Release Date: May 6, 2008
Record label: Anti
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
A year in the making, following his critically acclaimed (and free for download) attack on materialism, Over the Counter Culture, Tim Fite continues expanding on his musical process, in which he treats the sounds in his head like construction paper as he cuts, pastes, and stacks notes and noises to build musical collages. While the last album mixed white-boy hip-hop and folk with a kaleidoscope of samples to earn quick comparisons to Mellow Gold-era Beck, Fair Ain't Fair has the feel of Tom Waits songs performed by the Eels and produced by a Grandaddy and Wyclef tag team. No raps to be found this time around.
Had things turned out differently, Tim Fite would have made a pretty convincing cult leader. That’s a weird compliment to pay, but Fite is a weird guy. There is a charismatic mystery about him, equal parts mythology and absurdity: he is said to live in a graveyard, he is said to have been born without blood, he calls himself “the gentleman with itchy legs” for some reason… that kind of thing.