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Animal Collective

Animal Collective at the Seaport Music Festival at The Seaport, New York City, on June 1, 2007
Background information
Origin Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Genres Experimental[1][2]
Psychedelic pop[3]
Indie rock[5]
Years active 2000 – present
Labels Animal
Catsup Plate
St. Ives
Paw Tracks
Fat Cat Records
Associated acts Panda Bear, Vashti Bunyan, Avey Tare & Kría Brekkan, Jane, Terrestrial Tones, Black Dice, Together
Website My Animal Home
David Portner (Avey Tare)
Noah Lennox (Panda Bear)
Brian Weitz (Geologist)
Josh Dibb (Deakin)

Animal Collective is a band originally from Baltimore, Maryland, currently based in New York City. Animal Collective consists of Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin, also spelled as Deacon or Deaken (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz). Records released under the name Animal Collective may include contributions from any or all of these members; the lineup is not uniform.[citation needed] The band members met in school and started recording together in various forms of collaboration from a young age.[citation needed] The group also runs the record label Paw Tracks on which they have released their own material as well as that of other artists.[citation needed]




Animal Collective grew out of childhood friendships in Baltimore County. Noah Lennox and Josh Dibb met in the second grade and became good friends. Lennox went away to Pennsylvania for high school, while Dibb attended The Park School of Baltimore along with David Portner and recent Philadelphia transplant Brian Weitz. According to Lennox, they attended "progressive" schools that emphasized creativity, imagination and artistic self-expression as part of "a complete kind of education"[6]. Weitz and Portner started playing music together when they were 15 because of their shared love of the band Pavement and horror movies. Their musical range included cover songs by Pavement and The Cure as well as the songs Poison by Bell Biv DeVoe and Seasons In The Sun by Terry Jacks.[7] When both met Dibb, they started an indie rock band called Automine with schoolmates Brendan Fowler (a.k.a. BARR) and David Shpritz. Around that time, they had their first experiences with psychedelic drugs like LSD and started to improvise while playing music. When Portner was 16, he wrote and performed the song "Penny Dreadfuls" with Automine, which later appeared on the first Animal Collective album Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished.

After being told that they sound like Syd Barret era Pink Floyd and early Grateful Dead and reading a review of a Climax Golden Twins record around 11th and 12th grade, they started to discover psychedelic and sound music like Noggin as well as Krautrock related bands like Silver Apples and Can. Meanwhile, Dibb had introduced Lennox to Portner and Weitz and the four of them played music in different combinations and often solo, producing lots of home recordings, swapping them and sharing ideas. Using a drum machine for the first time, Weitz and Portner started a duo called Wendy Darling, whose sound was inspired by soundtracks of horror movies like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Shining, especially György Ligeti and Krzysztof Penderecki.[6][7] Portner remembers:

We had never heard so-called experimental music at the time, we didn’t know that people made music with textures and pure sound. So we started doing that ourselves in high school, walls of drones with guitars and delay pedals and us screaming into mics.[6]

Step by step, their music came closer to the later sound of Animal Collective.

Lennox and Dibb both went off to college in the Boston area (Boston University and Brandeis University), while Portner and Weitz attended schools in New York City (NYU and Columbia University). Lennox and Dibb assembled Lennox's debut album, Panda Bear, during this time from the multitude of recordings Lennox had made in the previous years and established their own label, Soccer Star Records, to release it.

Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished

Abhorring the new life as a student at NYU, Portner, along with Weitz, returned to Maryland every summer to meet Lennox and Dibb and play music together. At that time Portner was also working on a record, which would eventually become Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished. Portner asked Lennox to play drums on the record and they recorded them along with piano and acoustic guitars in the summer of 1999. The rest of the year, Portner returned to Maryland on weekends to record overdubs and finish the mixing.[8] It was finally released in the following summer under the name Avey Tare and Panda Bear. Soccer Star morphed into the Animal label, with the intention of putting out music that came from the four musicians.

