Sign up for our mailing list Real artists creating records on their own terms
Close

Sign up for our mailing list

News

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Tim Fite Reaps Enormous Praise For Over The Counter Culture

Billboard Calls Fite’s New Free Disc, “The First Must-Hear Album of 2007”

Confirmed for Bonnaroo This Summer

Brooklyn-based multi-genrist Tim Fite is garnering rave reviews for his new album, Over The Counter Culture, which has been available for free download through his website (www.timfite.com), iTunes, and emusic since February 20th. Fite’s fifteen tracker – a blistering examination of commercial culture and it's adverse effects on life in general, and on rap music specifically – has yielded acclaim from Billboard, NPR’s Sound Opinions, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune.

“One of the best albums of the new year can’t be bought,” writes The Tribune’s Greg Kot. “Over the Counter Culture is both a critique and a celebration of hip-hop. It’s packed with crackling beats, wicked humor and ‘did he just say that?’ audacity.”

Elsewhere, The Globe called OTCC “the kind of brazen, self-aware political critique that harkens back to early Public Enemy,” while Billboard’s Todd Martens proclaimed the disc, “the first must-hear album of 2007, a scathingly sarcastic look and consumerism, politics and corporate hip-hop.”

Temporarily putting the folkish leanings exhibited on 2005’s acclaimed Gone Ain’t Gone (Anti-) to the side, the sharp-edged OTCC took shape because – as Fite told The Globe – he needed “to blow off some steam,” adding, “With the climate of our culture presently, with the war and the escalation of bad business and globalization and commercials, commercials, commercials, I couldn’t make another encoded album.”

“You cannot address politics about consumerism and put it out in the same way that any record would come out,” says Fite in the Billboard feature of the decision to give his music away. “It would be wrong . . . As much as I need to pay my bills, and it’d be great to sell some records, this is not a record for sale. These ideas are not for sale. These ideas should be for free.”

As word spreads on Fite, the thought-provoking artist has just been confirmed for the world famous 2007 Bonnaroo Festival, slated for June 14 – 17 in Manchester, Tennessee. And in related news, Fite’s new video for “Camoflage” – in which he intones “a fashion statement for a fascist nation” – is currently featured on the You Tube main page and has already received over 150,000 plays.

Facebook | Twitter
 

Browse by Artist

1661All Artists 97Tom Waits 69Mavis Staples 57Neko Case 51Lost In The Trees 50Sean Rowe 48Dr. Dog 44The Milk Carton Kids
41Jolie Holland 40Bettye LaVette 37Man Man 35Tinariwen 33Tim Fite 33DeVotchKa 31Islands 31Grinderman 29Son Little 27Galactic 27Wilco 27Saintseneca 24Michael Franti and Spe... 23Glen Hansard 22Bob Mould 22William Elliott Whitmo... 22Doe Paoro 21Nick Cave & The Bad Se... 21The Frames 20Joe Henry 19Booker T. Jones 19Sage Francis 17John K. Samson 17Yann Tiersen 17Christopher Paul Stell... 17Deafheaven 16Ramblin Jack Elliott 16Jason Lytle 14Xenia Rubinos 14Prism Tats 14Delicate Steve 13Daniel Lanois 13Billy Bragg 13Andy Shauf 12Xavier Rudd 12Peter Silberman 12The Drums 11The Weakerthans 11Lyrics Born 11Rain Machine 11Mose Allison 11Roky Erickson 11The Antlers 11Calexico 10The Swell Season 10The Melodic 10So Much Light 10Cass McCombs 10Jade Jackson 10The Dream Syndicate 9Marianne Faithfull 9N.A.S.A. 9Cameron Avery 9Ryan Pollie 8Solillaquists of Sound 8Greg Graffin 8Cadence Weapon 8The Coup 7Elliott Smith 7Eddie Izzard 7Dead Man's Bones 7Alec Ounsworth 7Beth Orton 7Kelly Hogan 7Title Fight 7Ben Harper and Charlie... 7Richard Reed Parry 6A Girl Called Eddy 6Busdriver 6Os Mutantes 6Kate Bush 6Broken Twin 6Girlpool 6Yves Jarvis 5One Day As A Lion 5The Field 5Keaton Henson 5Beat Connection 5Japandroids 5Foxwarren 5Jeremy Ivey 4Ersi Arvizu 4Marketa Irglova 4Pops Staples 4Curtis Harding 4Rafiq Bhatia 4Combo Chimbita 4Boy Scouts 3Danny Cohen 3Sierra Leones Refugee... 3Petra Haden 3Walter Wolfman Washing... 3Mothers 3Marc Ribot 3Wynonna 3Darrin Bradbury 2Various Artists: RANGO 2Jeff Tweedy 2Glitterer 2The Good Ones 1Tricky 1Joe Strummer And The M... 1Youth Group 1Blackalicious 1Antibalas 1Porter Wagoner 1Various Artists: ROGUE... 1The Locust 1Rogue's Gallery 1Kronos Quartet with Br... 1Simian Mobile Disco 1case/lang/veirs 1Merle Haggard 1Lido Pimienta 1Ben Harper 1Purr
See Full List+