Entries tagged with: Animal Collective
NY MAGAZINE: What was 2010's cultural highlight for you?Oliver Platt is probably happy that, according to Pitchfork, Deakin is back in Animal Collective (though as animalcollective.org points out, he arguably never left). He's also probably looking forward to Deakin's solo debut, coming in 2011 via Paw Tracks. Look for Oliver in the audience at the New Museum tonight (12/10). Tickets are still available.
Oliver Platt: Panda Bear's "Slow Motion" [B-side to July's 7" single "Tomboy"]. I'm a huge Animal Collective fan, and frankly, if Animal Collective had released something this year, it would be my pick. [2009 EP] Fall Be Kind was one of the highlights of last year. They locate so much soul in electronic music. But I do think that Panda Bear -- Noah Lennox is his real name -- is a freaking musical genius. He sounds like Brian Wilson and he's got this natural gift for harmony. I love Animal Collective, but to me his stuff goes quicker to that place at the back of your neck, where your brain stem starts to buzz. I don't want to sound too druggy here, but it does have that effect. Also, Avey Tare released a solo album this year [Down There] and there was some really amazing stuff on that.
Animal Collective's only upcoming dates are Primavera Sound in Spain in May, and an ATP that they're curating in the UK the same month.
words by Rachel Kowal
Dent May @ BV-CMJ 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
A few nights earlier, I tried and failed to see Dent May at a late-night show, but I figured I'd give it another shot, so I headed over to the Cake Shop after the BrooklynVegan CMJ show at MHOW Thursday night, and was delighted to see that they were running on schedule. I thought I was tired at that point, but I've got to hand it to Dent May and his friend Bobby for their dedication to the cause. "We drove 20 hours straight to be with you. Our car got towed. We've been threw a lot of shit, and we love it," May said by way of introduction. A quick look at Bobby's zombie-like stare as he sat, waiting for the show to start, revealed just how tired he was. In addition to their lengthy sojourn to New York, it was their last show of the week and the third of the day. Luckily, their music is upbeat and undeniably catchy. When they started to play, they sprang to life, and many of the people in the audience began to dance.
Dent May doesn't have any more dates on his schedule, but he is on the lineup of the just-announced All Tomorrow's Parties curated by Animal Collective taking place May 13th-15th at at Butlins Holiday Centre in Minehead, UK. Full initial lineup announcement below...
words by Jessica Timlin
Avey Tare release party crocodile cake (Pushkar)
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.
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...
Avey Tare @ Governors Island this summer (more by Erez Avissar)
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and YouTube, in collaboration with HP and Intel, tonight announced the top 25 videos, selected from 23,358 online video submissions and 91 countries, for YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video. The announcement was made at a special celebratory event at the Guggenheim Museum this evening, "YouTube Play. Live from the Guggenheim," with a corresponding global live stream at YouTube.com/Play.Avey Tare was left out of the jury. Maybe because he's been too busy working on his new album which is released this week. To celebrate, he and some friends will be getting together at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn tonight (10/25), and everyone is invited. Details below...
On behalf of the jury, Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and Jury Chairperson, said, "It was our goal to reach the widest possible audience, inviting individuals from around the world to submit a video for consideration. While our original goal had been to select 20, the jury was so moved by the quality of work submitted that we decided to honor a final list of 25. We believe the end result is 25 of the most unique and innovative video work to be created and distributed online during the past two years."...
