Young, Animal America
He may only be two columns in, but we're very taken with Sound Generator's newest columnist Matt Liebowitz, who covers the general "America" indie and pop scene for the British online rag. He caught our eye this week with a couple gems -- the mention of "Livin' on a Prayer" and his discussion of Animal Collective. He started listing some of his favorite tunes of all time (c'mon, Matt, 'tween this and your first column, where's the ladies [besides Britney]?) and then relayed how he stole his friend's brother's Bon Jovi tape.
Anyway, Liebowitz discussed "For Reverend Green," which just so happens to be our personal favorite AC track. We heard it first hand last week when the experimental trio overtook Webster Hall in New York, with Vampire Weekend opening. We had already heard rumors that Animal Collective, erm, collectively sucked the night before, so we went in prepared for aural battle.
But no suckage was to be heard. Watching Animal Collective was like viewing children at play when they don't know they're being watched. Almost bewitching, primal noises and repetitive rhythms, off-the cuff melodies and a very free sense of song structure... stuff started and stopped seemingly when they felt like it. People were freaking out dancing, like watching toddlers shake it to "Space Jam."
Perched on the ledge upstairs, we were in fine company as Bjork sat to our right (she was wearing giant sunglasses and a crazy beaded shirt or tunic) and David Byrne to our left. The former Talking Heads frontman wrote up his take of the show on his own blog.