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Tiny Desk Premiere: Otoboke Beaver

Mannie Fresh bumrushed the crowd and mugged for the camera. Soul Glo's Pierce Jordan stunted on office furniture. Moses Sumney played our window-side piano. Some moments were staged and others spontaneous, but sometimes an artist just needs to "break the frame" of Tiny Desk. Case in point: Our puny shelves and cluttered junk could not contain Otoboke Beaver's Yoyoyoshie, who literally lept out from behind the Desk, ran to the wide shot and shred a noisy guitar solo most triumphantly.

Kyoto, Japan's Otoboke Beaver came into the NPR Music office with string lights color coordinated to the members' floral print dresses, an edamame hair clip for our wall and a giant, inflatable beaver. In two-minute bursts of fast, furious and outrageously fun punk rock, the band's music is a gleeful exercise in absurdist evisceration — of Japanese societal norms, gender roles, annoying trolls and bad boyfriends. Every song smirks as it explodes. At the Tiny Desk, Otoboke Beaver speeds and screams through its catalog — Itekoma Hits, Super Champon and its singles compilation Okoshiyasu!! — with acrobatic speed and intensity. An unhinged delight.

SET LIST

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  • "Yakitori"
  • "Don't Light My Fire"
  • "S'il Vous Plait"
  • "Pardon?"
  • "Bakuro Book"
  • "I Am Not Maternal"
  • "I Checked Your Cellphone"
  • "Akimahenka"


MUSICIANS

  • Accorinrin: vocals
  • Yoyoyoshie: guitar, vocals
  • Hirochan: bass, vocals
  • Kahokiss: drums, vocals


TINY DESK TEAM

  • Producer: Lars Gotrich
  • Director/Editor: Joshua Bryant
  • Audio Technical Director: Josephine Nyounai
  • Host/Series Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Videographers: Joshua Bryant, Kara Frame, Mitra I. Arthur
  • Audio Engineer: Kwesi Lee
  • Production Assistant: Ashley Pointer
  • Photographer: Michael Zamora
  • Tiny Desk Team: Maia Stern, Hazel Cills
  • Executive Producer: Suraya Mohamed
  • Series Creators: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins

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