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Animal Collective at the Henry Fonda September 25, 2007

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Animal Collective

Me and my friend Winnie went to see Animal Collective play in Hollywood at the Henry Fonda last Tuesday. Eric Copeland (Black Dice) and Wizard Prison opened for them. Eric Copeland had some interesting experimental stuff with sometimes Cure-like beats — it’s so hard to appreciate in a concert setting because of the shear loudness of it all. Wizard Prison were just campy but looked to be having fun.

The interesting thing about Animal Collective is that they play forward-looking sets, playing songs that have yet to be released versus material from their older albums. With that said, I only recognized half their songs, 5 of which were from their new album Strawberry Jam. Overall, I think the best songs were those when Panda Bear moved over to his drum set and played away on Peacebone and Fireworks. The latter of which the forum kids are calling Fireworks-Essplode-Fireworks because the song slows down in the middle (I think) with alternate lyrics. Certainly the song was the highlight of the show.

The songs I did not recognize, I searched around on the Collected Animals forum which led me to the previously recorded live sets archive.org‘s live music archive (The Coronet Theater, Arena Weir). With my notes on lyrics I could discern, tips from forum members, and by the process of elimination, here is the set list for the Sep 18, 2007 show:

  1. Dancer with the Flowers in Her Hair
  2. Peacebone
  3. Song for Ariel
  4. Am I Real
  5. Leaf House
  6. Chores
  7. Walk Around (With You)
  8. Material Things / Little Girl (I Don’t Need)
  9. Unsolved Mysteries
  10. Brother Sport
  11. #1
  12. Fireworks
  13. Who Could Win a Rabbit

There are higher quality versions at archive.org.

I enjoyed Walk Around (With You) the most of the new songs during the show — but the recording from the Coronet doesn’t compare to my memory. The band was being filmed during the show and if you look at my pictures you can sometimes see the cameramen in the audience or as a red dot at the back of the stage, so I hope to see a DVD someday with that performance.

I think from the prior recordings, Material Things is my favorite of the new songs, which (used to be?) called Little Girl (I Don’t Need). Song for Ariel comes in a close second, but really, all the new songs are pretty darn good. I’d loved to have heard Doggy and Pan Flute Jam, but that’ incentive to go see them again.

The show was mindbending, the way they can perform a song live with all the samples and live looping — I’m amazed. In addition to Panda’s drumming, I had a blast when Avey bounced around on stage and I heard about the yelping — sorry folx, the yelping really works to get into that meditative, repetitive space of which the band is masters.

I guess my only complaints attribute to my age. The venue was stuffy and had too much smoke (thanks kids, but no, I don’t wanna smell pot all night). The sound levels could have been brought down a notch so that my eardrums weren’t bleeding because afterall I need to have them to hear the music! Overall, a good experience and I’d like to see them again.



1. JC - October 6, 2007

I was at that show. You could not be more wrong it was the perfect show! I Heart the Fonda and all the fine herbs that were smoked there that night. I mean come on man, your at a psychedelic/noise show. AND THE SOUND LEVELS WERE FINE!!!  They sounded like liquid orgasm. Next time bring ear plugs (they work great at concerts). I really like your pics however.

2. juliarothblatt - October 24, 2007

i was at that show too

3. juliarothblatt - October 24, 2007

and it was great!

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