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Avey Tare
Avey Tare
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Portner performing with Animal Collective, 2009
Background information
David Michael Portner[1]
Born (1979-04-24) April 24, 1979 (age 39)
Origin Maryland[2]
Labels Paw Tracks, FatCat Records, Domino Records, Mistletone, Catsup Plate, St. Ives, UAAR,
Animal Collective, Avey Tare & Kra 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 two solo albums, as well as three collaborative albums with Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), all of which were later retroactively classified under Animal Collective's discography.

Animal Collective

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 ]

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".[]

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]

Other musical projects

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 Kristn Anna Valtsdttir (aka Kra Brekkan) called Pullhair Rubeye. He released his debut solo album "Down There" on October 26, 2010.[4]

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]

Personal life

David's sister is Abby Portner, New York City 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 Kra 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 revealed that he has synesthesia and associates sound with visuals.[12]


Studio albums

Title Album 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




  • "Judy Biworker" on the sampler Esopus CD #4: Imaginary Friends (Spring 2005)
  • "I'm Your Eagle Kisser" on the compilation Living Bridge (February 26, 2008, Rare Book Room Records)
  • "Call Home (Buy Grapes)" on the cassette tape Keep Animal Collective (March 2011, Keep)


With Terrestrial Tones[clarification needed]
  • Blasted (2005, Psych-o-Path records)
  • Oboroed/Circus Lives (2005, UUAR)
  • Dead Drunk (2006, Paw Tracks)
  • Ramu (2017)


  1. ^ Zisser, David (April 1, 2014). "Guitarist Avey Tare dabbles in Slasher Flicks". The Temple News. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Fred (n.d.). "Avey Tare". Billboard. 
  3. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (May 17, 2012). "Update Animal Colletive by Larry Fitzmaurice". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Animal Collective's Avey Tare to Release First Solo Album". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Animal Collective's Avey Tare forms Slasher Flicks, announces tour dates - Consequence of Sound". Consequence of Sound. 
  6. ^ Jeremy Gordon (2014-06-24). "Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks Announce Tour". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-10. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "An Artwork History of Animal Collective via Abby Portner Part One" Archived 2016-02-05 at the Wayback Machine., Field Day London Blog, London, 8 May 2013. Retrieved on 19 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Kria Brekkan", La Blogotheque, 5 December 2006. Retrieved on 13 July 2014.
  10. ^ "THE SELF-TITLED INTERVIEW: Avey Tare of Animal Collective", Self-Titled Mag, 19 October 2010. Retrieved on 13 July 2014.
  11. ^ "ARTIST OF THE MONTH: Deradoorian". Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-06. Retrieved . 

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