...The YouTube Play jury included: performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson; music group Animal Collective, featuring Deakin (Josh Dibb), Geologist (Brian Weitz), and Panda Bear (Noah Lennox); filmmaker Darren Aronofsky; visual artists Douglas Gordon, Ryan McGinley, Marilyn Minter, and Takashi Murakami; artists and filmmakers Shirin Neshat and Apichatpong Weerasethakul; and graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, with Guggenheim Chief Curator and Deputy Director Nancy Spector serving as jury chairperson.
photos by Benjamin Lozovsky
Deakin @ Glasslands
"Just got back from it. Didn't stick around for the cowboys & indians dance party, though I probably should have. I was faced on mushrooms the whole night and felt like the place was being overrun by 16 year olds. Twice some dumb scantily-clad broads approached me to ask if I'd buy them drinks cos they were only "20". This was very different from the demographic I imagined Prince Rama and Deakin would be playing for.The show described above too place in Massachusetts on Tuesday. The show pictured in this post took place place at Glasslands on Monday (9/13), one night earlier. It was Deakin of Animal Collective's first NYC solo show with an assist from current tour/label mate Prince Rama, and Silk Flowers and Amen Dunes.
Really bummed out about the arrest of Michael from Prince Rama, and the subsequent abridged setlist. But still they sounded really amazing, and Deakin's set was very cool. It's a shame most people there didn't seem to give much of a shit about the live music.
Can't believe I didn't stick around longer. What did I miss? But don't tell me a bunch of half naked 18 year old girls with face paint prancing around, beseeching older men to buy them drinks. Because I was there for that.
P.S. I was the awkward weirdo in the blue hoodie.
The trek continues for Prince Rama/Deakin, who play Montreal tonight and scoot across the west coast until the end of September. After that, Prince Rama will then link up with Light Pollution for another tour that kicks off in Chicago in early October before they both play NYC on 10/21 as part of the Carpark/Paw Tracks CMJ Showcase at Cake Shop. More details on that showcase TBA.
It's unclear why the guy from Prince Rama got arrested, but the above account makes at least three times I heard about it.
Prince Rama's new LP, Shadow Temple, is out now via Paw Tracks, dig on one track from the LP, "Lightening Fossil", downloadable above. Light Pollution's new LP, Apparitions, is out now also, and features "Witchcraft" available for download above.
Full tour dates and tons of pics from Glasslands are below...
photos by Erez Avissar
Noah: "I was living in Brooklyn, right on the edge of Brooklyn Heights, right near Red Hook over there. I was walking to work actually and walking towards the subway and I didn't know anything about it. The first plane had crashed when I was walking and everybody was walking the other way from the subway towards somewhere else. It just felt weird and smelled weird and I guess a women saw me going towards the subway stop and she was like, 'The subway isn't running right now.' And and I was like "What happened?" She just pointed up in the sky and I could just see a really big pillar of smoke and you could see the building on fire."With the NYC skyline aglow from the Sept 11th memorial, Panda Bear headlined the Beach stage at the serene Governor's Island with his AnCo cohort Avey Tare on the one's and two's, and opening sets from Teengirl Fantasy and Portugal's Gala Drop.
...The 100-layer-electro-pastoral-pop burrito thing [aka Panda' Bear's sound] has its charms: His new "Tomboy" shows up early, a few angry-sounding power chords giving it form and drive; his songs are better the more they sound like temper tantrums, particularly "Song for Ariel," wherein he bellows "I want what I want what I want what I want what I want" until you're ready to give it him already.The easiest thing to stare at Saturday night was the visuals on the screen, which when not covered by the smoke from the smoke machines, made for excellent eye candy though I couldn't help but look towards the skyline at times as well. The full Panda setlist, courtesy of NYC Taper who taped the show, is below. Teengirl's setlist is down there too along with a 20 minute Big Ass Lens video that you need to check out.
It all just starts to blur together garishly after a half-hour or so, though there's rarely not a sweet, simple tune buried under there, and he's much better at keeping it at least faintly audible: Even at his worst it only sounds like, say, two Passion Pit songs and a Bruce Hornsby song playing on top of each other. And his voice, as always, will rescue both him and you, huge and brassy, traces of both Thom Yorke and Rufus Wainwright, selling his more grandiose drama and doing major damage the softer and sweeter and simpler his backdrop gets: "Ponytail," the slight, painfully delicate closer to his rapturously praised Person Pitch, is the exception that makes the rule bearable. As for the rest, just do what you do when you're drunk: Find something in the room and stare at it until the room stops spinning. -[Village Voice]
The Panda Bear show was one of two Noah Lennox played over the weekend. He played Baltimore the next day (9/12). Panda Bear will also appear at Moogfest on October 20th, and that's it for now. Hopefully he'll spend that time working on Tomboy, which currently has no official release date (new single out in October).
