The Beach Boys cover Panda Bear

Posted by Jason Diamond Kidding.  The title should have actually been “Panda Bear and Animal Collective get their entire career game plan from a 1967 Beach Boys B-Side.” [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mhz7RA7NTPo&w=420&h=315]

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Music Notes: Open Letter to Rick Moody (as a Music Writer), Frankie Rose & the Outs, Guilty Pleasures, and More

1.  Dear Rick Moody, Hi.  I like you a lot.  I like your writing — no, scratch that– I really love your writing.  I think you’re tops, and I’d like to say mazel tov on your forthcoming book, The Four Fingers of Death. I need to let you know (not that you care) that I’ve already read one really long book (Witz by Joshua Cohen), and I’m starting another (The Instructions by Adam Levin).  Those books are really fricken long […]

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Music Notes: James Blackshaw, Effi Briest and Panda Bear

James Blackshaw’s All is Failing I get so much pleasure out of listening to new James Blackshaw releases and watching Blackshaw grow with each passing release. After listening to his last album, The Glass Bead Game, I admit that I found myself worrying that his experiments in post-Fahey chamber music would be his undoing.  But after several repeated listens, I still find myself wondering how Blackshaw does what he does.  He is a guitar virtuoso without much competition who seems […]

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Bites: Obama at the vineyard, Leni Zumas, Atlas Sound does Fleetwood Mac, and more

Tut tut bitches! Obama goes to Martha’s Vineyard! Leni Zumas tells The Rumpus about the last good book she read. Leni Zumas rules. Atlas Sound covering Fleetwood Mac maybe the biggest thing since Atlas Sound teamed up with Panda Bear. Three Guys One Book talk a little Updike. I like 3G1B (can I do that, or does it look like a code for the cousin of Swine Flu?), and I love Updike. I’ve never read Nicholas Mosely, but HTMLGIANT makes […]

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Bites: The homosexual undertones of Harry Potter, Atlas Sound and Panda Bear destroy indie, Salman Rushdie and Thomas Pynchon eating dinner together

Gawker on “The Homosexual Undertones of Harry Potter“. Worth it just for the picture, and the line “Alan Rickman looks like a New Wave lesbian in a cape.” There should be a law against Atlas Sound and Panda Bear (of Animal Collective) colaborating on this song, it’s really not fair to everybody else (except maybe Woods). The new Atlas Sound album, Logos, in October on Kranky. On the flipside of that, not so sure how I feel about Death Cab […]

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