PM listening choice: Halfbird by Deerhoof (2001). This album gets mixed reviews from Deerhoof fans and some have said this is the band's worst/weakest album. I tend to disagree. It's the first Deerhoof album I was exposed to, so maybe I have a bias (?). It's definitely gritty and rough around the edges but I'm (generally) a fan of that. It's rumored that it was recorded on 4-track cassette, so lacks the magic cleanliness of studio overdubs. If anything, this makes me like it a little more.
While #deerhoof is not a band for everyone I think they've done some amazing work and for me these 4 albums are their #perfectalbumrun Apple O, Milk Man, The Runners Four, Friend Opportunity. You will know by the time the vocals kick in on the Dummy Discards a Heart, Apple O's opening track, if you want to hear everything they've done or never want to hear them again. Satomi's vocals tend to polarize opinions on this band. I've heard her compared to Elmo more than once. But I think they add to the overall sense of weirdness and childlike wonder the band digs into. Literally and figuratively. Milk Man is about a ghost that steals children away to the clouds and otherwise there are songs about pirates and pandas and bike rides. But oh this be no twee shit. Scathing guitar lines abound while drummer Greg plays like multiple drummers arguing about where the beats should fall while playing with time like it's silly putty. Really you need to hear them live to get a full sense of how creative his work is.