Animal Collective Remixes Bob Dylan in Honor of the Tambourine Man's 75th Birthday
To celebrate Bob Dylan turning 75 today, experimental electro-jam pioneers Animal Collective have released a trippy remix of Mr. Zimmerman's famed ballad "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" from his watershed 1963 sophomore album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. Listen below.
The Tambourine Man just released his new album, Shadows in the Night, this past Friday. The release is the legendary singer-songwriter's follow-up volume of classic Frank Sinatra standards, and Dylan will tour the album across the U.S. this June and July with gospel singer Mavis Staples.
Animal Collective issued their latest full-length effort, Painting With, back in February. The troupe promoted the album, their tenth, with an expansive world tour covering much of the U.S. and Europe. The group will also host a unique camping event and music festival in Big Sur, Calfornia this fall called the "A N I M A L C O L L E C T I V E Camping Weekend."
Speaking to Consequence of Sound on the eve of their latest worldwide jaunt, Animal Collective's Panda Bear (a.k.a. Noah Lennox, an accomplished and celebrated solo performer in his own right) explained the Collective's inclusive aim in their live performances:
"I like the idea of taking over a room with sound and visuals. I really like any performance space where the divide between performer and audience is kind of blurred. I prefer the more DJ atmosphere where their focus isn't really on you. It isn't a them or us, it's just sort of everybody involved in this experience."
As Animal Collective windup their psychedelic live quest for the year (save for the forenamed camp-rave weekend), Bobby D continues down the road on his so-called "Never Ending Tour," the moniker bestowed by fans upon his ceaseless touring schedule since the late '80s.
Even while touring, Dylan is famously reclusive. The artist usually doesn't grant many interviews. Dylan even concealed a marriage and child from the public for almost two decades.
In a rare 2012 tell-all with Rolling Stone, Dylan spoke of his indifference to prying eyes, telling writer Mikal Gilmore that he doesn't wish to know the personal details of his own artistic heroes:
"What others think about me, or feel about me, that's so irrelevant. Any more than it is for me, when I go see a movie, say, Wuthering Heights or something, and have to wonder what's Laurence Olivier really like. When I see an actor on the stage or something, I don't think about what they're like. I'm there because I want to forget about myself."
Hear the new remix now via SoundCloud: