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DOWNLOAD: Black Dice - Glazin' (MP3)

Black Dice @ Market Hotel (more by Lori Bailyt)
Black Dice

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Black Dice's new album, Repo, came out April 7th on Paw Tracks. Members of Animal Collective work on/co-own that label - which makes it no suprise that the Black Dice are going on tour with Animal Collective in May and June. The shared dates don't include Animal Collective's Brooklyn Prospect Park shows (opener for those is still unannounced). All dates below.

About the new record, Paw Tracks writes:

REPO is the fifth album by Black Dice. The Brooklyn, NY-based trio has never worked harder at crafting a set of concise, sonically battering, or flat-out bizarre tunes than on this collection of fringe-surfing tone bombs. Yet a new roadhouse blues-band philosophy has simultaneously emerged, allowing the group to loosen up and toss off a record packed with blurry hooks and zoomed-in riffs as casually as a grizzled denizen of roadside dives might spew out aural alchemy in-between a few brews.
All tour dates, with Repo art work and track list, below...

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Lions and tigers and bears

Tickets are on sale for the recently added late Dan Deacon show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on Am Ex presale (@ noon) for the recently added Grizzly Bear show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the 2nd Animal Collective show in Prospect Park. Tickets are also still on sale for the first.

Tickets for Metallica's MSG show are now on "Met Club Presale". An "Internet Presale" starts Friday. Then regular sale is Saturday.

Phish added a third (June 2nd) show at Jones Beach. You can currently request tickets at their site. They go on general sale Friday, April 17th.

Tickets are on sale for the Secret Chiefs 3 show at MHOW.

Tickets are on sale for the recently added, and third, Throbbing Gristle show in NYC.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

This Saturday, April 11th, Yeah Yeah Yeahs will perform as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Zac Efron hosts. This past Saturday's episode featured Paris's Phoenix. Videos from that show HERE.

In related news, "Zero," the first single off the band's new record It's Blitz, has so far been remixed by MSTRKFRFT, N.A.S.A., and Animal Collective (and probably others). If you haven't heard them already, the first two versions are streaming below. The third, Animal Collective's reworking, is out as the b-side of a limited-edition "Zero" 7" single - free when you buy/bought the album from Insound.

The band's upcoming shows include Coachella and Bonnaroo, and All Points West.

Check out the third installment of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' SNAKESWEAT art-video series (after catching up on the previous two), also below...

Continue reading "Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing SNL, remixed by N.A.S.A. & others"

Animal Collective @ Grand Ballroom (more by Zach Dilgard)
Animal Collective

Tickets are still on sale for Animal Collective's August 14th show at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Tickets are on "Internet Presale" NOW for a show at the same venue one day later (Saturday, August 15th). As usual, the password is unknown, but I wouldn't worry about it. Tickets go on regular sale for the new show on Wednesday (@ noon).

David Byrne, Taj Mahal, Kuroma, Suckers (also opening for MGMT), and others are also playing Celebrate Brooklyn shows in Prospect Park this summer.

Animal Collective's next NYC show is May 13th at Terminal 5 (sold out). All tour dates below...

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U2 way

Tickets are on presale for the U2 show coming up at Giants Stadium. Regular sale begins March 30th. Muse is opening.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Animal Collective show at Prospect Park.

Animal Collective @ Bowery Ballroom (more by J Caldwell)
Animal Collective

As someone pointed out, Animal Collective is one of the artists playing the Celebrate Brooklyn series of concerts at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn this summer. It's not a free show though. $30 tickets for the August 14th show go on sale Wednesday at noon, but are on "venue presale" NOW (password?).

MGMT is playing a not-free show at the same venue this summer.

TV on the Radio, M Ward and others are playing shows in Central Park this summer.

Animal Collective is also playing Terminal 5 in May, and many other places.

Jane's Addiction - @ Echoplex, Los Angeles - Feb 16, 2009 (revolute)
Jane's Addiction

Live Nation and Adam Zacks are pleased to announce this year's line up for the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the legendary Gorge in Eastern Washington. The festival, now in its eighth and most ambitious year yet, has evolved from a unique, homegrown & low key fest into a full blown three day extravaganza. A festival-goer's dream, it comes complete with camp-outs, canyons, sunsets, three stages and new this year, an expanded comedy and dance music tent. The tent will feature performances from comedians throughout the day, and then come dusk, will spotlight electronic and dance music artists.

Already the official opener to summer for music fans, the Sasquatch! Music Festival is becoming a certified monster of a musical event: this year features another exciting and diverse line-up for the musically adventurous, and ups the ante on an event already hailed for its independent spirit. Tickets go on sale Saturday February 28th at 10AM

Jane's Addiction, reunited once again, played a show at the Echoplex in LA last night. They announced it last week via their website and mailing list.

