Today I came across this cool little Panda Bear quote, concerning the Strawberry Jam leaks:
Did you hear that Domino is pretty pissed about the new songs leaking?
I heard they sent out a thing; I know they’re stressed about it. It’s a complicated issue. I know, from our side, after a second of them being upset about it, we were like, “Forget about it. Don’t make a big deal about it.” I know they traced back the leak to one person and he was going to get fired, and we don’t want to do that to anybody. We don’t want anybody to get fired…I don’t think he’s going to get fired anymore. I’m happy about that.
At the same time, you trust these people with these things and, you know, the leak was really good for my record…and we had to send the promos out really early because of travel schedules and other things. But, I think the label will mellow out about it. The only thing we’re really upset about with the leak is that it’s only parts of it. I think there are six songs out there now. People aren’t even able to get the full experience of the album, which bums us all out quite a bit. So if you’re listening leakers [speaking directly into the tape recorder], put up those other three songs, man, pronto.
For me, this pretty much cements Noah Lennox as the coolest person in modern music. The rest of the interview is pretty interesting, too, especially Noah’s opinions on how leaks effect album sales, so be sure to give it a read. Oh, and here are the Strawberry Jams I’ve been digging the most lately (which just happen to be the Panda jams . . .)
It’s been a while since I beat you over the head with my love for Panda Bear, and I’m feeling a little guilty for slacking for so long. Since we last checked in with Panda, four (!) new tracks have surfaced, along with Panda Bear Live At ZDB September 2004, a two part digital-only EP, which you can buy at the low-quality, DRM-riddled digital music store of you choice. The new tracks are all brilliant, particularly the Scott Walker-sampling ‘Laughed For A World Filled With Fantasy’. However, the dark, schizophrenic ‘Bonfire Of The Vanities’ is also pretty great. This is a must have for any Panda Bear fans.
Panda Bear – Laughed For A World Filled With Fantasy.mp3 (First snippet from live EP)
-Head over to Gorilla Vs. Bear for the theme song for YACHT’s ‘neverending tour’. Also, Jona Bechtolt has left The Blow to work as YACHT full-time.
– Blogarefordogs has an old Dan Bejar track, which is set to appear on The New Pornographers upcoming Challenger.
–I Guess I’m Floating hypes the criminally overlooked Seabear.
It’s been a few days since I’ve done a post about Panda Bear, but don’t think that means I love Person Pitch any less. If anything, I love it even more. After listening to it about four times straight through, however, I thought it might be beneficial to listen to something else. For that purpose, I pulled out Panda’s previous album, Young Prayer. While I had always appreciated it, I never really loved it like Person Pitch until I played them back to back. There’s such a stark contrast between the two albums, that it’s near impossible not to be amazed by Panda’s diversity as an artist. Young Prayer possesses a dark, melancholy, and acoustic sound, while Person Pitch is one of the sunniest albums you’re likely to hear this year. It’s amazing to hear how much Panda has changed between these two albums. After that, I got a little curious, and started digging further into his back catalog. I ended up with his 1998 debut, Panda Bear, from the now defunct Soccer Star label. Unfortunately, it’s no lost treasure. While it’s home to some true gems, it also illustrates Panda’s growing pains a little too well. I’ll leave you with four mp3s in chronological order; one from each of Panda’s albums, and one song from the first Animal Collective album, which just happens to be my favorite song from any artist.
Panda Bear – We Built A Robot.mp3 (From S/T)
Panda Bear & Avey Tare – April & The Phantom (From Spirit . . .)
Panda Bear – Untitled Five.mp3 (From Young Prayer)
Panda Bear – Take Pills.mp3 (From Person Pitch)
Last week I introduced this feature, unsure if it was something I wanted to keep. After reviewing it’s traffic stats at the end of last week, I think it’s safe to say you’ll be seeing this feature every Monday from now on. Today, things are a little different. One of the remixes I included is actually just an alternate version (The Good Times Are Killing Me), and another isn’t an artist remixed, but and artist remixing (Scarecrow). That’s the nice thing about working with artists who are also producers; their back catalog is so damn big, that it’s never hard to find a suitable song to post. I’d more or less forgotten that El-P had remixed Becks Scarecrow until I started working on this post; after all, Guerolito isn’t exactly the type of record that gets heavy rotation from me. But, El-P’s is definitely one of the standout remixes on that album. It’s still Beck’s Scarecrow, but it has El-P’s harsh edge going for it too. The result is a pretty damn good song.
I rave on and on about Panda Bear for two months, repeatedly calling Person Pitch the album of the year, and posting mp3s like mad; yet you ignored him. Then, Pitchfork posts a 9.4 review this morning, and all of a sudden I’m getting tons of hits off Hype Machine searches for Panda Bear. Panda is so disappointed in you. But I’m willing to forget about all that, and as a peace offering, here are some mp3s off Person Pitch. Just remember to buy the album when you have a chance. Panda is too awesome not to support. Plus, you’ll have to buy the album to hear the two best songs. So there.
Panda Bear – Take Pills.mp3
Happy March 20th! In case you didn’t know, today is one of the best release days this year for music. Today, at least 7 big albums and one massive one are released. For now, I’ll focus on the three albums I’ll actually pick up today, but you can bet on more later. First is Sound Of Silver, the sophomore album from LCD Soundsystem. At this point SOS is the best reviewed album of the year and probably deserves that status; ‘North American Scum’ has achieved a sort of national anthem status among the indie community. Secondly is Modest Mouse’s We Were Dead. While this has received the most mixed reviews, it’s still one of my favorites; ‘Parting Of The Sensor’ is damn near perfect. Finally, I saved the best for last; Panda Bear’s Person Pitch. Today, I’ve included two mp3s from the album of the year; the sprawling centerpiece ‘Good Girl/Carrots’, and ‘Take Pills’. Have a great March 20th!
If I haven’t made it perfectly clear already, I absolutely love Panda Bear’s latest album, Person Pitch. I fully expect it to take the #1 spot on my year-end list. So it was a nice surprise to hear that the first video (Bros) for the album has been released. The song is still spectacular, but the video really speaks of Animal Collective at it’s strangest. See for yourself, and grab the full version of Bros while you’re at it.
I suppose it was only a matter of time before it happened. As of 2:32 PM today, Panda Bear’s new album, set for a March 20th release, was leaked onto the internet. All of the usual applies here; I won’t give you a link, if you download this, then buy the album, etc. I would just like to point out that this album actually has me excited. That doesn’t happen too often anymore, so this must be one hell of an album.