Rock band Animal Collective’s move to debut a new album over BWI’s airport loudspeakers on one of the busiest travel days of the year seemed like a glorious accident when it was discovered by music writers. But like most good pranks, it involved months of sitting around and talking about it.
The album, which we now know is called “Painting With,” was playing for almost 24 hours before it was discovered, band member Brian Weitz tells Washingtonian.
The band drew on it Baltimore roots in the scheme, which first hatched over the summer. They considered childhood hangouts like Owings Mills Mall and West Village Commons in Towson. But they eventually settled on BWI, which had a partnership in place with WTMD. It also helped that two of Weitz’s family members work there.
Indie music fans were a little jealous that they weren’t traveling through BWI to be there for it,” WTMD’s Sam Sessa said.
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