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GoodGirlGalaxy
04-14-2011, 08:32 AM
Well, here are my thoughts on the new stuff. Like I said...it's very psychedelic and a different direction from the last three releases. And, as much as they may lose a lot of the newer fans that hopped on after MPP (or even SJ), I am into this tack they've taken. I've became really tired of the legion of bands parroting the AC sound the past few years. I mean, even fucking Vampire Weekend did a song that ripped off their sound.

Enough already. This new stuff may (eventually) end all that. Maybe not.

Are you referring to that M.I.A.-sampled track? If so, that is a great song. But now that you mention it, I may really enjoy that song due to its similarities to the sampling in MPP and PP.

In any case, last night's show was great. They really honed in on their set, like Geezr said, the tweeks to the set were just stellar. I went to the after party and chatted a little with Dave. Then went to the after after party and said "wassup" to Noah. What a great night! Shout out to GeezrRckr!!!

GeezrRckr
04-14-2011, 08:35 AM
"MIA sampled track?" You mean the VW one? I don't remember, don't care. That album last year was so forgettable to me.

Hey, what did we come with for the chorus for that monster track we all dig so much? Something.."never gonna let you down" or thereabouts?

GoodGirlGalaxy
04-14-2011, 08:41 AM
"MIA sampled track?" You mean the VW one? I don't remember, don't care. That album last year was so forgettable to me.

Hey, what did we come with for the chorus for that monster track we all dig so much? Something.."never gonna let you down" or thereabouts?

"I don't wanna knock you down!"

I was actually talking to Dave about that one. I said, "Hey man, that song with the lyric 'I don't wanna knock you down' or whatever (he nodded in agreement) is so good. It sounds so much like AC but definitely taking a new step." Ol' Modest Dave said, "Thanks man, I appreciate that." Boy is that song going KILL on Saturday.

GeezrRckr
04-14-2011, 08:54 AM
Thanks.

wmgaretjax
04-14-2011, 09:11 AM
i want a boot from the gamh show god dammit.

GoodGirlGalaxy
04-14-2011, 09:23 AM
i want a boot from the gamh show god dammit.

I think they were all wearing their personal Keep shoes... sorry, no boots.

GeezrRckr
04-14-2011, 09:42 AM
^dork

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ruskinator
04-14-2011, 10:05 AM
Well if no GAMH boot emerges, I would be very grateful for a repost of the last recording that got pulled so I can relive some of those new tracks.

TallGuyCM
04-14-2011, 10:08 AM
Well if no GAMH boot emerges, I would be very grateful for a repost of the last recording that got pulled so I can relive some of those new tracks.

This.

NicoDread
04-14-2011, 10:36 AM
Yeah these shows have been awesome. Really digging the new tracks, can't wait for tonight. Haha and it was cool seeing you for a split second in Redway, Matt.

ruskinator
04-14-2011, 11:31 AM
If it interests anyone:

http://pitchfork.com/news/42203-report-animal-collective-live-in-san-francisco/

Vasoline Groove
04-14-2011, 11:47 AM
The show was great last night. I really enjoyed the second and fifth song in the set. Its cool that it seems like everyone has a different favorite new song. That second song was very psychedelic.

The venue and crowd were great last night, except for the douchebag and his girlfriend that were hanging out in the middle of our group for no good reason.

Thanks for the hook up Drew. Your the man!

pancakespancakes
04-14-2011, 01:46 PM
Geologist continues to be the interior decorator of the band's live sound,

That was kinda funny.

I had a really great trip up to Humboldt this week, and the show in Redway was definitely my favorite part. Animal Collective are a great excuse to get me to travel around California. I had just as a great thrill watching that set as I had seeing them in the past. So I'll be driving to Santa Cruz this evening and I'm really looking forward to it.

Also, didn't see any board members at the Redway show... I didn't even realize there were so many of you going. Where all were you guys standing?

pancakespancakes
04-14-2011, 01:49 PM
Sun Araw was so great opening for AC the other night, that I thought there was no way the headlining band could follow a set like that. They did so very well, to my pleasant surprise, although Sun Araw put on one of the best sets from anyone I'd seen in a while... AC did an awesome job choosing someone to tour with this time around.

wmgaretjax
04-14-2011, 01:59 PM
Geologist is the live glue (probably on record too). No doubt about that. He absolutely kills it.

pancakespancakes
04-14-2011, 02:05 PM
Anyone trying to sell a ticket to the show tonight in Santa Cruz, pm me as soon as you can. I know a lot of people that are very interested.

GoodGirlGalaxy
04-14-2011, 03:06 PM
Geologist is the live glue (probably on record too). No doubt about that. He absolutely kills it.

Who knew that little man could be the nervous system of the band.

GeezrRckr
04-14-2011, 03:28 PM
Since when is 5'9"/170# considered little. Especially coming from a guy that wears a size M.

PotVsKtl
04-14-2011, 03:58 PM
Watch it now.

wmgaretjax
04-15-2011, 08:09 AM
GAMH boot: http://www.archive.org/details/acollective2011-04-13.flac16

GeezrRckr
04-15-2011, 09:14 AM
Thanks, man. How does it sound?

TallGuyCM
04-15-2011, 10:35 AM
Many thanks, Jared.

TallGuyCM
04-15-2011, 12:13 PM
Just listened to the whole show, the new songs being so Avey-centric makes me very happy. :)

GeezrRckr
04-18-2011, 09:34 PM
You would have love their Main stage set.

Speaking of...loving all the reviews in the other thread. Especially the negative ones...haha.

shermanoaksyo
04-19-2011, 07:48 AM
They were so awesome. I love the steely, quiet onstage confidence they exude.

shermanoaksyo
04-19-2011, 07:55 AM
I am also forever grateful that they pushed so many people away & put me in an ideal position for balloon density.

dorkfish
04-19-2011, 07:58 AM
I wish there was a better video of Knock You Down from Coachella:

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shermanoaksyo
04-19-2011, 08:04 AM
Thanks, that's better than the one I was watching.

concertgoer
04-19-2011, 09:15 AM
I feel like Animal Collective is stalking me wherever I go :( First Coachella, then Pitchfork and now they are playing a show in Orlando.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
04-19-2011, 09:17 AM
does someone have a link to their Coachella show? Fucking amazing, completely earfucked the hell out of me.

LooseAtTheZoo
04-19-2011, 09:42 AM
does someone have a link to their Coachella show? Fucking amazing, completely earfucked the hell out of me.

I don't think a full one has surfaced yet, but it definitely got recorded.

schoolofruckus
04-19-2011, 10:58 AM
I feel like Animal Collective is stalking me wherever I go :( First Coachella, then Pitchfork and now they are playing a show in Orlando.

When is this?

concertgoer
04-19-2011, 11:00 AM
When is this?
They are playing The Beachem July 7th

bmack86
04-23-2011, 11:51 AM
Best Animal Collective set you've seen-Go!

11/21/2005 - The El Rey

1. loch raven
2. grass
3. chores
4. banshee beat
5. reverend green
6. flesh canoe
7. we tigers
8. safer
9. fireworks
10. the purple bottle
11. kids on holiday

GoodGirlGalaxy
04-23-2011, 12:03 PM
Just listened to the whole show, the new songs being so Avey-centric makes me very happy. :)

Dave sings lead on 85% of every album and I like that. Noah is great with what he does but when it's an Animal Collective song I'd rather hear Dave. All of my favorite tracks are his: "Street Flash," "Banshee Beat," and "Kids on Holiday."

GoodGirlGalaxy
04-23-2011, 12:19 PM
Best Animal Collective set you've seen-Go!

11/21/2005 - The El Rey

1. loch raven
2. grass
3. chores
4. banshee beat
5. reverend green
6. flesh canoe
7. we tigers
8. safer
9. fireworks
10. the purple bottle
11. kids on holiday

Holy smokes! AC were playing these four AMAZING tracks live 2 years before their cd release? As much as I love "Knock You Down" I do think they can hone in on that track a lot more, I'm hoping by the time they put out a record again that song will be another killer jam.

schoolofruckus
04-23-2011, 12:23 PM
Best Animal Collective set you've seen-Go!

My favorite show was the Wiltern in 2009. In hindsight, the best setlist I've seen was the Fonda in 2007, but I had just gotten home from a weeklong roadtrip the day before and I'd just watched The Assassination of Jesse James a couple hours prior. I could tell they were killing, but I was too tired to process it properly.


In the Flowers
Peacebone
Guys Eyes
Taste
Leaf House
Chores
Summertime Clothes
My Girls
Unsolved Mysteries
Brother Sport
#1
Fireworks

Who Could Win a Rabbit

wmgaretjax
04-23-2011, 12:48 PM
Best Animal Collective set you've seen-Go!

11/21/2005 - The El Rey

1. loch raven
2. grass
3. chores
4. banshee beat
5. reverend green
6. flesh canoe
7. we tigers
8. safer
9. fireworks
10. the purple bottle
11. kids on holiday

this (earlier in the year up in seattle).. but they played daffy duck, tikwid, fickle cycle, turn into something and some people->purple bottle combo thing as well, but not chores or fireworks...

TallGuyCM
04-23-2011, 01:26 PM
My favorite show was the Wiltern in 2009. In hindsight, the best setlist I've seen was the Fonda in 2007, but I had just gotten home from a weeklong roadtrip the day before and I'd just watched The Assassination of Jesse James a couple hours prior. I could tell they were killing, but I was too tired to process it properly.


In the Flowers
Peacebone
Guys Eyes
Taste
Leaf House
Chores
Summertime Clothes
My Girls
Unsolved Mysteries
Brother Sport
#1
Fireworks

Who Could Win a Rabbit


They didn't play Peacebone at all in '09. Supposedly they needed Deakin to pull it off live.

schoolofruckus
04-23-2011, 01:33 PM
Right. The setlist I posted was for the Fonda in 2007.

TallGuyCM
04-23-2011, 02:09 PM
Really? That's what I thought at first, but that's a ton of MPP songs, they really played that many back in '07? Strange.

GoodGirlGalaxy
04-23-2011, 02:38 PM
Really? That's what I thought at first, but that's a ton of MPP songs, they really played that many back in '07? Strange.

That's what I was saying earlier:


Holy smokes! AC were playing these four AMAZING tracks live 2 years before their cd release?

I have a feeling AC likes to keep their best material on hold for a while to get it perfect for when they need to release another CD.

send me ctrpllrs
04-23-2011, 02:45 PM
That would have been after Strawberry Jam, so it makes sense. I definitely saw them play Peacebone without Deakin though.