More pictures, video, and setlists from the 9/11 show are below....
Spoon @ MSG in August (more by Bao Nguyen)
today in NYC
* whiplash @ UCB
* free comedy @ Pianos
* ZZ Top @ Beacon Theatre
* Spoon @ Cake Shop (afternoon)
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* Jay-Z & Eminem @ Yankee Stadium
* Spoon, Sean Bones @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gringo Star, Caveman, Soft Black @ Cameo Gallery
* On ODDSAC, Avey Tare & Danny Perez in conversation
* The Charlatans UK, Sherlock's Daughter @ Bowery Ballroom
* Deakin, Prince Rama, Silk Flowers, Amen Dunes @ Glasslands
* The Bouncing Souls @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise (The Temptress)
* Birthdays, Mark DeNardo, Emily Reo, Philip Seymour Hoffman @ Cake Shop
Unsound Lounge: On ODDSAC, Avey Tare & Danny Perez in conversationAvey DJ'd the Panda Bear show on Governors Island Saturday night (pics coming soon).
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To celebrate the release of their unique "visual album" DVD project ODDSAC (Plexifilm), Animal Collective's Avey Tare and director Danny Perez will join moderator Andy Battaglia in a discussion about how they see and hear--and work to blur the boundaries between the two.
Spoon plays early and late.
Jay-Z and Eminem play their first of two shows at the new Yankee Stadium tonight.
The VMAs happened Sunday. The Black Keys won for "Breakthrough Video" and pretty much everything else went to Lady Gaga (Eminem and Jay-Z got some too). Robyn was there. Video of her on the red carpet below...
the view from the Panda Bear concert - 9/11/2010
Great show. Emotional night. More later. (anyone write down the setlist?)
interview by Billy Jones, FYF photos by Chris Juarez
Panda Bear @ FYF Fest - Sept 4, 2010
"Noah Lennox (born July 17, 1978) in Baltimore, Maryland known as Panda Bear, is an experimental musician and a founding member of Animal Collective. He chose the name "Panda Bear" because he drew pictures of pandas as artwork on the recordings he made as a younger musician. Lennox grew up in the Roland Park section of Baltimore, Maryland, and had attended high school in Pennsylvania. As a child and teenager, he played sports, mainly soccer and basketball, and had studied piano until he was eight and then cello. He later sang tenor in his high school chamber choir. At the age of 17 he began to listen to electronic music styles like house & techno and artists such as Aphex Twin, all of which became a huge influence on his later work" [Wikipedia]Panda Bear is currently making his way to NYC for a big headlining show happening on Governors Island Saturday night, September 11th (tickets are still on sale). On this past Saturday, September 4th, he played a set (that he wasn't too happy about) at FYF Fest in LA (pictures from that show are in this post).
On Monday he played the Fox Theatre in Oakland. Live Music Blog was there and said, "I left the concert speechless, completely in awe of what I just experienced. One of the best shows I've seen in a while." That's good news for those who were scared away by what they heard about the Pitchfork Festival.The Fox Theatre setlist is at the end of this post.
And it was right before that Oakland show (at the venue) that BrooklynVegan interviewer Billy Jones was able to get Noah, an ex-Brooklynite and father of two who currently lives in Portugal, on the phone for a few minutes. Their chat is transcribed in this post.
They talked about when Panda Bear's album is coming out (if you haven't heard, it's called "Tomoby"), whether Animal Collective is still a band, FYF Fest, 9/11, Governors Island opener Gala Drop, and much more. Read it below...