Today it was announced that Jane's (feat. all four original members), NIN, Kings of Leon, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erykah Badu, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Santigold, and many others are playing this year's Sasquatch Festival (May 23, 24, 25, 2009 @ The Gorge in Quincy, WA). Full lineup and ticket info below...

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Lucero @ Terminal 5 Friday night (more by Mike Lerner)

today in NYC
* Lucero @ Mercury Lounge
* Elysian Fields @ Joe's Pub
* The Black Keys & Doug Gillard Wellmont Theater
* Blank Dogs, Woods, WAVVES & Nodzzz @ Underground Lounge

Underground Lounge is located 955 West End Ave @ 107th St in Morningside Heights. The WAVVES show starts at 2PM.

Kanye West has been blogging about a lot of 'indie' music (and comedy) lately. There was the recent Aziz Ansari post, and the exclusive new Peter Bjorn and John track he posted. Kanye's other recent likes include TV on the Radio's David Bowie cover, Bon Iver covering Feist, Friendly Fires, Francis and the Lights, Passion Pit, Animal Collective AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, LAND OF TALK.

Kanye will be performing at the Grammys today. So will Radiohead. Nominees include MIA, Adele, No Age, Hot Chip, Daft Punk, My Morning Jacket and Death Cab For Cutie.

Antony was just on NPR.

Little Boots played Studio B last night. Video below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Sunday (besides the Grammys)?"

Ratatat @ Terminal 5 in September (more by Leia Jospe)

Evan Mast, or E*vax, is an electronic music artist. He and his brother E*rock run the Audio Dregs record label. His first album, Parking Lot Music, was released on 04 April 2001. Mast's music is minimalist, using everyday sounds samples to create simple electronic beats. E*vax is half of Ratatat, a New York based indie/electronic band. He has released 7-inch singles on Static Caravan and Mold Recordings, along with Shudder To Think singer Craig Wedren. Evan used to work at Upoc. [Wikipedia]
Animal Collective remixed Ratatat's song "Mirando". You can find the track on the b-side of a new Mirando 12" vinyl-only single that was released by XL Recordings this week.

Ratatat have some west coast dates lined in March and April, and Ratatat are playing Terminal 5 in NYC (again) on April 21st. Tickets for the east coast show go on Am Ex presale today at noon and then regular sale Friday.

Animal Collective are also doing some touring. All Ratatat dates, and some videos, below...

Continue reading "Ratatat - 2009 Tour Dates (Terminal 5 again), a new 12" w/ an Animal Collective remix"

Crystal Castles @ MHOW - New Years Eve (more by Ryan Muir)
Crystal Castles

Al Green @ the Wellmont Theater - Nov 2008 (more by Eric M Townsend)
Al Green

Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The eighth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 11 - 14 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Every year Bonnaroo seeks to make history by offering unique and exclusive performances by rock's greatest legends as well as its most significant newcomers. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2009 lineup will total over 120 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through www.bonnaroo.com on Saturday, February 7 at 12:00 PM Eastern.
As rumored, Bruce Springsteen (who just played the Superbowl Halftime show) and Phish (who just had some trouble selling tickets to other shows) are headlining this year's Bonnaroo. Nine Inch Nails (who played Lollapalooza last year), Beastie Boys, David Byrne (who has two shows coming up at Radio City), Wilco, Al Green, Erykah Badu, TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who are also playing Coachella), Andrew Bird (who just played Carnegie Hall), The Decemberists, Bon Iver, Animal Collective (who are very popular right now), Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Santogold, Grizzly Bear (who have a new album coming out), St. Vincent, Ted Leo, Crystal Castles, and many others are also on the bill according to the now-officially announced initial lineup.

Coachella announced their initial lineup less than a week earlier.

Metallica played Bonnaroo in 2008. Metallica played NY & NJ this past weekend.

Full (initial) 2009 Bonnaroo lineup below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo announces initial 2009 lineup (Bruce Springsteen, Phish, Beastie Boys, NIN, Wilco, Animal Collective...)"


If you're still recovering from December 31, there's no need to worry about having to do it all over again. The Chinese New Year celebration for the Year of the Ox -- which begins on [Monday] January 26, 2009 (year 4707 on the Chinese calendar) -- is more laid-back than the usual Dick Clark spectacle...

