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Here’s a fun, delightful tune with a message from Deerhoof‘s forthcoming album, “Mountain Moves,” out Sept. 8 on Joyful Noise Recordings. Their first co-composition with rapper friend Awkwafina, the song calls for love in the face of a fearsome political climate and racial discrimination. The specific inspiration came last April when, in the span of 10 days, Prince died and Bill Clinton defended the moral imperative behind the 1990s legislation which ushered in the era of unconscionable mass incarceration. The band says, “Something about the random concurrence of Prince’s glowing obituaries and Clinton’s elitist intimidation tactics seemed to point at an absurd contradiction at the heart of America’s treatment of its citizens of color. Many Americans, suddenly in search of strategies for surviving state repression, are turning away from witless neoliberal politicians who exploit fear to amass more power for themselves, and towards those vulnerable communities who have responded to a history of violence not with submission, but with humor, creativity, anger, and love.” That transmission of love and creativity is exactly what you get from Deerhoof’s music.
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||| Live: Deerhoof perform Sept. 22 at Teragram Ballroom. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.