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Say what you will about Deerhoof, but they know how to write a beautiful song. And ''Offend Maggie'' is all the more beautiful for the fact that it seems to come out of nowhere. For all its sparkling musicanship, it sounds casually tossed off like it was nothing at all. It's a new sound for the band as much as it's a new sound for pop music.

While John Dieterich's acoustic guitar seems to channel Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure, Ed Rodriguez's electric conjures classic Townsend. Singer/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki (with drummer Greg Saunier on harmony vocal) tells a plaintive story in which telemarketing calls are a metaphor for unrequited love. The bittersweet magic of this short song promises a major thrill ride when its 14-track namesake is released next month.

For those who have been following their remarkable career, ''Offend Maggie'' represents another Deerhoofian high-water mark, even as it shows another abrupt shift in direction. With these master gamesters, you can never guess their next move, but once they've made it, it somehow seems inevitable. One listen and you'll know ''Offend Maggie'' could only be Deerhoof. Two listens and you'll be in love.


"Sonic Youth for the 'Guitar Hero' generation" --Variety

Deerhoof's songs make plenty of sense in their own fractured way, at least for those willing to follow the band's logic (or take a lucky guess at it). One catchy and mystifying bit crashes into another, and everyone goes home a little crazier and a little happier. Then again, that discounts the purposeful tightness of the band's adventures. It's a lot easier to credit them for that after hearing Offend Maggie. Satomi Matsuzaki's vocals push into the lead more than ever before, helping each phase of a song muscle over into the next. The album-opening ''The Tears And Music Of Love'' has the feeling of a band charging forward in unison despite its love of playful tangents. Not that they've left those behind: A flickering acoustic guitar figure at first seems like the most whimsical part of ''Offend Maggie,'' but holds the song together as the band thickens up the noise atop breezy hooks. On ''Buck And Judy,'' the tuneful passages and deconstructed instrumental bits don't just coexist they bleed into each other, giving the song time to build up a conflicted swirl of moods. In fact, nearly all the songs on Offend Maggie find different ways to achieve a surprisingly full, evocative union of Deerhoof's pop sense and experimental whims, whether they're tossing and turning in gleeful anticipation (''Snoopy Waves'') or in anxiety (''My Purple Past''). --The Onion A.V. Club

Deerhoof has always been a band that simultaneously simplifies and complicates. On the one hand, they use a simple language of melody, noise and beat with the basic rock instrumentation drums, guitar and voice. On the other hand, they combine these building blocks into crazy and disorienting constructions of sound. Offend Maggie finds them in a slightly expanded sonic territory compared with their past albums, but it seems that inside of this expansion, Deerhoof s sophisticated innocence has mellowed somewhat. Just somewhat...

Offend Maggie's mellowness is not a lessening of Deerhoof s strangeness. In fact, the emotional intensity of these songs may be even more pronounced than in songs from the past. But the noises here avoid aggression: There are challenging disharmonies, but the overall feeling is one of peace. This is the sunny side of surreal. --Prefix Magazine

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 7, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kill Rock Stars
  • ASIN: B001EN46G6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Cusick on November 1, 2008
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Some Indie acts languish just below the line thanks to any number of clichés: bad luck, bad timing, bad manager - the list goes on. But some bands hover below the radar because, quite frankly, theirs is an acquired taste that precious few will ever discover to become part of a daily, nutritious, musical breakfast. For those who do not, it is indeed their loss.

Enter Deerhoof. While theirs would not be characterized as traditional fare like pancakes, it is no less comforting. Imagine tamago kake gohan with a side of corned beef hash and topped with Hollandaise from scratch. Sounds a bit avant garde? Such has been Deerhoof's approach to music since its inception; most notably in choosing bassist/lead vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki, who, at the time she joined the band, had no musical experience upon arriving in the U.S. via Japan to study film. Contrasted by drummer Greg Saunier, who sports a Master's Degree in composition, Deerhoof are an exotic spread indeed.

Recruiting such a novice to front the band has necessitated a collective approach to song writing, explains guitarist Edward Rodriguez, "We all have such different likes, dislikes and backgrounds, but we all trust each other and respect each others' input, so by the time the songs are recorded, they've gone through countless stages. When we reach a point where everyone is happy, we feel like we've arrived at something special."

Their newest offering, Offend Maggie, must have enjoyed emphatic approval from each of its members. Like a chef transforming contrasting, raw ingredients into a balanced, complex entrée, Deerhoof have crafted each song from raw elements into beautifully layered compositions.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Vice on October 8, 2008
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On their latest record, Deerhoof are a band heading in the right direction, hitting a sweet spot between their characteristic experimentation and a more enjoyable, accessible kind of pop songwriting. Since 2005's The Runner's Four, the band has been moving more and more towards this kind of sound, blending unpredictable shifts with great hooks. On the opener, "The Tears of Music and Love," you can hear the band's typical style in the riff's dropped final measure, creating an unexpected jump to the beginning of the next measure. It's a great tool for the start of the record, creating interest and some unpredictability that keeps the listener engaged. "Chandelier Searchlight" and "Buck and Judy" are fun, pretty tracks that have a very J-pop oriented sound. The title track is very cool, pairing a shuffling drum beat with lilting vocals and quick guitar work.

As someone who is not a Deerhoof fan, this is a record that I would actually purchase. Where their previous work has been either too random or too pretentious for me to really get into, this album hits its stride quickly, mixing fun with a modest amount of pretentious experimentation the band is known for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Petro on October 2, 2012
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Deerhoof - Offend Maggie
Recorded at Tiny Telephone by Jay and Ian Pellicci, Eli Crews,
Mixed by John Dieterich, Satomi Matsuzaki, Ed Rodriguez, and Greg Saunier

It's been two albums since longtime guitarist Chris Cohen left the band, whose slot (to no surprise) was filled by Ed Rodriguez. Rodriguez helped Deerhoof with its critically hailed last album, Friend Opportunity. Although Friend Opportunity opened the band up to a legion of new fans due to its inherent listenability, Offend Maggie contrastingly forays into a mood-swinging, yet tactfully structured nod into the bands earlier adventurousness. Offend Maggie tells a story while it sends out the expected fists, elbows, and ambient dreams heard on Milk Man, Apple `O, and the masterpiece Runners Four. "You'll see I'm still me / Ours is a family of others," ("Family of Others") sings Satomi Matsuzaki, like documenting the changing garb and reminding the longtime listener that Deerhoof gallops familiarly onward.

The album opens with chunky electric guitars and Greg Saunier's bruising drums. The shredding, head-banging attitude is immediately curtailed by the mellower, bouncy and curious melodies on "Chandelier Searchlight." By song three experimental keys, tones, and menacing rhythm conspire intrigue on "Buck and Judy," which points to a growing friction in a band recognizing its past while dabbling with new devices.

Offend Maggie has more acoustic framing than found on previous albums. The infectious title track begins sprightly with acoustic noodling, and morphs into anthemic guitars and a call and response pattern of Matsuzaki and Saunier singing about a past love unable to move on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By erasmus777 on May 31, 2011
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This is a great album and the best Deerhoof to date. It packages up all the best of their Yes-inspired weirdness. It's easier to listen to end-to-end than their earlier albums, but it doesn't sacrifice anything from their earlier sound. If you want to start with a Deerhoof album, this is a great choice.
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