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Grace Jones
Grace Jones

"Late of the Pier played a 20 minute shmeh set and crystal castles had no sound. crookers were better than usual and orbitol were awesome. grace jones is fucking mad and fucked up the schedule. Fever Ray is a shamanic wonder." [The Naked Smiles Club]
Grace Jones has shows coming up in both NYC and LA. The 2009 Sonar Festival took place June 18-20 in Barcelona. More pictures from that weekend in Spain, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes (Dam-Funk Remix) MP3

Dam-Funk @ American Museum of Natural History (more by Rod Mickens)
Dam Funk

LA Times: How did you end up hooking up with Animal Collective to remix "Summertime Clothes?"

Dam-Funk: Animal Collective's manager reached out to me because the group wanted to collaborate with me. I dug their material and we agreed to do something. I studied their song, I didn't just chop it up and put effects on it -- I studied it hard, and shaped it around the vocal to take them to the dance floor, but still have something that you could ride around with your girl and listen to. I understood that the band's fans are sensitive to the source material. It's like Prince -- if someone remixed Prince back in the day, I would've been waiting with baited breath.

I was pleased that the majority of people seemed to like it. When I saw Animal Collective at the Troubadour, one of them told me that he couldn't stop listening to it on repeat, and that meant a lot to me. I really respect those dudes and wanted to get down with them. For lack of a better description, they sort of remind me of Talking Heads, how they were into expanding their sound and collaborating with George Clinton. I love that aspect of collaborating with different types of artists. Nite Jewel has become a good buddy of mine, because we like those same type of chords. No matter what type of genre, if it's beautiful music, that's what we'll lean towards.

That Dam-Funk Animal Collective remix is posted above. The L.A. DJ, whose named is pronounced "Dame," (short for his real name Damon) will open for AC at both of their Prospect Park shows on August 14th and 15th. It's unclear exactly whether these shows should be classified as "DJ", or "live", or a mix of both, but a show Dam played in an LA museum earlier this month definitely leaned toward the live side of things, as you can see in the two videos below.

The LA museum show is not to be confused with the NYC museum show, which took place in May.

The Stones Throw DJ also spins (I think) at the My Favorite Things party this Tuesday, June 23rd at APT. Other DJs on the bill include Dirk Rumpff, Tyler Askew and Big Bang.

Dam will also be at the Cubic Zirconia record release party at Santos on Thursday, July 2nd. He'll be spinning (definitely a DJ set this time) with DJ Assault, Kool Hersh and Mike 2600. Live sets that night include Cubic Zirconia, Head Automatica and Chico Mann. Advance tickets for that night are on sale (poster below).

Dam-Funk's debut LP, Toeachizown, will be seeing a late summer/early fall release on Stones Throw Records. The DJ discusses his new record, with a preview video for it, some other videos with all dates, below...

Continue reading "Dam-Funk dates - APT Tuesday, Santos, 2 Prospect Park shows w/ Animal Collective who he remixed (MP3)"


LA RECORD: I notice some writers making cracks about glowsticks and jam bands--what do you think makes people use that for cheap jokes?

Noah Panda Bear: I'd say that the music just isn't those people thing and I think that's fine and as it should be. They're just putting it down because they aren't into it and they think it's lame. If you want to be a creative person and you want to share your things with other people then you better be prepared to be told you suck.

Make some popcorn and prepare to enjoy Animal Collective's set live from Bonnaroo from the comfort of your own computer later today (6/12). Grab a peanut butter cup, and enjoy the band's new video, below...

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photos by Chris Graham

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"Sasquatch was hot. H-O-T. Not Paris Hilton "hot," but temperature hot. For a mossed-over clutch of Northwesterners who have been shrouded under rain and clouds for the past eight months, the brutal sun at the Gorge this weekend was a shocking jolt into summer. Sure, it was generally nice to be out in the sun, but any shade cover at the 'Squatch was few and far between, and there was almost no chance of relief. A small row of spindly trees dotted the upper walkway, and overheated concertgoers crammed themselves underneath them. When the sun dipped behind a cloud during Animal Collective's generally unimpressive set, the crowd cheered louder than they had for any band. Clothing sweated clean through, energy was conserved, and water was at a premium. It was a weekend of dizzy sunburning and frizzled brain." [Portland Mercury]
The 2009 Sasquatch Festival ran from May 23-25 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Gorge, Washington. More pictures from Day One, below...

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Mutek banner in Montreal - May 27, 2009 (bneely)

Mutek, the electronic music festival celebrating its tenth year, is currently underway in Montreal. The five-day fest runs to Sunday, May 31st, and it's streaming online. Moderat, the Modeselektor & Apparat supergroup, performed at Mutek on Thursday, May 28th; the group plays NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, May 30th (the show was originally planned for Webster Hall). Tickets are still on sale.

Speaking of parties up North this summer... three other biggies are Ottawa Bluesfest (July 8th-19th), Vancouver Folk Music Festival (July 17-19th) and Calgary Folk Music Festival (July 23rd-26th). Each of those suitably transcend the "blues" and "folk" labels, hosting bands like The Dead Weather and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (in Ottawa), The Weakerthans and Rock Plaza Central (in Vancouver), and The Decemberists, Apostle of Hustle, Kid Koala and Akron/Family (in Calgary). Full lineup for the Calgary Fest (Ottawa in particular is much too massive to post) and ticket info below.

And don't forget about the previously reported Breeders-headlined Sled Island Fest in Calgary on June 24th-27th, Montreal's Osheaga, NXNE, and Toronto's Olympic Island Fest on July 11th, which will host Broken Social Scene and its Arts & Crafts cohorts.

