I woke up today bored and almost annoyed with my current electronic music library. That seems like so long ago now. After my coffee and shower, I went through the appropriate channels of information to acquire 3 new albums — one of which was Animal Collective’s newest LP. I’ll try not to be heavy handed with my critique of Merriweather Post Pavillion but, I have to admit that I’ve just finished listening to it for the third time in a row. I’ve been hyped on the release of this album for months and honestly I’m baffled by the outcome. This new record is truly difficult to liken to anything else musically speaking. It’s much more like an acid trip or an out of body experience. Though it does have the feeling of their previous records, it’s augmented by a pop-like and I’d even go so far to say a “sing along” feel. Merriweather has a much richer recording than that of their previous album Feels (2005) and it has less of that noisy/tribal feeling than Sung Tongs (2004). This album trailblazes sonically to the heart of the bands’ imagination and influence to produce an instant classic. The albums’ first single, “My Girls” is jawdroppingly pretty with a beat worthy of most dancefloors — think the Beach Boys meeting up with Steve Reich and Diplo on an African safari.  I hate to be a dork but even the cover art is fucking incredible (it moves). Anyways…. Get this album and go see them on their world tour.

For my Angelino readers: they play today (1/23 @ Henry Fonda) which I’ll attending (YAY!!) and Saturday (1/24 @ Troubadour), so try to hustle some tickets or throw down $150+ on eBay. That lousy bastard Madman Mundt will see them tomorrow, expect to hear what we think about both shows… Till then check out these tracks.

A taste of “Taste”…You can almost drown in Panda Bear’s love of Brian Wilson…

Taste – Animal Collective

…and the aforementioned “My Girls…

MyGirls –

Check out the full tour schedule after the jump…….Animal Collective 2009 Tour Dates:

01-20 New York, NY – Grand Ballroom
01-21 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
01-22 Chicago, IL – Metro
01-23 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre
01-24 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
03-04 Oslo, Norway – Rockerfeller
03-05 Lund, Sweden – Mejeriet
03-06 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
03-08 Cologne, Germany – Gloria
03-09 Heidelberg, Germany – Karistorbahnof
03-10 Fribourg, Switzerland – Fri-Son
03-11 Luzern, Switzerland – Konzerthaus Schurr
03-12 Florence, Italy – Viper Room
03-13 Rome, Italy – Teatro Studio
03-14 Milan, Italy – Rolling Stone
03-16 Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie
03-17 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
03-18 Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
03-19 Lille, France – Aeronef
03-20 Nantes, France – L’Olympic
03-22 Bristol, England – Trinity Centre
03-23 Nottingham, England – Rescue Rooms
03-24 London, England – The Forum
03-25 Leeds, England – TJ’s Woodhouse Club
03-26 Liverpool, England – Static Gallery
03-27 Dublin, Ireland – Tripod
03-28 Belfast, Ireland – Stiff Kitten
05-11 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
05-12 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
05-13 New York, NY – Terminal 5
05-14 Boston, MA – House of Blues
05-15 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
05-16 Toronto, Ontario – Sound Academy
05-18 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Hall
05-19 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
05-20 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
05-24 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom
05-25 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
05-26 Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
05-27 Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Memorial Library
05-29 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
05-30 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
05-31 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater
06-01 Albuquerque, MN – Sunshine Theater
06-02 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theatre
06-04 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
06-05 Austin, TX – Stubbs
06-06 Oxford, MS – The Library
06-08 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
06-09 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
06-10 Orlando, FL – Club Firestone
09-12 Monticello, NY – All Tomorrow’s Parties

One Response to “Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavillion”

  1. Remember, here’s a quote that says, “Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past”. That’s part of the reason that I have tattoos.

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