Oh and when I was doing Coachella research in 2008 and first got into them, of course I found out they play new stuff live. There were plenty of recordings out there with those songs. I knew them all and was one of very few singing along.

My favorite set from Animal Collective was their most recent at Coachella. Last week was my 7-9th times seeing them, I was looking forward to all the new material. The first 6 times seeing them was from Coachella 08 to ATP 09, so I saw all of the MPP stuff plenty. Excluding Bluish because I don't think that was ever played live, I've seen every song from MPP except Taste, most multiple times. Maybe it was partially the drugs, but every song was incredible. I really dug how noisy it was and everything they did to the old songs. Plus the visuals. Ridiculous. I need a full good quality recording of this! My next favorite set was Big Sur.

#1
Comfy in Nautica
Who Could Win A Rabbit
Summertime Clothes
My Girls
Bleed
What Would I Want? Sky
Guys Eyes
Lablakely Dress/Fireworks
Brothersport

Also Frightened
Daily Routine
No More Runnin'

caco0283
04-28-2011, 05:24 AM
dont know if this was posted already and I'm too lazy to check but here is a great interview of Black Dice going over how they made the live visuals for Coachella

http://www.thecreatorsproject.com/blog/black-dice-get-crafty-with-their-visuals-for-animal-collective

suprefan
12-05-2011, 08:31 AM
http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/news/44811-animal-collective-begin-work-on-new-lp/

schoolofruckus
12-05-2011, 08:37 AM
Do we have any idea yet who's playing with Avey on Friday?

Spooks
12-05-2011, 08:38 AM
http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/news/44811-animal-collective-begin-work-on-new-lp/

Avey played 5 new songs on Friday when I saw him.....some of those might end up on there?

You can hear/download the set here:)
http://www.nyctaper.com/?p=8099

DRcube
12-05-2011, 09:06 AM
Do we have any idea yet who's playing with Avey on Friday?

Foot Village and Drawlings

schoolofruckus
12-05-2011, 09:28 AM
Thank you. I may end up running late that night (taking my wife to LAX), but I would like to catch Foot Village if possible.

pancakespancakes
12-11-2011, 01:05 PM
Well, after I was on the fence about going, Avey Tare blew me away last night at The Catalyst. I would have been really sad to have missed that. Inca Ore totally killed it too.

wmgaretjax
12-12-2011, 12:56 PM
the Avey Tare show ruled. the new stuff sounds great. have i posted this before? either way, it's a good reminder of how far these guys have come. such an extraordinary career already:

8778114
2003 i believe.

cansei de ser sexme
12-12-2011, 02:02 PM
Oakland show was so good. Song for Jerome and Sometimes both sound great.

Is Drawlings his sister? she had one song that I really enjoyed (something about being stranded at sea) but the rest seemed a little undeveloped.

I like that he is exploring the darker side of MPP with his solo work. I like some of it a lot better than MPP.

wmgaretjax
12-12-2011, 03:09 PM
Laughing Hieroglyphic absolutely floored me. Yes, Drawlings is his sister.

DRcube
12-12-2011, 04:11 PM
Laughing Hieroglyphic going into the new song he played last was awesome.

GeezrRckr
12-12-2011, 04:41 PM
Great show. The two "old songs" were great (I loved how he diced up Lucky 1) and the new shit has got be laid down at some point. Must have.

I'm really glad Dave finally gave in to touring. It's a shame the Down Below stuff was so personal, on the one hand. Hopefully more of it will be played at some point. Scratch that. We probably just heard the only two songs that he'll ever play from that album.....ever.

stinkbutt
12-12-2011, 05:37 PM
I thought the show was awful, well not awful but mediocre for how good that album is. The opener is a pompous dick who can go fuck himself though.

pancakespancakes
12-12-2011, 05:49 PM
I like some of it a lot better than MPP.

You know, I'mma go out on a limb and agree with that!

FEELS
12-12-2011, 06:05 PM
Laughing Hieroglyphic absolutely floored me. Yes, Drawlings is his sister.

Ah, I can safely say that song is one of the most emotional/amazing songs ever recorded. I'm so jealous of all you and wished I could have gone! Especially knowing the fact this will probably be the only time he performs Down There material live

Here's some great-quality footage of him playing LH at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. One word: goosebumps.

BYX_T5oakYI

PotVsKtl
12-12-2011, 08:31 PM
Well fuck.

TallGuyCM
04-21-2012, 01:11 PM
http://cdn.stereogum.com/files/2012/04/animal-collective-transverse-temporal-gyrus.jpg

I liked the last album a lot, but I was somewhat worried that with the success of MPP that the band would continue down that road. And I'm pretty fucking ecstatic to report that that is not true. The two songs from this Record Store Day EP are in no way polished or focused or pop leaning, and are more reminiscent of their pre-Sung Tongs days if anything.

stinkbutt
04-21-2012, 01:18 PM
Is that the actual direction they are going though? I thought this EP was just a "collage" of the random loops made as background music for their Guggenheim exhibit

CrimesceneCookie
04-21-2012, 01:21 PM
well the newer material with Deacon that they played last year didn't sound anything like MPP so personally I'm expecting a lot of weird from them in the future.

TallGuyCM
04-21-2012, 01:23 PM
Is that the actual direction they are going though? I thought this EP was just a "collage" of the random loops made as background music for their Guggenheim exhibit

I hadn't heard that, but after just finishing listening to both tracks that sounds like a very likely scenario.

send me ctrpllrs
04-23-2012, 01:12 AM
Did you a get copy, Chris? Or listen by other means? Didn't see it at my local record store, wanted to pick that up.

DRcube
04-26-2012, 12:46 AM
presale tickets for their Hollywood Bowl show go on sale tomorrow, does anyone have an idea of how much tickets for the pool will be?

suprefan
04-26-2012, 05:37 AM
$150. Btw, who says you'll be able to grab pool?

MuseRadio
04-26-2012, 06:46 AM
$150. Btw, who says you'll be able to grab pool?

Yeah I saw this yesterday. What a joke. $150?

DRcube
04-26-2012, 08:09 AM
$150? eff that, i won't try then.

cutterbutter
04-26-2012, 08:17 AM
You could get the cheap seats for $12...

GeezrRckr
04-26-2012, 08:39 AM
I guarantee that AC has had ZERO say in the ticket prices for the HB show. Shit, they still are adamant about choosing an all ages venue over 21+.

MuseRadio
04-26-2012, 08:48 AM
Whomever set the ticket prices needs to have their head examined. This is AC at the Bowl, not Bruce Springsteen.

shermanoaksyo
04-26-2012, 09:01 AM
That shit's cray

shermanoaksyo
04-26-2012, 09:54 AM
Flying Lotus?! Fuck it I'm paying for this show.

suprefan
04-26-2012, 09:57 AM
Yeah I saw this yesterday. What a joke. $150?

If you're trying to compare it to say Wilco, they are 2 different entities. Concerts that are within the bowl season and part of subscriber packages like this one is for KCRW World Series, will have this pricing. A show put on by the Bowl like Wilco is in the vein of being a split between being part of the season and a lease, and pricing can be adjusted due to the financial demands of the act they book. Look at the other KCRW shows for the season, and theyre all priced the same.

shermanoaksyo
04-26-2012, 10:09 AM
Is anyone pulling anything better than G2 or J2? I want to shell out for a Garden Box...

shermanoaksyo
04-26-2012, 10:17 AM
Supre could you please insult me - but also wrap a kernel of useful information about the best way to get a Garden box for this show inside the insult? Please?

brokenDREAMS
04-26-2012, 10:25 AM
i got tickets in section h row 13, but that was at the beginning of the sale.

suprefan
04-26-2012, 10:29 AM
Wait, why did you wait to buy right now? And try on Saturday the 5th, hopefully what you want pops up.

shermanoaksyo
04-26-2012, 10:34 AM
Yeah I was not on it right at 10 AM.

I'm just gonna get in line early on 5/5 at the in-person box office and shell out for Garden or Terrace. I'll work the app while I'm in line, too. Should be doable.

ThomThom
04-26-2012, 11:18 AM
$150 for Animal Collective?

FUCK THAT.

corbo
04-26-2012, 12:00 PM
Where the fuck was the presale at? I looked at ticketmaster
and there was no presale going on there.
The HB website only had ticket for subscribers.
Oh well...guess I'll have to wait for the onsale

brokenDREAMS
04-26-2012, 12:09 PM
Where the fuck was the presale at?

linky (http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B00486EEDA64381?artistid=946453&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1)

I think the $49 price range is the best you can do with this pre-sale currently (section G2 is what i pulled).

corbo
04-26-2012, 12:22 PM
Thanks...good enough for me

IceyHotshot
04-26-2012, 07:23 PM
I bought a cheap seat just for FlyLo. Now I'm listening to the GAMH AnCo boot from last year and really liking it. I HATED their Coachella set. Oh, how tastes evolve...

shermanoaksyo
05-05-2012, 03:18 PM
I pulled a terrace box in the main sale today :)

GeezrRckr
05-06-2012, 06:28 PM
Just got word that two new jams are up on myanimalhome.net. Listening now....wow, "Honeycomb" is fucking amazing! Looks like you can DL these now by pre-ordering the 7" from the Domino site.

ghostpunk
05-06-2012, 07:07 PM
Nice to have a studio version of Honeycomb! it's one of the songs i keep listening to from the Coachella bootleg.

bmack86
05-06-2012, 07:45 PM
OK, I thought I recognized this from somewhere. These songs are serious jams.

GeezrRckr
05-06-2012, 07:51 PM
If "Honeycomb" turned out this way (so different), I can't wait to hear what the other ones will end up sounding like. That "Never gonna let you down" one in particular. I still maintain that jam will become their biggest hit.

cutterbutter
05-06-2012, 08:14 PM
Have they been playing "Gotham" live? Don't recognize it.

Both songs are great.

GeezrRckr
05-06-2012, 08:28 PM
yes.

send me ctrpllrs
05-06-2012, 08:34 PM
Yeah, they played both of these songs on tour last year. Loving them so much. Currently on my 5th listen through already.

Haven't listened to last year's bootlegs in a while, need to go back and compare them. And yeah, super excited to see what they do with the rest of them.

cutterbutter
05-06-2012, 08:46 PM
Can someone point me in the direction of the Coachella bootleg? Or group it/pm what have you. Even that GAMH one. Anything thats readily available.

