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Avey Tare Debuts New Tunes On Tour
Avey Tare’s out there touring his solo record Down There; I recently caught his stop at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory with Black Dice’s Eric Copeland opening and both of them backed up by a Yoda-masked skeleton wearing a sweet scarf. Memorable! Tare’s taking the opportunity to, in typical Animal Collective fashion, work out new material. Watch fan vid of “Song For Jerome,” “Sometimes,” “In Photographs,” and “Slow Worlds” below. In back you’ll see emaciated Yoda holding it down in back, though his scarf is largely absent.
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december 2011 by josephzizys
A Sold-Out Coachella Begins Today
Coachella, the three-day music and arts festival in Indio, Calif., is expected to draw some 75,000 fans a day.
Music  Animal_Collective  Arcade_Fire  Black_Keys  Coachella  Erykah_Badu  Kanye_West  Kings_of_Leon  Lauryn_Hill  Mumford_&_Sons  Wiz_Khalifa  from google
april 2011 by millersashley
LWE’s Top 10 Albums of 2009
It seems once again artists have looked past shriveling album sales and pooh poohed format worries while creating a truly outstanding crop of longplayers. Whether exploring the sinews connecting electronic music and jazz, amalgamating traditional African and house sounds, gearing up a set of club bangers or diving into unknown recesses in listeners’ heads, the 10 albums LWE’s reviewing staff chose represent the best 2009 had to offer. We have only one regret: last year we voted DJ Sprinkles’s breathtaking Midtown 120 Blues as 2008’s #3 album of the year, which disqualified it from being included this year as well. Rest assured, LWE still has love for this great work; we just wanted to make room for the rest.

10. Patrick Cowley & Jorge Socarras, Catholic
[Macro] (buy)
Re-issues are already the perfect gift from record labels to collectors. They don’t appear on the horizon like new releases but sneak up unexpectedly from behind, pleasantly spinning the focus around for a moment. Like mortar, they put that elusive and essential brick firmly in place, or they fortify that worn and weary copy ensuring both the completeness and endurance of a collection. As a previously unreleased collaboration between Jorge Socarras and disco demigod Patrick Cowley, Macro’s impressive gift of Catholic in 2009 does so much more. Not only inspiring re-appreciation of one of disco’s legendary auteurs, it calls for a reassessment of what we know about Cowley, deepening our understanding of an already rich musical endowment. The surprising stylistic scope of Catholic only adds to its charm, demonstrating the underlying musical promiscuity of the late 70’s and early 80’s and allowing new lines to be draws in the lineage of electronic and dance music. It’s not often that something this new, unanticipated, and exciting comes up from the past, but when it does, you really appreciate the present, bow and all. (Andrew Clapper)

09. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion
[Domino] (buy)
Merriweather Post Pavilion is undoubtedly this list’s most controversial entry, but what’s less certain is why it’s earned such notoriety. Too close to indie rock for some, sure; too rapturously embraced by indie music press/audiences, true, but hardly Animal Collective’s fault. Although there’s no accounting for taste, I’d aver the apprehension has much to do with jealously guarding the electronic realm from arriviste experimental rockers, even if they crafted one of the year’s most striking electronic albums that offers nothing to fear. The jaunty, hook-filled tunes leaping from Animal Collective’s latest LP are often the product of synths, sequencers, drum machines and voices, with guitar and bass licks providing texture instead of leading the way. But their gear choices are only means to a colorful, densely packed end: Ragged tones and twinkling loops enrich and balance tunes that skirt the borders of pop and experimental abstraction with apparent glee. They’ve created a deeply personal album whose sentiments resonate as strongly as its clever arrangements, inviting listeners into the comforting arms of “Also Frightened,” to consider their natural urges on “Guys Eyes” and artistic proclivities on “Taste,” to cheer up family and friends alongside “Brother Sport” and sing oneself hoarse to Recession-era anthem “My Girls” as the guys channel Frankie Knuckles. Taken together, Merriweather Post Pavilion is a complete package of dazzling sounds, excellent songwriting and personality to spare. In a year crammed with rock-oriented artists trying to incorporate electronics into their sound, Animal Collective have emerged as plugged in friends, not foes. (Steve Mizek)

