Entries tagged with: Animal Collective
photos by Zach Dilgard, words by Nick Masi
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...
DOWNLOAD: Animal Collective - My Girls (Mexicans with Guns Remix) (MP3)
"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.Today is January 20th. Obama is about to become president. Merriweather Post Pavilion is out. Hipster Runoff will now say a few words.
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]
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...
The 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.
What new releases can you recommend? Have I left anything off the list?
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.You can grab Dave Wrangler's new remix of "My Girls" above...
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]
update: and/or download the much better Frankie Knuckles mashup too...,
[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?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?
[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.
You can listen to "My Girls" in the video below...
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: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!
"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
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
The pictures in this post were taken at the Stereogum Gummy Awards at Music Hall of Williamsburg earlier this month. More of them below...
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).The current list of cities and hosts is below...
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.
State Magazine: What do you make of the whole album leakage scenario with Web Sheriff policing your album?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.
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.
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...
Suicide @ Webster Hall (more by Faith-Ann Young)
FRIDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER - DON'T LOOK BACK/COMEDY
DAVID CROSS - CURATING COMEDY »SATURDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER - CURATED BY ATP
SUICIDE PERFORMING FIRST LP »
DIRTY THREE PERFORMING OCEAN SONGS »
PANDA BEAR »SUNDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER - CURATED BY TBC
ANTI-POP CONSORTIUM »
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE »
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TBCAs previously reported, ATP NY is returning to Kutscher's in upstate NY in 2009, but note the new dates. They originally said the fest would happen Labor Day weekend, but are now listing it as one week later. Tickets are already on sale. (thx Tye)
Atlas Sound doesn't have any upcoming shows, but Bradford Cox is playing with Deerhunter at Music Hall of Williamsburg on that same night (12/8).
Suicide are playing Europa on December 11th.
Anti-Pop Consortium are taking over Knitting Factory in NYC on December 12th.
Anti-Pop Consortium Presents: MELTDOWN w/ very special guests Bomb Squad (Hank & Keith Shocklee), Dragons of Zynth & Chin Chin; Sugar Shack Burlesque in the Tap Bar & The Magma Chamber multi-media installation in the Old Office + many more special guestsTickets are now on sale.
Animal Collective are playing a sold-out show in NYC on January 20th, aka inauguration day, aka the day their new album comes out which will probably leak before then which may or may not be the fault of Grizzly Bear. Chris Bear, Panda Bear cage match date TBA.
Other upcoming ATP's (All Tomorrow's Parties) around the world include the one Sleep is playing in the UK, the one the Breeders are curating in the UK, the one The Melvis and Fantomas curated with Boss Hog and others in the UK, and the one Nick Cave chose Silver Apples for in Australia.
Grizzly Bear @ Hammerstein Ballroom (more by Zach Dilgard)
This is to inform you that, currently your relevant artist's web-site is acting as the global-leak-source of the track, "Brother Sport", by our aforementioned client,Animal Collective, which track is not due for release by Domino until January 2009 (please see http://www.grizzly-bear.net/media/brothersport.mp3 ). As such, both the individuals collectively trading / performing as "Grizzly Bear" and, indeed, yourself are personally liable to our said clients for all commercial and other losses arising from this blatant act of piracy.If you want to get technical, Grizzly Bear did not actually "leak" this song. It was already out there. They just posted it.
In all of the circumstances, we must insist that you now A. removethis pirated file / track without further delay and that you also B. publish the following apology on the Home Page of the Grizzly Bear web-site :-
Animal Collective - Apology
Following contact from Web Sheriff, we can confirm that Grizzly Bear
has withdrawn its stream of unreleased material by the Domino Records artist Animal Collective :
Grizzly Bear wish to apologize to Animal Collective, Domino and Web Sheriff
for the disruption caused to their marketing and release plans by this leak.
This apology must be published for a minimum period of 7 days.
As you will appreciate, this is no laughing matter and, as such, should you refuse or otherwise fail to comply with the above request, we would ask you, in the alternative, to simply provide us with the details of the US attorneys, UK solicitors, French advocats and German advocats whom you would instruct in relation to the service of such multi-jurisdictional proceedings as shall ensue. [Grizzly Bear's blog]
Tickets are still on sale for Grizzly Bear's upcoming show at BAM.
If I didn't know better, I would think the whole Web Sherriff thing was some kind of practical joke, but their surreal messages left all around the Internet are actually real.
