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February 18, 2014
Ukulele fans, Rabbit Chords now has ukulele chords for some popular Hem songs! You can still find guitar chords for nearly every Hem song at Rabbit Chords. (Thanks, Geoff!)
Dawn Landes Album
Dawn Landes, who you know from her background vocals on many Hem albums, and as opener for Hem at many Hem shows, has a new album out today. It's called Bluebird, and it is lyrical, heartbreaking, and great. Buy it! (iTunes & Amazon)
January 11, 2014
All About Me
Today is All About Hem's 10th birthday! TEN! I had no idea when I started this site that it would still be here 10 years later. A big thank you to everybody who has visited the site over the years, with special thanks to Hem's team at Nettwerk and to everybody who has sent me news, photos, and words of appreciation and encouragement. Thanks also to Geof, who has so nicely web hosted All About Hem for most of its life. As always, the biggest thanks goes to Hem, especially Dan, Gary, Sally, and Steve. I really had no idea when I started this site that I would ever interact with anybody in the band, but what a happy surprise that I can now call them friends. Thank you for everything, Hem!
December 1, 2013
The new CD Transmissions: The Echoes Living Room Concerts Volume 19 includes a live version of Hem playing "Departure and Farewell" from when Hem visited Echoes Radio (an NPR program) earlier this year. More information about the CD is here at Echoes and here at All About Hem's discography section, and it's available to buy here and as a download at places like Amazon. Details about Hem's visit to Echoes are at the news archive and interview archive.
Here's video of most of Hem's October 25 performance in Camden, Maine at the PopTech conference. I'm guessing that it's only "most of" the performance because of sound problems during the opening lullaby and start of "Tourniquet" - on the live video stream the sound was barely audible. In any event, most of the performance is here. Watch it, and listen for what is surely a totally uncredited All About Hem inspired "Identical Snowflakes" intro. You can also download audio and HD video at PopTech's website.
November 4, 2013
London September 27, 2002 Show
The complete setlist for Hem's September 27, 2002 show at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London has been added to the tour archive (thanks, Andrew!). Check it out - it's an early headlining show, back when Hem's set was 1/3 cover songs but already had "Half Acre" closing out the set and "Pacific Street" in the encore. This show is also newly added to my trading page. The best part of the show may not be the setlist but the between-song commentary in which Steve says that the 8-piece group at this show is “the most Hem you’ll ever see on one stage,” but then Sally says that they might hire an orchestra one day, to which Steve kind of laughingly says that they’ll be on the payroll one day. Orchestras bigandsmall later did arrive on stage!
November 3, 2013
Bob Harris Show
Hem's interview and performance on BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris Sunday is streaming online here. Listen! It's great! Even the BBC recording engineers were shaking theirs heads in wonder and saying things like "wow" and "fantastic" after every song performance. Hem's segment begins at 1:19:00, or the page has a link to a clip of Hem's segment (with a new photo of Sally in the studio), but why would you want to only hear part of this show?! As promised in the last news update, here is some bonus info I got when I was at the show's taping. Only 3 of Hem's song choices made the broadcast (for the record, they were "Wake Me Up" by Avicii, "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus, and "Thinking About You" by Frank Ocean). Here are the band's other song choices that didn't make it on air: "How Does The Grass Grow" by David Bowie, "Serpents" by Sharon Van Etten, "Hot Knife" by Fiona Apple, and "Naughty" from Matilda The Musical. You can find a permanent link to this radio show at the interview archive.
November 1, 2013
Bob Harris Show
Hem will be a guest on BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris Sunday on Nov. 3. Click here for a photo at the BBC's site (direct photo link here) of Hem at the studio with Bob Harris. You can listen live here at midnight (local London time, which is 7:00pm on Nov. 2 U.S. ET), though the show will be available for streaming on that page shortly thereafter.
Hem's interview and performance is very good, so be sure to listen! I know that it's very good because Hem invited me to the BBC Radio 2 studio with them (look: my special pass!), so I was there when it was recorded. (Thanks again, Hem! And thanks to everyone at the Bob Harris show - they were all so nice to the "band archivist.") I don't want to spoil things Hem discusses in the interview, but Bob asked the band some questions, and not all of their answers will be broadcast. Once the show airs, I'll have the unaired answers here. So check back soon! (And seriously, how great is everyone in Hem for having me at the BBC with them?)
October 27, 2013
Belfast Show Photos
Click here or on the little image to see a bunch of really great pictures from Hem's show on October 19 in Belfast (thanks, Kelly!). The setlist for this show has also been updated to identify the intro lullaby (thanks, Geoff!). You can find these and many other recent setlists and pictures at the 2013 tour archive and tour photos archive.
Here's a new video of Hem performing "When I Was Drinking" at Stereo in Glasgow, Scotland on October 18 (thanks, Linda and Stuart!). The video starts with the full band returning to the stage for the encore and asking for song requests. I wish I had a picture to share of the lyric book that Sally talks about because it has a funny "this book belongs to Sally" cover. I do have a picture, albeit a not very well lit one, from Hem's June 1, 2013 Boston show.
October 26, 2013
Manchester Show Photo
A new photo has been added to the collection for Hem's October 17 show in Manchester, UK (thanks, Andrew!) You can find this and other recent show pictures at the 2013 tour archive.
Brooklyn Show Photo
Remember when Hem had that awesome rowdy show in Brooklyn back on March 15? New today is a picture from that show (thanks, yooandme!). You can find this and many other concert photos spanning the last 11 (!) years at the tour photos archive.
Hem debuted a new cover song on their recent UK tour, playing the old folk/blues song "St. James Infirmary" at every show. The band has not recorded the song and, as far as I know now, don't intend to record it. Now is your unique chance to hear it, only at All About Hem! Here's Hem performing "St. James Infirmary" on October 13 in Bath, including an introduction about why the band chose this song. The meanings page has been updated based on this intro, which was given in some form at all (or nearly all) these UK shows.
Click here or on the little image to see the setlist and a picture from Hem's show today in Camden, Maine. It was a short set to close out the PopTech conference. You can find this and many other recent setlists and pictures at the 2013 tour archive and tour photos archive. And stay tuned for more photos and audio from Hem's recent UK shows in Belfast, Manchester, and Bath!