08. Ben Klock, One [Ostgut Tonträger] (buy)
“Ain’t no happiness, ain’t no sadness” was the Elif Bicer-vocaled refrain to the catchiest moment on Ben Klock’s debut album, One. Bicer might as well have been describing the album, which went beyond simple black and white emotions with its many different shades of gray. If this makes One sound dully monochrome, then the description is misleading. Possibly the most varied full length to come out on Ostgut Ton thus far, it nonetheless pulled reduced techno, Chain Reaction dub, flecks of house, and a sprinkling of dubstep into a unified, distilled and purified whole. In a record so consistently excellent it’s tough to pick out highlights, but the relentless early morning kick of “Gloaming,” or the brutal organ stabs of “Grip” offer easiest access for the uninitiated. Eschewing such “obvious” feelings as happy or sad, One offered far more complex and enthralling sensations to be a good deal better than “OK.” (Peder Clark)

07. Redshape, The Dance Paradox [Delsin] (buy)
Right from the very first burst of jangling percussion and mysteriously icy, Amber-era Autechre inspired chords of “Seduce Me,” it was obvious the mysterious techno producer had successfully managed to translate the brooding sensibilities underpinning his deep techno EPs to the album format. However, there were two crucial differences between The Dance Paradox and Redshape’s back catalog. The first was that the producer worked with a drummer throughout the recording process, and flowing from this method, the album was more varied sounding than Redshape’s singles. While these traits are most obvious on “Rohrschach’s Game,” where drums tumble through a textured fog, bringing chaos to the textured ambience, the standout cuts sound more like a woozy combination of Redshape’s established sound. “Garage GT” unfolded to the sound of traffic noise and police sirens as the author laid down gloriously warm jazz keys, set to the ever present lumbering bass. “Dead Space Mix (Edit)” meanwhile, was an updated version of the B side from the first Present release, and saw Redshape go back to the bleep meets Detroit techno of Nexus 21, while “Man out of Time” was like a typical dance floor focused Redshape track dissected and re-imagined for home listening, its sprawling chords and rumbling bass flowing through a freeform prism. Despite this approach, there were other moments when Redshape reverted to type. “Bound (Part 1 & 2)” was like a successor to “Blood into Dust,” its buzzing bass line and crystalline synths building to a dramatic denouement, while “Globe” burnt brighter and went deeper than all the producer’s other brooding moments. If there’s one complaint about Paradox, it would have to be its brevity. At just eight tracks, it feels like Redshape was hitting his stride as it finished. Maybe it’s more to do with the fact that this writer would be happy to listen to the richness and depth of sound and prevailing mood, somewhere between miserabilism and euphoria, ad infinitum. (Richard Brophy)

06. Juju & Jordash, Juju & Jordash [Dekmantel] (buy)
Juju and Jordash are not your average dance producers. Accomplished guitar and keyboard players, respectively, the Israeli-by-way-of-Amsterdam duo defies expectation in origin and outcome. Their first widely released full-length presents their unique style as well as or better than their previous records have, permitting stomping dance anthems, like the mischievous single “Deep Blue Meanies,” to exist alongside intricate instrumental explorations like “Jugdish,” which sounds something like the Bill Evans trio on mescaline. Though that jazz influence is clear, from both their sound and their no-samples approach to production and performance, their cosmopolitan sound doesn’t stop there. Jamaican dub, Italian disco, American house, and German experimental rock also figure heavily into their work. Juju and Jordash have been bubbling under the surface of recognition for the past five years — earlier releases have appeared on Keith Worthy’s Aesthetic Audio, Reggie Dokes’s Psychostasia, and Jus-Ed’s Underground Quality — and with this remarkable LP, they are bursting through.
(Shuja Haider)

05. Bodycode, Immune [Spectral Sound] (buy)
After last year’s “Release,” we were primed for a meal-size helping of Alan Abrahams’ lush, sophisticated, abstracted vocal house. A well-sequenced selection of his dance-oriented new work would’ve done the trick. And we certainly got choice tracks — from “Hyperlight”’s deep house debris to the burrowing reproach/plea of single “What Did You Say” to rattling anthem “Imitation Lover” — but Abraham did us one better, delivering an honest-to-god album that engages the length and concentration of the LP as house music seldom has. Immune’s tracks drift into and echo off of one another, merged into a viscous and seemingly indivisible whole. Abrahams’ instantly recognizable compositional style and, yes, voice are crucial to this unity, but Immune’s true bonding tissue is its pervading mood. The course of its human dramas already set, this is a music of introspection, reflection, regret, and melancholy. And somehow, Immune pronounces these feelings rhythmically, its poignance bound to the jack. Who knew that disappointment could move so seductively?
(Chris Burkhalter)

