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  • Ear Worm: Have fun getting "Brother Sport" out of your head.
    • Or "My Girls", or "No More Runnin", or... scratch that, everything on Merriweather Post Pavilion.
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    • "Who Could Win a Rabbit" from Sung Tongs.
    • "Peacebone," "Fireworks," and "Winter Wonderland," all from Strawberry Jam!
    • The second half of "What Would I Want? Sky". Good luck getting that Grateful Dead sample out of your brain.
    • "Grass" and "The Purple Bottle", both from Feels.
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    • Florifloriflorifloriflorida... FLORIDADA! FLORIDADA!
  • Face of the Band: They desperately try to subvert this trope, but Avey Tare and Panda Bear - as the group's singers - have basically become this, mostly because they're the only two who have been on every album and concert so far - with the exception of the EP Transverse Temporal Gyrus for Panda and some acoustic tour in Japan in 2004 for Avey.
  • Heartwarming Moments: "Derek"
  • Ho Yay: Avey once made a tongue-in-cheek claim that the track "Flesh Canoe" (which contains lines like "Are there more important things to do then kiss or sleep today?" and "I'm just wondering what to do with you myself and me naked in the mirror of the bathroom") was about his "relationship with [Panda Bear] at a certain time."
  • Hype Aversion: As can be expected with every artist Pitchfork loves.
  • Memetic Badass: Deakin, who since his return, is often joked to be the true leader, genius and face of the band despite his very infrequent appearances with the band.
    • Justified to many fans when his debut solo album was finally released after years of anticipation to considerable acclaim.
  • Squick: Some of their lyrics can fall into this, albeit in a good-natured way.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: "Loch Raven."
  • Tear Jerker: Fucking DOGGY. Don't look up the lyrics if you're planning on having a nice day. Just don't.
    • The entire second half of Feels, particularly "Banshee Beat".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: This kind of reaction has existed since the beginning of the band, due to their tendency to switch to a completely different sound with every album. Centipede Hz in particular gets more notable backlash because it came right after their most commercially successful album - which some considered too poppy compared to the earlier stuff.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Danse Manatee and Hollindagain especially, but to some degree all of their music is like this. Of course, it's more like "True Fun Is Incomprehensible" in their case...
  • Uncanny Valley: Most of the vocal treatments on Danse Manatee and Here Comes the Indian.
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  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made On Drugs?: While they admit ingesting all sorts of psychedelic substances, they rather dislike the thought of writing or recording while under the influence.