Animal Collective - Merriweather POLL Pavilion

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What kind of planes are you people flying on?!

dog latin, Monday, 18 May 2009 15:26 (ten years ago) link

lol

AleXTC, Monday, 18 May 2009 16:31 (ten years ago) link

They're on higher planes.

Bud Huxtable (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 18 May 2009 16:36 (ten years ago) link

"paper planes"

Beatrix Kiddo, Monday, 18 May 2009 17:15 (ten years ago) link

voted for "paper planes".

uncannydan, Monday, 18 May 2009 17:55 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 20 May 2009 23:01 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 21 May 2009 23:01 (ten years ago) link

Nice results, about what I expected.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Thursday, 21 May 2009 23:12 (ten years ago) link

It's kind of a shame No More Runnin didn't get any votes. I guess people voted for the bangerz instead, but NMR has that lovely mellow Lindsey Buckingham ballad feel, with amazing harmonies. I could have voted for any of em except Taste and Also Frightened perosnally

DJ Mr. Face Stabba, M.D. (Whitey on the Moon), Friday, 22 May 2009 04:04 (ten years ago) link

"Also Frightened" is a lot better than this poll gives it credit for being.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Friday, 22 May 2009 12:17 (ten years ago) link

I've just had a walk in the luxembourg garden (in paris) listening to MPP, under the glorious sunny blue sky, with kids playing around, pretty boys and pretty girls sunbathing under the trees and palm trees and boy how that felt good...
totally agree with the first part of the poll but yeah I would have put "also frightened" and "taste" around "bluish" and "summertime clothes" level.

AleXTC, Friday, 22 May 2009 12:36 (ten years ago) link

"Also Frightened" = their best song, to date.

nerve_pylon, Friday, 22 May 2009 13:53 (ten years ago) link

I do feel a little sorry for Also Frightened. Parts of it are really quite lovely.

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 22 May 2009 15:51 (ten years ago) link

always frightened is only good sometimes. but sometimes it is good.

corps of discovery (schlump), Friday, 22 May 2009 16:08 (ten years ago) link

It's stuck between two of the big "singles" on the record, so it has a lot to live up to.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Friday, 22 May 2009 16:33 (ten years ago) link

fantastic, fantastic song. you can only pick one in these polls though ...

HPSCHD, Friday, 22 May 2009 16:50 (ten years ago) link

eight months pass...

also frightened >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> summertime clothes (just so y'know...)

I'M part of that magic? really???? (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 29 January 2010 16:35 (nine years ago) link

plus:

no more runnin >> lion in a coma >>>>>>>>>> summertime clothes

I'M part of that magic? really???? (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 29 January 2010 16:45 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, I really can't believe "No More Runnin" didn't get a single vote!

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 29 January 2010 16:46 (nine years ago) link

nope, "Summertime Clothes" is the best song on this album!

Bee OK, Friday, 29 January 2010 16:55 (nine years ago) link

agree to disagree, I guess?

I'M part of that magic? really???? (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 29 January 2010 17:03 (nine years ago) link

"Daily Routine" > "Summertime Clothes" >>> "Also Frightened" >>>>> "My Girls"/"Brothersport" >>>>>>> the rest.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Friday, 29 January 2010 17:10 (nine years ago) link

also frightened = barrett-era floyd

summertime clothes = zombies

I'M part of that magic? really???? (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 29 January 2010 17:15 (nine years ago) link

four months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEh2dhkWiUA

(via HRO)

ksh, Saturday, 5 June 2010 20:48 (nine years ago) link

delete world imo

ksh, Saturday, 5 June 2010 20:49 (nine years ago) link

it's in other thread iirc

unfunperson (Whiney G. Weingarten), Saturday, 5 June 2010 20:59 (nine years ago) link

man, can't keep up w/ the memes. there it is. thanking you

ksh, Saturday, 5 June 2010 21:02 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

Bluish is miles away the best smh

thistle supporter (mcoll), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 04:07 (six years ago) link

bluish is good, but i think the right song won this poll. bluish is the least representative song on this album, it doesn't sound like animal collective the way my girls does. also the line "i'm getting lost in your curls" is kind of blegh, and sounds unnatural sung by avey tare for some reason.

rock 'em sock 'em (Treeship), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 04:14 (six years ago) link

classic album though.

rock 'em sock 'em (Treeship), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 04:14 (six years ago) link

it doesn't sound like animal collective

otm but we disagree on which way it cuts, I suppose

thistle supporter (mcoll), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 04:41 (six years ago) link

yo it's obv guys eyes

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 04:48 (six years ago) link

I really need to hear this album one of these days.