Animal Collective @ All Points West (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Animal Collective is set to release Merriweather Post Pavilion, their 9th full-length album, January 20th, 2009 on Domino Records. The album was recorded in early 2008 at Sweet Tea Recording Studio in Oxford, Mississippi with the engineering expertise of Ben Allen. The album will be available on CD, 2xLP and digital formats.Animal Collective announced some tour dates that include a NYC show at Grand Ballroom on the album release day, January 20th. Tickets are now on sale. All tour dates below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
"GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD could you please put up animal collective
isn't that why most of us on here went on sat" [Anonymous]
""The location is pretty great -- look at that view," said Brian Weitz, a.k.a. Geologist from Animal Collective, gazing out across the expanse of Liberty State Park at the skyline of Lower Manhattan. Indeed, the first thing you notice on stepping off the ferry and turning to look behind you is a cityscape that is hard to match anywhere in the world. It was day two of All Points West, the so-called "boutique" festival (meaning it accommodates 30,000 instead of 70,000) that at long last brought a weekend-long major music event to the Northeast. Saturday was the only sellout of the three-day weekend, and for good reason: Apart from the godlike Radiohead on top of the bill, there was a pretty exceptional supporting cast that included, on three stages, the Roots, Kings of Leon, Metric, the Black Angels, the Virgins, Chromeo, K'Naan and Sia.Who has the setlist? More pictures and video below...
But I began my day by speaking with one of my favorites, the Collective. A few hours before they brought their clanging, charging, joyful noise to the masses, we talked on the VIP bleachers overlooking the grounds. How great is the idea of Kings or Radiohead fans discovering Animal Collective? "That's the main reason, I think, you do festivals," said Weitz. The guys are not doing a lot of fests this summer -- they're concentrating on mixing and finishing their ninth album, due out in January -- but they were pleased to be at All Points West, in part because they were playing the main stage. While there is no doubt AC's sound is big enough to fill a large setting, Noah Lennox, a.k.a. Panda Bear, is not a big fan of outdoor fests. Apparently, he and the sun "don't agree."" [John Norris @ MTV]
Atlas Sound @ South Street Seaport - July 25, 2008 (by Tear-n Tan)
One might not think South Street Seaport's outdoor Mall food court vibe would be the best place to see an Atlas Sound show. Truth is Bradford Cox's loopy lo-fi psych-pop is probably better suited for a black light lite basement, or on headphones in your bedroom high on Nyquil. However, somehow, Bradford was able to translate the warmth of Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel for a crowd of screwed up kids, post-work partiers, middle aged couples, khaki clad tourists, and, yep, a few hipsters. [Chocolate Bobka]Bradford then played a set of songs with Avey Tare of Animal Collective at Bowery Ballroom the next night (July 26, 2008). They called themselves Harmony Club. I don't have a picture of that, but I do have one of Bradford & Geologist on stage together at this summer's Primavera Sound festival:
Bradford Cox & Geologist @ Primavera Sound 2008 (Kate Pedatella)
Bradford's next NYC show is this Sunday, August 3rd at McCarren Pool. He'll be a member of Deerhunter at that show. King Khan & The Shrines and Black Lips (and Sic Alps?? and/or Tall Firs??) are also on that bill. Atlas Sound's next NYC show is October 2nd at Irving Plaza with Stereolab who Atlas Sound are also playing a bunch of other shows with. Exact dates, and a Seaport video, below...
Goldfrapp @ Coachella 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Following a successful UK summer festival tour, Goldfrapp brings their live show back to North America with a tour kicking off September 12, 2008 at the venerable Radio City Music Hall in New York City.A presale begins Wednesday. Tour dates and tracklists below...
Goldfrapp will also release the "Caravan Girl" Digital EP on Mute July 22, 2008. The EP features the "Caravan Girl" album cut, a live choral version, a live acoustic version of "Monster Love" and an Animal Collective Remix of the song "Little Bird."
In addition, Goldfrapp will release an iTunes Originals Session on August 12, 2008. Recorded at NYC's Electric Lady Studios, the session includes newly recorded versions of longtime Goldfrapp favorites such as "Strict Machine," "Ooh La La," and "Paper Bag" and newly recorded versions of songs from "Seventh Tree" such as "Eat Yourself," Road To Somewhere" and "Little Bird." The session - which is available exclusively through iTunes - also includes selected album tracks from the full Goldfrapp catalog as well as commentary and anecdotes from the band.
this is pretty cool....
For his final project as an undergrad at England's Huddersfield University, Miller came up with Colour It (Red), a book/compilation combo inspired by his favorite indie rock jams and the (Red) organization, which raises money for the AIDS/HIV-battling Global Fund.Feist, who played Hammerstein Ballroom last time she was here, plays the Prospect Park Banshell in Brooklyn this Wednesday July 9th. The show is sold out, but you can always listen for free from outside the fence. Feist is also back in NYC on July 25th to appear on Good Morning America.
Taking a cue from such indie megahits as LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends", Panda Bear's "Comfy in Nautica", and Joanna Newsom's "Peach, Plum, Pear", Miller crafted a coloring/activity book sure to tickle pink-- er, make that red-- even the most hardened, poker-faced, arms-crossing indie music fiend.
