With the release date of Animal Collective’s new album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, still a few months off the new Panda Bear 7″ “remix” of Boneless serves as a good bridge to tide your ears over. If you haven’t heard it in its full yet you can download it here.
I’m always amazed by Noah Lennox’s ear and ability for finding just the right moment of a song that isn’t necessarily instantly infectious but ultimately proves addicting after he loops it through a few times. Furthermore, the sheer obscurity of some of the songs he samples from, combined with the fact that they’re nearly always lost gems of recordings always add to the overall greatness of his songs. Here’s a few of the albums that he has sampled from recently and in the past.
On the new track Boneless Panda Bear samples the gorgeous sunny opening riff to The Brazda Brother’s 1973 Canadian psych-folk self-titled debut album. Grab the entire (long out of print, and goes for 100’s) album here:
The second album by the Dovers is one of those lost gems from the 60’s that somewhat recently had a resurgence/re-relevance as artists such as Ariel Pink covered their songs and more recently were mentioned by Noah Lennox as being one of his 5 favorite songs. It’s easy to hear why The Dovers have been welling up from the underground for the past 2 decades on and off because after listening to their music it immediately becomes clear that what they were doing was largely turning much of the samey garage R&B pop their contemporaries were doing on its ear. If anything their music was slightly ahead of its time and plays similarly today. This is an extremely hard to track down album and also out of print so I’d grab it now… the password is “garagedovers”
The Dovers – We’re not just anybody 45 round up (Link fixed)
Finally there’s the album by the formative 60’s band The Tornadoes that Panda Bear lists as an influence in the liner notes to Person Pitch. He also samples two of their songs “The Popeye Twist” and “Red Roses and a Sky of Blue” on it. Another must have with lots of early electronic experiments that paved the way for many other artists.
they also produced one of the greatest music videos to ever grace these eyes: