Filed under: music videos | Tags: Animal Collective, music, music videos, YouTube
So they are still making videos for Merrriwether Post Pavilion, which came out around 20 months ago (January 2009, if I’m remembering correctly). This one is suitably trippy and certainly lives up to its name.
About a year-and-a-half after the release of Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective release an endlessly summery, SoCal-inspired video for “Guys Eyes.” I tell you what, everything from this record still sounds great to these ears 1.5 years later.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Animal Collective, music, music videos, ODDSAC, Toro Y Moi, YouTube
Toro Y Moi – “Blessa” – The updated lead track to the forthcoming album Causers of This (the first of two this year!) now has an official video. Appropriately blissed out and chill (wave).
Beach House – “Silver Soul” – Taken from the accompanying DVD to the ridic awesome, potential top 5 album Teen Dream.
ODDSAC – The “trailer” for the Animal Collective “movie” that debuted at Sundance last night.
Filed under: Thursday music videos | Tags: Animal Collective, Bon Iver, music, Taken By Trees, The xx, videos, YouTube
Bon Iver – “Skinny Love” – This was from a performance last weekend at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary where Bon Iver came onstage at 6am and played until sunrise. Great audio quality on this clip.
The xx – “Islands” – First time I”ve seen this band in a live clip, taken from BBC2’s Jools Holland. Its kind of amazing that they are all 20 (at least according to Stereogum).
Taken By Trees – “My Boys” – You may recognize Victoria from Taken By Trees from her part in the Peter Bjorn and John hit “Young Folks.” Here is her take at Animal Collective‘s “My Girls.”
Filed under: top 5 | Tags: Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Kid Cudi, Miike Snow, Phoenix
I combined my Thursday Music Videos and Top 5 this week…
1. Animal Collective – “My Girls” – From the instant I heard this on Sirius XMU, I knew Merriwether Post Pavilion was going to be a monster.
2. Grizzly Bear – “Two Weeks” – Extremely creepy video. Also, check out The Hood Internet’s “Two Weeks of Hip Hop” mashup with this song and Dead Prez‘s “Hip Hop.”
3. Phoenix – “1901” – Really, a few different Phoenix songs could go here, but “1901” is really what hooked me on Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.
4. Kid Cudi – “Day ‘N’ Nite (Crookers Remix)” – It’s getting a little played out, but it is such a bad ass song.
5. Miike Snow – “Silvia” – The haunting song is kind of the centerpiece of the self-titled album.
Others receiving votes: Grizzly Bear – “While You Wait for the Others,” Bon Iver – “Blood Bank,” Passion Pit – “Moth’s Wings,” Discovery – “Carby”
Filed under: lists | Tags: Animal Collective, Bat for Lashes, favorite albums of 2009, Grizzly Bear, lists, music, Phoenix, St. Vincent
5. St. Vincent – Actor (4AD) – I had heard on XMU that in composing the songs for Actor, Annie Clark had been watching a lot of Disney movies and that the music from those movies influenced her on this album. I can maybe hear that influence on the music, though perhaps through a filter of quirk and darkness. Don’t let the intricate, mostly pretty instrumentation fool you, there are some dark lyrical moments on this great album.
4. Bat for Lashes – Two Suns (Astralwerks) – This is really not my kind of music. But Natasha Khan on this album is just so damn seductive. Seriously, listen to the lyrics on “Daniel” (Daniel when I first saw you/ I knew you had a flame in your heart) and try not to swoon.
3. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest (Warp) – You get pulled in by the immediacy of “Two Weeks” but stick around for the immaculately produced pop songs the rest of the album has to offer. “While You Wait for the Others” may be even better than “Two Weeks” because of its haunting breakdown.
2. Animal Collective – Merriwether Post Pavilion (Domino) – A culmination of what the band has been building to ever since dropping straight up experimentation in favor of experimental pop on Sung Tongs: a beautiful, nearly flawless experimental pop album. And “My Girls” still kicks so much ass, 6 months later. Why oh why didn’t they have a night set at Bonnaroo?
1. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote) – It’s one of those albums where you have a favorite song right off the bat (“1901”) and then you realize the first song they played on SNL (“Lisztomania”) also kicks ass before really listening to the second half of the album and realizing there’s gold there too (“Lasso,” “Rome,” “Big Sun,” “Armistice”). Then they drop the next single (“Fences”) and you realize just how good that song is too. And finally, the two largely instrumental songs you tended to skip at first (“Love Like a Sunset, Pts 1 and 2”) you really start digging. Then finally it hits you: you love the entire damn album.
Others receiving votes: Passion Pit – Manners, Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why There Are Mountains, The Field – Yesterday and Today, Telekinesis! – s/t, Japandroids – Post-Nothing, Vetiver – Tight Knight, The Kingsbury Manx – Ascenseur Overt