TIM FITE with THE WAILING WALL at the CAID

SATURDAY MAY 22, 2010
doors at 8PM
tickets: $8 at the door

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The Crofoot is honored to present this show at the CONTEMPORARY ART INSTITUTE OF DETROIT.

Recently signed Anti recording artist TIM FITE lives alone in a graveyard in Brooklyn, NY. In this graveyard, there are no headstones, no mausoleums, no flowers, no plot maps, no sprinklers, no astroturf; there aren't even any dead bodies (as far as I know). That is, unless you count the stacks and stacks of bargain bin c.d.'s that are strewed about the apartment, poking out of every nook and cranny of the otherwise orderly fourth floor walk up. Cd cases clatter around on the floor like the plastic skeletons of every band you've never heard of, a sobering display of thousands of discarded, disbanded, or quite simply dissed rock-and-roll dreams. It seems that Mr. Fite's home may in fact be the place where music goes to die. However, in the manner of little known physics professor Lawrence Q. Moyer (whose dissertation on the reinvigoration of dead tissue revolutionized modern science), Mr. Fite is in fact on a quest to reverse the effects of musical mortality. In his jewel case graveyard, Tim Fite is reanimating the corpses of the countless under-appreciated and overlooked songs that, due to misunderstanding and/or maltreatment, have sadly lost their will to go on.

The result of Mr. Fite's exploration of musical necromancy is an engaging collection of songs entitled "Gone Ain't Gone." Deeply steeped in the contradictory traditions of the country and hip-hop genres, "Gone Ain't Gone" bridges a vast cultural void, connecting a deep seeded respect for our troubled (yet sonically rich) past with a cavalier glimpse at a half harrowing-half hopeful (and again sonically rich) future. Although much of the music can be lumped into the established categories of alt-country and americana music, Tim Fite's debut album is neither of these things, exactly. Instead, it is the aural manifestation of simultaneity and contradiction: a hip-hop record that sounds like folk music, a loop-based record that feels organic, a socialist record that is essentially anti-social, a prophesy record about the good old days, a concept record with no concept, an easy record for hard times, a living record made from dead music.

With THE WAILING WALL.

The CAID is located at 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208.

 

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