In parallel with his environmental policy and marine biology studies, Weitz hosted a noise show at WKCR, Columbia’s college radio station. On weekends, he and Portner borrowed avant-garde music records and listened to them all night at Weitz' dorm room which rapidly broadened their musical horizon.[6]

In the summer of 2000, the four friends spent several months at Portner's apartment in downtown New York City intensely playing music together using antiquated synthesizers, acoustic guitars, and household objects. According to Lennox, in this summer the basis for all later Animal Collective's music was created:

[...] everything since then has been a variation of what we explored that summer. Dave and I had already made the Spirit They’re Gone record, but during the summer we really cracked the egg open. It seemed like we could go anywhere we wanted after that.[6]

Sadly, all recordings of this period were stolen when Portner changed apartments and packed up the car the night before he moved.

While studying, Dave Portner organized shows at New York University for a while. As he had class together with Eric Copeland, he organized a show for his band Black Dice and eventually became friends with him. In 2000, Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished was finished, Lennox and Dibb left school in Boston and moved to New York and the group's music became much more collaborative in nature. After introducing Lennox to Copeland, Portner and Lennox played their first show together in New York at The Cooler with Dogg and Pony, The Rapture and Black Dice.[9] That was in late summer of 2000.

This was also the first time they wore makeup and masks, which later became a prominent characteristic of the group's live performances. From thereon, Portner wore a mask for the first two years of the group performing. Lennox wore a Panda hood on his head and later put face paint on; throughout the Europe tour in early 2004 he wore a white wig. Dibb performed masked during the Here Comes the Indian tour. On the Australia tour in November 2006 and inspired by Halloween, they wore masks for the last time.[10]
According to Portner, the reason for disguising was to "help us be more relaxed and find an easier place in that other world we wanted people to join us in."[11] They eventually stopped because they felt like it could become "too gimicky"[11] and distract from the music, although Weitz still sports a head lamp at live performances, as he did from the beginning.

Danse ManateeHere Comes the Indian

After Portner and Lennox had played clubs around New York in twos, Weitz came on board in the end of 2000 and began performing with them. Much of the live material from this time would eventually end up on Danse Manatee (Catsup Plate). Danse Manatee was released in 2001 under the name of Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist. This process of preparing material in the live setting and then recording and often retiring songs would become a hallmark of Animal Collective.

Notably, the close friendship with Black Dice has been a major influence throughout the group's career. In the summer of 2001, Black Dice took them as support on their first tour, which was captured on the 2002 live album Hollinndagain. It was released by St. Ives, a boutique label run by Secretly Canadian which releases limited edition vinyl only records. Limited to 300 copies, each of which featured a one-of-a-kind handmade cover, Hollinndagain is among the rarest of Animal Collective artifacts. It was re-released, both on CD and vinyl, on October 31, 2006 through the Paw Tracks label.

At this point, Dibb began to perform with the group. The next album to be released was Campfire Songs, again working with Catsup Plate in 2003. The Campfire Songs concept and some of the material dated back to the earliest Avey Tare and Panda Bear shows in New York. Recorded live in 2001 on a screened-in porch in Monkton, Maryland, the record is one take of five songs played straight through. Attempting to make a record as warm and inviting as a campfire, the band recorded their performance straight to minidisc, with one recorder outside to grab the ambient sound of the environment. Field recordings of the surrounding area were also added. The original album is out of print but Paw Tracks has announced a 2010 reissue.[12]

After this recording session they started to work on new material which was later released on Here Comes the Indian and they were faced with some serious problems within the group. In early 2002, they went on their first big tour which took them to the South of the US and turned out to be "pretty brutal [...]. "We all lost our minds on that tour", Portner recalls.[6] Right before their next tour in summer, Weitz got the message that he was accepted to his first choice graduate school in Arizona. After three chaotic days on the road with their tour van breaking down, equipment getting damaged bundled with a lack of money, the tour was about to be cancelled. "At that point we all knew we'd get back from tour, record the songs, and then we needed space from each other, and we still had more than 2 weeks left on the road", Weitz remembers on the Collected Animals Board[13]. When they arrived San Francisco, he eventually decided in favor of school and left the group for one year.

In 2002, Animal Collective also attained notoriety for their appearance on Arto Lindsay's album Invoke (Righteous Babe Records).