PLAYING LIVE EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY - schedule here: www.cameony.com. The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, direct from Brooklyn. Our residency continues Wed, Sept. 1st & 15th at Cameo/The Lovin' Cup (93 North 6th Street, btw Berry & Wythe, 11211), and every first and third Wed in 2010.The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra continue their residency tonight (9/1). Listen to their covers of Animal Collective, TV on the Radio, Arcade Fire and CSS, below...
The WSO is a 12-piece band playing big Latin arrangements of our favorite indie tunes. Come see us live!
DOWNLOAD: Prince Rama - Lightening Fossil (MP3)
Deakin & Avey @ PS1 on July 31st (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Hot off their sets at PS1, Animal Collective's Deakin and Brooklyn's Prince Rama will be going on tour in September. The trip kicks off with a September 13th show at Glasslands with Silk Flowers and Amen Dunes. Tickets are on sale.
I think Glasslands will be Deakin's first non-DJ solo show in NYC. His first-ever solo show took place in Baltimore at the beginning of the year. The Brooklyn show is also a release party for Prince Rama's new LP, Shadow Temple, which comes out on AnCo's Paw Tracks label the day after. A track from it is above. Prince Rama have a few NYC date before that too - their full schedule is below.
Also with a new album is Avey Tare, whose debut solo record, Down There, comes out October 26th on Paw Tracks. Avey deejays at Glasslands on Friday, September 24th on a bill with Crocodiles (who have a new record). RSVP for that.
No Geologist news (vacation?).
New album infos and tour dates below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Blondes & Avey Tare @ PS1 Warm Up on July 31st
Avey Tare and Deakin of Animal Collective were among the DJs at PS1 Warm Up on Saturday, July 31st. Other sets & performances included Blondes, Prince Rama, Babe Rainbow, CFCF and Oneohtrix Point Never (who only performed for 15 minutes because of problems with his equipment).
Another AnCo member, Panda Bear, who played Pitchfork Fest in July, will be performing at the Beach at Governors Island on September 11th. Tickets are still on sale.
More pictures from the Long Island City party are below...
WhoMadeWho @ Knitting Factory in March (more by Chris La Putt)
tonight in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB Theatre
* Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* U.S. Royalty, Dinosaur Bones, Bronze @ Pianos
* Virgin Forest, Robert Ellis, Mercy Choir @ Cake Shop
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* D.I., Beer and Cable, Born Loose, Obaman @ Europa
* Mark Trecka, Sleepy Doug Shaw, Tiny Lichens @ Zebulon
* Emyprean, Doomsday Mourning, Heartbeatstill @ Lit Lounge
* WhoMadeWho, Blackbells, Sun Airways, Farewell Republic @ Mercury Lounge
* Bastard Noise, Child Abuse, Communion, Anthony Saunders @ Death By Audio
* Big Troubles, Total Slacker, Run DMT, The Beach Arabs @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Tonight at Whiplash are Hannibal Buress (SNL), Arden Myrin (Mad TV), & guest host Sean Patton.
Animal Collective's new video for "Guys Eyes" (surfing, skateboarding, vintage-looking film) is posted below.
Delorean @ Glasslands in June (more by Chris Doss)
MoMA's annual summer season of parties at PS1 in Long Island City, aka Warm Up, returns on July 3rd and there are lot of familiar names on this year's lineup. That is due in part to this year's curators being Dean Bein of True Panther Records, Jon Galkin from DFA, Kris Chen (XL), Ronan from LPR, writer Brandon Stusoy (Stereogum, etc), and Robin from Tri Angle. Check out the full schedule, directions and more info below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Pantha du Prince - Welt Am Draht (Animal Collective Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pantha du Prince - "Stick To My Side" (feat. Panda Bear) (Four Tet remix) (MP3)
Pantha du Prince...
