A Zoological Garden

Clockwise from top left: Dave Portner, Brian Weitz, Josh Dibb, Noah Lennox
photo: Taka Imamur/Fat Cat Records

Panda Bear
(Soccer Star, 1999)

Avey Tare and Panda Bear
Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished (Animal, 2000);
Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Geologist
Danse Manatee (Catsup Plate, 2001).
Collected on double discs (Fat Cat, 2003): Reconcile yourself with the speaker-slicing, high-pitch shrieks and drones—beautiful themselves—and Spirit's ample, easy charms emerge: shades of jazz, the Beach Boys, and pixie glitter. Danse births the beats and a giddy lawlessness, sounding like ear probes aboard the mothership.

Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Geologist
(St. Ives, 2002)

Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Deakin
Campfire Songs
(Catsup Plate, 2003): a stripped and dosed folk artifact recorded on a Maryland porch, where it probably sounded better

Animal Collective
Here Comes the Indian
(Paw Tracks, 2003): wild like war games after dark, and about as easy to parse as smoke signals in a wildfire

Avey Tare
Crumbling Land
split 12-inch with David Grubbs (Fat Cat, 2003)

Animal Collective
Sung Tongs
(Fat Cat, 2004), featuring Avey Tare and Panda Bear: last year's most genuine, moving, and inventive music, where world citizens consecrate friendship with their voices, hands, and whatever else works

Animal Collective
split 12-inch with Black Dice (Paw Tracks, 2004)

Panda Bear
Young Prayer
(Paw Tracks, 2004): Noah's mostly voice-and-guitar memorial to his late father. Stark but not harrowing, these untitled songs are as fleeting as memories.

Animal Collective featuring Vashti Bunyan
Prospect Hummer
(Fat Cat EP, 2005): Bunyan, obscure '60s British folkie and '00s indie-geek icon, contributes courtly, fragile vocals, claiming these Sung Tongs outtakes as her own.

Animal Collective
(Fat Cat, 2005)


Avey Tare and Panda Bear
"Forest Children Risen,"
Northeast Noise Core
(Contact, 2001)

Animal Collective
"In the City That Reads" with Arto Lindsay,
(Righteous Babe, 2002)

Animal Collective
"The Kite,"
They Keep Me Smiling
(UUAR, 2004)

Panda Bear,
"Search for Delicious,"
Comes With a Smile
magazine comp (2005)

Avey Tare
"Judy Biworker,"
Esopus magazine comp (2005)

Geologist and Deakin
"Seeing Twinkles,"
Music for Plants
(Plant, 2005)


(featuring Panda Bear and Scott Mou)
Coconuts CDR (2002)
Paradise CDR (2003)
Berserker (Paw Tracks, 2004)

Terrestrial Tones
(featuring Avey Tare and Eric Copeland)
"Experimental Farm," Space Is No Place comp (Psych-O-Path, 2004)
"Facemask," They Keep Me Smiling (UUAR, 2004)
Blasted (Psych-O-Path, 2004)
Oboroed/Circus Lives (UUAR, 2005)

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