“La Isla Bonita”: now the name of both a Madonna song and a Deerhoof album


Bay Area noise-rockers Deerhoof were in a pretty festive mood on their last album, 2012’s Breakup Song, and it sounds like they’re going to keep the party raging on their next LP. Due out Nov. 4th on Polyvinyl, it’s got the Madonna-evoking title La Isla Bonita—and while neither track released from it so far could be mistaken for Madge’s 1987 foray into Latin pop, they’re both downright pop-tastic by Deerhoof standards. In fact, we love ’em so much we’ll include them both in this post, before we tell you about the ‘Hoof’s fall tour dates.

First up: “Exit Only,” a stomping, punk-rock rave-up:

Next, “Paradise Girls,” which I guess you could describe as Deerhoof’s version of a feminist empowerment anthem. Girls who are smart and/or play the bass do indeed rule. Satomi Matsuzaki oughta know, ’cause she’s both.

La Isla Bonita is available for pre-order now from the Polyvinyl website. Now here are those tour dates we promised you. See you at the Troubadour!

Deerhoof National Tour Dates:

11/4: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (w/ Tim Barnes, Xenia Rubinos)
11/5: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (w/ Assembly, Zannie Owens w/ Mount Yucca)
11/6: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (w/ White Reaper, Trans Am)
11/7: Falls Church, VA @ State Theatre (w/ White Reaper, Xenia Rubinos)
11/8: Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern (w/ White Reaper, Xenia Rubinos)
11/9: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (w/ White Reaper, Cibo Matto)
11/11: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge (w/ White Reaper, Priests)
11/12: Kalamazoo, MI @ Louie’s Back Room (w/ White Reaper, Priests)
11/13: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (w/ White Reaper, Priests)
11/14: Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Piccolo Rialto (w/ White Reaper, Priests)
11/15: Pawtucket, RI @ The Met (w/ Priests, Lightning Bolt)
11/17: Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour (w/ Go Dark, Crystal Skulls)
11/18: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall (w/ Go Dark, Crystal Skulls)
11/20: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (w/ Go Dark, Busdriver)
11/21: Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s (w/ Go Dark, Busdriver)
11/22: Vancouver, BC @ Fortune (w/ Go Dark, Busdriver)


Weird of the Day: Dustin and Takako, “She He See Feel”

Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa
Photo by Hiromi Shinada

Baltimore guitarist Dustin Wong hasn’t gotten any less prolific or weird since his band Ponytail disbanded in 2011. After releasing several intriguing solo albums, Wong has now joined forces with Japanese singer Takako Minekawa to push his experiments into something resembling pop music, if pop music was a delicate vase just begging to be shattered into a million pieces.

The duo’s debut album, Savage Imagination, is due out next month on Thrill Jockey. For a taste, check out this video for the track “She He See Feel,” which features a diorama Dustin and Takako created for the album cover and some rubber-limbed dance moves.

You can pre-order Savage Imagination via the Thrill Jockey website.

I really need a pair of those raver glasses from the new Deerhoof video

Photo by Deron Pulley

So it looks like Deerhoof‘s Greg Saunier had so much fun shooting a guerrilla-style video on the streets of Hong Kong that he decided to bring the whole band along for a followup. This time the setting is Tokyo and the soundtrack is “We Do Parties,” a lively jam off their most recent album, the excellent Breakup Song. Armed with glowsticks, stickers promoting their Tokyo show and blinky raver glasses that I can’t stop watching, the SF noise-pop heroes make lead singer Satomi Matsuzaki’s hometown their playground. Watch.

In other good news for Hoofheads, Deerhoof just announced a whole mess of tour dates, including an appearance at something in New York called the Ecstatic Music Festival, where they’ll be collaborating with these guys. Which is nice, because usually the only thing New Yorkers have to look forward to in February is freezing their asses off on a dank subway platform.

