Excited to be playing a few shows this October, see you there. Tickets on sale this Friday, details at http://myanimalhome.net
Hey Nashvile! Winding my way down to meet up with Avey Tare for tour next week and figured I’d try and play some shows along the trip. I’ll be playing a Geo solo set tonight at Proper Sake with Jamal Moore/Jayve Montgomery, Adam Ostrar, and Luke Polipnic. Many thanks to them for letting me jump on! Doors 7pm. This show was actually set up by the same person who booked AC in Nashville on our first tour with Black Dice in 2001. I think one of the songs from that night ended up on Hollinndagain? RIP Dave Cloud. Sippin on some hideous brew at the Cafe Coco in the ether. Come on out! (It’s me...see?)
O’Brien System No.25 is now archived for streaming on the NTS website and app https://www.nts.live/shows/geologist/episodes/geologist-2nd-april-2019. If you haven’t listened yet, “Crispy Pops” is a mix of live transitions in between songs from AC’s 2009 soundboard recordings (thanks Ajay!) We’ve been asked a lot about MPP turning 10 and understandably most of the talk has been about the album, but for me, a lot of that era played out on stage. It was always fun to find our way in and out of the songs each night and I wanted to wish those moments a happy 10th as well. Scroll for the full sequence of transitions, as well as the shows they came from. Hope some of you will spot/hear a moment you were there for! I finished the show with tracks by three others who toured with us back then and were present at the shows used in this mix (Black Dice, Highlife and Grouper). No recordings from shows with Dent May and Pantha DuPrince, but of course much love to those two. This is also a good time to thank everyone who helped us on the road back then: Braddax, Chris, Ajay, Fitz, Ethan, Jack, Leg, Wes, Tom, Sam, Devon, BDG, Abs and her Prospect Park crew. Love you all and thanks! Finally, thanks to everyone who came out to see us that year (and thanks for still coming out!) Glad Ajay threw up some ambient mics to let you be part of these recordings as well! Until next orbit…
New episode of The O’Brien System airs today on NTS2 from 12-1 PM PDT. This month’s show is dedicated to 2009 AC touring. As we mentioned back in January, we’ll be doing a few things throughout the year to commemorate the 10th anniversary of MPP, so today I’ll visit some moments from our 2009 soundboard recordings in a mix we call “Crispy Pops”. More about the journeys than the destinations if you know what I mean… You’ll get the point, even if we never get to it. Plus songs from a few of those who shared the stage with us that year. Tune OUT! Photo: Reverend Green May 2009, Royal Oak, MI
O’Brien System No.24 is archived for streaming over on NTS website and app (www.nts.live/shows/geologist). Tracks posted above are all taken from releases on Mike Apichella’s Nuns Like To Fence label, which documents the Towson-Glen Arm DIY music scene in 1990’s Baltimore County. For anyone interested in hearing/learning more, please check out the Nuns Like To Fence bandcamp page https://nunsliketofence.bandcamp.com/ and Mike’s blog https://towsonglenarmfreakouts.wordpress.com/ Until next month...thanks for listening!
