performance :: animal collective

on saturday i went to bowery ballroom to see animal collective's final show of their tour. last year's show at webster hall was pretty disappointing, more due to webster hall. i try to avoid shows there. bowery has always been my favorite backdrop for nyc performances. the best sound and an intimate size for performance.

i dare say the performance one of the best animal collective shows. deakin's and avey tare's stage presence has become stronger and stronger. they are really coming into character, mastering their own mannerisms. i was also stunned by avey tare's voice. his ability to switch from falsetto to screams to melodic yells fascinates me, and i think this was the most developed vocal presentation i've seen from him.

:: watch short clips of show ::

i also heard the most new material i've heard from the show. i've been hearing 'feels' songs for the last two years, so i was really eager to hear more new material. they played about 5 or so new songs in a two hour set. most of the new songs following the same format of tribal drums and guitars. the night had a really endearing moment in which the crowd sang happy birthday to geologist. overall it was a great show. animal collective is the first band i've seen grow from small venues to large shows and audience. it's been a long road, the first time i saw animal collective was mabye 4 years ago at tonic. a part of the intimacy has been lost, but at the same time i celebrate their well deserved success and am eager to hear what comes next for them.

listen to show
:: clip of safer
:: peace bone / we tigers
:: geologist's birthday
:: people
:: street flash
:: grass
:: purple bottle
:: fireworks


At 3:34 PM, Blogger Matt said...

this RULES! thanks for the live tracks!!

At 10:50 AM, Anonymous rgsc said...

Thanks very much for this - I was very sad when their Toronto show was sold out by the time I even heard about it. I really think that, as much as I like their studio work, AC is a band that has to be experienced live. Next time I guess. Until then I have your recordings.

At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bryan
Nice recording!
That first clip is from Safer and the last song is called Fireworks.


At 12:10 PM, Blogger alias pail said...

Tulsa Mitch?

At 3:45 PM, Anonymous inman said...

Wheeee! Peace Bone is the best song ever! Thanks for the track!

At 10:34 PM, Anonymous BVG said...

Thanks. We linked to you over at
Bronson VS God. Let us know if you find more of the show elsewhere. Thanks. Thanks. Thanks.

At 3:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the bowery animal collective footage
i was at this show; first time id ever seen or heard animal collective. now a huge fan. thanks again.
do you know the name of the new song they played in the first video clip (bowery01.avi)
it begins "favorite song, and..."

At 11:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

for the record, fireworks is credited more often as 'allman vibe'


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