CONTEST HAS ENDED!
Thanks to everyone that entered, a winner has been chosen and contacted. We always get a ton of views on the contests, but only a very small percentage of those become entrants. It can raise the question of if we’re constantly hosting these things in the worst possible way, but I love how one entry will prompt the next entrant to try even harder and that we always have a handful of very different, but well thought out entries every time. So… thanks again. I’m also away that by combining 2 shows, it makes it difficult for those who wouldn’t have been able to attend both, but wanted to see one or the other. We wanted to make one person really excited this time and give them something to do for 2 months in a row.
As we state every time, the winner was chosen somewhat arbitrarily based simply on what we liked. While I really enjoy how people step out of the box with these and that will often put you in good favor, this time around, I think that we just really wanted to see a real death match. Only one entry really provided that for us; so, after careful deliberation, the entry by DRH ultimately won this time around. This time we were hungry for blood. We just wanted to see some blood.
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Before I get started with this, I can’t overlook the fact that the Grizzly Bear promo shot on the left looks like some kind of summer fun shampoo commercial or something. I swear it’s an image of a band called “Grizzly Bear,” it’s not The Plain White T’s. Man, it really is a terrible looking set of fashion boy beach photos, but we’ll have to get past that if we intend on getting anywhere in this post. Really quick though, and completely off the subject, but did that band The Plain White T’s intend for their name to so aptly resemble “the plain whiteys“? And how about the Black Keys (the blackies)? Also, is the White Stripes a reference to face drugs? Further also, why is only one of the guys in Animal Collective named after an animal?
Getting back on track here… both Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear will be coming to Seattle to perform at the Paramount Theatre. They will not be performing together, however; each band has a separate show on a separate date in a separate month. But the reason that we’ve decided to do a joint post about them and, even more specifically, a joint contest involving both of them, is because they seem to be somewhat linked together over the last few years. Each of their last albums gained hype around generally the same time, with Animal Collective‘s Merriweather Post Pavillion released in January of 2009 with an early buzz surrounding it and Grizzly Bear eventually making a public apology for posting one of it’s leaked tracks onto their own blog ahead of time. The latter’s Veckatimest followed in May. Each of the 4-pieces‘ brand new albums are both being released this month as well, with AnCo‘s Centipede Hz officially hitting shelves today and Shields by Grizzly Bear–which also happened to leak today-– set for a September 18th release date, the same day that Animal Collective plays here in Seattle. They are also both strongly connected to that New York experimental scene, even though Animal Collective originally hails from Baltimore. Then, of course, they both have gained incredibly strong followings and fanbases, which they often share and, last but not lease, have also brought them each a sufficient number of haters.
Our friends at the consistently impressive Seattle Theatre Group have offered us a pair of tickets to the Animal Collective show on September 18th as well as another pair for the Grizzly Bear show on October 5th. We’re not doing 2 giveaways, however, or even picking 2 winners. 1 person is going to get all 4 tickets (2 for each show). It’s all or nothing folks. But first, here’s…
A LITTLE MORE BACKGROUND
Grizzly Bear really seemed to gain prominence with their 2006 sophomore album, Yellow House, which eventually led to them opening for Radiohead in 2008 and creating even more anticipation for their follow up in 2009. When Veckatimest finally dropped, it played further on the bands penchant for layered vocals and harmonies, containing a sound that member, Chris Bear has even credited as being more “accessible” than their previous work.
Animal Collective began much more distorted, abstract, and noise based. While they do also incorporate vocal layers and Beach Boys-esque harmonies, their sound was birthed on layered textures, unorthodox sounds, static, feedback, and the incorporation of electronics. Each member has so much involvement in the direction of the group, while working on their own solo material, that an “Animal Collective” release is considered any project that involves 2 or more of the 4 total members. Before that, they would simply label the releases with the name of each individual separately, as with the first AnCo album, Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished (2000), which was originally credited to “Avey Tare and Panda Bear.” Out of that NY scene, which included such acts and cohorts as Black Dice and Gang Gang Dance, Animal Collective slowly migrated towards working with a more streamlined and melodic sound than many of the others. Whether you considered them to be putting out more “accessible” material or otherwise, they definitely became accepted by a much broader audience.
