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As an artist, Tim Fite is a composite character. He defies easy categorization and he’s constantly skirting the margins looking for a new level of entry. The Brooklyn-based songwriter has railed against consumerism and issued an album (Over the Counter Culture) for free. He samples and loops obscure records and live performances until they are unrecognizable. His lyrics veer from pointed, angry words to brilliant satire and deliberately goofy comedy. He’s done folk music, hip-hop and mostly a weird amalgamation of styles where a little soft shoe meets an indie-rock death rattle. “The Names of All the Animals” creeps with an otherworldly chorus of voices. “Roots of a Tree” steps up the overwhelming frustration felt when you realize just how unfair the world can be. However, Fite is careful not to preach or moralize too much. He keeps his sense of humor and whimsy alive. “Big Mistake” could be a pop song for the radio. “Motorcade” is, in fact, a gentle ballad. However, it’s difficult to focus on one aspect, since its Fite’s manic whip-through style that makes the greatest impression and is his reason to create.

Customer Reviews


Get all his stuff - including over the counterculture which is 100% free. Big mistake is an amazing song. He is one to watch.

Tim Fite

is great i recomend actually buying the album though, theres cool art and stuff.

Get it, love it

Tim Fite is an exceptional artist and this follow up to the stunning over the counterculture album is amazing and i highly reccomend it to anybody who apreciates first class alternative music. He has Les Claypool behind him, what else is there to say?


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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