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If you long for the days of when Beck Hansen was a nobody, armed with only his quirkiness and a sampler, then the debut album by Tim Fite, Gone Ain't Gone, is definitely recommended. Fewer and fewer rock artists of the early 21st century are following in the footsteps of what seemed like the "future of rock" during the mid- to late '90s — creating songs from samples of other artists. The chameleon-like Brooklyn-based artist adapts to several different styles on his debut, most notably assuming the identity of a rapper on "Forty-Five Remedies," a new waver on "No Good Here," and a folkie on "Took a Wife." But Gone Ain't Gone is not entirely samples, as several real, breathing musicians stop by to add to the unpredictable sonic stew, including a cellist, a baritone ukulele plucker, and even Ben Kweller, who lends some 12-string guitar work to the sleepy album closer, "The More You Do." Samples may prove to be a major ingredient here, but Fite succeeds at keeping things surprisingly organic sounding throughout. With Gone Ain't Gone, Tim Fite proves that slacker rock is still alive and well.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Brooklyn-based Tim Fite created one of the most talked-about albums of 2007 by taking a novel approach to releasing a concept set about hip-hop and the consumer culture -- giving it away for free. Fite was raised in a rural community along the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey by parents who raised him with a sense of frugality and social purpose. He developed an interest in music and began creating tunes that mixed samples of found music with his own organic instrumental accompaniment and lively...
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