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Animal Collective Finish Recording New Album

It’s been nearly three years since Animal Collective released Centipede Hz, their last album, and the members of the band seemed perfectly content doing their own respective things. We knew that they were working on something, but that’s all we knew. But on its Instagram account, the L.A. recording studio EastWest shared a photo yesterday… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 15, 2015 - 1:21 pm

Panda Bear – “Come To Your Senses (Danny L Harle Remix)”

Animal Collective’s fuzziest member, Panda Bear, released Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper in January. Noah Lennox is bringing his smeared, electronic-mashing solo work to New York for three shows during this fall’s CMJ Music Marathon, and to go along with that announcement has shared a remix of “Come To Your Senses” by PC Music… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 1, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Download Animal Collective’s New Digital 12″ New Psycho Actives Vol.1

It would appear that our fucked-up spate of recent weather has Animal Collective in an expansive, experimental mood. The band has just released a pair of new solo songs from its individual members: Avey Tare’s “Tape Player Chants For Winter” and Geologist’s “Stretching Songs For Spring.” They’re both loose, long, woozy zone-outs that find these… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 23, 2015 - 10:13 am

Animal Collective Will Record A New Album This Year

Panda Bear sat down with BBC6’s Lauren Laverne today and confirmed what Animal Collective fans have been hoping for: The band will hit the studio this year to record a new album, the follow-up to 2012’s Centipede Hz. Here’s how “Mr. Noah” Lennox described the buildup:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 4, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Beat Spacek – “I Want You (Animal Collective Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Steve White operates under numerous monikers, for good reason: It seems he needs multiple identities and outlets to match the eclectic nature of his many sounds. White came up as bassist, vocalist, and songwriter in the British electro R&B band Spacek (aka Spacek Sound System) in the mid-’90s, working under the name Steve Spacek. That… More »

By: Collin Robinson / January 20, 2015 - 1:04 pm

An Annotated Media Guide To Panda Bear

This week Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox, also of Animal Collective) will release the highly anticipated Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, his fifth proper solo album. In anticipation of the new record, we took a stroll down Memory Lane with Lennox and looked back at some of his past work, including student films, early… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / January 12, 2015 - 8:52 am

Panda Bear – “Acid Wash”

In my review of Panda Bear’s new Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, I noted that album closer “Acid Wash” is about declaring victory over “the dark” and “the deep.” It’s the decisive blow in Noah Lennox’s showdown with mortality, though it sounds more like music for receiving a medal on a podium than the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 6, 2015 - 4:02 pm

Premature Evaluation: Panda Bear Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper

Sometimes when I listen to Animal Collective I feel like I’m peering through a kaleidoscope into heaven, and other times I’m pretty sure I’m vomiting through a fault line into hell. Setting aside the question of whether that disconnect is intentional, it at least seems unusual. Like every band hailed as game-changing innovators, Animal Collective… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 6, 2015 - 9:50 am

Shabazz Palaces – “#CAKE (Animal Collective Premature Deflirt Mix)”

Listening to Shabazz Palaces’ “#CAKE” is already a weird enough experience, so leave it to perennial freaks Animal Collective to make it even weirder. Their remix of the Lese Majesty song devolves what was already a pretty deconstructed track into a fractured prism, incorporating their own voices, field recordings, and elements of the original song… More »

By: James Rettig / December 5, 2014 - 10:53 am

Ben Gibbard & Travis Morrison Talk Shop: Staying Off Twitter, Bad Festival Timeslots, & What Animal Collective’s Popularity Says About The State Of Music

Death Cab For Cutie and the Dismemberment Plan had a mutual respect for each other, so much so that they embarked on a joint Death And Dismemberment Tour in early 2002. This weekend sees the two bands reuniting on the same lineup for Chicago’s A.V. Fest, though they’ll be playing consecutive nights. In anticipation of… More »

