Over the past two decades, punk has shed most of its pricklier and more interesting qualities on its journey from the cultural fringe to the heart of the mainstream. But Bay Area quartet Deerhoof, who celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, have taken upon themselves the task of keeping punk weird, even when it seemed like they were going at it alone.
On Nov. 4, the band will release their 13th album, La Isla Bonita. Recorded in guitarist Ed Rodriguez’s basement, the album finds Deerhoof as gleefully noisy as ever but with a more refined pop edge, as you can hear on the lead single “Exit Only” (which was recorded in one take). Like their other works, the record draws from a crazy broad range of influences, and for this playlist entitled “Palpitations, Eruptions, Rhythmania,” guitarist John Dieterich shares a few.
Palpitations, Eruptions, Rhythmania
Silver Apples, “You and I,” Silver Apples
Frantic agitated dance kings. We actually got Simeon from Silver Apples to remix one of the songs on our last record!
Quintete Sextete, “Massani Cisse,” African Pearls 2 - Guinée : Cultural Revolution
I know nothing about this band other than that their bandname is genius. Some of my favorite guitar playing in the universe. Hit repeat.
Stereolab, “Tomorrow is Already Here”
Politico-trance music you can dance to … sort of. So beautiful.
Shabazz Palaces, “Yeah You,” Black Up
We played a festival with these guys in Melbourne a few years ago, and I had no idea who they were. I was in our dressing room when I heard this incredible, incessant bass line throbbing through the floor, and I went down to the stage and they were playing this. I’ve been a fan ever since.
Wanda Jackson, “Funnel of Love,” One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Groups
I’m still kicking myself for missing Wanda Jackson when she came through on tour. The best.
Sly & the Family Stone, “Family Affair,” There’s a Riot Goin’ On
Arguably (by me) the coolest album ever made, and this song is one of its shining something-or-others. It’s the sound of your heart melting at the same rate as your brain.
Caetano Veloso, “Minhas Lagrimas,” Ce
This just came out a few years ago. I listen to music so seldom— that is, that I’m not working on— that it feels like yesterday! How I love Caetano.
Bukka White, “Aberdeen Mississippi Blues,” Parchman Farm Blues
I discovered Bukka’s music a few years ago and listened to very little else for a while. There’s something really magical, and his melodies are so singular.
Sunbutler, “The Foreigner,” Sunbutler
Collaboration between our pal Joe Howe and Momus. Genius record. Highly disquieting synth gems.
Serengeti & Polyphonic, “Call the Law,” Terradactyl
Genius song and one of my favorite Serengeti & Polyphonic tracks. We got to tour with S&P and are very lucky for it.
Tabu Ley Rochereau, “Paquita,” African Pearls 1: Congo - Rumba on the River
The rhythmic feel on this is so good! We attempted something with this feel on our album Deerhoof vs. Evil, but it’s nowhere even close …
Alice Coltrane, “Oceanic Beloved,” A Monastic Trio
I was given this song as a gift on a compilation from a friend and instantly fell in love with it. My kind of music. Rhythmic complexity of a very high order. Explorers!