German electronic music maven Pantha du Prince (Hendrick Weber) will be playing his first US shows in three years starting tonight, June 15th, in Washington DC. He visits NYC for a live set at Santos Party House on Thursday, June 17th. Also at that will be Fixed residents JDH and Dave P and Swedish duo Dada Life. Tickets are still on sale.
Pantha's third album and his first on Rough Trade, Black Noise, came out earlier this year. Weber is clearly a well-connected guy - the record features a guest vocal spot by Panda Bear and a bass-guest turn by Tyler Pope of LCD Soundsystem/!!!/Out Hud. The AC crew even remixed one of the album tracks. That's posted above, along with a Four Tet remix of the Noah Lennox song. The album is still streaming at the label's site.
Pantha du Prince's three June US shows will be followed up by a full stateside tour in the fall. In the meantime, Pantha du Prince crisscrosses Europe this summer. The video for "Stick to My Side" (again, that's the Panda Bear one), all tour dates, and the upcoming schedule for Fixed are all below...
With a new 7" on the way and select dates already scheduled, Panda Bear has confirmed the details of his new record, and more shows - including one on Governors Island on September 11th... which feels kind of weird - not good or bad, just weird since the Manhattan skyline will be clearly visible from the outdoor venue while Noah Lennox is performing. $25 tickets to the show will go on AMEX pre-sale on Wednesday, June 9th and then general sale on Friday, June 11th.
Dirty Projectors also play a NYC show on 9/11 this year.
More info about the PB single (which is part of a series in anticipation of a new LP) and all tour dates (Animal Collective-related wedding footage) are below...
DOWNLOAD: The Arcade Fire - Black Mirror (MP3)
Paw Tracks is excited to present the first in a series of limited edition seven inch singles by Animal Collective's Panda Bear. There will be several limited singles total (on different labels), and each one will bring us closer and closer to the much anticipated release of the Tomboy full length.Over the weekend news broke that new music from Panda Bearand Arcade Fire would be on the way shortly. The Amazon info about Panda Bear's "Tomboy" single (b-side "Slow Motion") says that it'll be out July 13th.
Arcade Fire's 12-inch single for "Suburbs/Month of May" is due soon (possibly by June 1), as revealed by a note from the band on their website.
Both act have shows this summer (Panda Bear's are mostly abroad, Arcade Fire have some in Europe and Canada), including stops in Chicago (Panda Bear at Pitchfork Fest, Arcade Fire at Lollapalooza) but nothing in New York as of now.
Richard from Arcade Fire played with The National at BAM on Saturday (more on that in a sec). Sarah from the Arcade Fire played with the Luyas at one of their Brooklyn shows in April.
Arcade Fire's note is below...
by Benjamin Lozovsky
"For the Guggenheim's 50th Anniversary, the band Animal Collective has collaborated with artist Danny Perez on a site-specific performance piece that will transform the museum's rotunda into a kinetic, psychedelic environment. Transverse Temporal Gyrus will feature original recorded music composed specifically for the event along with video projections, costumes, and props, rendering the band members and performers into intense, visual abstractions. During the evening, guests are invited to freely explore the space in order to fully immerse themselves in the environment created by Animal Collective and Danny Perez."Chaos and abstraction found its way back to the Guggenheim Thursday (3/4) night. It had nothing to do with the recently finished Kandinsky retrospective though. Instead it was through Transverse Temporal Gyrus, an almost violently meditative sound and visual installation designed by Animal Collective and artist Danny Perez.
The event was part of the ongoing yearlong celebration commemorating the museum's 50th anniversary. While it's impossible to say what museum founder Peggy Guggenheim might think of such an experiment in spectacle, her track record of gracious support for establishment challenging mind-benders like Max Ernst, Paul Klee, René Magritte and Marc Chagall could be a telling hypothesis.
Animal Collective described their musical contribution to the collaboration as an attempt to mimic the cacophonous yet often unrecognized communication present in both the jungle and thriving urban landscapes. It turned out to be an accurate representation, even through the diluted prism of psychedelia that washed over the towering rotunda for the whole event.
