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The folks over at SPIN have made a list of Animal Collective’s essential influences to celebrate the release of the band’s ninth album, Centipede Hz. With a band as sonically diverse as Animal Collective, it should come as no surprise that a list comprised of their influences would would number over 100. But hey, if you like Animal Collective, you probably fancy yourself somewhat of a music aficionado so we recommend studying up so you can outsmart your friends with your vast knowledge. Via SPIN:

No contemporary band wears their influences on their Hypercolor sleeves like Animal Collective — and we’d expect nothing less from a crew that boasts former DJs, record-store employees, NYU program-board members, ATP curators, and plain old loud-and-proud music geeks.




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