centipede hz

New Animal Collective album on NPR

NPR is streaming the new Animal Collective album this week ahead of its official release next week.

At times, Centipede Hz seems almost deliberately alienating, as if Avey Tare, Panda Bear and their collaborators felt the need to tone down commercial and artistic expectations — say, back to a level someplace beneath “reinventing music as we know it.” But, more to the point, the album captures the sound of studio wizards who are once again ready to unleash some sweaty savagery on the live stage.

Must listen stuff. I’m probably going to buy the Deluxe vinyl of this bad boy…

lil smartmauf

What’s going on?

My roommate and I DJ’d a party in Oakland this Saturday night at our buddy Fiasco’s place, and it really came off well. I’m definitely newly inspired to put together a rad mix that gets a crowd rocking and moving. It’s a challenge to come off a certified banger and transition into something with a bit of a down-tempo feel, but there’s a way to make music flow at a party that brings people on the same journey that you feel when you listen to it…

More on this to come, I’m sure. In the meantime here’s a bunch of other stuff I’m paying attention to today:

George Michael returns to Arrested Development and the proof is on Twitter [Hypervocal]
This is exciting.

Animal Collective just put out a new single called “Today’s Supernatural.” Definitely a cool production…

Panda Bear – “Soft Serve Rip Curl” & “Principe Real” [Stereogum]
Looks like Panda Bear debuted two new tracks at the same time that “Today’s Supernatural” hit the internet…


NVO likes spaceships.

Here’s what the view is like in our new practice space when it’s empty. We’re really happy with Secret Studios in SF and we’ll probably stay a customer of theirs for a long time…

Beastie Boys – Sabotage (Kid Version)

I was deeply saddened when I learned that Adam ‘M.C.A.’ Yauch passed away from a battle with cancer, but in death there’s always some comfort and solace when you see how that person’s life affected other people. I’m sure that MCA would be proud to see people creating more art in direct tribute to the art he created. He was truly one of the greats and I’m very fortunate to be able to say I got to see them live a few times.

This video is making the rounds and it’s well worth a look.

Don’t go killin’ the vibe

Today is one of those good days where you wake up in SF to a bright and sunny day, warm and breezy, just the perfect type of day.

And this song reminds me of summer time and specifically California weather for some reason, so I figured I’d drop this Ducktails track (with Panda Bear) to start off my musical day. Lots of Animal Collective, Beach House and Panda Bear for me today… Continue reading