Animal Airport - Netflix
Thu 27 June 2019
New series Animal Airport follows the tales of the many creatures that pass through the doors of the Animal Reception Centre at the world's busiest airport, Heathrow in the UK. Nowhere else will you find as many species of animals as they journey- some legally, many illegally- across the globe. As well as thousands of dogs and cats, they've had almost every animal imaginable through their doors including; sloths, giant octopi, bears, elephants, tigers, lions, sharks, alpacas, venomous snakes, vampire bats and the British Olympic equestrian team. In the first episode, the mistreatment of animals heading for the pet trade is highlighted when a box of a hundred chameleons is intercepted, many of which are dead on arrival. Can the team save the rest? Plus, follow the staff as they get to grips with reception's grumpy resident crocodile and catch a man trying to smuggle a tortoise through customs in his underpants. Fascinating and emotional, this series tells the unforgettable stories of some very interesting travellers and the human counterparts who help them on their journey.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Animal Airport - Animal Collective - Netflix
Animal Collective is an American experimental pop band formed in Baltimore, Maryland in 2003. Its members and founders are Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz). 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. The band members met in school and started recording together in various forms of collaboration from a young age. Originally a duo comprising Lennox and Portner, the collective was not officially established until all four members came together for the album Here Comes the Indian (2003). Most prior collaborations between the band members were then retroactively classified under Animal Collective's discography. In 1999, they established the record label Paw Tracks, issuing what is now considered their debut album, Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished (2000), as well as work by other artists. In 2009, the band released their most commercially successful album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, which Uncut magazine called: “one of the landmark American albums of the century so far”.
Animal Airport - Musical style and development - Netflix
Portner, Lennox, Weitz, and Dibb began as lo-fi indie rock musicians who, by high school, had amassed individual bodies of work recorded on cassette tapes. Influenced by horror film soundtracks and 20th century classical music, along with a shared passion for vocal harmony the group progressed to “walls of drones with guitars and delay pedals and us screaming into mics,” in Portner's words. In college, Weltz and Portner listened to avant-garde records while Lennox explored electronic music, a style he took interest in after listening to The Orb's UFOrb (1992) in boarding school. When the group (sans Dibb) convened in 2000 after the recording of Spirit They've Gone, Spirit They've Vanished, they conducted improvisational music sessions which used vintage synthesizers, acoustic guitars and household objects. In 2005, Lennox spoke of it as a defining era: “everything since then has been a variation of what we explored that summer.” The following album, Danse Manatee (2001), would draw from freak folk, noise rock, ambient drone, and psychedelia. Genres that have been used to label the band include experimental pop, psychedelic, indie rock, electronic, experimental, avant-pop, art rock, freak folk, noise pop, neo-psychedelia, and psychedelic pop. About the word “Animal” in their name, Panda Bear said, “It sounds kind of lame, but we’re all really big fans of animals. At the time, we were thinking along the lines of animals as beings that act purely instinctually… kind of the opposite of a “collective” in that way. Musically, it was about not making decisions based on knowledge or reason. We wanted to work with music on an emotional level, not on an intellectual level. That’s where it comes from.” Lennox compared Portner's songwriting to the songwriting of Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham. Portner believes they're “one of the greatest ... in terms of older bands or pop bands ... a song like 'That's All for Everyone' is really influential to me. ... It blew me away the first time I heard it.” For Centipede Hz (2012), Weltz created an “inspirational mix” of songs which influenced the album's making; the playlist included content by Pink Floyd, Portishead, We the People, Milton Nascimento, Zé Ramalho, Eddie & Ernie, Gandalf, Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes, Silver Apples, Dorothy Ashby, 13th Floor Elevators, Apryl Fool, and others. Animal Collective are often compared to American rock band the Beach Boys, a vocal group who performed original songs penned by their co-founder and leader Brian Wilson, himself inspired by barbershop music and his use of psychedelic drugs. The comparisons led Thorin Klosowski of the publication Westword to negatively refer to Animal Collective's music as “two Beach Boys records [playing] at the same time”. Animal Collective responded to the initial comparisons by recording “College”, an “anti-Beach Boys” song from the album Sung Tongs. Lennox has expressed reverence for their album Pet Sounds (1966) and reluctance on being compared to the Beach Boys. In 2015, Animal Collective recorded their album Painting With in the same studio space once used by Wilson for the recording of Pet Sounds and Smile.
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