DEERHOOF @ THE AVALON

December 9th, 2007 |



MONDAY, DEC. 10

How many indie rock groups can say they’ve inspired a kids’ ballet? Last year, Deerhoof’s 2004 album Milk Man was recreated note for note at a community theater in the tiny island town of North Haven, Maine, (population 381), with a cast of dancing youngsters costumed in milk-white duds. The band’s fusion of experimental jazz, J-pop, and punk rock might not strike the listener as the most natural soundtrack for a children’s production, but on the other hand, it makes perfect sense: with the diminutive Satomi Matsuzaki’s childlike voice chirping ‘Choo choo choo choo beep beep’ (‘+81’) or lyrics about throwing a stick for a dog (the electro ditty ‘Kidz Are So Small’), Deerhoof’s latest LP Friend Opportunity seems readymade for a playdate. And it’s the eclectic blend of such whimsical pop songs with more introspective compositions like ‘Cast Off Crown’ and ‘Look Away’ that makes Friend Opportunity one of the year’s best albums. Various band members have cited such influences as Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, surrealist author Kobo Abe, and Raymond Scott, the electronic-music pioneer perhaps best known for the Looney Tunes scores that were adapted from his work, so it’s no wonder Deerhoof is often described as ‘weird’ or ‘magical.’ Whatever you want to call it, the Bay Area trio continues to produce amazing music that is always inventive, artful, and ageless. (HCL)

WITH FAUN FABLES AND BLACK BLACK AT THE AVALON, 1735 N. VINE, HOLLYWOOD. 8:30 PM / $10 / ALL AGES. WWW.LIVENATION.COM