January isn't always the most eventful of months. The excitement of the Christmas period is over, New Years resolutions are made and ignored, it's colder than December, shops start flogging all their past-season stock, term-time starts again, yadda yadda yadda. But here's something to forward to: [caption id="attachment_4572" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="L to R: Geologist, Panda Bear & Avey Tare (not pictured - Deakin)"]Geologist, Panda Bear & Avey Tare (no Deakin)[/caption] Animal Collective are bound for the UK, upon release of their 9th studio album Merriweather Post Pavillion, set for release on January 12th (January 20th in the US) and from what I have heard live (October 2007 in St George's Church, Brighton - one of my all time favourite gigs) I am expecting something beyond fantastic. Here is the full list of dates: 11-06 Santiago, Chile - Industria Cultural 11-08 São Paulo, Brazil - Planeta Terra Festival 11-09 Buenos Aires, Argentina - La Trastienda 11-13 Lima, Peru - Centro Fundación Telefónica 01-12 London, England - Koko 01-13 Glasgow, Scotland - Glasgow School of Arts 01-14 Manchester, England - Club Academy 01-15 Brighton, England - Concorde 2 01-16 Paris, France - Bataclan 01-17 Leuven, Belgium - Stuk 01-18 Berlin, Germany - Postbanhof 01-20 New York, NY - Grand Ballroom 01-22 Chicago, IL - Metro 01-23 Los Angeles, CA - Fonda And here's a live video clip of one my favourite forthcoming tracks, Brother Sport. Brother Sport on Youtube