Deerhoof: Idolized in Novel, Contributes to Its Soundtrack

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Deerhoof, with singer/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki at left

Deerhoof isn't the most obvious choice of an idol for a budding teenage rock star from Brooklyn. But it's pretty cool that bassist/singer Satomi Matsuzaki is the hero of the main character in Rules to Rock By, a new young adult novel by Josh Farrar.

Appropriately, the book's musical hero contributed a song to its soundtrack. Deerhoof's cover of "Hitch Hike," by 1980s Swiss post-punks LiLiPUT, sounds springier than the original, trading its brittle angularity for a funkier groove that's sweetened by Matsuzaki's voice. Deerhoof is apparently even playing the song live at shows, complete with whistle.

The novel, which comes out June 22, tells the story of Annabelle Cabrerra, who once played bass in NYC's hottest kid rock band but was uprooted by her musician parents to Rhode Island. Now isolated, Cabrerra attempts put a band together while living far away from anyone who understands her love for weird music like Deerhoof. Along the way she writes a song called "Hey Satomi," a tribute to her idol. Now if only we had more young'uns that creative.

The soundtrack, from what I can tell, is sold separately, also out June 22. It features The Bungles, the fictional band from the book, singing original songs (including "Hey Satomi") and covers from '60s classic rock and '90s indie. Live, The Bungles comprises three members from real-life kid band Blame the Patient, book author Josh Farrar on guitar, and drummer Kevin March (Guided By Voices/Shudder To Think), among others. The Deerhoof song is of course also on the soundtrack.

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