Panda Bear – “Marijuana Makes My Day”
Every time a new Animal Collective-related release gets announced, the fan forum Collected Animals becomes one of the most fevered areas to find even the faintest sliver of news. Now that there are new solo albums coming from both Avey Tare and Panda Bear (and maybe Deakin … what ever happened with that?) today they helped bring to the public a live Noah Lennox cut fans are currently calling “(Marijuana) Makes My Day.” It’s apparently from a mixtape compiled by Sonic Boom (who is in a full-on producer role for the tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, as opposed to just mixing as he did for Tomboy) for an upcoming festival they’ll both be playing. Though the live recording has been mixed there’s no word if this is a primordial track that will appear on the album. Animal Collective’s members have always made a habit of working out new material before recording so it’s likely that whatever might be going into the new album will be previewed when Panda Bear performs 5/18 in Brooklyn for Red Bull Music Academy and at festival dates this summer. Listen to the murky, but nonetheless beautiful recording, which sounds like it samples Ladysmith Black Mambazo, below.