Thanks!!

send me ctrpllrs
05-06-2012, 09:20 PM
The best one that I have listened to is from ATP.

http://www.mediafire.com/?vnwpdcnbswx165u

Miroir Noir
05-07-2012, 08:57 AM
Is it okay to admit that these songs don't really do much for me? I feel like the guy who didn't want to say that he wasn't all that into what Radiohead was doing in 2003 . . .

ghostpunk
05-07-2012, 11:17 AM
Can't wait for a studio version of this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvztrZugZuc

ghostpunk
05-13-2012, 06:29 PM
http://vimeo.com/42033149

FEELS
05-13-2012, 07:18 PM
such great news!

cutterbutter
05-13-2012, 07:39 PM
Centipede Hz

Poor Yorick
05-13-2012, 07:56 PM
GASM

kitt kat
05-13-2012, 09:06 PM
AW YEAH.

I'm actually pretty excited for this. If the new tracks are any indication, this is going to be some "next level shit."

Before any outlet had news of this, AnCo posted it on Collected Animals, which I appreciated. This is all reminding me of the excitement leading up to MPP.

Poor Yorick
05-13-2012, 09:57 PM
Drooling all over my keyboard fantasizing about this tantalizing tracklist...

01. Moon Jock
02. Today's Supernatural
03. Rosie Oh
04. Applesauce
05. Wide Eyed
06. Father Time
07. New Town Burnout
08. Monkey Riches
09. Mercury Man
10. Pulleys
11. Amanita
12. Centipede Hz

rage patton
05-13-2012, 10:00 PM
So wait... the two songs they just released, aren't going to be on the album?

Poor Yorick
05-13-2012, 10:11 PM
So wait... the two songs they just released, aren't going to be on the album?

Quite possibly. A convincing portion of the blogosphere is speculating that the sequence of phrases in the video is a track listing. Nothing's been confirmed. There's probably no title track since that's not their style.

Also, for what it's worth: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centipede_Hz

cutterbutter
05-13-2012, 10:16 PM
Great move. I want the return of real singles that wont just show up on the album later on. We get more music that way!

TallGuyCM
05-14-2012, 10:25 AM
Why isn't this being talked about more? We have an official release date, and an album title!

xanman86
05-14-2012, 10:29 AM
Why isn't this being talked about more? We have an official release date, and an album title!

Just in time for the Hollywood Bowl show :-D

xanman86
05-14-2012, 10:37 AM
01. Moon Jock
02. Today's Supernatural
03. Rosie Oh
04. Applesauce
05. Wide Eyed
06. Father Time
07. New Town Burnout
08. Monkey Riches
09. Mercury Man
10. Pulleys
11. Amanita
12. Centipede Hz

Anyone know which of these were performed at Coachella?

TallGuyCM
05-14-2012, 11:02 AM
Apparently only Mercury Man.

http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/animal-collective/2011/empire-polo-grounds-indio-ca-23d398fb.html

dorkfish
05-14-2012, 11:04 AM
Apparently only Mercury Man.

http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/animal-collective/2011/empire-polo-grounds-indio-ca-23d398fb.html
All of the songs on setlist.fm are using the fan titles. For instance, "Knock You Down" is probably called "Monkey Riches".

xanman86
05-14-2012, 11:06 AM
All of the songs on setlist.fm are using the fan titles. For instance, "Knock You Down" is probably called "Monkey Riches".

Makes sense, I was surprised they had names. Last time I saw this setlists they were all untitled


Anyone know which one this is? It's the only bit I captured from their set:

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dorkfish
05-14-2012, 12:31 PM
That's the song from my example. Probably called "Monkey Riches".

clumsy342
05-14-2012, 12:51 PM
I'm willing to guess "Let Go" is "Today's Supernatural"

.. and maybe "Long Time Ago" is "Father Time"

kitt kat
05-14-2012, 01:10 PM
I listened to the 7" in the car on my way to work this morning, since I'd only given them a few computer listens and wanted to pay more attention to what was going on.

Holy hell, "Gotham" is an incredibly structured piece of work. I hope the album has this much guitar stuff going on. Thank god Deakin is back, I guess.

clumsy342
05-14-2012, 01:40 PM
I was a little bummed that the studio version of "Honeycomb" didn't have all the screamy bits they do in the live version. I hope the same doesn't happen with the rest of the album.

shermanoaksyo
05-14-2012, 01:55 PM
Holy hell, "Gotham" is an incredibly structured piece of work. I hope the album has this much guitar stuff going on.

This. Gotham is a great track.

Miroir Noir
05-14-2012, 02:02 PM
I listened to the 7" in the car on my way to work this morning

That must be one hell of a car audio system.

pancakespancakes
05-14-2012, 02:06 PM
I was a little bummed that the studio version of "Honeycomb" didn't have all the screamy bits they do in the live version. I hope the same doesn't happen with the rest of the album.

lol

I remember having this thought about many Animal Collective songs, like for example My Girls.

pancakespancakes
05-14-2012, 02:07 PM
I listened to the 7" in the car on my way to work this morning, since I'd only given them a few computer listens and wanted to pay more attention to what was going on.

Holy hell, "Gotham" is an incredibly structured piece of work. I hope the album has this much guitar stuff going on. Thank god Deakin is back, I guess.


Hell yeah kitt kat.

These songs are so good the louder you play them!

xanman86
05-14-2012, 03:14 PM
That must be one hell of a car audio system.

Exactly what I was thinking

Miroir Noir
05-14-2012, 03:23 PM
http://asset2.cbsistatic.com/cnwk.1d/i/bto/20070215/phonograph1_270x374.jpg

kitt kat
05-14-2012, 03:48 PM
Har har, everyone's a comedian.

That's just what people on the AC boards are calling it. "the 7" " and "the album." The 7" just got added to Spotify, so that's what I meant by "listening to the 7" in my car."

GeezrRckr
05-14-2012, 07:43 PM
For instance, "Knock You Down" is probably called "Monkey Riches".
Yes.

xanman86
05-14-2012, 08:14 PM
Dang

shermanoaksyo
05-15-2012, 07:35 PM
Who wants to break into Domino Records with me? I'm not waiting 4 months for my monkey riches.

shermanoaksyo
05-19-2012, 08:46 PM
How many times you say I'm through with this and you mull it over
How many times you say I'm sticking to this and you pull it over
How many times you say I'm finished with this but it starts all over
How many times you say I'm moving to this but it won't move over
x2

How many times you say I've had it today I just can't control this
You've seen the other side of unused time and numbest of feelings

How many times you say I'm through with this and you mull it over
How many times you say I'm sticking to this and you pull it over
How many times you say I'm finished with this but it starts all over
How many times you say I'm moving to this but it won't move over

How many times you say I've had it today I just can't control this
You've seen the other side of unused time and numbest of feelings
How many times you wait with nothing today the evening is over
The sun has gone and made a glowing line in your pretty brown eyes

If you fill up your heart
It spills outside
You'll find everything inside the heart up on top of the hive
And you'll fight like a dog
And you won't go why
Even all the impossible places you'll go in your life

How many times you say I've had it today I just can't control this
You've seen the other side of unused time and numbest of feelings
How many times you wait with nothing today the evening is over
The sun has gone and made a glowing line in your pretty brown eyes

If you fill up your heart
It spills outside
You'll find everything inside the heart up on top of the hive
And you'll fight like a dog
And you won't go why
Even all the impossible places you'll go in your life
Life x3
x2

Hive x4


Avey Tare is an awesome songwriter.

send me ctrpllrs
05-20-2012, 12:40 AM
Yeah, I love his songwriting. Thanks for that. Had yet to figure out that numbest of feelings line by listening.

Poor Yorick
05-20-2012, 04:19 AM
Avey Tare is an awesome songwriter.

"How many times you wait with nothing today the evening is over
The sun has gone and made a glowing line in your pretty brown eyes"

God damn that's a gorgeous line.

TallGuyCM
05-20-2012, 01:19 PM
^ Great avatar.

Poor Yorick
05-21-2012, 07:31 AM
thanks. A couple of days old, but here are a few more thoughts from Avey about the underlying concepts of Centipede Hz (via P4k (http://pitchfork.com/features/update/8842-animal-collective/)) for those that are interested.


"Every song has its own special world, and it moves along really nicely as a full piece. This record definitely sounds like an Animal Collective record. I think Animal Collective fans will be psyched."

FEELS
05-21-2012, 12:49 PM
I don't think I've ever anticipated an album as much as I am with this one.. can't wait till September.

Mediocregenerica
05-22-2012, 10:45 AM
Ticketmaster is saying garden box tickets are unavailable? Does this mean they're sold out? I didn't think they would sell out for this show. Kind of bummed now.

suprefan
05-22-2012, 12:41 PM
Ticketmaster is saying garden box tickets are unavailable? Does this mean they're sold out? I didn't think they would sell out for this show. Kind of bummed now.

lol, yeah, that means theyre gone. You forgot about the people that have subscriptions and season seats take up most of that section regardless.

FEELS
05-23-2012, 08:12 AM
Artwork revealed!

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4gi1bbxcG1rtih03o1_500.png

Poor Yorick
05-23-2012, 10:46 PM
Stand down MPP, you've officially been dethroned.

TallGuyCM
05-23-2012, 10:57 PM
Hahaha, wow. Dave looks the same, but the other 3 guys obviously made some significantly better hair/wardrobe choices over the years.

GeezrRckr
05-24-2012, 03:57 AM
Um....no. Neither the artwork nor the two dopes in the middle Brian and/or Noah.


Stand down MPP, you've officially been dethroned.
Just what are you implying here? They've only released two songs...which aren't even on the new LP.

ghostpunk
05-24-2012, 07:56 AM
not sure if this has been posted already, but here it is...i just saw this the other day.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB2hRH9WnQ8

zachyd
05-24-2012, 08:05 AM
Um....no. Neither the artwork nor the two dopes in the middle Brian and/or Noah.


Just what are you implying here? They've only released two songs...which aren't even on the new LP.

Well, if the album features a bunch of the new songs they played the past couple years, then chances are it WILL be superior to MPP. Rhythmic, psychedelic gold.

wmgaretjax
05-24-2012, 08:38 AM
anyone that counts on how the lp will sound based on the preceding shows hasn't paid attention to AC's career.

bmack86
05-24-2012, 08:43 AM
Yeah, but with that cover it's gotta be their best album.

Poor Yorick
05-24-2012, 07:53 PM
Just what are you implying here? They've only released two songs...which aren't even on the new LP.

I was referring to the artwork of MPP, not the album. Clearly the cover FEELS posted trumps it. Real talk though:


chances are it WILL be superior to MPP. Rhythmic, psychedelic gold.