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 1 May 2013 04:52 (six years ago) link

how about right now. it's on spotify. livepost your reactions.

rock 'em sock 'em (Treeship), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 05:02 (six years ago) link

Nah Bluish

I'm sorry I said anything (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 16:52 (six years ago) link

I have cooled on this album a LOT tho

I'm sorry I said anything (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 16:53 (six years ago) link

...actually, I think I ended up voting for Also Frightened which is a close.second

...actially, I want to hear Also Frightened right now so maybe thats the best

I'm sorry I said anything (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 16:57 (six years ago) link

I listened to In the Flowers in the car this morning. It's a good opener.

rock 'em sock 'em (Treeship), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 17:06 (six years ago) link

the ac had such a fucking classic run pretty much from their inception up to merriweather. every subsequent record was surprising and amazing in its own right. it was really like they could do no wrong. could merriweather be their scary monsters? eeeeeep :x

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 17:31 (six years ago) link

Couldn't disagree more. The band was always trying out weird stuff, which they should be commended for, but they made a lot of duds. Danse Manatee and Campfire Songs are the worst, but there is a lot of uninspired music on their albums, or stuff that is hampered by bad mastering or sequencing or stuff like that. Plus, Centipede HZ is their third-best album, after Here Comes the Indian and Strawberry Jam.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 1 May 2013 17:45 (six years ago) link

these days I would vote No More Runnin tbh

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 18:21 (six years ago) link

i don't know man. name some duds, what's mastered poorly, what's sequenced wrong?

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 18:35 (six years ago) link

Well, pretty much everything is mastered poorly? Sung Tongs is killed by the sequencing, in my opinion. College is such an anti-climax after twelve minutes of Visiting Friends, and the last three songs are way too samey. Feels also tapers off after such an energetic start. MPP is also a lot of great tracks that never coalesces into more than it's parts.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 1 May 2013 19:00 (six years ago) link

Agree that Bluish is by far the best on MPP, which really isn't a good album by any stretch of my imagination. Sung Tongs, prospect hummer and Campfire songs were their classic period.

Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Thursday, 2 May 2013 07:45 (six years ago) link

five years pass...

This fucking song.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 May 2018 01:44 (one year ago) link

I hate a lot of songs, but few actually make my physically queasy. This one does.

incel elgort (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 2 May 2018 02:27 (one year ago) link

how do y'all feel about this? (fwiw from the tour they debuted my girls and many of the songs on MPP, arrangement and instruments used are very close to my girls)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v71PA3l0SeY

flappy bird, Wednesday, 2 May 2018 04:03 (one year ago) link

It's just annoying that 'My Girls' is considered the benchmark AC song. They just got more and more cloying and irritating as they went on didn't they?

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Wednesday, 2 May 2018 08:50 (one year ago) link

did we ever work out what 'adobe slabs' were?

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Wednesday, 2 May 2018 08:54 (one year ago) link

the headline only comes into play in the last 3 grafs, the rest is pretty much the same as all the other retro pieces:

What’s slightly more surprising is Merriweather’s own lack of projected influence on indie at large. Even though chillwave, the electronic pop sub-genre borne out of the bedroom-recording movement of the early 2010s, is often attributed to Merriweather’s influence, its practitioners’ taste for hazy atmospherics and nostalgia-evoking reference points hews way closer to Person Pitch’s warped aesthetic than Merriweather’s high-gloss sheen. During much of the 2000s, acts that liberally borrowed from Animal Collective’s aesthetic were everywhere, from the electric abstractions of indie rockers Nurses to the off-kilter folk of acts like Our Brother the Native and Le Loup. But going into the 2010s, such acts simply stopped popping up, as much an acknowledgement of Merriweather’s unbeatablity as a signal of a new cultural focus taking hold in indie.

