Entries tagged with: Panda Bear
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...
One of the many shows as part of NYC's Red Bull Music Academy 2014, Panda Bear will play Warsaw on May 18 with Dâm-Funk and Torn Hawk and it's now sold out. That show is also part of a May solo tour for the Animal Collective member (aka Noah Lennox) who also contributed vocals to Daft Punk's "Doin' it Right." He'll be trying out material from his new solo album which will be out later this year on Domino. The tour starts with an appearance at Austin Psych Fest and all dates are listed below.
Panda Bear dates are listed below...
Panda Bear at MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, the Red Bull Music Academy is taking over NYC again this May, and since we last spoke, lineups have been announced. Artists appearing include D'Angelo, Panda Bear, Hudson Mohawke, Tim Hecker, Napalm Death, François K, Robert Henke, The Haxan Cloak, Gunplay, Wolf Eyes, Regis, Optimo, Daedelus, Autre Ne Veut, Bastard Noise, The Thing, Yoshiko Ohara, Dam-Funk, and Gunplay. Events go down in various NYC venues from May 1-31.
RBMA will also host the previously-mentioned 'Atomic Bomb! The Music Of William Onyeabor' tribute which will feature David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Luke Jenner (formerly of The Rapture), Pat Mahoney (ex-LCD Soundsystem), Joshua Redman and The Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark and Sinkane.
Tickets are on sale now for individual shows. Schedule and more details below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.
They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.
The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.
Updated lineup and flyer below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...