It was really important for us to do something that sounded a little bit rawer, more excitable. Higher energy. To me, Merriweather has this more mellow atmosphere; the pace and tempos on this one are a lot quicker. We just wanted to do a lot of jammers, and not a lot of ambient, spacey stuff. It was nice to take a break from that.

zachyd
05-26-2012, 02:18 PM
anyone that counts on how the lp will sound based on the preceding shows hasn't paid attention to AC's career.

It's more based on a combination of the songs we've heard and the band members' interviews. They seem to speak of the sound heading back to a more rhythmic, raw direction, like their older material. All this points to good signs, IMO.

suprefan
06-11-2012, 07:41 AM
Tour

Tue 18th Sep 2012 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
Wed 19th Sep 2012 Malkin Bowl Vancouver, BC
Thu 20th Sep 2012 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
Fri 21st Sep 2012 Fox Theatre Oakland, CA
Sun 23rd Sep 2012 Hollywood Bowl Hollywood, CA
Tue 25th Sep 2012 House Of Blues Las Vegas, NV
Thu 27th Sep 2012 House Of Blues Dallas, TX
Fri 28th Sep 2012 The Backyard at Bee Cave Austin, TX
Sat 29th Sep 2012 House Of Blues New Orleans, LA
Sun 30th Sep 2012 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Tue 2nd Oct 2012 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD
Wed 3rd Oct 2012 Mann Centre for Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA
Fri 5th Oct 2012 Williamsburg Park Brooklyn, NY

nathanfairchild
06-11-2012, 07:57 AM
I'm gonna have to do those back to back texas shows.

GeezrRckr
06-11-2012, 09:10 AM
Tour
Fri 21st Sep 2012 Fox Theatre Oakland, CA

Holdover date on the 22nd as well.

schoolofruckus
06-11-2012, 12:37 PM
A smaller LA show on the 24th would also be nice...

send me ctrpllrs
06-11-2012, 09:48 PM
That would be nice. Because as it stands... I'm looking at going to Seattle and then going to ATP from there.

Poor Yorick
06-11-2012, 10:00 PM
2 FOX SHOWS. 2MANYFEELS. Can't fucking wait. Presale for both Oakland shows begins this Thursday at 10am. I'm working on finding the password. If someone else comes up on it before I do could you hook a brother up??

Poor Yorick
06-11-2012, 10:34 PM
Fox Theater presale password acquired (via Fox's official site):

"Presale begins Thursday, June 14th at 10am!
(password = disco)
Please note that presale tickets are only available online. The general on sale begins Sunday, June 17th at 10am."

ThomThom
06-11-2012, 10:44 PM
I'd kill for a smaller LA gig, I'd rather not go to the Bowl if I can help it.

Fingers crossed.

zachyd
06-13-2012, 09:09 AM
I can't decide whether to go to both Animal Collective shows in Oakland or just one.

I should probably just do one so I can also afford a Beach House ticket.

SepaGroove
06-13-2012, 09:13 AM
I'd kill for a smaller LA gig, I'd rather not go to the Bowl if I can help it.

Fingers crossed.

I think they would be great at the Greek.

suprefan
06-13-2012, 09:25 AM
I think they would be great at the Greek.

uh, no............

CrimesceneCookie
06-13-2012, 11:50 AM
I would be most welcoming of another Troubadour show, although I doubt I'd be able to score tickets this time around.
Hollywood Forever would be nice too but not very "small".

MuseRadio
06-13-2012, 12:37 PM
I'd kill for a smaller LA gig, I'd rather not go to the Bowl if I can help it.

Fingers crossed.

I've never seen them and really wanna go but man those ticket prices are KILLER. If the bowl gig doesn't sell out would they still be able/allowed to add a smaller show?

send me ctrpllrs
06-14-2012, 12:51 AM
Just bought a ticket for the Seattle show. Guess I'm taking a longer ATP vacation this year.

nathanfairchild
06-14-2012, 05:31 AM
I love the venue they're using in austin. an outdoor ampitheatre setting that reminds me of the outdoor stage. all GA and only $40 for the show.

cansei de ser sexme
06-14-2012, 07:32 AM
I can't decide whether to go to both Animal Collective shows in Oakland or just one.

I should probably just do one so I can also afford a Beach House ticket.

I'm having the same problem 'cept with grizzly bear.

zachyd
06-14-2012, 11:19 AM
I'm having the same problem 'cept with grizzly bear.

I don't even want to entertain Grizzly Bear as a possibility right now, I already have Edward Sharpe and Dirty Projectors on my plate. Treasure Island soon too. September/October is too much on my wallet right now.

schoolofruckus
06-17-2012, 12:01 PM
Speaking with The Stool Pigeon, Dibb talked about the direction AnCo are favoring with the album:

"I remember saying, 'This is going to be harder for people to swallow.' There's no doubt about it: people are going to react to this….There was an instant melodic gratification to Merriweather and I think we intentionally made a record this time that is a lot more…um… [laughs] We took a left turn at weird town."

"From the first note of Merriweather you’re like, 'Oh my God, I just wanna dance' or 'My heart's exploding.' This is more like, 'This is amazing but I'm confused and I don't quite know what's going on and I think I need to listen to it again and maybe I should turn it off.'"

Love it.

GeezrRckr
06-17-2012, 09:51 PM
Josh is exaggerating. It might be like that for *some* of the newbs who latched on at MPP. For older fans, it will be more like you'll have wood.

schoolofruckus
06-18-2012, 05:20 PM
That's why I love it.

stuporfly
06-18-2012, 05:23 PM
Josh is exaggerating. It might be like that for *some* of the newbs who latched on at MPP. For older fans, it will be more like you'll have wood.

Truth.

swhite423
06-19-2012, 07:12 PM
7617

Artwork for Centipede Hz

FEELS
06-19-2012, 07:15 PM
wow, that's horrible

EDIT: I feel like this could be a joke

shermanoaksyo
06-19-2012, 08:01 PM
If Centipede Hz causes an erection that lasts for more than 4 hours, contact your drug dealer immediately.

bmack86
06-19-2012, 08:09 PM
The blue/yellow stuff in they eye looks similar to the live art they were broadcasting at Coachella. I could buy it.

swhite423
06-19-2012, 08:16 PM
The title reminds me of Total Recall lettering for some reason. Or some 80's action flick.

Poor Yorick
06-21-2012, 04:01 AM
Centipede Hurts

7631

nathanfairchild
07-03-2012, 08:25 AM
From their Facebook page this morning:

Hey, Centipede Hz pre-orders are up now on our new online store (the baby steps towards a real website continue)!

http://dominorecordco.com/centipedehz

The album is available in 3 formats - Deluxe LP, Standard LP, and CD. The details of each format can be found on the page. All pre-orders will come with a bonus DVD including HD audio of the album, and live video excerpts from our Prospect Par...k show in 2011.

Be sure to check out the rest of our store at http://www.myanimalhome.net/store.

We're still in the process of collecting all available items from our back catalog to have for sale on there, as well as old shirts, posters and some other exclusives that we're thinking about, so if you don't see what you want, please check back another time.

Enjoy and take care,
AC

Spooks
07-03-2012, 10:02 AM
From their Facebook page this morning:

I think I enjoyed last year's Prospect Park show than 2 night stand they had @ Prospect Park in 2009. Just for the idea that a lot of people showed up expecting to hear the "hits," which, for all intents and purposes, wasn't what 2011 AC tour was about. I saw so many people being turned off by this (read: people who only like bands that play "hits" they can identify, then talk through the rest of the songs they don't know or care about ), but no one cares about those people, because they suck. Too many people were there to say they saw AC play "their fave song" aka My Girls instead of immerse themselves in the amazing sounds those dudes produce. Show was amazing. About 70% crowd was not. I'm scared for what Sigur Ros show is going to be like there....will be the first time I'll be seeing them outside since Bjork/Sigur Ros Coney Island show back in 2003!

Black Dice were awesome too. I loved when some hipster got escorted out during their set because he yacked all over the place. Get it together, dude. Hold your shit!

ps Dave's sister designed their set last tour so hopefully she'll do it again for this upcoming tour....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Clc01rRMqi4&feature=player_embedded

clumsy342
07-03-2012, 10:20 AM
http://acus.dominorecordco.com/images/artists/animal_collective/CentipedeHz.jpg

I like this artwork better

bmack86
07-03-2012, 10:38 AM
My guess is that's the special edition artwork. Maybe wrong? It says on the Domino site that the Limited Edition record will have a foil-embossed sleeve. That seems like what a foil-embossed version of the original artwork looked like, to me anyway.

dorkfish
07-03-2012, 10:38 AM
I would say that you are likely correct.

nathanfairchild
07-03-2012, 10:42 AM
ordered mine. now september 4th can't get here fast enough.

send me ctrpllrs
07-03-2012, 11:34 AM
I think they did change the artwork for all versions. The deluxe version is going to be those glossy covers, slightly sturdier, and 180g. Ordered my copy. Two months!

FEELS
07-29-2012, 06:57 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6cWumQwCqA&feature=youtu.be

nathanfairchild
07-29-2012, 07:22 PM
i like it.

Gribbz
07-29-2012, 07:25 PM
As a casual fan, I also like it.

corbo
07-29-2012, 07:35 PM
i like it, i LIEK it ALOT

IceyHotshot
07-29-2012, 08:44 PM
I don't really like AC but I like this a lot.

cutterbutter
07-29-2012, 08:47 PM
Going to the HW Bowl show in hopes that they click for you?

IceyHotshot
07-29-2012, 08:52 PM
I bought HB tickets originally for FlyLo and Huun Hur Tu. Getting excited for AC now too though.

TallGuyCM
07-30-2012, 01:16 AM
New song's the shit.

