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by The Hiders

A delicate demolition of roots music
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Everything I Wanted
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2. Hideous Sunbeam
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3. Bones in the Well
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4. Lets Forget
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5. Persephone
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6. Hawaiian Ice
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3:19 $0.99
7. Magic Show
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3:47 $0.99
8. Take Me Back
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9. Bury Me
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10. You Cant Hurt Me Anymore
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11. Into the Sun
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Album Notes

This is the first independently released album by ex-Ass Ponys
lead guitarist Bill Alletzhauser. Recorded and produced by Brad Jones at Alex the Great studios in Nashville. Brad Jones has worked with many artists including Josh Rouse, Jill Sobule, Ron Sexsmith, Bobby Bare Jr., and Steve Earle.
::Hiders Reviews::

" A truely remarkable band, a great live experience, tons of great songs...The Hiders are real contenders. They bridge the musical gap as well as any band I've heard in a long, long time..."
Dan Reed WXPN/WorldCafe'

.... very musically robust Americana ...that reminds me of Sparklehorse, Emmylou Harris, The Band, Kathleen Edwards, Detroyer, and folkie psychedelia of early VU.
....Anchored with Beth Harris's sweet yet aching harmonies, the album balances slow-burning love songs and full on rockers. Mesmerizing stuff.
Bruce Warren - WXPN

...Hovering in the Americana-sphere around artists from Neil Young and The Band to newer acts like Sparklehorse and The Thrills, Valentine is, in a word, mesmerizing. On opener "Everything I Wanted," Toby Ellis offers pedal steel swells that illuminate like a sunrise, wrapping around Alletzhauser's organic, melancholic melodies and Harris' perfect harmonies (she is Emmylou to Alletzhauser's Neil). There is a natural hypnotic glaze to most of tracks, as the acoustic and electric guitars and the sweeping rhythms combine to create a billow of irresistible ethereality.
...Other highlights on the album include the Greek mythology-referencing "Persephone," which rattles the cage a little more than most tracks with its distorted, lost-in-the-woods-at-night guitar stomp; the trembling, gently-rolling lullaby for a departing lover "Magic Show"; the twilight-twinkling "You Can't Hurt Me Anymore"; and "Bury Me," which recalls the earlier roots-rockin' days of Wilco. But highlights, shmilights there isn't a dud in the bunch here. The songs are full of drama and soul, possessing an imposing majesty and a vibe of sober sorrow that makes Valentine a perfect "shoulder to cry on" CD for anyone going through a soul-crushing breakup.

...The CD is a tremendous collection of brooding electric folk, alt country and slow-burn rock tunes that feature Alletzhauser's Neil Young-esque pleading nasal vocals, full of innocence and passion.


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Thanks for the great CD
I caught you guys on WNKU (thanks for the Studio 89 set!). I really am enjoying this CD. I cannot get it out of the player! Great job from CB Baby, too!

Mrs. Shreck

An afternoon on the porch swing.
(excerpt)...Neil Young. Yep. I hear it, you'll hear it, The Hiders hear it...Here's three songs worth singling out (pun intended): Everything I Wanted is a great song to lead the album. It's nicely bittersweet and melancholy. I'm partial to that pedal steel which I think is very inventively played, Mr. Ellis. I think the stars will be closer for people who give this song a careful listening. If you have everything you wanted, this song reminds you to hold it with care. My favorite track, Bury Me, is quite towards the end. This may mean that it's not anyone else's favorite, which would be par for the Shreck course. I think this should be number one with a bullet. I love it!...My second favorite is You Can't Hurt Me Anymore. Headphones required. The Hiders might make some of that emo money on this one. ...Valentine has been a grower for me. I've always been a love-at-first-listen sort of girl; something either smacks me upside the head or it's tossed in the sell-back pile. Lately, I've had a few experiences (Wilco, Modest Mouse) that have made me question that approach (though the Strokes supported it, oh well...). Sure, I'm still always looking for the next true-love-at-first-sound and once in awhile one comes around (The Handsome Family)....So why don't you order [Valentine] up and put it on and sit on the porch swing with a beer or a Coke or a Hawaiian ice, and watch the local children running in the sun and laughing. It did me good, and it's do you good, too.

Jamie C. Martin

lovin' it
Still lovin' the CD, bought 2 more (the 1st 2 were gifts). I'm keeping one, and sending one to my dad, who will also enjoy. I spent the 4th of July weekend playing the CD for friends on the way to our camping site and they enjoyed it, as well.


Great new band channels Neil.
With Neil Yong being so prolific lately, I wasn't sure how I'd react to this Hiders CD, which is clealrly inspired by Neil Young's legacy. Would it be simply ersatz Neil, or something more. I'm happy to report it's a wonderful recording.


Thank you for putting one out - looking forward to the next one!


One of those CDs you just can't get out of your player
I saw the Hiders live in Phily at the WXPN festival and bought the CD the next day. It sounds better each time I listen.

Bunny Hider

if anyone who wrote a review happens to see this the 5stars are for you.
thanks for ordering the record and for the kind words. it means alot to us!!!


My summer soundtrack
I can't stop listening to this cd. Heard you at Canal Street Tavern in Dayton. Forget Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" as the song of the summer. For me, it's "Into the Sun," "Persephone," "Hawaiian Ice" ... the whole cd really.
Last year it was Spoon's "Gimme Fiction," 2004: DBT's "Decoration Day." This year "Valentine!"


I think it's a sweet collection of songs that are happy and sad and that make me want to hang out with some good friends and some good beer - preferably outside on a warm summer evening/night.

Leigh Walklett

An album to dream to beneath the stars
It took Beth to turn me onto this band. And as a recent convert I am forever grateful, for hearing these timeless melodies allows me to dream. The melancholy lyrics and vocals are haunting. In all, this is a mesmerising album. Thank you.
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