While I put the finishing touches on my list of favorite albums from 2008 (look for that soon), I’m going to take a brief step into the world of 2009 which I may as well just deem the year of Animal Collective here and now. As we near the official release date for the monumental Merriweather Post Pavilion in all non-vinyl formats, we’ve been hit with a flood of even more music from the A.C. camp. First up, the much-discussed remix of Ratatat’s “Mirando”, which was spun during the band’s DJ sets at the U.K. listening parties for MPP, has finally surfaced. These ten minutes of hypnotic minimalist-techno were supposedly put together by on-hiatus member Deakin and will serve as a B-side for the upcoming “Mirando” 12-inch.
Also, Rough Trade Shops over in the U.K. is offering a free mix CD compiled by the members of Animal Collective, which includes tracks from Erykah Badu, Grouper, Justin Heathcliff (AKA Osamu Kitajima), Kode 9, plus four others, as a bonus disc when you order Merriweather Post Pavilion. Completists and music obsessives will definitely want to check out this extremely limited offer. But, even if you don’t want the bonus disc, MPP goes beyond essential listening for 2009… pick it up anyway you can. If you haven’t heard it yet, the album is streaming in its entirety over at Rhapsody for the moment and will be doing the same on NPR later in the week. (via GvB)
Download: Animal Collective – My Girls
Download: Justin Heathcliff – Life
Buy: You can order the album and bonus disc from Rough Trade Shops. Or, if you don’t feel like throwing down $10.99 in GBP, you can pre-order the CD from Domino Records (sans bonus disc).
And of course, they wouldn’t be Animal Collective if they weren’t already hitting us with new music before their album was officially released. Yep, they played a new track (for now dubbed “Blue Sky”) at their show in London on January 12th. Sounds pretty transcendent even from this meager recording. But, perhaps even more ridiculous, is that according to this article they plan to finish recording their next project (the more experimental “visual album”) in February. Apparently, it would have been completed already if ice storms in NYC hadn’t knocked out the power in the recording studio back in December! I don’t know how these guys get so much done living in separate cities and touring as often as they do, but they certainly believe in the principle of constant payoff. And we’re all better off because of it. (via Collected Animals)
Download: Animal Collective – Blue Sky (Live)