FEELS
07-30-2012, 08:17 AM
Likin' it a lot as well. I missed Avey's screaming on MPP

nathanfairchild
08-12-2012, 08:04 PM
entire record streaming next week on their radio show.

http://pitchfork.com/news/47474-animal-collective-to-stream-new-album-on-animal-collective-radio-next-week/


On tonight's Animal Collective Radio, Avey Tare confirmed that on next week's show, Animal Collective will premiere their album Centipede Hz. The album's out September 4 in the U.S. and September 3 in the UK through Domino. Read our interview with Avey Tare about the album here.

clumsy342
08-14-2012, 08:31 AM
Someone posted the official lyrics on the collected animals board.
right over here.. (http://collectedanimals.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=3884)

cansei de ser sexme
08-14-2012, 09:22 AM
The "new Avey tare songs" just sound like transitions in his DJ set that he attributed to himself. P4k is getting a hard on over nothing.

clumsy342
08-14-2012, 11:06 AM
agreed. I don't even consider those as songs

TallGuyCM
08-16-2012, 10:21 PM
47xbkT3calM

clumsy342
08-16-2012, 10:44 PM
BOOM. "Applesauce"

Lc7eZLuomcs

TallGuyCM
08-16-2012, 11:56 PM
I'm not sure how I feel about these new songs. I liked Today's Supernatural more every time I heard it, but now that I've heard Applesauce it sounds a bit too samey...I dunno, they both just sound kind of hollow. I'm sure higher resolution rips will reveal a lot more in each of them, but at the moment I'm not too blown away.

cutterbutter
08-17-2012, 12:06 AM
Yeeahhh I'll just wait to here the album as a whole. Not much longer.

Mr. Fuzz
08-17-2012, 08:22 AM
I'm considering going to their HOB show in Vegas, but I really only like their "My Girls" song and I'm not sure if it'll be worth it.

bmack86
08-17-2012, 08:29 AM
You'd have to remain pretty open-minded about it to enjoy it if that's the only song of theirs you really enjoy. They get weird live.

CrimesceneCookie
08-17-2012, 08:40 AM
I'm considering going to their HOB show in Vegas, but I really only like their "My Girls" song and I'm not sure if it'll be worth it.

I think the era of "My Girls" is over. Haven't they been saying that this new album might turn off a lot of people who got into them with that song?

GeezrRckr
08-17-2012, 09:13 AM
I'm not sure how I feel about these new songs. I liked Today's Supernatural more every time I heard it, but now that I've heard Applesauce it sounds a bit too samey...I dunno, they both just sound kind of hollow. I'm sure higher resolution rips will reveal a lot more in each of them, but at the moment I'm not too blown away.
Wait, since when do you care about "high resolution rips"...haha! Have you turned to the "dark" side now.

I can understand why you feel this way about "Applesauce", but I wonder if it would be better to listen to this album as a whole. I feel like this album really beckons that sort of attention. But, there's a lot more going on in this song that will definitely be revealed under proper listening conditions....and live for sure!

It's almost here!

TallGuyCM
08-17-2012, 11:19 AM
Wait, since when do you care about "high resolution rips"...haha! Have you turned to the "dark" side now.

hahaha! ;)

stuporfly
08-17-2012, 11:56 AM
Finishing transcribing my interview with them over the next couple of days. Thanks to some of you (bmack in particular) I went in with a lot more to work with than I anticipated, which was helpful as it lasted longer than I'd been told it would.

clumsy342
08-17-2012, 02:48 PM
I'm sure I've said this here before, but Animal Collective in 2011 was one of my best concert experiences ever. During their set, I easily took to the new songs like I'd known them for years, even though it was my first time hearing them. I enjoyed every moment of the show and was absolutely blown away, overwhelmed, and exhausted by the end of their set.
So, needless to say, I've REALLY been looking forward to this album. And I love what I've heard so far.

very, very excited.

I can group "Applesauce" if anyone is interested in hearing it.

bmack86
08-17-2012, 03:16 PM
Agreed. That 2011 set was something special, and I've always loved them live, but they can be pretty weird, especially for people accustomed to Merriweather only.

TallGuyCM
08-19-2012, 06:19 PM
http://www.radio.myanimalhome.net/

New album streaming now.

seyrnon
08-19-2012, 06:25 PM
I'm really liking it so far

TallGuyCM
08-19-2012, 06:47 PM
God, the bridge of Monkey Riches is going to be completely insane live...

Jman4321
08-19-2012, 06:49 PM
Yeah this has been quite good.

seyrnon
08-19-2012, 06:56 PM
pulleys. holy hellfire

TallGuyCM
08-19-2012, 07:03 PM
Like all of their albums, way too much to absorb on one listen, so not much to say now that it's over. I do think that this won't alienate the people that got into them with MPP as much as some have said, there are a lot of similar elements in some of the songs.

First impression is two thumbs up, without a doubt.

shermanoaksyo
08-19-2012, 08:13 PM
I am wallowing in my monkey riches

GeezrRckr
08-20-2012, 09:27 AM
I think "Wide-Eyed" ended up turning out best (from the jams they showcased last year). I can't wait to get the vinyl of this!

clumsy342
08-20-2012, 11:10 AM
Happy to finally get to listen to the album. I liked it upon first listen.
But I will say, out of the 4 new songs that weren't played live (Moonjock, Applesauce, Pulleys, Amanita) Applesauce is the only one I've really enjoyed so far. I'm sure the others will grow on me eventually.

rag and bone
08-20-2012, 11:16 AM
I think "Wide-Eyed" ended up turning out best (from the jams they showcased last year).

Reminds me of early Gary Numan I like it. "Father Time" is the favorite after a couple listens.

send me ctrpllrs
08-20-2012, 12:53 PM
Just finished my second listen. Was so tired and stoned last night though, feels like I just listened for the first time. Definitely loving it, but I didn't expect any less. The stretch from Wide Eyed to Monkey Riches is so good.

They played 14 songs last year on tour, right? Since 4 of these are new, there should be at least 5 unreleased song still.

Also, anybody need a ticket for Seattle? Not taking that trip anymore since I'm able to go to the Hollywood Bowl show now that I'm not going to ATP.

TallGuyCM
08-20-2012, 09:33 PM
I think "Wide-Eyed" ended up turning out best (from the jams they showcased last year). I can't wait to get the vinyl of this!

Is that the one with Deakin on vocals? I'm guessing that was him on one of the songs, it didn't sound like Dave or Noah.

GeezrRckr
08-20-2012, 10:00 PM
Yes. The song they opened the shows with last year (and at Coachella, of course).

TallGuyCM
08-20-2012, 10:03 PM
Also, during the New Town Burnout video, I noticed one of my dad's company's trailers on the 5 near Bakersfield! There was a slowed-down shot I'm trying to find, because I think I may have even been towing it.

nathanfairchild
08-21-2012, 08:05 AM
Finally listened to the new album. I really like it. I don't really see how this would alienate fans of MPP though. If anything this album feels like it would be a good one to bridge the gap between SJ and MPP. Feels like they are combining the best parts of their last few records. I can't wait to see what they'll do with this stuff if they play it on this tour.

kyleuga
08-21-2012, 08:25 AM
if anyone can point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated

nyarlathotoats
08-21-2012, 11:27 AM
So after a second listen, I really like this album. So far, Today's Supernatural, Applesauce, and New Town Burnout are my favs. I especially like the carnival-type sounds made towards the end of NTB.

zachyd
08-25-2012, 11:03 AM
I love this album. Brings me back to Coachella last year. My favorites are Today's Supernatural, Wide Eyed, Father Time, and Monkey Riches.

roboticwaltz
08-25-2012, 03:41 PM
if anyone can point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated

radio.myanimalhome.net (radio.myanimalhome.net)

I'm assuming that you're asking about where to listen to the new album.

suprefan
08-25-2012, 08:49 PM
Or dowload it?

cutterbutter
08-25-2012, 09:06 PM
*download a transcode

Spooks
09-04-2012, 03:29 PM
This LP is waiting for me @ the post office tomorrow...can't wait to listen for Panda Bear coming back on the drums!

http://www.thefader.com/2012/09/04/by-the-numbers-animal-collectives-centipede-hz/

Spooks
09-05-2012, 04:58 PM
This album is much better than their last one. Time to go dance to the Rapture!

ps I miss LA weather:(


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hu1P8MZiTFU

cutterbutter
09-05-2012, 05:07 PM
Yeah the weather was really great when you were here. And now it has rained today.

In related news, the new one Animal Collective played today Crimson is awesome.

send me ctrpllrs
09-05-2012, 05:25 PM
They played 14 songs last year on tour, right? Since 4 of these are new, there should be at least 5 unreleased song still.


I did not account for the old songs in the set. There were 10 new ones played, 4 not played. 13 songs released before today, so "Crimson" is possibly the last unreleased new song. I like what they've done with it though. Hopefully we see a studio version and a couple more songs for the usual post-album EP.

nathanfairchild
09-05-2012, 05:26 PM
how likely is it that they'll do what they did right after MPP was released and play a bunch of CHZ songs on this leg of the tour?

send me ctrpllrs
09-05-2012, 05:51 PM
I'm guessing that will be their new format for touring and they'll take longer between albums.

stuporfly
09-06-2012, 05:51 AM
My interview with Animal Collective is up at PopMatters (http://www.popmatters.com/pm/feature/162933-todays-supernatural-popmatters-interviews-animal-collective/). Apologies for it being so long (sadly, not a sentence I've had to use too terribly often in my life.)


They’re supposed to be difficult, as impenetrable and stubborn as the music they’ve created together or separately or whatever. It turns out not to be true, of course; the four guys who make up Animal Collective are normal dudes. Immensely talented, urbane and intellectually complicated dudes, but still. Panda Bear recognizes the logo of the former Las Vegas minor league baseball team on the cap I’m wearing because he’s seen it in a video game.

In the tiny living room of a sweltering second-floor walkup on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, three members of Animal Collective – Noah Lennox, Brian Weitz and Josh Dibb - sit elbow to elbow on a small sofa, with the fourth – Dave Portner - on the other side of a coffee table perched on a chair. It’s early summer and they’re flipping through stacks of photographs. The intimacy of the room, the attention to detail, it all matters when talking about the Animal Collective story in 2012. But more on that in a minute.
Like a psilocybin Super Friends, the members of Animal Collective are known the world over by aliases: Panda Bear (Lennox), Geologist (Weitz), Deakin (Dibb) and Avey Tare (Portner), though since they referred to one another by their real names, that’s how it’s going to work here, too. But before I do, I just want to say how disappointed I was to find that there’s no Animal Collective name generator on the internet. Remember how much momentary fun it was to get your Wu-Tang name? Donald Glover certainly does. So get on that, random hipsters.

Animal Collective have long been critical touchstones, a recording history stretching back to the turn of the 21st century with a series of densely assembled releases with sounds buried deep in the mix and sudden harmonies and, fuck, is that some lost Beach Boys track I’m listening to? Such is how many music journalists, perhaps robbed of the ability to think straight after deep contemplation of songs like “Peacebone” or “Grass,” have described Animal Collective, and maybe there’s a kernel of truth there: The perceived obsessive attention to minute detail; deceptively simple melodies and rushes of sheer vocal beauty; a sandbox in the living room? But to constantly reference the Beach Boys is missing the point, and it’s also lazy, and while Animal Collective seems wary of tags, there are far worse things to be compared to.

