Dan Deacon, Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco 6/19/07
photo by A. Mart
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is Okie Dokie by Dan Deacon from the 2007 Spiderman of the Rings on Carpark Records.
Dan Deacon – Okie Dokie (MP3)Dan Deacon has been turning up all over the place since his debut album Spiderman of the Rings came out earlier this year. The album has been as polarizing as U.S. politics while Deacon’s live performance attracts positive reviews every stop along the way. Receiving his masters in Electro-Acoustic Composition, Deacon creates nerdy, avante-garde electro-pop using noise generators, vocoders, effects pedals, and sometimes tape to hold it all together. Live, Deacon has been known to make even the hipsters dance, sometimes as part of impromptu dance contests held during his performances. He also likes to perform in the middle of the crowd instead of onstage, as he did at last weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival, resulting in his show being cut short due to safety concerns. The guy had 500 lyric sheets to hand out so everyone could sing along with the epic Wham City; who isn’t safe in the hands of Dan Deacon?Whether he makes you feel safe or not, Dan Deacon deserves your attention. Check out his website, currently under construction, and his MySpace page. Here’s a 10-minute sample of his recent San Diego stop at The Che Club. You can watch the entire 55 minutes of psyched-out bliss at the Internet Archive.