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Portner performing with Animal Collective, 2009
Background information
Birth nameDavid Michael Portner [1]
Born (1979-04-24) April 24, 1979 (age 39)
Origin Maryland [2]
Years active1995–present
Labels Paw Tracks, FatCat Records, Domino Recording Company, Mistletone, Catsup Plate, St. Ives, UAAR,
Associated acts Animal Collective, Avey Tare & Kría Brekkan, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Automine, Panda Bear, Terrestrial Tones
Website entertheslasherhouse.com

David Michael Portner (born April 24, 1979), also known by his moniker Avey Tare, is a musician and songwriter who co-founded the American experimental pop band Animal Collective. He has released three solo albums, as well as three collaborative albums with Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) which were later retroactively classified under Animal Collective's discography.

Experimental pop is pop music that cannot be categorized within traditional musical boundaries or which attempts to push elements of existing popular forms into new areas. It may incorporate experimental techniques such as musique concrète, aleatoric music, or eclecticism into pop contexts. Often, the compositional process involves the use of electronic production effects to manipulate sounds and arrangements, and the composer may draw the listener's attention specifically with both timbre and tonality, though not always simultaneously.

Animal Collective American musical group

Animal Collective is an American experimental pop band formed in Baltimore, Maryland in 2003. Its members and founders are Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, and Geologist. The band's music is characterized by studio experimentation, vocal harmonies, and an exploration of various genres which include freak folk, noise rock, ambient drone, and psychedelia. Records released under the name "Animal Collective" may include contributions from any or all of its members. In the case of Dibb, who often takes breaks from recording and performing with the band, his time off does not constitute full leave.

Panda Bear (musician) American musician

Noah Benjamin Lennox, also known by his moniker Panda Bear, is an American musician, singer-songwriter and co-founding member of the experimental pop band Animal Collective. In addition to his work with that group, Lennox has released six solo LPs since 1999. His third, Person Pitch (2007), is noted for influencing a wide range of subsequent indie music in addition to inspiring the chillwave genre and numerous soundalike acts.


Animal Collective

With Animal Collective, 2013 Avey Tare 20131026.jpg
With Animal Collective, 2013

Portner met Animal Collective's Deakin (Josh Dibb), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), and Geologist (Brian Weitz) in high school. For years, the four of them swapped homemade recordings, shared musical ideas and performed in different group configurations. Portner recorded the Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished album with Lennox, and initially released the recording on the band's own Animal label in 1999. The album is commonly referred to as the first official Animal Collective release, with Tare writing the music and Lennox providing the 'perfect percussion' (as cited in the album's credits).[ full citation needed ]

Deakin (musician) musician

Joshua Caleb Dibb, also known by his moniker Deakin, is an American musician who co-founded the experimental pop band Animal Collective. He is the most infrequent member of the collective appearing on only about half of all albums. In 2016, he made his solo debut with the album Sleep Cycle.

Geologist (musician) musician

Brian Ross Weitz, also known by his stage name Geologist, is a founding member of Animal Collective. He provides electronic sound manipulations and samples for the band.

<i>Spirit Theyre Gone, Spirit Theyve Vanished</i> 2000 studio album by Avey Tare and Panda Bear

Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished is the first collaborative studio album by Avey Tare and Panda Bear, released in August 2000. It was later retroactively classified as the debut album by experimental pop band Animal Collective. The album was first released as a CD on the band's own Animal label with only 2000 copies produced.

After high school, Portner and Weitz moved to New York City to attend New York University and Columbia University, respectively. Lennox and Dibb eventually moved to New York City, and the band became more collaborative in nature. They finally settled on the name "Animal Collective".[ citation needed ]

New York University private research university in New York, NY, United States

New York University (NYU) is a private research university originally founded in New York City but now with campuses and locations throughout the world. Founded in 1831, NYU's historical campus is in Greenwich Village, New York City. As a global university, students can graduate from its degree-granting campuses in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, as well as study at its 12 academic centers in Accra, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Florence, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Washington, D.C.

Columbia University Private Ivy League research university in New York City

Columbia University is a private Ivy League research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City. Established in 1754, Columbia is the oldest institution of higher education in New York and the fifth-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It is one of nine colonial colleges founded prior to the Declaration of Independence, seven of which belong to the Ivy League. It has been ranked by numerous major education publications as among the top ten universities in the world.

