Two of my lovers, Animal Collective and Ratatat have some new material buzzing happily around the music world.
Here are some highlights, accompanied by the magnificent work of Kahn & Selesnick from the Greenman series ( you MUST check them out. I really mean it this time).
A lot of really lame people have whinged that the new Animal Collective EP Water Curses is too much of a regression to be credible, and doesn't capture the innovation of Strawberry Jam and blah blahdy blah. To them I say, "balderdash!". This track is delicious. It represents everything I love about Animal Collective, and everything they were prior to the rather overated and mildly irritating Strawberry Jam. Pure joy.
Animal Collective - Water Curses
And, because you've all been so good, an extra special rarity:
Animal Collective - Little Girl (I Don't Need) (Live)
Ratatat are so fuckin' cool. Really, I can't find worlds cool enough to do them justice. The world 'cool' surely doesn't do it. Maybe 'boss'. I've heard that thrown around in hipster circles a bit lately. Anyway, whatever the new word for cool is, Ratatat embody it better than any other band out there right now. This is off their upcoming release LP3.
Ratatat - Shiller
All time fave:
Ratatat - Wildcat