Samples created and collected by the band alternately chirped and blared through the 36 speakers set up along the ascending spiral path, determined at random by a complex (at least complex-looking on a audio engineer monitored screen) computer algorithm. For three hours monastic chants, saw-tooth metallic grinding, and even snippets of recognizable melodic elements from the band's recorded work, among many other sounds, repeated and bled into each other as Geologist, Avey Tare, and Deakin (Panda Bear wasn't there) stood as stylized monstrosities surrounded by black lit, stone-like sculptures and metamorphosing crystal balls. For many attendees, it was hit or miss.
The always challenging and ever-divisive band managed to confound plenty of their fans during the event, but to be fair, a large amount had probably never witnessed a sound installation before. And even as far as sound installations go, it was at times underwhelming. It was perhaps better served as less of a revelatory art piece and more of a completely unique and relaxing way to view and experience one of the most beautiful indoor spaces in all of New York City. Watching saturated colors shifting in tones illuminate the high glass ceiling of the Guggenheim was easily hypnotic.
But as the initially strange noises became more familiar as they reoccurred throughout the night, the mood of the crowd grew more frenetic, as if to connote that more we are able to understand each other, the more confusing our world becomes.
And for Animal Collective, the installation at once seemed like a creative side-indulgence and a culmination of a career long objective: to completely remove themselves as individuals from the music they create, sitting back as prominent but ultimately irrelevant performance objects. With that sort of fulfillment of an artistic destination, Peggy Guggenheim would surely approve.
More pictures from the 2nd of two shows last night, below...
Animal Collective & Danny Perez
Transverse Temporal Gyrus, the video/music installation/performance by Animal Collective & Danny Perez happening at the Guggenheim, has sold out its 9pm showing on Thursday, March 4th. Good thing they've added an early show for the same day, to happen from 4:30-7:30pm. Tickets are on sale (thanks Christopher & CJ).
The trailer for their previous film with Danny Perez, Oddsac, which coms to NYC this week, is reposted below...
Geologist @ AMNH in January (more by Tim Griffin)
Animal Collective & Danny Perez: Transverse Temporal Gyrus...For the Guggenheim's 50th Anniversary, the band Animal Collective has collaborated with artist Danny Perez on a site-specific performance piece that will transform the museum's rotunda into a kinetic, psychedelic environment. Transverse Temporal Gyrus will feature original recorded music composed specifically for the work along with video projections, costumes, and props, rendering the band members and performers into intense, visual abstractions. During the evening, guests are invited to freely explore the space in order to fully immerse themselves in the environment created by Animal Collective and Danny Perez.The event will happen at the Guggenheim on Thursday, March 4th. Tickets go on sale to museum members Thursday, February 18th at 10am. Tickets for nonmembers go on sale Friday, February 19th at 10am.
Danny Perez is the visual artist who worked with the band on their ODDSAC film, which is coming to NYC's Visual Arts Theatre on Tuesday, March 2nd and (added second night) Wednesday, March 3rd. Tickets to the new night's 6:30pm & 8:30pm screening are on sale.
More details on the new installation and the ODDSAC trailer again are below...
"[A Grammy] definitely doesn't hold as much credence in the indie world," said Amy Phillips, news editor of online music tastemaker and news site Pitchfork.com.
Though the Grammys occasionally have bestowed their highest reward on albums that pretty much everybody agrees are great - such as OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, in 2004, or The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, in 1998 - the Recording Academy's choices usually don't match those of the music press.The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards air at 8PM ET/PT tonight (1/31).
(And that's as true this year as ever, despite the academy's efforts to get hipper and younger. After wins in the last two years by Herbie Hancock and the duo of Robert Plant and Alison Kruass, there's a notable absence of geezer entries in the top categories this year.)
