(2007, Kill Rock Stars)
Friend Opportunity is mind-blowing even for the loyal Deerhoof fans who have followed the bands long existence and impressive catalog from the beginning. Even people who don't usually like Deerhoof seem to have latched on to this one. I heard a few fans mention that Friend Opportunity restored their faith in Deerhoof- and to that I say "Oh ye of little faith!" I have a special little place in my heart for every one of Deerhoof's releases. Each one is a gem of a different spectre with a cozy place in a catalog of accomplishment. Friend Opportunity brings just as much to the plate as does any of the other releases, this time with just a little extra pop to spice things up and add some general appeal. Of course, you already know that. Since Forest Gospel didn't start until this summer we missed reviewing a lot of albums at the time when the reviews would have been the most relevant. Anyone who reads this blog most likely already owns or has heard this album and has already formed their own opinions. I don't think explaining their sound is going to do much good here. Even so, I just had to post my 10 out of 10 today because I am soooooo excited for their upcoming show on October 6th, at In The Venue that I just found out about a few days ago. I mean, holy camole! Correct me if I am wrong, but I think the last time Deerhoof played Salt Lake City was in 2003 or so at Kilby. I myself have never seen them live, but have been wishing to for quite some time now and have seriously considered many a road-trip to do so, but now, here they are- coming to us. This is a joyous occasion not to be missed. See you there!