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Listener
Aliases:This artist is (or was) also known as: [Listener Project]
Country:United States
Website:http://iamlistener.com
email:info@iamlistener.com
Releases:[Wooden Heart] [Return to Struggleville (remastered version)] [Not Waving, Drowning (Book & CD)] [Train Songs (EP)] [Return to Struggleville] [Talk Music] [Ozark Empire] [Whispermoon] [The Album] [The chemistry set]
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Info:Dan Smith from Siloam Springs, Arkansas is The Listener, he's also part of the collective Deepspace5. The Listener used to be in a group called Labklik, together with ILLtrip, from 1995-2002. The Listener has evolved into a band and is now called the Listener Project, since September 2007.

Hobby
Dan started to listen to D-Boy's Plantin' A Seed (1989) and his love for hip hop turned into a hobby, which evolved into the artist he is now The Listener.

Tools
The Listener is a non-conformist hip hop artist, who uses storytelling and poetry as his tools for his raps. He adresses social issues, like the consumer driven society and the choices people make. This and his indepth lyrics mean it takes time to digest his songs as a listener. The reward is a better awareness of the world, man creates or has created around him.

Ozark Empire
The concept album "Ozark Empire" (2005) tells the story about a traveling sales agent in knives. He eventually gets stabbed by his wife with one of his own products. The following album "Not Waving, Drowning" was meant to tell the story from the wife's and sons point of view, regarding this man's grim life of alcohol abuse and women. But this project turned into a poetry book and spoken word album (2009).

Tour
In 2005 the Listener was on a "Tour of Homes", where he performed in living rooms of fans' houses all across the United States. In April 2006 he has traveled to Europe for his "European Tour of Homes".

Concerts
During the Tour of Homes (2005/2006) The Listener uses infomercials as a visual enhancement, while performing parts of his album "Ozark Empire" (2005).

Live band
After his Tour Of Homes a new aspect is added to the live experience of The Listener. In 2006 the MC is being accompanied by a live band consisting of a guitar player and drummer.

Name Change
These new musical dynamics would result in a name change in September 2007, the solo MC becomes a real band: the Listener Project.
But due to confusion among fans Dan changed to the original name again in November 2008: "I've decided (after talking with everyone on the road) that using the word "Project" after Listener in the group name has been confusing for a good amount of people, so I'm going to drop that word. The project will be known as Listener just like it always has been."

Listener Project
The Listener Project or the Listener consists of:
- Dan Smith: MC
- Kristen Smith: bass guitar
- Chris Nelson: drums & guitar
The Listener writes the lyrics, while Kristen Smith and Chris Nelson compose the music.

First release
The band's first release is "Return to Struggleville" in 2007. The record is a remake of the original Ozark Empire album of 2005 and contains new tracks and music. The album was first only available at concerts.

DVD
A DVD entilted "Asphalt Dreams and Other Secrets" containing live footage of the band would come out, but is postponed till there is more time to perfect it (June 2010). The trailers can be seen on the "Return to Struggleville" (2007) album.

Poetry
The Listener's poetry album is called "Not Waving, Drowning" and comes with a booklet.

Photo by Jon Willis.

Release:Wooden Heart
Wooden Heart
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Media:[Audio CD] [Digital Download]
Released:2010
Recordlabel:Talk Music Records
Info:The album is released on July 6th, 2010.

1. You have never lived because you have never died
2. I don't want to live forever
3. Most roads lead to home
4. Wooden Heart
5. Falling in love with glaciers
6. Failing is not just for failures
7. Building better bridges
8. Seatbelt Hands
9. These hands weren't meant for us
10. You were a house on fire
11. Save up your hopes friends
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Release:Return to Struggleville (remastered version)
Return to Struggleville (remastered version)
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Media:[Audio CD] [Digital Download]
Released:2010
Recordlabel:Talk Music Records
Info:The album is re-released on March 12th, 2010 with added new packaging, 2 songs, a video, vocals, full mixes and mastering. The 2 songs are "A song from a knife salesman to his wife on their wedding day" & "Your life will never dull or your money back".

1. Death by shotgun
2. A song from a knife salesman to his wife on their wedding day
3. It's time for drastic measures they're not taking you seriously
4. The music that the angels do
5. My five year plan
6. What would you do if I'm not what I'm supposed to be, because I'm not
7. I have nothing but attention when I scream
8. Ozark Empire, or a snake oil salesman comes to your town
9. Your life will never dull or your money back
10. When no one else will be your friend I will do the job
11. Officer you have the wrong man, I am not that man
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Release:Not Waving, Drowning (Book & CD)
Not Waving, Drowning (Book & CD)
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Media:[Audio CD] [Book]
Released:2009
Recordlabel:Talk Music Records
Info:The album is released on March 26th, 2009.
The poetry album includes a booklet with the 13 poems. The recording contains spoken word with no instrumentation.

