November 2006 News Archive (Older news link at bottom of page)
November 30, 2006
There are 3 radio interviews and performances new to the interview archive, although they're all at least a couple years old. I heard them all before the archive even existed but just discovered I left them out for some unknown tragic reason. Even if you've heard them before, check them out again. The new additions: WYEP 7.29.02, KEXP 8.24.02, and KEXP 4.4.03. The WYEP session includes what may be my favorite Hem radio performance ever, an incredible acoustic version of "All That I'm Good For." You can get your own copy of that recording on WYEP Live & Direct: 3 Decades - 3 Discs.
November 28, 2006
New Christmas Song with Hem and REM Star Power
The Christmas tune "Jesus Christ" is now available for download! It's a cover of the Big Star song and a collaboration between Hem's Sally Ellyson and REM's Mike Mills. This song will do nothing to help stop the HEM = REM rumors that Hem likes joking about at their concerts, but it will help a good cause. Proceeds of this fantastic available-online-only single benefit the Red Apple Foundation, so go get yourself a copy. You can find the song at least at eMusic, Rhapsody, and iTunes, and it even has a MySpace page.
November 27, 2006
Bob Edwards Show Interview
A reminder: Hem will be a guest today on The Bob Edwards Show. The show airs on XM Satellite Radio on channel 133 at 9am, 10am, and 8pm, with a repeat tomorrow at 7am. Hem should be on in the second half of the show. If you miss the interview, it should be available here at All About Hem in the next week or two thanks to the good folks at the Bob Edwards Show.
November 26, 2006
New York 2007 Tour Date
The January 20, 2007 New York, NY show at Bowery Ballroom mentioned here earlier this month now has confirmed status. More details about the show, including how to get tickets, are on the tour page.
Get Your Hem Ringtones Here!
Who wouldn't like to hear Hem every time the phone rings? Give the nice and conveniently el-cheap-o gift of a Hem ringtone to yourself or a friend. There are 16 tune choices, and you can get them all here at Nettwerk's store.
Funnel Cloud Advertisement
Be on the lookout for this nice new Funnel Cloud print ad (click on the preview for a larger version and try not to think about how I need a proper scanner). There's a permanent link to this ad as well as an earlier, release date print ad at the discography page.
November 21, 2006
New Christmas Song
Mark your calendar: The Christmas tune "Jesus Christ" will be available for download online starting next Tuesday, November 28. Sally Ellyson lends her voice to the song while REM bassist Mike Mills provides the music. Paste has a little article about the very cool collaboration here. The article doesn't mention Hem's other recorded tie to REM, the cover song "South Central Rain" on Hem's album No Word From Tom. I'll post links to the song once it's available. (Incidentally, there's another new Hem holiday tune in the works, so stay tuned for more news about that on another day.)
Bob Edwards Show Interview
Make another mark on your calendar: Hem will be a guest next Monday, November 27 on The Bob Edwards Show. The show airs on XM Satellite Radio on channel 133 at 9am, 10am, and 8pm. Hem's last visit to the show was fantastic, so be sure to tune in again. I'll post another reminder closer to the air time.
November 20, 2006
October 4 Atlanta Show
Enjoy a couple videos from Hem's 10/4 concert at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta: Beautiful Sea and Half Acre. (Thanks to David!) As a reminder, there are also pictures available from this show (click on the little image to left to see them.) Permanent links to the videos and photos are the 2006 tour archive.
November 18, 2006
September 8 Vancouver Show
Click on the mini preview to the left to visit the Nettwerk Sync website and see some pictures from Hem's 9/8 concert in Vancouver. If you don't laugh at the picture with the snacks, you are a better person than me. You can also find a link to these photos (and an advertisement for this show previously posted at All About Hem) through the 2006 tour and tour pictures archives.
January 2007 NYC Tour Date
Tickets are now on sale for the January 20 New York show mentioned here a week ago. Hem is one of five great acts in the lineup. I don't think the show has been completely officially confirmed, but once/if it is, I'll post another notice here in the news.
November 13, 2006
Hem Music on TV
A timely reminder from the previous news update: Watch the ABC show What About Brian at 10:00pm EST on Monday, November 13 and you'll hear "We'll Meet Along The Way" from Hem's Funnel Cloud. Good call, What About Brian people. Everyone look forward to seeing the song's angst and/or hope on screen.
September 10 Seattle Show
Click on the mini preview to the left to see some new pictures from Hem's 9/10 concert in Seattle. There are also some photos of the opening act Ollabelle. All but the first picture in the group are new today. (Thanks, Zac!) Permanent links to these photos are at the 2006 tour and tour pictures archives.
November 11, 2006
Hem Music on TV
Watch the ABC show What About Brian at 10:00pm EST on Monday, November 13 and you'll hear "We'll Meet Along The Way" from Hem's Funnel Cloud. Good call, What About Brian people. Everyone look forward to seeing the song's angst and/or hope on screen.
October 2 Ann Arbor Show
Click on the mini image to the left to see a picture of Hem's setlist, complete with frolicking rabbits, from their 10/2 concert in Ann Arbor, MI. (Thanks, John!) As a reminder, this and other photos from the show are available through the 2006 tour and tour pictures archives.
New Tour Date
It's tentative at this point, but the tour page still has its first entry for 2007. Hem will probably/maybe be at the Bowery Ballroom in New York on January 20 (a Saturday, which creates a large temptation to go to NYC for a weekend concert). Once the show is confirmed (or not), I'll post another notice here in the news.
November 6, 2006
Detroit Radio Show
On October 2 Hem visited WDET, Detroit Public Radio. The station aired Hem's in-studio performance on October 19, and now the show's online. You can hear Hem play 4 songs (of course including Michigan favorite "Half Acre") by clicking here. As a reminder, thanks to Hem's camera-wielding pedal steel player, you can click on the mini image on the left to see a picture of the band at the radio station for this performance. Both the audio and the photo are available through the 2006 tour archive.
October 20 Falls Church Show
Even more songs (this time from Eveningland) have been added to the slowly growing setlist for Hem's October 20 show in Falls Church, VA. (Thanks, Barney!)
November 5, 2006
Country Standard Time Article
The November edition of Country Standard Time includes a nice article about Hem. In it, Dan speaks at good length about songwriting and making each of Hem's albums, emphasizing the most recent Funnel Cloud and thankfully working in the album's unofficialkeyword "magical." There's also excellent news that Hem's fifth album should be in the works mid-2007 and that they're recording another Christmas song now (last year it was the Winter's Nightcompilation contribution "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," which you can download for free at Hem's website, although you can't get much else there - when did all those mp3 links break?!). You can find a permanent link to this article at the interview archive.
There's one addition to the collection of photos from Hem's October 2 stop in Ann Arbor, MI. It's just a picture of a ticket, but I'm happy to have it. (Thank you, Mom!) Click on the little image to the left to see all the pictures from this concert. Permanent links to them are at the tour pictures and 2006 tour archives.
October 20 Falls Church Show
More songs (all from Rabbit Songs) have been added to the setlist for Hem's October 20 show in Falls Church, VA. (Thanks, Geoff!)
November 3, 2006
September 25 St. Louis Show
Hem may not be on tour right now, but you can still see them live by watching a video clip of them performing the marvelous song "He Came To Meet Me" at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis, MO. The video's right here or you can access it through YouTube or the 2006 tour archive.