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[new]: Deakin – Untitled

By Will Oliver, December 6th 2012

Animal Collective’s Deakin contributed a song for the Get Weird Playbutton compilation, which celebrates the New Museum’s fith anniversary of the concert series. Deakin gives them a hypnatising layered cut that he is just calling “Untitled.”

Take a listen over at Pitchfork.

Check out my review of Animal Collective’s show at Terminal 5 last night.

[new] Deakin – Country Report

By Will Oliver, March 27th 2011

Here’s “Country Report”, Deakin’s contributing to the free EP that Animal Collective made for Keep, as a part of their shoe contribution. It’s a foggy jam that chugs along to the mysterious atmosphere Deakin’s vocal memories provide. Dare I say the song’s a bit Panda Bear inspired? Makes sense.

This is a really impressive song that validates Animal Collective fans longing for Deakin’s return. Take a listen below:

Deakin – Country Report by weallwantsome1

Deakin Returns To Animal Collective

By Will Oliver, December 1st 2010

I’m a little bit backed up on the music news, but I’m playing catch up. Word is that Deakin is officially back in Animal Collective. I couldn’t be happier to hear that. I’m excited to hear his guitars in Animal Collective’s music once again.

When I saw him at CMJ I asked him about his solo material after his set, and he said he should have an EP or something of the like out sometime next year. So there’s that.

Animal Collective will be playing at Barcelona’s San Miguel Primavera Sound Festival and Minehead, England’s All Tomorrow’s Parties next year, and Pitchfork reports that Deakin will be playing with them. Don’t know if we will get any new material from the group just yet. Realistically, we will (hopefully) get Panda Bear’s Tomboy.

[CMJ] Deakin (of Animal Collective) @ Cake Shop (10/21/2010)

By Will Oliver, November 14th 2010 — with 1 comment

First off, sorry that I’m still doing CMJ stuff. I haven’t been good with time management, and let’s just say editing photos and doing posts on top of school work and stuff isn’t a good combo.

I was lucky enough to walk into Deakin’s set early, grabbing a nice spot. His set was trippy and experimental as expected. I was hit with all kinds of different sounds and experiences that most music doesn’t give me. Deakin has been gone for a while, but if the music he creates is as cool and avant garde (yea, I went there) as the songs that made up his set at Cake Shop, I’m all for it. I spoke to him after the show and he told me he’s going to try and release an EP of material sometime next year.

By the way, I met 3/4 of Animal Collective (no Panda), and they were really, really, normal. Probably the most normal guys I’ve ever met from a band. Go figure. Check out the rest of the photos, after the jump:

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Phoenix – Love Like a Sunset (Animal Collective Remix – Deakin’s Jam)

By Will Oliver, October 2nd 2009 — with 1 comment

So many great remix’s have come from Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, that they decided to release a Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Remix Album). The album consists of remix’s from the likes of The Soft Pack, Passion Pit, YACHT, Friendly Fires, Chairlift, and Devandra Banhart.

The biggest name on the list is Animal Collective. To be exaact, “Deakin’s Jam”. Nice to see you back Deakin!!!

The remix is really great

Here is what Dekin posted on wearephoenix.com talking about his connection to phoenix, and the remix:

This spring i was in Panama with Brian. We were cramped into a van on a bumpy, winding central american road going a little too fast. Feeling a little edgy, I put on my headphones and listened to United and Alphabetical back to back. I watched passing fruit stands, a sweet central american dusk and memories of the massive schools of jelly fish, snapper, and trevally; the few dolphin and even the few bluefin tuna (too few) that brian and i had just had the joy of diving with the blend of all of these things put me at ease.

Phoenix has been a staple for all four of us since Dave and Noah brought home United from the record store they used to work at. One of the records that would get us through some of those long cross country tour drives, we’ve listened to phoenix’s jams many many times. We were all totally psyched to get asked to do this and it was super fun to work on it.

All the best to those dudes

Animal Collective/Deakin really gave the song a nice spin, with some vocals that fit in smoothly. Download it below.

I also included the Friendly Fires & Neighbors Remix Feat. Devendra Banhart. Enjoy!

[mp3] : Phoenix – Love Like a Sunset (Animal Collective Remix – Deakin’s Jam)

[mp3] : Phoenix – Rome (Neighbors Remix Feat. Devendra Banhart)

[mp3] : Phoenix – Fences (Friendly Fires Remix)

the remix album drops digitally on 10.13

Animal Collective @ Governors Ball (June 8, 2013)

By Will Oliver, June 12th 2013

Animal Collective are really in full force when Deakin is back in the fold, obviously creating a fuller sound as a band. It was delightful to hear “Did You See the Words” kick off their set, as it was one of the only old-era AnCo songs to be played (along with “Peacebone”).

I witnessed a fan do snort a line of cocaine off a car key during their set, and I don’t think anything else that I will share will matter as much as that little bit of information.
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[CMJ]: Prince Rama @ Knitting Factory (October 20, 2012)

By Will Oliver, October 24th 2012 — with 1 comment



The only time that I have seen Prince Rama was when they backed up Deakin during his solo set at Cake Shop during CMJ two years ago. I had not seen them proper ever, and didn’t know what to really expect coming in. Hot damn, these two girls really put on an incredible live show. Heavy on the bass and freak-psych elements, they hit you hard at multiple angles.

