Entries tagged with: Panda Bear
photo: Panda Bear at Pitchfork Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
In addition to Panda Bear's new album Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper and his remix EP, the Animal Collective member just surprise-released a new five-song EP called Crosswords. It's named for the Grim Reaper track that an alternate version of is included here, and it also features Tomboy demo "The Preakness" and three new songs. Spacemen 3's Sonic Boom (who Panda has worked with before) contributed to the EP's production. Listen to new song "No Mans Land" and a Spotify stream of the whole thing, below. Domino will put it out physically on November 13.
photos by Cory Dewald
Iceage/Mac DeMarco/Natalie Prass/Steve Gunn @ Pitchfork Fest 7/17/2017
DeMarco's goofball demeanor came across endearingly on stage, as he pulled faces and squared off with his bassist on the guitar solo for Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the Years." At one point DeMarco told the crowd "We have a new album coming out" to which the crowd responded enthusiastically, thinking that he was going to play some. DeMarco then told the crowd "Oh no, no. We're not going to play those songs, we don't really know them. I just wanted to say that it's probably been leaked and you guys should download it. I don't really give a shit." Wrapping things up with "Chamber of Reflection" and a final song, DeMarco flashed his gap toothed grin and left us all wondering where he was headed after the set and if we could pull an invite. - [Gapers Block]We already posted one set of pictures from 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival's opening day (7/17) but here's a second set, with shots of Mac DeMarco, Panda Bear, Iceage, Natalie Prass, Jessica Pratt, iLoveMakonnen and more. Check out more, below...
photos by James Richards IV
Wilco / Panda Bear / Jessica Pratt
We have an early front-runner for the weekend's quietest act, and perhaps the festival's quietest act ever. It's all about two barefoot guitarists seated in the shade. Jessica Pratt must imagine she's playing in her living room instead of a small outdoor stage tucked in the southwest corner of Union Park. How else could she play through the noise and distractions that permeate a big outdoor music event such as this? Her melodies whisper, her guitar tones hover, and her voice suggests that it wants to make each of the few hundred listeners pressed close to the stage feel like he or she is the only other person within earshot. It works. It's easy to feel empathy for solo performers facing a big festival crowd, their panic intensifying as they struggle to command a restive audience's attention. But Pratt plays as if none of that is a concern. [Greg Kot for Chicago Tribune]The 2015 Pitchfork Festival kicked off yesterday (7/17) with sets from Wilco, Panda Bear, Mac DeMarco, Iceage, Ought, Steve Gunn, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Ryley Walker and more. That's a review of Jessica Pratt's set above. Wilco, fresh off surprise-releasing their new album Star Wars, opened by playing the album in full front to back. Then they continued with older favorites: "Camera," "Via Chicago," "Heavy Metal Drummer," and more. Pictures of day 1 and Wilco's full setlist are in this post.
The fest continues today (7/18) with Sleater-Kinney, Future Islands, The New Pornographers, Kurt Vile, Ex Hex and more. If you're not there, are you streaming it live?
Plus, listen to Pete Rock's new Panda Bear remix
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Talib Kweli at Brooklyn Bowl - 6/24/15 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
On Thursday (6/24), hip hop legend Pete Rock celebrated his new Petestrumentals 2 album with a star-studded release show at Brooklyn Bowl. He brought out advertised guests, including Sean Price (who host Pharaohe Monch also rapped with), Slum VIllage, Large Professor, Das EFX and more. Plus there were some surprises like DJ Premier, who held down the DJ booth for Pete to end the night on the mic, and Talib Kweli, who came out early on to play his hit "Get By."
Talib will be back at Brooklyn Bowl twice in the next week, with live full-band shows on Wednesday (7/1) and Thursday (7/2). Both will be opened by Rapsody, Niko Is and K Valentine. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now.
Pete Rock also has other NYC appearances coming up, including one TONIGHT (6/26). It's the "Masters of Ceremony" show at Radio City with fellow legends Rakim, The LOX, DMX, Shabba Ranks, Mase, Brand Nubian and Das EFX. Pete's playing as a duo with longtime collaborator CL Smooth. Tickets are still available. After that show, Rakim, The LOX and other surprise guests head to the Blue Note for a 12:30 AM jam with The Soul Rebels, Slick Rick and surprise guests (tickets).
