Deerhoof + Jeff Tweedy = Limited Ed. 45


Something about raccoons?!?
Also, check video below.


By Blurt Staff


The Wilco-Deerhoof connection goes back a long way. They
toured the midwest together in 2004. Wilco guitarist Nels Cline’s “Suspended
Head” from Instrumentals (2002)
was the guitarist’s raucous tribute to Deerhoof. Frontman Jeff Tweedy has been
name-checking Deerhoof records in best-of lists for years. And when Deerhoof recently
pointed to Wilco as the inspiration for their song “Behold A Marvel In The
Darkness,” the idea was hatched that Mr. Tweedy should actually have a go.


Which brings us to “Behold A Raccoon In The Darkness,”
the fourth installment of Deerhoof’s collaborative 7″ series in which guest
vocalists perform over an instrumental track from the band’s latest
full-length, Deerhoof vs. Evil.


The instrumental track, the melody, and the lyrics for
“Behold” are unchanged from the original. But in place of Deerhoof chanteuse
Satomi Matsuzaki, we hear the immediately identifiable pipes of Jeff Tweedy,
with harmonies by his son Spencer.


Side B features “Own It,” an original song by The Raccoonists,
a group comprising Tweedy and his two sons, Spencer and Sam. Although the band
originally began as an instrumental duo (consisting of Jeff and Spencer), it
has since evolved into a trio with Sam providing vocals. Recorded in Spencer
and Sam’s bedroom, “Own It” is the first Raccoonists song to be
released. However, the group does have plans to record more tracks later this


The limited-edition (2000 copies) pink vinyl single is out
Oct. 11 via Polyvinyl. Pitchfork is streaming it online, and you can check the
fun video for the B-side below.


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