I distinctly remember my first trip to an independent record shop. To my surprise, my arrival at the register (holding the Keith Richards solo album Talk Is Cheap) came with some un-asked-for commentary courtesy of the people working there: "I just saw him on Saturday Night Live, and boy did he look pale..." I felt simultaneously frowned-upon and ultra-impressed that someone could just walk in and buy anything in the place, and they'd have something to say about it. Years later after Deerhoof was formed, independent record stores became central to our livelihood. Our first releases were 7" singles and an LP, and the only shops that carried them were independents. In some cases, it was finding our record in such a store that initiated relationships that would become important for us later. For example the owner of the label Menlo Park Recordings found Deerhoof this way, and went on to release a double 7" and two CDs (Halfbird and Green Cosmos). Also Thurston Moore discovered Deerhoof in this way and contacted us about opening for his band Sonic Youth, which we have now done several times.
We're going to celebrate Record Store Day this year with two LP reissues: APPLE O' and GREEN COSMOS.
In our era of Music Overload one never knows if one's songwriting efforts will be recognized in any way, let alone heard, let alone remembered...so it was with a genuine thrill that we discovered our 2003 album Apple O' lurking in some end-of-decade lists. Let it be enjoyed afresh! Record Store Day 2010 is approaching, and here comes Apple O' on vinyl for the first time in years. This time the vinyl is blue and the artwork expanded. 4 previously unreleased bonus tracks enhance the free download that is the automatic fringe benefit of a purchase of this LP, because you will get a download code. Most likely on a small piece of paper, careful don't lose it.
Please enjoy Green Cosmos, it is coming on Record Store Day April 17 2010. I expect many have never heard it before, due in part to a substandard marketing campaign when it was originally released in 2005. It is not on any end-of-decade lists. It is the first time on vinyl of any color, let alone milky green and with free downloads and 4 bonus tracks. Careful - don't lose the small scrap of paper that contains the download code, until the download is successful, then discard, or recycle where municipal regulation allows. I have heard the 12" 45rpm test pressing and trust me this the definition of hi-fi, you can hear every last squiggle and clink, it is a thing of beauty.
Apple O' was about the Greek god of music and order, Apollo. Green Cosmos was about the Cosmos, i.e. space travel, galaxies, the big bang, and all the things in the universe.Apple O' was about the apple from the Tree of Knowledge, the ability to harness the atom, and its effect on Japan-US relations 1945 to the present.
Jazzy - Enjoy.
Apple O' A1) DUMMY DISCARDS A HEART A2) MY DIAMOND STAR CAR A3) HEART FAILURE A4) PANDA PANDA PANDA A5) APPLE BOMB A6) FLOWER B1) SEALED WITH A KISS B2) L'AMOUR STORIES B3) HAYLEY AND HOMER B4) DINNER FOR TWO B5) THE FORBIDDEN FRUITS B6) ADAM+EVE CONNECTION B7) BLUE CASH
plus bonus tracks:
DUMMY DISCARDS A HEART live 2003 THE FORBIDDEN FRUITS chris demo PANDA PANDA PANDA first performance 2002 MY DIAMOND STAR CAR live 2002
Green Cosmos A1) GREEN COSMOS A2) BYUN A3) HOT MINT AIR BALLOON A4) KONEKO KITTEN B1) COME SEE THE DUCK B2) MALALAUMA B3) SPIRAL GOLDEN TOWN
plus bonus tracks:
SPRIAL GOLDEN TOWN greg demo HOT MINT AIR BALLOON live 2004 COME SEE THE DUCK live 2005 KONEKO KITTEN rehearsal 2004
mar 03 - Melbourne, AUS - The Corner mar 04 - Melbourne, AUS - East Brunswick mar 09 - Sydney, AUS - Spectrum (w/ Tenniscoates) mar 10 - Wellington, NZ - San Francisco Bath House mar 11 - Auckland, NZ - Kings Arms mar 23 - Osaka, Japan - Akaso (w/ Ogre You Asshole) mar 24 - Nygoya, Japan - Club Quattro (w/ Ogre You Asshole) mar 26 - Tokyo, Japan - Liquid Room (w/ Ogre You Asshole) mar 28 - Sendai, Japan - Shaft mar 31 - Matsuyama, Japan - Hoshizora Jett (w/ Tori Kudo) apr 01 - Fukuoka, Japan - Early Believers (w/ Folk Enough, Velocityut) apr 02 - Okayama, Japan - Pepperland apr 03 - Hamamatsu, Japan - Lucrezia apr 14 - Moscow, Russia - IKRA apr 15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen apr 20 - Warsaw, Poland - Powiekszenie apr 21 - Krakow, Poland - Klub Re apr 22 - Bratislava, Slovakia - A4 apr 23 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Siska apr 24 - Budapest, Hungary - Trafo apr 26 - Zagreb, Croatia - SC apr 29 - Krems, Austria - Donaufestival (w/ Xiu Xiu performing Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures) jun 25 - Omaha, NB - Waiting Room (w/ Southeast Engine, Broken Spindles) jun 26 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue (w/ WHY?, Southeast Engine) jun 27 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium (w/ Southeast Engine) jul 05 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project (w/ The Donkeys, Southeast Engine) jul 06 - Portland, OR - Berbatti's (w/ The Donkeys, Southeast Engine) jul 08 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill (w/ The Donkeys, Southeast Engine)
Deerhoof and Plastic Ono Band at the Fox Theater, Oakland CA, February 23 2010, photo by Michael Zelner