Posts tagged “Panda Bear

New video: Panda Bear’s ‘You Can Count on Me’

In case you missed it, here’s the new video from Panda Bear for the single You Can Count on Me. The song is off Tomboy, which is ranked No. 4 on my best albums list.


Best albums of 2011: The top 20

A good rule of thumb for making a year-end list: Ask yourself will you still play this album in a year or two? That thinking has me rating Thee Oh Sees much higher than Tune-Yards on this year’s best albums list. Even though WHOKILL is a really interesting album, Thee Oh Sees are just a whole lot more fun.

Click here for the rest of the list, Nos. 21-40. Here’s my top 20 of 2011:

20. Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread: A much more refined offering than last year’s scorcher Melted.

You Make The Sun Fry – Ty Segall

19. Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams: It’s maybe better than the band’s first album — great old-school, girl group rock.

Bedroom Eyes – Dum Dum Girls

18. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake: Framing war through images of World War I’s toll on England, this is one of the greatest albums she’s made in years.

17. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong: These guys bring the rock for their second album. No, really.

Belong – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

16. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life: Forget that it’s a concept album — or a punk rock opera. It’s just as hard as the older stuff.

The Other Shoe – Fucked Up


Best albums of 2011?

Tuesday marks the beginning of the fall schedule for new albums. Indie super group Wild Flag, St. Vincentand Neon Indian are among those releasing tomorrow. In two weeks, Wilco puts out its new album.

But before we get to those, here’s an overdue look at five of the most interesting albums of 2011 (mostly releases from the first half of the year). I’m not sure if they’re the best but they have a good shot at being on my year-end top 10. Don’t read too much into the order.

New BrigadeIceage

They didn’t remake the genre, but these kids from Copenhagen made one of the most compelling punk albums in years.  Clocking in at about 24 minutes, New Brigade proves less is still more.

New Brigade – Iceage

TomboyPanda Bear

Noah Lennox couldn’t simply remake Person Pitch.  He didn’t attempt to with Tomboy, the follow to his remarkable 2007 release.  The album certainly has the signature Lennox/Animal Collective feel yet holds it own as a fresh, original piece of work.

Last Night At The Jetty – Panda Bear

Sun and ShadeWoods

Woods layers one breezy, psychedelic song on top of another. Amid the concise nuggets, Sun and Shade features a couple long players, including the trippy Sol Y Sombra and the Kraut rocker Out of the Eye.

Pushing Onlys – Woods


It’s abrasive and often times uncomfortable but Merrill Garbus makes some interesting music. It’s noisy and hard to categorize and that’s what’s best about it.

Gangsta – Tune-Yards


Derivative of indie bands from the past two decades or so, I think I like these guys because of the nods to Dinosaur Jr. But, overall, it’s just a really enjoyable rock album.

Holing Out – Yuck

Read my next five picks after the jump.


Panda Bear to play the Vic next month

In other concert news, Panda Bear, aka Noah Lennox, will play a show at the Vic September 29, part of a limited U.S. tour.

Last Night At The Jetty – Panda Bear

Pitchfork festival: The 30-second review

The 2010  three-day Pitchfork fest is now history. Overall, it was a good lineup with strong headliners who played great sets. Unfortunately, after five festivals, the organizers are still struggling with sound issues and crowd control. Here’s the shortest review you’re going to read about Pitchfork.

Highlights: Great sets by LCD Soundsystem, Pavement and Wolf Parade

Best surprises (acts I didn’t think I’d like): St. Vincent and Robyn

Band I wish I saw: Free Energy

Biggest disappointments: Panda Bear, the sound bleed that ruined sets on the small stage and sound issues that marred the Broken Social Scene show on Friday. Also, switching from Goose Island beer to Heineken was lame.

What else needs to be improved: Crowd control. There needs to be some sort of pathway established between the two main stages so people can get in and out during the headline sets. Also, there’s a huge traffic issue entering and exiting the small “balance” stage area.

The last word: It was an excellent mix of bands from Beach House to Liars to the Tallest Man on Earth.

Pitchfork Saturday preview: LCD Soundsystem, Panda Bear, Wolf Parade, Titus Andronicus

Saturday and Sunday are blockbuster days for the Pitchfork fest.

Saturday’s headliner is LCD Soundsystem, part of the last tour for James Murphy and his band. Animal Collective’s Panda Bear will be  previewing new songs off an upcoming album. And the great Wolf Parade will be playing songs off its recently released album. Any one of those three acts are strong enough to headline. That’s how good the lineup is this year.

Beyond those sets, my top picks for Saturday (in order of appearance) are: Real Estate, Kurt Vile, Titus Andronicus and Bear in Heaven.

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Ghost Pressure – Wolf Parade

A More Perfect Union – Titus Andronicus

Wholehearted Mess – Bear in Heaven

Beach Comber – Real Estate

Invisibility: Nonexistent – Kurt Vile

Broken Social Scene, Panda Bear, Girls to play Pitchfork festival

Panda Bear, Broken Social Scene, Girls, Bear in Heaven and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are among the acts added to the Pitchfork festival in July. The official announcement follows a report yesterday that Panda Bear and Jon Spencer agreed to play the fest.

Broken Social Scene, which releases a new album next month, will play Friday night with Modest Mouse. Panda Bear, Jon Spencer and Bear in Heaven play Saturday. Girls play Sunday.

Three Chicago bands were added to the weekend lineup: the Smith Westerns, Cave and Alla. Also announced: Hip-hop vet El-P plays Friday.

World Sick – Broken Social Scene

Comfy In Nautica – Panda Bear

Lust For Life – Girls

Wholehearted Mess – Bear in Heaven