Worrying that Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin and Geologist would be too long-winded a moniker, and with record companies advising that a unifying name would be necessary for the marketplace, the group decided to adopt a catch-all name. Using their old label of Animal as inspiration they picked "Animal Collective". This formation was to be different from a straightforward band, giving the musicians the freedom to work in combinations of two to four, as dictated by the project at hand or their mood. Their first entry under this name was Here Comes the Indian, which was released in 2003 by their newly formed record label, Paw Tracks. Paw Tracks was formed with Todd Hyman from Carpark records. Animal Collective makes decisions on what Paw Tracks is to release, while Hyman runs the day-to-day operations. The group was happy to find someone like Hyman, who had experience running a label and was dedicated to the group's music; the Animal label was more or less abandoned upon the formation of Paw Tracks. Here Comes the Indian was the first record to feature all four of Animal Collective and its dense textures and energetic performances widened the exposure of the group significantly.

After the two releases in 2003 attracted much attention, Black Dice introduced the group to the Fat Cat Records label which eventually ended up with the group beginning a relationship with their new admirers. The first Fat Cat release from the Collective was a double disc package of Spirit and Danse Manatee, which were previously only available or well-known in and around New York.

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Sung TongsStrawberry Jam

After the dense soundscapes of Here Comes the Indian, Portner and Lennox decided to concentrate on more stripped-down material. Each of them began composing material and they performed as a duo usually with just acoustic guitars, a single drum, some effects and their voices. The duo toured the world for the better part of a year with this new material, opening for múm and Four Tet among others, before retreating to Lamar, Colorado to record the material with Rusty Santos, a New York musician and friend. The result was Sung Tongs, released on Fat Cat Records in 2004. Sung Tongs received a great deal of critical acclaim for its strong harmonies, exotic textures, hummable melodies and free-wheeling nature.

In the meantime, Brian Weitz returned from Arizona and he and Josh Dibb joined the duo again. All four started writing new songs together which finally ended up on their 2005 release Feels. Animal Collective, as the duo of Panda Bear & Deakin (a.k.a. Noah's Ark), toured in Japan for the first time in February 2004 with Carpark Records' artists Greg Davis & Ogurusu Norihide. In early 2004, they started touring with their regular setlists including exclusively post-Sung-Tongs material, except for "We Tigers" and "Kids on holiday", which have been performed regularly up to the present. During their Europe tour, the group was introduced to Vashti Bunyan in Edinburgh, Scotland by Kieran Hebden (AKA Four Tet), who had recently played in Bunyan's band. Being fans of the cult folk singer's 1970 album Just Another Diamond Day, the group had dinner with Bunyan and asked her to collaborate on some recordings. The group encouraged her to sing lead vocals on three songs left over from the Sung Tongs era, released on the Prospect Hummer EP in early 2005. Weitz, who had started a day job in early 2004, could not join this tour and therefore missed the recording session with Bunyan, but contributed one instrumental song to the EP[13]. The release in 2005 led to a Fat Cat Records signing for Vashti Bunyan, who finally wrote, recorded and released a second album, ending a thirty year hiatus.

In October 2005, Animal Collective released their highly anticipated sixth album. Again the work of all four members of the band, Feels was recorded in Seattle with Climax Golden Twins' Scott Colburn, known for his work with the Sun City Girls. Following the release of Feels, Animal Collective mounted their most extensive tour, which lasted into the Fall of 2006 and saw them visit Australia and New Zealand for the first time in addition to many European festivals and North American dates, including a headline set in the Carling Tent at the Reading and Leeds festival.

One of the group's hallmarks is to perform mostly new songs, sometimes up to two years before they are finally recorded. Accordingly, they debuted several new tracks during their 2005 and 2006 tours, then only known by their working titles: "Reverend Green", "Fireworks" (formerly "Allman Vibe" and also "Bottle Rocket"), "Chores", "#1", "Safer", "Peace Bone", "Cuckoo" and "Street Flash." Most of these appear on their 2007 album Strawberry Jam, some under slightly altered titles.

In the summer of 2006, Dibb's father passed away which led to a show breakup after only two songs at Rock Herk Festival on July 15.[14]

In the late fall of 2006, Animal Collective released People in Australia as a 7" on their Australian label Spunk Records, and worldwide as a 12" and CD EP in early 2007 on FatCat Records. It contains three studio songs "People", "Tiwkid", and "My Favorite Colors", as well as a live version of "People".

