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Review of Deerhoof’s “Offend Maggie” in the Boston Globe, 10.14.08

October 21, 2008

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Review of the predictably fascinating new album from Deerhoof, Offend Maggie in the Boston Globe. LINK.

WHY? Profile for the Boston Globe 9.19.08

October 14, 2008

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It sounds like he's shrugging responsibility for whatever level of gleeful disorder is present in the work. But Why?'s music is a bit beyond that, taking styles that have overlapped for decades now and nearly erasing the tension between them. The key to this is that when a young pop cultural prankster named Beck tried this 15 years ago, he couldn't do it with a straight face. When the rap-metal kids tried it 10 years ago, nobody else could keep a straight face. The kind of music that Why? is making now strips both sides of its identity down to an almost stem-cell level. This has all culminated in the band's latest album, "Alopecia." There's a sort of reverse engineering going on here - taking both lo-fi rock and sampling aesthetics and building a new kind of band around them.

USAISAMONSTER Feature 10.1.08

October 14, 2008

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They settled into the low-rent hamlet of Charlottesville, Virginia (Langenus: “We paid $75 a month rent and could afford to practice six hours a day, every day, and would then spend six or seven months on tour”) and hammered out the foundations of USAISAMONSTER: haywire guitars, caveman noise prog, and an obsession with Native American history and folklore. It was a big step in the band’s parochial and survivalist attitude toward music and life — one that had the duo recording The Joshua Tree (2003) in the wilderness on gasoline generator power and peppering albums with acoustic recordings full of crinkling campfire leaves and twigs.