bands

* Le Fits

Live at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia, 2010: "Rain Dogs meets Pavement in New Orleans" - Robert West

Like some of the greatest New Wave bands of yore, Le Fits was born at Art School. While studying for an MFA at Mills College in California, Ben ( Lead Fit) was spending his time recording songs in his art studio. With cold beer and the promise of food, he lured a few friends from the nearby Mills Music Program to take a break from their Avant Guarde compositions and rock out. The recordings blossomed and became the album Near Fits which featured songs mixed by Jonathan Segel (of Camper van Beethoven). Garnering local fans and playing a series of N. California shows and eventually scoring an indie film soundtrack placement (Birds of America) Near Fits was a small Bay Area success. With an ecclectic band that included a trombone, bass harmonica and musical saw, the band played on the West Coast to some critical acclaim. Honestly, we should probably attribute any press to the really cute girl playing the saw. Ben and his band not known as "Friends with Bennies" went on to produce Le Fits Sportif, the "rock album" in which echoes of Talking Heads, Television and Pavement mingle in catchy guitar riffs and post-poetic lyricisms. Le Fits went on tours on the East and West coast. Audiences were good, reaction was positive, but to be honest, CD sales were rather shitty, and members of Le Fits wished they had made T-Shirts or perhaps cupcakes instead of passing out plastic mp3-delivery devices for less than cost. After the spectacular financial failure of Sportif*, Le Fits has committed to never making another album on CD.

* technically, the album Near Fits does not count as a financial failure - mainly because of that song that was used in that Matthew Perry/Hillary Swank movie

Relocating to the balmier climates of North Philadelphia in 2008, Ben reformulated Le Fits with a new cast of hard living East Coast musicians. The band: not known as "Ghetto Solutions". Le Fits are presently working on an excellent new album, and play regularly at the Salon that Ben hosts once a month show at L'Etage - the French cabaret in South Philly. Click here for more info on the L'Etage Salon Shows.

Le Bagged Fits

"Highly Innovative Pop Exploration" (Performer Magazine)

"This [Near Fits] album is so good it feels like Hawaiian Hula music even though it clearly isn't. Put the 12 tracks on repeat for a while and while away the hours." - The Owl Mag

"[Sportif is]... Stellar indie pop reminiscent of Elephant 6 bands, with an effortless and engaging quirkiness layered on top of sweet catchy melodies." (The Bay Bridged).

The song off Near Fits A Hole in One was featured in the recent indie film Birds of America (starring Hillary Swank, Matthew Perry, Ginnifer Goodwin).

"[Sportif is]... A must have for fans of Lou Reed and Luna, no two songs sound the same" -What's Up Magazine

And some German Magazine said something that is totally unintelligible to us. Who speaks german?

*Discography

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Le Fits Sportif
1. Revolutionary Man
2. Sign Language - Download mp3
3. 17 Hours
4. Two Kids
5. Un-Say is Best
6. Pantache
7. Psychic Voodoo
8. The Glass
9. A Good Man is Hard to Fine
10. Le Razoir
11. Magic Potion
12. Lovers
13. Sleepwalker




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1. Boots to the Sky
2. Ball of Twine - Download mp3
3. The Mad Method
4. Ode 2B
5. No Never
6. A Hole in One - Download mp3
7. The Ride
8. The Floor
9. The Unemployment Song
10. Venom.Justified
11. Song for Robert
12. Yuba City
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*Press

"This album is so good it feels like Hawaiian Hula music even though it clearly isn't. Put the 12 tracks on repeat for awhile and while away the hours." - The Owl Mag [Read the Review]

"...and the equally short aufschrillenden guitar noise in the "Psychic Voodoo" is fascinating the same attention as the main part of himself in "Magic Potion" finally be gleaned all the instruments in this one piece again. Thus, each track gets its own unique flavor. This strategy is the sure guarantee of Widererkennens."

"This strategy is sure guarantee of Widererkennens! "Alert the press! This clearly is a hit single. We have absolutely no idea what this means, but using Google translator on this German Review is pretty funny. [ Soundmag.DE ]

"Effortless and engaging quirkiness layered on top of sweet catchy melodies" - The Bay Bridged

"Each of the dozen tunes is an endearing folksy pop gem with vocals that reminded us of J Mascis." - Aquarius Records

"Highly innovative pop exploration" - Performer Magazine

"Near Fits is... brimming with indie pop gems, with a little bit of folk thrown in for good measure...Ball of Twine"...hooked me within the first 10 seconds and the song just gets better and better after that with the guitar stealing the show, dancing and wiggling all over the place." - SKATTERBRAIN [Read the Review]

"Full of energy" - FAKESCIENCE [Read the Review]

"Wonderful indie pop!" - KZSU [Read the Review]

"... confident and energized ballad-country. "Near Fits" is recommended to listeners who enjoy an Elephant Six twist to their DIY pop." - Christopher Petro , Performer Magazine

*Photos

Back in Day with Le Fits. A short history:

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at The Sunset Bar, Richmond District, San Francisco with original cast members Sarah Hluchan on Saw, Scott Knipplemeir on Trombone and bass Harmonica, Seth Warren on Drums. I believe we ate at Burma Superstar before the show.

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At Oktoberfest, Oakland: Back in these days: Reid Davis of the Gomorrans on Trumpet, Chris Chu (of The Morning Benders) on bass, Seth Warren (original Okkervil River) on drums, Gene Baker (the R&B Free Jazz Gospel 80) on keys and.

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Ben and Sara, the original cast of Near Fits Fine Arts, at Mills College in 2003

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At the Hotel Utah, San Francisco

The kind of famous artist Josh Pieper took this picture. And I don't know if he intended to - but it looks like I have a shoulder pad made of a crash cymbal. Eat that Brian Eno!


Le Fits at the Independent, San Francisco with Gris Gris. Ben is wearing a custom-made Trout Mask Replica shirt, that unfortunately is rather stiff and uncomfortable on the skin.

Le Fits @ The 5th Side Benefit Philadelphia, 2010

Back in Day with Le Fits. A short history:


at The Sunset Bar, Richmond District, San Francisco with original cast members Sarah Hluchan on Saw, Scott Knipplemeir on Trombone and bass Harmonica, Seth Warren on Drums. I believe we ate at Burma Superstar before that gig. That place is amazing.

Le Fits appearing at Oktoberfest at Mama Buzz Café, Oakland, CA. Notable cast members of Le Fits back in these days: Reid Davis of the Gomorrans on Trumpet, Chris Chu (of The Morning Benders) on bass, Seth Warren (original Okkervil River) on drums, Gene Baker (the R&B Free Jazz Gospel 80) on keys and.


Ben and Sara, the original cast of Near Fits Fine Arts, at Mills College in 2003