Monday, January 05, 2009

It List: Monday

Merriweather Post Pavilion Listening Party (the Cavern): Looks like the Cavern will be the place to be tonight, weather and all, as Gorilla vs Bear's Chris Cantalini teams up with Radio UTD and Domino Records for a listening party for Animal Collective's latest record, Merriweather Post Pavilion, which will be released this week on vinyl and MP3 download. After reading today's Pitchfork review of the record (9.6) and having heard quite a bit about in the past few weeks (including some empirical research with my own downloaded copy), I just have to wonder aloud what everyone is getting so excited about. Is this a good record? Yes, it's a good record. Is it worth a 9.6 rating? I have no fucking clue. I guess so. I don't know. I don't care. Pitchfork's ratings are maybe 1/10th as important as they used to be, and frankly, their reviews usually make me hate whatever album they're talking about anyway. Just look at this shit from today's review:

"The lyrics focus on the body, basic human connection, the need to take care of oneself, the puzzle of existence. Where the churning electronic sound, with its fizzes and echoes and underwater cast, brings to mind altered states and the confusing gap between the familiar and the strange, the words seem like a running commentary on the essential mystery of being alive."

Really, guy? Are you kidding me? I enjoy writing like a dickhead more than anyone else I know (Other than DL, duh), but let us actually sit here for a second and analyze what the fuck those sentences are supposed to mean. Or let's not. The point is that I could care less what Panda Bear's thoughts are concerning the "running commentary on the essential mystery of being alive," and if that's really what Animal Collective intended this record to be about, then I'll just pretend that they're singing in gibberish or something. Look, Animal Collective is a good band. They're a fairly interesting band. They used to be better but they're still good. I've been reading overblown reviews and blog comments on this record for the past few weeks, many of which involved the authors placing bets on what rating Pitchfork would give it, how many year end lists it would end up on, whether it will be the record of the year or if Grizzly Bear or Arcade Fire will "beat it out" or if Panda Bear will formally release some remix album of all the songs that will actually be better than the album and blah blah blah. This record isn't going to change the world, and honestly, it sounds pretty much like the last Animal Collective and Panda Bear solo records, which, last time I checked, were only "revolutionary" to 16 year olds who hadn't had a chance to discover the group's influences just yet. So love this band all you want, but if I'm supposed to care about the fake blog media storm that Animal Collective's PR agency has created about their above average new album, then I quit.
Oh, and I'm not sure if this will be downstairs and Cool Out will be upstairs or what. Maybe someone in the know can tell us in the comment section.

Blueberry Fist/Rocket For Ethiopia/Roy Robertson/I am Skogo (1919 Hemphill)

Amo Joy/New Science Projects/Fishboy/The Heartstring Stranglers (J&Js)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

shit yeah sr i agree...whats the big deal?

5:21 PM  
Anonymous give me a fucking break said...

p4k review, paragraph 3

"...MO requires them to exist outside of rigid formats."

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where's my goddamn shit you guys promised today?

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and that's how a review should read. THANKS.

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the album. In fact, I'm obsessing a tad... but i agree with you, its nothing revolutionary (but it doesn't need to be). Although its definitely better than Strawberry Jam. And who cares what Pitchfork says these days? It's writers all write like know-it-all college Freshmen... or like the aforementioned 16 year olds.

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new animal collective is good but it's not worth a 9.6. 10,000 days by Tool? Now that album was worth a 9.6. GAT DAUYMMMMM!

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blueberry Fist was awesome. You guys missed a fantastic show at 1919. Dfw misses a lot of good stuff by igoring 1919 shows. Fuck em?

11:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shut the fuck up 9:57 everyone in dfw was there so suck it

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

blueberry fist smokes mad blunts!

12:11 AM  
Anonymous riley martin said...

oh quaa tanzin wan

2:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can we get a text limit in the name slot up in this bitch?

2:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

weshotjr is now a blog for total pussies who bitch about everything.
way to go d/fw

5:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey weshotjr, why so serious?

5:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:23 is pretty much as win as you can get around here these days i think... sad times. it started off so peaceful and inspiring back in the day.

7:21 AM  
Anonymous Blixaboy said...

Ron Asheton from the The Stooges was found dead this morning. Time to light one and put on Funhouse in his honor. He is my biggest guitar hero. He will be missed.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

time to make a pitcher of koolaide and listen to The Weirdness.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same stupid name, new fucking tracks.

Thank me later.

9:56 AM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

dude im totally not a pussy

10:34 AM  
Anonymous potato said...

i am for the right price

new songs beechness

1:31 PM  
Anonymous potato said...

or right feet wit carmel and leather

1:32 PM  
Anonymous potato said...

stop by my crib in crowley

i live with my parents

dont worry they're totally cool

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2:08 PM  
Anonymous gerald said...

those new potato tracks are actually really good

2:17 PM  
Anonymous potato said...

seriously, stop by, bring some bongos. i'll make the salad!

2:19 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

Stop refreshing you idiots!

2:59 PM  
Anonymous mofreak! said...

Hahahahahaha!! Oh man, that was the best shit ever.

And as for the Cavern, I didn't go to the listening party, but I know later on at Cool Out some dude got a fucking bottle thrown at his face and a huge fight broke out. That's how I feel about Pitchfork reviews. Throwing a bottle at someone's face after I read one.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool out is done. So is the party. Let wiggers and wannabes destroy themselves

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

little kids and alcohol. they really should consider checking IDs a bit harder at the cavern.

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

speak fer yerself, they check ids pretty fucking hard whenever i try to go there for a show, that's for sure.

12:48 PM  

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