Posted by: on November 18, 2008 at 11:57 am


I ventured out to Pontiac last Thursday to see Deerhunter, whose newest release Microcastle is nothing short of amazing. First up was Disappears, who sounded like Ikara Colt if they were a shoegazer band. It was good, but slightly underwhelming. Hailing from the “blue state of Ohio,” Times New Viking took the stage by storm, reminding us that we were at a live show and that I should probably not fall asleep on my date. Although TNV’s albums are considered lo-fi, their set was anything but. I expected my eardrums to be pierced by feedback, but I was pleasantly disappointed. By the time Deerhunter got onstage, The Crofoot was packed. Bradford Cox noted that Michigan was up to this point, the best stop on their tour. I’m thinking he says that in every city. Cox asked people to throw things on stage at him, while the bass player humbly begged for a cigarette, and got one (and a hat!). Awesomeness.

– Elle Sawa

p.s. did anyone get pics of this show? send some our way…

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Posted by: on October 29, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Deerhunter, Mircocastle (Kranky Records, 2008)

MP3: “Nothing Ever Happened”

It’s bizarre to review an album that has been leaked for what seems like an eternity now, and one that has been available on iTunes, even, for at least a few months. But when you craft something as monumental and mesmerizing as Deerhunter‘s Microcastle, it’s hard to just ignore it as if it’s old news.

Certainly, by now, we’re all pretty familiar with Deerhunter’s story: Lead singer and resident minor-celebrity Bradford Cox is a lanky, humorous, effeminate, outspoken, blog-addicted, songwriting machine. Besides his well-received output with Deerhunter (including the much hyped Cryptograms and Fluorescent Grey EP), he has pumped out loads of stuff under his own Atlas Sound moniker, including the material released on last year’s Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel, and the musical treats he consistently Read more

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Posted by: on June 26, 2008 at 11:00 am


If you’ve already downloaded it, you pretty much know that The Slip is Nine Inch Nails’ strongest collection of electro power jams since, well, that “Perfect Drug” song was all over MTV. Since Trent Reznor has become the Goth/Industrial version of Ian McKaye and Thurston Moore — giving shit away for free, taking cool bands like Deerhunter on tour — it’s not surprising that he’s doing something special for the official physical release of The Slip, giving you more bang for your buck. The CD version of the album comes out July 22, is limited to 250,000 copies worldwide, and contains a DVD featuring footage for the band’s upcoming tour, as well as a 24-page booklet and sticker pack (stickers!!!). A gatefold vinyl version of the album comes out August 5. So now you can slip it in three ways…just the tip, halfsies, or all the way. — Ryan Allen

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Posted by: 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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