Animal Collective

The 35 Most Anticipated Albums of 2016

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2016 is here, and there’s more new music on the way than we know what to do with. And even though some of the most anticipated albums don’t actually have release dates (or sometimes, even titles), that won’t stop us from looking ahead anyway. Here are the 35 albums we’re most excited to hear in 2016, with release dates when we have them.
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‘Painting With’ Animal Collective and the Infectious Pop Hooks of “FloriDada”

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Membership in the Animal Collective is fluid. With its members taking self-imposed sabbaticals to produce films and various side projects, absence from an Animal Collective tour or record is not necessarily indicative of a member’s departure. So it shouldn’t worry fans that Josh Gibbs (a.k.a. Deakin/Deacon/Deaken) isn’t on Painting With, the new Animal Collective album due out on Domino on February 19; that’s just par for the course. Sadly, he’ll have to do without one of the sweet portraits that will cover the collective’s followup to 2012’s Centipede Hz. And today they’ve released “FloriDada,” the new album’s first single.
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Why Do Animal Collective Suddenly Sound So Dated?

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Remember the days when a new Animal Collective-related album would send the music press into paroxysms? In some ways, it feels like it wasn’t that long ago, but then, this month marks the sixth anniversary of the great collective Merriweather Post Pavilion-inspired pants-wetting, and response to the recent release of Panda Bear’s new solo record Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper has been muted, if largely favorable. And when you really sit down and think about it, it does feel like a long time ago that AnCo were the be-all and end-all, a time that’s passed and suddenly feels really rather dated. Have the most acclaimed band of the 2000s aged well? I’m not so sure they have.
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Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, Gives Her a Hug

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Panda Bear stands on a raised platform, shielded by the control panel that is his instrument. He’s inside the Boiler Room dome at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, NY. The walls are plastered with running video that often devolves into grotesque montage: a pile of snakes, lips, cow stomachs, aliens, and a female Grim Reaper — scythe and all. Near the end of the set, the Grim Reaper cradles and then obliterates a panda bear doll, making a pretty on-the-nose allusion to the title of Panda Bear’s latest album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. It’s an image ripe with jokeyness, and it seems to indicate that Panda Bear — aka Noah Lennox — doesn’t much fear the reaper.
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The 15 Best Nirvana Covers You May Not Have Heard

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If you haven’t gathered as much from the rash of think-pieces and tributes (we suggest you read these instead), tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. While the many words you may read in the next few weeks about Cobain’s legacy demonstrate his importance to generations of listeners (and music journalists), it’s also pretty clear that Cobain and Nirvana are a heavy influence on the bands that followed in their footsteps — and even some of their contemporaries and predecessors. It’s a ballsy move to cover a classic Nirvana song, and there have been some famous artists who have tackled the obvious ones (particularly Tori Amos and Patti Smith, who have both recorded famous version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”). There are also, however, plenty of musicians who came before and after Kurt Cobain who have successfully put their own spin on his words. 
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