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Although there are groups that discuss the sacrifices they have made to get to that next level, you have a hard time believing or empathizing with a few of them. Sacrifices might be as superficial as not having your own tour bus or only getting a six pack of Red Bull instead of the dozen your concert rider asked for. But when a person starts selling off personal possessions in order to further their art, it's hard to not root for them on some creative or personal level. Dan Messe, one of the main songwriters of New York orchestral-folk-pop-rootsy band Hem, did exactly that in making the band's 2001 debut "Rabbit Songs."  ...
It's Hem again (Dec 2004)
"This album has been a long time coming," Dan Messe admits, when asked about Hem's second release called "Eveningland." The group, which incorporates bits of country, folk and other stray Americana elements into its soothing musical mix, released its debut "Rabbit Songs" on DreamWorks, and was about to put this newest album out on that same label before the company suddenly folded into a bigger label as part of the Universal merger. "We weren't sure how this album would be met because it's  ...

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