“It has to be flattering,” said Weitz.

“Definitely not irritating,” added Lennox.

“With the Beach Boys thing, from Sung Tongs on it’s been a band we’ve been associated with or a reference point,” said Portner. “And I think when it got down to making Strawberry Jam and people said, ‘Oh, it’s a Beach Boys thing again,’ and we were like, did you even listen to the record? I don’t get that in that at all. When it becomes this lightning rod to make people understand something, we’re not annoyed but we just don’t get it.”

There are degrees of perplexity with the reference, too.

“You can tell when it’s a product of lazy journalism,” said Weitz. “You can usually tell from the publication, like if we’re not the kind of band they usually cover, it’s like, ‘Did you really listen or did you get that from a Google search?’”

In early 2009, Animal Collective released Merriweather Post Pavilion, the album which made them as close to household names as they’re likely to ever get. The group’s most electronic-and-sample-based album, it was for many also its most approachable. Singles like “My Girls” and “Summertime Clothes” were all over college and internet radio stations, comparatively sparse and unabashedly lovely. The album was perhaps the year’s most critically-acclaimed, living up to the advance hype and somehow managing to transcend the buzz. It gained the group legions of new fans, which was something of a blessing and, if not a curse exactly then perhaps a new puzzle to solve.

“Dave and I were just in France doing some DJing, and the guy who promotes our French shows came out,” said Weitz. “And he was like, ‘Your last show in Paris, a reviewer was talking about how you’d only played two songs from your first album,’ and we were like, what do you mean our first album, and they meant Merriweather.”

The mistake almost feels unforgivable in the digital age, where a group’s entire history is merely a keystroke away. With Animal Collective, there’s not just a long history of complex musical exploration on record, but also on the stage. And as any fan of any band knows, some people want to hear their favorite songs exactly as they know them from the record. To paraphrase an apocryphal Beach Boys tale, when Brian Wilson abandoned the band’s girls/surf/cars themes in favor of comparably deeper intellectualism when creating Pet Sounds, the famously cantankerous Mike Love reportedly said, “Don’t fuck with the formula.” And if there’s one thing Animal Collective enjoys, it’s fucking with the formula.

“One comment I heard, or was talked about after we actually played at Merriweather Post Pavilion(in 2011), is even though it was three years after the record came out was how can these guys tour a record and not play and of the songs off that record” said Portner. “We weren’t touring the record, and for us it’s interesting to know that there are people that haven’t clued into that fact, because I feel like it’s pretty widely known.”

It is widely known, so much so that the group received a curious warning prior to playing the Maryland venue which bore the album’s name.

“Even the promoter sent our booking agent a semi-threatening e-mail saying he heard we weren’t going to play a lot of songs from Merriweather, and we’d better behave like professionals and play the songs people were coming to hear as we recorded it,” Lennox said.

And, let’s face it, that’s not something anyone should expect from Animal Collective. A festival set at Coachella last year was one such example, with countless people taking to the Twittersphere to call the set a disaster and just as many calling it a triumph.

“It’s intense to play Coachella or a venue that large where there’s people for all different reasons coming to see you,” said Portner. “And for us, we feel like we’re throwing enough old stuff in there people will respond to, but we rework songs to the point where people don’t even recognize them. It can be scary, especially at this point where, in environments like Coachella where you’re playing for 30,000 people or even at Merriweather where we played for 8,000 people.”

“It’s highlighted at festivals, because presumably you have a lot of people who are like, ‘I’ve heard of that band, let’s see what they’re about,’ and you don’t have that crush of people who say, ‘I know this song, it’s my jam,’” said Lennox. “You have tons of people who say, ‘I’ve never heard this before.’”

“There are some fans who are like that, who would only be satisfied if you played ‘My Girls,’ ‘Fireworks,’ ‘Banshee Beat,’ ‘Brother Sport,’ ‘Summertime Clothes,’” said Dibb. “If they heard that set, they’d be psyched, and otherwise they’re like, ‘What the fuck?’”

It’s enough to make even the famously adventurous Animal Collective admit to the odd bouts of second-guessing themselves, but only a bit.

“It affects me more in club shows,” said Portner. “To me, these are people who are Animal Collective fans, and to see someone with that bored kind of, ‘What are they doing?’ kind of look. That’s the most disheartening thing. The thing is, you can’t be like…if you’re going to get into a wormhole where you start thinking about that stuff it’s going to be no fun. And there are definitely some nights where I’m like, ‘Why do I do this anymore?’ Usually more because I didn’t think we sounded that good. But it’s too easy to get wrapped up into thinking, ‘Is this person enjoying it?’ ‘Is that person enjoying it?’ And the reality of it is, like at Coachella, there’s going to be 30 percent people there that hate it. Not everybody is there to see Animal Collective, and it’s cool to think we can turn people on to something different and we can have this new way of doing it, but there are also people there that just want the typical festival band who just goes out there and plays the hits. But I think that’s why festivals are cool, too. They’re supposed to offer this wide array of music, and it’s exciting as a fan of music.”

Dibb sees a clear connection between Animal Collective live and Animal Collective on record.

“I think that also goes in line with the way we release records, and it’s ultimately what’s exciting to me,” he said. “Releasing a record like Merriweather and then releasing a record like this (Centipede Hz, the group’s new album out this week). Or going back to Feels or Sung Tongs. They’re all different. There are always going to be people just into one of those sounds and that’s all they’re going to want to hear, and then there are people who are like, ‘I’m really into all these different angles of what you guys can be,’ and I feel the same about the live experience. I want it to be unifying so all the people there can connect to it, but there’s also a part of me that wants the music to be challenging, in the same way that I expect people coming into this who were introduced to us through Merriweather and it’s the only experience they had: You’re either going to be up for this being something new, or you’re going to listen hoping to hear more of theMerriweather sound.”

The success of Merriweather Post Pavilion gave the group some new pressure, though not externally. The album, recorded in Oxford, Mississippi during Dibb’s hiatus from the band, wasn’t just a critical and commercial smash: It was also a high water mark for Weitz, Lennox and Portner.

“Noah has used the golf analogy of trying to beat your personal best,” said Weitz. “For the three of us, Merriweather was really special, and having that feeling like when we finished it and feeling we’d made something we were really, really proud of. I know what that feeling is, so now I know more when I’m settling or compromising myself. But I don’t think commercially, it’s too difficult to anticipate what anybody wants.”

Dibb rejoined Animal Collective in 2010, heralding something of a return to their roots, as the group headed back to Baltimore to write and record in a room together for the first time in…well, a long time. “I would say it was integral to the way the songs turned out,” said Lennox.

“We always throw some words around to get the inspiration, and we had some melodies going in,” said Portner. “Josh, Noah and I had written between the three of us five songs when we went in with the idea that we would keep jamming and write as we went. The three months there was kind of like a workshop and we also had time to work individually and produce stuff as we were writing.”

Though the move was deliberate, the group said it wasn’t because they felt a particular need to tap into what made Animal Collective so special all those years ago.

“I don’t think we ever lost that,” said Weitz. “I don’t think this was so much about needing to recapture something, so, ‘Let’s go back to Baltimore.’”

Instead, it was more about wanting to take a different approach, one which was less about technology and more about the immediacy of smashing the shit out of one’s instruments.

“It was a bit reactionary maybe to the sort of sample-based nature of Merriweather,” said Weitz.

“That manner of interacting with music and performing music, we felt like we had taken that with Merriweather where we wanted to. We needed a change, and with that change we needed to bring energy back into playing music as just a contrast. And the four of us playing live together with this instrumentation seemed like it would accomplish that. Baltimore was chosen more as a convenience than an attempt to recapture something, because I don’t feel like we’d really lost all that much.”
The members of Animal Collective grew up in and around Baltimore, playing music together in various incarnations. But it wasn’t until after high school that the group began to come together as we know them now. Lennox and Dibb headed to Boston for college, while Portner and Weitz went to school in New York City. After working long distance and traveling back to Baltimore to record for a few years, the group turned New York into their home base in 2000, with Portner and Lennox working in one of the city’s still-surviving independent record stores, Other Music. It gave them a chance to both fulfill and destroy their dreams.

“My big goal as a musician was the have a barcode and a really official-looking package,” Lennox laughed.

“I always wanted to find my music in a section of a store I’d usually shop in,” said Weitz. “And at first you’re just in ‘Miscellaneous A.’”

“The first record Noah and I worked on (Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished), that getting a write-up in Time Out and it was featured in Other (Music), it was like, ‘Alright, that’s it!’”

But getting what you want isn’t always a blessing.

“Actually, working in a record store made me hate music for a long time,” Portner said. “Having access to everything all the time, I was like, ‘I can’t even decide what I like anymore.’”

Initial reports of the music on Centipede HZ were often based on live performances of the songs played around the world last year, though as we’ve already established, with Animal Collective that doesn’t exactly give on much to go on. It was believed that the album would be a severe and unapproachable departure from Merriweather Post Pavilion, though that’s proved not to be the case. As PopMatters’ Arnold Pan pointed out in his album review (8-out-of-10), “Centipede Hz is an album that’ll get a hold on you as all its arms grab on and don’t let go.”

“I think there’s something very inherently Animal Collective about it,” said Lennox of the new album. “Compared to Merriweather, there’s a lot more going on and a lot more to navigate. But I don’t think that makes it a difficult record, because some of my favorite records have been like that and you hear more with repeated listens.”
Dibb agreed.

“I think Merriweather was one, and some of our other records have been like this, that it’s an instant thing,” he said. “At least that was my experience listening to it as a fan, that it immediately struck a chord and took off. Not that it wasn’t challenging, but it didn’t take a lot of work to get there. And I don’t think this is an instant record. You have to think about this for a second and take it in.”

It’s worth noting that the group released music between Merriweather Post Pavilion and Centipede Hz: ODDSAC, an experimental visual album collaboration with filmmaker Danny Perez which took four years from inception to completion, was released in early 2010. And a few months prior to the release of Centipede Hz, the group released a double-sided single with “Honeycomb” and “Gotham” an admitted red herring they acknowledged would probably make some fans incorrectly feel like they knew how the album was going to sound.

“Those songs didn’t really fit on the record, and we thought they’d be a good introduction to the band stuff,” said Weitz.

Visuals are also an important part of the Animal Collective experience, from their stage show to ODDSAC. While all four members of the group have had a hand in how their record sleeves are designed, Portner is the most connected to that, often working with his sister, Abby Portner, an artist and musician, to create the final product.

