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Saturday, February 14, 2009

From The Dorks' Soundtrack: (this wilderness needs to get right out of my clothes and get into my bedroom)

Animal Collective
Album: Merriweather Post Pavilion
Song: Lion in a Coma

It's of the moment and feels new, but it's also striking in its immediacy and comes across as friendly and welcoming.

Nine albums and eight years in, it’s time to stop trying to figure out what the hell Animal Collective--vocalist/guitarist Avey Tare, percussionist/vocalist Panda Bear and knob-twiddler Geologist--is, and just enjoy the orgasmic rush of danceable rock.
-Entertainment Weekly

Merriweather Post Pavilion is a perfectly organized record, not a note out of place, not a second wasted.
-All Music Guide

These are just a few reviews of the recently released, ninth album, Merriweather Post Pavilion from the avant-garde Animal Collective. Formed in 2000, Animal Collective, consisting of Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz), is a band that is hard to place. With a mix of electronica and alternative with a hint of craziness, Animal Collective is a unique listen. NPR comments that they are both musicians and artists and approach music as type of sound design. Animal Collective grew out of Baltimore County. Panda Bear and Deakin met in 2nd grade and became friends from then on. A few years later, Avey Tare and Geologist, joined and during their college years released their first album, Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished. Nine years later and years of development at eight albums under their belt, Animal Collective released Merriweather Post Pavilion. The album is named after a venue located in Columbia, Maryland. It is from this album that episode #54 song is taken, "Lion in a Coma". As mentioned in an interview with NPR, the album pulls heavy influence from African bands such as African Brothers Dance Band Nationale and Blo. With a mix of African music and electronica, this album is truly the first of its kind. Setting the tone for 2009, Animal Collective delivers with a strangely powerful and unusual album that leaves the listener wanting more.

# Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished (August 2000)
# Danse Manatee (July 2001)
# Hollinndagain (2002, 2006, live album)
# Campfire Songs (March, 2003)
# Here Comes the Indian (June 17, 2003)
# Sung Tongs (May 3, 2004)
# Feels (October 18, 2005)
# Strawberry Jam (September 10, 2007)
# Merriweather Post Pavilion (January 20, 2009)

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