Deerhoof Release New Album To Benefit Emergent Fund

‘Mountain Moves’, a 15-track album set for release on September 8th via Joyful Noise, was leaked at the beginning of the week by Deerhoof themselves. A band releasing their own music of their own volition? Can that really be considered a leak, you might ask? Well, Deerhoof has called it a leak, so it’s final. One might find amusement in the use of the term considering the content of the new LP: a wake-up call on the sociopolitical environment we live in today. “Leaked” to their Bandcamp page, fans, charitable givers, and those of you who have no idea what to listen to now that your summer playlist is winding down alike, can purchase the album from now until September 7th with 100% going directly to The Emergent Fund. A dollar? A hundred dollars? It’s your decision what you pay, but know that the money is well spent on a charitable organization that focuses “on grassroots organizations in communities of color who are facing injustice based on racial, ethnic, religious and other forms of discrimination.”

The indie pop quartet made up of John Dieterich, Satomi Matsuzaki, Ed Rodriguez, and Greg Saunier find their fourteenth studio release in ‘Mountain Moves’ and they’re as robust as ever. Featuring artists such as Juana Molina, Awkwafina, and Jenn Wasner among others and covers of tracks from Bob Marley and The Staple Singers, as well as ‘Gracias a la Vida’ originally recorded by Chilean folk singer Violeta Parra, the album is cohesive in it’s message. The first single’s title comes from a moment famous in rock history: Bob Dylan’s comment to unhappy audiences at London’s Royal Albert Hall, displeased with the singer going electric. Drummer/singer Greg Saunier stated in a recent interview: “The numbers say that the young and the poor are trying to save the world for everyone, and the boomers and the powerful are saying ‘you are dreaming.’ Of course they say it from a safe, elitist, corporate-sponsored, media-produced distance, so we wanted to say, ‘come down here and say that to our faces.’” ‘Come Down Here & Say That’, featuring Lætitia Sadier, is a grooving machinist Talking Heads / Deee-Lite lovechild, echoing out “who is the coward?” on repeat. Be sure to check out ‘Come Down Here’ up above. Who knows, you just might find yourself tempted to buy the record again on blue swirl wax after listening.

Tour Dates:
8/28 – Darmstadt, DE – Oetinger Villa
8/30 – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje
8/31 – Opwijk, BE – Nosta
9/02 – Aarhus, DK – UJazz Festival
9/03 – Dorset, UK – End of the Road Festival
9/04 – London, UK – Village Underground
9/05 – Ramsgate, UK – Ramsgate Music Hall – sold out
9/15 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios +*
9/16 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe +*
9/17 – Bellingham, WA – The Wild Buffalo +*
9/18 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios +*
9/19 – Eugene, OR – The Hi Fi Lounge +*
9/21 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall +*
9/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom +*
9/23 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent +*
9/24 – Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad +*
9/26 – Austin, TX – Antone’s =+
9/27 – Houston, TX – Walter’s =+$
9/28 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada =+
9/29 – Kansas City, MO – Outer Reaches Fest @ Record Bar ^
9/30 – St Louis, MO – The Ready Room +^
10.01 – Chicago, IL – EB25 series @ Empty Bottle #^
10/03 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme #^
10/04 – Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick #^
10/05 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls #^
10/06 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt #^
10/07 – Brooklyn, NY – Villain #^
10/08 – Kingston, NY – O+ Fest At BSP
10/09 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
10/10 – Baltimore, MD – The Ottobar (20 Year Anniversary of The Ottobar)
* Mayya and the Revolutionary Hell Yeah!
+ Christina Schneider’s Genius Grant
= Thor And Friends
$ Rose Ette
^ Lily And Horn Horse
# Sad13

Sarah Medeiros

Music Writer

A music obsessive with side interests in everything under the sun, but particularly: herbalism, nutrition, literature, and travel. Possessor of a completely healthy compulsion to listen to every Queen album on a bi-weekly basis.