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Come See The Deerhoof@La Tulipe 10/31/06

Posted by Omar / November 1, 2006

What makes Halloween so great? Why candy, you dummy.

Okay. But what else makes Halloween great? Smiles on little kids' faces. Displays of youthful imagination. Paying respect to the macabre in all its symbolic glory. That cute girl in the Batgirl costume (still waiting for my invitation to that party ... hello? ...)

Oh, and when you see a great band on Halloween night, wearing freakish costumes who then invite a dude onstage who's dressed as one of their freakiest album covers, while he does wiggly dances to surreal musical accompaniment. It's moments like this that make you feel like you're at that special show.

Of course, if someone told me that this happens at every Deerhoof show, I wouldn't be surprised. They're a pretty atypical act. Working in an undefinable genre (strange hybrid of experimental rock, prog, and a little bit of Japanese kid or jingle music isn't a defined genre yet), the three members of Deerhoof proved to be one of the best shows I've seen this year.

Greg Saunier, the drummer and bandleader of the group is also the reincarnate of Keith Moon. His trademark miniature kit takes quite a bit of abuse at the beautiful ordered chaos of his brilliant playing. John Dieterich avant-garde noise guitar work was equally impressive and Satomi Matsuzaki channeled everyone's inner child with her spooky, spidery yet melodious vocals.

With an audience full of people in bee, bunny and ghost costumes, It sometimes felt like being at a rock show inside of a David Lynch movie. In other words, fucking awesome.

On to other things, I'd like to pick up a theme from Chip LeBec's earlier post about K-OS - I have some grumpy old man (I'm 33) things to say about shows in this city:

First, what up with the unannounced opening band? Can there be anything more annoying than expecting a band you love and having to endure a poseur indie band performing like a bunch of rock and roll cliches? Maybe a bit harsh, after all The Crystal Cliffs were fairly innocuous, except for the requisite cool indie-pixie girl singer making arrogant comments ('Hey, it's Halloween! Why aren't you all dressed up? giggle, giggle') Just show the bands advertised for chrissakes!

Secondly, (and I'm sure I'm alone here), I have no problem with short sets. Most bands play for way too long. Deerhoof's one-hour set was packed with all their greatest songs, and it left me wanting more, never being bored, and full of energy. Why do we need hours and hours and hours of musical performance? Give me one great hour over a couple of mediocre ones any day.

You hear that, Montreal, don't make me wave my cane at all you, young guttersnipes ...

Discussion

9 Comments

asmaa / November 1, 2006 at 11:31 am
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er ... why didn't you mention that you were too old and curmudgeonly to stick around for the main act? (that would be the fiery furnaces.)
azed / November 1, 2006 at 12:10 pm
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yes...yes...yes! I agree wholeheartedly with what you is saying about the great Deerhoof. But hey, cut those local guys a break...even Deerhoof had to start somewhere.

Deerhoof rox.

OJ / November 1, 2006 at 03:02 pm
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Who and what is that dancing guy?

I think the short set list approval rating is directly related to the cost of admission. For example, if I say, paid $70 to see Radiohead and they finished in 45 minutes, I might be upset. But I do see your point - the 2.5 hr De La Soul concert I attended was a bit much; one's arm can only wave in the air for so long...
golu dolls / March 22, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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nice post
Kanchipuram sarees / March 22, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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nice post
Kanchipuram sarees / March 22, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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nice post
Herbal Powder / March 22, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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