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Album: Friend Opportunity
# Song Title   Time
1)    Perfect Me, The
2)    + 81
3)    Believe E.S.P.
4)    Galaxist, The
5)    Choco Fight
6)    Whither the Invisible Birds?
7)    Cast off Crown
8)    Kidz Are So Small
9)    Matchbook Seeks Maniac
10)    Look Away
 

Album: Friend Opportunity
# Song Title   Time
1)    Perfect Me, The
2)    + 81
3)    Believe E.S.P.
4)    Galaxist, The
5)    Choco Fight
6)    Whither the Invisible Birds?
7)    Cast off Crown
8)    Kidz Are So Small
9)    Matchbook Seeks Maniac
10)    Look Away
 
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Performer Notes
  • Lyricist: David Shrigley.
  • Audio Mixers: Deerhoof; Ian Pellicci.
  • Recording information: Castro Theater, San Fancisco; New, Improved Recordings; Tiny Telephone.
  • Although Deerhoof famously covered the seemingly uncoverable Shaggs gem "My Pal Foot Foot" early in their career, their overall vision has more in common with a different group of brilliantly amateurish women: the Raincoats. Now a trio--after the departure of guitarist Chris Cohen--the San Francisco avant-twee stalwarts inherit from the Raincoats not only a childish sweetness and daft charm, but also intricately layered and inspired musicianship. Despite the oddities, Deerhoof are no slouches.
  • FRIEND OPPORTUNITY continues their string of masterpieces--all the more impressive considering the mercurial line-up. Vocalist and bassist Satomi Matsuzaki, guitarist John Dieterich, and Greg Saunier remain the stalwarts here. "The Perfect Me," "+81," and "Matchbook Seeks Maniac" finds them perfecting the Deerhoof brew of stunted, off-kilter pop with bursts of experimentation that always sound organic and wank-free. "Believe ESP" adds elements of Minutemen-style funk into the mix, while "Kidz Are So Small" wraps a meandering Matsuzaki melody around a falling-down-the-stairs drum track. The album closes with "Look Away," a meditative epic--both rare qualities in the Deerhoof catalog--that the band nails with heartfelt aplomb.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.66) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Over kitchen-sink instrumentation -- fuzzed-out guitars, organ, spooky synths -- Japanese vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki sings lovely, impressionistic lyrics in a childlike voice."

Spin (p.85) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith the helium-tinged Matsuzaki front and center, Deerhoof's music remains deliciously skewed."

Q (p.117) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Satomi Matsuzaki's girlish vocals provide a sweetener to John Dieterich and Greg Saunier's tumble of stop-start rhythms, guitars, fairground organs and churchy horns."

Alternative Press (p.136) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "FRIEND OPPORTUNITY is perfectly sweet and adorable pop music that can every once in a while show a gritty, even a sexy edge."

The Wire (p.49) - "The droning keyboards, surprising arrangements and beautiful vocals of 'Matchbook Seeks Maniac' conclude a vibrant and explosive album from a group that keeps getting better."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]arm and attractive. Deerfhoof are a topsy-turvy, what's-wrong-is-right kind of band."
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