John Dieterich (Deerhoof) on Music Discovered on Tour

John Dieterich (Deerhoof) on Music Discovered on Tour

Deerhoof just released their fourteenth studio album, Mountain Moves, on Joyful Noise. It features collabs with the likes of Stereolab’s Læticia Sadier, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, Awkwafina, Juana Molina, Xenia Rubinos, Matana Roberts, among others.

To celebrate, guitarist John Dieterich put together an eclectic playlist of tracks he’s discovered on tour.

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Arve Henriksen, “Towards Language”
We played the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, this year. For those not in the know (I hadn’t been), it is a really wonderful experimental music festival that takes over the whole city for several days, and every possible performance space is used. One of the highlights for me was going to see Arve Henriksen and Ståle Storløkken in a beautiful church. Henriksen played trumpet and electronics, and Storløkken utilized the church organ. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard. You get a sense of it here…

Christina Schneider, “From the Nun”
We played the last show of our tour with Christina Schneider’s Genius Grant in Saint Louis.  We have gotten to see them every night for the last 10 days, and it’s been amazing every night.  Such incredible musicians, and the songs are these perfectly constructed little jewels that feel like they’ve been around for thousands of years.

Oki Dub Ainu Band, “Karapto Atuy Riri”
I heard about Oki Dub Ainu Band from our old Japanese friend/confidante/booking agent/wet nurse Koki Yahata. In the middle of a tour, he presented me with this CD called Sakhalin Rock. Sakhalin Ainu is a traditional language spoken on what is now an island that is part of Russia, just north of Japan. Anyway, I know very little about that, nor do I know much about this band, but I really love much of this album. The production is truly masterful, and I love the vibe of it.

Lily & Horn Horse, “Parade Canceled”
Speaking of this tour! Lily & Horn Horse joined us the other night in Kansas City, and they were (and remain) incredible. It feels so wide-eyed and un-jaded; it makes me happy to be alive and makes me want to make bucketloads of music.

Beak>, “Wulfstan II”
We played a show in Leipzig about a year ago and the band that played right before us was Beak>. I had heard of them, but I knew very little about their music. There are very few instances over the years that the four of us have gone from knowing little to nothing about a band to where we all are in complete agreement that we have all experienced something truly incredible. Beak> was one of those bands. I love everything about this band. There is no flaw. It’s perfect.

Tabu Ley Rochereau, “Paquita”
Not sure if I should technically include this because I can’t honestly remember where I was when I heard this music, BUT I will say that I learned a lot more about it by chatting with Vincent Kenis of Crammed Records, who has spent tons of time in the Congo and had lots of stories about him and his legendary status in the Congo. We were on tour with two amazing Congolese bands, Kasai All Stars and Konono No. 1, and I wanted to ask everybody about Tabu Ley, who I had recently learned about. I have a particularly strong affection for this song. I get misty every time I hear it, and we recorded something of an homage to it on Deerhoof vs. Evil (which the listener may do their homework on if they’re curious).

Palberta, “Honey, Baby”
OK, so this isn’t really fair because I heard Palberta for the first time when we played with them at one of the farewell shows at Death By Audio, and Lily from Palberta is the Lily that’s in Lily & Horn Horse. And she’s sitting across from me in the backstage room on a couch, deep in conversation with Christina Schneider (she of Christina Schneider fame).

Juçara Marçal, “Absurdo 5″
When we played in Brazil for the first time, my friend Ricardo, who is a linguist at the University of New Mexico, gave me an amazing array of tips for his hometown, Belo Horizonte. One of the highlights of that trip (and indeed my life) was visiting the museum called Inhotim that sits about an hour and a half outside of town. It’s an open-air museum situated in the middle of the jungle, so you need to either hike or catch a ride from one exhibit to the next. It’s truly mind-bendingly beautiful. Anyway, we took a cab to get there, and while we drove, I chatted with the driver, and we of course ended up talking a lot about music, and he started playing me things he loved. Juçara Marçal’s name came up, though we didn’t listen to it at the time, and I finally got around to finding it online after I returned to the states. I really love her record Encarnado.

Quintete Sextete, “Massani Cisse”
If you do a search online, you quickly learn that ‘Massani Cisse’ is a song that is played by zillions of bands. I believe it’s a traditional song, although it’s tricky to get down to the bottom of it. Anyway, I happened across this version, and it goes on every mixtape I make for friends, because it is basically the coolest song in the history of what is traditionally known as ‘the world.’ The rhythmic feel is the best.

Kassin+2, “Deixa Disso”
So, I first heard about +2 from our friend Macio while we were on tour with his band LXMP (and who also has collaborated with Kassin with his group Mitch + Mitch). He told me I had to hear Kassin, who was working with Caetano Veloso’s son Moreno. I really, really love this record, which apparently is a soundtrack to something or other. It’s just these great set piece miniatures that are so beautifully produced and catchy, it’s hard not to just be jealous.

(Photo credit Shervin Lainez)

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