January 12, 2016

1,000,001 CDs 5: Deerhoof ~ Milk Man & Apple O'

photo by Styrous®

For me, finding music often is a serendipitous experience. Music comes to me from out of nowhere when I least expect it and not even looking for it. It just pops up, BOOM! Such an experience happened to me with Deerhoof and the incident is just one of my cycles-come-full-circle events that have been happening in my life for the last five or so years (I know, it sounds totally New Age).  

On April 25, 2008, I photographed the 30th anniversary of the Matrix series, BENDING THE WORD/MATRIX 226, for the Berkeley Art Museum. The occasion featured a collaborative performance with Deerhoof and future, at the time, MATRIX artist, Martha Colburn; I photographed them as part of the event. I had never heard of Deerhoof before but I was intrigued by their performance (link below).       

Ok, here's the Twilight Zone part of this tale. Last week, while out running an errand to get a watch repaired, I suddenly had the urge to run into one of my favorite venues for finding off-beat music, Rocket Reuse, in Alameda, CA.

photo by Michael Mundy 

I usually head to the middle of the store where the unusual music is found but instead, for no reason at all, I stopped at the bin near the checkout stand. I quickly went through a row or two of CDs then there, glaring up at me, were TWO Deerhoof CDs, Milk Man and Apple O'!   

What are the chances?

Milk Man is the sixth album by the band Deerhoof, released in 2004. It is a concept album, based on a character (the "Milk Man" shown on the cover of the album), created by Japanese artist Ken Kagami

cover art by Ken Kagami
photo by Styrous®


cover art by Ken Kagami
photo by Styrous®

The music review online magazine Pitchfork Media placed Apple O' at number 16 on the list of top albums of 2003, and at number 199 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.

photo by Styrous®

photo by Styrous®

Deerhoof is an American band whose erratic style veers between noise pop, punk rock, and avant-garde. The band's live shows are known for their minimal gear, maximal volume, and surrealist banter. Since their formation in 1994 in San Francisco they have self-produced their records and self-managed their career. The band's current line-up consists of John Dieterich, Satomi Matsuzaki, Ed Rodriguez and Greg Saunier.    

photo by Elias Gwinn

Deerhoof are an oft-cited musical influence on other artists, notably The Flaming Lips (link below), St. Vincent, Foo Fighters, Dirty Projectors, TV on the Radio, Grizzly Bear, Sufjan Stevens, Stereolab, Sleigh Bells, and of Montreal. Deerhoof's songs are covered often by other artists (notably Phil Lesh, Los Campesinos!, Marco Benevento, David Bazan, and classical composer Marcos Balter.   



1 - Milk Man - 4:25-
2 - Giga Dance - 3:00
3 - Desapareceré - 4:09
4 - Rainbow Silhouette Of The Milky Rain - 4:18
5 - Dog On The Sidewalk - 1:15
6 - C - Recorded by Ian Pellicci, Jay* - 4:02
7 - Milking - 3:38
8 - Dream Wanderer's Tune - 2:21
9 - Song Of Sorn - Recorded by Ian Pellicci, Jay* - 2:27
10 - That Big Orange Sun Run Over Speed Light 2:04
11 - New Sneakers - 2:14


    Illustration [Drawings] – Ken Kagami
    Performer – Chris Cohen, Greg Saunier, John Dieterich, Satomi Matsuzaki
    Photography By – Dawn Garcia
    Producer – Deerhoof

Barcode and Other Identifiers:
          Barcode: 759656040624
          Matrix / Runout: 2Q9F3<0241>KRS406CD  

Deerhoof ‎– Milk Man
Label: Kill Rock Stars ‎– KRS406, 5 Rue Christine ‎– GER033
Format: CD
Country: US
Released: March 9, 2004
Genre: Rock
Style: Indie Rock, Experimental

Deerhoof Discography       


Net links:    
Deerhoof @ the BAM          
Deerhoof website
Under the Radar Magazine interview    
Deerhoof ~ Milk Man on YouTube         

The Flaming Lips  
Rocket Reuse on Facebook   

They're wacky 'n weird but a hell of a lot of fun to see!

Styrous® ~ Tuesday, January 12, 2016 

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