Jeff Tweedy fronting Deerhoof? You might be surprised just how natural the voice of Wilco sounds amidst the eccentric, swirling chaos of the Deerhoofian musical universe.
The Wilco-Deerhoof connection goes back a long way. They toured the midwest together in 2004. Wilco guitarist Nels Cline's "Suspended Head" from Instrumentals (2002) was the guitarist's raucous tribute to Deerhoof. Frontman Jeff Tweedy has been name-checking Deerhoof records in best-of lists for years. And when Deerhoof recently pointed to Wilco as the inspiration for their song "Behold A Marvel In The Darkness,” the idea was hatched that Mr. Tweedy should actually have a go.
Which brings us to "Behold A Raccoon In The Darkness," the fourth installment of Deerhoof’s collaborative 7” series in which guest vocalists perform over an instrumental track from the band’s latest full-length, Deerhoof vs. Evil.
The instrumental track, the melody, and the lyrics for "Behold" are unchanged from the original. But in place of Deerhoof chanteuse Satomi Matsuzaki, we hear the immediately identifiable pipes of Jeff Tweedy, with harmonies by his son Spencer.
Side B features "Own It," an original song by The Raccoonists, a group comprised of Tweedy and his two sons, Spencer and Sam. Although the band originally began as an instrumental duo (consisting of Jeff and Spencer), it has since evolved into a trio with Sam providing vocals. Recorded in Spencer and Sam's bedroom, "Own It" is the first Raccoonists song to be released. However, the group does have plans to record more tracks later this year.
You can listen to the 7” and watch the video for “Own It” now.
"Behold a Raccoon in the Darkness" comes out October 11 on Polyvinyl Records. It is limited to 2000 copies on clear pink vinyl and it is available for pre-order now.
aug 07 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival (Scena Lesna stage)
sep 15 - San Francisco, CA - Atrium at SFMOMA (Adam Pendleton & Deerhoof present BAND)
sep 20 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (White Suns, Mick Barr)
sep 21 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live (Joshua Stamper)
sep 22 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater (Gull, Invisible Hand)
sep 23 - Cincinnati, OH - Know Theatre (Midpoint Music Festival)
sep 24 - Champaign, IL - Polyvinyl's 15th Anniversary Party at Pygmalion (Braid, Xiu Xiu, and many more)
sep 25 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge (Trin Tran, The Cloak Ox)
sep 26 - St. Louis, MO - Luminary Center for the Arts (Sleepy Kitty)
sep 28 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt (Keir Neurings, Powerdove)
sep 29 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East (The Toughcats, Fat Worm of Error)
oct 01 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club (Benjy Ferree)
oct 02 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP - Asbury Park Convention Hall & Paramount Theatre (w/ Portishead, Mogwai, Battles, Earth, and more)