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Animal Collective @ Sound Academy

May 19th, 2009

When I found out that Saturday’s Animal Collective show at the Sound Academy was sold out I was heart broken. When a friend mentioned they had a spare ticket I literally jumped for joy.

Animal Collective’s latest album Merriweather Post Pavilion it great. Believe the hype. Sure dubbing it “The Best Album of 2009″ is a bit much, but so far I gotta agree!

The crowd was more then anxious. Waiting in line to get in and waiting inside for the show to start, I overheard many singing their own version of Animal Collective’s catchy “Brother Sport” bouncing up and down. Finally the thick stage curtain dramatically rose, reveling a backdrop of the trippy Merriweather Post Pavilion album art, and a large floating ballon. Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Geologist (not their real names, don’t worry) walked on to the smokey stage as the crowd cheered.

Some might worry that with the large success of their new album, it would dominate the set list. Luckily the night was a mix of both new and old favorites coving many different albums with some brand new stuff thrown in! The show began with a calmer, slower, spacier version of “Chocolate Girl” off of their first album Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished (from way back in 2000), and then jumped to Panda Bear’s “Comfy In Nautica”. Next up was a newbie, which I later found out is titled “What Would I Want Sky”. I say I found out later, because Animal Collective are not really ones to make much chit chat between songs; they instead continue to play and let each song float into the next.

The punchy “Slippi” from Here Comes the Indian got the crowd bouncing and hyped up just in time for the next three Merriweather Post Pavilion gems; the twangy “Lion In A Coma”, “My Girls” which had everyone singing and dancing along, and the spiraling “Guys Eyes”. Strawberry Jam‘s “Fireworks” followed; this longer version starting off slower and then gradually building up until explosion, some could say like… fireworks (how appropriate for the May weekend)! They then kicked into the Sung Tongs favorite “Leaf House”, leading into MPP’s jumpy “Brother Sport”.

After much cheering, the band came back on stage for three last songs. They played another new song titled “Bleed”, and then a slower version of Strawberry Jam‘s “Chores” which (like “Fireworks”) built into its energy and chaos. The night closed with MPP’s latest single “Summertime Clothes”, sending us off wish a warm summer wish. Wow that was kinda cheesy. Come on though who doesn’t love summer?!

With a talked up new album and an already impressive catalog, Animal Collective is taking over. They are currently touring North America and I wouldn’t be surprised if they continued to sell out shows. Get your tickets quick!

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