Animal Collective

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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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MTV Unplugged: Nirvana

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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10 Unlikely Remixes That Shouldn’t Work But Do

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If you happen to be a Spiritualized überfan like me — or even just someone who has any sort of cursory familiarity with Jason Pierce and his oeuvre — you might have been rather taken aback to find that Australian electro plodders Cut Copy somehow convinced him to do a remix of their song “Free Your Mind.” The remix, it must be said, is a pretty fine piece of work, and it got us thinking about other unlikely remixes from over the years that have somehow worked a treat. We’ve put together a playlist of such unexpected gems — click through and check out our choices (and, y’know, feel free to add to the list if so inclined).
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The 50 Greatest Summer Albums, 1963-2013

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Summer officially arrives this week, bringing with it afternoons in the park and rooftop parties and beaches. The thing is, though, every summer needs a soundtrack, and while every year there seems to be a rush to anoint a certain tune The Song of the Summer™, Flavorwire decided to go one better and choose a quintessential summer album for every one of the past 50 years, as something of a sequel to last month’s list of the 50 albums you need to own, 1963-2013. Click through and get… Read More