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Exclusive Video Premiere: Collections of Colonies of Bees Announce New Lineup, Album

Exclusive Video Premiere: Collections of Colonies of Bees Announce New Lineup, Album (photo)

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A little more than two minutes into this live recording of “Lawn,” the opening blast from the new album GIVING by Wisconsin post-rock redeemers Collections of Colonies of Bees, guitarist Chris Rosenau turns to face drummer Jon Mueller. Rosenau and Mueller founded the Bees in the late ’90s, and, for a while, the band co-existed with the pair’s other act, Pele. But the Bees survived and advanced, growing in size, scope and sound during the last decade to arrive at Birds, 2008’s perfect marathon of crescendos and collapses, all broadcast in radiant electric tones.

When Rosenau turns to Mueller, “Lawn” enters a steady period of build, as guitars and electronics scatter around Mueller’s steadily gathering beat. The lines twist and knot until, about a minute later, Mueller stares, mouth agape, at Rosenau. He pounds the drums, and the band digs in its heels behind him, launching into one of those perfect releases at which Collections have become the rarest craftsmen. Rosenau finally turns from Mueller, the smile wiped across his face perfectly reflecting the transcendent mood of the music.

Turns out, that moment’s a bit of a letting-go, too: The Japanese tour during which this video of “Lawn”–the first public taste of GIVING–was the last hoorah for the iteration of Collections of Colonies of Bees seen here. Mueller is concentrating on the glorious solo work and collaborations he’s done during the past few years for Table of the Elements (R.I.P.) and Type. Tom Wincek, who you see on stage right behind a stack of electronics, has moved on to lead his excellent outfit All Tiny Creatures.

So GIVING is an interesting double transition, since Collections of Colonies of Bees have never before been so concise and direct and since they’ll never exactly be this band again. The new Bees hit the road later this year with a new sextet lineup, reworked GIVING tracks and 40 minutes of new material. Collections of Colonies of Bees have never not been about evolution and movement; GIVING is two big steps at once, and I’m already looking forward to the next one.

GIVING is out via Hometapes August 2, 2011. The tracklisting is below:

1: Lawn
2: Vorm
3: Lawns
4: Vorms

What bands do you love with memberships that revolve as often as COCOB? And have you heard COCOB’s collaboration with Bon Iver, Volcano Choir?

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

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Lane 33: Twins

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Lane 27: Broken Windows

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Lane 69: Filthy Cars

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Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

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