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Animal Collective – Another White Singer

Sometimes it’s hard to remember when Animal Collective were experimental, and this Residents=like track from their second album, 2001’s ‘Danse Manatee’ is a strong reminder. It’s recommended that one checks out the rest of the album if this tickles your fancy, as the band throw up shapes resembling everything from primitive Techno, through This Heat, to their friends and fellow travellers Black Dice. This was back when they felt as vital as the rest of the Brooklyn noughties scene.

Liars – Drum And The Uncomfortable Can

Another number from this New York bands classic 2005 album ‘Drums Not Dead’. There were many comparisons to This Heat when this album came out, which was understandable (especially when keeping the Uk bands ‘Deceit’ album in mind). However, this isn’t a cheap rip-off, and this fiery avant-rock album (very well represented by this track) picks up the baton handed to them by countless legends from the past, such as Faust, Beefheart, Can, The Residents et al. Enjoy.

Liars – Let’s Not Wrestle Mt. Heart Attack

Gnarly 00’s Avant-Rock from New York’s Liars. This is from their 2005 masterpiece ‘Drum’s Not Dead’; an album that is up there with Black Dice’s ‘Beaches & Canyons’ as an example of noughties outré Rock music at its finest.

 

Black Dice – Miles Of Smiles

Field recordings meet the Dice’s noise boxes from this 2004 EP on Fat Cat records. This was back in the day when one didn’t quite know what to expect from Black Dice; apart from the fact that the music would be heavy duty lysergic sonics. Distorted marching bands and crickets abound on this 13 minute piece. See also the other track from the EP titled ‘Trip Dude Delay’, found elsewhere on The Sentinel.

Liars – They Don’t Want Your Corn, They Want Your Kids

After the Nu-No-Wave Punk-Funk of 2001’s ‘They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top’, Liars came back with a(kind of) concept album about the Witch trails in the Harz mountains of Northern Germany titled ‘They Were Wrong, So We Drowned’ (2004). For this, the band got murkier and Witchier; taking the music into gloomier Avant-Rock and Psych realms. However, with this track the Punk-Funk of yesteryear is still on display, with the band sounding like a ramshackle, nastier LCD Soundsystem. The album wasn’t as well received as the previous effort, and sold poorly, which is a shame as it’s a great entry into the 00’s New York Avant-Rock explosion. The following album, 2005’s ‘Drums Not Dead’ was a much more successful album, and still their best.

Black Dice – Wastered (Side B)

Wastered was a split EP between Animal Collective and Black Dice. The Dice side is as monged out as one would expect from the band circa 2004. They were really making peak LSD moment music around this time; all Day-Glo terror and retardation.

Black Dice – Skeleton

New York’s Black Dice’s ‘Creature Comforts’ album from 2004 was the transition between the epic Avant-Rock of ‘Beaches & Canyons’ (2003), and the dayglo, whacked out Electro of ‘Broken Ear record’ (2005); an album that was out there in the lysergic netherworld, and placed the outfit among acts like Nurse With Wound and Irr.App.(Ext.). The track Skeleton has more structure than the majority of the album, but is still wayward, and takes the listener out deep into the magic mushroom laden woods with no map for the return journey. Queasy and spandangled psychedelia from the Noughties.

Double Leopards – The Secret Correspondence Part 1

Enveloping stuff from Brooklyn’s Double Leopards. This is from one of the greatest drone albums ever produced, 2003’s ‘Halve Maen’. Dive in.

Liars – Hold You, Drum

Incredible track from their stunning 2006 album ‘Drum’s Not Dead’. Hints of This Heat, Krautrock, and The Magic band weave in and out of this mesmeric and hypnotic track.

Black Dice – Trip Dude Delay

Expansive and nutted, this is Black Dice at their beatless best from their 2004 EP ‘Miles Of Smiles’. Drones give way to noise, noise gives way to stuttering percussion, and so on.

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