Animal Collective

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

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

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

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

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

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

Animal Collective - 2009 Tour Dates
Jan 20 - Grand Ballroom New York, New York
Jan 21 - Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
Jan 22 - Metro Chicago, Illinois
Jan 23 - Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, California
Jan 24 - Troubadour Los Angeles, California
Mar 4 - Rockerfeller Oslo
Mar 5 - Mejeriet Lund
Mar 6 - Amager Bio Copenhagen
Mar 8 - Gloria Cologne
Mar 9 - Karlstorbahnhof Heidelberg
Mar 10 - Fri-Son Fribourg
Mar 11 - Konzerthaus Schurr Luzern
Mar 12 - Viper Room Florence
Mar 13 - Teatro Studio Rome
Mar 14 - Rolling Stone Milan
Mar 16 - La Laiterie Strasbourg
Mar 17 - Paradiso Amsterdam
Mar 18 - Ancienne Belgique Brussels
Mar 19 - Aeronef Lille
Mar 20 - L'Olympic Nantes
Mar 22 - Trinity Centre Bristol
Mar 23 - Rescue Rooms Nottingham
Mar 24 - The Forum London
Mar 25 - TJ's Woodhouse Club Leeds
Mar 26 - Static Gallery Liverpool
Mar 27 - Tripod Dublin
Mar 28 - Stiff Kitten Belfast
May 11 - 9:30 Club Washington, Washington DC
May 12 - Electric Factory Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 13 - Terminal 5 New York, New York
May 14 - House of Blues Boston, Massachusetts
May 15 - Metropolis Montreal, Quebec
May 16 - Sound Academy Toronto, Ontario
May 18 - Royal Oak Music Hall Royal Oak, Michigan
May 19 - Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May 20 - First Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 24 - Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, British Columbia
May 25 - Roseland Theatre Portland, Oregon
May 26 - Fox Theatre Oakland, California
May 27 - Henry Miller Memorial Library Big Sur, California
May 29 - Wiltern Los Angeles, California
May 30 - House of Blues Las Vegas, Nevada
May 31 - Rialto Theatre Tucson, Arizona
Jun 1 - Sunshine Theatre Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jun 2 - Boulder Theatre Boulder, Colorado
Jun 4 - House of Blues Dallas, Texas
Jun 5 - Stubbs Austin, Texas
Jun 6 - The Library Oxford, Mississippi
Jun 8 - State Theatre St. Petersburg, Florida
Jun 9 - Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Jun 10 - Firestone Orlando, Florida
Sep 12 - All Tomorrow's Parties Monticello, New York