Animal Collective News Round-Up

If Lawrence Lessig is the spokesman for our current remix culture then Animal Collective must surely be the poster boys. As testament to the Baltimore Bros’ penchant for rejigging, distorting and sharing sound we give you three separate pieces of Animal Collective news which involve A) Animal Collective clearing samples from a legendary jam band B) A member of Animal Collective collaborating with an equally freaky Atlanta native and C) An Australian band covering Animal Collective’s “My Girls”. Damn it’s hard to keep up with this musical free for all isn’t it?

First cab off the rank: Animal Collective have officially cleared samples from The Grateful Dead’s “Unbroken Chain”, samples which appear in the as yet unreleased AnCo cut “What Would I Want Sky”. The news was broken via Twitter (where else) with their management posting “Animal Collective confirmed to get first officially licensed Grateful Dead sample! “Phil Lesh loved the track…”. Avey Tare has hinted that WWIWS will appear as part of the “Brother Sport” EP.

Secondly the much hyped collaboration between the bromance wet dream of Bradford Cox and Noah Lennox has finally hit the web and strangely the internet didn’t self destruct. Cox filled Pitchfork in on the back story earlier this year saying:

“I toured for a period in Europe with Animal Collective, whose band dynamic was very inspirational to be around. On the bus, we often played improvised iPod games. We would take turns formulating a theme or unifying concept and then play three songs. The goal would be for everyone to try and figure out the theme. During one of these games, someone played ‘What Am I Going to Do’ by the Dovers. I was amazed at the hook– a weird organ thing with drums and electric bass. I mentioned to Noah [Lennox] that someone should really sample that riff. He agreed and he taught me a little about sampling and matching up beats. This ended up as the collaborative effort ‘Walkabout’.”

See? Animal Collective even take tour bus shenanigans and make them soul-searchingly profound…


And lastly here’s Sydney’s own Dappled Cities riding the covers train to My-Girls-ville for Triple J’s “Live A Version”. Fast forward to 13:30 for some sweet harmonizing, acoustic instrumentation, four walls and adobe slabs.