Latest episode of The O’Brien System airs today on NTS2 from 12-1 PM PST (www.nts.live/shows/geologist). This installment features 1990’s DIY music made by Baltimore County teenagers pulled entirely from the “Towson-Glen Arm Freakouts” compilations on Nuns Like To Fence. As always I’ll post the full tracklist when the episode is archived for streaming. I was at a 4yo’s bday party a couple weeks ago and recognized another dad from Bmore DIY shows over 20 years ago. He turned me onto these compilations and accompanying blog being run by Mike Apichella (currently playing as Human Host: https://humanhost.bandcamp.com) Mike was an early supporter of our pre-AC projects and actually the first person to tell me about Black Dice when he booked them to play in Baltimore in 1998 (he tried to hand me a flyer and convince me to go to the show, but I didn’t and regretted it when I saw BD in NYC 3 months later). We weren’t heavily immersed in this scene back then but we had good friends that were - @entrancelives - and played a handful of shows over the years with artists from the TGA world. When our ideas were just starting to take root, it was inspiring and helpful to look to other teenagers in the Baltimore suburbs that were already doing their own thing as passionately as these people were. With only an hour I focused on a certain side of things here, but I encourage you to check out all of the music when you have a chance. Each track of the compilation has extensive liner notes you can view at https://nunsliketofence.bandcamp.com/album/various-artists-towson-glen-arm-freakouts-1992-1999 and Mike has created an entire blog devoted to the TGA scene at https://towsonglenarmfreakouts.wordpress.com/ 📷by Geologist (Mike Apichella playing with 6 O’Clock Alarm at The Loft 5/13/95 Baltimore, MD)
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE is the Second Artist Transmission for #DesertDaze2019! This will be a rare Southern California performance featuring the entire band. Early bird passes sold out but we’ve added a few more. These won’t last long bit.ly/DesertDaze2019 Video: John Stavas Titles: Astral Violet MUSIC: Animal Collective, My Girls, Merriweather Post Pavilion
Geologist plays at Bowery Ballroom tonight, supporting Gang Gang Dance https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1812396?utm_medium=bks
Happy 10th Birthday MPP. We’re overwhelmed about how many of you have tapped into our world through this music. Every Record is special to us but this one seems to have flown the farthest. We hope to release some other MPP related sounds and sights over the next couple months in celebration of this moment. Keep tuning in. Its 2019. We’re finding our way into some new sounds. photos by Avey Tare, featuring the band + danny perez + ben allen
O’Brien System No.21 is archived for streaming over on NTS (www.nts.live/shows/geologist). Some end of Fall listening from Fusetron Sound boxes. Take Me Back has ended up my no brainer favorite from the Buried Country comp. Track 2 is Abdou El Omari. Little bit of Geologist stuff in here is more I found from the Doug Aitken SONG 1 event at The Hirschhorn in 2012. Not sure about how NTS is crediting the Axolotl jam on here. Pleasure revisiting that one. We had a fun tour together through the Balkans back in 2008. Don’t say Macedonia in northern Greece. Last trip through the system for 2018. See you in the next orbit!
Across the globe, seawater chemistry is changing faster than at any time in earth's history. We have teamed up with The Ocean Foundation and are releasing a new song (Written by Geologist & Deakin, featuring sitar by Ami Dang, melody and lyrics by Deakin). Visit their website to hear it and consider their foundation this #GivingTuesday ocean-acidification.org
All Animal Collective merch is now 30% off through Monday. https://animal-collective.myshopify.com/
Because of the many inquiries and because we like them very much, we have printed one last batch of sung tongs 2018 tour posters and shirts. We had a blast on tour and mostly because of the sweet support and response from all of you out there. Thanks for being with us! More to come next year. art by Michael Fuchs https://animal-collective.myshopify.com/
O’Brien System No.20 is archived for streaming now over on NTS2. https://www.nts.live/shows/geologist/episodes/geologist-13th-november-2018. Swipe to see full tracklisting. Avey Tare guest hosts with me this month for a mix of songs featuring piano parts we’re fond of. AC jam included here is Deakin/Geo playing live after the Tony Conrad documentary screening in Baltimore last year. Hope you dig and see you in the system next month! NTS Radio #obriensystem
Animal Collective are bringing the Tangerine Reef visual album to the West Coast. 12/8 - San Francisco, CA - Balboa Theatre 12/9 - San Francisco, CA - Balboa Theatre 12/10 - Los Angeles, CA - Vista Theatre http://www.myanimalhome.net
Avey Tare joins Geologist this month on the newest O’Brien System episode airing today on NTS Radio from 12-1 PM PST. www.nts.live/shows/geologist. We’ve been talking about making a piano-centric mix together for a while now and figured the November weather would be the perfect setting. Will post the track listing when the episode is archived for streaming later this week. Listening back to this made me miss New York in the Fall. 🎨 : Pierre Henry 📷:Geir Egil Bergjord NTS Radio #obriensystem