Buried Treasures

Buried Treasures & Opinions on Animal Collective

Buried Treasures: Jim and Greg dig up another set of underground musical gems.

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2008 has come to a close, and the numbers are in. According to Nielsen SoundScan's end-of-year report, Taylor Swift was the top-selling artist of 2008. Lil Wayne and Coldplay also had good years, but overall album sales were down a whopping 14%. It's not all bad news for the music industry, however. While physical sales for complete albums continue to plummet, music sales overall are up; more than 1 billion digital tracks were sold. And, profits from concert sales are up 8%. This figure is the result of fewer tickets being sold for more money, and Jim and Greg wonder if consumers will be able to keep up with rising ticket prices in this failing economy.

It looks like digital music sales will only continue to increase. Steve Jobs of Apple has made it even easier for music fans to purchase and download music from the iTunes store by removing all Digital Rights Management software from its files. But, accessibility comes at a price—$1.29 to be exact. Amazon and other online stores have been selling DRM-free files for almost a year, but iTunes was the last to hold out with the labels' demands. So if both Apple and the music industry are winners, where does that leave the consumer?

Pioneering punk guitarist Ron Asheton of the Stooges died this week at the age of 60. While he died at young age, Asheton lived long enough to experience a Stooges reunion and revived fan interest. He is best remembered through his music, in albums like Fun House. And you can listen to Asheton's 2006 interview with Jim and Greg during this Sound Opinions episode.

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Buried Treasures

Feeling guilty about holiday gluttony? Why not start 2009 fresh with a healthy New Year's resolution to find more undiscovered music? Jim and Greg are here to assist your efforts with these Buried Treasures:

reviewMerriweather Post PavilionMerriweather Post Pavilion available on iTunes

Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion

Has the first great album of 2009 come upon us? That's the question Jim and Greg answer in their review of Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective. This is the 9th album for the experimental indie rockers, and one that is inspired by the concert venue in Maryland. Their goal was to make an album worthy of such an outdoor arena, and both Jim and Greg think that Animal Collective was successful. Previously Jim has felt that they veer too much towards the jam band spectrum of things, but with Merriweather, he's won over by the fresh melodies and dense harmonies. Greg explains that the songwriting is much stronger on this album. He calls it an“ecstatic dance record,”one that is a perfect antidote for the gloom of winter. Both critics give Merriweather Post Pavilion a Buy It.

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Featured Songs

  1. Dead Kennedys, California über alles, Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death, Alternative Tentacles, 1987
  2. Taylor Swift, Love Story, Fearless, Big Machine, 2008
  3. The Velvet Underground, I'm Set Free, The Velvet Underground, MGM, 1969
  4. The Stooges, Dirt, Fun House, Elektra, 1970
  5. The Stooges, T.V. Eye, Fun House, Elektra, 1970
  6. DJ /rupture, Reef, Uproot, The Agriculture, 2008
  7. Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, Come on Over (Turn Me On), Sunday at Devil Dirt, V2, 2008
  8. Ponytail, Beg Waves, Ice Cream Spiritual!, We Are Free, 2008
  9. Springhouse, Passion, From Now to OK, Independent Project, 2008
  10. Fucked Up, Crooked Head, The Chemistry of Common Life, Matador, 2008
  11. Bon Iver, Re: Stacks, For Emma, Forever Ago, Jagjaguwar, 2008
  12. Blackstrap, Lay Down Low, Steal My Horses and Run, Tee Pee, 2008
  13. Women, Black Rice, Women, Flemish Eye, 2008
  14. Animal Collective, Also Frightened, Merriweather Post Pavillion, Domino, 2009
  15. Animal Collective, Summertime Clothes, Merriweather Post Pavillion, Domino, 2009
  16. Thunderheist, Sweet 16, Sweet 16, Big Dada, 2009
  17. The Drifters, Answer the Phone, I‘ll Take You Where the Music’s Playing, Rhino Atlantic, 1965
  18. Weezer, Heart Songs, Weezer (Red Album), DGC, Interscope, 2008
  19. Daft Punk, Teachers, Homework, Parlophone France, 1997

Footnotes

cmt.com Taylor Swift Top-Selling in 2008 nytimes.com Album Sales Fall in 2008 brighthand.com Apple Removes DRM popmatters.com Greg's Ron Asheton Obituary myanimalhome.net Animal Collective Website last.fm Listen to Merriweather Post Pavilion