Game over, bands! If you named your 7-inch anything other than Hoofdriver, you officially DO NOT have the best-named 7-inch this year. Sorry, better luck next time. Maybe you can name your next 7-inch something like “Antlersmasher” or “Cometnailer” and win in 2011.
All great names have a genesis, and here’s the one for Hoofdriver: a collaboration of sorts between L.A. MC Busdriver (a.k.a. Regan Farquhar) and San Francisco art-rockers Deerhoof, put out by the esteemed Polyvinyl Record Co. On the single’s A-side is Busdriver singing over a Deerhoof instrumental, while the B-side features a track from Busdriver’s Physical Forms project, a group that features members of The Mae Shi. The record will be available on yellow vinyl (with an MP3 code) and is limited to a supply of 1000 copies, so get with it and jump at this opportunity to own such an exquisitely titled single.
Hoofdriver may not end up the only “Deerhoof + SOMEBODY ELSE” 7-inch out there, though. As it turns out, it may simply be the first in a possible series of Deerhoof 7-inches that feature guest vocalists singing their own lyrics over original Deerhoof instrumentals. I’m excited, but it’s admittedly halfway due to the treasure trove of awesome names this could open. Deer Age! Hoof Parade! Lightning Hoof! Deer, um, Hunter?