Lessons learned from Tim Fite: How to avoid cancer and stay thin in 3.5 minutes
Like restaurants that offer seafood for less than $7, skepticism toward the words "free" and "cheap" is sometimes warranted. In this anything-you-want, anytime-you-want-it-era of Internet music, MP3s are offered up daily from labels, concert promoters, Webzines and bands alike, and quite frankly, such gratis outreaches from artists no one has heard of aren't always a cause for excitement.
So you've been warned. If you want to click away rather than press play below, go for it. I wouldn't blame you. TMZ probably has a video of Miley Cyrus doing something that many may or may not deem inappropriate, and your co-workers will surely be discussing that before they're debating the merits of the new Tim Fite song, which was recently offered up for free download on the My Old Kentucky Blog.
But you've made it this far, and there's only one more paragraph left, so here goes.
The Brooklyn artist Fite records for Silver Lake's Epitaph imprint Anti-, and he simply refuses to make the label any money (you think that Bad Religion dough is gonna last forever, Tim?). On Tuesday, he's giving away more music for free -- a semi-annual event for Fite. His upcoming "Under the Table Tennis" is all about the recession, meaning most of you can relate. He samples St. Vincent, sings funky rants about arguments with customer service, and on "We Didn't Warn You," below, he dispenses advice with cutesy synths and a clap-along beat. Fite gets angrier and snappier as the song goes along, but you would too if you tried to rhyme the words "corporate buyout."
-- Todd Martens
Photo: Anti- Records