by Brittney Corridean
The dreamy, electronic sounds of Animal Collective were definitely well collaborated with the DJ set Geologist (Brian Weitz) and Deakin (Josh Dibb) put on at the Dolphin Tavern this past Wednesday. The pair kept everyone’s feet moving throughout the night and all the show goers were in very friendly spirits.
The narrow venue consists of a long bar decorated in Christmas lights and old school dancer photos hung on the walls. There also are a few comical signs hung up such as the one when you first walk in that says: “All drinks from 8-10pm are half price. You’re welcome.” On the dance floor, the space opens up just a tad, the walls are made of square paneling lights (think Jeopardy) and disco balls hang to make the free formed dancing and music an even more groovy experience.
Before Deakin and Geologist took control of the music, Thom Zilla was mixing up some great tunes that had an overall consistent sound where each song kind of blended into the other. It was almost like a slow motion disco that had a fusion of artists like Daft Punk, Bob Marley and David Bowie. The bass lines were extremely rhythmical and the whole set flowed enjoyably.
The first member of Animal Collective I noticed to start spinning was Deakin, joined shortly after by Geologist. He did not have his headlamp on however, so he could’ve been up there longer actually. The dance floor filled up and you could see groups of friends having a ball moving to the psychedelic, harmonious beats. There was some Massive Attack in their collaboration along with some well-known, throw back tunes that kept it happy and nostalgic.
During the set the guys just kept the music flowing and didn’t get a chance to talk to the crowd which was absolutely fine with everyone having a great time. They played until the wee hours of the morning…or until the bar closed. After, they hung out for a little and talked to some fans, including myself, about the places they’ve toured and different projects they’ve worked on.
Geologist told me, “Ya know, I’m from Philly,” which was interesting to hear. He was happy to talk about all the little spots Philadelphians know such as Old Original Nicks on 20th and other mom and pop shops that have the Philly flavor.
These guys will be returning to The Dolphin Tavern in mid-November to put on another amazing DJ set with additional Animal Collective member Avey Tare; recommended for anyone who appreciates their indie-electronic psychedelic sound and isn’t threatened by a good time.