Animal Collective performing live on December 27, 2006

In January 2007, Domino Recording Company announced that they would be releasing the new, then still unnamed, Animal Collective album. During the recording process in early 2007 member Josh Dibb announced via the Collected Animals forum that he would take a break from touring caused by a "myriad of personal reasons"[15] until fall. Since then, he has not returned and Animal Collective from that time on has performed as a three-piece.
On July 4, 2007, Strawberry Jam was leaked online. The album was released in the U.S. on September 11, 2007 and received immediate praise, due in part to a strong focus on vocals.[citation needed] Songs such as "For Reverend Green" serve as a showcase for the dynamic vocal range of Avey Tare. Further, the album closer 'Derek' is similar to the sound found on Panda Bear's Person Pitch, which was released on March 20, 2007. A series of EPs and singles led up to that release, beginning with "I'm Not" b/w "Comfy in Nautica" on United Acoustic Recordings (UUAR), "Bro's", a 12" on Fat Cat, and, most recently, Carrots, a split with Excepter on Paw Tracks (all of these appeared on the album). The album received much acclaim, including Album of the Year from Pitchfork Media and Tiny Mix Tapes[16].

On April 27, 2007 Portner released an album under the Avey Tare moniker, Pullhair Rubeye, with his wife Kria Brekken, formerly of the Icelandic band múm. The album is noted for the tracks being reversed. It was received very poorly by both critics and fans. Several "fixed" versions have been home rendered playing the reversed tracks in reverse - i.e. forward.

Merriweather Post Pavilion

The band toured extensively throughout 2007, completing several American and European tours. Beginning in May 2007 the band debuted a brand new batch of post-Strawberry Jam live songs. These songs were written in an intense two-week session before the tour, months before the release of Strawberry Jam. On October 5, 2007, the band, in its full four-man line up (opposed to its three-man lineup performances in 2007 and 2008) made their national television debut on Late Night with Conan O'Brien performing the song "#1" in support of Strawberry Jam.

On March 12, 2008, Water Curses EP leaked and was released on May 5, 2008. On April 9, the song "Water Curses" was released by itself digitally.

Animal Collective performing live in Prague on October 14th, 2008

In early 2008[17] and still as a three piece, the collective entered the studio to record tracks for their eighth studio album. The album, entitled Merriweather Post Pavilion, was officially announced on the band's official website on October 5, 2008[18][19] and was released January 6, 2009.[20] The first single released from the album was My Girls. Even before the record was released, several music magazines like Fact Magazine (UK) started to refer to it as "The Best Album of 2009",[citation needed] while Uncut Magazine called it "one of the landmark american albums of the century so far"[1]. The band set to tour throughout Europe and US in 2009, notably being one of the headlining acts at September's ATP New York Festival, where Lennox also performed a solo set as Panda Bear.

Starting with the first tour dates in 2009 the band introduced a new song, "What Would I Want? Sky", to the audience. This song was also part of a BBC Session recording. The May 2009 tour saw the debut of "Bleed". These songs would later be put on their Fall Be Kind EP

On May 7, 2009 the band made their second television appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, performing the single Summertime Clothes from Merriweather Post Pavilion. The appearance included the regular three-man lineup indicative of their 2007-2009 tours, which excluded Josh Dibb. Four dancers draped in sheets also appeared on-stage behind the band, a first in their live performances. The dancers appeared in the Summertime Clothes music video, filmed by close friend Danny Perez. The video accompanied the release of the single on July 7, 2009, also featuring remixes by Zomby (Hyperdub), Dâm-Funk (Stones Throw), and L.D.

In an interview with Pitchfork Media, Portner announced the last single from the album would be Brother Sport which was released November 9 on vinyl with the live B-side "Bleeding". In addition to the two singles, a video for the song "In The Flowers" was posted on Animal Collective's web site in mid November. The video was directed by Abby Portner, Avey Tare's sister.[18] The release of the Fall Be Kind EP followed on December 8, which includes leftovers from Merriweather Post Pavilion "Graze" and "I Think I Can", as well as previously BBC-recorded "What Would I Want? Sky", which contains the first ever legal Grateful Dead Sample, and "On A Highway". Also included was the recently toured "Bleed".[21]

Merriweather Post Pavilion was voted by readers across Canada as the #2 experimental[22] and #7 electro album of 2009 in Exclaim! magazine.[23]

ODDSAC and touring hiatus

For the last four years, the band has been working on ODDSAC, a visual record, with Danny Perez, who directed music videos for the band's "Who Could Win a Rabbit?" and "Summertime Clothes" singles. The movie features visuals to accompany their music. Panda Bear stated they would like to "create a movie that would have visuals similar to what somebody would see if they closed their eyes while listening to Animal Collective's music". Weitz further added that "it's the most experimental stuff we've ever done." According to Portner, "Maybe here and there, in our minds, there's some weird narratives going on. The whole thing cohesively doesn't have one narrative; it's more of a visual or psychedelic thing. There are parts that are almost completely abstract, and there are parts that are little bit more live-action."

