After more than a dozen years, Animal Collective continues to challenge its audience. Three years ago, the band made a surprisingly ethereal album in Merriweather Post Pavilion. If you were thinking the band’s latest, Centipede Hz, would be a sequal to that release, you would be wrong. The long-awaited follow-up Centipede (out today) has much more in common with the most raucus sounds of Strawberry Jam and earlier Animal Collective offerings.
The beginning of the new album has a particularly aggressive one-two punch: Moonjock and Today’s Supernatural. Those two songs set the tone for the album, which is dominated by singer Avey Tare (aka Dave Portner). Not every song is as jolting as the openers but there’s nothing resembling My Girls on Centipede. Personally, I loved Merriweather, picking it as the best release of 2009. But I find a lot to like in Centipede, too.
The band previewed Today’s Supernatural at last year’s Pitchfork fest:
The stream on www.radio.myanimalhome.net features videos for each song.
The video for Animal Collective’s Today’s Supernatural, is real trippy, and the song sounds like a straightforward psych-garage nugget. It’s a good track, sounding as if the band tried to make a more accessible rock song. Today’s Supernatural is the first single from the new album Centipede HZ, out September 4. You can stream the album Sunday night here.
Listen to Today’s Supernatural, the first single off Animal Collective’s new album, Centipede Hz. The song is available Tuesday and the album is expected out in September. The song is a bit of diversion for these guys. Discuss.
Whether you go early or late, it’s hard to go wrong at this year’s opening night of Pitchfork Friday.
If you can, go early to see rising artists Tune-Yards and EMA. But there’s a little something for everybody with a strong, eclectic mix from Guided By Voices to Das Racist to Neko Case. Thurston Moore promotes his new album, and James Blake plays just before headliner Animal Collective.
It’s possibly the most robust Friday show in the Pitchfork fest’s relatively short history.
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This year’s Pitchfork festival starts off strong with Animal Collective headlining the first night. Or at least that’s the way it appears now. A partial lineup was announced today as tickets went on sale for the July 15-17 fest at Union Park. Animal Collective also headlined Pitchfork in 2008.
The Friday night schedule also includes James Blake and Das Racist. On Saturday, ATYP-approved bands Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and Woods perform. A reunited Dismemberment Plan also plays Saturday, and at the top of the bill (?) …Fleet Foxes. Hmm.
Sunday features Deerhunter, TV on the Radio, Cut Copy and an ATYP new favorite, Yuck. See the rest of the initial schedule announcements here. Tickets are $45 a day or a three-day pass for $110. The three-day passes will sell out quickly.
UPDATE: The three-day passes were sold out by Saturday.
Of course, the schedule will be beefed up over the coming weeks. And the order of performance will be more clear as we get closer to July.
I’ve been to every Pitchfork festival and I’ve never been disappointed. There have been some incredibly strong performances in recent years.
Here are a pair of new videos making the rounds. I tweeted both earlier. Feel free to vote for your favorite in the comments section.
In case you missed it, Animal Collective has a new video for Guy Eyes. There’s even some sex appeal.
Panda Bear played a pair of new songs in Belgium recently. The follow-up to Person Pitch will be a September release on Paw Tracks (the label Animal Collective founded).
Here’s the latest from Animal Collective: A trippy video for Brother Sport off Merriweather Post Pavilli0n.
There are a number of highly anticipated album releases to get us started in the next decade. But I’d have to say Panda Bear’s forthcoming album probably ranks at or near the top.
AKA Noah Lennox, Panda Bear’s Person Pitch is showing up in a lot of best-of-the-aughts lists, and Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavillion should be voted best album of this year. Person Pitch obviously set the tone for Merriweather.
In a recent interview Lennox describes the new album: “It’s a very electronic sound and very voice heavy. A simple arrangement of drums, the guitar and singing. Really there are only two or three elements to every song. It’s pretty raw sounding for better for worse.
“The tone is a lot darker (than Person Pitch) and it sounds sort of dramatic or romantic to me.”
Adding to the suspense: No one’s heard it.
Animal Collective has a good, new video for “In the Flowers.” Enjoy.
The Chicago Sun-Times’ Jim DeRogatis posted an interesting interview with Marc Geiger, one of the suits that puts on Lollapalooza. Geiger says that bands that play Lolla and Pitchfork come out of the “same meat factory.” He denied that Lolla has a frat-boy atmosphere. And he admits that the top of the bill at this year’s fest wasn’t that great.
That said, there were some good bands this year and some great dancing.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs are headlining in place of the Beasties. While I’m not sure it’s a headlining act, it’s better than some possibilities (see Jane’s Addiction on Sunday lineup). And I do like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ new album.
Other promising sets Saturday: No Age, TV on the Radio, Arctic Monkeys and Miike Snow. If you’ve seen enough of TV on the Radio, head over to see Lykke Li. If you get to the park super early, check out the latest buzz: Band of Skulls. Animal Collective also does a DJ set, which should be interesting.