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Music Video: Animal Collective – “Bluish” by Barbecue Bros
September 23, 2010, 12:39 pm
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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.

Music Video: Animal Collective – “Guys Eyes” by Barbecue Bros
June 29, 2010, 6:03 pm
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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.

Linkdown: 3/17/10 Happy St. Patty’s! by Barbecue Bros

– In honor of St. Patty’s Day, some Conan O’Brien news: his upcoming comedy tour may spawn a documentary film

– AV Club: Are musicians making too much music?

Here’s a statistic that may or may not surprise you: Listening to every song The Beatles officially released during their eight-year recording career—all their albums, EPs, singles, and B-sides—would take a little less than 10 hours. You could start with Please Please Me as you set off to work, and finish up with Let It Be while arriving home from your evening commute.

Here’s another statistic that also may or may not surprise you: Listening to every song officially released by Animal Collective during a similar timeframe would take you almost exactly the same amount of time, to the minute.

– Vulture: Is the Viral ChatRoulette Singer Actually Ben Folds?

Interview with Emmett Malloy, director of the White Stripes doc, Under Great White Northern Lights

– Speaking of Jack White, he and Jay-Z are recording together because hey, why not? Break it out during a Bonnaroo superjam…?

The Hobbit will begin shooting in June in New Zealand

– Still sad I won’t be there this year, and The Pitchfork Guide to SXSW 2010 isn’t helping any

– The latest “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” has Ben Stiller as a guest

Music Videos: Toro Y Moi, Beach House, ODDSAC by Barbecue Bros
January 27, 2010, 1:04 pm
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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.

Thursday Music Videos: 10/1/09 by Barbecue Bros
October 1, 2009, 1:17 pm
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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.”

Top 5: Favorite songs of 2009 by Barbecue Bros
July 17, 2009, 2:33 pm
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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”

Favorite albums of 2009 & 1/2, part 2 by Barbecue Bros

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 PitManners, Cymbals Eat GuitarsWhy There Are Mountains, The FieldYesterday and Today, Telekinesis! – s/t, JapandroidsPost-Nothing, VetiverTight Knight, The Kingsbury Manx – Ascenseur Overt