The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival on January 26.[24] ODDSAC will be screened in theaters in North America and Europe in spring 2010, followed by a DVD release in June.[25]

In January of 2010 LAS Magazine posted an article alternative music financing that points out Deakin's initiative to have fans pay for a trip to perform at Africa's Festival in the Desert.[26]

Aside from touring New Zealand and Australia in December, the band has planned on taking a break from their two years of touring to focus more on creating and writing music.[21] On November 13, Panda Bear announced a small European tour of his solo material in early 2010.[27]

On the 4th of March 2010, Avey Tare, Deakin and Geologist collaborated once again with Danny Perez in the audio-visual performance piece Transverse Temporal Gyrus at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, celebrating its 50th anniversary.[28]


  • Avey Tare (David Portner; vocals, guitar, samples, keys, percussion) – Name comes from "tearing" apart the name David, hence Avey Tare. It is not related to the word "avatar".[29]
  • Deakin (Josh Dibb; guitar, vocals) – Name comes from letters he used to write to other members under the name Conrad Deacon. He has used different spellings of the name on different albums: "Deaken" on Here Comes the Indian, "Deakin" on Feels and "Deacon" on Strawberry Jam and the single "Grass". He has been absent from tours since early 2007, but he recently played a solo show in Baltimore and plans to tour with Panda Bear during his tour
  • Geologist (Brian Weitz; electronics, samples, vocals) – Name comes from the headlamp he wears in order to see the electronics during live shows.[30] Someone mistakenly assumed Brian studied geology in college; however, he studied marine biology.[31]
  • Panda Bear (Noah Lennox; vocals, percussion, samples, guitar) – Name comes from the panda he drew on the first set of songs he ever wrote.[32]


Studio Albums


Visual Albums

Live Albums





  • "Forest Children Risen" on the Japan-only sampler "U.S. Poplife Vol. 13: Northeast Newcore, Parallel Universe of Exterior and Interior" (January 2001, Contact Records), under the name Avey Tare and Panda Bear
  • "In The City That Reads" on Arto Lindsay's album "Invoke" (June 25, 2002, Righteous Babe Records), credited as Avey Tare, Deaken, Geologist, Panda Bear
  • "The Kite" on the sampler "They Keep Me Smiling" (July 20, 2004, UUnited Acoustic Recordings), under the name Animal Collective
  • "Seeing Twinkles" on the sampler "Music for Plants" (June 2005, PerfectIfOn), under the name Deaken and Geologist
  • one untitled track on Visionaire #53 - Sound (December 1, 2007, Visionaire Publishing, LLC)


Solo and Related

Panda Bear:

Terrestrial Tones (Avey Tare and Eric Copeland of Black Dice):

  • Blasted (2005, Psych-o-Path Records)
  • Oboroed/Circus Lives (2005, UUnited Acoustic Recordings)
  • Dead Drunk (2006, Paw Tracks)

Jane (Panda Bear and Scott Mou):

Avey Tare:

Avey Tare & Kría Brekkan:


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  6. ^ a b c d e f MOTHER NATURE'S SONS: Animal Collective and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti by Simon Reynolds, The Wire, 2005
  7. ^ a b Collected Animals Post by Dave Portner under the user name "wheeter", December 5th, 2006
  8. ^ Collected Animals Post by Dave Portner under the user name "wheeter", August 10th, 2006
  9. ^ Interview with Panda Bear, The Milk Factory, April 2005
  10. ^ Collected Animals Post by Deakin, January 9th, 2008
  11. ^ a b Collected Animals Post by Dave Portner under the user name "wheeter", January 9th, 2008
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  13. ^ a b Collected Animals Post by Brian Weitz under the user name "veyesor", May 12, 2006
  14. ^ Collected Animals, July 15th, 2006
  15. ^ Collected Animals Post by Josh Dibb under the user name "deakin", January 30th, 2007
  16. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes ~ Staff Features Tiny Mix Tapes Favorite Albums of 2007
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  21. ^ a b Pitchfork Media: News "Animal Collective's Avey Tare Reveals All About New EP, Film, Tour Hiatus", October 9th, 2009
  22. ^ Top Avant-Garde/Experimental albums in Exclaim! 2009 readers poll
  23. ^ Top Electronic albums in Exclaim! 2009 readers poll
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  25. ^
  26. ^ LAS Kickstart My Art article
  27. ^ Pitchfork Media ~ News "Panda Bear Announces Solo Tour", November 13th, 2009
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  30. ^ Explained on WNYC's "Spinning On Air," July 30, 2004, second hour.
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  32. ^ Interview, The Milk Factory, March 2005.
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From Wikiquote