1. You have never lived because you have never died
2. Falling in love with glaciers
3. Seat belt hands
4. Failing is not just for failures
5. You were a house on fire
6. Save up your hopes friends
7. Maybe we are all beautiful
8. I'd like to offer you my dearest apologies
9. Death by shotgun
10. Put another rock in my hand
11. Stick this in your ear
12. The music that the angels do
13. This is it
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Release:Train Songs (EP)
Train Songs (EP)
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Media:[Audio CD]
Released:2009
Recordlabel:Talk Music Records
Info:The EP is released on March 26th, 2009.
The recording of the Listener Project celebrates the 5th year anniversary of the "Train Song". The EP features 5 versions of the song and a music video.
Extras: video, live video, lyrics, original sampley song by Luxor Star.

1. Train Song (Fienix)
2. Train Song (Live)
3. Train Song (Dust)
4. Train Song (Spoken)
5. Train Song (Original)
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Release:Return to Struggleville
Return to Struggleville
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Media:[Audio CD]
Released:2007
Recordlabel:Talk Music Records
Info:The album is released on September 14th, 2007.
It was first only available at concerts, until the international releasedate of January 14th, 2008.
The enhanced CD is a remake of the original Ozark Empire album (2005) and is the first release as the Listener Project. It also contains trailers of the upcoming DVD "Asphalt Dreams and Other Secrets". The release of January 14th, 2008 was made in a first pressing of 1.000 copies.

Credits
All songs written and recorded by: Dan Smith, Christin Nelson & Kristen Smith.
Addition percussion on tracks 2 & 6 by W. Andrew Gibbens.

1. Death by Shotgun
2. Ozark Empire, or a Snake Oil Salesman Comes to Your Town
3. It's Time for Drastic Measures They're Not Taking You Seriously
4. My Five Year Plan
5. I Have Nothing But Attention When I Scream
6. What Would You Do If I'm Not What I'm Supposed To Be, Because I'm Not
7. When No One Else Will Ne Your Friend I Will Do the Job
8. The music That the Angels Do
9. Officer You Have the Wrong man, I am Not That Man
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Release:Talk Music
Talk Music
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Media:[Audio CD]
Released:2006
Recordlabel:Talk Music Records
Info:This limited edition live album is released on December 15th, 2006.

1. We March To A Whole Different Drum (Live)
2. Ozark Empire, Or Snake Oil Salesman
3. Stick This In Your Ear (Live)
4. Your Life Will Never Dull Or Your Money Back
5. The Music That The Angels Do (Live)
6. You Will Be My Music (Live)
7. Train Song (Live)
8. I Have Nothing But Attention When I Scream
9. Deepspace Songs (Live)
10. Mourning In The Morning - featuring Mars ILL
11. That's It
12. Sweet Bitter (Whispermoon extra)
13. Life Is (Poem)
14. Older Than I Was Before (Whispermoon extra)
15. ABC News, Tour Of Homes Desk Banter
16. What Would You Do If I'm Not What I'm Supposed To Be (Live in Amsterdam)
17. All Of This With Words (Poem)
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Release:Ozark Empire
Ozark Empire
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Released:2005
Recordlabel:Deepspace5 Records
Info:Listener & EQ released this limited edition of a 1000 copies in 2005. Also available with a brown cover.

1. Backwoods preacher man
2. Ozark empire
3. I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, hold on
4. In the woods you know where your enemies are
5. You're so special because you're so unique
6. I'd like to offer you my dearest apologies
7. When no one else will be your friend I will do the job
8. The music that the angels do
9. It's time for drastic measures they're not taking you seriously
10. What would you do if I'm not what I'm supposed to be
11. They always say your life will never dull or your money back
12. Officer you have the wrong man I am not that man
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Release:Whispermoon
Whispermoon
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Media:[Audio CD] [7/12inch Vinyl]
Released:2004
Recordlabel:Mush Records
Info:Production by:
- Listener: 1, 4
- Dust: 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 14
- Freddie Bruno: 3
- Elected Official: 6
- Gruntwork: 10, 12
- Ohmega Watts: 13
- ILL: 15

1. The moon cries out
2. FYI
3. You're so underground
4. eMotional
5. Winter life
6. Train song
7. Decadence
8. I'm beginning to hear whispers
9. Ways of the wind
10. You will be my music
11. Behind these doors
12. Wundering
13. Crystal methods
14. It's a lonely world
15. Untitled
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Release:The Album
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Released:1995
Recordlabel:Indie (Independant Release)
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Release:The chemistry set
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Released:1994
Recordlabel:Indie (Independant Release)
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