Pete's also one of the five remixers on Panda Bear's upcoming remix EP. Listen to his taken on "Crosswords" and check out the tracklist for the EP, below...
San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival returns in 2015 from October 17-18, and this year's lineup includes The National, The War on Drugs, Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique, Azealia Banks, Run the Jewels, Father John Misty, Panda Bear, Deerhunter, Drive Like Jehu, Ex Hex, Deadmau5, STS9, Hudson Mohawke, Shamir, Viet Cong and more. Tickets go on sale Thursday (6/11) at 10 AM PT.
Speaking of Hudson Mohawke, his new album is streaming on iTunes. and he's got a new video for the song "Warriors." Watch that, with the full Treasure Island lineup, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Panda Bear at Warsaw in 2014 (More by PSquared
Panda Bear returned earlier this year with his excellent new album Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, an album that's clearly different from his previous work but still cut from that same cloth of Brian Wilson-inspired psych pop. He has a few festival appearances scheduled, including Primavera, Pitchfork and Shaky Knees, and now he's added a three-night NYC run with different openers each night.
The Animal Collective member hits Bowery Ballroom on 10/13 with PC Worship, 10/14 with Image Man and 10/15 with The Present. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (5/1) at noon with AmEx presales starting Wednesday (4/29) at noon.
All of Panda Bear's dates are listed, with the video for "Tropic of Cancer" from the new album, below...
Drive Like Jehu in 2014 (photo by Tod Seelie)
Earlier today, we mentioned the a couple Coachella sideshows (Brand New/Built to Spill/Desaparecidos and Desaparecidos/Touche Amore/Joyce Manor), and now the full schedule of sideshows is here. There's also one with the reunited Drive Like Jehu, one with the reunited Ride and Eagulls, one with Interpol and Perfume Genius, one with Belle & Sebastian and Mac DeMarco, one with Swans and Angel Olsen, one with Father John Misty and King Tuff, two Jenny Lewis shows, a Cloud Nothings show, a War On Drugs show, a Panda Bear show, and still plenty more.
More details at Goldenvoice's website. Full schedule on the poster below...
The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer, Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.
We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Panda Bear @ MoMA PS1 - 1/11/15 (via moremorenow)
Panda Bear releases his new album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, this week via Domino, and yesterday he stopped by NYC's MoMA PS1 for a Boiler Room-presented show with visuals by frequent Animal Collective collaborator Danny Perez. He focused mostly on the new album, but included a few from its predecessor, 2011's Tomboy, too. Boiler Room has an archived video streaming on loop, which you can watch below.
Panda Bear's been gradually premiering tracks from the album on different radio stations around the world, and if you haven't found yourself a full listen yet, you can check some of those stations for archives. It's a great album, different from all his others but still within the electronic/psychedelic pop realm of his last two. Like Tomboy, it's more song-oriented than Person Pitch, but the songs are also clearer and bigger here than on Tomboy. "Sequential Circuits" (listen at BBC at the 1 hour, 23 min mark) is a beautiful opener, with chord changes that sound both unconventional and genuinely uplifting. Another immediate highlight is "Tropic of Cancer" (listen at FBi Radio), a "God Only Knows"-type ballad but based more on the "Hallelujah" chord progression. Elsewhere, there's the head-knocking "Crosswords," the ambient pop of "Lonely Wanderer," the weirder, grimier "Boys Latin," the bouncy avant-pop of "Selfish Gene," and plenty more strangely melodic sounds. Check out those streams linked above, and watch the videos for two other tracks below.
Also in honor of the new album, Panda Bear made a FACT mix which includes 13th Floor Elevators, Aphex Twin, Andy Stott, Gobby and more. You can stream that, with the tracklist, below as well.
Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.
Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...
Photo: Panda Bear at Warsaw in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Panda Bear is a week away from releasing his new album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (due 1/13 via Domino), and two days before it comes out he'll play a Boiler Room-presented NYC show at MoMA PS1 on Sunday (1/11), part of the museum's Sunday Sessions. The one-off show goes from 3:30 PM to 6 PM, and will feature Panda Bear joined by his frequent visual art collaborator Danny Perez's work. Tickets are on sale now, and if you can't make it, you can strema it live via Boiler Room.