Animal Collective is an American experimental rock band from Baltimore, Maryland made up of (on most recordings): Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist and Deakin.


Officially Released


  • And when your newest kisser is peeking

You dress yourself up tonight
Get all tangled up in arms and legs, it’s cramped up and
Someone grabs a hold, do you go oh oh oh!?
Should you go home?
Theres something starting, don’t know why

    • "Did You See The Words"
  • Would you like to see me often

Though you dont need to see me often
‘Cause I’d like to see you often
Though I don’t need to see you often

  • Sometimes I’m naked and thank god sometimes you’re naked. Well, hello
  • Can I tell you that you are the purple in me?

Can I call you just to hear you would you care?

Strawberry Jam

  • And an obsession with the past is like a dead fly

And just a few things are related to the “old times”
Then we did believe in magic and we did die
It’s not my words that you should follow, it’s your insides
You’re just an inside. Adjust your insides. You’re just an inside.

Merriweather Post Pavillion

  • Isn't much that I feel I need

a solid soul and the blood I bleed
With a little girl, and by my spouse
I only want a proper house

  • I don't mean

To seem like I care about material things,
Like our social status,
I just want
Four walls and adobe slabs
For my girls

  • Sweet summer night and I'm stripped to my sheets

Forehead is leaking, my AC squeaks and
A voice from the clock says, "You're not gonna get tired"
My bed is a pool and the walls are on fire

  • You've got to weigh all he said

He helped you shape the way you play
You've got to get rid of the mourning
Sort out the habits of your mind


Simple English

Animal Collective is a band originally from Baltimore, Maryland, but are now based in New York City. Animal Collective consists of Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin, also spelled as Deacon or Deaken (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz).



  • Avey Tare (David Portner; vocals, guitar, samples, keyboard instruments, percussion) – Name comes from "tearing" apart the name David to make Avey Tare. [1]
  • Deakin (Josh Dibb; synthesizer, guitar, vocals) – Name comes from letters he used to write to other members under the name Conrad Deacon. He has used different spellings of the name on different albums: Having been absent from the band's tours since early 2007, he began a solo tour in 2010 (using the spelling "Deakin" at the request of fellow Baltimorean musician Dan Deacon, in order to avoid confusion.)[2]
  • Geologist (Brian Weitz; electronics, samples, vocals) – Name comes from the headlamp he wears in order to see the electronics during live shows.[3] Someone mistakenly thought Brian studied geology in college; however, he studied marine biology.[1]
  • Panda Bear (Noah Lennox; vocals, percussion, samples, guitar) – Name comes from the panda he drew on the first set of songs he ever wrote.[4]

Studio Albums

  • Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished (August 2000)
  • Danse Manatee (July 2001)
  • Campfire Songs (album)|Campfire Songs (March, 2003)
  • Here Comes the Indian (June 17, 2003)
  • Sung Tongs (May 3, 2004)
  • Feels (October 18, 2005)
  • Strawberry Jam (September 10, 2007)
  • Merriweather Post Pavilion (January 20, 2009)


  • Prospect Hummer (May 24, 2005)
  • People (October 23, 2006)
  • Water Curses (May 6, 2008)
  • Fall Be Kind (November 23, 2009)

Visual Albums

  • ODDSAC (January 2010)

Live Albums

  • Hollinndagain (2002)
  • Animal Crack Box (May 11, 2009)


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  2. [1], Bmore Musically Informed, May 2010.
  3. Explained on WNYC's "Spinning On Air," July 30, 2004, second hour.
  4. Interview, The Milk Factory, March 2005.

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