Deerhoof 2013 tour dates:

02-20 New York, NY – Merkin Concert Hall (Ecstatic Music Festival)
03-01 Brisbane, Australia – The Zoo
03-02 Sydney, Australia – The Annandale
03-03 Melbourne, Australia – Schoolhouse Stuidos
03-06 Adelaide, Australia – Adelaide Festival
04-04 St. Louis, MO – The Firebird #
04-06 Madison, WI – UW-Madison Music Hall %
04-07 Iowa City, IA – The Mill (Mission Creek Festival)
04-08 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall *
04-09 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme *
04-11 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Pike Room *
04-12 Pittsburgh, PA – Andy Warhol Theatre *
04-13 Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall *
04-14 Albany, NY – Valentine’s *
04-15 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *

# with The Breaks
% with Dal Niente
* with People Get Ready

One last Deerhoof tidbit: “We Do Parties” is being released Feb. 26th as part of a digital EP that will also feature Breakup Song bonus track “Just for That,” a remix of “Mario’s Flaming Dessert” by electronic music pioneer Simeon of Silver Apples, and  a live cover of the Velvet Underground’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties.” Watch this space for your chance to get in on that action. Or, if you’re like us, you can blow a few bucks on those LED raver glasses instead.

Watch Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier go guerrilla drumming in Hong Kong

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Photo by Richard Saunier

We’ve made no secret of the giant man-crushes we have on Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier, the man who makes it possible to dance your ass off to the Bay Area noise popsters even at their noisiest. So it is with big, googly puppy-dog eyes full of man-love that we present to you this awesome little video filmmaker Vincent Moon shot with Saunier in Hong Kong. It’s just 8 minutes of Saunier walking around the city with a pair of drumsticks, but it’s a hoot.

This is apparently the first of four Deerhoof “solo” videos that will be premiering over the course of the next week on You Ain’t No Picasso. Check back there next week to see what on-camera antics Satomi Matsuzaki, John Dietirich and Ed Rodriguez get up to. There probably won’t be any impromptu back massages like in the Moon/Saunier clip, but with Deerhoof, you never know.

Deerhoof’s next album, Breakup Song, comes out Sept. 4th.

Deerhoof tour dates! (and drums!)

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It’s been over a year since San Fran noise-rockers Deerhoof released their last album, the excellently titled Deerhoof vs. Evil. But apparently they’re more interested in playing gigs than returning to the studio, because they just announced a whole slew of North American live dates running all the way into November, with nary a new product to push in sight. Not that we’re complaining. Watching Greg Saunier beat his drum kit like it owes him money is way more fun than listening to a Deerhoof record, anyway. (Well, except maybe for Offend Maggie. That set was a hoot.) [Update: We blogged too soon. Deerhoof do have a new album called Breakup Song coming out Sept. 4 on Polyvinyl. We’re sure it will be filled with much mayhem and mirth.]

Anyway, here are the dates, complete with opening acts. And speaking of opening acts: After the jump, enjoy a little live clip of Saunier beating the skins (no matter how many times I say that, it still sounds dirty) in a drum duet with Liam Finn, who’s clearly no slouch on the kit himself. Enjoy.

