Show Post: In House #1552
New York City-based Hem released their third album, entitled No Word From Tom, yesterday. To be exact, it's not necessarily a "new" release in that it's a collection of covers, oddities, outtakes and the like. But really, what a collection, as they tackle everything from classic R.E.M. ("So. Central Rain") to the Fountains of Wayne ("Radiation Vibe") to classic country ("Tennesse Waltz" and "Crazy Arms"), giving them all the slow and lovely Countrypolitan treatment for which Hem's originals have become known. The album also marks the first for the band on the Nettwerk label, who are quietly collecting an impressive stable of artists (Old Crow Medicine Show, the Be Good Tanyas, Clumsy Lovers and Abigail Washburn, among others). Also today, the solid new full-length from Canadian trio Elliott Brood. After seeing its original release last September, their debut Ambassador has just been re-released on Six Shooter records.
In House #1552.
Focus: New release from Hem, No Word From Tom, plus new music from Elliott Brood, the Gourds and a last look at some of the few worthwhile nominees at tonight's Grammys.
From Hem's No Word From Tom: "The Golden Day Is Dying" (MP3)
In House PODCAST #58