Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper has us in heaven. It’s Noah Lennox’s most accessible album thus far, yet it’s as strange and unique as anything he’s done. I first heard “Boys Latin” on edibles in Joshua Tree at his excellent show at Pappy & Harriet’s with Peaking Lights, and that rainbow vocal pastiche has been swimming through my brain ever since. The other single, “Mr Noah,” is more of a grower, but I love the way its groans into life and pulsates like a live animal. You’ve got songs like “Principe Real,” which is like this Wonderland funk track, bouncing on handclaps and cartoonish organs. A lot of the in-between songs are as beautiful as you might guess. “Crossword” is heartfelt and gorgeous, along the lines of a certain song he wrote for Animal Collective, “My Girls.” “Come to Your Senses” swirls with slithering, shaking sounds, but percolating guitars and synths carry strong melodies to take you through it. And “Tropic of Cancer” is a Beach Boys-inspired oceanic ode that crests on beautiful harp and digital whispers. Panda Bear’s work has always been inspiring, but Grim Reaper sees Lennox shedding any kind of shyness present in his previous releases. It’s a beautifully made, all-embracing piece of experimental pop music, and one of the best releases of early 2015.
In celebration of the release of the new album by Animal Collective, we’ve put together this handy guide to see you through the myriad releases by the band and its individual members.
For the uninitiated, Baltimore-born Animal Collective have been one of the most consistently challenging and rewarding bands of the 2000s. Made up of Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox), Avey Tare (David Portner) and Geologist (Brian Weitz) (longtime member Josh Dibb aka Deakin is not on their newest release), Animal Collective have released 10 studio albums and many EPs, collaborations and one-offs. Meanwhile, Lennox and Portner have several releases each (both solo and, in Portner’s case, as a collaborator). Though their music has varied quite a bit from release to release, the band has drawn upon elements of folk, Afropop, avant-garde music, noise, hip hop and psychedelia for a sample and synth-heavy concoction that defies typical genre trappings.
Here’s a list of the band’s releases, in chronological order:
We've tallied up our top sellers for the year at Amoeba Hollywood and Amoeba.com, including CDs, vinyl and downloads. Take a look below at what Amoeba shoppers picked up in 2014.
Arctic Monkeys megahit fifth LP from 2013 continued selling right into 2014 on the strength of hits like "Snap Out of It."
Jack White's experimentally bluesy second album helped his legion of fans grow larger by the day.
The lineup for Coachella 2015 has been announced, and there are some surprises in there.
First up, we've got AC/DC headlining day one (Friday April 10 and 17). (Day one gets even more "dad rock" when you notice that Steely Dan is also playing.) Jack White headlines day two (April 11 and 18) and Drake is on top day three (April 12 and 19).
Lykke Li - Live at Amoeba Hollywood, Aug. 25, 2008
Amoeba is teaming up with Converse Rubber Tracks to host in-store live show series with cool local bands and giving away limited split 7” to celebrate the shows.
Composed of frontman Matty Taylor, drummer Hector Gomez and bassist Zach Bilson, L.A.-based shoegazers Tennis System put out their excellent second album, Technicolor Blind, in 2014. They’ve played with the likes of Ty Segall, Wavves, Japandroids, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Mark Gardner (Ride) and Beach Fossils, to name a few. And they’re favorites at local post-punk night Part Time Punks.