Once Pitchfork starts giving you album of the year honors, it’s pretty much curtains for your underground status and a lot of original fans turned away from Animal Collective, based in part on their new directions and, I believe, even more so, due to their being embraced by more mainstream culture. I feel that’s a big mistake that the majority of us have been guilty of with something at one time or another, but that fear of how we view ourselves and how what media we endorse reflects that image of ourselves, is murky territory. Animal Collective have done a lot to affect and contribute to music and culture since their inception, such as helping to revive the career of 60‘s cult folk musician Vashti Bunyan after a 3-decade absence and using their label, Paw Tracks to help launch the career of Ariel Pink, as well as to put out music by relentlessly experimental groups like Black Dice and Excepter. This, of course, is a double-edged sword, with Pink being labeled as a pioneer of Chill Wave music and endless groups imitating the Animal Collective sound these days, but I believe the fact that they even have a sound to imitate says a lot about who they really are as a unit. These guys collaborated with Arto Lindsay after all, and just because they might not have continued in directions quite as avant garde as some may have anticipated or hoped for, it doesn’t mean that their primary focus isn’t still on music, first and foremost, or that they still aren’t fascinated with exploring its capabilities. Even though they may hold a sufficient amount of responsibility in regards to spawning a lot of painfully terrible aspects of our present culture, bands and otherwise, I think it’s a mistake to discount them for what they have provided to it. It’s like ragging on the Beatles because Ringo put out a bunch of wack shit later on and thousands upon thousands of their imitators are so fucking terrible.
I may be completely off on my assessments and/or reference points, but it seemed like Grizzly Bear came along at the right time for them, during an era where their sound would be more easily accepted. Either you were down or you weren’t, but they didn’t have such a crazy foundation that would mark them as betrayers of their past. Still, somewhere along the lines, it seems as though much of their fanbase has indeed cross-polinated and aligned with that of Animal Collective. So… here’s where we give one of you jokers an opportunity to catch them both. Have a friend that thinks one of the groups is better than the other and your opinion is the exact opposite? Why not take them and you guys can take the Pepsi challenge with this shit?
THE CONTEST / GIVEAWAY:
*One winner will receive a pair of tickets to see each of the following shows
Friday, October 5, 2012
Both shows will be held at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle
HOW TO ENTER:
This contest is being titled “Grizzly Bear VS Panda Bear” and will focus around all of the animal references. Alright, there really only seem to be bear references (Grizzly Bear, Panda Bear, Chris Bear..), but it’s still going to be more generally animal based.
Your task as the entrant is to provide a fight to the death scenario between two (or more, if you wish) different animals. Which beasts are battling? Which one wins/survives? Which dies? How? Why? Be as minimal with it or as detailed as you feel is necessary. Provide a strike by strike description or just get straight to the point, already. It’s up to you.
Post your answer in the comment section below.
There is no part 3. That’s all there is to the contest. It’s pretty easy… but you should probably read the fine print.
The Fine Print:
All entries must be received by Saturday September 15th at 11:59 pm to be eligible.
You can enter as many times as you want but, use a valid email so that we can contact you.
If you sign in with Facebook, make sure that your account can accept a message from us.
Winner will be chosen arbitrarily, based on our personal “favorite”, so try to be interesting.
If you are not sure that you will be able to attend these shows, do not enter! You will be placed on the list for the Animal Collective show, it can be very difficult to switch up the guestlist names at the last minute, and we don’t want these going to waste.
If we are unable to contact the winner in a reasonable amount of time, a new winner will be chosen.
[If you have any intentions to post comments asking us to pick you, or asking when the winner will be announced… how about, just don’t do it? It’s pretty fucking obnoxious and it won’t help your chances.]