“It’s varied from record to record,” Portner said. “For Merriweather when we were on the way to one of the studios we found that optical illusion and we were all like, ‘Oh, wow.’ For (Centipede Hz) it was more like collecting and we were all involved. Sometimes I have this idea in my mind and ask my sister Abby. Something else I might do on my own or we might all contribute something.”

Asked whether he felt as though any particular Animal Collective record sleeve had visually captured the sound of the music, Portner said it wasn’t that easy to define.

“People react to that kind of thing so differently and it’s so specific to the experience of listening to music,” he said. “With Strawberry Jam there are lots of people who think it’s just disgusting, but for me, it’s a really pretty colorful way of presenting something, and you start to realize the more you do something…Like ODDSAC, which I think is the perfect combination of music and visuals that people are just not always going to get what you’re trying to push out there. But I think there’s something to be said for a really sweet record cover. I really like the cover to Feels a lot, that’s one of my favorites, but I wouldn’t necessarily think that you can listen to the music and stare at the cover and think, ‘That’s perfect.’”

“The cover is just an added flavor to the music,” Lennox said. “It doesn’t affect how the music sounds.”

Animal Collective begin a three-week North American tour later this month, with European dates to follow. They’ll make stops in New York and London, two cities they admit to being among the most difficult to play.

“With cities like London or New York, on any given night there might be four great shows and the people in the audience go to music all the time,” said Dibb. “If you play places that are a little more afield, there’s pure appreciation of the experience of having us show up that can be really gratifying. There’s less pressure in this weird way. In Zagreb, Croatia people are just psyched. We played Moscow for the first time and people were psyched. Those are places where it’s special for bands like us to come through.”

Portner admitted that it’s not always easy to know from the stage whether they’re playing a good show or not, and they don’t always agree with the crowd.

“There are some rooms that are great to play in and some that are tough,” said Portner. “But then I met this guy last night who found out I was in Animal Collective, and he was like, ‘Man, remember that one warehouse show and I DJ’d after you guys,’ and I thought, ‘That show was a nightmare,’ and he said he thought it was amazing. We played this show in New York where I basically just stopped because the bass frequencies were too intense, and for me it ruined the show, but for a lot of people they were like, ‘You guys were playing great.’”

Television provides its own difficulties for a group accustomed to experimentation, and much more so than in festivals the studio is not filled with partisan fans.

“I think the audience in those TV studios is completely irrelevant,” said Weitz. “The times we’ve played shows like that we’ve never even looked at the audience. They’re told with an applause sign to clap. I think more about what it’s going to translate into on the other side of the TV.”

“It’s the furthest away, especially in the live situation, of what we would do, take one song and play it,” said Portner. “Based on our history of how we feed off of live energy is to get this thing going and going and going, and then you’re put into that situation and it’s like, ‘Okay, guys: 4 ˝ minutes. Do it!’”

The regimented time slot of a TV appearance isn’t the only hurdle for the group in using the medium.

“It’s difficult for us because they ask what we’ve got that’s four minutes long, and it’s not much,” said Weitz. “And we give them this one or this one, and they’re like, ‘You can’t play that.’”

In 2009, the group played “Summertime Clothes” on Late Show with David Letterman, a clear reminder that Animal Collective exists on the periphery of the entertainment industry.

“Paul Schaffer was really nice to us and acted like he listens and cared,” said Portner. “And David Letterman just made fun of our record cover.”

Things were even worse two years earlier when the group made its national television debut on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, where they remember switching gears at the last minute and performing “#1.”

“Conan O’Brien we’d heard was a really big music fan, and I’m friendly with the guys in Yeasayer, I’ve known them for forever,” said Weitz. “And they said, ‘He was really psyched to have us on the show, he loved our record.’ And I was like, ‘Really? He talked to us about how the Amtrak went through Baltimore, and that was it.’ We changed the song at the last minute, and I think he got word of it and was pretty bummed.”

Dibb remembered almost no direct communication from the lanky host following their performance.

“He actually didn’t say anything to us at all, but after we played he walked through and as he was shaking my hand, he said to the camera, ‘Baltimore, huh? I went through there on Amtrak once,’” Dibb recalled. “Cool. Nice to meet you.”

The sense of relative alienation doesn’t just apply to the world of television; they also feel it within the music industry. Collaboration outside of the group dynamic isn’t a natural fit for Animal Collective.

“There are certain people, especially in New York, where we’re not part of this fraternity who gets the stamp of approval from, like, David Bowie or David Byrne,” said Weitz. “We don’t make records with those people, but everybody else seems to. Not that we don’t like those people. For us it just doesn’t feel like our thing. Like with Arcade Fire backing up Bruce Springsteen just feels like it would be so far off from anything we’d do. And not even just those people, because I remember when Damo Suzuki was on tour, and in every city he said he wanted a different backing band. And for me, I just couldn’t imagine us sitting around the practice space and saying, ‘Damo Suzuki wants a backing band: Let’s do it!’ I just can’t see us making that decision.”

For a group so closely associated with dense sonic experimentation, they’re also acutely aware that not every journey is a good fit for them.

“There’s many different ways you can mix certain songs, and you can take a song like ‘Also Frightened’ and make a crazy mix out of it, and then you sit back and think, ‘Are people going to be into this? Am I even into this?’” said Portner.

“And it’s the same thing with an instrument, too. There have been times where it’s been like, let’s try that and then we realize it’s just not right for us.”

Weitz picked up the thread.

“Pedal steel is a good example,” he said. “I love pedal steel, and before we made the record I thought it would be great to have a pedal steel, because I lived in Arizona for a while and fell in love with that sound, and there’s this record, Chill Out by the KLF, and I wanted to incorporate that into this record. But the notes played in a lot of those country songs might not work with what we’re doing. So we thought maybe about having it played live and we invited Dave Scher who plays in a lot of bands and plays lap steel. And a lot of his stuff stayed on the record, but sometimes when it was too far up in the mix it was just like, ‘That doesn’t sound like Animal Collective.’ The closest thing it sounds like is maybe Wowie Zowie by Pavement or something, but it just takes you out of our world.”

While the musical world of Animal Collective is always evolving, so too are the personal lives of its members. They live in different cities living different lives; two of them, Weitz and Lennox are fathers. For Weitz, the latter in particular represents a big change.

“My work ethic I think is a bit stronger,” he said about fatherhood. “I feel like I can push past exhaustion more. Being a musician can sometimes be a cushiony lifestyle, and I have to think, ‘You know, for the next two weeks I’m not just going to smoke pot.’ And I think that’s necessary – not smoking pot, per se, but recharging – and the idea of sort of having someone to observe your work ethic a bit more, there’s just no excuse for laziness.”

“’I’ve got three hours to sit around and smoke pot and listen to records…Go!’” joked Dibb.

“The writing session we did was probably the most exhausted I’ve ever seen these guys,” added Portner.

But it’s a good change, not just personally but in what it brings to the music, both in its sound and its creation.

“I used to work on Capitol Hill and you don’t get a lot of sleep but you’re psyched,” Weitz said. “I loved my job there, and you’re happy to almost be exhausted. Work is your life, and that’s what this record is like. And the idea that there’s a child observing that, you should love what you do and put your all into it.”

HotHamWater
09-06-2012, 06:57 AM
I've never been a fan of these guys, to say the least, but I have to say that I like the new album. Upon first listen, "New Town Burnout" is my favorite song. Everything from that song to the end of the album just flows pretty nicely. It will probably still take a lot for me to want to see them live again, but I can definitely appreciate this album. Good on them.

shermanoaksyo
09-08-2012, 11:17 AM
Cent a peed hurts is superb. Can't wait for the bowl

send me ctrpllrs
09-10-2012, 01:27 AM
Yeah... starting to really love Centipede Hz. Can't get it out of my head. Still haven't got a ticket (a friend is buying them there in the next few days), but I'm excited for the Bowl show. Hopefully the set isn't too short and I'd really like to hear Amanita live.

xanman86
09-10-2012, 08:07 AM
I may have some extra Hollywood Bowl tickets (friends bailed) if anyone is interested

suprefan
09-10-2012, 09:05 AM
Yeah... starting to really love Centipede Hz. Can't get it out of my head. Still haven't got a ticket (a friend is buying them there in the next few days), but I'm excited for the Bowl show. Hopefully the set isn't too short and I'd really like to hear Amanita live.

If Hot Chip barely got an hour and change last night, they probably get the same. So 8 songs maybe?

shermanoaksyo
09-10-2012, 01:17 PM
They did a set in Hungary in July:

1 Wide Eyed
2 Today's Supernatural
3 Did You See the Words
4 Father Time
5 New Town Burnout
6 Monkey Riches
7 Brother Sport
8 Mercury Man
9 Rosie Oh
10 Crimson
11 Honeycomb
12 We Tigers
13 Summertime Clothes

I'd expect to see most of these C Hz songs? Hope they add Applesauce.

I assume they won't repeat the "legacy" tracks from the 2011 tour... What Would I Want? Sky, Water Curses, and Turn Into Something would work for me :)

FEELS
09-10-2012, 10:41 PM
what are you gonna do? go into the forest, until i can't remember my name. i'm gonna come back and things will be different, i'm gonna bring back some stories and games.

IceyHotshot
09-10-2012, 11:03 PM
I forgot that I completely fucking loathe Animal Collective. This album reminded me.

(However, that EP or whatever it was they released, that was two ambient tracks, was great)

GeezrRckr
09-12-2012, 09:38 AM
For some reason, I feel posting in this thread is going to be the best forum for this piece. I shall withold my comments for the time being as I would like to hear what the young(er) folks here think about it. I'm sure those of you that know me can predict my take on it.


R.I.P., Brooklyn: How Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, and Dirty Projectors Changed Pop

September 20 2012, 9:34 AM ET
by Christopher R. Weingarten

From lo-fi and inventive to polished and hip, Brooklyn's indie scene permeated pop's past decade. And its evolution has mirrored the gentrifying area from which it sprung.

