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The Avalanches

Never mind digging in the crates -- the Avalanches probably just buy them whole, sight unseen, and find a way to bounce off each platter. Eventually morphing into a gang of six merrymakers bent on filtering their all-encompassing record collections through original instrumentation and a great deal of sampling, the Avalanches came from one of the most unlikely places to generate mind-bending dance music -- Australia -- and in 2000 released an album, Since I Left You, that became a timeless classic.

Perfectly fitting with the band's range, the roots of the crew are in punk. Robbie Chater and Darren Seltmann were in a couple of short-lived outfits together, most notably the Swinging Monkey C**ks. Gordon McQuilten, Tony Diblasi, and Dexter Fabay eventually joined in on the mess, but they acquired turntables and set their sights on dance music of the sample-based variety, originally leaning on abstract hip-hop and naming themselves the Avalanches. Trifekta Records released the Rock City single in 1997, which soon brought the interest of Australian label Modular. With a long-term deal freshly inked, they released the seven-track El Producto EP and polished their outlandish live show, including dates with the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. Rex issued the Undersea Community EP in 1998, which culled from the band's demo trove. Somewhere along the way, keyboardist James De La Cruz was added to the lineup.

An extensive patch of time was spent building Since I Left You, a 60-minute melting pot of the band's collective influences that sounds like a postcard to anyone who has ever made a record. Released in their native land in late 2000 and preceded by the appetite-whetting Frontier Psychiatrist EP, it received a response from critics and the public that reflected the album's glowing nature. The group even had the blessing of Madonna, who allowed them to sample the bassline to "Holiday" -- the first time she okayed such a thing. Beggars Banquet offshoot XL issued the album in the U.K. in May of 2001; Sire released it in the U.S. in November of the same year. They followed it up with two singles taken from the album, "Since I Left You" and "Radio," that were filled with remixes by the likes of Stereolab, spiritual forefather Prince Paul, and Cornelius.

In the years that followed, the album's reputation grew by leaps and bounds, whetting people's appetite for a follow-up album. What they got instead was an intermittent stream of remixes over the next few years (for Belle and Sebastian, Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand, and others) until 2007, when the group seemed to disappear, leaving only the rumors of a new album that popped up every couple years. In truth, they had begun working on a new album that over time expanded to 40 songs. Nothing album-like was ever finished, though, and the Avalanches spent their time on other projects, like scoring a King Kong musical and working on an animated film that never saw the light of day.

Finally, in 2016, the band (now down to a core of Robbie Chater and Tony Diblasi) announced that a new album would be coming later that year. To the delight of their long-suffering fans, Wildflower was indeed released in July and featured guest appearances by Mercury Rev's Jonathan Donahue, MF Doom, Danny Brown, Toro y Moi, and Father John Misty, among others. ~ Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Since I Left You

1. Since I Left You

2. Stay Another Season

3. Radio

4. Two Hearts In 3/4 Time

5. Avalanche Rock

6. Flight Tonight

7. Close to You

8. Diners Only

9. A Different Feeling

10. Electricity

11. Tonight

12. Pablo's Cruise

13. Frontier Psychiatrist

14. Etoh

15. Summer Crane

16. Little Journey

17. Live At Dominoes

18. Extra Kings

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Track List: Frankie Sinatra (Extended Mix) (Single)

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Track List: Wildflower

1. The Leaves Were Falling

2. Because I'm Me

3. Frankie Sinatra

4. Subways

5. Going Home

6. If I Was A Folkstar

7. Colours

8. Zap!

9. The Noisy Eater

10. Wildflower

11. Harmony

12. Live A Lifetime Love

13. Park Music

14. Livin' Underwater (Is Somethin' Wild)

15. The Wozard Of Iz

16. Over The Turnstiles

17. Sunshine

18. Light Up

19. Kaleidoscope Lovers

20. Stepkids

21. Saturday Night Inside Out

22. Frankie Sinatra (Extended Mix)

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Why would people be whining at other people about their enjoyment of a particular song? I can't stand faux hipster snobs like that who forgot that it was the first song they heard from an artist that hooked them too and that they probably don't love it any less no matter how many others they discover.
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Good stuff
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captainzacha r i a
GEEZ, guys. frontier psychiatrist is not their only song. the whole album is fantastic, straight through. great music
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sofaking weird, have you seen the video? SMH, LOL But their turntable, mixing & sample skills are SIK!
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Therapy needs boy that
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Loving these guys, what creativity. XD props to FP for getting me interested.
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kelmelton
That boy needs therapy
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umm a record? *whole song changes*
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#lovethis
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Omg shut up about frontier psychiatrist , there's other really great songs by them Jesus christ
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... That boy needs therapy 0_o XD
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Holy mary, mother of spaghetti, how have I missed this collective. I have been looking for a sound like this. I hope you are right lolpan....I ♡xploration (xploitation )
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bricekelsch
Run, the goat is loose. Wire the gorilla suits and chew on this
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Some birds are funny when they talk
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I can't say enough about this track. One grooving HUGE sonic cartoon. The sound track of my day.
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Steal* its all ready happening!!
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Be careful...th e y will steak your MiNd!!!
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Wow! Simply incredible.
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Sometimes a parrot talks...
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Everyone knows them for Frontier Psychiatrist . Try listening to ONE other song by them, holy s**t... It's not even that good of a song compared to their other stuff.
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About time someone @ Pandora posted some lyrics for this song. It gets played enough. Thank you!
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Frontier Psychiatrist is awesome
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Pisces wet dream in reality
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Great track. Avalanches 4 Life!
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Juice on your chin yet?
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And Tighten your buttocks we don't need no stupid lyrics. Radio radio this stuff is radio!
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You're all crazy in the coconut!!! ;)
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bizzybodies2 8
The You Tube video is a riot!
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Great stuff!
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gpschutt99
that boy needs psyaripy
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symonecarren o
frontier psychiatrist ^_^
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bizzybodies2 8
Hilarious while stone cold sober lol
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tony.ricardo . g r e e n
um ummm um um ummm a BIRD? YEAHhhh.
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I love Frontier Psychiatrist in my top 5 songs easy!
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the747
Frontier Psychiatrist has to be one of the wildest songs I've heard in a while.
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ryanfaber22
A great compliment to a good weed buzz.
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Love these guys...and I agree with Terry A Gray, Since I Left You made me cry.
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hidden gems!
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The video to Since I Left You is very poignant and frought with feeling/emot i o n / m e a n i n g . Quite moving.
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dandugi
The tune at the end of the song is Anna (el negro zumbon)
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I could listen to this ............ . . . . . . . . f o r the ever........ . . . . m a n n n n n n
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Frontier (literally) music!
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jackdhardy
What's the tune they use at the end? Any ideas?
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well, what does that mean? been loving this for years now...
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that boy needs therapy! your a nut, your crazier than a coconut!!!!! ! ! ! ! i can't do better explaining than that :D i love them
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The Avalanches shed the traditional paradigm of music and composition and that is the way it should be;)
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Frontier Psychiatrist s is probably the weirdest song ive ever heard
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I like the pure absurdity of 'The Avalanches'.
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Love this Sample!
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punk roots LIVE ON!
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