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FUV's New Dig

Once a week we pick a new release and dig into it, on the air and online.

FUV's New Dig: Benjamin Booker

by Darren DeVivo

Benjamin Booker
Benjamin Booker
ATO Records

Benjamin Booker is a new artist poised to make a unique mark on the current landscape of American rock. His debut album, Benjamin Booker, sounds nothing like what we have heard in the past. This is no small feat. It’s not easy to create something fresh and new using the same basic materials as others who have come before. Booker taps into both the old masters as well as his contemporaries and – like Victor Frankenstein building the perfect beast – he takes bits and pieces from these influences to create new life. As if he is declaring his arrival, Booker sings, “I’m a new beginning,” in the song “Wicked Waters."

FUV's New Dig: Spoon

by Russ Borris

They Want My Soul
Loma Vista Records

You may not even realize it, but Spoon is a twenty-year-old band. They got together in Austin, Texas in late 1993, and they've spent years forging their identity and honing their craft as they watched other indie rock darlings come and go.

FUV's New Dig: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

by Darren DeVivo

Hypnotic Eye
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Reprise Records

In a time when the "throwback" and the "selfie" have become all the rage, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have released an album that is itself a throwback to the band's early days, and a selfie of what they truly are: A great American rock and roll band.

FUV's New Dig: Strand of Oaks

by Darren DeVivo

Strand Of Oaks
Dead Oceans Records

Strand of Oaks is Timothy Showalter, a songwriter and musician who hails from Goshen, Indiana, a small city not far from South Bend. His latest album is an autobiographical study of self-examination and healing. It documents Showalter's effort to assess his life, identify the undesirable, and will himself towards change for the better.

FUV's New Dig: Phish

by Darren DeVivo
Phish photo by Peter Yang

JEMP / ATO Records

A studio album is a tricky proposition for any band that's built their reputation on live performance. The challenge is to retain the essence of what makes the band special within the confines of a recording studio. Such a band has to rise above the restrictions of the recorded work to capture a spontaneity that’s afforded them naturally on the live stage. They also have to manage it without audience energy coming back at them.

FUV's New Dig: Chrissie Hynde

by Darren DeVivo

Chrissie Hynde
Caroline Records

It's been 36 years since Pretenders came together in England, and over the course of their 10-album history, leader Chrissie Hynde has been the only constant member of the band. So it's interesting that at this point in her career, she's decided to release her first solo album.

FUV's New Dig: PHOX

by Darren DeVivo

Partisan / Knitting Factory / Onto Entertainment Records

PHOX is a new six-piece band from Baraboo, Wisconsin. If you're wondering, Baraboo is in southern Wisconsin, about 40 miles northwest of Madison, best known as the original home of the Ringling Brothers Circus. In fact, Baraboo is sometimes referred to as Circus City. While a circus is an attention-grabbing and flashy spectacle, PHOX is the complete opposite. They are gentle. They've been hiding in the shadows, waiting patiently to be discovered. PHOX have been together for a few years and are well established within the music community of Madison.

FUV's New Dig: David Gray

by Darren DeVivo
David Gray, photo by Jake Walters

David Gray
IHT Records

It’s always a pleasure to hear new music from British singer-songwriter David Gray. Coming four years after 2010’s Foundling, Mutineers has arrived, reminding us once again of what makes David so special.

It’s been 21 years since David quietly introduced himself with his debut album, A Century Ends. It was a humble start for David as he struggled to find a large audience for his first three albums. But that changed in 1998, when his White Ladder album topped the British album charts and went platinum here in the U.S. David now presents his tenth studio album, Mutineers.