Taking place from July 15th to 17th, Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago will feature such premier names as Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Deerhunter, OFWGKTA, and Yuck. Single-day passes are3 going for $45 each and all-weekend passes for $110.
On March 14th, Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) will release the final installment of his limited 7″ series. The song, entitled Surfer’s Hymn, is described as a musical representation of waves crashing against the beach. As with Lennox’s previous 7″ releases, this is a limited edition pressing to build anticipation for his debut solo album, which is set for release on April 12th on Paw Tracks.
Panda Bear’s forthcoming album, Tomboy will be released on April 12, 2011. The highly anticipated side project of Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox ranges from splayed but lyrical noise, florid acoustic arrangements, and guitar-centric psychedelia, he and his bandmates have covered a vast musical territory that blurs the line between pop and experimentalism.
In advance of the release, fans can download”Last Night At The Jetty” here for free.
Fans in New York can attend a free Tomboy listening party at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street) on February 16th at 6pm (rsvp ) or at 7:30 pm (rsvp closed).
The highly anticipated fourth studio release from Panda Bear (Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox) will release in the U.S. on April 19th, 2011 on Lennox’s own label, Paw Tracks.
Several of the tracks have already been released over the last few months on other labels, and Tomboy will compile those tracks along with a slew of others. So grab yourself a fresh stack of bamboo, sit back and listen to this NPR story on Panda Bear.
Fans of Jonathan Boulet‘s self-titled début may be somewhat thrown upon first listen to “You’re A Animal.” The newest track from the Australian folk-pop artist offers a sneak peek at his forthcoming sophomore album (set to be released next year), and it indicates a significantly new direction in his sound. From the very first note, “You’re A Animal” announces itself as a martial anthem powered by a relentlessly pounding drum rhythm. With lyrics like “I will soldier on…and on, and on, and on!” being chanted over a soundfield of guitar and myriad indeterminate instruments, the song leaves no space for the sort of reflective rumination that pervades (most of) the first album. Gone is anything acoustic, and likewise any lines as meditative or somber as, for instance “March to the Poles and meet me there/ Leave all your wars and all your cares/ Find me and you, my name, but I can’t remember you/ Would you go?” (from “North to South East to You”).
But it would be flat out wrong to suggest that these almost defiant gestures of ceaseless energy – which are at once carnal and furious – have no precedent in Boulet’s prior work. Disappointed – or shocked – fans should note that they didn’t just appear from nowhere. Just give “Ones Who Fly Twos Who Die” another listen; though less of a full-fledged manic attack than “YAA,” the tune features the same “tribal” tympani sound and choral vocals. Both tunes seem to reveal a range of influences, from Animal Collective’s Water Curses EP to fellow-Aussie Xavier Rudd to, of all things, Chumbawumba (yeah, I went there… bet you didn’t see that one coming).
In short, there are continuities that shouldn’t be overlooked. And frankly, what Boulet is doing is technically more interesting than before. “YAA” contains atmosphere and confusion, and it brings to the listener an almost cinematic feeling of being chased through the forest. Some may lament the loss of the more personal voice that showed on the self-titled album, but I, for one, look forward to the next full-length release to see what the dizzying swirl of energy unveiled here yields.