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Deerhunter are an experimental noise rock band from Atlanta, fronted by the compellingly odd singer Bradford Cox. Cox's vocal style blends vocal experimentation along the lines of Meredith Monk or Yoko Ono with a more direct and punky howl inspired by the Fall's Mark E. Smith. Cox is also a striking on-stage presence: the exceedingly skinny 6'4" lead singer has Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder of the connective tissue that gives him abnormally long and spindly limbs. (The late Joey Ramone was another well-known frontman with Marfan syndrome.) Cox often exaggerates his otherworldly look by performing in Victorian-style party frocks and engaging in Iggy Pop-style acts of ritual self-abasement while his bandmates churn out an aggressive mix of industrial-grind guitars and fractured dance rhythms that often recalls earlier Georgia art punks like the Method Actors and Pylon. Deerhunter were formed in 2001 by Cox and drummer and keyboardist Moses Archuleta; guitarists Colin Mee and Lockett Pundt and bassist Josh Fauver completed the lineup over the following years. Deerhunter signed with the local Atlanta indie Stickfigure Records for their 2005 debut: nominally untitled, the album is also known as "Turn It Up, Faggot" (a phrase that doesn't appear on the sleeve), an insult that Cox claimed was often thrown at the band during its gigs. Deerhunter then signed to the higher-profile indie Kranky (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, etc.) for their second album, Cryptograms, as well as the EP Fluorescent Grey. Mee left Deerhunter and was replaced by former cheerleader Whitney Petty. The band recorded its third album, Microcastle, at New York City's Rare Book Room studio; the album was released digitally two months before it arrived on CD in fall 2008; like Fluorescent Grey, it found Brad Cox and company moving in a more pop-oriented direction. Deerhunter toured extensively on the indie festival circuit, but took a break in 2010 to record their fourth album, Halcyon Digest, in their home base of Athens, Georgia. Fauver left Deerhunter before they began recording their fifth full-length, but new bassist Josh McKay and additional guitarist Frankie Broyles joined the fold in January 2013 for the recording sessions, which resulted in that May's Monomania, which had a much rougher, looser sound than the band had exhibited in some time. The band performed at that year's All Tomorrow's Parties in Camber Sands, England, playing the entirety of Cryptograms, Microcastle, and Halcyon Digest during the three-day festival. In December 2014, Cox was hit by a car and hospitalized for his injuries; fortunately, he recovered and Deerhunter continued work on their next album. Fading Frontier, which featured collaborations with Stereolab's Tim Gane and Broadcast's James Cargill as well as a duet between Cox and Pundt, arrived in October 2015. ~ Stewart Mason
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  3.   Living My Life
  4.   Desire Lines
  5.   Breaker
  6.   Revival
  7.   Nothing Ever Happened
  8.   Coronado
  9.   He Would Have Laughed
  10.   Game of Diamonds
  11.   Memory Boy
  12.   Agoraphobia
  13.   Backspace Century
  14.   Moon Witch Cartridge
  15.   Tape Hiss Orchid
  16.   Vox Celeste
  17.   Curve
  18.   Rainwater Cassette Exchange
  19.   Red Ink
  20.   Ad Astra
  21.   Snakeskin
  22.   Duplex Planet
  23.   All the Same
  24.   Fountain Stairs
  25.   Earthquake
  26.   Basement Scene
  27.   Disappearing Ink
  28.   Slow Swords
  29.   VHS Dream
  30.   Vox Humana
  31.   Cicadas
  32.   Ghost Outfit
  33.   Operation
  34.   Activa
  35.   Calvary Scars
  36.   Never Stops
  37.   Cover Me (Slowly)
  38.   Fluorescent Grey
  39.   Dr. Glass
  40.   Hazel St
  41.   Lake Somerset
  42.   Intro
  43.   Leather and Wood
  44.   Octet
  45.   Sailing
  46.   Don't Cry
  47.   Dot Gain
  48.   Spring Hall Convert
  49.   Twilight At Carbon Lake
  50.   Little Kids
  51.   Carrion
  52.   Heatherwood
  53.   Strange Lights
  54.   Wash Off
  55.   Neither of Us, Uncertainly
  56.   Calvary Scars II/Aux Out
  57.   Take Care
  58.   Providence
  59.   White Ink
  60.   Circulation
  61.   Focus Group
  62.   Green Jacket
  63.   Like New
  64.   Saved By Old Times
  65.   Cryptograms
  66.   Microcastle
  67.   Famous Last Words
  68.   Weird Era
  69.   N. Animals
  70.   Adorno
  71.   Tech School
  72.   Ponds
  73.   Language/Violence
  74.   Oceans
  75.   Basement
  76.   Young Layer
  77.   Death Drag
  78.   [CD-ROM Track]
  79.   After Class
  80.   Flourescent Grey
  81.   Primitive 3D
  82.   Nosebleed
  83.   Neon Junkyard
  84.   Leather Jacket II
  85.   The Missing
  86.   Pensacola
  87.   Dream Captain
  88.   Blue Agent
  89.   T.H.M.
  90.   Sleepwalking
  91.   Back to the Middle
  92.   Monomania
  93.   Nitebike
  94.   Punk (La Vie Antérieure)