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Animal Collective release new song: Hear 'Today's Supernatural' here

Hey, remember when Animal Collective was the buzziest indie-rock band in the land? Well, the Baltimore group have cooled off their paws since 2009’s lauded Merriweather Post Pavilion, but now they’re ready to freak out the public with their twisted hipster-psych once again.

Their ninth studio album Centipede Hz hits stores on Sept. 3, and to get us pumped for the release, the band released the record’s first single via YouTube. Named “Today’s Supernatural,” the song is everything an AC fan might expect from band members Avey Tare, Pander Bear, Deakin, and Geologist. Check the new track out in the video below:


Animal Collective and Fleet Foxes to play Pitchfork Festival

Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, and TV on the Radio are among the bands who will perform at the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago on July 15-17. The three-day festival is expected to draw about 50,000 people, and tickets go on sale today.


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Soundtrack for new Spike Jonze film 'I'm Here' to feature Animal Collective, Flea, more

spike-jonze-animal-collectiveImage Credit: Jonze: Mark Von Holden/WireImage.comDid you hear that booming sound? That’s the sound of alt-star dark matter collapsing in on itself in a spasm of hipness so dense, it steals all the light from the universe—or at least, Echo Park.

We are speaking, of course, of the end of the Cathy comic strip.

Hilarity! Just kidding. Actually, music video director turned indie film auteur Spike Jonze has a new movie, and he’s corralled a host of Pitchfork-y friends to provide the soundtrack: Among them, Animal Collective, Sleigh Bells, Of Montreal, Girls, Squeak E. Clean (a.k.a. Jonze’s brother Sam Speigel), and newly formed super-trio the Lost Trees, featuring the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, and the Sads‘ Aska Matsumiya.

Consequence of Sound is streaming the latter’s Nico-esque album-opening ballad here; find the full tracklisting after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Animal Collective transforms NYC's Guggenheim Museum with trippy 'Transverse Temporal Gyrus'

animal-collective-installationImage Credit: Roger Kisby/Getty ImagesPractically the first thing the Guggenheim Museum‘s staff told journalists who inquired last month about the institution’s recently announced Animal Collective event was that it was “not a live concert (nor an art exhibition!).” After releasing an album deemed to be 2009’s best by EW as well as many other critics, the band is taking an extended break from touring in the traditional sense, preferring to travel the country to present avant-garde projects like their film ODDSAC and, well, this Guggenheim thing. Which was what, exactly? “For the Guggenheim’s 50th Anniversary,” the museum’s website explained, “the band Animal Collective has collaborated with artist [and ODDSAC director] Danny Perez on a site-specific performance piece that will transform the museum’s rotunda into a kinetic, psychedelic environment. Transverse Temporal Gyrus will feature original recorded music composed specifically for the event along with video projections, costumes, and props, rendering the band members and performers into intense, visual abstractions.” Watching the bizarre videos Perez has directed for Animal Collective’s “Who Could Win a Rabbit?” (2004) and “Summertime Clothes” (2009) gave some sense of what attendees might be in for. Only one thing remained: to visit the Guggenheim last night for the second of two performances and experience Transverse Temporal Gyrus first-hand.


Animal Collective, Jay-Z win Pazz & Jop '09 critics' poll

Our ears are full of the exciting sounds of 2010 by now, but a final word on the previous year in music has just arrived with the results of the Village Voice’s annual Pazz & Jop critics’ poll. After collating the personal Top 10 lists of 696 music geeks around the nation, the venerable NYC publication has determined that the best album and single of 2009 were, respectively, Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion and Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind.”

No huge surprise on either count there, though perusing the full album and single rankings will yield a few more unexpected entries. (Baroness’ The Blue Record at No. 19? Evidently I need to keep better tabs on the sludge-metal scene.) You can also look up individual ballots to see what your favorite music critic, as if you have one, liked last year. Mine is here. And don’t miss Voice writer Sean Fennessey’s interview with Jay-Z on the origins and meaning of his No. 1 single.

What do you think of this year’s Pazz & Jop results? Any particularly outrageous omissions or inclusions? Make your case in the comments.

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Simon Cowell, music industry destroyer? The 'Grinch' fires back at critics

It’s hard to deny that many, many people share Simon Cowell’s taste in music. Just look at the millions of CD sales Susan Boyle has been racking up. Yet along with this immense popularity, Cowell is also one of the most vigorously loathed figures in pop culture today. The man himself attempts to reckon with these contradictions in this week’s cover story of the venerable British music mag NME under the headline “THE GRINCH SPEAKS.” Read on after the jump for some of the most outrageous revelations in the NME interview, including Cowell’s views on La Roux, Eminem, Oasis, Animal Collective, and more.


Animal Collective take on Phoenix: Remix mania!

