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Chocolate Bobka and Pitchfork.tv catch betrothed indie-poppers Tennis performing their song “Marathon” off the eponymous 7″ from Underwater Peoples.


ORANGE JUICE Box Set Coming In November

Pitchfork has the scoop that an Orange Juice box set titled Coals To Newcastle, will come out November 9 in the US. Domino, the fine folks who bring you Animal Collective, will be releasing it.

I for one can’t wait. These Scottish post-punks are some of my favorites. For those of you not in the know, Orange Juice were a late-70s/early-80s New Pop outfit who would eventually give Simon Reynolds the title for his post-punk treatise and would be a fake influence on Franz Ferdinand (the story is that while they are clearly just a Strokes-inspired indie-dance band, they’re PR people decided that it was hipper to say Orange Juice inspired the band. Really, the only similarities are they’re both from Scotland).

Check out the tracklist and album art here.

Avey Tare to Release Solo Album About Crocodiles

Pitchfork has the scoop that Avey Tare of Animal Collective (and Avey Tare & Kria Brekkin and Terrestrial Tones) will be releasing his first solo album, Down There on October 26. This means it’ll be dropping just a month after Panda Bear’s fourth solo album, Tomboy. He says that crocodiles, one of his favorite animals, inspired much of the album, and you can see that in the above album art. Check the link for an awesome promo pic and the tracklist. I am super excited about this and can’t wait to hear what it sounds like. Stay tuned for more details.

Fall Be Kind: New Animal Collective EP Coming This Month

Remember when Animal Collective said they weren’t going to be releasing an EP of b-sides (like they’ve done for the past few albums) from Merriweather Post Pavillion? Well, thank god they’re liars. Before the year ends they’ll be putting out a 5-song b-sides EP called Fall Be Kind. The digital release comes out Nov. 23 and a physical version will be out on Dec. 14.


Yeah, that’s the album art. And here’s some words from Avey Tare about how it contrasts with the spring/summer vibe of MPP:

Pitchfork: You said this EP’s got more of an autumn feel to it. How would you say it’s different from the Merriweather stuff?

Dave Portner (Avey): The vibe is a little bit darker, I’d say– not in terms of the sound, maybe. Well, the melodies are definitely darker. It’s not abrasive dark or anything, but I think the mood of it has just a little bit more of a nighttime, kind of dark, sad vibe, even though I think “What Would I Want? Sky” is a little bit more positive or upbeat. That’s the only one. And then “I Think I Can” is very rhythmic, too. A lot of it’s not so rhythmic, or at least not as much as Merriweather is. It’s a little bit more washy and kind of orchestral.

You’ll wanna check out the full interview here as it’s chocked full of info on their upcoming releases and many more juicy bits (including their movie!).

All four tracks have made their rounds live, but the second one has got me the most excited to here a studio version of. It’s called “What Would I Want Sky” and the titular sample is legally licensed from the Grateful Dead song “Unbroken Chain.” And Phil Lesh actually loves the song! Here’s a version of “WWIWS” from AC’s Jan. 25, 2009 session at BBC’s Freak Zone:

You can download the audio here.

The first track will be “Graze” which has been performed live for years as “Grace” (or at least people thought it was spelled that way). Here’s the version Ali and I heard this summer:

The final tracks are called “Bleed,” “On A Highway,” and “I Think I Can.” The two former have been performed lived and of the two latter Avey said the band felt neither would fit on MPP. Hopefully that’s a good thing. I’m sure we’ll all be eagerly awaiting the upcoming release of Fall Be Kind, unless you’re this douche.

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