Although the band's output is, as their name suggests, a collaborative effort, with no typical 'frontman,' Portner has been cited by the other members as being the 'primary songwriter' and de facto leader of the group. For the band's Centipede Hz , Tare confirmed that the album has eight songs penned by him. [3]

<i>Centipede Hz</i> 2012 studio album by Animal Collective

Centipede Hz is the ninth studio album by American experimental pop group Animal Collective, released on September 4, 2012 on Domino Records. The album marks the return of band member Deakin, who sat out of the recording and touring of the band's previous album, Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009). On the US Billboard 200, it peaked at No. 16.

Other musical projects

Live with Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks at FYF Fest, 2014 Avey Tare 2014 FYF Festival.jpg
Live with Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks at FYF Fest, 2014

Portner's other projects and releases include Terrestrial Tones with Eric Copeland of Black Dice, a split 12" with David Grubbs, and an LP with his then-wife Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir (aka Kría Brekkan) called Pullhair Rubeye. He released his debut solo album "Down There" on October 26, 2010. [4]

Terrestrial Tones are Dave Portner of Animal Collective and Eric Copeland of Black Dice. The two were roommates who got together to record when both of their respective main bands went on temporary hiatus in November 2004.

Black Dice band

Black Dice is an American experimental music group currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

David Grubbs American musician

David Grubbs, composer, guitarist, pianist, and vocalist, was a founding member of Squirrel Bait, Bastro, and Gastr del Sol. He has also played in Codeine, The Red Krayola, Bitch Magnet and The Wingdale Community Singers.

In April, 2013, it was announced that Portner had formed the group Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks along with Angel Deradoorian, former member of Dirty Projectors, and ex-Ponytail drummer, Jeremy Hyman. Portner describes the band as "[a] group of three hippies on a road trip through the backwaters of 2013s rural music scene fall prey to a murderous cannibalistic band making..." [5] Their debut album Enter the Slasher House came out internationally on April 7, 2014, and a supporting west-coast tour was announced soon after the album's release. [6] Ahead of the album they released a video for ‘Little Fang’ directed by Portner's sister and featuring a puppet created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. [7]

Angel Deradoorian American musician

Angel Deradoorian, also known mononymously as Deradoorian, is a musician based in Los Angeles, California. She is best known for her work with Dirty Projectors whom she left in 2012 to pursue a solo career. In 2015 she released a solo album, The Expanding Flower Planet, while she also featured as a backing vocalist on The Desired Effect by Brandon Flowers and other artists.

Dirty Projectors American rock group

Dirty Projectors is an American indie rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2002. The band currently consists of primary recording artist and core member David Longstreth, alongside longtime bass guitarist Nat Baldwin, Mike Daniel Johnson (drums), Maia Friedman, Felicia Douglass and Kristin Slipp.

Ponytail was a 4-piece art rock band formed in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The group featured vocalist Willy Siegel, guitarists Dustin Wong and Ken Seeno, and drummer Jeremy Hyman. The band has toured internationally, with bands such as Battles, Hella, Don Caballero, High Places and others. They have released three albums, Kamehameha, Ice Cream Spiritual, and Do Whatever You Want All The Time. They were named "Best Live Band" by Baltimore City Paper in September 2007 and "Best Band" in September 2008

Personal life

David's sister is Abby Portner, Los Angeles artist and experimental musician, who creates some of Animal Collective's artwork and stage design. [8]

From 2006 to 2008, Portner was married to musician Kría Brekkan. [9] [10] Afterwards he was in a relationship with Angel Deradoorian and moved to Los Angeles with her. [11]

In an interview with Brightest Young Things, he implied that he has synesthesia and associates sound with visuals. [12] He later clarified that although he has talked about it a lot in interviews he in fact does not have synesthesia. [13]


Studio albums

TitleAlbum details
Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished
(Avey Tare and Panda Bear)
  • Released: August 2000
  • Label: Animal, FatCat
  • Formats: CD, LP
Danse Manatee
(Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist)
  • Released: July 2001
  • Label: Catsup Plate, FatCat
  • Formats: CD, LP
Pullhair Rubeye
(Avey Tare / Kria Brekkan)
Down There
  • Released: October 25, 2010
  • Label: Paw Tracks
Enter the Slasher House
(Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks)
  • Released: April 7, 2014
  • Label: Domino
  • Released: July 21, 2017
  • Label: Domino
Cows on Hourglass Pond
  • Released: March 22, 2019
  • Label: Domino






With Mickey Hart
With Terrestrial Tones[ clarification needed ]

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