New York: January 26, February 1. More than 400,000 fireworks will rain down over Manhattan's Roosevelt Park on January 26, while a parade is slated for February 1. On that day, some 500,000 spectators will watch martial arts performances, traditional dancers from Mexico and Bolivia and live bands playing from decorated floats -- all while a continual burst of confetti poppers fills the streets with brightly colored paper. The January 31 parade in Flushing, Queens, brings together all of that borough's East Asian groups, and Brooklyn's 8th Avenue Chinatown hosts the most homegrown parade in New York, with the whole neighborhood taking to the streets in celebration. [CNN]

today in NYC
* Mos Def @ Blue Note
* The Killers & M83 @ MSG
* Thomas Function @ Mercury Lounge
* Eugene Mirman and friends @ Union Hall
* Sam McPheeters (spoken word) & Golden Error @ Cake Shop
* Notorious MSG, Peelander Z, Beluga & Gelatine @ Santos Party House

Notorious (B.I.G.) is in theaters.

Terry Chimes of the Clash was born today in 1955.

Andy Cox of The Beat was born today in 1956.

Ox Baker was most feared for his dreaded Heart Punch.

Animal Collective's official video for "My Girls", below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Sunday (Chinese New Year of the Ox Eve)"

photos by J Caldwell

Animal Collective

Tickets are on sale at noon for the May 13th Animal Collective show at Terminal 5 in NYC. The date is part of a much larger tour.

Animal Collective played Grand Ballroom in NYC on Tuesday night. Grab a live recording of the show HERE. They played Bowery Ballroom one night later. Grab the live recording from that show HERE.

Since our last Bowery post, J Caldwell wrote in with some more pictures of the show. More of them below...

Continue reading "Animal Collective Terminal 5 TIX, Bowery pics & recordings"

Animal Collective
Animal Collective
Animal Collective

Opening act was pure crap. (crying baby sample for like 10 minutes?? izawack!)

AC was sick!

Crowd was lively.

Smoking was quasi allowed...and appreciated.

Great show overall! [Big Perm]

Based on seeing them a few times before, I've always been on the side of "Animal Collective sucks live". After giving them another chance at Bowery Ballroom last night (1/21), I am now officially a convert. Animal Collective DID NOT suck live, as Big Perm agreed with (above), and as Nick expressed about the show they played at Grand Ballroom farther uptown one night earlier.

I agree with my friend who said they could have played longer, and with my friend who said they could have played more energetic songs in the encore because the crowd was ready and full of energy, but I also have no complaints and the encore may have been my favorite part. The harmonizing during the reworked version of Winter's Love which went right into the show-closing Panda Bear track Comfy in Nautica, all being performed loud over the great Bowery sound system was just so good. Full setlist below...

Continue reading "Animal Collective @ Bowery Ballroom (a few pics & setlist)"

photos by Zach Dilgard, words by Nick Masi

Animal Collective

Dave Portner: There have definitely been other times when we want people to understand we're just normal guys. We're not these weirdoes that a lot of people pin us down as trying to be. It's been, in that way, important for us to talk to our fans and meet people. That takes away from the mystery, I guess. But it's important to have an understanding when you feel like you're stepping over the boundaries that we've set. I think there are still certain things about our records, or the music-making process, that we really don't care for people to know. Like, certain technical things. We're not so into having photos of us taken in a studio, or anybody coming when we're working in the studio, because there's a side of it that's really personal to us and just between us. [a recent Pitchfork interview]
Animal Collective celebrated the release of their highly-acclaimed new album Merriweather Post Pavilion with a show at Grand Ballroom last night (1/20/09). It was their first of two smaller NYC shows. The second is today at Bowery Ballroom. Then they're back to play the much larger Terminal 5 in May.

Tickets for the sold out show were in demand, but the general admission room wasn't uncomfortably packed. The crowd was young. It was an early night - I was back on the street before 11PM.

After an opening set by Blues Control, Animal Collective kicked the set off with MPP's opening track "In the Flowers," and from there they played a nice mixture of songs - old and new. The crowd went nuts for "My Girls," "Brother Sport" and the now classic "Fireworks." The setlist didn't include all of MPP (no "Bluish" "Taste," "Also Frightened", or "No More Runnin"). Maybe they'll finish it off on night two. The show could have been louder, but that got better by the end, most noticeably during a a crazy version of the bass-heavy, show-closing, "Slippi". All in all I wasn't disappointed, but they left the door open for tonight to be even better.

More pictures below...

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DOWNLOAD: Animal Collective - My Girls (Mexicans with Guns Remix) (MP3)

Animal Collective

"We were really pulling for Panda Bear and crew. When I wrote last week that Animal Collective might make it onto the Billboard 200 charts this week based on the first-week sales of the vinyl edition of their Merriweather Post Pavilion album, the underdog quality of that potential feat was kind of exciting ... and subversive.

But, alas, despite selling out all 4,500 copies of the first run of Pavilion almost instantly across North America, with so many of those sales happening in indie shops that don't report to Nielsen SoundScan, the scrappy sonic experimentalists just didn't make the cut.

According to next week's Billboard albums chart, Pavilion officially moved 1,500 copies, which put them just outside the big game, even in this moribund time of year when the majority of the albums in the top 200 saw double-digit sales dips. Had they been able to scare up another 1,000 official sales, they might have sneaked in above the likes of former "American Idol" Kellie Pickler, Lifehouse, OneRepublic and Framing Hanley, all of whom sold in the 2,400 realm, which was enough to sneak them onto the bottom of the charts.

Better luck next week, when Pavilion is officially released on January 20, with a good chance to score an old-fashioned chart debut thanks to the flood of already rapturous reviews it's received as one of the best albums of the year so far." [MTV]

Today is January 20th. Obama is about to become president. Merriweather Post Pavilion is out. Hipster Runoff will now say a few words.

Animal Collective will play the Grand Ballroom in NYC tonight. They will also play the even smaller Bowery Ballroom tomorrow. Those in attendance should feel lucky because Animal Collective's next scheduled NYC show after that is now May 13th at Terminal 5. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "ANIMAL COLLECTIVE release CD today, didn't make vinyl history (or did they?), announce more 2009 TOUR DATES "

AC NewmanThe first big music release date of the year offers a bonanza of indie rock albums. The CD release of Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion has been garnering most of the press, but A.C. Newman's Get Guilty, Antony and the Johnsons' The Crying Light, Andrew Bird's Noble Beast, and Bon Iver's Blood Bank EP have all been greatly anticipated and have mostly lived up to their hype.

Other releases I have heard and can recommend include Anya Marina's Slow & Steady Seduction, Phase II, Ben Nichols' The Last Pale Light In The West, Matt & Kim's Grand, MV & EE's Drone Trailer, Six Organs of Admittance's RTZ, and Will Sheff & Charles Bissell's split 7" Will Sheff Covers Charles Bissell / Charles Bissell Covers Will Sheff.

Vinyl reissues of the Breeders' Pod and Last Splash albums, along with Public Image Limited's Public Image are on my shopping list.

What new releases can you recommend? Have I left anything off the list?

Continue reading "Largehearted Boy's Interesting CD Releases This Week"

DOWNLOAD: Animal Collective - My Girls (Dave Wrangler remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: frankie knuckles x animal collective - your love my girls (MP3) (via)

Merriweather Post Pavilion record (craigowaffles)

The album the Chicago Tribune and Stereogum.com have already dubbed one of the best of the week-old year, Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion, could make some serious news next week when the Nielsen SoundScan numbers come out.

Why? The album, which won't get released on CD until January 20, dropped on January 6 in a deluxe double-LP 180-gram gatefold vinyl format accompanied by a full album download. And thanks to a series of listening parties across the country, it just might break into the albums chart next week, thanks to vinyl sales only. [MTV]

You can grab Dave Wrangler's new remix of "My Girls" above...

update: and/or download the much better Frankie Knuckles mashup too...,

Animal Collective

[12:26] TheBeard4904: yeah, i think radiohead is an interesting comparison...in [Flavorwire's] review, we said that this record is animal collective's bid to take things to a radiohead-like level...this sort of class of acceptable weirdo groups that are allowed into the mainstream, people like bjork, radiohead, beck...do you think that's an overreach?

[12:28] Mark_Pitchfork-666: that is something I have wondered about with this one, whether it will cross over to people who don't follow music as closely...my initial thought is that I'm a little bit skeptical of it happening, because there are still a lot of things about A.C. that are pretty strange...one thing with Radiohead, is that every album had least a few tunes that could fairly be described as "rock songs." you could tell what all the instruments were, there are guitars, etc., but that's not really true with this record.

That's a segment from an interview with the AC-reviewer Mark Richardson. As already discussed, the album is out (on vinyl) and he (Pitchfork) gave it a 9.6. Did you get a copy?

You can listen to "My Girls" in the video below...

Continue reading "Flavorwire talks to Pitchfork's Animal Collective reviewer"


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

Tour dates HERE.

photos by Lori Baily


Many predicted that Deerhunter would get Pitchfork's #1 album of 2008, but in fact they gave it to Fleet Foxes. Bradford Cox should still be happy with both Deerhunter at #5 and Atlas Sound at #26 though. Speaking of Bradford Cox, he blogged this...

