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  • 1. Captain America
    2. Faker
    3. Understand
    4. Tgorm
    5. So Long
    6. New York City
    7. Can't Seem to Find
    8. Water
    9. Tambourine
    10. In a Big Country
    11. Rise
    12. Opium
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6634

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Siket; Al Schnier; moe.; Chuck Garvey; Rob Derhak; Jim Loughlin; Vinnie Amico
    EngineerJohn Siket; Bil Emmons

    Moe includes: Rob (vocals, bass); Chuck (acoustic, electric & 12-string guitars, Fender Rhodes piano, background vocals); Al (electric guitar, background vocals): Emilio China (violin); Jim (flute, percussion); Kirk Juhas (Hammond B-3 organ); Claudio Dizefalo (Moog synthesizer, drums, programming, loops); Late Nite Rascals (Mellotron, synthesizer); DJ Logic (turntables).
    Recorded at The Carriage House, Stamford, Connecticut; Theatre 99, New York, New York; Mutiny 200, Hoboken, New Jersey; Coast Recorders, San Francisco, California; Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York.
    Personnel: Al Schnier (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, harmonica, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Moog synthesizer); Chuck, Chuck Garvey (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Rob Derhak (vocals, electric bass); Jim Loughlin (flute, percussion); Kirk Juhas (Fender Rhodes piano); Vinnie Balzano, Vinnie Amico (drums); DJ Logic (turntables).
    Audio Mixers: John Siket; moe.
    Recording information: Bearsville Sound Studios, Bearsville, NY (2000); Coast Recorders, San Fransico, CA (2000); Mutiny 200, Hoboken, NJ (2000); The Carriage House, Stamford, CT (2000); Theatre 99, New York, NY (2000).
    Dither, moe.'s first studio release since 1998's Tin Cans and Car Tires, found moe. exploring similar territory to Wilco's Summerteeth album, with a lesser degree of success. The songs themselves are curiously good, though moe.'s arrangements are perhaps too rooted in endless playing on the road, where the band spends most of its time. As such, extra instruments and production effects -- pianos, filter sweeps, DJs, synthesizers, and more -- often sound unfortunately tacked on. In places, though -- such as the incredibly catchy Paul Simon-influenced "New York City" or the introduction to the bittersweet "Faker" -- the group manages to transcend its limitations. While the sound is cluttered, it also finds two original voices emerging from the group: bassist Rob Derhak and, to a slightly lesser extent, guitarist Al Schnier. ~ Jesse Jarnow

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (4/12/01, p.141) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Airtight grooveadelia, compact essays in twin-guitar sunshine and boyish-vocal cheer. But in its gleaming rigor, DITHER is not the antithesis of noodle rock; it is the way forward..."
    CMJ (3/12/01, p.28) - "...Nod-along catchy, and it's got the same mix of country twang, blues soul and jazz wanking that jam fans have grown to worship."
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