Animal Collective 2012

Animal Collective, who recently delivered new tunes “Honeycomb” and “Gotham,” just announced the name and release info for their next album via a 90 second video. The collection’s called Centipede Hz and it’s out 9/3 (UK/Europe) and 9/4 (North America) via Domino. The video contains nearly a dozen phrases that … may be song titles? (UPDATE: They are.) The band’s last LP, Merriweather Post Pavilion, was our Gummy Awards readers poll winner for Best Album Of 2009. Watch the transmission below and get excited.

01 “Moonjock”
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”

Comments (78)
  1. I hope they have that “Knock You Down” song they played at Pitchfork. Great song

  2. yeah centipede hz bcuz it “hz” ur ears

    go lissen to reel music like hoobastank, nerdss

  3. If “Moonjock” is a song title, it’s definitely an Avey tune.

    • I think they’re song titles, because they’ve been playing a song called “Mercury” live, and “Mercury Man” is listed here. Also, “Father Time” totally sounds like and AnCo song title.

    • Don’t be too surprised to hear Deakin singing. The following song is most definitely that live jam that has Avey scream “LELELELELELELELELET GO!” (due to the use of the word “supernatural” in the lyrics), making it probable that the opening track is that Deakin-sung rocker which AC always played before “Today’s Supernatural” during their last tour.

  4. Glad to see you took Michael_’s advice and wrote THREE sentences on Animal Collective.

  5. It doesn’t matter if you are a fan or not, that tracklist is BALLS TO THE WALL.

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  7. i love that computer pc game centipede i hope this is music like that game that would just be great you guys

  8. Those terms are all perfect Animal Collective song titles

  9. ALBUM OF THE Y…oh, too soon.

  10. Domino just tweeted that’s out September 3th.

  11. (fart noise) I just farted.

  12. I’m actually very happy that neither Gotham nor Honeycomb made it. (I was thoroughly underwhelmed.)
    Distraught that Knock You Down still isn’t getting a proper release though :(

    • Animal Collective have never been a band short on songs. I’m sure Honeycomb/Gotham will only exist on that 45.

      As for “Knock You Down” — Maybe they gave the song a new name?

  13. Animal Collective is the musical equivalent of Adderall to my ADHD.

  14. I realize that AnCo isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but I’ve never understood why this band has become the internet whipping boy as some poster child of overly pretentious avant-pop. when i listen to tracks like “My Girls” or “Summertime Clothes” and remove any of the band’s hype, it’s just gorgeous, fun pop music. i feel like unnecessary hype backlash only begins to describe the reaction to this band.

    • Their fans for whatever reason have a reputation for being at the more obnoxious end of the hipster spectrum. Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know. I’ve never spoken to anyone in depth about them since I’m a casual listener at best, and they do tend do inspire devotion, which is usually a sign you’re doing something right.

      • Is that still true? A bunch of people said their last album sounded like Phish. I didn’t really get that, but when I saw them over the summer I remember thinking that they were basically a jam band. Not that I think any of this is a bad thing, but jam bands and pretension don’t exactly go together.

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      • What about the music is pretentious? I’m curious. I was once accused of dancing condescendingly, and I’ve still never been able to figure that one out.

        • “Overly pretentious avant-pop”–and some bands possess the ‘just-right’ dose of pretentiousness? These dudes are anything but pretentious. When did experimental come to mean pretentious? Just because their music is challenging doesn’t mean they think they’re any more important for it.

          Do we want artists to make music self-consciously? Do you think Animal Collective is worried about whether or not they sound pretentious? They don’t want to make “easy” music. That’s boring for them and boring for us. We should be thankful bands like Animal Collective are making an effort to be consistently progressive and challenging, because a lot of accessible acts channel AnCo’s ideas through easier-to-digest conventions (imagine “Chillwave”, which is relatively simple, without Person Pitch or a lot of Panda’s stuff on Strawberry Jam–it’d be hard to). I’m sure a lot of thought and effort went into this record, and I know you respect what they do, but you should show ‘em a little more respect and try not to write it off as “pretentious” so easily. They’re doing some really cool stuff.

          Don’t mean to call you out or anything, just offering my perspective!

      • what exactly is pretentious about anything from merriweather? seriously? I’ve had the pleasure of meeting these dudes a few times and every time I’ve talked to them they’ve been extremely down to earth and accepting people. i don’t get where this whole pretentious thing comes from and I never will. is it because they have a distinct musical aesthetic, because they make interesting pop music AND interesting art, AND have the decency to not be pompous dickheads about it? if those things make someone pretentious than count me in.

    • I definitely think it’s a response to the crowd rather than the band, for the most part. I am firmly in favor of artists of any medium who challenge the audience, so long as there is an honest attempt to move the medium forward. I am comfortable purchasing an album that only has a couple of good tracks when those tracks are very good. The shitty thing to me about AC’s followers is that there is no acknowledgement that this is what is going on. All of their albums have a couple of great tracks and the rest are experiments that didn’t really work. I understand that appreciating music is a subjective pursuit, but there is an objective level of criticism due every artist who seeks to market a product. AC can’t say “we don’t give a fuck what people think” because they have a product to sell. On this particular post, I don’t see any undue criticism that extends beyond cheap attempts at humor. What I do see is a tremendous amount of positive hyperbole directed at music that we haven’t even heard yet (save for some songs in a live setting). That’s not really an honest approach to art. It’s the same pop culture consumerism that we pretentious “indie” folk like to lampoon.

