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Danielson Famile

For his senior thesis project at Rutgers University, Daniel Smith handed in what became Danielson Famile's first album, A Prayer for Every Hour. He got an A, not to mention the start to a long career in gospel-tinged indie pop. Released by Tooth & Nail Records in 1995, the album featured Smith backed by his siblings, who ranged in age from 12 to their early twenties. Together, they made up Danielson Famile, a family band that delivered orthodox Christian messages but steered clear of traditional Christian symbols, relying instead on an inventive, offbeat style that sounded like Captain Beefheart's Magic Band joined by the Partridge Family at some roadside revival along the Jersey Turnpike.

Although an acquired taste, the band's sound began picking up steam as the decade went on. Tell Another Joke at the Ol' Choppin' Block, produced by Kramer (Galaxie 500, Low, Palace Brothers), followed in 1997. In 1998, Smith launched Tri-Danielson to convey his three distinct musical directions: solo, with his family members, and a more rock-based incarnation called Danielsonship. Tri-Danielson released Alpha in 1998, followed in 1999 by Omega. Both releases earned a healthy buzz in the mainstream press, despite their overtly spiritual content.

The band capitalized on that attention by signing to Secretly Canadian Records in 2001, ditching the overtly Christian Tooth & Nail label in the process. They also bid goodbye to longtime producer Kramer, hiring Steve Albini instead to produce their next release, 2001's Fetch the Compass Kids. Brother: Son, a Smith-produced solo project released under the moniker Br. Danielson, arrived in 2004. In 2006, Smith returned to the original Danielson moniker, employing every collaborator thus far in the Famile history for the creation of Ships. Smith put Danielson on hiatus for the next five years, eventually returning with an all-new lineup for 2011’s Best of Gloucester County, which -- despite the title -- represented the group’s eighth studio outing and was not a compilation of previously released material. In 2014, Danielson released a collaboration with indie rock legend and Half Japanese founder Jad Fair, Solid Gold Heart; Fair wrote the lyrics and sang lead, Daniel composed the music, the Famile provided accompaniment, and Kramer (one of Fair's frequent collaborators) recorded and mixed the sessions. ~ Jason Nickey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Fetch The Compass Kids

1. We Don't Say Shut Up

2. Let Us A. B. C.

3. Good News For The Pus Pickers

4. Fetch The Compass Kids

5. Rallying The Dominoes

6. Sing To The Singer

7. The Wheel Made Man

8. Singers Go First

9. Fathom The Nine Fruits Pie

10. Who The Hello

11. Can We Camp At Your Feet

12. Farmers Serve The Waiters

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Track List: Tri-Danielson, Vol. 2 (Alpha)

1. [Untitled]

2. Southern Paws

3. Rubbernecker

4. Body English

5. Runnin' To Brother

6. Btwn. The Lines Of The Scout Signs

7. A Meeting With Your Maker

8. Gorgeous New Age

9. Pottymouth

10. The Elderly And The Little Ones

11. Holy Kisser's Block Party

12. Flesh

13. Lord Did You Hear Harrison?

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Track List: Tell Another Joke At The Ol' Choppin Block

1. A No-No

2. Ye Olde Battleaxe

3. Me To Da Tee

4. The Lord's Rest

5. Flesh Thang

6. Jersey Loverboy

7. I Am My Beloved's

8. Big Baby

9. Deviled Egg

10. Quest For Thrills

11. Smooth Death

12. Jokin' At The Block

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Track List: A Prayer For Every Hour

1. Nice Of Me

2. Feeling Tank

3. Ugly Tree

4. Like A Vacuum

5. Need A Beard

6. Pepcid 20mg

7. Birds

8. 1,000 Push-Ups

9. God Bless

10. Guilt Scout

11. What To Wear

12. Do A Good Turn Daily

13. Burn In Hart

14. Hot Air

15. Be Your Wildman

16. Pray 1,995 Prayers

17. Headz In The Cloudz

18. Soul

19. Heimlich Remover

20. Naive Child

21. Tell Me Oh You

22. In The Malls Not Of Them

23. No Foundation

24. Pretty

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Track List: Tri-Danielson!!! (Omega)

1. Cutest Lil' Dragon

2. Idiot Boksen

3. Thanx To Noah

4. Fruitful Weekend

5. Failing A Test Falling In Love

6. Guilt Scouting

7. Sold! To The Nice Rich Man

8. The Nose Knows

9. Don't You Be The Judge

10. Deeper Than My Gov't 1

11. Deeper Than My Gov't 2

12. Deeper Than My Gov't 3

13. Simply Be Just

14. Tri-Danielson!!!

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What the hell is this garbage ? Get out !
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I think Daniel smith is one of the most creative and artistic christian musicians. He allows God's spirit to influence his music not just lyrics! They are quirky and don't worry about fitting into anyone's musical mold and I love that...
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Fetch the Compass Kids is what convinced me to give Christian music a chance. What an awesomely creative band.

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