Jan 14th, 2009 // 56 Comments

“We need them to be ‘considered good/relevant’ so that we can be ‘considered good/relevant.’ Now that they have ‘made it’, webzines/blogs/pitchforks can pat themselves on the back because this is our child. We raised them. We pulled them from the womb of the obscurity, raised them, fed them, nourished them, created them, loved them, used them, experienced them, grown with them, and now they have grown to have an alledged impact on modern society.” Hipster Runoff discusses how the praised-to-the-skies psych outfit Animal Collective “is a band created by/for/on the Internet,” and it’s probably one of the better deconstructions of that band’s hothouse popularity that I’ve read yet. [Hipster Runoff]

  1. Tauwan



    Sorry I just wanted to type another slash. That is all.

  2. Maura Johnston

    @Lax Danja House: Ha, I got that too. It prompted many a skjdf;lkasjflk;sadfjsal;df1!!@!#!@ from me.

  3. fabulousrobots

    @Maura Johnston: Oh yes! I really hope people replace the AC talk with some conversations about the new records by Andrew Bird (wonderful!), Loney Dear, Neko Case and M. Ward, amongst others I haven’t heard yet but should.

    I like Animal Collective. I think “Purple Bottle” is one of the catchiest, most romantic songs ever, and I played it for Mr. Robots on our first date three years ago. I just like them. I do.
    It’s just one band. There are way shittier bands that are way more popular that no one talks about as much! But, I understand this stuff goes in cycles on the blogs, from Black Kids to Vampire Weekend to Animal Collective.

    I agree with @Tauwan: I would much rather talk about things I like than things I do not. The rush of feelings I get from hearing I song I love is magical and I want to share that with other people! Silly, but true.

  4. sparkletone

    I don’t have anything useful to contribute to the discussion of the album and the hype surrounding it… I’ve found each Animal Collective album less grating than the one before it, but have yet to be very engaged. Though the one time I did see them live on a whim was pretty great (though I got the impression they could be very hit and miss in person).

    But I must say it’s bewildering to see a Hipster Runoff post taken even half seriously. While there are sometimes barbs in the site’s satire, … this is also a site that regularly posts about the search for the “perfect alt breasts.”

    I’m conflicted! Of course, one thing I like about the site is that I can never quite tell where the jokes stop and where they start.

    That last being why I get worried when Carles starts talking about snorting coke off his iPhone.

  5. TheRunningboard7

    @westartedthis: I guess when I’m hearing praise of this magnitude from individuals and reviewers, I think it would have to really do something amazing to the point where people who don’t like the genre (or even the album) stop and say ‘this has changed something about the way I think about music’. See, Calculating Infinity by DEP or Youth Novels by Lykke Li were great albums… but I don’t know if they made a whole lot of people say “I now respect that mathcore business, even if I’m sure you just made that word up” or “Maybe not all pop music is bad”, respectively. However, OK Computer, or Colors by Between the Buried and Me: I guess I saw those albums change the way people think. I’m not saying Animal Collective has been done before (because, again, ‘Buffalo Stance’), but if you don’t like moderately proggish indie rock and if you don’t have a tolerance for intentional poor recording quality, I’m not sure Animal Collective is going to get people opening up or intellectually mutating en masse.

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