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Posted 12 Feb 2013 @ 12:34pm

My exposure to the Animal Collective amounts to listening to Merriweather Post Pavilion once, like the rest of you, and mostly ignoring their set at Meredith by guzzling pink drinks… or was it Golden Plains? Either way I’m no expert. So I walked in to the Palace as a damp sponge, ready to soak up whatever it is they were prepared to shower me with.

The opening act, Africa Hitech was a...

Posted 18 Sep 2012 @ 9:00am

After a doozy of a lineup announcement, the avalanche of Big Day Out sideshows has started to roll in - with more than a few big names hitting relatively intimate venues.


The full list (so far) of Big Day Out sideshows looks a little something like this:



Posted 18 Sep 2012 @ 8:59am

Heading our way for the Big Day Out, third millennium psychedelic heroes and recent Beat cover stars Animal Collective have announced a Melbourne sideshow.


 The enigmatic quartet have taught us to expect the unexpected across ten albums and more than ten years. Bursting with textures – radio snippets, advertising samples, broadcast static – and with a newfound...

Posted 4 Sep 2012 @ 12:10pm

Centipede Hz is a big, ugly mess. That’s not a bad thing, the motif of radio broadcast gone horribly twisted works for the most part – like an album forged by ‘80s oddity Max Headroom. In this sense it’s probably as close to a concept record as Animal Collective, venturing into an experimental territory showcased on the band’s pre-Strawberry Jam output. Not that Centipede Hz is all that ...

Posted 29 Aug 2012 @ 5:49am

It's strange that Animal Collective are so popular. The quartet's music may be pop at heart, but it's riven with enough drug culture allusions and avant-gardism to make for a pretty gritty listen. The fact that the band is signed to the largest of major labels feels like a minor coup. In the same way that Revolution 9 exposed thousands of Beatles fans to musique concréte in the late '60s, it...

Posted 8 Aug 2012 @ 11:46am

There’s a strident thread of vocals through Today’s Supernatural that should replicate the effect of the vocals in My Girls – it should cut through the whirligig of technicolour noise and create an emotional anchor in this song. Here, it throws you even further out of whack. There’s an edge of aggression, a spitting, yowling air in Avey Tare’s voice that creates sharp peaks and drops in...

Posted 30 Jul 2012 @ 2:25pm

Ahead of the upcoming release of their eagerly anticipated ninth studio LP Centipede Hz, Animal Collective have unleashed, Today's Supernatural,  the first official single from the album.


Revealed on Animal Collective Radio earlier today, the track is very big and very weird. 


Expect to hear Today'...

Posted 30 May 2012 @ 7:03am

And this is what they did next. Launching the follow up to their groundbreaking 2009 album Merriweather Post Pavillion, Animal Collective crank up the intensity of their day-glo electro psychedelia. Honeycomb is oddly rigid, despite the many layers of warped synth and the sunny, harmonised vocal melody, driven by a fierce staccato rhythm. It’s colourful, but not joyful – imagine Animal...

Posted 22 May 2012 @ 4:10pm

Looking back, last year's Harvest lineup was nothing short of fucking awesome. And despite a few logistical mishaps in the inaugural Melbourne leg, the festival established itself as one of the giants on the calendar. As a result, expectations are running high for this year's instalment. Let's take a look at who might be gracing the lush surrounds of Werribee Mansion.


First up...

Posted 5 Oct 2011 @ 10:19am

As a kid I always liked music that I knew my parents would hate. That's what I blame for my (long expired) infatuation with Korn and System of A Down but I must admit Rage Against The Machine is a much cherished nugget I have carried with me for the years. As I got older and stopped hanging out with my parents I found that it got harder and harder to listen to...


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