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04-11-08 Footnotes
Show 124: Tim Fite and reviews of Disfear and the Breeders
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1 Obituaries are sad to be sure, but as Jim explains, they are also an opportunity to honor important artists. Last week German art rock pioneer Klaus Dinger died at the age of 61. Dinger is one of Jim’s heroes, so while he was crushed to hear the news of his death, he was also happy he could showcase the musician’s work at the top of the show. Dinger was a member of both Kraftwerk and Neu!, two of the most influential Krautrock bands of all time. In fact, without both groups electronica as we know it wouldn’t exist today. Check out Jim’s blog post about Dinger and listen to his classic Neu! track “Hallogallo.”

2 Jim and Greg have done many news stories about changing modes of distribution, production and sales in the music industry. But Jill Sobule recently presented a unique idea that caught their eye. They talk to the the “I Kissed a Girl” singer about why she decided to ask fans to finance her new record. Depending at what level a fan gives they’re entitled to gifts ranging from a free digital download of the album ($10) to a Sobule-recorded instrumental theme song ($500). So far Sobule has raised over $80K. Now listeners just have to wait and hear the result. And, Sobule says she’s open to album title names.

3 When Jim and Greg were in Austin, TX for SXSW they met with music artist Tim Fite. In 2007, Fite made Over the Counter Culture, one of Jim and Greg’s favorite albums of the year and released it for free. Now he’s back with a new record called Fair Ain’t Fair that he’s releasing the old-fashioned way. But, the artist explains that the subject matter of this album isn’t as political and anti-consumerist, and therefore would be appropriate for sale. Plus he’s happy to support a great record label like Anti. Fite’s music is hard to classify, but you can hear the folk, hip-hop, rock, blues mix in the songs performed on the show, as well as in a special bonus track.

4 Switching musical gears entirely, Jim and Greg move on to the new album by Swedish metal band Disfear. Sweden is one of the metal capitals of the world, and Live the Storm is the band’s 6th album. And with this latest release, Disfear, new vocalist Tomas Lindberg and producer Kurt Ballou, have brought their music up to a new level. Greg thinks their sound and playing have never been captured better. And, while they are hard to understand, listeners who want to parse the provided lyrics won’t be disappointed. Jim puts his opinion more simply: Either you “Live the Storm” or you don’t. In other words, either you want to rock out to Swedish metal or you don’t. And if you do, you won’t be disappointed by this album. Disfear’s Live the Storm gets two Buy Its.

5 Sister act The Breeders also have a new album out called Mountain Battles. While Kim and Kelley Deal had enormous success in the 90’s alt-rock era with Last Splash and the single “Cannonball,” they’ve only released one album this decade. So is Mountain Battles worth the wait? Unfortunately Jim and Greg would say no. While pop tracks like “It’s the Love” hearken back to the willfully amateurish, hook-filled songs of Last Splash, Greg was disappointed with the remainder of the record. He suspects Kim Deal may have lost her hook-writing ability. Jim never really understood the appeal of The Breeders, and this album was particularly difficult for him to listen to. There were long stretches with no beat, no melody, and worst of all, no spark. Both critics give Mountain Battles a Trash It.

6 The Breeders’ home state of Ohio inspired Greg’s Desert Island Jukebox song choice this week. One of his favorite bands to emerge from the “fly-over territory” is Pere Ubu. Greg describes their unique sound as avant garage—art rock combined with garage rock. But, the band created their own scene and didn’t care what categories they did or did not belong to. In fact, even though they set a template for punk and post punk music, front man David Thomas denies the band has any relationship to punk. According to Greg, the best example of their sound is in the song “Final Solution,” this week’s DIJ addition. When the band was on Sound Opinions they also performed “Final Solution” live. You can listen to that performance and their entire interview here.

Songs Featured in Show #124
Jill Sobule, "I Kissed a Girl," Jill Sobule, 1995
Neu!, "Hallogallo," Neu!, 1972
Tim Fite, “The Barber,” Fair Ain’t Fair, 2008
Little T and One Track Mike, “Shaniqua,” Fome is Dape, 2001
Tim Fite “I Hope You’re There,” Gone Ain’t Gone, 2005 Live in Studio
Tim Fite, “Motorcade,” Fair Ain’t Fair, 2008
Tim Fite, “Trouble,” Fair Ain’t Fair, 2008
Tim Fite “Big Mistake,” Fair Ain’t Fair, 2008 Live in Studio
Tim Fite “Sing Along,” Fair Ain’t Fair, 2008
Disfear, “The Cage,” Live the Storm, 2008
Disfear, “Get It Off,” Live the Storm, 2008
Melchior Productions, “Her Majesty,” No Disco Future, 2007
The Breeders, “Overglazed,” Mountain Battles, 2008
The Breeders, “It’s the Love,” Mountain Battles, 2008
The Breeders, “Here No More,” Mountain Battles, 2008
Pere Ubu, “Final Solution,” Why I Hate Women, 2006
Abba, “Ring Ring,” Ring Ring, 1973
The Pixies, “Where is My Mind,” Surfer Rosa, 1988
Moby, "Disco Lies," Last Night, 2008
Elvis Costello, “High Fidelity,” Get Happy!!, 1980
The Cars, "Moving in Stereo," The Cars, 1978

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