Wombo Drop Below the House Single + Video

When I listen to Wombo, I kind of get reminded of the early days of Deerhoof; it was exciting watching a band shift and change from chorus to verse to wherever they chose to go, and that’s what the Louisville trio call to my mind. This tune has this playful little vocal delivery, almost teasing you with pop sweetness and melody, but its rolling over a heavy drum bit that erupts with the guitars and elemental noise. Is it heavy? Can this be a pop song? I love that they’re just switching it up and playing with the formula by bringing their own vision. The song comes at you courtesy of Fire Talk.

Snappy Track From Deerhoof

Deerhoof will be releasing a new album on September 8 and today they’ve shared a new single featuring Stereolab’sLtitia Sadier. The song, “Come Down Here and Say That” has got a definite bite to its crunchy astro-pop, but just the right amount of punch to get your fist in the air while you jam. The song alternates between different sound spaces, moving abruptly and throwing a wrench in your classic song structure. It’s a great track, so take a listen below.

Mountain Moves will be out September 8 onJoyful Noise Recordings.


New Video from Cowtown

I’m a big fan of frivolous rock n’ roll…the let your hair down, turn the volume up and let yourself go. Seems like HHBTM Records is the same, which is why they’re putting out the upcoming Cowtown album, Paranormal Romance. I mean, the promo work asks you to imagine Deerhoof covering Devo in the vein of the Minutemen, so it’s gotta be something…artistic, spastic and high energy. The records is scheduled for a release on August 19th, and the video below should entice you, especially as the guitar squall closes the tune out!

Buke and Gase – General Dome

Buke-and-Gase-General-Dome-580x580Rating: ★★★★☆

A lot has been made about the talented duo Buke and Gase, with a great deal of the discussion revolving around their ability to use hand-made instruments.  That’s quite a gift, I assure you, but I think the biggest thing to focus on with General Dome, the group’s second full-length, is how it all comes together.  In a basic sense, it’s executed pretty perfectly, leaving listeners with a crunchy bit of art-rock that sounds more like a multi-membered band than a twosome.

From the moment I first heard opening track “Houdini Crush” I was already into General Dome.  There’s a ringing guitar chord just before Arone Dyer enters the picture, her voice soaring heavenly with just a bit of an off-bitch quiver.  The duo uses a sense of playfulness that reminds me of a more-focused Deerhoof, or perhaps less erratic. That attitude carries over into tracks like “In the Company of Fish” where Arone and Aron play off each other before Dyer takes over the lead roll.  Here the guitars sound almost like emotional jabs rather than sprawling chords, but it’s organized in such a fashion that you find yourself mesmerized.

As you arrive at the fourth, titular, track from Buke and Gase, things begin to take root. For me, this was the first track where I really was impressed by the musicianship; I thought it surely couldn’t be less than three people–such is the usage of various sounds.  Dyer on this version sounds more breathy, drawing you into the edgy construction of the track.  It’s similar in fashion to the following number, “Hard Times,” a tune that opens with what sounds like piano tinkering (it’s not) before plunging into the heavier side of the group’s sound.  Layers are placed upon layers, and again, you’re mystified.

But, one thing that would have immensely affected General Dome would have been a number or two that changed the pace a little bit.  There are moments when things seem to change up a bit, such as album closer “Metazoa” or the feeling of added tension on “Split Like a Lip, No Blood on the Beard.”  They alter the formula slightly, but Buke and Gase find themselves middling about at parts…perhaps the downfall of being a duo, as two people can obviously only do so much without giving into unnecessary technology.  That being said, each song on the album (aside from a few artistic intermissions) can be successful on its own.

Some albums need your involvement as a listener, while others can survive as environmental noise…General Dome is the former.  For you to maximize your enjoyment with Buke and Gase, you need an attentive ear that closely follows every structural change or every added instrumental touch.  If you choose to do so, you’ll be rewarded with an experience you’ll cherish from the moment you press play.

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FFF 2012: Sunday In Pictures

Final day. Your feet, lungs and liver have taken a beating, but the pain feels good now.

I had a busy slate of things I wanted to check out on Sunday. I started bright and early to catch favorite locals on the upswing and kept after through the headliner. Final installment of shots from FFF7 will bring you Flesh Lights, Ume, Balmorhea, Cult of Youth, Bleached, A Place to Bury Strangers, Class Actress, Trust, Deerhoof, The Promise Ring, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Black Angles, De La Soul and Edward Sharpe.

Tons of eye candy after the break.

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Show Preview: Deerhoof @ Mohawk (2/1)

Date 2/1/11
Location Mohawk
Doors 900p
Tickets $13 @ Frontgate

Indie superstars Deerhoof are making a stop into Austin at Mohawk on Tuesday night.  The show is getting kicked off pretty early, with a start time around 9:30 for the headliners, so you working stiffs should still be able to make it out.  Opening support is provided by Ben Butler and Mouse Pad, Fingaar Bangaar, and Nervous Cop.  Those looking for even more music should stick around for the after show inside with local music provided by Zorch, Cartright, and Sunset.

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Download: Deerhoof – The Merry Barracks [MP3]

New Music From Deerhoof

After a long time out of the  public eye, Deerhoof are jumping back into the scene with their first album of new material since Offend Maggie of 2008.  New album, Deerhoof vs. Evil, is set to be released on January 25th via the band’s new label Polyvinyl.  Prior to that date, we’ve got new track “The Marry Barracks” available for stream and download below.  You’ll notice a familiar Deerhoof experimental and lo-fi take on things with some crazy new ideas typical of the group’s ever changing sound.

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Download: Deerhoof – The Merry Barracks [MP3]

Deerhoof On The Interface

Some of you people out there still question our undying love for all things Deerhoof and we’re here to prove you fools wrong!  Check out some live stuff the band just did on The Interface and tell me you don’t love them.  Be sure to watch the jamming guitars on song “+81”.  You’ll be hooked soon enough!


Download: Deerhoof – +81 [MP3]

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