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Actor Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, I Heart Huckabees) makes music too. And what sweet, sweet music it is.

He records under the moniker “Coconut Records.” Schwartzman just released his new album, Davy, the follow-up to 2007’s Nighttiming. This isn’t some half-assed attempt by an actor to earn indie-cred. Schwartzman has some serious talent. He was, after all, the drummer for Phantom Planet. Don’t laugh, music elitists.

Coconut Records seems to be Schwartzman’s ode to sunny beach-pop. His first two albums are perfect hand-clapping sing-a-longs. The unfortunate fact: no one freakin’ knows Coconut Records exists!

Animal Collective has always been about stages. First, the outfit was very experimental with Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’re Vanished and Danse Manatee. The “freak-folk” label came with Sung Tongs and Feels. Strawberry Jam was the first step to minor “accessibility.”

Ditch all those meaningless descriptions with Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective’s latest release. This album is simply a magnificent piece of art.