      However, anyone who has watched several live shows over the years has seen 1) an outrageous increase in ticket prices, 2) frustratingly inconsistent live performances, 3) way below-average opening acts. When I can watch Dan Deacon with 20 other people in the room for $5, or pay $30 to be cluster-fucked up next to a bunch of zealots while I suffer through a shitty opening act and a predominantly atonal noise set in order to hear a couple of good songs, I’m paying the $5.

      Oh, and if you’ve met and hung out with these guys after a show a few times, then I would have to believe that you are in the minority, unless I just happened to be at the few shows when they didn’t stick around afterwards (I don’t believe a band has any imperative to do so, by the way). I’ve been able to meet and speak to a lot of really humble, down-to-earth bands who make one feel great about buying a show ticket and an album. On a personal level, I can’t put these guys on that list.

      • But you can’t acknowledge something as subjective and then call out fans for exercising that subjectivity in the form of (particularly strong, in this case) opinions. Determining whether or not someone’s art is an honest attempt at moving that medium forward is also entirely subjective–you can’t pretend to know the artist’s intention. You’ve determined that at least some of their tracks are experiments that didn’t work, but so many AnCo fans feel otherwise; and here you say that it’s “shitty’ for fans not to share your opinion?

        You’re welcome to level whatever objective criticism you’d like, but even objective criticism is subject to the taste and preferences of the listener. The problem here isn’t that AC fans are failing to acknowledge that AC’s music is inconsistent (and, by the way, I find that MPP is, track for track, one of the most consistently strong records of the last decade, ditto for Strawberry Jam and Feels) but that you fail to acknowledge that AC fans can decide for themselves whether they want to shell out cash for a potentially inconsistent product…

        I’ll continue to pay so long as they continue to make music that I like. Haven’t heard the new record, obviously, but I will judge it on my own terms when I drop the $10 for it in September.

        • I can appreciate your right to a perspective and opinion. However, I think that you have to bow out of any sort of objective conversation if you believe that one band had three of the strongest albums of the past decade (three of the top what? 5, 10, 50, 1000?). Specifically, stating that any AC album is “track for track” strong (to my mind meaning that each track is as good as the previous one) is simply a symptom of fanboyism. I admit that AC fans are really big AC fans; just as every band has its cult following. However, these are fringe groups who are far from representative.

          I don’t think that AC are avant just for the sake of it. I agree with your point that they are making music that is interesting. They are also pushing the artform in a certain direction. We can definitely make a statement about an artist’s intention. In fact, that is an important part of our jobs as consumers of art. I already pointed out that I am comfortable shelling out cash for part of the product that AC sells. I have all of their albums. I wouldn’t see another live show after having seen them a few times. I stated an opinion above, and I disagree with your notion that my post is somehow disingenuous. AC fans are misrepresenting the band to new listeners, and it’s clear that this is much of the reason that people use the word “pretentious” in describing the band.

          I can call out fans for relentless hyperbole, because that has very little to do with genuine appreciation. I can also call out the multitude of posters who bemoan AC bashing, especially when I have seen very little AC bashing going on here. Being honest, they are an okay band with some great tracks. But not even a great band deserved to be hailed for AOTY before the fucking album is even released. I think that the whole run up to MPP is what turned a lot of people off to AC. As I mentioned above, that had little to do with the band and a lot to do with the rabid fanbase.

          • calling stuff pretentious is pretentious

          • It’s absurd to demand that “each track (be) as good as the previous one” on a strong album. OK Computer’s “Electioneering” is no “Karma Police,” but it’s hard to imagine your criticism being applied to that album. You can’t backhandedly quantify the musical validity of individual songs as if it were some sort of mathematical process. Is really that crazy to think that someone could like “Daily Routine” just as much as “My Girls?”

          • Daily Routine is my favorite track on that album.

      • I seen AnCo last year in Amsterdam for £20 they were accompanied on stage by a massive screen with visuals that progressed along with the music. Support was from the fantastic Teengirl Fantasy who’s sound was greatly enforced by the Paradiso sound system, Suuns and a supreme local dutch band playing Chic Corea, magma style fusion led by a suave clarinet/sax player.

        Every song in AnCo’s set was woven together fluently by samples or repeating motifs and old songs such as Taste and We Tigers were given a whole new lease of life to suit the instrumentation. This continuity in a set reminds me of the way a good DJ works a crowd from basic interest and foot tapping to almost manic frenzied dancing. Animal Collective seem to apply this but in a live band format.

        So say what you want about their consistency at least you are guaranteed to get a wholly unique set with each new tour they set out on and for that show, in this particular venue, I’d happily spend another £20.

  15. AnCo Centipede > Grizzbear TBA

  16. sweet, new AnCo album! Just in time for the Sum….


  17. I was getting nausea from watching this!

    hyped nonetheless

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  19. Centipede Hz:
    The frequency of the time between each leg of a centipede touching the ground is on average 9.04 to 9.05 milliseconds.

    Now look at the release dates for the album.

    Mind. Blown.


    The last track appears to allude to the hallucinogenic mushroom Amanita Muscaria, featured in ‘Alice in Wonderland’. :D

  21. Celine Dion wannabes…

  22. Honeycomb is my favourite song atm, I hope they continue with the upbeat rhythms on this release because they’re just too fun.

  23. is anyone else scared of centipedes. My apartment has them which causes me a great deal of unwanted stress and on the positive a collection of epic battle stories. I love animal collective but due to the fact they have chosen to align themselves with the centipedes I will approach it with caution

  24. The Human Centipede Hz? Yes? No?……No?


  25. Honeycomb scared my dog and neighbors. Not in an ‘enjoyable’ way either

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