Mood Monday-Animal Collective-FloriDada

Mood Monday

Are you dragging like I’m dragging?


It is the Monday after the food fest of all food fests, chock full of family, rest, fun, and travel. Now, we are slap dab in the middle of the whirlwind season. Upcoming holidays and wrap up, year end duties provide a head spinning queasiness. I need a pick me up today and well, this song happened. Oh so fun, weird, and crazily catchy! Perfect for my mood today!


of limousines
What’s the best place
That you have seen
all of the hands
That you have shook
Home of the queen of everything fancy
Is there a smell
That you can tell
gives you some peace
sends you to hell
all of the beds
That you have yearned
Is there a dream to
where you’d return
Where is the plight
With the most stars
Where do you drink
By Echo guitars
What’s the best shore
Seen from a boat
Miniature heads that
color the shore line
If you could rest
A minute to tell
Get me some grass
Iridescent shells
I know there’s a nest
Fit with a hatch
Sunset a glowin’
Makes us all sweaty

I don’t even know where to begin
or how I should start these days.
The green mountain south or
The Clay of the westerns

The Maryland meadows at midnight they do have a misty grace
Take a trip to blue bayou
Find Roy Orbison cryin’

A continent molded from glass
or maybe a town I can taste. Dresses that glow on
girls from Barcelona

I wanna discover the key
And open the everywhere place
A mix of sky from Montana
dipped in FloriDada


demented men
Where is the place
We can extend
Crooked state lines
Polka dot signs
Say that this place is
a state of mind
Pretty lip girls
Paint me the halls
Not on a street
Not near a mall
Raise me a thumb
From human skin
That isn’t judged by
where it begins
Show me the clams
Show me the pearls
Mail me a note
Sent from a world
That isn’t so far
And always right here
Where all the boundaries
Have disappeared
And all the nights
Are stitched with a glue
That’s sticking to me
And I’ll stick to you
I’ll take your hands
You’ll take my face
And everywhere home will
be a good place

I found myself there a collagin’
With all of the human race
A dancer from Ghana
smiling in Tijuana
I Frankenstein java with touches of Prada
and corn on the plates
A smear of gardenia
in the fair hair of sweden
And maybe I actually visited
some sort of mythical place
Or was it a future
connected by sutures
Oh let’s go get lost in the image
I made of the everywhere place
I see the lads from Osaka
dyed in FloriDada


Where’s the bridge that’s gonna take me home the bridge that someone’s fighting over a bridge that someone’s paying for a bridge so old just let it go


According to the band,

“Animal Collective is a group of four best friends who grew up playing and recording music together in Baltimore County Maryland, Noah Lennox, Brian Weitz, Josh Dibb, and Dave Portner.

Why Animal? Because it’s the only word we could think of that made any remote connection to what we thought our sound was, and, of course, we love our fellow animals very much.

Why Collective? Because we have always wanted to be the ones who define what and who AC are. Two people? Four people? Why not?”


For now, they are three.

Collaborating for, Painting With, Portner, Lennox, and Weitz began trading demos and met in Asheville, NC to perfect the tunes they describe as “really short songs: no B.S, get in, get out material…”. Ready, they recorded in East West Studios in Hollywood, famous for cranking out The Beach Boys and Marvin Gaye. (Did you hear the classic “wipeout” sound in “FloriDada“?)

Incredibly upbeat and infused with energy, “FloriDada” is my new favorite song. Animal Collective’s album, Painting With, is out Feb 19th. But don’t sit around and wait, pre-order it. According to a press release,

“The limited deluxe edition format exclusively available via the Animal Collective and Domino stores includes a choice of one of the three covers, 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, a zoetropic 12″ turntable slipmat that animates when activated in part with a strobe light, and a bonus 7” featuring two exclusive non-album tracks mailed at a later date. All pre-orders, including from iTunes, come with an instant download of “FloriDada.” Okay that is a nice surprise for your Monday.”

Pre-order or not, go to their website and play the day away. Their home page is an interactive psychedelic brush of colors and lines formed from the paintings, by Brian DeGraw, of each of the band members. I fell under the spell and may never surface to reality and the work ahead of me today. Go on, you know you want to play, it’s Monday and you have 5 whole days to get everything done…..dragging NO MORE!


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