04. Martyn, Great Lengths [3024] (buy)
Some of the most talked about, ground-breaking and over-hyped records in 2009 all came from the dubstep camp. Martyn fit snuggly into the first two of these descriptives with his mind blowing Great Lengths album that marked out its own territory in the ever expanding dubstep universe. Any hype surrounding his debut full length though was duly earned; the Dutchman’s unique take on the narrowing divide between techno and dubstep was embodied with tough, embossed percussion, rarefied techno chords and heavy, rounded bass lines that never laid a foot wrong. While many artists now inhabit the neutral zone unoccupied by either dubstep or techno exclusively, few have managed to do so with an effortless grace as Martyn. Whether tooling with takes on deep house, chord heavy breakbeat or post-garage pressure, Martyn kept the balance between beauty … [more]
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december 2009 by millersashley
Google Street View Imagery Makes Beautiful Music Video
It turns out that Street View from Google Maps has more uses than just checking out Pompeii’s ruins and stalking your ex — some enterprising geek/artist named Eugene Cheung has used the tool to create a rather impressive music video, which depicts a drive he once took to a film set near L.A.’s Japantown.

The video — which Cheung appears to have created by repeatedly clicking on the Street View navigation arrow — features the song “Banshee Beat” by Animal Collective. While the scenery isn’t that impressive, the fact that the video was created with a Frankenstein-like patchwork of footage makes for a disjointed quality that is positively Lynchian. Translation: It’s pretty cool.

Something tells us that the concept of music videos generated from Google imagery could really take off. We suggest Cheung and other young directors take a peek at some of the crazier stuff Google Street View has to offer and get clicking.

Reviews: Google
Tags: animal collective, banshee beat, eugene cheung, god maps, Google, google street view
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december 2009 by sopper
Animal Collective Samples Dead
Animal Collective samples the Grateful Dead's "Unbroken Chain" on their new Fall Be Kind EP. It's apparently the first time the band has allowed the use of one of their songs as a sample. New York Magazine talked to Animal...
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november 2009 by dgbrahle
DEMF Finale: Seth Troxler Mix
With Detroit Electronic Music Festival over I needed to find a mix that summed how good it got at times and this recent Resident Advisor mix does a great job and I think some of you Tim and Eric fan might like the tracklist towards the end.
Seth Troxler has been the face of the new generation of DJs coming out the US that gets it because he has the depth when it comes to knowing new and old records, has the confidence to throw out that curve ball track to a full dance floor, and lives the lifestyle that many of us would just stare at and be floored that he can live thru it all by being able to DJ at 6pm or 5am or even noon the next day.

Home and Garden - Broken (Brennan Green (On The) Reprise) - Icon Recordings
Omar-S - I-Love-U-Alex - FXHE Records
Woolfy vs. Projections - The Return of Starlight - Permanent Vacation
Beat Happening - Our Secret - K
Chromatics -In The City - Italians Do It Better
Michael McDonald - I Keep Forgettin’- Warner
Talking Heads - Slippery People - Sire Records Company
Jimi Hendrix - Castles Made Of Sand – Polydor
Animal Collective - Prospect Hummer - FatCat Records
Cat Power – Can’t Get No Satisfaction - Matador
Louderbach - Autumn – M_nus<
David Bowie - Space Oddity - RCA Victor
Arthur Russell - Your Motion Says – Rough Trade
Marine Girls - 20,000 Leagues - Whaam! Records
Handsome Boy Modeling School - I’ve Been Thinking - Elektra
Home and Garden – Sexuality – Classic
Home and Garden - Broken (Brennan Green (On The) Reprise) - Icon Recordings
Tim and Eric - Universe – Adult Swim
The Pack – Vans – Jive


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Post tags: Animal Collective, Brennan Green, Italians Do It Better, Omar S., Resident Advisor, Seth Troxler
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may 2009 by harpo
C:E:L:E:B:R:A:T:O:R: INDIE TEENS IN HAVING NO SENSE OF HUMOR SHOCKER aka animal coLOLctive: what happened?
How do you get your blog 12,000 hits, a cease-and-desist order and a mention in Baltimore City Paper? Answer: post a stupid rickroll
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february 2009 by WIZARDISHUNGRY

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