Can you "help James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem find all his friends" by completing a maze? Care to "make Beirut's carousel pretty by colouring it"? Are you man or woman enough to "find the grizzly bear that does not fit"?? [Pitchfork]
Animal Collective was one of the live-from-Coachella streaming performances that I watched this weekend (right before Portishead). And, until it got cut off, I was liking it a lot more than I ever liked an actual in-the-flesh Animal Collective show - especially the part where they played Panda Bear. This video of "Comfy in Nautica" was cut right from that feed.....
Kria Brekken opens for Psychic Ills & Black Dice @ Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (April 25).
Kria Brekken and Black Dice are both on the Paw Tracks label....
"Paw Tracks (formerly known as Soccer Star, then Animal) is an independent record label based in Washington, D.C. The label's website features artwork by Abby Portner (sister of Animal Collective's Avey Tare).Kria Brekken is married to, and performs with, Avey Tare of Animal Collective. They put out one album together on Paw Tracks in 2007. Some people liked it.
Although originally exclusively run by the members of Animal Collective, Paw Tracks is now co-owned by members of Carpark Records." [Wikipedia]
Others DID NOT.
Kria is one of three female artists on Paw Tracks. The other two are Rings and Tickley Feather. Tickley Feather is playing the WBAR BBQ today (April 25). All three of them (the ladies) are playing Cake Shop on Sunday (April 27). All Paw Tracks tour dates and stuff below....
High Places @ Market Hotel, Brooklyn, NY (mercurialn)
For rock bands this is a great time to be weird and independent in Brooklyn. After years in which the sound of New York was defined by various shades of retro monochrome -- the new wave minimalism of the Strokes, the disco-punk of the Rapture and LCD Soundsystem, the moody Anglophilia of Interpol -- a new generation is making music that is indefinably eclectic and complex, and finding acclaim around the world. [NY Times]SEE ALSO: MTV NEWS' "The Noise From Brooklyn"
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Super Furry Animals, Music Hall, Brooklyn - Jan 25, 2008 (Tom Vu)
Idiotarod, NYC - Jan 26, 2008 (Tod Seelie)
That Spinner podcast MP3 up there is ANOTHER Adam Green and Kimya Dawson reunion. The other one was on The View. A video of the performance is below. Jesca Hoop's new video for "Money" is below too. What else?
DOWNLOAD: Panda Bear - Comfortable in Nautica (Ernest Gonzales Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jens Lekman - I'm Leaving You Because I Don't Love You (Spoolwork remix) (MP3)
* Suzanne Pleshette (1937-2008)
* Diplo & Blaqstarr are @ 205
* Tay Zonday is playing Europa
* UMGDOMSKULEN is playing Cake Shop
* Rakim & Chuck D are playing Studio B
* Kaki King is playing the Apple Store
* Jen Chapin is playing the Living Room
* Andrew WK, Endless Boogie & Jeff Jensen are @ Pianos
* Avey Tare (Animal Collective) & Kria Brekken are @ Glasslands
* Die-hard Giant fans fly into Green Bay, bundle up for Ice Bowl II
* NPR Music: Gil Scott-Heron: Forefather of Rap
* New York Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.
* Gil Scott-Heron is playing SOBs (early) (late)
* RIP John Stewart (Daydream Believer, Kingston Trio)
"Daydream Believer" videos below. What else?
Amy Winehouse, Panda Bear & friend (MORE LIKE THIS)
The following song can be found on the third best album of the year....
David Byrne went to the better of the two shows I think...
Went to see Animal Collective and Vampire Weekend at Webster Hall last night (Oct 1). VW was really good — poppy, but fairly skewed too, with bits of soukous guitar thrown in from time to time, as if it was just a way of playing lilting guitar and not a specific African style. They’re not a “world music” act by any stretch; these various styles of playing are all just out there now, to be used when appropriate. I wondered if they sounded a little like early Talking Heads, a little bit, maybe, which of course wouldn’t bother me. They got the crowd moving, which is pretty impressive for an opening act. Catchy tunes too. I’d heard some on an EP or demo CD. They said they’re working on an album now. [Read about Animal Collective's set @ David Byrne's blog]
A few days later David was a special guest at one of Lucinda Williams' Town Hall shows.
This Saturday, David is talking about bikes. He's also talking in Boston on October 10th. (and as a commenter pointed out) It was announced at tonight's Wordless Music Series show, that David Byrne is playing two "Wordless" (with words) shows on January 24th & 25th.
Vampire Weekend's only listed tour dates are in Europe.
Animal Collective @ Webster Hall, NYC - Sept 30, 2007 (CRED)
Yes, if that's a meltdown, then Animal Collective should be on CNN. What absolute GARBAGE last night was at Webster. Apparently the bass was too heavy for Avey to even contemplate trying to finish Fireworks, let alone come back out for an encore.They do it again tonight (Oct 1), but this time with Vampire Weekend opening.
After 10 minutes of chanting and clapping, the lights finally came on and we realized they weren't coming back. So, were treated to roughly an hour and 15 minute set, w/o an encore, and half of Fireworks (not to mention them sleep walking through Leaf House).
So disgusted. Get over yourself, Avey. [Anonymous]