That's because the critical consensus of what makes for good pop music in 2010 has coalesced around indie bands - all of them at least partly based in Brooklyn - such as Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors and, most of all, Animal Collective, which won the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, published earlier this month.
You won't find any of those bands up for any Grammy Awards. But you will find all of them on 2009's Top 10 list from Pitchfork, the online music magazine whose 1-to-10 scoring system - down to scientifically precise decimal points - is taken as gospel in the indie universe. (Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion garnered a world-beating 9.6.)
As Chuck Eddy skeptically pointed out in his essay accompanying the Pazz & Jop poll, eight of the Pitchfork Top 10 also made the P&J Top 10, suggesting that "indie-rock is suddenly better than everything put together." [Philadelphia Inquirer]
The Ting Tings, Silversun Pickups, and MGMT all appear in the Grammy's Best New Artist category. David Byrne & Brian Eno, Death Cab For Cutie, Depeche Mode, Phoenix, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs are all up for Best Alternative Music Album (the latter two also made the top 10 albums list in Pazz & Jop).
UPDATE: Phoenix won it.
"I'm sure Lady Gaga will do something amazing, and I can't wait to see that," said Pitchfork's Phillips. "That's really good, but the awards themselves don't seem to be relevant.As previously also pointed out, Beast, Neko Case (also a Pazz & Jop Top 10er), Imogen Heap, Kings of Leon and Wilco have also been nominated. If Wilco win, it won't be the first time. They talked about their last Grammy win on stage at a show. Video from that, along with other videos and the full list of nominees below...
"I think what people don't really realize is that it's all industry people voting for themselves. The fact is that it's taken so seriously, and it really shouldn't be." [Omaha World-Record]
DJ Geologist @ AMNH on January 8th (more by Tim Griffin)
Animal Collective and frequent collaborator Danny Perez created a very colorful movie that entirely lacks a plot, but is a series of musical and visual motifs to make a whole. It kick-starts with what seems to be headlights on tall grass, and that's as explicable and transparent as "ODDSAC" gets.ODDSAC, "A Visual Album by Danny Perez and Animal Collective," premiered at Sundance on Tuesday (1/26) - it plays there all week, and has scheduled screenings in NYC and Chicago this March.
It clocks in 53 minutes and boasts all-new compositions from the Brooklyn-based noise-crafters unlike anything we've heard from them before. These generally are not complete songs, but moods and, at times, predictably, purposefully grating rhythms and riffs. [Hitfix]
There will be two Tuesday, March 2nd showings (6:30pm, 8:30pm) at NY's Visual Arts Theatre (333 West 23rd St). Tickets for 6:30pm and tickets for 8:30pm are both on sale. Director Danny Perez and members of Animal Collective will be in attendence.
If Panda Bear is one of the members attending, he'll have to work it around his European tour dates, which are mainly in March with scattered other overseas days that include ATP UK on May 7th and Barcelona's Primavera Fest on May 27th.
ODDSAC trailer, screening times, and all Panda Bear tour dates are below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"Animal Collective was NOT Animal Collective last night. It was a sad dj set from Geologist playing from i-tunes from his laptop. Boo!" - Yvonne G
Animal Collective DJ in a museum tonight (1/8). New 'Brothersport' video below...
Deacon @ Ottobar - Jan 1, 2010 (chrissy abbott / bmoremusic)
Deacon, or Joshua "Deakin" Dibb of Animal Collective, played his first ever solo show on the first night of the new decade here in Baltimore, Maryland. This show was a precursor to his trip to Africa, where he was invited to play the Festival au Desert in Mali.Taper Charlie Hughes recorded the show and posted the audio on Bmoremusic where you'll also find more pictures from the event.
This was the unveiling of his solo material, and part of an amazing evening at the Ottobar that included Jason Urick, Daniel Higgs, Zomes, and Moss of Aura. Deacon played five new songs, all of which he's decided to exist unnamed for the time being. [Bmore Musically Informed]