Panda Bear has been rolling out his new album by premiering tracks from it on different radio shows this week. You can check out the newly-premiered "Sequential Circuits" on Mary Anne Hobbs' BBC Radio 6 show. It starts at the 1 hour 23 minute mark. Video for lead single "Mr. Noah" below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
We're a month away (January 13) from Panda Bear's new album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper and he's just released the video for single "Boys Latin." Directed by animators Isaiah Saxon and Sean Hellfritsch, the video premiered last night on Adult Swim and has an almost Miyazaki feel. (Shades of Princess Mononoke?) Watch it below.
PC Music's Hannah Diamond
Gorilla vs Bear posted their lists of their favorite albums (35) and songs (100) of 2014. Though the albums list does have some of the stuff you always see (like The War On Drugs), it's mostly got a lot of unique choices like Recycle Culture, Korallreven, Yumi Zouma, Beverly, Panda Bear's EP and more, and the #1 is pretty unique too. FKA twigs doesn't crack the albums list but she's on the tracks list twice, along with tracks by Tinashe, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Grouper, a Recyle Culture remix of Taylor Swift, and plenty of PC Music representation.
Check out his full lists below...
First Avey Tare put out a spooky video today and now his bandmate Panda Bear has followed suit. Those Animal Collective guys sure love Halloween! This one's a second teaser for his new album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, and it stars the Grim Reaper and a stuffed panda bear. How appropriate. Watch it below... and Happy Halloween!
Panda Bear has been talking about his new album Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper for a while now, and now it's been officially announced. It's due out January 13 via Domino. That's the album artwork above and the tracklist is below. Spacemen 3's Sonic Boom, who also produced its predecessor Tomboy, worked on this one too.
He announced it along with the release of the 4-song Mr. Noah EP and put out a video for that EP's title track, which will also appear on the record. Watch that video below...
Brooklyn band Milagres released their second album, Violent Light, via Kill Rock Stars this past spring. They've released a new single from the record, the gently anthemic "Terrifying Sea," which makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below.
Milagres have a couple live dates on their horizon, including one at Rough Trade NYC on September 24. Jesse Marchant and Basic Shapes open the show and tickets are on sale now. They'll also play Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival on September 27.
The three-day Ohio fest also features Afghan Whigs, Real Estate, Panda Bear, OK Go, Joseph Arthur, Ex Hex and lots more. Full 2014 Midpoint Music Festival lineup is listed, plus the new Milagres video, below...
Panda Bear @ Sasquatch (more by Chris Graham and Rae Graham)
Panda Bear's MHOW show (same link) also goes on AmEx presale today at noon, and if you miss out on the BV presale for Irving, you can also get tickets in the Live Nation/MusicGeeks presales starting Thursday at 10 AM.
Panda Bear at Warsaw in May (more by PSquared)
Still no word on when Animal Collective member Panda Bear's new album, tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, is coming out, but he did just announce another tour. This tour hits NYC on September 22 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and September 23 at Irving Plaza. All dates will be opened by psych duo Blues Control. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon and 10 AM, respectively. There's also an AmEx presale for the MHOW show starting Wednesday (6/11) at noon and a BrooklynVegan presale for the Irving show starting Wednesday at 10 AM. Check back here Wednesday morning for the password. If you don't get tickets during the BV presale, you'll have another chance during the Live Nation/Music Geeks presales on Thursday at 10 AM.
UPDATE: PASSWORD HERE.
All dates are listed, with a stream of a live recording of a new song, below...
