Posted by: Ryan Allen on October 10, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Deerhoof, Offend Maggie (Kil Rock Stars, 2008)

MP3: “Offend Maggie”

Unlike that totally undeserving-of-the-title crappy boxed rice side-dish, Deerhoof is the ultimate San Francisco treat. On their 10th full length, Offend Maggie, the band continues their tradition of making erratically melodic yet angularly discordant pop music. A lesser outfit could never get away with putting a voice as plaintive as Satomi Matsuzaki’s front and center, but Deerhoof have spent their career cultivating the perfect blend of brash and simple beauty. Of course, being amazingly good musicians certainly helps. Last year’s acclaimed Friend Opportunity showed that even down one member, they lost no ground as a three piece, but with the addition of new guitarist Ed Rodriguez, Offend Maggie ups the sonics to blissful proportions. What’s most surprising about Offend Maggie is the euphoric cognitive dissonance of listening to something that’s both challenging and additively catchy at the same time. “Chandelier Searchlight” showcases their mastery of quirky pop perfection, whereas “Eaguru Guru” has a jarring sense of urgency and build that’s more exhaustively rewarding. It’s like Chutes and Ladders for your ears — Deerhoof’s melodic bliss will send you climbing to new heights, and just when it looks like you’re about to over indulge your musical sweet tooth, down the cacophonous chute you go to start the ascent all over again. – Laura Witkowski

Deerhoof play the Crofoot w/ Experimental Dental School and Flying on 10/18

Bonus: The foot-tappin’ video for “Fresh Born”

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on August 12, 2008 at 9:00 am

Over the years, Portland, Oregon by-way-of Olympia, Washington label Kill Rock Stars has housed some legendary shit. At one point or another, Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, the Decemberists, Bikini Kill, and Bratmobile have all called the label home. Nowadays, the likes of Deerhoof, Erase Errata, New Bloods, Shy Child, and Xiu Xiu proudly hang their hats there. So when we sent KRS an email almost a year ago asking them to fill out a little survey of ours, never to hear anything in return, we had to chock it up to the fact that, shit, homeys must be busy putting out records and stuff. So, it came as quite a surprise when, low and behold, newish label owner (and wife of former honcho Slim Moon) Portia Sabine sent us an email, answering all of our silly little questions. Read on, and discover that despite being a label called Kill Rock Stars, it’s still apparently Okay to Read more

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 5, 2008 at 3:00 pm

>>> Deerhoof are poised to do big things in 2008. Remember when we told you their new album was to come out sometime in October? Now it’s got a name (Offend Maggie), a release date (October 7, via Kill Rock Stars), and will come jam-packed with 14 songs, presented in two acts. DHoof drummer Greg Saunier, Read more

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