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1999 in Baltimore, MD


Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s

Animal Collective


Animal Collective were formed in Baltimore County, Maryland, by longtime friends and musical collaborators Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz). With a penchant for genre-hopping and studio experimentation, the group began drawing comparisons to everyone from the Residents and the Flaming Lips to the Incredible String Band and the Holy Modal Rounders. Solo and side projects proved to be a continual occupation for most of the group's members, particularly Panda Bear (Young Prayer, Person Pitch) and Avey Tare (Pullhair Rubeye), but Animal Collective proved to be the most successful of all the musicians' ventures.. The Collective released their debut album, Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished (originally titled Avey Tare and Panda Bear) in 2000 on the band's own Animal imprint. It was the first in a pair of captivating releases; the other was 2001's Danse Manatee (originally titled Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist), which explored the fringes and intersecting boundaries of freak folk, noise rock, ambient drone, and twisting, melodic psychedelia. The live album Hollinndagain, which documented the band's debut tour alongside Black Dice, arrived in 2002, followed by 2003's Campfire Songs and Here Comes the Indian, the first albums to commit to the name Animal Collective and the first to feature all four members. The latter record was released on the group's newly minted Paw Tracks label.

As the Collective's popularity grew, so did their reach, resulting in a distribution deal with English independent label Fat Cat, which issued their first two albums as a package deal and paved the way for subsequent releases. The band returned in May 2004 with the triumphant Sung Tongs, a mysterious, fragilely melodic album that garnered positive press both at home and overseas, resulting in a series of successful international tours. The Prospect Hummer EP, which featured a collaboration with underground British folk legend Vashti Bunyan, arrived in early 2005, followed by the commercially and critically acclaimed full-length Feels later in the year. The band released the People EP in 2006, followed by the much heralded full-length Strawberry Jam in 2007, the band's first for Domino Records.

Merriweather Post Pavilion, the group's eighth and most accessible record to date, was released in 2009. It cracked the Top 20 in America and peaked at number 26 in the U.K., making Animal Collective the toast of the international blogosphere while also establishing their strength as a commercial force. Touring kept them busy for much of the year, but they did find some time to return to the studio and finish a short EP, Fall Be Kind, which appeared in November. In 2010 the group expanded its experimental sound into the visual realm with ODDSAC, a "visual album" that featured new material as the psychedelic soundtrack to a film starring the members of Animal Collective and directed by Danny Perez. Their next proper full-length, Centipede Hz, followed in 2012 along with an EP of remixes from the album entitled Monkey Been to Burntown in 2013.

Top Albums

1. Feels
Feels (Deluxe Edition), Animal Collective
2. Feels (Delux..
People - EP, Animal Collective
3. People - EP
Grass - Single, Animal Collective
4. Grass - Sing..
Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective
5. Merriweather..
Strawberry Jam, Animal Collective
6. Strawberry J..
Fall Be Kind - EP, Animal Collective
7. Fall Be Kind..
Centipede Hz, Animal Collective
8. Centipede Hz
Water Curses - EP, Animal Collective
9. Water Curses..
Here Comes the Indian, Animal Collective
10. Here Comes t..
Sung Tongs, Animal Collective
11. Sung Tongs
Campfire Songs, Animal Collective
12. Campfire Son..
Hollinndagain, Animal Collective
13. Hollinndagai..
Transverse Temporal Gyrus - EP, Animal Collective
14. Transverse T..
Prospect Hummer - EP, Animal Collective
15. Prospect Hum..
Summertime Clothes - EP, Animal Collective
16. Summertime C..
Monkey Been to Burn Town - EP, Animal Collective
17. Monkey Been ..
Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They're Vanished, Animal Collective
18. Spirit They'..
Applesauce - Single, Animal Collective
19. Applesauce -..
Today's Supernatural - Single, Animal Collective
20. Today's Supe..

Top Songs

My GirlsMerriweather Post Pavilion5:40$1.29
Brother SportMerriweather Post Pavilion5:59$1.29
FireworksStrawberry Jam6:50$0.99
Fickle CycleGrass - Single4:28$0.99
Must Be TreemanGrass - Single3:14$0.99
GrassGrass - Single2:59$0.99
Wasterd (Live)Feels (Deluxe Edition)3:50$0.99
Banshee BeatFeels (Deluxe Edition)8:22$0.99
Purple BottleFeels (Deluxe Edition)6:48$0.99
GrassFeels (Deluxe Edition)2:59$0.99
Did You See the WordsFeels (Deluxe Edition)5:15$0.99
Turn Into SomethingFeels6:29$0.99
Loch RavenFeels4:59$0.99
Daffy DuckFeels7:34$0.99
Banshee BeatFeels8:22$0.99
Purple BottleFeels6:48$0.99
Flesh CanoeFeels3:44$0.99
Did You See the WordsFeels5:15$0.99
People (Recorded Live in Baffalo, NY..People - EP6:25$0.99
My Favorite ColorsPeople - EP1:51$0.99
TikwidPeople - EP4:18$0.99
PeoplePeople - EP6:21$0.99
Loch RavenFuture Balearica - New Chil..4:59$0.99

Top Music Videos

My Girls, Animal Collective
1. My Girls
Peacebone, Animal Collective
2. Peacebone


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