The National / M.I.A. / Deafheaven / crowd
For a moment there, it looked like The National's headlining set at Sasquatch - one of the band's biggest shows to date - was going to be underwhelming. For the first twenty minutes, the band felt too mellow, and frontman Matt Berninger, disinterested. And then, after "Don't Swallow The Cap", a switch seemingly went off in Berninger's head, and suddenly a middling National show turned into an outstanding, headlining-worthy triumph. After a furious "Afraid of Everyone", Berninger threw the first of many wine glasses (and later, bottles) into the air, walking away as it shattered on the ground. By the time he'd gotten to the always-intense "Squalor Victoria", he'd thrown his first microphone. By the end of main set closer "Mr. November", he'd attacked a stage banner, drank more wine, thrown a stage light, drank even more wine, dove into the crowd, crowdsurfed back, screamed at a sidestage LED screen, gone back into the crowd, drank wine (just to spit it out), and smashed whatever glass remained at that point. [KEXP]We've already posted day 1 pictures of Washington state's 2014 Sasquatch music festival, and here's a set of day 2 (5/24), including shots of The National, Cut Copy, Tyler the Creator, Austra, M.I.A., Panda Bear, Neko Case, Washed Out, Deafheaven, Violent Femmes, The Dodos, First Aid Kit and more. Pictures continue below...
The 2014 Edition of Pop Montreal happens September 17 - 21 at various clubs all over the Canadian city. The initial lineup of this year's fest includes Ty Segall, Panda Bear, Trust, Twin Shadow, Why?, PS I Love You, La Luz, Ought, Shonen Knife, Suzanne Vega and more. Early Bird Passes are on sale now.
Check out the full initial list of 2014 Pop Montreal performers, plus a teaser video, below...
Panda Bear at Warsaw on Sunday (more by PSquared)
Over the weekend, Animal Collective's Panda Bear brought his tour to NYC for a Red Bull Music Academy show at Warsaw (check out pictures), where he played music from his upcoming album, tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. Like we said, full audio from the show would be appearing online this week and you can now download the audio in full HERE, via Two Sails.
Setlist (with unofficial song titles) and a stream of one of the new songs, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
"Panda Bear is blowing my mind right now. All new songs so far. All incredible" - Will Oliver
"Panda Bear played basically all new material! SO excited about how chillgroovywonderful the new album will be! (90s tumblr aesthetic w/e)" - @P0ssiblymaybe_
"New panda bear sounds fucking stellar" - Carly
"Panda bear played a whole set of new material in bk tonight! Fucking killer!" - Jordan Morriseey
"Panda Bear's new jams are groovy" - Steve R. Seigh Jr.
Animal Collective member Panda Bear has a new solo album in the works -- tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper -- and as he and AnCo tend to do, he's been playing a lot of the new stuff on tour ahead of its release. His tour hit NYC last night for a Red Bull Music Academy show at Warsaw (5/18) with visuals by frequent AnCo collaborator Danny Perez. Stereogum caught the show and wrote this of the setlist:
1. An organ track gives way to the kind of church-like music associated with Young Prayer and Person Pitch.Only a short video clip has surfaced from the show as of this post, but the SG review mentioned a Collected Animals commenter said a full stream from the show will come out later in the week. Meanwhile, you can watch some videos of Panda playing new songs at Austin Psych Fest and at his recent DC show.
2. This one is a stone groove, with some real get-up-and-go that spins out and isn't likely to become very friendly with the dance-averse. 3. A xylophone-ish intro breaks into a rhythm that kicks in strongly.
4. This track is heavy on deep electronic notes and features stilted lyrics that make you feel like you're riding a carousel while smoking a joint. A highlight. 5. The punctuated keys here are layered atop undertones that sound straight out of the '80s, like an alternate soundtrack to The Running Man. Slow out the gate, the rhythms get boosted as it unfurls.
6. A floral intro gives way to a baroque, harp-laden crux. Lennox sings the lyrics "all in the family" as part of the chorus; this song is so strong it could win over Archie Bunker. 7. This might be a two-parter along the lines of "Good Girls/Carrots." A relatively short symphonic part leaks into a punchy backbone.
8. There's a "Bros"-like sample that drives into a theme which marches. Another winner.
9. This closer might be the most rock 'n' roll track, chugging along as Lennox sings his heart out.
Encore: a vibrant "Last Night At The Jetty," before "Scheherazade," and "Surfer's Hymn."
Opening the show was AnCo's pal Dam-Funk, who jumped into the crowd for part of his set, and L.I.E.S. producer Torn Hawk, who Pitchfork recently recommended. Pictures of all three artists are in this post.
More, with those videos, below...