The most important Brooklyn show on TV isn't Girls — it's 2 Broke Girls. Starring Norah's infinite playlist of cupcake jokes and thrift-store field trips, the CBS sitcom offers up intentionally imprecise references that combine to form the tipping point where Brooklyn hipster culture turns into prime-time background noise. Despite the wild success and influence of Brooklyn-sewn youth culture over the past decade-plus, it was never clumsily co-opted and sold back like thuggish-ruggish rapping McNuggets in the '80s or Daniel Clowes approximating Sub Pop graphics for OK soda in the '90s. Maybe that's because the Brooklyn indie scene was born branding itself. The lines between actual cool and companies co-opting cool and cool co-opting companies quickly became a dull, indistinct blur: Where do you file Progressive insurance's Flo, the Levi's Go Forth ads, (500) Days of Summer, Vice's CNN show, or MGMT? Is Mad Men's Paul Kinsey supposed to be Bedford Avenue's Fonzie?

The salability of Brooklyn's arty, contemporary rock was birthed in 2002 with the runaway success of five unlikely goth-surf grind-pop songs by Yeah Yeah Yeahs stealing a spotlight bogarted by the Strokes, those nightclubbing Manhattan old-guard pretty boys. (Conversely, you could say YYYs also saved Brooklyn from the late-'90s holding-pattern rock of Nada Surf, Mink Lungs, and Mendoza Line). The rest of Brooklyn's decade played itself out on critics' lists (Liars, LCD Soundsystem, TV on the Radio, Sufjan Stevens, the Hold Steady, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Battles), reaching an apotheosis with the most critically acclaimed albums of 2009 belonging to Animal Collective (partial Brooklynites), Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear, and Dirty Projectors — SPIN's Nos. 1, 2, 4, and 31, respectively). Three of those four bands have new records dropping within ten weeks of one another — Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, and Dirty Projectors all seem intent on bigger beats and heartier hooks, stripping their sonic slurry into serviceable rock or dance music, arriving somewhere between avant-indie Project Mersh and Live Nation Daydream Nation. They've certainly earned it. Pop radio has been 2 Broke Girl-ing 'em for years now.

Brooklyn art rock has predicted Billboard pop music the same way punk rock predicted the Knack, Soft Cell, Culture Club, Simple Minds, Guns N' Roses, EMF, and P!nk. This year, the Hot 100 features a historic two No. 1 hits from bands gentrifying the indie-rock shrugaverse, big-city bubblegum quietly owing to modern hipster runoff. The first, Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," has erratic swoops in pitch that echo the Dirty Projectors' Pollock-like approach to melody. And the second, fun.'s "We Are Young," is the product of natural sky-punchers who — if they hadn't absorbed the placid tempos, lush harmonies, and button-down casualness of Grizzly Bear — might have just ended up as post-guyliner casualties.

The leisurely gait and Neu!-for-kids piano pulse of Grizzly Bear's "Two Weeks" has become the Bo Diddley beat of upwardly mobile sentimentality, soundtracking languorous moped rides to organic food stores in Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator, suburban love stories on How I Met Your Mother, and Volkswagen rides in Super Bowl commercials. Its "Make it easy / Take your time" refrain resonated perfectly as hip-hop delved deeper into easy, breezy, beautiful cloud rap and Pilot Talk. All the cool kids (Chiddy Bang, Childish Gambino, BrandUn DeShay, Kidz in the Hall, Maffew Ragazino) sampled it, and pop chillax-hacks rewrote it from the ground up, as B.o.B did for "So Good," swagger-jacking the heartbeat and the message ("We ain't gotta rush / Just take it slow"). The latest album from Revelation-rockers P.O.D. features a "Two Weeks" rip ("West Coast Rock Steady") and Linkin Park borrowed Grizzly Bear's onetime string arranger Owen Pallett.

Vocalist-guitarist Ed Droste insists that Grizzly's violent, ill-angled, earthy, cloud-busting fourth album, Shields, isn't some reaction to "Two Weeks" accidentally representing youth gone mild. But there's only so long you can be pastoral poster cubs for indie pathos and hammock rap. Their trademark curtains of harmonies are long gone, making way for Spanish guitar flourishes, vicious strumming, squawking horns, studio explosions, and rumbling subterranean night-terror drone, all supporting melodies that are more melancholy than ever. Loneliness, wandering, hiding it all away. "A Simple Answer" scans like Richard Dawkins scoring a Frightened Rabbit song: "Just make it up somehow," "No light," "You can't scare me none." Shit, maybe more metal bands are gonna get hip to 'em this year.

Dirty Projectors just turned into a metal band themselves on Swing Lo Magellan, a kind of folk-crunging Led Zeppelin–gone-fractal, if the Battle of Evermore had been fought by Arnold Schoenberg instead of Bert Jansch. On 2009's Bitte Orca, front-pointillist Dave Longstreth fell backwards into R&B through Mali's chiming guitars, the hocketing techniques of the Congo, the beep-booping disjunction of 12-tone composition, and the alien logic of Planet Dave Longstreth. His melodies randomly leapt from murmur to falsetto like Flubber, sounding like tUnE-yArDs is spelled. And beyond predicting Gotye's sexy Bobcat Goldthwait routine in "Used to Know," the Projectors maybe helped portend the cru-u-U-u-UUU-cial earworm in Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," the labyrinth of Kelly Rowland's "Motivation," and the bounding wee-EEEs of Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Magellan, they're still playing melodic Q*Bert, but now they've got enough Gnarls Starkey beats and big ol' hooks and broken En Vogue harmonies and itchy handclaps (part Steve Reich "Clapping Music," part the Meters' "Hand Clapping Song") to be making some pop moOoOoOOOves of their own.

The least likely pop stars of the bunch were also the most prescient. Animal Collective's "Kids on Holiday" nostalgia-gazing, smushy-wooshy whirlnoise, and Sgt. Petsound's multi*tracked harmonies produced a No. 2 album and a No. 3 single by bands who weren't them: MGMT and Foster the People (two bands, it should be noted, who have the word "kids" figuring predominately into their biggest hits). More recently. the Alternative chart-topper "Tongue Tied" by Grouplove has the same jumprope ooze with the lyric "Slumber party, pillow fight." AnCo cozied up to the hypnotic drift of the waterlogged and tape-damaged and screwed years and years before it was providing chart hits for Snoop Dogg ("Sensual Seduction"), Drake ("Marvins Room"), Frank Ocean ("Nocacane"), and Usher ("Scream"). Hell, they beat Drake to the nostalgia-ULTRA punch line of calling a song "Fireworks," too.

On their tenth studio album, Centipede Hz, Animal Collective practically leap past the rock audience they've curated into the EDM tent across the festival field. From a band featuring at least one former DJ, its 54 minutes unfurl with the cohesiveness of a mix: opening with the bombastic piston pumps of dubstep in "Moonjock," cycling through some Guetta-gone-Pavement soccer chants in "New Town Burnout," and peaking with a legitimate drop in "Monkey Riches." In between, there's some incredible bongo breaks and RZA-via–Biz Markie knuckle-crack snares. AnCo's resident sound artist Geologist probably will claim the numerous samples were inspired by Dutch electronic tape music of the '50s, but they bounce like golden-era hip-hop-centric crossovers M/A/R/R/S or Utah Saints.

So yeah, Brooklyn is dead because all the cool bands want to be pop stars. And all the pop stars wanna be cool kids (Jay-Z asked Dirty Projectors to play his festival, and Metallica invited Liturgy to play theirs). "Edge" once was something you could lose in an LCD Soundsystem song; now Edge is a luxury condo you can buy on the Williamsburg waterfront starting at $1.7 million. No sleep till that!

This story originally appeared in the September/October issue of SPIN.
http://rockzi.com/newspage?id=35648338f7ddf3413def0d3871281ef7&tag=/rockzi/music

xanman86
09-12-2012, 10:02 AM
lol a story from the future!

Miroir Noir
09-12-2012, 10:21 AM
In trying to justify his thesis, there are many obviously wrong things in here. Really a stretch to claim fun. and Gotye were indebted to Grizzly Bear or Dirty Projectors. Also a stretch to claim that Centipede Hz -- whatever else one can say of it -- is a part of the same milieu that birthed the current EDM boom.

If he wanted to write about the success of the "Brooklyn" scene, if there is such a thing, he should have written about how it has broken down traditional ideas about popularity and commercial appeal, or how the leveling of the music industry through the internet has broken down the barriers between the mainstream and the underground to the extent that scenes barely even exist any more.

andyforpeace
09-12-2012, 11:28 AM
I have some extra tickets for their Hollywood bowl show on the 23rd. 3 or possibly 5 tickets in section k2 row 17 for face value ($45) or best offer. Pm me!

TallGuyCM
09-12-2012, 05:50 PM
I also have a ticket for sale, to the Friday Fox Oakland show. Face was $50, but I'll gladly consider offers, PM me!

bmack86
09-12-2012, 05:58 PM
I've been showing my roommate Animal Collective slowly over the past year. Introducing him to Feels tonight.

wmgaretjax
09-12-2012, 07:16 PM
I also have a ticket for sale, to the Friday Fox Oakland show. Face was $50, but I'll gladly consider offers, PM me!

if someone doesn't snag this up, let me know... i was thinking I'd go saturday, but I might change my mind. probably won't know until monday though.

PotVsKtl
09-12-2012, 07:43 PM
I've been showing my roommate Animal Collective slowly over the past year. Introducing him to Feels tonight.

Chronological.

bmack86
09-12-2012, 10:23 PM
We fucked that up. Actually been doing reverse chronological, with the exception of Sung Tongs being the intro that I used.

SoulDischarge
09-12-2012, 10:36 PM
For some reason, I feel posting in this thread is going to be the best forum for this piece. I shall withold my comments for the time being as I would like to hear what the young(er) folks here think about it. I'm sure those of you that know me can predict my take on it.

Probably shouldn't talk shit on the writings of someone who actually contributes to this board, but that was difficult to get through. Tone down the references just a little, not every sentence needs in excess of five, music journalism doesn't need to read like Pynchon to be insightful.

send me ctrpllrs
09-13-2012, 12:59 AM
I've been showing my roommate Animal Collective slowly over the past year. Introducing him to Feels tonight.

I was showing a friend of mine them last night. I've got friends that love them, he never got into them, but he's starting to warm up to them. He likes some of the MPP stuff and was enjoying some of the Centipede Hz stuff I showed him. Don't think he's ever listened to a full album though. Sung Tongs might actually be a good place to start. I laughed, he says he won't tell us if he starts to like them.

GeezrRckr
09-13-2012, 08:36 AM
Probably shouldn't talk shit on the writings of someone who actually contributes to this board, but that was difficult to get through. Tone down the references just a little, not every sentence needs in excess of five, music journalism doesn't need to read like Pynchon to be insightful.
Oh really? Interesting...had no idea. Maybe you can PM me who it is.

But, yeah...the incessant references was one of the "things" that I was left with as well.