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    Deerhoof – “Runners Four, the ” – [5 Rue Christine]

    Hitomi sounds like your childhood imaginary friend. Why
    can’t everyone see her over there, that 4 1/2 foot bunny,
    and why isn’t that bunny gnawing on a grammy like a golden
    24K carrot? Oh, I know that Deerhoof always packs enough
    oddball into their ouvre to put the bastions of boredom on
    red alert, but at the same time each album is laced with
    breathtaking pop/rock/sound that should be covered by
    armies of teenage garage bands. This album in particular!
    (Although under torture I could see how some folks might
    see this as the equivalent of Sonic Youth’s “Dirty” for
    the hoven ones…but I still think “Dirty” is damn good!)
    Greg is still playing his minimal kit like a pack of pop
    rocks (check out “Running Thoughts” it’s like a candy
    version of Close to the Edge. This band is so sneaky good
    in addition to that tasty outer crunchy layer. Both John
    and Chris can go from super hero high-wiring to rock-solid
    soldered rhythm guitar and brazen blues swagger, check
    the choruses of “Wrong Time Capsule.” To me one big key
    is the mingling of the Hitomi’s cheeriness with the
    acidic dissonant tones the band can muster. But then how
    can one explain “Odyssey” and its David-Grubbs-in-a-bottle
    tossed in the sea sort floatation or “Bone Dry” and its
    fairytale charm or the Horton-hears-the-Who altar boy
    innocence of “You Can See” all vocally 99% Hitomi-free?’
    And yet still tremendous. Deerhoof have cranked their
    concupiscence up to pure irresistability.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on November 11, 2005 at 11:27 pm
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