Deerhoof Announce New Album, Song Arranging Contest

Deerhoof Announce New Album, Song Arranging Contest
After weeks of online rumours, Deerhoof have finally given the official word on their new full-length. Titled Offend Maggie, the album by the delightfully wacky San Francisco quartet will hit October 7 via the band’s longtime home, Kill Rock Stars, and will mark the band’s first record since 2007’s widely applauded Friend Opportunity.

And while October may seem a long way off, Deerhoof are planning to get their Maggie wheel rolling shortly with a novel new stab at fan participation. Here’s the plan: via a new interactive website one song from the forthcoming album will be posted online, not predictably as an MP3, but as a downloadable written score minus any audio. Fans, foes or simply people with too much time on their hands are then encouraged to take the score, record their interpretation and then share their recording with others on the Deerhoof website.

The band haven’t said which song it will be, but on the album’s release date (or whenever it leaks), everyone can hear Deerhoof’s take on the song, then compare, critique and enjoy.

So what is the point of this whole score project? Well, to have fun obviously.

Further details on the project, such as the start date and web address, are expected to be announced shortly, but in the meantime, here is the Offend Maggie tracklisting, as well as Deerhoof’s upcoming tour dates.

Offend Maggie
Act 1
1. Offend Maggie
2. Fresh Born
3. Chandelier Searchlight
4. The Tears and Music of Love
5. Buck and Judy
6. Don’t Get Born
7. My Purple Past
Act 2
8. Basket Ball Get Your Groove Back
9. Numina
10. This Is God Speaking
11. Eaguru Guru
12. Snoopy Waves
13. Jagged Fruit
14. Family of Others

Tour dates:

6/07 Philadelphia PA, The Roots Family Picnic @ The Festival Pier (w/ the Roots, Gnarls Barkley, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings)
6/14 Tokyo Japan, Liquidroom (w/ Xiu Xiu, Mika Miko, Panther)
6/15 Osaka Japan, Shangri-la (w/ Xiu Xiu, Tenniscoats, Shugo Tokumaru)
6/16 Nagoya Japan, Club Upset (w/ Xiu Xiu, Tenniscoats, Shugo Tokumaru)
6/18 Sapporo Japan, Bessie Hall (w/ Tenniscoats)
7/18 Brooklyn NY, Prospect Park (w/ Metropolis Ensemble)
7/19 Halifax NS, The Marquee Club for the Halifax Jazz Festival
7/27 Hollywood CA, KCRW's World Festival @ The Hollywood Bowl (w/ Gnarls Barkley)