Across the pond, UK's Glastonbury Festival, which runs from June 24th to 28th, has been sold out since February even though the full lineup wasn't announced until this week. Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Blur will be joined by The Specials, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Spinal Tap, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Madness, Tom Jones, Animal Collective and many others.

And finally in the States, Monolith Festival, which runs from September 12th to 13th at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado, has announced its intial lineup, Girl Talk, Passion Pit, and The Walkmen included. The whole thing is posted below.

The weekend before Monolith, Bumbershoot will take place in Seattle (September 5th-7th). That fest's lineup has been updated too. New additions include Vivian Girls, Akron/Family, and Elvis Perkins. All new additions, with previously announced acts, are below. Tickets are still on sale.

In Michigan, the Rothbury Festival over July 4th weekend will feature the only summer fest performance by The Dead, as well as sets by Bob Dylan, String Cheese Incident, Broken Social Scene and more. A few more jam-friendly acts were also just added to the bill. Full lineup below. Tickets are on sale.

Info on all the above fests, with ticket info, below...

Continue reading "Mutek underway, Monolith & Glastonbury lineups, Rothbury, Bumbershoot, Calgary Folk & other festival updates"

photos by Natasha Ryan

Animal Collective

"There actually is some brand new material being played on this tour, a three minute gem that goes by the working title "Bleed," written last week, which continues Panda's odyssey of Caribbean gold digging, just back and forth vocal interplay over a bed of washy noise and instrumentation so sparse it's hardly there at all. It's quick -- some I heard from even mistook it for a between-song interlude -- but it again finds them stroking just the right melodic nerve amidst the weirdness. The other new song played was the Grateful Dead-sampling Merriweather outtake "What Would I Want Sky." [Tripwire]
Animal Collective and Grouper played Terminal 5 in NYC last night (5/13). Two nights earlier they played the 9:30 Club in DC, and you can listen to that whole show courtesy of NPR. Both setlists, more pictures, and videos, including one of the new song being performed on May 10th in Baltimore, below...

Continue reading "Animal Collective & Grouper played Terminal 5 (pics, setlist, video) & the 9:30 Club in DC (NPR stream w/ new song) "

Animal Crack Box

Title: Animal Crack Box
Format: 3 LP Box Set
Label: Catsup Plate
Country: USA
Price: $92.00


Animal Collective, who along with Panda Bear are scheduled to play ATP NY in September, are on tour and play Terminal 5 in NYC tonight (5/13) with Grouper. Much like the box set, the show sold out almost instantly (when it went on sale back in January). Since then, AC have added two more summer NYC shows at the Prospect Park Bandshell (both not free). Tickets are still available for the Saturday, August 15th one.

Last week AC appeared on Late Night With David Letterman. Video from that performance below...

Continue reading "Animal Collective, who played Letterman (video), are back (Terminal 5 tonight), now with a box set (sort of) "

Boss Hog @ Maxwell's (more by Tim Griffin)
Boss Hog

Friday will feature a first New York show in a long time by The Jesus Lizard and newly announced, ATP favourites Iron and Wine. They will join the Don't Look Back shows also taking place on Friday: The Feelies performing Crazy Rhythms, New York's finest Suicide performing their first LP, Dirty Three performing Ocean Songs and The Drones performing Wait Long By The River... The evening will be rounded off with the Comedy Stage hosted and curated by the one and only David Cross.

Saturday is curated by ATP and is headlined by Animal Collective and an exclusive performance by Panda Bear. Other confirmed acts include the newly announced Boss Hog, Deerhunter and Bridezilla, plus the previously announced Melvins, Black Dice, Dead Meadow, Autolux, EL-P, Akron Family, Antipop Consortium, Atlas Sound and the hotly tipped Sleepy Sun.

Sunday is curated by the outlandish Flaming Lips. Every act that plays will perform an exclusive special show, bespoke for this event. First up are the Boredoms who will continue their BOREDRUM [BOADRUM?] series, performing with 9 drummers on stage. No Age will perform a whole LP by Husker Du including special guest vocalist [um... Bob Mould?]. Deerhoof will perform with special visuals by Martha Colburn. Caribou will perform as Caribou Vibration Ensemble, with a 4 piece horn section, 4 drummers and a choir and guests that include Kieran Hebden (Four Tet/Fridge/Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid), Koushik (Stones Throw Records), John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac), Kathryn Bint (One Little Plane), Ahmed Gallab (Sinkane) and more. Finally Stardeath and White Dwarfs also join the line-up, with lots more to be announced!

This is great. Full (current) lineup (in list format), and more info, below...

Continue reading "ATP NY 2009 adds more acts & crazy stuff w/ Boredoms, Iron & Wine, Boss Hog, Deerhunter, No Age & more..."


"Though promoters around the country report strong early ticket sales for festivals and summer tours, the recession is causing jitters. This year Coachella, which has the most glamorous reputation of all American festivals, began selling tickets on layaway, and 18 percent of its customers took that option, Mr. Tollett said.

The proliferation of big festivals, like Bonnaroo near Nashville and Lollapalooza in Chicago, has not been without casualties. This year Langerado in Miami shut down, citing the economy. The Pemberton Festival in British Columbia is on hiatus after only one year, although its promoter, Live Nation, said the problem was permit delays." [NY Times]

With all the leaks of bands playing Lollapalooza this year, there are almost no surprises in the official lineup announcement, except maybe the Animal Collective DJ set... The whole thing below...

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DOWNLOAD: Black Dice - Glazin' (MP3)

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

====| SATURDAY 4/11/2009 @ MARKET HOTEL |====


:::: Skint
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:: dj Ron Morelli

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?

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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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