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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: Ryan Adams

by Darren DeVivo
Photo by Joe Grimaldi

Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams
Blue Note / Pax Am (Pax Americana) Records


It's been 14 years and 14 albums since Ryan Adams stepped away from the band Whiskeytown and began his solo career with the acclaimed Heartbreaker. His last album, Ashes & Fire, was released in 2011, and now he offers us a new effort, simply known as Ryan Adams. For many artists, a three-year gap between albums is not unusual, but for the prolific Adams, it seemed like a lifetime.

FUV's New Dig: Beck's 'Song Reader'

by Carmel Holt

Various Artists performing songs by Beck
Song Reader
Capitol Records

It has been a good year for Beck fans. We were ecstatic to hear a set of beautiful, folky songs on his first proper album since 2008, Morning Phase, and are feeling even more so now, as we've received his second project of the year: a recorded version of Song Reader. But let’s rewind to 2012.

FUV's New Dig: The New Pornographers

by Darren DeVivo
photo by Chris Buck

The New Pornographers
Brill Bruisers
Matador Records

The New Pornographers are an eight member collective of musicians who have been together for over fifteen years. Their latest work is a strong, new album that looks back to great songwriting from the past and filters this classic pop through their contemporary, indie rock vision. The new album, Brill Bruisers, is the sixth studio effort from The New Pornographers and their first since 2010’s Together.

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

Spoon
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

Heal
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

Fuego
Phish
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.