By: James Rettig / September 4, 2014 - 8:40 pm

Hear Sonic Youth’s “Creepers & Climbers,” Previously Heard Only By Plants

Plants are living things too, right? So why shouldn’t they get music just like the rest of us? That’s the goal of artist Peter Coffin, who began his Music For Plants art series in 2002. Inspired by a quacky 1973 book The Secret Life Of Plants that speculated that plants were sentient beings, he started… More »

By: James Rettig / August 22, 2014 - 7:45 pm

All Your Favorite Members Of Animal Collective (Except Panda Bear) Announce DJ Tour

This fall, Animal Collective are embarking on a DJ tour across America (sans Panda Bear, who will be touring solo and possibly working on an album or something). For an idea of what an AnCo DJ set might sound like, you can listen to a set recorded a couple of months ago in Los Angele… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 30, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Sung Tongs Turns 10

It takes about three seconds to realize what an otherworldly album you’ve stumbled into. “Leaf House” begins with the sound of a digital ripcord pulling, but gravity is upside down, so the hallucinatory folk song that emerges from there keeps threatening to float away. It’s anchored, though, by tribal percussion and a sense that some… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 2, 2014 - 11:19 am

Q&A: Avey Tare Talks Slasher Flicks, Animal Collective, And The Cure

Next week Slasher Flicks — the cosmic power trio comprised of Animal Collective’s Avey Tare, Angel Deradoorian (formerly of Dirty Projectors), and Jeremy Hyman (formerly of Ponytail) — will release their first proper full-length album, Enter The Slasher House. The band makes music that could almost serve as a tripped-out (and slightly more accessible) cousi… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / April 3, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Panda Bear Preps New LP Tentatively Titled Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper

Other than his appearance on Daft Punk’s “Doin’ It Right,” Panda Bear stayed pretty quiet last year. But the Animal Collective member is now at work on a new solo album, the follow-up to his 2011 LP Tomboy. He’s recording it in Lisbon, his adapted hometown, with Sonic Boom, the psych-rock baron and former Spaceme… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 24, 2014 - 8:56 am

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – “Little Fang”

Animal Collective’s Avey Tare premiered his new band, Slasher Flicks, last summer via some live shows, but now, the band have announced their debut LP, Enter The Slasher House, and released the album’s first single, “Little Fang.” Along with Tare, the band features keyboard player Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors) and drummer Jeremy Hyman (Ponytail, Boredoms,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 10, 2014 - 7:26 am

Tears For Fears – “My Girls” (Animal Collective Cover)

We’ve heard Tears For Fears cover Arcade Fire and Hot Chip this year, recordings the band undertook to warm up for the making of their first new original LP since 2004’s Everybody Loves A Happy Ending. You can add a third modern indie titan to the list now that the duo has unleashed a cover… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 17, 2013 - 10:56 am

Animal Collective – “Monkey Riches” Video

Animal Collective’s characteristically freaky new video for “Monkey Riches,” an extended wigout from last year’s Centipede Hz, tells the heartwarming story of a maniacal wizard who does phallic things with lengths of rope, and of his hapless assistant, who plunges down a well and into a psychedelic rope-world. Jack Kubizne directed the video, and the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 5, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Backtrack: Panda Bear Person Pitch

Growing up, I tricked myself into thinking I was an idealist. I don’t think this was especially uncommon for people my age. When you’re a teenager, you think you’re ready for adulthood, because the promises that adulthood holds — doing what you want for a living, having your own place, living the dream, whatever that… More »

By: Sam Hockley-Smith / July 3, 2013 - 12:12 pm

Backtrack: Animal Collective Campfire Songs

Aging gracefully — particularly in the context of music — usually means that a band manages to inch their sound forward without losing sight of what they were doing at the beginning. The problem with this is that a lot of bands don’t really know who they are the beginning, and happen upon something that… More »

By: Sam Hockley-Smith / June 26, 2013 - 12:22 pm
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