fund the materials that you will all be receiving (yes, you will!). All of these things are things that I have paid for myself or will be paying for myself. All of the money that you donated is being used by TEMEDT to continue their work to change the social dynamic in Mali...

...The crux of what has held this up is to record the songs that I was working on around that time in a way that I really felt good about. I am sure it seems inexplicable to some of you that that has taken nearly three years. On a personal level I have been coming to terms with my own creative process and some of that has been to accept that things take a long time to work through me.

So despite the fact that I know that I intend now and have always intended to turn this all into something that you all would be psyched about, I know that I have not been good about keeping you up to date and feeling included in the process which you all have the right to feel. I promise that for the rest of year my only two priorities will be to finish this and to be on tour with Animal Collective. I will keep you updated monthly on what is going on. Lastly I would like to speak to all of you directly if that is something that you would like...

Animal Collective will be in NYC soon for their Williamsburg Park show (10/5) with Micachu & the Shapes.