New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Avey Tare of Animal Collective

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Avey Tare - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were excited to have experimental indie pop artist Avey Tare (aka David Portner) share what he found shopping at Amoeba Hollywood in our latest What's In My Bag? episode. His eclectic selections were anything but pedestrian, as his taste ran the gamut from Nigerian Disco to new age and from avant-garde jazz to minimal techno.

Avey Tare is a solo artist and co-founder of Animal Collective. While in high school in Maryland, he met Josh Dibb (Deakin), Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), and Brian Weitz (Geologist); the friends shared homemade recordings and played in different band formations together. Portner and Weitz both moved to New York City after graduation and when they were joined by Dibb and Lennox, the longtime pals formed Animal Collective. In 2000, Avey Tare and Panda Bear released Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished, which was later classified as the first official Animal Collective LP. 2001's Danse Manatee saw Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Geologist joining forces. The bandmates played together in various groupings, sometimes releasing work as Animal Collective and sometimes releasing work under other monikers but it wasn't until 2004's Sung Tongs that the band really began attracting national attention.

Avey Tare Cows on Hourglass PondWhile Animal Collective toured and put out records throughout this period, Avey Tare found time to release his debut solo LP, Down There, in 2010. As Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, he released Enter the Slasher House in 2014. Eucalyptus followed three years later and Animal Collective's latest, Tangerine Reef, landed in summer 2018. Avey Tare recorded his latest on reel-to-reel tape in Asheville, North Carolina, releasing it as Cows on Hourglass Pond in spring 2019. 

Avey Tare's first find from among the Amoeba racks was by Japanese experimental artist Takehisa Kosugi. Originally released in 1975, Kosugi's Catch-Wave album is a "mind fryer" and is one of Avey Tear's "top 10 or 20" favorite albums of all time.

"I'm a big fan of Indonesian music, particularly gamelan," Avey Tare told us, pulling Tarawangsawelas' Wanci out of his bag. "It's modern Indonesian music," he said of the duo from Bangdun, who perform modern interpretations of West Javanese sacred music. 

Another interest for Avey Tare was Native American music. "I discovered Willie Thrasher on the Native North America series that Light In the Attic put out," he shared. Grabbing a vinyl reissue of Thrasher's debut album, Spirit Child, Avey Tare described the Inuit folk/rocker's music as "simplistic rock 'n roll/folk, and just very honest music."

Avey Tare wasn't afraid to pick up a few albums he hadn't heard before, including Sun Ra Featuring Pharaoh Sanders & Black Harold. "I had a hard time getting into jazz when I was younger," he confessed. "But when I was working at record stores in like '98/'99 I could dabble in a little and Sun Ra was one of the people that I liked."

He also took a chance on an African drum exotica album by Tak Shindo, explaining that he really likes the sound of those types of old stereophonic recordings. His love of piano music and Middle Eastern music guided him toward Mustapha Skandrani's Istikhbars & Improvisations. "I particularly love Persian music. I just like the modes or the chord structures, so this is probably very promising." 

But which reggae artist does Avey Tare describe as a "genius" and one of his favorite music makers of all time? And what record label does he proclaim to be one of the "best labels of my time, my generation?" You'll have to watch the video below to find out!

Avey Tare - What's In My Bag?
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