Just got of the phone with Brian Weitz [Geologist of Animal Collective]. This was sent out via the bands email earlier this morning:

"it has come to my attention that 2 full length tracks off of our upcoming album, merriweather post pavilion have surfaced online. david, noah, and I please ask that someone assist us and leak all of the remaining tracks on the album.

the album is intended to be heard as a whole, and nothing bothers us more than individual tracks leaking and ruining the the overall album experience

-brian Geologist"

Total Bullshit. Someone actually had the nerve to hack into their e-mail account and send this out. The truth is that AC do not want their album to leak and are trying very hard to avoid the drama around said album that has risen to a fever pitch.

I am not trying to involve myself in AC's business, I am just voicing my own independent opinion.

Back in the 90's when I was first starting to make 4-track tapes I had a game where I would make a fake version of an album I was anticipating. If Pavement's Brighten the Corners were coming out soon, I had to wait till release day to hear it. I would record a set of songs that I would want the Pavement album to sound like. Some of those songs ended up becoming Atlas Sound and Deerhunter songs years later.

My advice to those who are so desperate for AC's album to leak is to pick up instruments and make your own version of what you would want it to sound like. Respect the BANDS wishes and wait till release day. Then you can compare your new songs with theirs. Who knows. Maybe your album will be the one people are wanting to leak next year. -Bradford

Previously there was whole Web Sheriff / Grizzly Bear thing. It was also announed that the album is coming out early on vinyl. It better be good!

The pictures in this post were taken at the Stereogum Gummy Awards at Music Hall of Williamsburg earlier this month. More of them below...

Continue reading "Deerhunter not P4K's #1, Gummy pics, Animal Collective leak"

Merriweather Post

Animal Collective's 9th full-length album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, will be released early on deluxe 2xLP 180-gram gatefold vinyl with full album download card (WAV or MP3) January 6th 2009, on Domino Records in North America. The CD & digital release date will remain January 20th (Jan. 12 UK/Europe).

To coincide with the early vinyl release will be a series of release/listening parties across the country in conjunction with Terrorbird Media, Domino, record stores, blogs and college radio stations. The release parties will take place at record stores or venues the week of the vinyl release and will feature pre-orders, Animal Collective listing party exclusive goodies including giant posters and download cards, ticket giveaways and grand prize giveaways of 'The Domino Years' prize packs. Every party will be a little different, and information on the specifics of each party will be available on the host's website.

The current list of cities and hosts is below...

Continue reading "Animal Collective releasing vinyl early, having parties "

Merriweather Post Pavillion

State Magazine: What do you make of the whole album leakage scenario with Web Sheriff policing your album?
Avey Tare of Animal Collective: I obviously think it's a bummer for the fact that [the French magazine who first leaked the track 'Brother Sport'] would leak one of our tracks or do that kind of thing because I feel like more often than not, we're so willing to comply with certain requirements that magazines have, doing things that are almost a little bit hard for us to organise like special photoshoots and stuff like that. It feels like you're kinda being taken advantage of when you put all this work into something and you're doing this for somebody else and they go behind your back almost and do that kind of thing. It doesn't bother to me that's its out on the web.

Have you met Ed from Grizzly Bear? It was quite a silly situation he was in a few weeks back?
I've met Ed a couple of times and he's a really nice guy. None of that stuff came from us personally.

But it is a representation of your band..
Totally and to look like we have no idea what's going on is a little bit unfortunate. To attack people that just kind of enjoy the music. I think that's kind of a shame but at the same time, the [French] magazine was also reprimanded. Once it's out there there's not a lot you can do. I find it a little intense and almost tabloid-esque that it becomes so newsworthy at this point. I think that blogs or websites like Pitchfork have to take it to that level where it becomes this like they have nothing better to write about. I think it's a little unfortunate.

I can try to be funny here and point out that I just wrote about it again, or I can be serious and say I think this is actually interesting and indie-rock-silly-web-sheriff-anticipated-album-leaks-blogs-Brooklyn-bands-with-animal-names-etc newsworthy.

In related news, Ed Droste picked his top 10 albums of 2008 and Animal Collective added a show at Bowery Ballroom and are playing ATP NY.

Animal Collective

Animal Collective's January 20th show at Grand Ballroom is sold out, and they just added a new one, one day later, at the more intimate Bowery Ballroom. Tickets went on sale tonight. One catch: you need a password to get your (max) 2 tickets.

January 20th is the day AC's new album Merriweather Post Pavilion is released on Domino Records. The cover art, tracklist, and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Animal Collective add Bowery Ballroom show, tour dates"