Blue Marble Vinyl EP! Collector's Item! Remixes for the Dance Floor! Music from the Little Folksinger!
After 20 years in the music biz, self-described “Little Folksinger” Ani DiFranco is still technically little, although her influence on fellow musicians, activists, and indie-minded people the world over has been huge. She still proudly identifies as a folksinger, too, but her understanding of that term has always been far more expansive than a bin at the record store or a category on iTunes, with ample room for soul, funk, jazz, electronic music, spoken word, and a marching band or two. Over the course of more than 20 albums, including the live double album Living in Clip (1997) and the two-disc career retrospective Canon (2007), as well as the latest one, ¿Which Side are You On? (2012), Ani has never stopped evolving, experimenting, testing the limits of what can be said and sung. Her lifelong tribe of co-conspirators includes everyone from Pete Seeger and the late Utah Phillips to a new generation of twentysomething singer-songwriters who grew up with her songs and shows — and then there's the motley crew of folks like Prince, Maceo Parker, Andrew Bird, Dr. John, Arto Lindsay, Bruce Springsteen, Chuck D, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Gillian Welch, Cyndi Lauper, and even Burmese activist and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, with whom she has crossed paths in a myriad of ways.
Since Ani bucked the major label system in the early-‘90s, opting to release her music on her own terms, the self-described Little Folksinger has been the subject of all kinds of hyperbole. She’s been called “fiercely independent” (Rolling Stone), “inspirational” (All Music Guide), “the ultimate do-it-yourself songwriter” (The New York Times), etc. As the cracks in the music industry get larger and more big-name artists follow Ani’s lead – Radiohead, Madonna and Nine Inch Nails among them – maybe people will just start calling her “smart.”
Little Plastic Remixes is the second EP released by Ani DiFranco. It consists of three remixes (all by DiFranco herself) of songs from her 1998 album Little Plastic Castle and one live track from her 1993 album Puddle Dive. This vinyl was previously only available on the Righteous Babe web site. The ep of remixes from the Little Plastic Castle era was originally released in 1999. Surely a collector's item, Ani herself drew the cartoon on the cover and it was Ani's first foray in remixing for the dance floor.
"A folkie in punk's clothing, Ani DiFranco battled successfully against the Goliath of corporate rock to emerge as one of the most influential and inspirational cult heroines of the 1990s. A resolute follower of D.I.Y. ethos, DiFranco released her records through her own indie label, Righteous Babe, slowly but steadily building a devout grassroots following on the strength of a relentless tour schedule... her songs tackled issues... with insight and compassion, the music's empowering attitude and anger tempered by the poignant candor of singer/songwriter confessionalism." - Jason Ankeny, allmusic.com
• Vinyl EP
• Blue Marble Vinyl
• Collector's Item
1. Little Plastic Castle - Hobby Lobby Remix
2. My IQ (Live in Santa Rosa, CA 11/97)
1. Gravel (Ahem Remix)
2. Glass House (Turkey Tamale Remix)