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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In Print: Is Trackademicks' the Next King of Bay Area Hip Hop?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Deerhoof's new album: Harpsichord. Congotronics. Flamenco guitar. Crunchy analog samples. Crushing metallic riffs. Whirling keyboard dashes. Stonesy swagger. Wispy vocal lines. Until now, those were sounds you'd have expected to hear in the record collections of the four very different musicians in the Bay Area art-rock band Deerhoof. But those elements actually make up Deerhoof vs. Evil, the band's 11th album, and, strangely, the diverse palette makes this among the quartet's strongest records yet. Ahead of the release show this Friday, longtime guitarist John Dieterich explained how the band's members were finally on the same weird page for this latest project -- even though they've all moved to different places around the country -- and why Deerhoof decided to leak all its new songs online before the album's release.

Trackademicks: For the first time since the great hyphy explosion of the mid-2000s, Bay Area rap can claim a new figurehead -- a centripetal artist with an energizing signature sound. That artist is Trackademicks, a producer, rapper, and leader of the eight-member Honor Roll Crew. His debut album, State of the Arts, released this week, sounds like it could be the future of Bay Area hip-hop.

And we recommend shows from Interpol, the Blow, Joe Nice, and the Icee Hot party's one-year anniversary.

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