09-05 – Washington, DC – The Black Cat w/ Dope Body, America Hearts
09-06 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Festival @ Memorial Auditorium w/ Liars and Airstrip
09-17 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg w/ Buke And Gase, Mirel Wagner
09-18 – Cambridge, MA – The Middle East w/ Buke And Gase, Mirel Wagner
09-19 – Montreal, QC – Pop Montreal @ Cabaret Du Mile End w/ Buke And Gase, Mirel Wagner
09-21 – Lexington, KY – Boomslang Festival @ Cosmic Charlie’s w/ Buke And Gase
09-22 – Chicago, IL – Scuba’s Tavern (early all ages show) w/ Mirel Wagner
09-22 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s Tavern (10PM door 21+ show) w/ Buke And Gase
09-23 – Minneapolis, MN – The Brick w/ Buke And Gase, Mirel Wagner
09-24 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room w/ Buke And Gase, Raleigh Moncrief
09-25 – Denver, CO – The Hi Dive w/ Buke And Gase, Raleigh Moncrief
09-27 – Garden City, ID – Visual Arts Collective w/ Buke And Gase, Raleigh Moncrief, Luke Wyland (of AU)
09-28 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project w/ Buke And Gase, Raleigh Moncrief
09-29 – Portland, OR – Branx w/ Buke And Gase, Raleigh Moncrief
09-30 – Arcata, CA – The Depot @ Humboldt State University w/ Buke And Gase, Raleigh Moncrief
10-01 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s w/ Buke And Gase, Raleigh Moncrief
10-02 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex w/ Buke And Gase, Raleigh Moncrief
11-03 – Dallas, TX – Prophet Bar w/ Formica Man, Skating Polly, Liam Finn
11-05 – Houston, TX – Walter’s w/ Formica Man, Liam Finn
11-06 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon w/ Formica Man, Twin Killers, Liam Finn
11-07 – Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box w/ Formica Man, Liam Finn
11-08 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder w/ Formica Man, Liam Finn
11-09 – Orlando, FL – Accidental Music Festival @ The Plaza Live
11-10 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club w/ Formica Man, Liam Finn
11-12 – Richmond, VA – The National w/ Formica Man, Liam Finn
11-13 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar w/ Formica Man, Liam Finn, Dope Body

Flaming Lips at Noise Pop 20: The Soft Bulletin front to back

Good news, all you weirdo Frisco dwellers (and yes, we know you hate it when people say “Frisco”–that’s why we keep doing it): There are still some badges left for the 20th annual Noise Pop Festival that will get you into Bimbo’s 365 Club on Feb. 21st to see the Flaming Lips perform their 1999 classic album The Soft Bulletin in its entirety. And while not quite as weird as a 24-hour song encased in a human skull, The Soft Bulletin is an undisputed psych-rock masterpiece that should make for a pretty fascinating live listening experience. Even those stingy bastards at Pitchfork gave it a perfect 10.0 rating.

For those of you not familiar with Noise Pop: It’s sort of San Francisco’s version of the much more crowded and over-commercialized South by Southwest, a festival that’s spread out into venues all over the city instead of some dusty park with overpriced food vendors. Now in its 20th year, the 2012 edition of Noise Pop also features TWBITW favorites Die Antwoord along with such less weird but undeniably awesome acts as Sleigh Bells, Built to Spill, Atlas Sound, Matthew Dear and Archers of Loaf. Last we checked, $200 badges are still available that will get you into the entire festival, including the Lips. The whole thing lasts Feb. 21-26. If you decide to skip the Lips, the whole thing will only set you back $150–but why would you want to do that?

Jake and I will most likely not be there, sadly, because we’re broke as fuck. Unless we can convince them to let us in free and “report” on the whole thing. Isn’t that what all the other music blogs do?

We’ll play this post out with “Waitin’ for a Superman,” one of our favorite Soft Bulletin tracks. It’s gettin’ heavy!

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New music video from Ponytail’s Dustin Wong: “Diagonally Talking Echoes”

(Photo by Valerie Paulsgrove)

Last year we got the sad news that Baltimore noise-popsters Ponytail, one of the first bands we ever blogged about, were calling it quits. But there’s a silver lining to this cloud: We now get to hear more of the crazy-intricate guitar experiments of Ponytail’s former axman, Dustin Wong.

Wong released his first solo album, Infinite Love, in 2010; he’s back this year with Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads, out Feb. 21st on Thrill Jockey Records. The whole album was built around various guitar effects pedals, all layering, looping, distorting and pitch-shifting Wong’s colorful riffs into all sorts of kaleidoscopic patterns. “I see all these pedals as a kind of textile factory,” Wong says. “The sheets and colors are determined, then the patterns are laid on top, one layer after another until it becomes a fabric mille feuille.” We’re pretty sure that’s French for “trippy-ass shit.”

You can check out the track “Diagonally Talking Echoes” and its appropriately psychedelic video on Vimeo. Maybe it’ll make you miss Ponytail a little bit less. If not, we’re sure there’s a Noise Pop Festival reunion in their future at some point.

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