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iPod song of the week – Animal Collective

Filed under : iPod Song of the Week
On January 18, 2009
At 4:35 pm
Comments : 4

Depending on who you are, you either groaned at the idea of even one more word of hype about this band or you wondered who the hell I am talking about. That’s the nature of being cult superstars! I was never an Animal Collective megafan. I think I really never listened because they seemed electronic and weird, which is ironic because that’s how the music I listened to in the 80’s was described back in the day. In fact, I discovered the new album… no wait, I discovered the new album because it is written about everywhere on the Interweb and blogosphere. But I discovered the actual music because I was getting a bit bored with First Wave on SiriusXM, not just because they are much more hit-oriented since Sirius took over, but because there is only so long you can go never hearing a new song. So I switched to XMU, which is the Indie station. And I was so excited to like this album! That’s because they’re from Baltimore and their album is named after the concert venue where I spent many a good time in college, the Merriweather Post Pavilion. Ask me & North of the City how we got trapped there with several friends one night with no ride home and eventually found a cab where the driver proceeded to regale us with tales of which psychotropic drugs he was taking. Good times!

But essentially, this album, which comes out Tuesday, is going to move them from one plain to another. If I wasn’t already positive about that, the fact that they got a full page write-up in today’s NY Times tells me that for sure. And if there was a moment for a cult band to have a number one album, beating out the Taylor Swifts of this world, it is in the middle of January, the saddest month for music sales there is. I can’t decide which is more amazing, a band with eight albums out already reaching #1 or a band that most people haven’t heard of reaching #1. It’s a toss-up!

Anyway, the song. So I’ve heard about five songs from the record and this is the first single and best one, IMHO. It’s catchy and joyous and groovy and twinkly and ethereal (it almost sounds like a Christmas song) and is about (the NY Times confirms what I hypothesized) one of the lead singers’ slight embarrassment at wanting material things for his family. I know, that doesn’t sound very exciting but when you hear the chorus, I swear it will stick to your mind like the best pop does. And it will make you happy, just listening. Could you ask for more?

OK, so you can’t download this until Tuesday but it will be fantastic to listen to while you wait for the Inauguration to come on!

Animal Collective – My Girls

Streaming audio available on the iPod Song of the Week page.


4 Comments for this post

  1. kb says:

    It’s like Muse meets the Beach Boys, who give Muse happy drugs.

  2. KP says:

    Okay, so when this page came up I saw that picture, read “Animal Collective”, and thought it was one of those things you had to stare at for a while before you saw something else in it. I did not see any animals at all and got a headache in the process.

    Yes, it has been that kind of Monday.

    Cool song! I am excited for some fresh new music not made by teens, tweens or people who think they are edgy and hip by trying to act like teens and tweens.

  3. Average Jane says:

    OK – So the NPR e-letter this week for All Songs Considered read:

    “On Animal Collective’s latest album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, the group delivers a sonic super nova of tribal rhythms, pulsing synths, and shimmering vocals, mashed together in a stew of strangely infectious noise. Hear the entire CD, streaming on NPR Music.”

    Being from DC, I was… well… confused. I said to my twitter friends, “If the next album is called Nissan Pavillion, I’m leaving…” It was only then that someone bothered to tell me it was a live album recorded there. Which is way better because a) I love Animal Collective and would’ve hated to leave them, and b) Merriweather is WAY awesomer than Nissan. 🙂

  4. Becca says:

    kb, I can see that. The twinkliness and wall of sound are like Muse and the harmonies are like the Beach Boys.

    KP, the Jonas Brothers it is not. But the cover does seem to move if you look at it the right way.

    Jane, I have heard dreadful things about Nissan. Isn’t that where the Radiohead concert got washed away last year and they wouldn’t let anyone in?

    But do you mean this album is live? Because I don’t think it is. According to the Times article they wanted it to sound like they were playing underwater at MPP. I guess they could have done that easily at Nissan. 😉

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