After wowing crowds and playing an unscheduled but highly demanded second date at ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas festival, San Francisco’s Deerhoof gears up for the digital release of its +81 EP, which is available starting today. The collection of unreleased tracks and b-sides features razor-sharp riffs and some old favorites of the bands that date all the way back to 1999. It’s a nice teaser before the release of the band’s full length, Friend Opportunity, due out January 23, 2007 on Kill Rock Stars.

The +81 EP is out available for download now at iTunes, eMusic, and Napster.

1. +81
2. Sealed With A Kiss
3. Surprise Symphony
4. United He-Ho Brothers
5. Aho Bomb

In other Deerhoof news, the band will take their experimental indie sound on the road early in the new year, hitting North America and a few spots in Japan. Europe and Australia dates to follow.

Japan Tour Dates
01/17 Osaka, Japan, Umeda Shangri-la
01/19 Nagoya, Japan, Nagoya Quattro
01/20 Tokyo, Japan Shinjuku Loft

North America Tour Dates
01/24 Los Angeles, El Rey Theatre
01/26 New York, Irving Plaza
01/27 Chicago, Metro
01/30 San Francisco, Great American Music Hall
02/01 Seattle, Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room
02/02 Vancouver, Richards On Richards
02/03 Portland, Wonder Ballroom
02/04 Eugene, W.O.W. Hall
02/11 Washington, DC, Black Cat
02/12 Carrboro, Cat’s Cradle
02/13 Asheville, Grey Eagle
02/14 Charleston, Cumberland’s
02/15 Columbia, Headliners
02/16 Jacksonville, Jack Rabbits
02/17 Miami, Poplife
02/18 Tampa, Crowbar
02/19 Orlando, The Social
02/20 Gainsville, Common Grounds
02/21 Athens, 40 Watt Club
02/22 Nashville, Mercy Lounge
02/23 Winston-Salem, The Warehouse
02/24 Charlottesville, Satellite Ballroom
02/25 Baltimore, Ottobar
03/02 San Diego, The Epicentre
03/03 Tucson, Club COngress
03/04 Phoenix, Rhythm Room
03/07 Oklahoma City, Conservatory
03/08 Dallas, Gypsy Tea Room
03/09 Austin, Emo’s
03/10 Houston, Numbers