Remix fever—typically a contagion afflicting the realm of Top 40 radio—has gripped indie music. French disco-pop outfit Phoenix’s 2009 album—the acclaimed (and modestly-titled) Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix—gets the remix treatment from some of the biggest names in underground music in a digital-only album due October 20 and includes reworked versions of album tracks by Animal Collective, Passion Pit, Friendly Fires, Chairlift, Devendra Banhart and Yacht.

Yeah, you heard right: Animal Collective. The band with one of the most-acclaimed indie releases of the year have taken on the biggest breakthrough band of 2009. Be sure to have a towel ready when you tell your hipster friend.


All Tomorrow's Parties Rocks the Catskills

The roving international event All Tomorrow’s Parties took place Sept 11-13 in the Catskill Mountains, and it was essentially a perfect weekend. Curated by The Flaming Lips and nestled within The Shining-esque Kutshers Country Club in Monticello, the event, featuring the likes of Animal Collective, Sufjan Stevens, Nick Cave and of course the Lips themselves, provided one mesmerizing set after another. Below, a few highlights:

Nick Cave made a surprise appearance Friday night by joining the Dirty Three (whose Warren Ellis is a member of his Bad Seeds) and apparently he also gave a hotel-room performance to six incredibly lucky fans the next day.

Saturday officially began with indie-pop maestro Sufjan Stevens, who went easy on audiences by playing his gentle Seven Swans album from start-to-finish, because he said it worked well as “an early-afternoon hangover special.”

Black Dice, who followed a few hours later, were markedly less considerate toward anyone with a headache. Its three members embarked upon a 45-minute electronic noise freakout, playing so loud you could actually feel the bass vibrating the tips of your eyelashes. When a sampled guitar riff made an appearance during their set, it was almost sad to be torn from their absorbing underworld and reminded that structured music exists.

Saturday found Bradford Cox pulling double duties, performing first solo as Atlas Sound and then later with his group Deerhunter. The Atlas Sound set was a disappointment—he spent as much time fussing over tech issues (he joked he was worried his guitar sounded too close to Dave Matthews) as he did playing songs.


Animal Collective's Panda Bear on new album, ATP fest and more: An exclusive Music Mix Q and A

This year marks the 10th anniversary of All Tomorrow’s Parties, the annual alt-bro bonanza curated by invite-only artists like Thurston Moore, Belle & Sebastian, and Matt Groening (yes, that one).

The Flaming Lips have been anointed the deciders for the 2009 U.S. lineup, taking place in New York’s Catskill mountains this September 11-13 (ticket link here!), and they’ve selected quite a smorgasbord: Headliners include Sufjan Stevens, Animal Collective, the Jesus Lizard, Iron & Wine, Panda Bear, Shellac, the Boredoms, Super Furry Animal, Deerhoof, and of course, the Lips themselves.

Only one man, however, is so nice they booked him twice: Noah Lennox, a.k.a. Panda Bear, of both psych-pastiche champions Animal Collective and his own much-lauded solo output. From his home in Portugal, the Maryland native talks with EW exclusively about his double duties at the upcoming fest, work on the long-awaited follow-up to Person Pitch, and why Sade’s Love Deluxe is the jam.

Entertainment Weekly: Are you ATP experienced, or will this be your first time? Who are you most excited to see?
Panda Bear: We played ATP in the U.K. a year or so ago. It was nice and the vibe around seemed sweet, but I remember we had to go right after we played because it was the start of a tour for us.  I’m actually not the kind of person who goes to see music all that often, and I’d say that has a lot to do with the fact that I’m doing it so much or thinking about it so much that when I’m not involved in it, I’d rather be away from it if I can. I feel like it’s kind of a lame answer, but the things I’m most into at the ATP coming up are the performances by people that I know at least a little bit. So: No Age, Atlas Sound, Grouper, Black Dice, Four Tet and Oneida. Besides those bands, I’d be psyched to see the Boredoms, Boris, and Deerhoof.


Animal Collective's new video: Awesome, but possibly requires Dramamine

Hey, remember when a number of music blogs declared the album-of-the-year race over only two weeks into January, after Animal Collective's electro-slice-of-heaven Merriweather Post Pavilion was released?

Yeah, me neither. It feels like ages ago. Luckily, the band has released a kaleidoscopic new video for "Summertime Clothes" just in time to remind those with short-term memory loss (i.e. me) that Merriweather had some serious jams. (This and "My Girls" chief among them.)

The neon-colored clip is practically seizure-inducing with its rapid-fire imagery. If you think you're starting to hallucinate and start seeing people dancing in plastic bubbles, don't freak out (too much) — it's all just part of the mind-trip that is this video, easily the most wonderfully ridiculous since Grizzly Bear's "Two Weeks." Check it out below: 

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