Even the level of mass excitement that led up to Merriweather’s release—a palpable sense of anticipation readily memorable to any aging indie fan who spent the 2000s with the type of high-speed internet access that only their university could provide—has yet to be replicated in the decade since. The collective sway of the internet’s attention is more diffuse, diverse, and ephemeral, and much of the emergent indie trends this decade have drawn from more melodically fertile ground than the defiantly outré sounds that Animal Collective worked in pre-Merriweather.

These changings of the guard aren’t bad things, they just are—and when it comes to Merriweather, they work in Animal Collective’s favor. The album’s singular mythology speaks to its strange and strangely simple pleasures. Animal Collective chose not to finish the conversation their most successful album started, and no one else even dared to try.

flappy bird, Monday, 7 January 2019 19:36 (ten months ago) link

I may be alone in this but I more or less just consider this album the apex of chillwave. like, I know they weren't really part of that scene such as it was, but that's the cultural/musical context that it seems to slot into in terms of sound and approach.

Οὖτις, Monday, 7 January 2019 19:39 (ten months ago) link

lol xps

Οὖτις, Monday, 7 January 2019 19:40 (ten months ago) link

Washed Out and Neon Indian's signature hits all came out the same year, after all

Οὖτις, Monday, 7 January 2019 19:41 (ten months ago) link

I think that makes sense, in the same way that Nevermind is the apex of "grunge" despite Nirvana flying on their own and not really participating in the ensuing cultural wave (besides bumps for Soundgarden, Melvins, and Mudhoney, similar to the rising tide that helped AC's friends like Black Dice, Lightning Bolt, and GGD). in my mind Silverchair = Neon Indian is a perfect comparison.

flappy bird, Monday, 7 January 2019 19:48 (ten months ago) link

it's all just post-Obama victory drugs-n-partying for norms music

Οὖτις, Monday, 7 January 2019 19:55 (ten months ago) link

i could write a book-length ilx post about what this album meant to me and others at my liberal arts college. i may just do that, even if it earns me 51 flag posts.

flappy bird otm.

Trϵϵship, Monday, 7 January 2019 19:57 (ten months ago) link

haha

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Monday, 7 January 2019 19:58 (ten months ago) link

weird album for me in that i did really love it when i came out, though not as much as person pitch, but then i have listened to none of the ac related material that's been released subsequently.

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Monday, 7 January 2019 20:00 (ten months ago) link

if anyone is seeking bass from these guys please check out A Day with the Homies by Panda Bear, released last year. it's vinyl only and there's nothing online though............... I did make a tape bounce of it and it's in my dropbox uh... just sayin..........

flappy bird, Monday, 7 January 2019 20:37 (ten months ago) link

Reminder that this year I'm either going to run or make seandalai run the overdue 2000-09 albums and tracks poll

imago, Monday, 7 January 2019 20:41 (ten months ago) link

mpp is a good hippie album, no more no less imo

marcos, Monday, 7 January 2019 21:39 (ten months ago) link

this is overall good but referring to the MP3 blog era as "pre-algorithm" is really strange considering the existence/relative ubiquity of the Hype Machine https://pitchfork.com/features/article/animal-collectives-merriweather-post-pavilion-was-radical-enough-to-redefine-indie-music-why-didnt-it/

theorizing your yells (katherine), Monday, 7 January 2019 22:14 (ten months ago) link

many interesting recent posts. never thought about it in this way but "post-Obama victory drugs-n-partying for norms music" in retrospect although maybe a little cynical makes some sense

I had the same experience as jim in vancouver, I liked the album but not as much as Person Pitch, and never followed them after that. I'm really enjoying hearing it again

I think I can understand why people *really* like this album, it does have a glow. the slight preferencing of treble over bass is an interesting choice and doesn't seem like one that is just based in amateurishness to me

Dan S, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 01:33 (ten months ago) link

Is anyone really ready for '00s nostalgia yet?

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 01:42 (ten months ago) link

We should start a thread for all the forgotten 00s music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMOZRk74QrY

ebro the letter (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 02:21 (ten months ago) link

^dope song btw

ebro the letter (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 02:22 (ten months ago) link

some of the writing in that pitchfork article is v bad.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 06:31 (ten months ago) link

yeah

frame casual (dog latin), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 07:50 (ten months ago) link


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