It makes sense that Animal Collective snagged on their label Pat Tracks. Prince Rama are pushing many boundaries and experimenting with multiple sounds and genres, I was left very, very, impressed with their power live.

Animal Collective @ Prospect Park (July 12, 2011)

By Will Oliver, July 14th 2011 — with 6 comments

Keep an open mind when you see Animal Collective live . I say this because there’s always the chance that a majority of the set will be dominated by new jams. If you go expecting to hear their “greatest hits”, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Last night’s show at Prospect Park was a great performance even if was dominated by new songs that may have left some fans wanting more.

The only old songs the band played were “We Tigers”, “Did You See The Words?”, “Brother Sport”, “Summertime Clothes” and “Taste”. All are some of the collective’s finest, but it would have helped to hear some other old cuts just to balance things out.

With that said, the new songs that Animal Collective played were mind blowingly good. I stayed pretty clear of all the live bootlegs beforehand, so almost all the songs were new to be. They sounded a lot more dance/beat based, relying more on rythem and timing rather than vocal harmonies (as seen on MPP). Avey Tare was the man of the show, taking lead in practically all of the songs. Panda Bear stayed tightly behind an actual drum kit, singing lead vocals on only a few songs, mainly sticking to backing vocals.

This came off as an odd decision to me at first, but these songs are more on the experimental side, leading me to believe that they’re better suited for Avey. (It’s a good guess that this album is very Avey influenced.) It was cool to hear Deakin take lead vocals on “Change”, the guy can sing. One new song that stood out was “I’d Rather” which was a perfect start to the encore.

It’s well known that you should go into an Animal Collective show expecting them to experiment with new songs, especially when they are in the process of working on a new album. I got to tip my cap that they stick to their guns, and trust their fans enough to play almost all new stuff. But the Animal Collective geek inside us all was dying to yelp to “Leaf House”, get emotional to “Fireworks” and enjoy the fuck out of “My Girls”.

Anyone who tells you different is simply trying too hard.

Black Dice opened the show. I never will understand this band. I just don’t get them. I’ve seen them open for bands three times now, and it’s been the same thing. I’ll just leave it at that. Nothing against the band, they just aren’t for me.

Setlist (via):

Animal Collective @ Prospect Park Bandshell 7/12/2011
“Change” / “Stop Thinking” / Did You See the Words? / “Long Time Ago” / “Take This Weight” / “Knock You Down” / Brother Sport / “Mercury” / “Your Choice” / “Frights” / We Tigers / Summertime Clothes // “I’d Rather” / “Little Kid” / Taste

Pitchfork has posted that Dave Portner a.k.a. Avery Tare from Animal Collective has announced his debut solo album. The album is titled Down There and will be released on October 26th via Animal Collective’s own label, Paw Tracks. It will consist of 9 songs, that were all produced by Animal Collectives’ Deakin.

Down There was recorded this past June at the Good House, an old church in upstate New York. According to the Paw Tracks press release, Avey’s favorite animals are the otter and crocodile, and the latter has played a big role in his newest record.

So we got Panda Bear’s new solo album coming out this September, and now Avery Tare’s debut a month later. I am excited for new Panda Bear, but I am more interested to see what kind of solo work Avery Tare churns out. Should be a good fall.

Check out the album art & tracklisting below:

01 Laughing Hieroglyphic
02 3 Umbrellas
03 Oliver Twist
04 Glass Bottom Boat
05 Ghost of Books
06 Cemeteries
07 Heads Hammock
08 Heather in the Hospital
09 Lucky 1

Help Deacon (From Animal Collective) Get To Africa!

By Will Oliver, December 7th 2009

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Joshua Dibb, who is known as Animal Collective’s Deakin/Deacon to most of you, got invited to play at the Festival in the Desert in Mali in 2010. They festival is going to help Deacon with all the accomodations once he is in Mali, but they can’t help him with the international travel expenses.

Josh has started a donation/pledge site where people can donate money to help get him get there!! He needs to raise 25,000 by new years eve at noon!! So in order to get people to help him out, he made it interesting. He is going to document all the stuff he see’s through musical recordings, pictures, drawings etc and he is going to make it all available as books and CD’s for those who really help him out.


1. Pledge $20+ :: You will receive a signed photograph taken by Josh while on his travels in Africa. (Limited to 200 People)

2. Pledge $100+ :: You shall receive a CD of sounds and music recorded on the trip, as sculpted and edited by Josh upon his return. CD will be hand packaged, signed and numbered.

3. Pledge $150 + :: Supporters will receive a hand signed limited edition full color, art bound book containing photos, writing, drawings, etc… collected from the traveling party while on their adventures in Africa.

I just donated 20 bucks myself. A signed photo from Deacon is too cool to pass up, plus you are helping a member of Animal Collective!!!! I mean, they have helped me get through a lot through their music, so it’s the closest I will ever get to re-paying them! If I wasn’t a poor college student I would have done the $150 dollar one, that is a pretty sweet deal.

For all the details, go to the Kick Starter Donation Site itself and see what you can do! Good luck Deacon!

[mp3] : Palms – Boundary Waters (Deakin Of Animal Collective Remix)




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